A's Ride Big Hits, Strong Cahill Performance To 5-1 Victory Over Tigers

The Oakland A's head home to face the Detroit Tigers looking to get over .500. We provide news, updates and recaps for the series. For more on the A's, check out Athletics Nation.

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Oakland Athletics Starting Pitcher Dallas Braden Placed On Disabled List With Stiff Left Shoulder

The Oakland Athletics are officially dealing with their first significant injury of the 2011 MLB season. Earlier Monday the A’s placed starting pitcher Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list due to stiffness in his left shoulder. Braden left Saturday’s game against the Tigers after five innings of one run ball. He visited with the A’s orthopedist on Sunday but there is no word yet on the severity of the injury. All we know is that Braden indicated it’s like nothing he’s felt before.

On the same day as this DL move, the A’s worked out a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that sent Danny Farquhar to Toronto in exchange for David Purcey. It would not seem to be a coincidence that this move happened the day Braden was DL’d as Purcey has taken Braden’s place on the 25-man roster. To make room for Purcey on the 40-man roster, the A’s transferred Rich Harden to the 60-day disabled list with his lat injury.

At this point, the fifth starter job will likely fall to either Tyson Ross or Bobby Cramer. The A’s upcoming schedule would allow them to skip their fifth starter this week, but they would need to have a fifth starter later next week. There has been no official word as to who will fill in for Braden.

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Athletics vs. Tigers, Series Recap: A's Split Behind Inconsistent Offense

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up a four-game series at home with the Detroit Tigers, managing to secure a split in spite of losing the first two games of the series. Over the course of four games, the A’s managed to show the good, the bad, and the ugly of their team. We got to see inept offense followed by an extra-base explosion. We saw a bullpen implosion on back-to-back nights, followed by a strong weekend of bullpen work. The only consistency was very solid starting pitching, which has come to be expected by the A’s.

A’s Pitcher of the Series: Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill – There was no way a bullpen pitcher was getting this spot, so it came down to the four starters that pitched this series. Gio Gonzalez lowered his ERA to a ridiculous 0.47, but had six walks that prevented him from going deeper and potentially hanging around for a win. Dallas Braden got out of some jams, but struggled courtesy of shoulder issues that are officially a concern.

I went with both McCarthy and Cahill because they each put together strong performances this weekend. McCarthy continues his resurgence, as he went 6 2/3 innings on Friday, striking out seven and giving up six hits and no runs. He’s pitching as well as he has in a long time and deserved the win Friday night. Trevor Cahill stuck around long enough for some insurance runs, going eight innings and giving up one run on four hits with nine strikeouts. He’s alternated strong and poor performances and will look to get some consistency this week in his next start.

A’s Hitter of the Series: David DeJesus – The offense had its fair share of struggles, but DeJesus spent the weekend slowly working his way out of the initial funk he was in to start the season. He’s still got work to do, but his five hits, two runs, and three RBIs led the team this weekend. That says as much about the A’s overall performance as it does DeJesus’ individual performance.

Upcoming Schedule: The A’s get their first day off since April 4 and then wrap up this short six game home stand with two games against the Boston Red Sox. The series will feature Brett Anderson versus John Lackey and Gio Gonzalez versus Clay Buchholz. The first game will be at 7:05pm pacific on CSN Plus (due to Sharks playoff game) and the second game will be at 12:35pm on CSN California.

Notable Number: 3-4 – The A’s now sit at 3-4 at home thanks to the split of this series. They are 5-4 on the road. The team started the season off poorly in general but seemed to improve their road play over the course of the nine game road trip. The team struggled quite a bit on the road last year, so it’s a good sign that they got off to a solid start with the 5-4 road trip. The key now is gaining some level of consistency both at home and on the road. This Tigers series showed the inconsistencies that need to be addressed.

Series Results
Thursday: Tigers 3 – A’s 0
WP: Phil Coke (1-2)
LP: Tyson Ross (1-1)
Sv: Jose Valverde (3)

Friday: Tigers 8 – A’s 4 (F/10)
WP: Brayan Villarreal (1-0)
LP: Brian Fuentes (0-2)

Saturday: A’s 6 – Tigers 2
WP: Dallas Braden (1-1)
LP: Justin Verlander (1-2)

Sunday: A’s 5 – Tigers 1
WP: Trevor Cahill (2-0)
LP: Brad Penny (0-2)

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Athletics vs. Tigers, MLB Scores: A's Lineup Provides Support For Trevor Cahill In 5-1 Victory

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up their four-game set on with the Detroit Tigers, salvaging a split thanks to a 5-1 victory on Sunday. Trevor Cahill got his second win of the season and continued his pattern through four starts of alternating good and bad starts. Cahill went eight innings, giving up one run on four hits. His nine strikeouts was one short of tying his career high.

The A’s received a strong balanced effort from their offense today as four different players drove in runs. Brad Penny was dominant early, retiring nine of the first ten batters he faced. However, the A’s got the first run of the game in the fourth on a Hideki Matsui groundout. The A’s had men on first and third and Matsui hit a dribbler down the line with one out. It was clearly going to roll foul but Penny grabbed it to get Matsui out. This allowed Barton to score and give the A’s a 1-0 lead.

The A’s added three more runs in the fifth inning as Connor Jackson drew a bases loaded walk to score one run, followed by a Josh Willingham single to score two more. The A’s added a fifth run in the sixth inning on a Cliff Pennington sacrifice fly. That was more than enough as Cahill was dealing and Tyson Ross wrapped things up in the ninth with two strike outs and a flyout.

The victory ensured a split with the Tigers and got the A’s back to .500 at 8-8. The A’s close out this short homestand with two games against the Boston Red Sox starting Tuesday. Brett Anderson will square off with John Lackey at 7:05pm pacific on CSN Plus.

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Athletics vs. Tigers, MLB Scores: Dallas Braden Hurts Shoulder, A's Offense Explodes In 6-2 Victory

The Oakland Athletics took the third game of this four game series with the Detroit Tigers, winning 6-2 behind six extra base hits and a solid relief effort behind an injured Dallas Braden. Through five innings Braden had struggled, twice putting men on second and third with nobody out. He gave up one run the first time, but escaped the jam without any damage the second time in the fourth. After the fifth inning, Braden left with stiffness in his shoulder and let the bullpen close out the final four innings.

The A’s offense looked like it was was prepared to continue its struggles through the first three innings, but then managed to blow things up in the fourth inning. The first four Athletics hitters reached base courtesy of three straight doubles and a single with an error. The A’s added a fourth run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to take a 6-1 lead into the ninth.

Grant Balfour was given a chance at a two inning save but gave up a single and a walk, forcing manager Bob Geren to go to his temporary closer Brian Fuentes. Although Fuentes was a little rocky, he got out of the jam giving up only one run as the A’s won 6-2.

The A’s look to salvage a split of the series Sunday sending out Trevor Cahill to face Brad Penny. First pitch is at 1:05pm on CSN California.

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Athletics vs. Tigers: A's Bullpen Implodes In Extra Innings

The Oakland Athletics played their fourth extra inning game in five days, but saw this one end a little bit differently than the previous three. The Detroit Tigers won the game 8-4 thanks to a seven run tenth inning in which Brian Fuentes and Brad Zeigler were slapped around with relative ease.

The A’s received a strong start from starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy who held the Tigers scoreless through 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven batters in lowering his ERA to 2.45 and left the game with a one run lead. Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour were able to keep Detroit off the board and hand Brian Fuentes a one-run lead in the ninth. Unfortunately, Fuentes hung a pitch to Miguel Cabrera who hit a home run the other way to right-center field to tie the game up.

In the tenth inning the Tigers took advantage of two errors to get things going, and then put the pedal to the metal. A mix of hits, walks, and errors led to the seven runs. The A’s made a small run in the bottom of the tenth, getting their first three batters on base, but they only managed a couple more hits and lost 8-4.

The A’s send out Dallas Braden looking to stem the bleeding from what has turned into a tough series. Braden faces Tigers ace Justin Verlander, looking to match his performance last week against White Sox ace Mark Buehrle.

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Athletics vs. Tigers, Starting Lineup Preview: A's Look To Get Offense Going

The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers square off on Friday night in the second of a four game series. Brandon McCarthy will face off against Rick Porcello as he battles an old AL Central nemesis in the Tigers. McCarthy began his major league career with the White Sox and had several chances to face the Tigers various AL Central alumni.

The Tigers don’t have a ton of plate appearances against McCarthy, but you’ve still got Jhonny Peralta (21 PAs), Victor Martinez (16), Brandon Inge (12), and Magglio Ordonez (11). Peralta has an awful line of .056/.143/.056, while the other three have had a decent amount of success in this moderate sample size.

The A’s offense has very limited experience against Rick Porcello. Given their overall struggles this season, odds are decent they struggle again tonight. They wasted a strong pitching performance from Gio Gonzalez last night, who lowered his ERA to 0.47. They’ll look to provide more support for a hopefully resurgent Brandon McCarthy. Through two starts McCarthy has been fairly solid, while receiving the most run support on the staff.

Oakland Athletics
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. David DeJesus, RF
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Mark Ellis, 2B
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Andy LaRoche, 3B
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Detroit Tigers
1. Will Rhymes, 2B
2. Ryan Raburn, LF
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Don Kelly, CF
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Ramon Santiago, SS

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Athletics vs. Tigers, Starting Lineup Preview: Daric Barton Looks To Stay Hot

The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers square in the first of four games with Gio Gonzalez matching up against Phil Coke. Both pitchers have very limited experience against the opposing team so there isn’t much to compare in that regard. Daric Barton has four career at bats against Coke and is 3-for-4. On the other side, Jhonny Peralta has nine career at bats against Gonzalez and is hitting .222.

The A’s offense has picked up some steam over the last few games, scoring five or more runs in three of four games. It’s not a huge sample size, but it’s a positive step forward for an offense that struggled mightily in 2010 and through the first week and a half of this season. While Hideki Matsui is starting to hit the ball, David DeJesus is struggling sitting at 8 for 41 thus far on the season. Josh Willingham is not tearing the cover off the ball, but he’s hitting with sufficient authority. DeJesus is the last of the three offseason additions who needs to get his bat going. He’ll get today off, but will see plenty of action this weekend.

Oakland Athletics
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Daric Barton, 1B
3. Conor Jackson, RF
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Mark Ellis, 2B
7. Kurt Suzuki, C
8. Andy LaRoche, 3B
9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Detroit Tigers
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Casper Wells, RF
3. Ryan Raburn, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, C
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Brennan Boesch DH
8. Brandon Inge, 3B
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

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