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Athletics' James Kaprielian set for season debut vs. Guardians
Cleveland Guardians at Oakland Athletics
- The Athletics went 4-2 against the Guardians last season with the road team winning five of the six matchups. Cleveland has scored fewer than five runs in nine straight games against Oakland, their longest active such streak against any team.
- Cleveland is 7-12 (.368) this season despite having an even run differential. The Guardians are one of eight teams in the expansion era (1961-) to have a non-negative run differential through 19 games but still have seven or fewer wins.
- After posting a 3.84 ERA in 2021, Aaron Civale has an ERA of 9.58 through three starts in 2022. The 5.74 increase is the third largest in baseball among pitchers to start at least three games in each season (Kris Bubic -- 9.71, Zach Thompson -- 7.56).
- The A's committed two errors in their 1-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday and have committed at least one error in eight straight games. That is the longest active streak of games with an error in baseball, with San Francisco (five) being the next closest.
- Frankie Montas has produced a quality start in each of his last eight home starts, including two so far this season. The last Athletics pitcher do so in nine straight home games was Bartolo Colon in the 2013 season.
- Jose Ramirez has 25 RBI, more than double the next closest player on the team (Oscar Mercado -- 11). He accounts for 30.9 percent of his team's total RBI, which is the largest share in baseball so far this season.
- Blue Jays hire Mattingly as bench coach
- 1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal
- MLBPA extends Clark through 2027
- Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal
- Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana
Oakland Athletics right-hander James Kaprielian will take the mound for his season debut on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series against the visiting Cleveland Guardians.
Oakland has lost five of its past seven games, including the first two against Cleveland. The Athletics are eager to welcome back Kaprielian, who missed spring training with an inflamed right AC joint.
The California native was impressive as a rookie last season, going 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 24 games (21 starts). He is making his first appearance against the Guardians.
Oakland has been exercising patience with Kaprielian, 28, who started the season on the injured list before making three minor-league rehab starts.
He most recently pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, allowing five runs over four innings and throwing 84 pitches.
"The reasoning behind not rushing him was that we hope we get Kap starting from Sunday throughout the rest of the season," Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. "I think from a long-term perspective, Kap's got a ton of room to grow. And we're happy to see him healthy and get him back into the rotation."
The Athletics finished April with a 10-11 record and are waiting for players such as Seth Brown (.194), Elvis Andrus (.206) and Cristian Pache (.203) to heat up at the plate.
Oakland continues its six-game homestand against Cleveland, which has won two straight following a seven-game losing streak.
Pinch-hitter Richie Palacios delivered a tie-breaking, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to give the Guardians a 3-1 victory on Saturday.
Cleveland outfielder Steven Kwan returned to the lineup and went 2-for-4 after a five-game absence due to right-hamstring tightness.
The Guardians will turn to right-hander Triston McKenzie (0-2, 3.71) for the conclusion of their 10-game trip.
McKenzie, 24, is seeking his first victory after allowing four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels last Tuesday.
"He threw a ton of strikes," Guardians manager Terry Francona said. "He started the game off 18 of 19 (pitches for strikes). That's maybe too many to start if you want to be too picky. When he made a mistake it was right over the middle of the plate, and it ended up hurting him."
McKenzie is making his second career appearance against Oakland after allowing two runs over six innings on Aug. 10, 2021.
Cleveland designated hitter Franmil Reyes could be back in the lineup after receiving a day off Saturday.
Reyes has gone hitless in his last 25 at-bats, with 17 strikeouts. Francona hopes a rest day will allow the slugger to regroup.
"I think as hitters that struggle, you kind of get in between," Francona said. "Sometimes they get the fastball by you and you're a little ahead of the breaking ball. I've been there. It's not a good feeling. He'll get out of it. Sometimes it can be one swing, sometimes you have to work your way toward it. You never quite know."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 1, 2022