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Sunday brought to an end the

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Sunday brought to an end the first three weeks of what will be a 26 week season for the A’s. Still, even as Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo and his 6.46 ERA were slicing and dicing the Oakland lineup, the A’s had some positives to take away from this foray into the wilds of the 2017 season. For one John Axford Jersey, they are in second place, three games behind American League West leading Houston. For another, Oakland has a winning record. And while 10 9 isn’t a jaw dropper, for a team that lost more than 90 games each of the last two seasons, it seems that the first tentative steps toward rebuilding the A’s have been taken. For yet still another Oakland has done these deeds with ace starter Sonny Gray on the disabled list for the entire time and No. 2 starter Kendall Graveman disabled for almost half of the 21 days. Graveman is due to come back to the A’s as early as this week’s series against the Angels in Anaheim. Gray, who threw five scoreless innings in a rehab start Saturday, should be back in the rotation by the time the trip makes its third stop, against the Twins in Minnesota. “When you have a great homestand and you’re missing your best two pitchers, I think that’s something to be pleased about,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. “Getting Kendall back is huge. Obviously Sonny did great last night and felt great, which is more important than the results. We’re excited to get those two guys back.” This was a homestand that could have crippled the A’s. They lost starting shortstop Marcus Semien for two months to a wrist fracture. The last three games have played without starting center fielder Rajai Davis, although his hamstring is healed enough he should be in the lineup Tuesday in Anaheim. Instead it turned out to be a homestand that could be the making of this club. Adam Rosales at shortstop and Jaff Decker in center have made valuable contributions. Manager Bob Melvin says it’s too soon to assess exactly the nature of his team, but says “I’m OK with where we are right now.” “We are playing better right now than we were earlier,” Melvin said. “The guys are grinding every day. The defense was poor early on; it’s picked up. The guys are kind of bonding together, everybody’s supporting each other. It’s good.” The question hanging out there after back to back 90 loss seasons could this be a successful team? “No doubt http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/marc-rzepczynski-jersey-c-11.html ,” the manager said. “We have some guys we have brought in who expect to win. That’s what you want, every game we go out there there’s an expectation to win.” Although Triggs was hammered Sunday, he’s had three starts in which he’s kept the A’s in contention by allowing no more than two runs. Graveman had three games like that before going on the DL. Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton have had two each. Jesse Hahn , the Tuesday starter in Anaheim, has had one, plus a six inning, three run game that also qualifies as a quality start. So 12 times in 19 games the starting pitching has paved the way for the offense and defense to do what they do to succeed. “The veterans new here this year have brought in a good energy,” reliever Ryan Madson said. “There’s a lot of young blood, and that brings in energy as well. You’ve just got to go play the games. That will tell you who the http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/matt-mcbride-jersey-c-13.html best team is. There’s no shoulda woulda coulda in baseball. It just is.” NOTES –Triggs’ ERA explosion was cushioned by the fact that he’d come in at 0.00. He’s 3 1 and 2.42 at this point. Most significantly, the A’s are happy to have him go out every fifth day based on what he’s shown. –Saying it feels great to be on a pitching mound “without limitations,” Gray is optimistic after five one hit innings and 47 pitches for Class A Stockton that http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/john-axford-jersey-c-1.html his right lat strain is a thing of the past. He’s down for a 75 pitch start Thursday in Nashville, his home town, after which he’s likely to be activated. –The A’s will have Graveman throw a bullpen session Monday, after which he’s likely going to be deemed ready to come off the DL. He would probably need two days after the bullpen session to get ready, so he’s a factor to get the Thursday start against the Angels, although Cotton is down for that one presently. –Khris Davis and Rajai Davis got Sunday off. For Khris http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/andrew-triggs-jersey-c-12.html, it was his first day off after 18 consecutive starts. For Rajai, it was a third day off after straining his right hamstring running to first base Thursday. For both, the ability to make it a 2 for 1 rest event with Monday being an off day made the decision to sit both easy for Melvin. Both figure to play Tuesday. –The A’s had five hits, including a double and single from red hot Ryon Healy. He has 11 hits in his last 21 at bats to lift his average from .150 to .279. –Matt Olson had made every start at Nashville at first base, save one when he started at third base. His first start for the A’s was Sunday, and it was in right field. Scouts say Olson has the tools to be an above average first baseman, but the A’s needs both last September and again Sunday, have been in right. He made a nice sliding catch in the seventh, starting an inning ending double play

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