Wednesday, May 31, 2023
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MLB Preview: Texas Rangers (24-15) at Oakland Athletics (9-32)


WINS AND LOSSES: Texas beat the A’s yesterday, 5-0, and team has a 6-3 record entering the finale of this 10-G, 10-day road trip to LAA (2-1), SEA (2-1), and OAK (2-1 + today)… TEX has won 3 of 4 and 6 of 8…TEX is 6-4 in last 10 G, but 10-4 in last 14 G…TEX is 10-8 in last 18 G, but still 16-9 in last 25 G and 20-11 in last 31 G beg. 4/9…have a 21-15 record last 36 G since club’s 3-0 start to the season…club has 5 different win streaks of 3+ G in 2023 (season-best 4-0 both 4/16-19 and 4/28-5/2)…team totaled 7 wins streaks of 3+ G in all of 2022.

  • At 24-15 (.615), TEX owns 3rd-best record in A.L. and 5thbest in MLB to only TB (.732, 30-11), BAL (.667, 26-13),, ATL (.641, 25-14) and LAD (.625, 25-15)…club’s 24 wins rank 3rd in A.L./5th in MLB (30-TB, 26-BAL, 25-ATL/LAD, 24-TEX).
  • The 24-15 start marks Rangers’ best 39-G start to a season since 2013 (25-14), one of the 7 best starts in club history.
  • TEX is 9 G above .500 to match the season high-water mark (also 23-14 after win Thurs.)…Thurs. marked 1st time to be 9-over since 6/29/19 (46-37)…it was the earliest point in a season to reach 9-over since 2013 (4/26/13).

Win Pct. Team W-L
.732 Tampa Bay 30-11
.667 Baltimore 26-13
.641 Atlanta 25-14
.625 Los Angeles-NL 25-15
.615 Texas 24-15

WITH A WIN TODAY, Texas could:

  • Climb to season-best 10 G above .500 for 1st time since 6/28/19 (46-36), which was high-water mark for TEX in 2019.
  • Move to 25-15, which would be one of the 3 best 40-G starts for club (nearly quarter-mark of season) in this century.
  • Earn a series win, moving club to 8-1-1 in its last 10 series.
  • Improve to 5-0-0 in series vs. A.L. West opponents in ‘23.
  • Stay undefeated on Sunday (currently 6-0).

IT’S A TRIP: With yesterday’s win, the Rangers are now 6-3 entering the finale of this 10-G road trip…the 6 wins are already the most for Texas on a single road trip since a 6-3 mark from 9/3-12/21 at LAA/ARI/OAK…Texas has not posted more wins on an individual road trip since going 8-2 from 6/10-19/16 at SEA/OAK/STL.

STANDINGS: Rangers have a 3.5-G lead on 2nd-place LAA in A.L. West, matching largest lead of ‘23 (also thru 4/20 and Thurs.)…the 3 instances of a season-best 3.5-game lead in the West marks team’s largest division lead since the end of the ‘16 campaign (won West by 9.0 G)…TEX has been alone or tied atop the division for 43 of the season’s first 44 days (exception: 4/8).

SERIES STUFF: TEX has gone 3-0-1 in last 4 series and 7-1-1 in last 9…team is 4-0-0 in series against A.L. West foes in 2023, taking 1st series meeting against each of the other 4 teams in the division…team is 8-3-1 overall in series this year, going 4-1-1 at home 4-2-0 on the road…club did not win an 8th series in 2022 until 6/21-22 vs. PHI…TEX won 4 straight series 4/10-23, longest such span since going 5-0-0 from 6/15-7/1/18…has won 4 of last 5 road series (0-3, 4/24- 26 at CIN).

ON THE ROAD: TEX has won 3 of 4 and 6 of 8 on road after a season-long 4-G away losing skid…club is 12-9 (.571) on road, 5th-best away win pct. in A.L…before the current 6-6 span, Rangers had won previous 4 straight and 6 of prior 7 road contests…the 4-G win streak (4/16-19) was longest away win streak since a 4-0 span 6/11-17/22.

ANOTHER SHUTOUT: Yesterday’s 5-0 win was the Rangers’ 4th shutout of the season (also 4/17 at KC, 4/29 vs. NYY, Thurs. at OAK), 2nd in a span of 3 G…this weekend marks 1st time to have multiple shutouts within a single series since TEX had back-to-back SHO 9/23-24/16 here at the Coliseum…the win on 9/23/16 clinched the A.L. West title, with Adrián Beltré’s 2-R HR in the 7th sealing a 3-0 Texas victory…this is the earliest in a season for TEX to record a 4th shutout since 2014 (had 6 SHO in April 2014).

GOING GRAY: Jon Gray earned the win yesterday with 8.0 shutout innings, the 8th scoreless start by the TEX rotation in 2023…Rangers now have 4 scoreless starts of 8.0+ IP in ‘23 (Eovaldi 3x, Gray once), most of any MLB team (4-TEX, 2-DET/SF), accounting for 4 of the 14 instances in all of MLB…Gray in 2 starts on this road trip: 2-0, 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP), 2 BB, 13 SO.

  • Gray began yesterday’s start with 6.2 hitless innings, the longest no-hit bid by a Texas starter since 4/15/18 at HOU, when Bartolo Colon retired the first 21 Astros before allowing a walk (Carlos Correa) and double (Josh Reddick) to open the 7th inning in an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball contest.

HIT STREAK, PART 1: Nathaniel Lowe extended his hit streak to a career-high 12 games yesterday, the longest active streak in MLB entering today…Lowe was the 1st MLB batter with multiple hit streaks of 11+ G in 2023…he has reached safely via H/BB in 17 straight games.

HIT STREAK, PART 2: Jonah Heim had a day off yesterday, and he enters today with a career-best 11-G hit streak…Heim is batting .340/.403/.585/.988 (36-106) w/ 8 2B, 6 HR, 27 RBI last 29 G and his .319 BA for the season ranks 4th in A.L.

  • Johan Heim in 11 day games in ‘23: .372/.413/.698/1.111 (16-43), 3 HR, 5 2B, 10 RBI, 12 R…Heim has hit safely in 9 straight and 9 of 10 day games overall, and his .372 day BA ranks 6th in the A.L

VS. OAKLAND: TEX is 4-2 vs. OAK in ‘23, winning 4 of 5… are 6-5 in last 11 G dating to ‘22, but have won 17 of 27 and 19 of last 31 dating to 8/13/21…team has a 23-20 edge since start of 2021…TEX finished 11-8 vs. OAK in ‘22, securing a season series victory for 1st time since 2016 (10-9).

HEADED HOME: The Rangers are scheduled to fly back to the DFW Metroplex after today’s game and begin a 6-G, 7-day homestand on Monday night vs. Atlanta…Rangers/ Braves will be playing at Globe Life Field for a 2nd straight year, as TEX took 2 of 3 from 4/29-5/1/22…Rangers lead 13-
11 all-time, winning 2 straight and 9 of last 12…since going 0-6 in 1st 2 meetings in 2002-03, Rangers are 13-5 beg. 2005 vs. ATL, winning each of last 6 series between the clubs.

MOTHER’S DAY: The Rangers are 29-23 all-time on Mother’s Day, winning 9 of last 14, splitting a doubleheader on 5/8/22 at NYY (lost G1 2-1, won G2 4-2)…it was just the 3rd doubleheader the Rangers had ever played on Mother’s Day…TEX is 2-1 all-time vs. OAK on Mother’s Day, all in Arlington, as this will be club’s first-ever game on this special day at the Coliseum…the Arlington games: 5/13/73 (7-2 win), 5/11/08 (11-6 loss), and 5/14/17 (6-4 win)…club has played on Mother’s Day each year except 2006 (rained out, 5/14/06 at BOS) and 2020 (start of season postponed)…the Rangers are 16-9 on Mother’s Day since 1997…team is 12-10 all-time on road, splitting the DH in 2022.

  • As has been tradition since 2006, players will continue to swing pink bats and sport pink wristbands in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Players will wear specially designed pink New Era caps and Stance socks.

SHORTS: Leody Taveras leads MLB w/ a .581 (18-31) in day games…Adolis García’s A.L.-high 5 OF assists are tied for ML lead (also PHI’s Nick Castellanos)…TEX is 10-4 in day games, 3-0 on this trip and 7-2 in last 9 overall.

(2-3, 5.25)

TODAY: The 31-year-old left-hander is scheduled to make his 8th appearance/ start of the season in today’s series finale against the Oakland Athletics…currently on a 2-game losing streak, is looking to rebound from his last start on Tues. in Seattle and notch his 3rd win of the season (see note below)…is the only Rangers starter who doesn’t hold a winning record this campaign…owns a 1-2 record with a 5.40 ERA (14 ER/23.1 IP) in his last 4 starts, with a .202/.299/.452/.751 opponent slash w/ 9 BB/22 SO over that span…is making just his 3rd road start of the season (5.0 SHO IP on 4/16 at HOU; season high 6.2 IP on Tues. at SEA)…in 1st win as a Ranger on 4/10 vs. KC, set a club record with 9 successive strikeouts, which matched the American League record…is one of 3 rotation members to make his Rangers debut in a start this season (also deGrom, Eovaldi), and he was the 26th and final member of TEX’s Opening Day roster to appear in 2023…Heaney is in his first season with Texas after signing a two-year free agent contract with the club on 12/9/22…is seeking to build on a 2022 campaign in which he produced career bests in ERA (3.10), WHIP (1.087), and strikeout rate (13.6 SO/9) with the Los Angeles Dodgers despite being limited by a pair of Injured List stints…from 2019-22, ranked among Major League pitchers (min. 350.0 IP) in strikeouts per 9 innings (9th, 11.07), swing-and-miss strike pct. (14th, 13.8%), strikeout pct. (15th, 28.8%), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (21st, 4.11)…the 9-year MLB veteran has appeared in 144 games/133 starts with Miami (2014), Los Angeles-AL (2015-21), New York-AL (2021), Los Angeles-NL (2022), and Texas (2023)…an Oklahoma City native, Heaney pitched collegiately at Oklahoma State University before being selected by the Miami Marlins in the first round (9th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft…TEX has gone 3-4 in Heaney’s 7 starts this season.

LAST START: Took the loss against Seattle on Tuesday, lasting a season high 6.2 innings and allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks/7 strikeouts… this despite posting his 3rd quality start of the year (all occurring in 3 of his last 4 outings since 4/22 vs. OAK)…during that stretch: 1-2 record with a 5.40 ERA (14 ER/23.1 IP), 6 HR allowed, 9 BB against 22 strikeouts, a .202 opp. BA (17- for-84) and a 8.49 SO/9 IP ratio…it was the 18th quality start for the Texas rotation this season, but just the 3rd in which the starting pitcher took a loss, with Heaney (4/27 vs. NYY and Tues. at SEA) owning each of the last two instances (also Jon Gray on 4/3 vs. BAL)…is T3rd-most quality starts among Texas starters (Eovalid-5, Gray-4, deGrom-3)… has given up 6 HR over his last 3 outings, this after surrendering 2 HR in his first 4 starts-combined…marked the only game this season that the southpaw has received 0 runs of support, as TEX was limited to 7 hits by SEA’s George Kirby.

VS. OAKLAND: Today will mark his 2nd start against the Athletics this season, having faced them on 4/22 in Arlington (W, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R-ER, BB, 6 SO)…owns a 3-4 record with a 4.30 ERA (28 ER/58.2 IP) in 10 games/starts in his career versus Oakland…is 1-2 with a 4.60 ERA (15 ER/29.1 IP) in 5 games/starts at Oakland Coliseum…has allowed at least one run to score in all 5 starts in Oakland, but has also never allowed more than 2 walks or struck out less than 6 batters in any game at the Coliseum…looking to snap a 2-game losing streak here in Oakland, where he is winless in his last 4 starts dating back to 6/17/18 w/LAA.

ON THE ROAD: Will be making just his 3rd road start of the season today…the others were last Tues. at SEA (season high 6.2 IP in a 5-0 loss) and on 4/16 at HOU (5.0 SHO IP in eventual 9-1 TEX win)…has gone 2-2, 2.36 (12 ER/45.2 IP) in 10 G/9 GS on the road w/ 12 BB/66 SO…has received 0 runs of support during his 2 road starts, despite only allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in his 11.2 innings pitched…career road ERA of 4.86 is a half-run higher than his home figure (4.37).

STREAKING STRIKEOUTS: Earned the win in his 2nd start as a Ranger on 4/10 vs. KC, recording strikeouts of 9 consecutive batters faced from the 1st through 4th innings…the 9 straight K’s marked the most successive strikeouts by a pitcher in Rangers history, snapping the single-game record of 7 set by Nolan Ryan on 7/7/91 vs. LAA and the overall high of 8 done by Joe Barlow from 7/24-8/2/21… according to Elias Sports Bureau, it matched the American League record for successive strikeouts, as Heaney became just the 3rd A.L. pitcher to do it…the others: DET’s Tyler Alexander on 8/2/20 vs. CIN-G1, and DET’s Doug Fister on 9/27/12 vs. KC…Heaney recorded 10 total SO on the night, the 18th double-digit strikeout game of his career (last 10 on 8/24/22 vs. MIL w/ LAD) and 2nd by a Texas pitcher at that point in 2023 (also 11 by Jacob deGrom on 4/5 vs. BAL)… the last left-handed Rangers pitcher with 10+ SO in a single game was Mike Minor on 8/11/19 at MIL (11 SO)…it also marked the 6th instance in club history (beg. 1972) for a pitcher to punch out 10-or-more batters in 5.0-or-fewer innings, last Dane Dunning on 5/9/21 vs. SEA (5.0 IP, 10 SO).

2023: Opponents are batting .211 (28-133) w/ 8 HR, including a .087 (2-23) mark with one XBH (2B) for LH batters…opponents are 6-for-38 (.158) overall w/ 2 outs in an inning…BA/OPS by time through lineup: 1st (.260/.817), 2nd (.161/.617), 3rd (.222/.831)…his 5.0+ IP with 0 ER allowed on 4/10 vs. KC and 4/16 at HOU marked 1st time of his career to do so in consecutive outings…he was 1st Texas starter to do it since Jon Gray (7/13-21/22 vs. OAK and at MIA)…took loss in matchup w/ Gerrit Cole on 4/27 vs. NYY despite a 2nd straight quality start… overcame a 3-run, 37-pitch 2nd inning that opened with back-to-back solo home runs by DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres…retired 13 consecutive batters from 2nd-6th innings.


ABOUT THE A’S: Have lost six of the last seven games and are now 3-9 in May after going 5-23 in April…are 9-32 (.220) overall, which is the worst record in the majors (Royals, 12-29/.293)…it matches the 1919 Philadelphia A’s for the worst record in Athletics history after 41 games and is tied for the seventh worst by an AL, NL or FL team since 1901…it is the worst since the 2003 Tigers also started the year 9-32…won two of three at Kansas City last weekend for their first and only series win of the season…the season-opening streak of 10 consecutive series losses was the longest in Athletics history (previous: 5 in 1935, 1946 and 1951) and second longest at any point of the season in Oakland history to the record of 11 (July 11-August 20, 2008)…are 1-11-0 in series play and have been swept six times.

OFFENSE: The A’s were shutout for the second time in the last three games yesterday and the sixth time this year, which is tied with the Royals for second most in the majors (Mets, 7)…have scored 156 runs for the season, which is fifth fewest in the majors…have the seventh lowest batting average (.232) and the 10th lowest OPS (.697), on-base percentage (.312) and slugging percentage (.385)…have the second most strikeouts (377) and the seventh fewest doubles (58)…have the most hit by pitches (26) and sacrifice hits (10) and are tied for the eighth most walks (138)…A’s pinch hitters are 10-for-35 (.286) with eight walks (.419 on-base percentage)…lead the majors in pinch walks and are tied for second in pinch hits.

PITCHING: The A’s have allowed at least one home run in each of the last 17 games (28 home runs total), which matches the longest streak in Athletics history (July 26-Aug. 14, 1964)…have yielded 71 home runs for the season, which is the most in the majors (White Sox, 65)…have compiled a 5.94 ERA (70 er in 106.0 ip) in May after posting a 7.97 ERA in April…have a 7.20 ERA for the season, which is more than 1½ earned runs higher than the next closest team (White Sox, 5.54)…have allowed 305 runs, which is second most by any AL, NL or FL team over its first 41 games since 1901 (311 by 1923 Phillies)…they are the most by an A’s team over any 41-game stretch since the Philadelphia A’s allowed 311 from Sept. 19, 1940-May 17, 1941…have the highest opponents OPS (.888), batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.507) in the majors…lead the majors in most walks (202), hit batters (30) and wild pitches (24) and have the fourth fewest strikeouts (304)…allowed their fifth grand slam of the season Wednesday and no other team in the majors has surrendered more than two…the five grand slams are tied for 10th most in a season in Oakland history and are three short of the record of eight (1993, 1999)…opponents are 21-for-49 (.429) with eight walks, two hit by pitches and a 1.314 OPS with the bases loaded.

STARTING PITCHING: A’s starting pitchers are 0-6 with a 6.34 ERA (27 er in 38.1 ip) over the last seven games and 2-22 with a 7.58 ERA for the season… the ERA is the highest in the majors by nearly 1½ earned runs (Reds, 6.15) and no other team has fewer than six wins from its starters…have the eighth fewest innings pitched (200.2)…went 0-16 over the first 32 games.

THE BULLPEN: The A’s bullpen has compiled a 6.72 ERA, which is the highest in the majors (White Sox, 5.97)…is 4-for-13 (30.8%) in save opportunities… has the lowest save percentage and fewest saves in the majors and the nine blown saves are tied for second most to the Cardinals (11)…has allowed 34- of-78 (43.6%) inherited runners to score, which is the fifth highest percentage…has the third most inherited runners…has 159.1 innings pitched, which is fourth most.

ON THE BASES: The A’s are 40-for-49 (81.6%) in stolen base attempts…rank third in the majors in stolen bases and tied for third in attempts…the 40 steals are the most by an A’s team over the first 41 games since 1992 (46)… had their streak of seven consecutive games with a stolen base snapped on Tuesday, which was their longest streak in 11 years…defensively, have thrown out 13 attempted base stealers over the last 25 games and have 15 caught stealings for the season, which is second most in the majors (Rockies, 17)…opponents are 37-for-52 (71.2%), which is the 10th lowest success rate…A’s pitchers have four pickoffs, which is tied for the most in the majors.

HOME AND AWAY: The A’s are 1-2 on this seven-game homestand against Texas (1-2) and Arizona (three games)…went 1-5 on the last homestand against Cincinnati (1-2) and Seattle (0-3) and are 4-17 (.190) at home, which is the lowest home winning percentage in the majors (Royals, 6-17/.261)… went 2-4 on the last road trip to Kansas City (2-1) and New York-AL (0-3) and are 5-15 (.250) on the road, which is the worst road record in the majors (White Sox, 7-16/.304)…have compiled a 5.89 ERA (127 er in 194.0 ip) at home compared to 8.73 on the road…are hitting .214 (148-for-691) with 65 runs in 21 home games (3.1 runs per game) compared to .250 with 91 runs in 20 road games (4.6 runs per game).

NIGHT AND DAY: The A’s are 8-16 (.333) in night games and 1-16 (.059) during the day…are batting .264 (220-for-833) with 114 runs in 24 night games (4.8 runs per game), .182 (99-for-543) with 42 runs in 17 day games (2.5 runs per game)…have the lowest day batting average in the majors and the fifth best night batting average.

WINNING LATE: The A’s have scored the winning run in their final at bat in six of their nine wins…have more wins this year when trailing after seven innings (3) than when leading after seven innings (2)…the three wins when trailing after seven innings are tied for sixth most in the majors but no other team has fewer than nine wins when leading after seven innings…are 2-4 (.333) in extra inning games…are tied for second in the majors in extra inning games (6) and losses and tied for fifth in wins…have three walk-off wins, which is tied for second most in the majors (Red Sox, 4).

RUN DIFFERENTIAL: Six of the A’s nine wins have been by one run and Oakland is 6-7 (.462) in one-run games…are tied for sixth in the majors in one-run games (13) and tied for seventh in losses…however, have lost six games by 10 or more runs, which matches the A’s combined total from the previous four seasons and is the most since 2008 when they had eight such losses… have a run differential of -149, which is the lowest by an AL, NL or FL team over the first 41 games of the season since 1901 (previous: -124 by the 1932 Red Sox)…it is the lowest by an A’s team over any 41-game stretch since the Philadelphia A’s had a mark of -155 from June 29-Aug. 8, 1916.

THE INJURED LIST: The A’s have used the injured list 13 times, including nine times for pitchers…currently have nine players on the IL, including seven pitchers…have added eight players to the IL since the start of the season after beginning the year with five players…used the IL 31 times last year, which broke the Oakland record of 27 set in 2016 and matched in 2021.

THIS AND THAT: The A’s have committed 26 errors, which is third most in the majors…have nine outfield assists, which is second most (Royals, 10)…have an average time of game of 2:48, which is the longest in the majors (Padres, 2:44)…however, have not averaged under 2:53 per game since 2010 (2:43)


  • The A’s have lost four of the first six games this year after losing the season series last year for the first time since 2016 when they went 9-10.
  • Went 8-11 in 2022 and the 11 losses were the A’s most to Texas since 2011 (6-13).
  • Are 64-47 (.577) against Texas dating back to 2017…are 35-19 (.648) in Oakland and 29-28 (.509) in Arlington over that span.

Year Home Road Totals
2023 1-2 1-2 2-4
2022 4-6 4-5 8-11
Oakland History: 405-400
at the Coliseum: 213-188
at Globe Life Field: 14-15
Athletics History: 502-482

The A’s are 26-29 on Mother’s Day since moving to Oakland in 1968…have a seven-game losing streak and have not won since a 9-1 victory over Washington in 2014…are 17-11 in Oakland and 9-18 on the road…are 1-2 against Texas, all on the road (won in 2008, lost in 1973 and 2017)…Ryan Noda leads Major League rookies rookies in on-base percentage (.406) and walks (27), ranks fourth in OPS (.824), tied for fifth in runs (21) and doubles (8), tied for seventh in extra base hits (12) and eighth in slugging (.436)… Brent Rooker leads the majors in OPS (1.091) and slugging (.667), is tied for fourth in home runs (11), ranks sixth in on-base percentage (.424) and tied for 10th in RBI (29)…Esteury Ruiz leads ML rookies in hits (44), doubles (10), stolen bases (18) and hit by pitches (9), ranks third in batting (.277), fourth in RBI (20), seventh in on-base percentage (.339) and tied for seventh in extra base hits (12).

FOR STARTERS: Is scheduled to make his eighth start of the season…has started the season 0-3 and is now 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA (29 er in 47.0 ip) over his last nine games dating back to Sept. 25, 2022…went 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA over the first 24 games of his career…is in his second season in the majors and is on his second consecutive Opening Day roster.

OPPONENTS BATTING: Has a .219 (25-for-114) opponents batting average against right-handed hitters compared to .393 (11-for-28) against left-handers…however, has allowed 14 of his 15 extra base hits to righties for a .535 slugging percentage (.429 vs. lefties)…has yielded 31 of his 35 career extra base hits to righties, including all 18 of his home runs…opponents are batting .300 (6-for-20) with runners in scoring position…has not allowed a hit to the opponents number eight hitter (0-for-13).

THIS AND THAT: Is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA (5 er in 16.2 ip) in three starts in Oakland and 0-3 with a 7.84 ERA (18 er in 20.2 ip) in four starts on the road… allowed a career-high tying three home runs in his last start and has allowed at least one home run in six of his seven starts…has 10 home runs overall, which is tied for fifth most in the majors…has walked two batters or fewer in each of his seven starts, including two starts with no walks and two with one…has issued eight free passes in 37.1 innings for the season, an average of 1.93 per nine innings…has a 7.20 ERA (16 er in 20.0 ip) and .284 (23-for81) opponents batting average in odd numbered innings, a 3.63 ERA (7 er in 17.1 ip) and .213 (13-for-61) opponents average in even numbered innings.

2023 DAY-BY-DAY: Allowed a career-high tying eight hits in his first start on April 4 against Cleveland but had a no decision in the A’s 4-3 win…tossed a career-high tying 6.0 innings in the A’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to New York (NL) on April 16…struck out a career-high 11 batters in a career-high tying 6.0 innings on April 21 at Texas but had a no decision in the A’s 5-4 win…also had a career-high 101 pitches and walked two, his first of three games in 2023 with two walks (April 27 at Los Angeles-AL and May 3 vs. Seattle)…allowed a career-high tying six runs in a season-low 4.1 innings in an 8-7 loss at Los Angeles (AL) on April 27…tossed a career-high tying 6.0 innings and did not allow a run on May 3 against Seattle but had a no decision in the A’s 7-2 10-inning loss…left with 2-0 lead but the pen allowed one run in the seventh and one in the ninth for the blown save.

LAST START: He was the losing pitcher in the A’s 7-2 loss at New York (AL) on Monday…yielded a career-high tying three home runs…allowed a two-run home run to Cabrera in the fifth but the A’s came back to tie the game with two runs in the sixth…he then allowed a solo home run to Torres and a two-run home run to LeMahieu in the bottom of the sixth for the loss.

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