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Stephen Vogt finished 1-for-4 with a two run home run in Friday's 4-1 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: He had just the one hit but it was a big one, doubling the A's lead in the top of the ninth en route to a big win over the Yankees on the road. After swinging a fantasy-irrelevant bat for most of the year, Vogt’s hitting .304 with a pair of home runs, six RBI, and six walks over his last seven games giving him some potentially useful value at a thing position in most formats.


Sean Manaea tossed seven scoreless innings while striking out eight in Friday's 4-1 win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: On short notice, no less. Manaea was masterful matching Masahiro Tanaka (or was it the other way around?) frame for frame after being tabbed to pitch a day early in place of Kendall Graveman. It was his longest outing of the year, too, scattering four hits that were mostly singles across seven innings while keeping the powerful Yankee lineup off balance all evening. The gem improved his record to an even 3-3, lowering his ERA to 4.35 and his WHIP to 1.11. We'll likely see him again against Cleveland next week.


As expected, the A's recalled Jharel Cotton from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, placing Jesse Hahn on the 10-day disabled list. Cotton will start Saturday's game against the Yankees. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cotton had gotten off to a rough start in the majors this season, going 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Owners certainly shouldn't trust him in first start back, but his devastating changeup makes him someone to keep an eye on in his return.


Yonder Alonso is out of the Athletics lineup Friday against the Yankees. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alonso suffered a wrist injury after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday and has not played since. Alonso should be considered day-to-day for now. He is in the midst of an unexpected breakout season, his 13 home runs already mark a career high just two months into the season.


Kendall Graveman has been scratched from his start against the Yankees. (Source: Jane Lee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is unclear why Graveman's start is being skipped although it may be that he is dealing with the shoulder injury that landed him briefly on the disabled list last month. Sean Manaea moves up a day to start in his place tonight.


John Axford allowed four hits and an earned run in just 1 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Axford is showing rust in his first action of the year, giving up five hits, two earned runs while only striking out one hitter in his first 2 1/3 innings of work since being activated over the weekend. The hard throwing veteran reliever should get it whittled down but he's currently sitting on a 7.71 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.


Ryan Dull (knee) is healing slower than expected according to A's manager Bob Melvin. (Source: Joe Stiglich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Currently on the 10-day DL, Dull hasn't pitched since May 19 with a strained right knee and appears to be headed for an extended absence despite the MRI ruling out any major structural damage. Dull has so far delivered a disappointing 6.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP but with 18 strikeouts through 15 2/3 innings this season. Despite the rough line, he still leads the team with nine holds giving him some value in deeper formats upon his return.


Marcus Semien (wrist) had the cast removed last week and is eyeing a mid-June return.

Fantasy Impact: Semien appears to be on track to return to the A's in the minimum time as he is progressing through his recovery from a fractured scaphoid bone. The A's don't figure to rush him as Adam Rosales has filled in admirably for them but, for fantasy owners, the potential return of the hard-hitting shortstop next month is good news. Semien batted .238/.300/.435 last year while also hitting 27 home runs and driving in 75 RBIs.


Sonny Gray allowed just one run on three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Gray appears to finally be getting it going having now recorded back-to-back wins while striking out 19 batters over 13 combined innings of work. He was brilliant in this one, missing bats all afternoon, allowing just three hits and the lone run that came on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. The fine effort brings his line to a 3.34 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 28 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings as he continues to work back from his lat injury. He gets a date with the Indians next.


Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless inning for his seventh save striking out one and walking one in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Casilla hasn't had a smooth season but has settled in nicely as the A's closer of choice. He still possesses an unsightly 4.67 ERA to go along with a 1.21 WHIP and a pair of blown saves but he's the man at the back of the pen and has 15 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings of work. In deep formats where saves may be rare to come by, you can't ignore him.


Rajai Davis hitless in win

Thu, May 25th 12:05pm EDT
By Waleed Hawatky

OAK

Rajai Davis finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: A day after hitting his second homer of the year and extending a promising hit streak to five games, Rajai Davis failed to reach base in the win. Overall, May has gone much like April has in terms of production but he had picked up hits in nine of the past 12 games. Unfortunately, the base stealing is down (only five SB out of nine attempts) and that's ultimately where his fantasy value is.


Khris Davis homers in win

Thu, May 25th 12:00pm EDT
By Waleed Hawatky

OAK

Khris Davis finished 1-for-4 with a two run home run in the A's 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Here we go again; after going homerless in 12 consecutive games, Davis has now homered in four of the last nine. The two out, two run first inning dinger was his 14th on the year putting him one off the MLB lead. His tripleslash of .220/.305/.506 may not inspire fantasy owners but the 14 home runs and 28 RBIs ought to do just fine.


Jed Lowrie with four hits in win

Thu, May 25th 10:46am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

OAK

Jed Lowrie finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a run scored in the A's win over the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie has been a pleasant surprise this year, adjusting his approach at the plate to hit for more authority. It's resulted in solid production that plays in mixed leagues. Owners in need of help at 2B should buy into the hot start and ride it while the veteran remains healthy.


In an 11-9 loss to Miami, Ryon Healy went 2-for-5 (one hit being a home run and the other a single) with three runs batted in, one run scored and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Healy has really been on a roll this month after starting off the season slow at the plate. He's a viable option to go with in all fantasy leagues right now.


Jesse Hahn exited Tuesday's start with an arm injury that was later diagnosed to be a strained triceps. (Source: Joe Stiglich on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Another pitcher with a promising start diagnosed with an injury. Hahn posted an ERA around 3.00 with a solid WHIP entering Tuesday's start. He was knocked around by the Marlins, but that should likely be attributed to the injury he suffered. He didn't make it out of the third inning, and he's likely to hit the DL soon.


Chad Pinder finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Perhaps we're nearing time for folks outside of Oakland to take note of the kid. A fan favorite, Pinder has been launching the ball with authority having now gone deep five times in just 21 games played including three over the course of the weekend four-game set with the Red Sox. The one he hit on Saturday was a mammoth 437 footer that put the game out of reach and the two run shot in Sunday's game gave the A's a brief lead. The power is real and he's having a ridiculous May. Pinder's line now sits at .286/.352/.673 with five homers and 11 RBI.


Andrew Triggs allowed six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Triggs struggled in this one almost immediately out the gate, putting his team in a 2-0 hole before they even stepped up to the plate. The A's would briefly take the lead before Triggs, again, had trouble with the top of the Red Sox order, eventually leaving an inning later when he served up a two-run blast to deepen the Oakland deficit to 6-3. He struck out seven on the day but also walked three. Triggs has been pretty good this year, though, so there isn't too much reason for alarm. He'll take his 5-3 record, 2.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP onto the road to visit the Yankees.


Mark Canha hero again

Sat, May 20th 12:03pm EDT
By Waleed Hawatky

OAK

Mark Canha finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs on a triple and a walk-off home run in Oakland's 3-2 win over Boston.

Fantasy Impact: In a delightful extra-innings come-from-behind win wrought with drama, there was no bigger hero than Mark Canha. He tripled home Ryon Healy in the bottom of the fifth before taking Heath Hembree for a 375 ft ride in the bottom of the 10th that is now Oakland's fourth walk-off win on the year already. He's smokin' right now, slashing .476/.500/1.000 with two home runs, six RBIs and a stolen base in just the seven games since being called back up.


Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and the game winning RBI in the A's 8-3 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Plouffe smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating Ryon Healy and putting the A's up for good in this one. He would then come around to score on Chad Pinder's insurance shot in the very next at-bat. Plouffe has quietly put together a loud May, slashing .333/.388/.556 with two home runs, four RBIs and a stolen base to boot.


Josh Phegley finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in the A's win over the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: He singled home his fellow backstop Stephen Vogt who was DH'ing at that point for his first RBI since April 25th. He's batting .205/.205/.385 with one home run and four RBIs.


Matt Joyce finished 1-for-5 with a two run home run in Oakland's win.

Fantasy Impact: Joyce has now hit three home runs in five days, hitting .300 and driving in seven runs in that span. After starting off the year sluggishly and getting bounced around the lineup, he's settling in at the top of the order over the past few and flashing some power. He's slashing a paltry .202/.273/.386 and doesn't figure to factor into most standard fantasy formats but now has five home runs and 17 RBIs on the year for what it's worth.