Sport Lamb homers, A's move closer to AL West title, beat Giants
Giants OF Mike Yastrzemski dealing with calf issue
As a tremendous offensive player who can line up all over the outfielder, Yastrzemski has been the Giants’ MVP, so there wouldn’t be a realistic way to replace him if he does need to go on the IL. They subbed in Luis Basabe on Thursday, but he has just two MLB plate appearances to his name.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer once Oakland finally got to San Francisco's bullpen, and the playoff-bound Athletics beat the Giants by the same 6-0 score for a second straight game Saturday.
Lefty starter Jesús Luzardo (3-2) gave up five hits over six innings, striking out seven without a walk. He ended a four-start winless stretch.
Cardinals activate Dexter Fowler, make other moves
Just as Fowler is an important part of the Cardinals’ outfield, their bullpen needs Gallegos, who’s back after the Redbirds placed him on the IL on Sept. 11 with a right groin strain. Gallegos has pitched to a 3.97 ERA/2.65 FIP and notched 11.12 K/9 and 2.38 BB/9 in 11 2/3 frames this season. He also leads the Cardinals in saves with four.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
The A's clinched their third straight postseason berth with a 6-0 win Friday night and were closing in on the club's first AL West crown since 2013. Oakland would clinch the division crown with a loss by Houston to Arizona later at night.
Kevin Gausman (3-3) struck out six in six innings and stymied the slugging A's after missing his last turn because of elbow soreness. He didn't allow a baserunner until Mark Canha's two-out walk in the fourth, and Matt Olson's RBI single moments later got Oakland on the board.
The Giants, dealing with an injury-plagued outfield, gave up a triple to Tommy La Stella in a five-run seventh when a backpedaling Maricio Dubon couldn't make a catch on the warning track in center field. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI double.
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Lamb homered for the second time in five games since signing with the A's after being released by Arizona.
Right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a hit in his return to the Oakland lineup after missing four games with a sprained right knee.
A moment of silence was held before first pitch to pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.
The Giants lost for the fifth time in seven games while being held to one or fewer runs in each of those defeats.
Padres' Dinelson Lamet, Wil Myers leave game early with injuries
Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet and outfielder Wil Myers left San Diego's game against the Giants on Friday for undisclosed reasons.Lamet is the second key Padres starter who might have suffered an injury in the past few days, joining fellow righty Mike Clevinger. The Padres seem likely to go without Clevinger for at least the first round of the playoffs because of a sprained elbow. Therefore, they can ill afford to lose Lamet, who has been a Cy Young-level starter this season. The 28-year-old entered Friday with a 2.07 ERA/2.51 FIP across 65 1/3 innings.
San Francisco — 9-17 on the road — has dropped all five games to the A’s so far in the interleague series, outscored 42-16.
BEST TWO OF THREE
How do the A's feel about a short, best-of-three playoff series to start?
Manager Bob Melvin made one thing clear: “We'd like to play at home.”
"It's better than one," said Melvin, whose club lost the AL wld-card game each of the past two years after 97-win regular seasons. “At least it's a three-game series, which is more like baseball. I certainly understand the wild-card dynamic. Its's winner-take-all, it's great theater. There have been a lot of really good games, too. I don't know that winning your division gives you that big of an advantage like maybe it has in the past yet if you do you get all three games at home, which is an advantage. This is just a different season. I don't critique good or bad.”
Royals closer Greg Holland dealing with oblique injury
Regardless of whether Holland gets into one of Kansas City’s final three games, it’s hard to paint his 2020 season as anything other than a resounding success. The 34-year-old pitched 28 1/3 frames out of manager Mike Matheny’s bullpen and plowed through opposing lineups with a 1.91 ERA, a 2.51 FIP, 9.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, just one home run allowed and a career-best 51.4 percent ground-ball rate. Holland ramped up his slider usage to a career-high 50.7% this year, and his 93.3 mph average fastball was his best since 2017.
Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski, who left Thursday’s win against Seattle in the third with tightness in his right calf, missed a second straight game but remains day to day and not an injured list candidate at this stage. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder, and RHP Reyes Moronta (right shoulder surgery) continue to progress with throwing programs at Sacramento as the season nears its end. They haven't been ruled out to return. “Everything is on the table. This is a stretch of games that's going to determine our ability to get into the postseason,” manager Gabe Kapler said. "We want to preserve as many options as possible. We're going to keep pushing until they're no longer options. I still see both Samardzija and Moronta as options for us."
Athletics: INF Chad Pinder, on the injured list with a strained right hamstring, is yet to resume baseball activity but could do so when the team comes back from its upcoming road trip. ... Melvin will look to get at-bats for Khris Davis while resting some regulars when he can down the stretch. ... RHP Frankie Montas is back from the paternity list and will pitch again during the upcoming visit to Dodger Stadium beginning Tuesday.
Four-time All-Star Hunter Pence announces retirement after 14-year career
Longtime big league outfielder Hunter Pence announced he’s retiring from baseball. This brings to an end a 14-year career spent with four teams, but he’ll surely be remembered most for his time with the Giants. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports After 14 years in the league, Hunter Pence has announced his retirement from baseball. Pence originally broke into pro ball in 2004, selected by the Astros in the second round out of the University of Texas-Arlington. Notably “awkward and unorthodox” as a prospect, in the words of Baseball America, Pence nevertheless played himself into top-prospect status by 2007.
The Giants recalled INF Daniel Robertson and LHP Wandy Peralta from their Sacramento alternate site and placed OF Alex Dickerson placed on the paternity list. LHP Andrew Suarez was optioned to Sacramento.
RHP Johnny Cueto (2-1, 4.78 ERA) tries to snap a four-start winless stretch after losing his last time out at San Diego. The A's counter with LHP Mike Minor (1-5, 5.40), coming off a victory in his first start with Oakland.
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Watch: White Sox rookie Luis Robert hits 487-foot HR in elimination game .
Taking part in his first ever MLB Playoff action, young Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert is making a difference at the plate. © Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Chicago is in need of a win against the Oakland Athletics in Game 3 of their American League Wild Card series on Thursday. The loser goes home for the winter, while the winner will live to play another day.