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Graveman, red-hot Lowrie can't halt Sox

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OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman, at least momentarily, regained his footing Friday night.

The A's right-hander, struck for a game-tying three-run homer off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second inning, settled down to retire his next 11 batters. Then the Red Sox turned their lineup over, and with it went the script Graveman so desperately wanted to write.

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OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman, at least momentarily, regained his footing Friday night.

The A's right-hander, struck for a game-tying three-run homer off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second inning, settled down to retire his next 11 batters. Then the Red Sox turned their lineup over, and with it went the script Graveman so desperately wanted to write.

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He was lifted following a string of three straight singles to open the sixth, and reliever Emilio Pagan's first pitch to Mitch Moreland was launched for a go-ahead grand slam, leaving Graveman and the A's on the wrong end of a 7-3 affair at the Coliseum.

At the conclusion, it was necessary to look past an April loss to baseball's best team -- Boston improved to 17-2 -- and break down Graveman's latest doings. A closer look shows more good than bad.

"I thought he threw as well as we've seen him throw all year," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I thought this was his best outing. He mixed his pitches a lot better, they were off-balance for the most part. When you struggle, you've got to make some adjustments, and he made some adjustments."

Seeking simplicity, Graveman showcased a modified delivery, keeping his hands near his belt rather than bringing them over his head. His location was subsequently better, and he found that he disrupted the opposition's timing, too.

"I think I'm going to stay with that," he said. "Any way you can disrupt timing at the plate, I think it's an advantage. I'm trying to grow and learn, and I think that can help me move forward in my pitching."

Video: BOS@OAK: Graveman fans Benintendi for first strikeout

For now, Graveman is sitting on a 10.07 ERA. He's allowed at least four runs in each of his five starts, unable to complete six innings in any of them. The A's, who have lost four of the five games he's started, couldn't score after a three-run first, their four-game winning streak coming to an end.

The opening frame against ex-Athletic Drew Pomeranz featured the first of four Jed Lowrie hits on the night, an RBI double, and also included run-scoring hits from Matt Olson and Mark Canha.

Video: BOS@OAK: Canha lines a two-out RBI single in the 1st

A shutdown inning escaped Graveman, who surrendered his seventh homer of the season in the second, before rattling off 11 consecutive outs. Even after yielding back-to-back singles to Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the sixth, Graveman believed a double-play ball to be in the cards. Instead, Hanley Ramirez sent one through the left side to load the bases for Moreland.

Pagan grooved a slider that floated in the middle of the plate, clobbered by Moreland for Pagan's fourth homer allowed in his last four games.

"It was a terrible pitch, and obviously that kind of pitch in that situation, that's one they're going to jump on," Pagan said. "It's a shame, because I thought Kendall threw a good game, and if I do my job, then his box score looks a lot better and we probably come out on top. It's just frustrating right now. It seems like one pitch in each of my last few outings has been one that's kind of crushed me." 

Video: BOS@OAK: Moreland crushes a grand slam in the 6th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The A's threatened in the seventh, sparked by Lowrie, of course. Following his one-out double against Hector Velazquez, Khris Davis was hit by a pitch to put two aboard for Matt Chapman. Oakland's third baseman struck out, and the Red Sox turned to lefty Brian Johnson to face Olson, who reached on an infield single to load the bases. Boston then went to righty Matt Barnes, while the A's countered with pinch-hitter Matt Joyce. The count ran full, before Joyce whiffed on a fastball to end the frame.

Video: BOS@OAK: Barnes escapes a bases-loaded jam in the 8th

SOUND SMART
Lowrie, who doubled twice and finished with four hits, leads the Majors with 32 hits and 22 RBIs.The four hits catch his career high, accomplished eight times.

"Pretty impressive," Melvin said. "Kind of running out of superlatives to talk about him. Everybody was pulling for him to get the fifth hit."

Video: BOS@OAK: Lowrie sends an RBI double to deep right

HE SAID IT
"We all believe in Kendall. He's got great stuff. More so than anything, that was good for him to have a good couple innings there, to get on a roll and in a good rhythm. It stinks that the one bad pitch I threw to Moreland ends up crushing his box score." -- Pagan

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
A three-run homer was on the table when a crew-chief review was issued with two outs in the first inning. Chad Pinder's long drive to right field was ruled foul, a call that stood following the replay, and the A's left fielder struck out looking to end the inning.

Video: BOS@OAK: Umpires review Pinder's deep foul to right

UP NEXT
Two of the month's top lefty performers will square off in Saturday's 6:05 p.m. PT matchup: the A's will send Sean Manaea (2-2, 1.63 ERA) to the bump, while the Red Sox counter with their ace, Chris Sale (1-0, 1.23). Manaea has allowed two runs or fewer and completed at least five innings in each of his first four starts, most recently going seven and holding the Mariners to one run in his last outing.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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A's add Bassitt, Lucas; option Coulombe

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OAKLAND -- The A's brought in a pair of bullpen reinforcements ahead of Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, promoting right-handers Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe, who worked 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 14-inning marathon win over the White Sox, was optioned to Triple-A -- one day after righty Lou Trivino was also optioned, following his three-inning outing in the same game.

OAKLAND -- The A's brought in a pair of bullpen reinforcements ahead of Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, promoting right-handers Chris Bassitt and Josh Lucas from Triple-A Nashville.

Left-hander Daniel Coulombe, who worked 1 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 14-inning marathon win over the White Sox, was optioned to Triple-A -- one day after righty Lou Trivino was also optioned, following his three-inning outing in the same game.

Oakland used eight pitchers Wednesday. A handful of them remained unavailable Friday, necessitating the move for a long reliever. Enter Bassitt, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since April 28, 2016.

The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery and returned to action as a reliever in the Minor Leagues last season. Left wondering if he'd return to the big league stage again, Bassitt is extra grateful for his latest opportunity.

"I don't think it's going to set in until I'm actually out there pitching, but getting the call is more of a relief right now," Bassitt said. "Once I get out on the mound it's going to be a flood of emotions, just because, to be honest with you, I didn't know if I was going to be able to get back here last year. I'm just very grateful."

Bassitt pitched to a 0.69 ERA in a hybrid role with Nashville, throwing at least four innings in each of his three outings and holding the opposition to a .188 average. He could be a starting option down the road for the A's, but will remain in the bullpen for the time being.

Bassitt, who expressed frustration in the uncertainty surrounding his role in Spring Training, has come to accept -- and embrace -- the unknown.

"My goodness, it's been a long time, but I finally feel normal," he said. "I don't care anymore about my role. I really don't. Whatever this team needs to win, I'll fill whatever role they want me to do. I'll be ready. I got in that trap in Spring Training where it made me upset and frustrated because I didn't really have a role, but it was kind of unprofessional on my part when it comes to wanting a role. Who cares? When they call your name, just be ready."

Said manager Bob Melvin: "That's a lonely rehab, and then you're coming back, you're wondering how things are going to go, you're certainly very aware of how your arm feels. But he worked really hard during that process. He studied what he needed to improve along the way, and it looks like he's pitching as well as he pitched since he's come off Tommy John."

Lucas, acquired from St. Louis on March 31 as part of a swap for Minor League pitcher Casey Meisner, did not allow a run or a hit in 4 2/3 innings with Nashville. He also didn't yield a run in 11 1/3 spring innings with the Cardinals.

"Just throwing strikes, trying to get guys out, pound the zone, get weak contact and early outs," Lucas said. "That's pretty much my approach every time."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Beck among top prospect performers

Cubs' No. 1 makes impressive Triple-A debut
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Adbert Alzolay's 2018 season got off to a late start, but his debut with Triple-A Iowa was certainly worth the wait.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Adbert Alzolay's 2018 season got off to a late start, but his debut with Triple-A Iowa was certainly worth the wait.

After suffering an ankle injury in Spring Training, Alzolay began the 2018 campaign in extended spring training, but he was added to the Iowa roster on Friday and was lights out in a win over Nashville.

The 23-year-old, who fired 50 of his 75 pitches for strikes, was perfect through four innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth before giving up a solo homer. However, Alzolay was able to limit the damage as that was the only run he surrendered.

Video: Top Prospects: Adbert Alzolay, RHP, Cubs

The right-hander finished the sixth and was lifted after striking out six and giving up the one run on two hits.

Other top prospect performances from Friday's action:

No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) and No. 13 Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) provided all of the offense for Double-A New Hampshire in a loss to Reading. Guerrero went 0-for-4 at the plate, but he drove in two runs via groundouts, while Bichette, who also drove in a pair, collected two hits a day after his 10-game hitting streak came to a close.

• No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) broke out of his slump and collected a career-high four RBIs in Class A Bowling Green's win over Lake County. McKay, who had been hitless over his past four games (11 at-bats), went 2-for-4, including RBI hits in the seventh and eighth.

Video: Top Prospects: Brendan McKay, 1B, Rays

• No. 55 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 2) got off to a particularly fast start in his 2018 debut with Class A West Michigan. Manning, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, struck out nine batters over the first three innings, including eight in a row, and ultimately finished with 10, a career high. However, after cruising through three innings, Manning ran into trouble in the fourth and was lifted after giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Manning notches 10th K

• No. 62 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels' No. 2) and Brandon Marsh (Angels' No. 5) were at the center of Class A Burlington's offensive explosion in a 28-7 win over Quad Cities. The duo, hitting third and fourth in the Bees' lineup, combined to go 6-for-11 with 15 RBIs and six runs scored. Adell went 4-for-6 with a double, a grand slam and eight RBIs, while Marsh drove in seven and also hit a grand slam in a 2-for-5 effort.

Athletics' No. 6 prospect Austin Beck hit his first homer of the season and posted another multi-hit performance, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs for Class A Beloit. Beck, the A's first-round pick from 2017, has an RBI in three straight games and five hits in his past 10 at-bats.

Brewers No. 4 prospect Lucas Erceg pushed his average to .362 and set a season high with four hits (4-for-5) in Double-A Biloxi's win over Mobile. The 22-year-old also drove in four runs via a solo homer in the first, a two-run single in the fifth and a base hit in the eighth.

Video: Top Prospects: Lucas Erceg, 3B, Brewers

Cardinals No. 25 prospect Johan Oviedo spun his best start of the season for Class A Peoria. After giving up nine runs in five innings over his first two starts, Oviedo threw six scoreless in a win over Wisconsin. The right-hander struggled with command -- walking five -- but notched eight strikeouts and gave up just three hits.

Indians No. 20 prospect Eric Haase extended his hitting streak to five games with his first homer of the season, a three-run blast, in the first inning of Triple-A Columbus' loss to Rochester. Haase, who is batting .341 through 11 games, added a pair of singles later in the game, finishing 3-for-4.

Nationals No. 4 prospect Erick Fedde lowered his ERA to 1.80 with his second scoreless start for Triple-A Syracuse. Fedde, who yielded just two hits, retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced as he cruised through five scoreless frames. The 25-year-old threw 40 of his 75 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out seven.

Video: Top Prospects: Erick Fedde, RHP, Nationals

Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller matched his career high with four hits for Class A Advanced Jupiter. Batting atop the Hammerheads order, Miller, who went 4-for-5, has hits in 11 of the 13 games he's played and is slashing .311/.354/.361.

Phillies No. 23 prospect McKenzie Mills put together another strong start for Class A Advanced Clearwater. The 22-year-old lefty gave up one run on three hits over seven innings and has now fanned 10 and given up two runs over his past 13 frames (two starts).

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

A's trade Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A

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The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville.

Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building next door to the A's, was 1-for-7 in three games with Oakland after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville.

Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building next door to the A's, was 1-for-7 in three games with Oakland after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Video: CWS@OAK: Trivino whiffs Narvaez for first career K

Trivino was called up on Tuesday and made his MLB debut against the White Sox, throwing a scoreless inning. Then he got his first career win Wednesday night after pitching the final three innings of the A's 12-11, 14-inning win over Chicago. The 26-year-old hasn't allowed a run in his four innings of work and has six strikeouts.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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Checking in on AL West new guys: Piscotty

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The American League West has several new high-profile faces this season, with a mix of established stars and young phenoms highlighting the crop of newcomers to the division.

Here's a look at how the most prominent new guys are settling in with their clubs so far.

The American League West has several new high-profile faces this season, with a mix of established stars and young phenoms highlighting the crop of newcomers to the division.

Here's a look at how the most prominent new guys are settling in with their clubs so far.

Video: OAK@SEA: Piscotty swats a solo homer to right field

A's
Who's the new guy? Outfielder Stephen Piscotty

How's it going so far? Piscotty couldn't find his way over the Mendoza Line during his first 10 games with the A's, so he was subsequently demoted in the lineup. But he hasn't stopped hitting since, batting nearly .500 in the past week after making a slight adjustment to loosen his grip on the bat, and he's gradually looking more comfortable on defense in his new digs, too.

What's on deck? Piscotty is looking like the hitter Oakland was expecting to get when it traded for him in the offseason, which bodes well for a deep lineup that's capable of doing damage top to bottom.

Number to know: 8. Number of times Piscotty has reached base safely in eight consecutive games.

Video: BOS@LAA: Ohtani strikes out Martinez in the 1st

Angels
Who's the new guy? Right-handed pitcher/Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani

How's it going so far? Ohtani, the Angels' prized offseason acquisition, enjoyed a historic start to his career in the Majors, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 13 innings in his first two starts on the mound while batting .367 with three home runs and 11 RBIs over 30 at-bats as the designated hitter. But the 23-year-old two-way phenom proved human in his third pitching appearance on Tuesday, when he allowed three runs over two innings to the Red Sox before exiting with a blister on his right hand.

What's on deck? The blister isn't expected to affect Ohtani's availability as a hitter, so he will likely return to the lineup by Thursday at the earliest and log a few starts at DH before transitioning back into pitching mode. The Halos are hopeful that Ohtani will be able to make his next start on the mound, which would be next Tuesday in Houston if he's kept on his current once-a-week pitching schedule.

Number to know: Ohtani became the first player with two wins and three home runs in his team's first 10 games of a season since Jim Shaw for the 1919 Washington Senators.

Video: HOU@SEA: Cole allows five hits, no earned runs

Astros
Who's the new guy: Right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole

How's it going so far? Cole is off to a tremendous start with his new team, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his first three starts. In that span, he's struck out an AL-best 36 hitters in 21 innings and is using his curveball more often and his fastball less.

What's on deck? Cole is still getting his feet wet in the AL and will have to make adjustments as he faces lineups multiples times. He's faced the Rangers twice and Padres once so far (prior to Wednesday's start at Seattle).

Number to know: Cole's 36 strikeouts through his first three games with the Astros are a club record.

Video: OAK@SEA: Gordon slides to snag Olson's liner in CF

Mariners
Who's the new guy? Outfielder Dee Gordon

How's it going so far? Gordon has gotten off to a fast start with his new club, batting .302 with seven stolen bases over his first 15 games at the top of the Mariners' lineup while also making a smooth transition to center field.

What's on deck? Gordon, who won a Gold Glove Award at second base with the Marlins in 2015, will have to continue to learn and adjust to all the nuances of playing in the outfield, though his elite speed has helped him take well to the new position thus far.

Number to know: Gordon's average sprint speed of 29.7 feet per second was the fourth-fastest mark in the Majors in 2017. On Tuesday against the Astros, Gordon logged sprint speeds of 30.4 feet per second and 30.2 feet per second on a pair of groundouts -- both above Statcast™'s benchmark for elite speed of 30 feet per second.

Video: TEX@TB: Kiner-Falefa collects four hits vs. the Rays

Rangers
Who's the new guy? Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa

How's it going so far? Kiner-Falefa was called up to the Majors for the first time on April 10 to be the Rangers' backup utility infielder when second baseman Rougned Odor went on the disabled list. Kiner-Falefa then became the starting second baseman when Elvis Andrus got hurt and Jurickson Profar shifted to shortstop. Then Profar went into concussion protocol during Monday's game and Kiner-Falefa made his first start at shortstop on Tuesday, getting four hits in a 7-2 victory over the Rays. Texas has been juggling its lineup almost daily because of the injuries, and Kiner-Falefa so far has handled everything thrown at him.

What's on deck? Kiner-Falefa will continue to play shortstop until Profar is ready to return, then he'll switch back to second base. Odor is due back in another two weeks or so, but Andrus is down for six to eight weeks with a fractured bone in his right elbow. Kiner-Falefa is going to be in the big leagues for awhile if he continues to play well and show he is not fazed by the environment.

Number to know: Kiner-Falefa is just the fourth Rangers player to have a four-hit game within the first seven games of his career.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Murphy among top prospect performers

Brewers duo impresses on both sides of the ball
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers' top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers' top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Milwaukee's No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 56 overall) hit his first homer of the season in a 2-for-5 showing with Class A Advanced Carolina while Corbin Burnes (Brewers' No. 2, No. 69 overall) spun a scoreless start and picked up the win for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Hiura, who hit .371 in 42 games after he was picked in the first round a season ago, got off to a slow start this season, but he appears to be finding his rhythm. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his past five games, raising his average from .143 to .220 over that timeframe.

Hiura's first homer of 2018

Burnes was impressive from start to finish as he struck out the side in the first inning, setting the tone for things to come. The right-hander notched at least one strikeout in five of his first six innings, ultimately finishing with nine.

Burnes faced one batter in the seventh, got a flyout, then was lifted after yielding three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Burnes rings up ninth strikeout

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) is hitting .362/.411/.596 after going 2-for-4 with Double-A New Hampshire. Guerrero has hits in 10 of 12 games this season and has notched multiple hits in five of his past six games. While Guerrero was contributing on the offensive end, Jordan Romano (No. 27) kept Binghamton in check with seven innings of one-run ball.

• No. 23 overall prospect Austin Hays (Orioles' No. 1) was responsible for half of Double-A Bowie's offense in a 6-1 win over Richmond. Hays finished just 1-for-4, but he drove in three runs via a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run homer in the ninth. Cedric Mullins (Orioles' No. 7) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-5, and Keegan Akin (Orioles' No. 9) picked up his first win of the year as he struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball.

Hays goes the other way

• No. 38 overall prospect Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 2) spun the first complete game of his career (seven innings) and moved to 3-0 as he led Triple-A Memphis to a win over Omaha in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 22-year-old right hander gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out six while throwing 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Flaherty finishes complete game

• No. 97 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves' No. 8) is swinging a scorching-hot bat for Double-A Mississippi. The 21-year-old, who went 3-for-3, is hitting .408 after his fourth straight multi-hit effort. Over those four games, Riley is 10-for-15 with six extra-base hits and five RBIs.

• No. 99 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) continued his hot start and extended his hitting streak to six games, going 4-for-5 with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Rutherford, who is batting .404 through 11 games, also set a career high with four RBIs. Micker Adolfo (No. 10) also contributed to the win, hitting his third homer of the year.

Rutherford's two-run single

Athletics No. 8 prospect Sean Murphy pushed his average to .409 with his fourth consecutive multi-hit performance for Double-A Midland. Murphy, who hit just .209 in 53 games with Midland last season, went 4-for-5 and is off to a particularly fast start at the plate. The 23-year-old has hits in nine of the 11 games he's played in and has also racked up nine RBIs.

Murphy knocks out four hits

• Braves No. 10 prospect Joey Wentz was once again dominant for Class A Advanced Florida. Wentz retired the first five batters he faced on his way toward hurling five scoreless innings. The 20-year-old hasn't given up a run in either of his past two starts (10 innings) and has allowed just one run all season. Wentz struck out six, including the final two batters he faced, and has now fanned 15 in 14 innings.

Cubs No. 3 prospect Oscar De La Cruz bounced back from a couple rough starts to spin a gem for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander gave up 11 earned runs over six innings in his first two starts, but he showed no signs of struggle against Montgomery. De La Cruz dominated through six scoreless frames, surrendering just one hit and striking out six.

De La Cruz fans six

• Pirates prospects Calvin Mitchell (No. 16) and Travis MacGregor (No. 25) led Class A West Virginia to a 3-0 win over Asheville. Mitchell, who finished 2-for-4, provided all the offense with a three-run homer in the third while MacGregor did his part by pitching six scoreless innings. MacGregor, who struck out six and yielded three hits, has given up just one earned run over three starts this season.

Red Sox No. 11 prospect Josh Ockimey picked the perfect time -- waiting until the bases were loaded -- to hit his first homer of the season. The 22-year-old went 3-for-4 for Double-A Portland and put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the seventh.

Royals No. 25 prospect Chase Vallot snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning grand slam for Class A Advanced Wilmington. Vallot picked up a fifth RBI via a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, but is still having a tough time at the plate as he finished 1-for-5.

Angels No. 29 prospect Joe Gatto gave up five runs in three innings in his last start with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, but he bounced back in a big way against Lancaster. The 22-year-old right-hander fired 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes as he struck out nine and yielded three hits over six scoreless frames. Gatto struck out the side in the first and notched at least one strikeout in five of his six innings.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Olson walks off for A's in wild 14-inning affair

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OAKLAND -- With one swift swing of the bat it was all over. A moment nearly six hours in the making.

Matt Olson delivered a bases-loaded RBI single to deep left field to clinch a 12-11 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday and a series sweep for the A's.

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OAKLAND -- With one swift swing of the bat it was all over. A moment nearly six hours in the making.

Matt Olson delivered a bases-loaded RBI single to deep left field to clinch a 12-11 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday and a series sweep for the A's.

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It was a wild back-and-forth affair which featured a five-run comeback by the A's, in a contest that took 555 pitches and 5 hours and 48 minutes to complete.

"It's just like a heavyweight fight," Olson said. "We kept trading blows the whole game, until finally we were able to get that one."

Video: CWS@OAK: Lowrie and Olson come up big for Athletics

After trailing virtually all game, the A's briefly held a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth. But closer Blake Treinen couldn't shut the door on the White Sox, who used a Tim Anderson RBI single to push the game to extra innings. But Treinen was able to settle down after that and complete three innings on an afternoon when starter Andrew Triggs didn't make it out of the second inning.

Following Treinen's outing, rookie Lou Trivino emerged from the bullpen before finishing the final three frames to collect his first big-league victory. It's been quite a whirlwind lately for Trivino, who made his MLB debut in Tuesday's victory after learning of his promotion at a pizza restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa, late Monday night.

Video: CWS@OAK: Trivino fans Davidson, strands a pair

"It's been a very crazy 24 hours," Trivino said. "I've enjoyed it, though."

Triggs said he struggled due to a lack of control and movement on his pitches. The usually accurate right-hander lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks. Entering Wednesday's action, Triggs had allowed just five earned runs over 15 2/3 innings (2.87 ERA).

Ryan Dull was the only A's reliever who didn't see game action on Wednesday. He and A's outfielder Jake Smolinski were both on the mound warming up in the 14th when Olson delivered the game-winner.

"Shoot, I put us in a heck of a hole, that's for sure," Triggs said. "We emptied out the bullpen. Those guys worked their butts off and it's impressive what they did. I've sat in the bullpen before and I know what that's like when the starter doesn't do his job. I didn't do my job today, so tip of the cap."

"The bullpen was Herculean," added A's manager Bob Melvin.

Video: CWS@OAK: Melvin on win in long, extra-inning game

Chicago's leadoff man Yoan Moncada delivered the big blow to Triggs, a second-inning grand slam that opened up an early 6-1 lead. Once Triggs hit Jose Abreu with a pitch two batters later, Melvin emerged from the dugout to pull Triggs from the game. With long man Yusmeiro Petit in Venezuela dealing with a family medical emergency, Melvin had to get creative with his bullpen to get through the contest.

Video: CWS@OAK: Moncada belts a grand slam to right

The A's knocked White Sox righty Carson Fulmer out of the game in the second inning. Olson said he felt more locked in as the game progressed, as he went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two walks. Khris Davis contributed three hits and two RBIs, while Mark Canha kept up his recent hot streak with a second-inning solo shot. Stephen Piscotty also had a pair of hits and extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is batting 13-for-31 (.419).

In all, five players recorded multi-hit games for the A's, who have now won four straight and averaged 10 runs per game during the series.

"We're really hitting on all cylinders right now," Piscotty said. 

Video: CWS@OAK: Canha belts a solo tater to left

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
While the A's battled malaise in the early going, its offense was able to claw back throughout the afternoon. Jed Lowrie gave Oakland its first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he belted a two-run homer to left field. It continued his white-hot start to the season, as he entered action on Wednesday as the MLB leader in hits and RBIs. Following a 2-for-7 afternoon, Lowrie is now batting .346 with a team-best six homers, 21 RBIs and 28 hits.

"We have a lot of guys who are going up there and putting together consistent at-bats every time," Olson said. "Jed, [Davis], Piscotty -- they're all swinging the bat right now and that is kind of contagious."

Video: CWS@OAK: Lowrie laces go-ahead two-run homer to left 

SOUND SMART
At 5 hours and 48 minutes, Wednesday's contest marked the third-longest by game time in Oakland A's history. The first two? Back on April 29, 2013, the A's and Angels engaged in a 6-hour, 32-minute affair that went 19 innings. The A's and Yankees played a 16-inning, six-hour contest on Aug. 9, 2002 in the Bronx.

HE SAID IT
"The thing is that we had like 20 runs in the past two games. We have to keep that up. It doesn't matter. What's important is winning." -- Canha, on if he'll continue to wear a ski mask during day games with nice weather.

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The A's trailed, 6-3, and had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the second when Lowrie grounded to Anderson. The White Sox shortstop quickly relayed to second baseman Moncada, who fired to first baseman Matt Davidson for what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. After further review, however, Lowrie was called safe at first to extend the inning. Lowrie's hustle down the line plated another run for Oakland -- one that proved to be instrumental later on in sending the game to extra innings.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lowire reaches first after call overturned

UP NEXT
The A's will rest on Thursday before hosting the Red Sox for a three-game series this weekend. Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman has struggled mightily this season and enters with a 9.87 ERA across his four starts. He'll take the ball on Friday at 7:05 p.m. PT against former A's southpaw Drew Pomeranz, who makes his 2018 debut.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Canha wears good luck ski mask

Utility man Mark Canha made his 2018 debut for the A's last weekend in Seattle, where he hit a booming homer deep into the Safeco Field night. Not a bad start to his season. 

Earlier this week, the A's began a three-game series with the White Sox at the Coliseum. Monday night's game featured some pretty crisp weather by Bay Area standards, so Canha wore an additional layer of clothing under his gold jersey. Part of the undergarment essentially worked as a turtleneck. 

Nifty at 50: A's rout White Sox on anniversary

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OAKLAND -- The A's know how to throw a party.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary with a lively group of fans who were treated to a free game at the Coliseum, the A's kept them entertained from beginning to end, lighting up the scoreboard in a 10-2 drubbing of the White Sox on Tuesday night.

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OAKLAND -- The A's know how to throw a party.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary with a lively group of fans who were treated to a free game at the Coliseum, the A's kept them entertained from beginning to end, lighting up the scoreboard in a 10-2 drubbing of the White Sox on Tuesday night.

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"It was loud," A's manager Bob Melvin said of the crowd of 46,028. "It looked like the place was packed. That was the objective, and I really wanted to put on a good show for them, and our guys did, right away. It was great to score some runs early on and get the crowd into it. When they get into it, they have a lot of fun."

Winners of three straight for the first time this season, the A's have totaled at least eight runs in three of their last four games, their lineup doing drastic damage to complement a starting staff that, finally, is finding stability.

Trevor Cahill, fittingly, was on the mound for this throwback scene, which featured the A's and White Sox adorned in their 1968 uniforms. Making his first start for Oakland since 2011, Cahill twirled seven shutout innings and struck out eight in his season debut.

Video: CWS@OAK: Cahill K's eight over seven scoreless frames

A's starters have held the opposition to just two earned runs across 22 1/3 innings during this three-game streak, which has Oakland sitting at 8-10.

"It felt really good," Cahill said. "A little bit more nerves than the normal first time taking the ball in the big leagues. The first one's always a little bit more nerve-wracking, but I think the offense kind of helped me out, kind of got me to relax and go out there and fill up the zone."

Cahill turned back the clock and took to the mound to "White Rabbit," the same tune that accompanied him during his first stint with the A's, who reunited with the righty on a one-year deal in late March.

He was the benefactor of a bevy of run support: The offense went to work early, getting a two-out solo homer from a red-hot Jed Lowrie in the first that ignited a five-run inning. Khris Davis doubled, Matt Olson reached on a soft infield single, Matt Chapman walked, and Mark Canha and Stephen Piscotty teamed up to drive in two runs apiece.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lowrie opens the scoring with a solo homer

The A's were at it again in the fourth, knocking White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez out of the game following three straight hits from Canha, Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy, who notched a two-run single. Matt Joyce kept it going with a double, and Marcus Semien, the lone A's starter to not reach base, did his part with a sacrifice fly. Canha and Lucroy picked up their third hits of the night in a two-run seventh.

"We're swinging the bats good," Melvin said. "We always felt like we had a good offensive club. It's about sustaining it. We're playing a little better right now all the way across the board, too. We put ourselves behind the eight-ball a little bit early on with the record, so hopefully we can play a little bit better and win a few more games."

Video: CWS@OAK: Lucroy plates a pair with single to center

ANYTHING BUT DULL
A's reliever Ryan Dull, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday after rehabbing a shoulder strain, had quite the strange season debut. Dull recorded four strikeouts, yet also allowed two runs in the eighth. Omar Narvaez reached on a strikeout-wild pitch to christen the inning, and Yoan Moncada followed with a two-run homer, before Dull settled down to strike out his final three batters.

Pitchers with four strikeouts in one inning

"I said, 'How many guys do you have to strike out to get out of an inning?'" Melvin said. "We've seen him. He's got a really sharp slider and he spots his fastball really well. I needed to get him in a game today. It'd been four days and we don't want him to go too long without pitching. Four strikeouts in one inning's pretty good."

Video: CWS@OAK: Dull strikes out four in the 8th inning

SOUND SMART
Before Tuesday's five-run showing in the first inning, the A's had scored a total of seven runs in the first inning in their previous 17 games.

"That was a lot of fun," Canha said. "It was a fun game to be a part of."

Video: CWS@OAK: Canha drives a two-run single to left

TRIVINO DEBUTS
Right-hander Lou Trivino, the club's No. 27 prospect, who was promoted ahead of Tuesday's game, saw action in the ninth inning, collecting two strikeouts to work out of a jam, stranding two to end the game.

"Unless you've done that before, your first big league game's an out-of-body experience, it really is," Melvin said. "And then you get some baserunners out there and it's like, boy, you really have to settle yourself down. His stuff's going to play. If he throws the ball over the plate he's going to have some success and can throw one of his breaking pitches maybe behind in the count. He's got great movement on the fastball at a very high velocity. We think very highly of him."

Video: CWS@OAK: Trivino whiffs Narvaez for first career K

HE SAID IT
"He came out of the game, and I told him, 'Well that's a lot better than that game you pitched my first game in Chicago my first game as a manager,' and he got a kick out of that." -- Melvin, on Cahill, who allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in Melvin's A's managerial debut against the host White Sox on June 9, 2011

UP NEXT
Right-hander Andrew Triggs will be on the bump for Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. PT series finale against the White Sox, who will counter with right-hander Carson Fulmer (0-1, 5.59 ERA). Triggs allowed no more than two runs while completing at least five innings in his first three starts.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Birthday boy Lowrie's homer sparks A's rally

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OAKLAND -- Jed Lowrie's American League-leading 25th hit was launched for a solo home run in the first inning Tuesday, stoking a lively Coliseum crowd at the A's free game against the White Sox, which the A's won, 10-2.

The birthday blast -- Lowrie turned 34 on Tuesday -- was the second baseman's fifth of the season, making the A's the only team employing three players with five home runs. Khris Davis and Matt Chapman have also tallied as many.

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OAKLAND -- Jed Lowrie's American League-leading 25th hit was launched for a solo home run in the first inning Tuesday, stoking a lively Coliseum crowd at the A's free game against the White Sox, which the A's won, 10-2.

The birthday blast -- Lowrie turned 34 on Tuesday -- was the second baseman's fifth of the season, making the A's the only team employing three players with five home runs. Khris Davis and Matt Chapman have also tallied as many.

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Lowrie not only leads the AL in hits, but is tops in RBIs, too, with 18 -- 16 of them coming in his last 12 games. The veteran infielder is 20-for-46 (.435) over the remarkable stretch.

His first-inning shot off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez kickstarted a five-run frame, which also featured RBI hits from Mark Canha and Stephen Piscotty.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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A's have fun celebrating retro game

The night of April 17, 1968, was a special one for the Oakland Athletics. It marked the team's first game at the Coliseum in Oakland, where owner Charlie O. Finley moved them from Kansas City. 

On Tuesday, the 2018 A's paid tribute to five decades in Oakland with a special night when they hosted the White Sox. Not only were tickets distributed to fans for free as part of the festivities, but the team also wore throwback jerseys paying tribute to the '68 team. 

Luzardo among top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Bieber, Cleveland's No. 8 prospect, fired seven scoreless frames, allowing four hits and striking out six to lead Double-A Akron past Altoona, 2-0. The 22-year-old right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 20 with the performance, during which he's allowed just 10 hits and zero walks while striking out 23 batters.

That Bieber, the Indians' fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, is yet to issue a walk should not be surprising -- he issued just 12 free passes (two intentional) in 173 1/3 innings last season to lead all Minor League hurlers both in walk rate (1.5 percent) and walks-per-nine innings (0.5 BB/9).

Hentges (No. 17) also dazzled in his start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, posting six blank frames to help the Hillcats defeat Frederick, 4-1. The 21-year-old lefty scattered six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in arguably his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery last June. He's quickly emerged as Lynchburg's ace in McKenzie's absence, posting a 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings (three starts) to begin the season.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

• It took him 10 games, but No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 1) is finally on the board with his first home run. The 20-year-old phenom connected on a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning, before finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk in Triple-A Gwinnett's win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RBIs also were firsts for Acuna, who's hitting .175 overall with two extra-base hits after his second multi-hit game.

Acuna's first 2018 homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in Double-A New Hampshire's loss to Binghamton. Bichette also scored and run and stole his fourth base. The 20-year-old shortstop is hitting .341 through 10 games and ranks among the top three in the Eastern League in both runs scored (10) and hits (15).

No. 14 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) broke out of a 1-for-26 slump by going 3-for-4 in Double-A Hartford's loss to Portland in game one of a doubleheader. One of the 21-year-old shortstop's hits was a double, and he also plated a run in the three-hit performance, his second this season.

No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals' No. 2) collected a pair of hits in both ends of Class A Hagerstown's doubleheader to improve his season slash line to a robust .415/.537/.902. The 19-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in the opener and then reached base four times in the nightcap in a 2-for-2, two-walk performance. Altogether, Soto has produced 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 12 games, with nearly twice as many walks (13) as strikeouts (seven).

No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 2) furthered his reputation as one of baseball's top left-handed pitching prospects by spinning five no-hit frames with nine strikeouts for Class A Advanced Stockton. He allowed just two hitters to reach base -- one via a walk and the other on his own error -- and threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The 20-year-old southpaw has been dominant to begin the season, posting a 1.23 ERA with 25 strikeouts and .120 opponents' average over 14 2/3 innings (three starts) in the hitter-friendly California League.

No. 81 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins' No. 4) has at least one hit and one RBI in three straight games after connecting on his first home run, a solo shot, in Double-A Chattanooga's win over Jacksonville. The 22-year-old middle infielder is off to a strong start in 2018, hitting .350/.381/.550 through 10 games in his second tour of the Southern League.

Angels No. 10 prospect Michael Hermosillo set a career high with six RBIs behind a trio of run-producing extra-base hits in Triple-A Salt Lake's rout of Sacramento. The 23-year-old outfielder accrued his RBIs in the first six innings, too, as he plated two runs with a triple in the second inning, connected on a three-run homer in the fourth and then added a solo shot two frames later to finish 3-for-5. Hermosillo also scored two runs and recorded an outfield assist in center field.

Hermosillo's second homer

Blue Jays' No. 9 prospect T.J. Zeuch tossed six scoreless innings en route to his second win in three starts for Class A Advanced Dunedin. He scattered five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts while generating an additional seven outs on the ground. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has completed at least six innings in each of his three starts for Dunedin, posting a 2.89 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames overall.

Brewers No. 5 prospect Luis Ortiz set a career high with 10 strikeouts for Double-A Biloxi after entering the game as a reliever in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old righty would work the remaining 6 1/3 frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks as the Shuckers fell 4-3 to Mobile in 10 innings. At the plate for Biloxi, Corey Ray (No. 7) stayed hot with his fourth straight multi-hit performance as he finished 2-for-5 with two steals. He's hit a double in four straight games and has an extra-base hit in nine of his past 10 contests.

Dodgers No. 16 prospect Caleb Ferguson took a no-decision for Double-A Tulsa despite posting five scoreless frames of two-hit ball. He tallied nine strikeouts against just one walk while throwing 53 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty sports a 0.87 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings through three starts for the Drillers.

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Giants No. 8 prospect Shaun Anderson led the way with six scoreless innings as Double-A Richmond blanked Bowie, 1-0. Facing three batters over the minimum in the outing, Anderson, whom San Francisco acquired from Boston at last year's Trade Deadline, yielded four hits and one walk while pairing four strikeouts with nine ground-ball outs. He threw 86 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther allowed three hits over five innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, throwing 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 21-year-old lefty has been dominant early in his first full season, posting a 0.36 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 11 scoreless frames (both wins).

Reds No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan has gone 16 innings without allowing an earned run as he pitched Class A Advanced Daytona past Tampa, 8-2. The 21-year-old righty gave up three hits in six innings, struck out five and hit a batter. He's limited opposing hitters to a .145 average across his first three starts, posting 18 strikeouts against four walks in 16 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Hot dog vendor takes a seat among fans

You have to hand it to vendors at baseball games. If they have calorie-tracking apps or wristbands, they probably easily surpass their step count in a matter of hours, each day at the job.

That's a lot of walking, and no matter the comfort level of one's shoes, taking a break is crucial to long-term success.