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Surging A's looking like contenders at break

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OAKLAND -- The up-and-coming A's are coming in hot. Their young core is booming ahead of schedule, building baseball's best record since June 16 to earn entrance into the playoff conversation.

Only three games back of American League West-rival Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot, Oakland's ability to showcase sustained success out of the break will be critical ahead of the looming July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

OAKLAND -- The up-and-coming A's are coming in hot. Their young core is booming ahead of schedule, building baseball's best record since June 16 to earn entrance into the playoff conversation.

Only three games back of American League West-rival Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot, Oakland's ability to showcase sustained success out of the break will be critical ahead of the looming July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The offense is rolling. The bullpen is steady. The starting staff ... not so much. Will the A's take action to address this?

Current status: Buyer
The A's are in position to buy, rather than sell, after putting together the fifth-best record in the AL despite entering the season with baseball's lowest payroll and modest expectations. This means would-be selloffs Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy are staying put as Oakland looks to add instead of subtract for the first time since 2014.

What they are seeking
Arms. The A's will scan any and all available options within their price range -- i.e. the middle tier. This includes not just starters -- Oakland has already used 12 of them -- but relievers to join a supporting cast behind the electrifying duo of Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen and shorten the game. Just how much ownership is willing to dish out remains to be seen, but the A's certainly deserve the chance to see this thing through.

What they have to offer
A once-barren farm system is now brimming with talent thanks to years-long work clocked by the front office. Through a series of trades, Oakland now boasts some of the best prospects in the game and would seemingly be unwilling to part with the majority of them. The A's will have to give a little to get a little, though, and they could find themselves dangling a handful of names they could stand to sacrifice; several attractive pieces are outside of their Top 10 prospects list, including outfielders Ramon Laureano and Greg Deichmann, and pitchers Norge Ruiz and Nolan Blackwood.

Possible scenario
The A's could turn to the Padres for help and stage a reunion with starter Tyson Ross, one of the more affordable options on the market. San Diego also has a couple of relievers that could be of interest to Oakland in Kirby Yates and Craig Stammen. Other potential assets available on the trade market: Detroit's Francisco Liriano and Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com.

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A's release veteran right-hander Casilla

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OAKLAND -- The A's have released right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla.
 
Casilla was designated for assignment last Saturday after compiling a 3.16 ERA in 26 games with Oakland. He had a .170 opponents batting average but walked 20 batters in 31 1/3 innings.

The 37-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut with the A's in 2004 and spent six seasons with Oakland before pitching for San Francisco from 2010-16. He spent the last two seasons with the A's and went 10-9 with 21 saves and a 4.67 ERA in 241 career appearances with Oakland. Casilla is 42-31 with 144 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 655 career relief appearances over 15 seasons in the Majors.

OAKLAND -- The A's have released right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla.
 
Casilla was designated for assignment last Saturday after compiling a 3.16 ERA in 26 games with Oakland. He had a .170 opponents batting average but walked 20 batters in 31 1/3 innings.

The 37-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut with the A's in 2004 and spent six seasons with Oakland before pitching for San Francisco from 2010-16. He spent the last two seasons with the A's and went 10-9 with 21 saves and a 4.67 ERA in 241 career appearances with Oakland. Casilla is 42-31 with 144 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 655 career relief appearances over 15 seasons in the Majors.

 

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Thursday's top prospect performers

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

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

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

Jesus Luzardo extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings as he spun another gem in Double-A Midland's 3-1 win over Corpus Christi.

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The Athletics' top prospect (No. 20 overall) hasn't surrendered a run since June 11 and hasn't allowed an earned run since June 6. The lefty has been lights out all season, posting a 2.36 through 14 starts with Midland after beginning the year with Class A Advanced Stockton, and Thursday's outing was no different.

Luzardo threw 42 of his 68 pitches for strikes and issued just one walk and one hit as he cruised through five innings. Luzardo also recorded seven strikeouts, bringing his total to 106 through 83 1/3 innings this season.

Luzardo's seventh strikeout

The 20-year-old got into a rhythm right away as he retired the first nine batters he faced. The Hooks put their leadoff man on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but no damage was done and Luzardo retired six in a row to finish his outing.

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

• No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) put together another strong start for Triple-A Charlotte. The hard-throwing right-hander yielded seven hits, but limited the damage to just two runs (one earned) over six innings. Kopech, who has struggled with consistency this season, has thrown the ball well lately, giving up one earned run or less in four of his past five starts. Also worth noting that Kopech's command was strong as he threw 70 of his 102 pitches for strikes while striking out nine and walking one.

• No. 100 overall prospect Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 3) fell two outs shy of his first complete game this season, but still picked up his 13th win for Triple-A Memphis. Hudson, who was lifted after 6 1/3 innings, struck out eight and gave up one run on five hits as he lowered his ERA to 2.36 through 18 starts.

Braves No. 12 prospect Bryse Wilson has been nearly untouchable lately for Double-A Mississippi. After throwing seven scoreless frames, Wilson has turned in a scoreless performance in three of his past four starts. The 20-year-old right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts -- a total he's reached in three of his past four starts -- as he threw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Wilson also walked one and gave up three hits.

Wilson throws seven scoreless

• Cardinals No. 27 prospect Elehuris Montero hit a pair of homers -- his first career multihomer game -- as part of a 3-for-5 performance for Class A Peoria. The 19-year-old hit two run homers in both the third and seventh innings.

Watch: Montero goes yard

Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson continues to post zeros for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander threw five scoreless innings and hasn't given up a run in three of his past four starts. Thompson threw 42 of his 72 pitches for strikes, struck out five, walked one and gave up two hits.

Dodgers No. 11 prospect Gavin Lux extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a leadoff triple for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 20-year-old later added another hit to finish 2-for-4 and boost his average to .324. Lux, a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft, last went hitless on June 26. Since then, he's raised his average 15 points and collected multiple hits in nine of the 19 games.

Reds No. 8 prospect Tyler Stephenson set a career high with two homers and tied a career high with five RBIs in a huge game for Class A Advanced Daytona. Stephenson, who is hitting .282 through 76 games this season, hit a two-run shot in the sixth and then capped his night with a three-run blast in the ninth.

Watch: Stephenson launches homer

• Reds No. 9 prospect Vladimir Gutierrez gave up one run over seven innings for Double-A Pensalcola and has now surrendered one earned run or less in seven of his past eight starts. Not only did Gutierrez keep the runs off the board, but he also piled up the strikeouts, reaching double digits (10) for the second time in his career.

Tigers No. 11 prospect Mike Gerber helped lift Triple-A Toledo to a win as he clubbed a pair of homers for the second time this season. Gerber, who has 12 homers through 59 games this season, hit solo homers in the fifth and eighth innings before finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Watch: Gerber rips 2nd homer

Twins No. 16 prospect Kohl Stewart seems to be finding his rhythm with Triple-A Rochester. Stewart gave up one run over six innings, while striking out eight and giving up a trio of hits. After giving up 11 runs in 10 innings over his first two starts, the right-hander has allowed one earned run in each of his past two outings (12 innings).

• Blue Jays first-round Draft pick Jordan Groshans came through with the second three-hit game of his career, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer in the Rookie-level GCL. The 18-year-old has gotten off to a fast start in his brief career and is slashing .372/.440/.590 with three homers through 21 games.

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

Treinen embraced in memorable ASG for duo

Reliever fires perfect inning; Lowrie gets time at 2nd
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Blake Treinen received an extended ovation from his former home crowd when he was introduced at Nationals Park before the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday. He responded with a smile and a wave, soaking in his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.

He didn't expect it. Treinen, who pitched for the Nationals from 2014-17 and had a 5.73 ERA midway through 2017 before being dealt to the A's, thought the reaction would be half and half.

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Blake Treinen received an extended ovation from his former home crowd when he was introduced at Nationals Park before the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday. He responded with a smile and a wave, soaking in his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.

He didn't expect it. Treinen, who pitched for the Nationals from 2014-17 and had a 5.73 ERA midway through 2017 before being dealt to the A's, thought the reaction would be half and half.

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"Something like, 'You suck!'" he said. "That's all I keep hearing. 'Why did you suck so bad here, and now you're good?' I don't know. I guess things happen for a reason."

Treinen added: "It was nice to hear the people here still appreciated me. Not that I need it, but I wasn't expecting it, that's for sure."

Video: 2018 ASG: Treinen gets warm ovation in D.C.

It choked him up. Being at the All-Star Game -- which the American League won, 8-6, in extra innings -- and hearing the crowd cheer a little extra for him validated the work he has put in to become a dominant reliever.

"I just thought about my career and how everything has transpired," he said. "I mean, just like God's plan and journey and that stuff. People don't want to hear that, but it's true."

A few hours later, he showed Nationals fans what they were missing. Sean Doolittle, whom the A's sent along with Ryan Madson to the Nationals for Treinen, made the All-Star Game for the National League. But Treinen may end up making the Nationals regret the deal when it's all said and done.

He has developed into one of baseball's best closers this season, and on Tuesday, he tossed a clean sixth inning for the AL. He thought he would get to face Bryce Harper, but Harper was replaced in the top of the inning. So Treinen had to settle for retiring Joey Votto, Christian Yelich and Charlie Blackmon in order to keep the AL ahead, 2-1.

Treinen threw 11 pitches; 10 of them strikes. His sinker, a pitch that has been so lethal this season, touched 99 mph.

Treinen and second baseman Jed Lowrie represented the A's at the All-Star Game in the nation's capital, the first time Oakland has had two All-Star representatives since 2015, when pitcher Sonny Gray and catcher Stephen Vogt made the team.

"I was happy that we were able to do this together, and happy that we were on the field at the same time," Lowrie said. "Something I'll never forget the rest of my life."

Lowrie also entered the game in the sixth inning, making his All-Star Game debut at age 34 as a defensive replacement for Jose Altuve at second base. In his at-bat in the seventh, he worked the count and drew a two-out walk against Felipe Vazquez, but was stranded at first after Mitch Haniger struck out to end the inning. He also popped out in the ninth inning and grounded out in the 10th.

Lowrie said his first at-bat felt like a playoff atmosphere. He has dreamed of being on this stage since he was little.

"As a kid, in your backyard, playing with your friends, it's either the World Series or the All-Star Game," Lowrie said.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lowrie makes the play to retire Yelich

Treinen was the first Oakland reliever to make an All-Star team since Doolittle in 2014. He has anchored an A's bullpen that does not blow leads: The A's are 38-0 when leading after seven innings -- the only team in the Majors that has not lost when leading after seven -- and Treinen's Major League-leading 0.94 ERA among relievers is a big reason why.

Lowrie joined Phil Garner (1976) as the only A's second basemen to make an All-Star team in addition to making his first All-Star appearance in his 11th season. After leading the A's with a .277 batting average last season, Lowrie has continued to be the A's most consistent offensive weapon and remain healthy.

Lowrie is batting .285 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs, which ranks 10th in the AL, and he has also delivered in the clutch, hitting .381 (45-for-118) in the seventh inning or later with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. His 12 game-winning RBIs rank third in the AL.

The game itself featured 10 home runs. There were also 25 strikeouts combined between the two teams, an indication of baseball's trend of batters swinging for the fences. But Treinen didn't punch anyone out.

"I didn't get a strikeout," he joked, "so maybe I need to go re-evaluate myself."

Eric He is a reporter for MLB.com.

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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A's roll into break with series win vs. Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It was only appropriate that the A's capped their fruitful first half with a win Sunday.

The American League Wild Card contenders put together a four-run fourth inning that fueled a 6-2 victory over the Giants behind Sean Manaea, taking two of three from their Bay rivals at AT&T Park.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It was only appropriate that the A's capped their fruitful first half with a win Sunday.

The American League Wild Card contenders put together a four-run fourth inning that fueled a 6-2 victory over the Giants behind Sean Manaea, taking two of three from their Bay rivals at AT&T Park.

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The A's spent the majority of April and May straddling .500, much like outsiders expected of them, before swiftly flipping the narrative with a remarkable push. They're an MLB-best 21-6 since June 16 to move a season-high 13 games over .500, at 55-42, and are within three games of a Wild Card spot after the Mariners were swept in Colorado on Sunday.

"I think we're playing really confident baseball and we're making a charge here, so we're really happy with how we finished," said A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty, whose sixth-inning solo homer gave him five in nine games and 12 overall. "We're right there, so we're excited to keep going."

Video: OAK@SF: Piscotty belts a solo homer to left

The A's patchwork rotation -- utilizing 12 starters -- has managed to keep up throughout, stabilized by the man who scripted one of the club's most memorable moments of the first half. Manaea, who twirled a no-hitter against the Red Sox on April 21, delivered six strong innings Sunday, allowing two runs on five hits -- including a solo homer by Chase d'Arnaud -- to bring his ERA to 3.42 ahead of the break.

Manaea is the lone member of Oakland's Opening Day rotation still standing. Kendall Graveman, demoted to Triple-A in April, is on the Minor League disabled list; Daniel Gossett and Andrew Triggs are on the big league DL, and Daniel Mengden just got off it and was optioned to the Minors.

Video: OAK@SF: Manaea holds Giants to 2 runs over 6 innings

A hodgepodge of arms have surfaced in their stead, their biggest ally being a dominant bullpen. Matched with a homer-happy offense, the A's are rolling, taking a winning record into the break for the first time since 2014.

Ryan Buchter, Lou Trivino and All-Star closer Blake Treinen teamed up for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to help them secure another series victory. They haven't lost any of their last nine.

Video: OAK@SF: Buchter K's Duggar, strikes out the side

"I looked at our lineup specifically, and I thought that we would have one of the better lineups in the game," All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie said. "Our bullpen has been absolutely lights-out, next to automatic. We've had a little inconsistency with the starters just because we've had almost a revolving door.

"I think everybody would be pleasantly surprised to be 13 games above .500 at the All-Star break, but not in the sense that the talent isn't in the room. It's just that when you have a lot of young guys, sometimes it takes time for those guys to develop and win, and that's why it's been so impressive to watch that maturation process."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Manaea trailed, 1-0, before the offense picked him up with a barrage of base hits in the fourth. In an un-A's-like way, they strung four in a row together against Giants lefty Andrew Suarez following a one-out walk to Lowrie, each one moving a man two bases.

Mark Canha, Piscotty, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman formed the conga line, with Jonathan Lucroy capping the frame with a sacrifice fly.

Video: OAK@SF: Chapman rips an RBI single to right

"What impressed me the most is he's got a good sinker, and we're going to have a tough time getting them in the air, so the guys were just first to third, first to third, first to third, and that's a different dynamic for us," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Hitting the ball the other way, running the bases, taking the extra base ... anytime we can have an inning like that where we're scoring without the home run gives us some confidence that we can continue to score and string hits together."

SOUND SMART
With two extra-base hits Sunday, the A's brought their running total to 321 -- a franchise record for most at the break. The previous mark was 317 (1996). Of the 321 hits, 127 were homers.

HE SAID IT
"I didn't even look at the scoreboard today, but the guys mentioned it when they were coming off the field, so I know where we are right now." -- Melvin

UP NEXT
Following the All-Star break, the A's and Giants will resume play across the Bay for a three-game set in Oakland, beginning with Friday's 6:35 p.m. PT matchup. The A's have taken 14 of their last 20 against the Giants at the Coliseum.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

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ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

Tweet from @Marlins: Hitters have 99 problems and they're all miles per hour.Jorge Guzman was all 🔥 at the Futures Game. #JustGettinStarted pic.twitter.com/tw6iYWWnSm

METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

Tweet from @JesseSanchezMLB: No big deal. It���s just a Hall of Famer sharing hitting tips with a young prospect. This might be the biggest moment of Andres Gimenez���s pro career. #FuturesGame. #Mets pic.twitter.com/ShXlU7IUTW

Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt and allowed Adell to score from third. He also gave up a mammoth blast to Alonso, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, but he did show glimpses of his nasty stuff on his two strikeouts.

Video: WLD@USA: Medina K's Kieboom swinging in the 7th

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.

Monday's top prospect performers

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

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

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As some of Major League Baseball's top sluggers showcased their power in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Jasrado Chisholm put on his own power clinic in a career performance.

The D-backs' No. 3 prospect broke out of his recent slump to hit a pair of home runs and set career highs with five hits and five RBIs while leading Class A Kane County over Dayton, 13-4. He finished 5-for-6 at the plate and also tied his career best with four runs.

Batting second for the Cougars, Chisholm put his team on the board with an RBI triple and scored one batter latter. The 20-year-old shortstop homered in his next two trips to the plate, connecting on a solo blast in the next frame and then adding a two-run shot in the fourth for his second multihomer game of the year.

Chisholm's second homer

Chisholm's sixth-inning single marked his fourth hit of the game and left him a double short of the cycle, though he would fail to accomplish the feat in his final two trips the plate, popping out to short in the seventh before delivering an RBI single in the ninth.

The Bahamas native had been 1-for-21 with eight strikeouts over his previous five games before erupting for five hits on Monday to improve his season average from .233 to .244. He's produced a .783 OPS in 76 games overall and is tied for second in the Midwest League with 15 home runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• After earning Prospect Team of the Week honors earlier in the day, No. 37 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 1) homered for a second straight game, stole a base and scored two runs before finishing 2-for-4 in a rehab game in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 20-year-old outfielder has posted four consecutive multihit games as well as a .482 average through eight games in the GCL. More important, Florial's three home runs in that span are an encouraging sign after he missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand.

• No. 52 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers' No. 3) secured his first Double-A victory with seven scoreless frames as Erie blanked Richmond, 2-0. He mixed three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in the performance while throwing 59 of 88 pitches for strikes. In his first professional season, the 22-year-old Faedo, a first-round pick in 2017, owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and .208 opponents' average in 82 1/3 innings (16 starts).

Faedo notches a strikeout

A's No. 23 prospect Wyatt Marks posted six scoreless frames for a second time in three starts as Class A Beloit edged West Michigan, 3-2, in 12 innings. He racked up nine strikeouts, tying his second best single-game total this season, over 94 pitches (55 strikes) in the outing, allowing three hits and three walks. A 13th-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Marks has pitched to a 3.58 ERA with 111 strikeouts across 93 innings (18 games/16 starts) in the Midwest League.

Watch: Marks strikes out 9th batter

Brewers No. 3 prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and also reached once via a walk in a perfect night at the plate for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old third baseman's homer was his second in as many days as well as his fifth in the last nine games, giving him a total of 11 home runs in 88 games for the season. Overall, Erceg is slashing .256/.319/.408 in his first Double-A campaign after producing a .259/.310/.421 last season with Class A Advanced Carolina.

Erceg goes yard

Dodgers No. 21 prospect Tony Gonsolin tossed six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits to earn the win his Double-A Tulsa debut. He struck out eight, threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes and did not issue a walk in the outing. Gonsolin, a 24-year-old righty, received a promotion to Tulsa after posting a 2.71 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 26 walks in 89 2/3 innings (18 starts) with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Nationals No. 15 prospect Jakson Reetz hit a pair of home runs as he recorded three hits for a second straight game in Class A Advanced Potomac's win over Frederick. The 22-year-old catcher hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run shot in the following frame to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Reetz's first ever multihomer game pushed his season total to five homers, a new career high after he totaled four home runs in each of the last two years.

• Another member of MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, Orioles No. 4 prospect DL Hall made a case for earning repeat honors as he tossed six innings of one-run ball with a career-high 10 strikeouts en route to his second straight win for Class A Delmarva. The 19-year-old lefty has been stellar over his past seven starts, registering a 0.55 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in 32 2/3 innings.

Padres No. 14 prospect Josh Naylor and Austin Allen (No. 27) combined to record three extra-base hits and five RBIs in Double-A San Antonio's 9-3 win over Midland. Naylor started in left field and paced the offense with a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Allen, meanwhile, connected on his 14th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, before finishing 2-for-5.

Naylor clears the bases

• Pirates 2018 fourth-rounder Aaron Shortridge permitted one earned run on three hits over five innings in a no-decision for Class A Short Season West Virginia. The 21-year-old righty struck out nine, his highest total in six professional starts, and threw 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes. He's compiled 30 strikeouts and five walks along with a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings to begin his career.

• Rockies first-rounder Ryan Rolison (No. 22 overall pick) yielded one hit, walked one and recorded four strikeouts over three scoreless innings for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his second professional start. The 21-year-old lefty was 10-4 with a 3.70 ERA and averaged 11.1 strikeouts-per-nine with Mississippi this past spring as a Draft-eligible sophomore.

• Royals third-rounder Kyle Isbel hit two home runs and a double as he recorded his second four-hit game as a professional. The 21-year-old outfielder finished the game 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs for Rookie-level Idaho Falls. He's hitting .381 overall, with 15 extra-base hits (four homers) and 12 steals in 25 games.

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

A's to open Mount Davis for 1st time in 13 years

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Seeking to set a single-game attendance record during this weekend's Bay Bridge Series against the crosstown-rival Giants, the A's announced on Monday that they will open Mount Davis, an upper-deck section in center field at the Oakland Coliseum.

The section has 8,190 seats, and opening it up increases the Coliseum's capacity to 56,782, putting it in position to exceed the stadium's highest attendance ever, which is 55,989 and was set on June 26, 2004 -- also against the Giants.

Seeking to set a single-game attendance record during this weekend's Bay Bridge Series against the crosstown-rival Giants, the A's announced on Monday that they will open Mount Davis, an upper-deck section in center field at the Oakland Coliseum.

The section has 8,190 seats, and opening it up increases the Coliseum's capacity to 56,782, putting it in position to exceed the stadium's highest attendance ever, which is 55,989 and was set on June 26, 2004 -- also against the Giants.

Buy Mount Davis tickets to help A's break the record

"By opening Mount Davis we have the chance to set the Athletics all-time attendance record at the Coliseum," said Oakland A's president Dave Kaval. "I invite the Green and Gold faithful to come out and join us as we aim to beat our crosstown rivals, again, and ultimately take the Bay Bridge Series."

Mount Davis will be open only for Saturday's 6:05 p.m. PT game, which will also feature the reunion of the 1989 World Series champion A's, who swept San Francisco.

Tweet from @Athletics: Join us to #PackTheTown. For the first time in 13 years, we are opening up Mount Davis! Help us break the all-time Coliseum attendance record of 55,989 set in 2004 with $10 Mount Davis tickets for Saturday, July 21. https://t.co/F9skzqsr4r pic.twitter.com/LiPuKbYcuY

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Bullpen of the Week: A's

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As they climbed their way to within three games of the second American League Wild Card spot over the last week, the A's did so on the back of their bullpen, which compiled a 2.45 ERA over 29 1/3 innings to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the period of July 9-15.

As part of The Hartford Prevailing Moments program, each Monday throughout the 2018 season, MLB.com is honoring the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford. An industry-wide panel of MLB experts, including legendary stats guru Bill James, constructed a metric based on James' widely renowned game-score formula, to provide a weekly measurement of team-bullpen performance.

As they climbed their way to within three games of the second American League Wild Card spot over the last week, the A's did so on the back of their bullpen, which compiled a 2.45 ERA over 29 1/3 innings to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the period of July 9-15.

As part of The Hartford Prevailing Moments program, each Monday throughout the 2018 season, MLB.com is honoring the MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford. An industry-wide panel of MLB experts, including legendary stats guru Bill James, constructed a metric based on James' widely renowned game-score formula, to provide a weekly measurement of team-bullpen performance.

Here's how the Bullpen Rating System is compiled for each week. For reference, a weekly score of 100 is considered outstanding:

• Add 1.5 points for each out recorded
• Add 1.5 points for each strikeout
• Add 5 points for a save
• Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed
• Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed
• Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed
• Subtract 1 point for each walk
• Subtract 5 points for a blown save

The Oakland bullpen paced the Majors with a score of 112.5. The second-highest score was 101.5, by the Dodgers.

The A's went 5-2 last week, riding series wins over the defending champion Astros and crosstown rival Giants, positioning them to within earshot of a postseason spot heading into the All-Star break.

Blake Treinen, who with second baseman Jed Lowrie will be Oakland's lone representatives at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday in Washington, picked up a pair of saves to bring his season total to 24, which trails only Edwin Diaz (36), Craig Kimbrel (30) and Aroldis Chapman (26) in the AL. Even with a blown save against the Astros on Tuesday, Treinen's 0.96 ERA for the season leads all MLB relievers.

The unexpected: Within Oakland circles, Lou Trivino has established himself as one of the Majors' top setup men. But among a wider audience, the late-blooming 26-year-old is a relatively unknown rookie. Trivino has been slicing through opposing lineups with high-90s velocity to the tune of a 1.25 ERA, the fifth-best among relievers in all of baseball.

Video: OAK@HOU: Trivino induces groundout to secure the save

Last week, he continued his dominant stretch with four hitless outings over a combined six innings, with eight strikeouts among 20 batters faced. Trivino has now thrown a scoreless outing in 32 of his 36 appearances, including 10 straight dating back to June 27. His 1.25 ERA ranks fifth-best among all MLB relievers.

How they prevailed: Put simply, consistency. Treinen's one blemish, which led to Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Astros in 11 innings, only consisted of one earned run, one hit and one walk. But the A's also got scoreless appearances 19 times from a combination of Treinen, Trivino, Yusmeiro Petit, Ryan Buchter, Santiago Casilla, Chris Hatcher, Ryan Dull and Emilio Pagan.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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