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  • Athletics' Aledmys Diaz: Sees time at hot corner Thursday

    Diaz drew a start at third base in Thursday's loss to the Royals, going 1-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

    The veteran drew only his fifth start of June and delivered his third hit of the season across 24 plate appearances. Diaz began the month logging what was a third straight start at the time, but his sparse playing time since and advanced age may imply he's not much longer for the roster of an Athletics team that will increasingly focus on developing young players as the remainder of the season unfolds.

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  • Athletics' Vinny Nittoli: First loss despite solid outing

    Nittoli (0-1) took the loss against the Royals on Thursday, allowing an earned run on a solo home run and recording two strikeouts over two innings.

    Nittoli paid dearly for his one mistake, a tie-breaking solo home run surrendered to Bobby Witt in the eighth inning. The Athletics would prove incapable of erasing the one-run deficit in the final two frames, saddling Nittoli with his first major-league loss in 13 career outings. Despite the stumble Thursday, Nittoli has been a solid bullpen piece for manager Mark Kotsay since being summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas in early June, posting a 2.25 ERA across eight innings over seven appearances.

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  • Athletics' Abraham Toro: Sees action as in-game replacement

    Toro (shoulder) entered Thursday's loss to the Royals as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning and remained in the game at third base, recording a double in his only plate appearance.

    Toro was out of the starting nine for the third straight game due to shoulder soreness, but his ability to make some hard contact and then stay in the game on defense implies he may be ready to return to the lineup Friday. The veteran's pinch-hit, two-out two-bagger Thursday had the potential to generate Toro's 25th RBI of the campaign and snap a 2-2 tie, but Kyle McCann was thrown out at the plate on the play to end the frame.

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  • Athletics' Zack Gelof: Homers in third straight game

    Gelof went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.

    Gelof temporarily tied the score with his two-run shot off Seth Lugo in the seventh inning. After a slow start to the season, the second baseman has perked up with the bat of late, going deep in each of his past three contests and driving in seven runs across his past four games. Gelof's strikeout woes have continued over that span, though, as he's fanned eight times to push his strikeout rate on the season up to an ugly 34.7 percent.

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  • Athletics' Mitch Spence: Posts quality start Thursday

    Spence allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out seven batters over six innings in a no-decision against Kansas City on Thursday.

    Spence was victimized by Kansas City catcher Freddy Fermin, who who belted a pair of solo homers against him. However, Spence fared well against the remainder of the Royals lineup and finished with his second quality start of the campaign despite the two long balls he surrendered. Spence's seven strikeouts Thursday were a career-best mark and well above his season norm -- he entered the contest with either three of four punchouts in each of his previous six outings.

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  • Athletics' Shea Langeliers: Receiving Thursday off

    Langeliers is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

    Kyle McCann will draw the start behind the dish while Langeliers rests for a day game after a night game. Langeliers went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts over the first two games of the series with Kansas City, bringing his batting average down to .198 for the season.

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  • Athletics' Abraham Toro: Sitting out Thursday

    Toro (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

    Toro will miss out on a third consecutive start while he recovers from a sore shoulder, an injury that first cropped up in the Athletics' doubleheader with the Twins on Sunday. Aledmys Diaz will fill in at third base Thursday for Toro, who is considered day-to-day.

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  • Athletics' Kyle Muller: Next steps identified

    Muller (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, reports.

    The left-hander began a throwing program June 6, and he appears to be progressing through it without setbacks. If all goes well with Sunday's bullpen session, Muller is slated to head out for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas at some point during the following week.

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  • Athletics' Darell Hernaiz: Begins hitting progression

    Hernaiz (ankle) has begun a hitting progression, reports.

    Hernaiz was able to shed his walking boot in the first half of June, and he's now graduated to baseball work from the strength and fitness program. The infielder will likely progress to full baseball activities after the hitting progression before eventually embarking on what could be a fairly robust rehab assignment.

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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: In strengthening program

    Ruiz (wrist) is progressing through a strengthening program and is expected to begin baseball activities within two weeks of its completion, reports.

    News has been relatively sparse regarding Ruiz's recovery from the wrist strain that landed him on the injured list nearly a month ago, and this report underscores how deliberate the rehab program has been. Given the timeline implied, it seems a virtual certainty Ruiz won't be ready for activation until after the All-Star break when also factoring in what should be a fairly lengthy rehab assignment.

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  • Athletics' T.J. McFarland: Gets ninth hold Wednesday

    McFarland recorded his ninth hold in a win over the Royals on Wednesday, retiring the only batter he faced.

    McFarland closed out the sixth inning for Luis Medina by retiring Adam Frazier on a flyout to left that left Nick Loftin stranded at first base. The veteran southpaw reliever has been outstanding since early May, recording a 1.17 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and four holds across 15.1 innings over his last 18 appearances. However, the fact he's typically used in middle relief usually limits McFarland to the occasional hold opportunity and leaves him with minimal fantasy appeal.

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  • Athletics' Max Schuemann: Reaches three times in win

    Schuemann went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run in a win over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Schuemann's busy night on the basepaths surprisingly led to only one run, but it did push his OBP back up to an improving .318. The rookie has hit safely in three of the last four games, and his walk rate has now hit double digits (10.1 percent) after also sitting at that threshold in each of the last six minor-league stops before his promotion.

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  • Athletics' Brent Rooker: Plates pair in Wednesday's win

    Rooker went 2-for-3 with two RBI singles and a walk in a win over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Rooker's timely hitting led to two of the Athletics' five runs, with the veteran driving home JJ Bleday in the third and seventh innings with his pair of singles. Rooker has now hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, but a 42.9 percent strikeout rate has helped lead to a lackluster .211/.262/.368 slash line in that same span.

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  • Athletics' Miguel Andujar: Racks up three hits in win

    Andujar went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Royals.

    Andujar has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, and he has multiple hits in six of those contests. During the hot stretch, he's batting .381 (16-for-42) with two extra-base hits. The outfielder is up to a .330/.340/.440 slash line with two home runs, one stolen base, 14 RBI, 12 runs scored and four doubles over 94 plate appearances, which has been more than enough for him to see steady playing time in left field since his season debut May 24.

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  • Athletics' Zack Gelof: Homers again in win

    Gelof went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Royals.

    Gelof has homered in back-to-back games and has hit four of his seven long balls this year in June. The second baseman has gone 8-for-29 (.276) over his last eight contests. For the season, he's at a .196/.250/.348 slash line with 19 RBI, 21 runs scored and eight stolen bases, though hitting at or near the bottom of a weak lineup is unlikely to do any favors for his counting stats.

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  • Athletics' Luis Medina: Grabs first win

    Medina (1-2) allowed one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday over the Royals.

    Medina came up one out short of a quality start, exiting the game at 88 pitches (54 strikes). He's had two good outings and two poor starts since joining the Athletics' rotation at the start of June. The 25-year-old is now at a 4.71 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 13:10 K:BB through 21 innings this season. With a weak offense to support him and a lack of dominant command, Medina offers minimal upside in fantasy outside of favorable matchups. He'll have one of those in his next start, which is projected to be on the road versus the Angels.

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Team Statistical Rankings

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Player Injury
A. Toro 3B Abraham Toro 3B Shoulder
E. Ruiz LF Esteury Ruiz LF Wrist
P. Blackburn SP Paul Blackburn SP Foot
R. Stripling SP Ross Stripling SP Elbow
K. Muller RP Kyle Muller RP Shoulder

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