Oakland Athletics

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Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored Monday against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Olson continues to hit, as he now has three multi-hit appearances in his last four starts. Given his lofty strikeout total and BABIP, his average (.282) is likely to come down, but he should be a continued source of power in an improved A's lineup.

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Marcus Semien went 2-for-6 and hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning Monday in Oakland's 9-4 win in Texas.

Fantasy Impact: Semien is heating up at the plate and has gone 6-for-13 over his last three games. The 27-year-old shortstop is a solid source for steals and home runs and if fantasy owners need depth at the position they may want to grab Semien.

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Blake Treinen allowed no base runners and struck out three over 1 2/3 innings Sunday to pick up the win vs. the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Treinen is off to a terrific start this season for the Athletics with a 0.75 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 12 innings. He should continue to be an underrated but valuable option as the Oakland closer this season in mixed leagues.

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Franklin Barreto had been struggling in Triple-A since he return from Oakland. The youngster was 0-10 with eight strikeouts in three games, but bounced back by going 3 for 4 with a homer Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The A's terrific young infield prospect has batting titles potentially in his future to go with 25+ stolen bases annually. While that may not come as a rookie, he is well worth picking up the moment he returns to the big leagues.

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Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: It was Davis' sixth long ball of the season, and he's rebounded nicely after a slow start. His OPS is back over .800, and he has a very un-Davis-like .270 average. He's also scored 11 times with 19 RBIs in a much improved A's lineup.

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Sean Manaea cruised Friday night snapping the Red Sox's eight-game winning streak by throwing a no-hitter and striking out 10.

Fantasy Impact: The young lefty was masterful going against the hottest team in baseball. He's now sporting a 1.23 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP after five starts. More importantly, Manaea looks to be bouncing back strong after a let-down season in 2017 and the A's are also winning ballgames. As a former first-round pick and a 2016 breakout player, expectations are once again high for Manaea. His trade value is going up and he could be a great sell-high candidate right now following the no-hitter.

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Andrew Triggs surrendered six runs on five hits in just one inning while walking two as the A's went on to win a barn burner over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Triggs was awful in this one despite getting out of the first inning with just a single run on his ledger and a tie game in hand. Still, he wouldn't register another out in this start and end up tagged with five more in the next frame before being mercifully pulled. With an ERA now ballooned to 5.82, he will toe the rubber next against the Rangers.

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Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Oakland's 12-10 extra innings win over Chicago.

Fantasy Impact: There is simply no stopping Jed Lowrie right now as he has now homered in back-to-back games and in four of the last seven to give him six on the season. He's driven in 10 runs in that span. The eighth inning two run shot that plated Marcus Semien would have been the game winner had Blake Treinen not blown the save. Lowrie is possibly the hottest player in baseball right now.

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Kendall Graveman surrendered five earned runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking two across four innings in a loss at Seattle on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Kendall's season is grave, man. Sporting an unsightly 9.87 ERA, a WHIP above 2.00 and having served up six burgers over just 17 1/3, it's hard to trust Graveman with anything right now and he really shouldn't be on any mixed-league rosters. The A's probably shouldn't trust him either as they almost certainly always lose when he's on the mound, particularly on the road where the A's are 8-23 over his past 31 road starts. Avoid.

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Matt Joyce finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks as the A's blasted the White Sox 10-2.

Fantasy Impact: Joyce has been strangely forgettable as a table-setter for the potent A's lineup and yet has continued to lead off anyway. He somehow managed to get on base three times in this one and not score once in Oakland's 13-hit, 10-run parade. Even more unluckily, the bottom third of the lineup went 8-for-11 and he still emerged without an RBI. With a .235/.403/.431 triple slash, two home runs, four RBI and nothing to offer on the basepaths, he isn't really a fantasy option despite batting ahead of a pachyderm herd of big bats.

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Mark Canha went 3-for-4 with a double with three runs scored and two RBI in the A's 10-2 rout of the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Canha singled in a pair of runs in Oakland's big first inning, putting them up 3-0. The bottom third of Oakland's lineup was quite potent tonight as he would also come around to score three times in the rout. After failing to make the big league roster despite scorching through Spring Training, Canha is getting another shot and is looking good doing it to the tune of a .368/.400/.579 line with a home run and five RBI in just 19 at-bats.

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Matt Chapman finished 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored in Oakland's 10-2 win over Chicago.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman continues to blossom as a hitter, demonstrating a substantially improved plate discipline as evidenced by then 10 walks on the season and the four worked in just the past two games. In what is shaping up like a breakout year for the young third baseman, Chapman is stroking a clean .313/.413/.609 with five home runs and 12 RBI for a powerful A's lineup.

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Jonathan Lucroy finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI in the A's 10-2 rout of the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Lucroy finally made a sizable impact with his bat in 2018, driving in three runs in the blowout win. He's been heating up a bit of late, bringing his triple slash to .280/.357/.340 with four RBI on the year now but the power is still missing, a concern coming into the year. That said, seeing Lucroy getting the bat working is an excellent thing for fantasy owners all the same.

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Stephen Piscotty finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and three RBI in Oakland's 10-2 rout of Chicago.

Fantasy Impact: Piscotty smacked a two RBI double in the bottom of the first that put the A's up 5-0 early. He would tack on another run on a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh. He started the season sluggishly at the dish but has now strung together a seven game hitting streak including four multi-hit efforts leading to a .295/.338/.410 line with a home run and 11 RBI. He's still widely available as a result of both preseason skepticism and dismal early-season returns.

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Trevor Cahill (1-0) got the win for the Athletics for the White Sox on Tuesday, striking out eight and walking two on five hits over seven innings in Oakland's 10-2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill was signed late by the A's as he was overlooked in free agency. The veteran righty is in a good park to pitch in and could be useful in deeper fantasy leagues if fantasy owners need pitching.

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Daniel Mengden allowed just one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over eight innings in a win Monday over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Mengden looked sharp for the first time this season after four starts. The 25-year-old righty is now 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Mengden is worth owning in deeper leagues but does not show enough consistency to be owned in standard fantasy leagues.

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Chad Pinder (knee) will go on a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday and Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (Source: Susan Slusser on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pinder is eligible to return from the disabled list on Monday and it looks like he will be ready. Pinder will play a utility role when he gets back and is really only worth owning in deeper fantasy leagues.

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A.J. Puk underwent a successful surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm. He will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. (Source: Oakland Athletics)

Fantasy Impact: It was a quick end to the 2018 season for the A's top pitching prospect, but he'll begin his rehab immediately following the surgery. Tommy John surgeries are far from career-enders like they once were so expect eyes to be on Puk again next season.

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Boog Powell is expected to be placed on the disabled list Sunday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports. It was revealed that a sprained right knee was bothering the second-year outfielder earlier Saturday, and it seems that the team wants to take it slow with his recovery. (Source: Julian Mack on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Powell will undergo an MRI on Monday, which should clarify the severity of the injury. With Powell out, look for Trayce Thompson to see the bulk of playing time for the Athletics.

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Daniel Gossett lasted only 3 1/3 innings surrendering five runs on five hits while striking out three in the A's loss to the Angels.

Fantasy Impact: Gossett was actually better than the other guy, Angels starter Parker Bridwell, who was knocked out in the second but having now faced the Angels twice and giving up nine runs in 7 1/3 innings, it's hard to imagine he wants to face them again any time soon.

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