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Crowded leaderboard for Saturday's homers
Khris Davis barely clipped Daniel Murphy for the longest bomb in MLB Saturday. Evan Gattis and Justin Upton weren't far behind, while Giancarlo Stanton's 57th of the year landed at No. 5.
Shades of Jimmie Foxx from Khris Davis
Davis cracked the 40-homer mark for the second consecutive year Saturday night. The last time an Athletic achieved such a feat was more than 80 years and two relocations ago.
Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, the son of a U.S. Army veteran, became the first MLB player to kneel during the national anthem when he did so Saturday night.
Rookie Matt Olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off Nick Martinez that helped the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 4-1 on Friday night and damage the Rangers' playoff hopes.
The A's are reportedly open to using middle-infield prospect Franklin Barreto as a center fielder next season.
Mengden on a roll
Daniel Mengden pitched seven shutout innings and didn't allow a walk in the Athletics' win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Mengden has pitched at least seven innings without allowing a run or a walk in each of his last two starts. The only other pitchers in A's history to do that were Chief Bender (1911), Catfish Hunter (1974), Bartolo Colon (2013) and Sean Manaea (2016). Two other pitchers have not allowed a run or walk in at least seven innings in consecutive starts this season: Corey Kluber and Robbie Ray. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Shades of The Big Hurt from Matt Olson
Olson just keeps going yard, running his streak to five games on Tuesday. That's the longest streak by an Athletic since a 38-year-old Frank Thomas hit a homer in six straight games in September of 2006.
Tuesday's longest home runs
It was a tight race at the top, with Kyle Schwarber's laser to right-center narrowly edging out Hunter Pence and Justin Upton. Oakland's Matt Chapman and Tampa Bay's Brad Miller round out the group.
A's 3B Matt Chapman talks to Buster Olney about his stellar defensive play at the hot corner this season, his lifelong friendship with Nolan Arenado and much more.
Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam against Alex Wilson, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night.
Olson keeps rolling
Athletics rookie Matt Olson homered for the 14th time in his last 20 games in Monday's win vs. the Tigers. Olson is part of a historic rookie class: There's already been more homers by rookies this season (708) than any other season in major league history.
Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Monday night.
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Athletics rookie Matt Olson became the 3rd rookie to hit 14 home runs in a 20-game span, joining Rudy York (1937 Tigers) and Mark McGwire (1987 Athletics).
Despite starting his warm-ups at the normal time, Oakland Athletics starter Jharel Cotton was a late scratch Monday night against the Detroit Tigers with a right groin strain.
Gallo's bomb leads the way Sunday
Josh Donaldson hit a monster homer of his own Sunday, but it wasn't enough to wrest the top spot from Joey Gallo, who hit the third-longest homer in MLB this season. Tim Beckham, Yangervis Solarte and Matt Olson round out the top five.
It's too little, too late for the A's, but last week's sweep of the Astros seems to have caught the eye of our panel. Daniel Mengden is among the bright spots of late.
Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Jorge Alfaro homered and Philadelphia's relievers pitched six strong innings after a rain delay to lead the Phillies over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Saturday night.
Daniel Mengden was dominant in a two-hitter, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit two-run homers and the Oakland Athletics beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Friday night.
Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings of one-run ball, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Thursday.
On Base Percentage.32020th
Earned Run Average4.6923rd