OAKLAND, Calif. (A.P.P.) – Stephen Piscotty and Matt OlsonSean Manaea’s first victory of the season, and the Oakland Athletics won their fifth straight game by beating the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Thursday night. Piscotty connected in the third inning off Tarik Skubal (0-2), and Olson went deep in the fifth. Elvis Andrus added a sacrifice fly as Manaea (1-1) received plenty of support. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter over six strong innings.
The left-hander allowed twoagainsA.L.A.L. Central against Cleveland in August 2016 during his rookie season. Matt Chapman had a two-run double, and the defendA.L.g A.L. West champs are suddenly surging following a forgettable 0-6 start, having won six of seven. Oakland also capitalized on a pair of .
Niko Goodrum homered for Detroit, coming off a sweep at Houston in manager A.J. Hinch’s return following the sign-stealing scheme that got him fired by the Astros before the shortened 2020 season. That came after a four-game skid by the Tigers and losses in six of seven. Oakland – which drew a crowd of 3,004 – began a stretch of seven straight againsA.L.the A.L. Central and improved to 66-20 versus that division since June 23, 2017. The A’s have.
Last summer, Hinch reached out to A’s manager Bob Melvin to apologize for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scam when he managed Houston. They have longtime respect and strong working relationship as colleagues from their days with the Diamondbacks. “I’ve worked with Bob in a couple of different ways,” Hinch said. “I had him when I was in the front office; he was the manager, then I ended up being the manager right after him. He and I have known each other for a long time. I have great respect for him.
A’s right-hander Mike Fiers made public the cheating involving his former club. I did call him last summer when I was suspended from apologizing to him to understand how wrong we were and how it impacted the A’s and him and the entire baseball game. That business was handled last summer.
zone in seven days for the Tigers. Hinch realizes the importance of rest, recovery, and taking good care. He plans to give players days off when there aren’t as many off days built into the schedule. “You do have to remind yourself what and what city you’re in, what time zone you’re in,” Hinch said.
Second baseman Tony Kemp is among those players donating his salary from Thursday night’s game on. “Especially being able to wear 42 and to step between the lines, there’s no way not to get emotional or to get some chills,” Kemp said. “I think that’s very normal because of all the stuff Jackie endured.” Hinch met Wednesday with the team about Jackie Robinson Day. There’s awareness. No. 42 brings that on April 15 every year,” Hinch said.
R.F.gers: R.F. Nomar Mazara went on theafter exiting during an at-bat in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s win at Houston with a side injury. … JaCoby Jones earned an aC.F.tart in C.F., with Hinch planning to play Víctor Reyes there Friday. Akil BaR.F.oo played R.F. in Mazara’s place. Athletics: OF Chad Pinder, sidelined by a and another player donating his Thursday salary, will soon begin doing some extensive baseball activity – swinging a bat in the next couple of days and starting a running progrA.J.on. … L.H.P. A.J. Puk threw out to 90 feet as he worked back from a strained biceps muscle in his pitching arm.
José Ureña (0-2, 8.22 ERA) seeks his first win opposite Oakland R.H.P. Frankie Montas (1-1, 8.31).
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