ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The pressure had been building all night for the Oakland Athletics. They knew Tampa Bay had won to pull even in the wild-card race, and had responded by stranding runner...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers stayed busy during the All-Star break and made three trips to the Coliseum to stay on his normal pitching routine.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Joakim Soria took issue with a 1-2 curveball he believed should have been strike three to Shohei Ohtani, who two pitches later lined a go-ahead single and Oakland's best...
Oakland Athletics (19-24, fifth in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (21-23, third in the AL West)
Seattle; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Brett Anderson (4-2,...
SEATTLE (AP) — After a night filled with home runs, it was Daniel Vogelbach taking a close pitch to walk, Domingo Santana dropping a well-placed double and Omar Narvaez's opposite-field single...
Cleveland Indians (20-17, second in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (18-22, fifth in the AL West)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Danny Santana packed a lot into his first major league game of the season despite entering in the eighth inning.
Santana had a two-run, pinch-hit triple and scored...
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations.
In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relief pitcher Joakim Soria gets $6.5 million this year and $8.5 million in 2020 as part of his $15 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.
Soria can earn bonuses of $250,000 each for 35 and 40 games finished as part of the deal announced Dec. 21.
He would get a $750,000 assignment bonus the first time he is traded.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the Oakland Athletics on Friday in a three-team deal that included Tampa Bay and netted the Rangers four prospects.
Oakland also finalized a $15 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Joakim Soria, giving the A's a reliable and versatile reliever.
The 34-year-old Soria, a two-time All-Star, went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 66 appearances and 60 2/3 innings this year for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas is becoming a free agent again, and so is reliever Joakim Soria.
In addition, the Brewers exercised a $3,175,000 option on All-Star right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who would have been eligible for salary arbitration if it had been declined.
Moustakas declined a $15 million mutual option Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto had another big hit in his impressive rookie season, though it came long after most of the Nationals Park crowd had gone home.
Soto's two-run single highlighted a four-run eighth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers for a 5-4 win in a game that was delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes by rain in the top of the eighth and ended well past midnight.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers demoted ex-closer and 2017 All-Star Corey Knebel to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday to work on his mechanics.
It's been a dramatic fall this season for Knebel, who until late July was Milwaukee's closer.
The right-hander has a 7.24 ERA since the All-Star break that has raised his season ERA to 5.08. In his last seven appearances, Knebel is 0-2 with an 11.37 ERA.
ATLANTA (AP) — Brewers right-hander Joakim Soria was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of a strained right groin.
Soria was injured while giving up a grand slam to Hunter Renfroe in the ninth inning Thursday in an 8-4 home loss to San Diego. He left the after facing two batters.
"We'll just treat it and maybe by the end of the weekend we'll have a better idea," manager Craig Counsell said.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Renfroe's power surge is a welcome sight for the San Diego Padres.
Renfroe's grand slam keyed a six-run rally that stunned the Milwaukee Brewers and gave the Padres an 8-4 victory on Thursday.
Renfroe hit a home run for the fourth straight game, a blast into the left-field bleachers off Brewers reliever Joakim Soria. San Diego entered the ninth inning trailing 4-2, but rallied against Brewers closer Corey Knebel and Soria.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers found the left-handed power hitter they sought, acquiring third baseman Mike Moustakas on Friday from the Kansas City Royals to complete a second significant trade in two days as the club makes a push for its first playoff appearance since 2011.
"We were looking for another big bat to add to the lineup and we got it," manager Craig Counsell said. "We feel like we can put together a really tough lineup on a daily basis now."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The contending Milwaukee Brewers made two trades in as many days to bolster their bullpen for all these close games and try to generate more runs so they don't have to be in so many tight ones.
A day after acquiring veteran reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee landed third baseman Mike Moustakas on Friday from the Kansas City Royals as the club chases its first playoff appearance since reaching the 2011 NL championship series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joakim Soria has been traded enough times to understand there are always significant adjustments with a new team, like no longer being a closer now that he has joined the contending Milwaukee Brewers.
For a third time in his 11-year big league career, the reliever has moved to a team in the middle of the playoff chase near the trade deadline. This time, he'll be part of the NL Central race after the Chicago White Sox traded him to Milwaukee.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have recalled right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of righty Tyler Danish from their top minor league affiliate.
Veteran pitcher Chris Volstad was designated for assignment Friday. One roster spot was available after the White Sox traded reliever Joakim Soria to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers acquired two-time All-Star closer Joakim Soria to help bolster their bullpen while preparing to play more close games down the stretch.
He won't be the closer, manager Craig Counsell said before a series opener at San Francisco.
HOUSTON (AP) — Mired in the worst slump of his career, George Springer has been trying everything to break out of it.
His latest tactic came on Thursday night when he swiped reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve's bat to use in the ninth inning.
The change worked, with Springer hitting an RBI single in Houston's two-run rally that helped lift the Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It takes more than a sore wrist and back to stop Yadier Molina.
The Cardinals catcher said he hurt himself when he swung at Joakim Soria's changeup in the ninth inning.
After a short break to check out it out, Molina shrugged off the pain to drive in the game-winning run, lifting St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NL champion Dodgers will send $3 million to the Chicago White Sox and receive $1 million from Kansas City as part of last week's three-team trade that sent left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from the Royals to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles agreed to give the White Sox equal installments of $1.5 million on June 1 and Sept. 1. Kansas City will pay the Dodgers $500,000 on each of those two dates.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Scott Alexander from Kansas City in a three-team trade that also included the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox got veteran relievers Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria and cash. The Dodgers also obtained minor league infielder Jake Peter and the Royals added a pair of minor leaguers in the deal Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have placed reliever Joakim Soria on the disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled right-hander Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha.
Manager Ned Yost says Soria had been dealing with stiffness in his left side for about two weeks, but had been able to pitch relatively effectively. That ended Tuesday in Oakland, when Soria surrendered four runs on four hits while getting only one out.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' offense woke up late after having only two hits the first seven innings.
Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer hit consecutive two-run doubles in the eighth inning and the Twins rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Sano also had a two-run homer in the fourth. He has eight hits in his last 11 at-bats.