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Martini recalled, notches first Majors hit, RBI

Bassitt, Coulombe optioned to Minors; Buchter to be activated on Monday
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CHICAGO -- The A's recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville before Saturday's game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, optioning right-hander Chris Bassitt back to Nashville.

Left-hander Danny Coulombe, who served as the 26th man for the second game of Friday's doubleheader, was also optioned to Nashville.

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CHICAGO -- The A's recalled outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville before Saturday's game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, optioning right-hander Chris Bassitt back to Nashville.

Left-hander Danny Coulombe, who served as the 26th man for the second game of Friday's doubleheader, was also optioned to Nashville.

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Bassitt started the nightcap on Friday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is 0-3 this season, and he has lost nine straight decisions, dating back to 2015.

Video: OAK@CWS: Bassitt strikes out Sanchez looking

Martini, 27, was hitting .305 (68-for-223) with 38 runs, five home runs and 33 RBIs in 62 games with Nashville. He was 0-for-9 with the A's during a three-game stint earlier this month, but he recorded his first Major League hit on Saturday, a pinch-hit, go-ahead single in the eighth inning to put Oakland ahead by a run. The score held, and the A's went on to win, 7-6.

Martini had family and friends in attendance for the big moment. The only downer was that his father was away on a business trip and couldn't attend.

"Which stinks, but he's definitely someone that's gotten me to this point," Martini said. "I wish I could share it with him here, but I'm glad to get it here."

It was quite a whirlwind for Martini, who didn't learn he was being called up until late Friday night.

Video: KC@OAK: Martini makes a diving catch in left field

"I grew up a Cubs fan, but I came to a lot of games here," Martini said. "I found out late last night, and when I found out they were here, I was super excited."

Before the game, Martini said he believes he's better prepared for this opportunity.

"It definitely eases the nerves, especially since I've been here for a few at-bats, and I know most of the guys here," Martini said.

Despite Saturday's success, Martini's time in the Majors may be brief. The A's are going with a 12-man pitching staff, and Melvin said lefty reliever Ryan Buchter -- who completed a rehab stint with Nashville on Friday -- will be activated on Monday for the opener of a four-game series at Detroit.

Video: OAK@TEX: Buchter strikes out Choo, but leaves game

"It'll be big," Melvin said of having Buchter back. "We've been missing that piece, that late-inning lefty that also gets righties out. That's one of the reasons we got him here, not necessarily just situationally to use him against lefties. It just makes us a better team."

For his part, Martini said he's not focused on how long he's in the Majors.

"My mindset is to just put together good at-bats, play good defense and hopefully it gets noticed," Martini said.

John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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