OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien's second big swing of the day finally gave the Oakland Athletics some breathing room in an oh-so-tight series with the AL Central-leading Twins.
Minnesota Twins (53-31, first in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (47-39, second in the AL West)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Herrmann's career in Oakland got off to a rough start with a knee injury that required surgery in spring training. When he finally made it back to the big leagues, he...
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When spring training opened, one of Oakland's biggest questions was its catching situation following the departure of Jonathan Lucroy. The Athletics had Josh Phegley on the...
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics added depth at catcher on Monday, agreeing to a minor league contract with Nick Hundley.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old would get a one-year contract paying a $1.25 million salary while in the major leagues.
He was catching during Oakland's opening training workout.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and catcher Chris Herrmann have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.
General manager David Forst had put getting a catcher among his top to-do items, and the A's found one Tuesday at the winter meetings.
The 31-year-old Herrmann played 36 games for Seattle last season, batting .237 with two homers and seven RBIs. He had a $1.3 million salary.
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, clinching the AL West for Houston and leaving the Athletics with a wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees.
Seattle overcame an 8-5 eighth-inning deficit and dropped the A's 2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all matchup. Oakland had been 68-0 when leading after seven innings.
SEATTLE (AP) — In early April, Chris Herrmann was a free-agent catcher sitting on his couch at home wondering if he was going to play baseball again.
Now he is. And the Mariners are glad they found him.
Herrmann hit his first home run for Seattle, and Marco Gonzales pitched six solid innings to lead the Mariners to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners placed starting catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day disabled list Thursday due to a bruised left ankle.
Manager Scott Servais said Zunino rolled his ankle running the bases late in Seattle's 7-4 loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Zunino was immediately sent in for X-rays on Thursday, and had his foot immobilized in a boot in the clubhouse before the series finale.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners have activated right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio from the 10-day disabled list as they continue to add options in their bullpen.
Nicasio and catcher Chris Herrmann were added to the 25-man roster on Monday ahead of a road trip against the New York Yankees and Boston that begins on Tuesday. Seattle optioned right-hander Rob Whalen and catcher David Freitas to Triple-A Tacoma.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An even quieter than usual Zack Greinke declared his return to the mound Wednesday as simply "all right."
The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander threw 60 pitches in an intrasquad game on a back field at the team's spring training facility.
PHOENIX (AP) — Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.
The 28-year-old was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season and made $3.95 million.
He has a 45-47 record with a 4.13 ERA in five seasons with the Diamondbacks. After going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and making the All-Star Game in 2013, he missed 2014 and part of 2015 after Tommy John surgery.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers relievers Pedro Baez and Ross Stripling are on Los Angeles' roster for the NL Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Slumping outfielder Joc Pederson and utilityman Tim Locastro didn't make the squad announced by manager Dave Roberts on Friday before Game 1 in Los Angeles.
PHOENIX (AP) — Finally, the seemingly invincible Los Angeles Dodgers are going through a little rough stretch, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are on a roll.
Paul Goldschmidt homered for the third straight game, Robbie Ray fanned 10 while pitching into the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks held on to beat Los Angeles 6-4 on Wednesday night, sending the Dodgers to their first four-game losing streak of the season.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Slugger J.D. Martinez isn't due to join Arizona until Wednesday. While they waited, the Diamondbacks went ahead and set a few offensive records.
Chris Herrmann capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and the Diamondbacks slugged their way past the Cincinnati Reds 11-2 on Tuesday night, shortly after trading for Martinez.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo and catcher Jeff Mathis were ejected for arguing balls and strikes at the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night in the Diamondbacks' game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Plate umpire D.J. Reyburn threw out Mathis after a called third strike. When Mathis turned around to go argue with Reyburn, Lovullo joined him. Lovullo, in his first season at the helm for Arizona, was ejected for the first time this season, as was Mathis.
PHOENIX (AP) — Comebacks are nothing new for the 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks. Neither are extra-inning wins.
Chris Herrmann hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Tuesday night.
The surging Diamondbacks scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. They have won four in a row and 13 of 15.
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Herrmann's quick reflexes behind the plate and his bat came up big for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The catcher delivered the game's key play, lunging to his right to grab a wide throw from third baseman Jake Lamb while dragging a foot onto home plate for a force out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
Reliever Archie Bradley then struck out the next hitter, and the Diamondbacks cruised to a 9-2 win.
PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee second baseman Jonathan Villar was taken off the field on a cart in the eighth inning of Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Villar made a diving stop of Chris Herrmann's sharp grounder in short right field and twisted to throw the runner out but then fell down in obvious pain.
He tried to get off the field without the cart but trainers eventually decided to take Villar away on the vehicle.
PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time in nearly four years, the Arizona Diamondbacks are nine games over .500.
And every win, it seems, has a different player leading the way.
Reliever J.J. Hoover filled that role in Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander came on with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning and struck out Kevan Smith and Yolmer Sanchez to preserve the one-run lead.
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Herrmann and the Diamondbacks made it another long day for the sinking New York Mets.
Herrmann homered off Rafael Montero leading off the 11th inning, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory on Wednesday and sending the Mets to their season-high seventh straight loss.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only did the Arizona Diamondbacks put a clamp on Washington's prolific offense, they put on a power display of their own.
Arizona hit three home runs, including fourth-inning drives by Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann, and pulled away to a 6-3 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Erratic starter Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to blank Washington over the final six innings after the Nationals bolted to a 3-1 lead.
PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta's base hit to right-center field in the eighth inning, with his team already up by four runs, could have been a routine single. Instead, Peralta decided to go hard for second base.
He made it safely for his fourth double of the game, a Diamondbacks record, and Arizona rolled to an 11-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — A person close to the situation has confirmed that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year minor league contract with catcher Josh Thole.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has not been officially announced.
The 30-year-old Thole, who has been the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, played four seasons with the New York Mets and the last four with the Toronto Blue Jays.
PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Chris Iannetta.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been officially announced.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $4 million, two-year contract.
The 33-year-old, a 12-year major league veteran, played the last four seasons as the No. 2 catcher for the Miami Marlins. He hit .238 in 41 games this year with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Mathis could back up or platoon with Chris Herrmann.
PHOENIX (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract.
The person said the deal was pending a physical and asked not to be identified Saturday because the move had not been officially announced.