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Kris Davis went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Davis has not been playing every day and is currently batting .185/.290/.296 with one home run and four RBI through eight games and 27 at bats. Off to a slow start and now not playing everyday, Davis is tough to endorse for fantasy purposes right now.

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Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth allowing one hit and striking out one to earn his fourth save of the year in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Hendriks was back in there after a night off last night and through six games his ERA sits at 1.42 with a 0.95 WHIP. He is in a good spot to pile up plenty of save opportunities for the A’s.

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Mike Fiers gave up seven hits and four earned runs over six innings of work, striking out two, and walking two in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Fiers served up two long balls and his ERA sits at 5.63 after three starts to go with a 1.31 WHIP. Fiers remains a good option for the waiver wire in fantasy.

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Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one run, one RBI, and a walk as the A’s swept the Rangers with a 6-4 win Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Olson has homered three times in the last two games bringing his season total to four. He is capable of piling up home runs in bunches, the batting average will continue to rise as well.

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Joakim Soria came in to get the final five outs of Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers striking out three and allowing no hits or runs.

Fantasy Impact: Soria now has two saves and a win on the year with 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings and has yet to allow an earned run. Soria was giving Liam Hendriks a rest, but if your league awards holds Soria is worth a look.

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Sean Manaea allowed six hits and four earned runs while striking out five and walking one over 3.1 innings of work against the Rangers Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea has not pitched into the fifth inning in any of his three starts this year and saw his ERA balloon to 8.03 with a 1.46 WHIP. Manaea has given up 11 earned runs over 12.1 innings over three starts and can be left on the waiver wire for now.

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Austin Allen went 1-for-3 with a two run home run, two RBI, and a run scored in Wednesday’s comeback win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Allen has appeared in six games this year slashing .143/.200/.357 in only 15 plate appearances. Allen, 25, was off to a nice start back in Spring training and hit .262 with 13 homers over 270 at bats for the Padres Triple A affiliate last year. Sean Murphy is not off to a great start either, and Allen bats from the left side leaving Allen on the better side of the platoon if the A’s go that route. Something to keep an eye on as the season rolls on.

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Ramon Laureano went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, one run scored, one RBI, and a walk in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Laureano is hitting .293 with three home runs and ten RBI to go with a .953 OPS through 12 games and 51 plate appearances. Laureano will continue to be a core outfield option for fantasy squads.

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A's manager Bob Melvin says that A.J. Puk (shoulder) will return as a reliever this season. (Source: Shayna Rubin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That is if Puk is able to return at all. He continues to play catch but there is no timetable for his return right now. Coming back as a reliever will shorten his recovery time.

Category: Injury Updates


Tony Kemp went 2-for-3 with two singles in Tuesday's win against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: This brings Kemp's batting average up to .231 on the year. He has been splitting time at second base with Chad Pinder, who has also struggled so far this season with an average of .188. Neither player should be in your lineup at this point, but this position battle could be one to keep an eye on in case of an emergency.

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Mark Canha was 0-for-1 with a run scored and three walks in last nights 5-1 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Canha raised his OBP to .500 and his OPS is sitting at .964 through ten games and 42 plate appearances. Canha made improvements last year with his walk rate and batting eye numbers returning a .396 OBP over 497 plate appearances last year, it looks like those skills will continue to be an asset for him this year.

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Jesus Luzardo struck out five over five innings of work in his first start of the year Tuesday. He allowed two hits, walked two, and threw 76 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Luzardo has struck out 12 over 11.2 innings over three games this year with a 2.31 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. The A’s could continue to handle him carefully to start the season, having thrown just 43 total innings last year, but the 22 year old has three above average offerings and skill set to be a dominant starter. If you own him start him and expect his innings/pitch count to increase as the season wears on.

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Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI, and his solo homer tied the game at one in the seventh inning of the A’s eventual walk off win over the Rangers Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: The two hits raised Chapman’s batting average to .222 and hopefully this is just the start of him breaking out of his early slump. Chapman needs to cut down on the strikeouts, but continue to trust last years power breakout that was fully supported by above average exit velocity and barrel percentage.

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Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 with four RBI, a run scored, and a walk including the A’s second walk off grand slam of the year to give the A’s a 5-1 win over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Piscotty has played in eight of the A’s 11 games, the two hit night raised his line to .276/.344/.448 over 32 plate appearances. Will see if last nights game earns him more regular playing time.

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Lou Trivino pitched one inning and had two strikeouts in Monday's 11-1 win against the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Trivino closed out the game for Oakland on Monday night, striking out two batters without surrendering any walks or hits. This was a bounceback performance for the reliever as he gave up three earned runs in one inning in his last outing. Trivino has appeared in three out of 10 games for the A's, two of which were nearly perfect and the other was a nightmare, giving him an ERA of 9.00 and four strikeouts on the year.

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Sean Murphy went 1-for-3 in Monday’s victory over the Mariners with two runs scored, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Murphy is getting most of the time at catcher for the A’s playing in eight games slashing .175/.364/.353 with a home run and five walks in 22 plate appearances. Murphy remains more of a two catcher league option until he can prove otherwise.

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Chad Pinder went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Monday’s 11-1 win over the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Pinder is getting the starts at second base against lefties and is in a full rotation at the keystone for the A’s. Franklin Barreto pinch hit for Pinder going 0-for-2, so add him to the mix with Tony Kemp.

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Marcus Semien went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Semien is one of several A’s that have struggled with the bat to start the season. He is batting .205/.239/.273 with no home runs, two RBI, and six runs scored over his first 46 plate appearances. The A’s could give him a day off this week and hope that it might get him back on track to last years breakout season.

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Frankie Montas struck out nine over seven innings giving up four hits and one earned, he did issue four walks as the A’s cruised to an 11-1 win over the Mariners Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Montas threw 99 pitches, 70 for strikes, and lowered his season ERA to 2.25. He has struck out 17 over 16 innings pitched to go with nine walks. Fantasy owners would like to see less free passes, but Montas can be a good source for strikeouts and quality starts.

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Chris Bassitt struck out seven Mariners over 5.2 innings Sunday, giving up three hits and one earned run on his way to his first win of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Bassitt has pitched well to start the season allowing one earned run over 9.2 innings with 12 strikeouts. Facing the Mariners lineup is helpful, but Bassitt can be used in the right match up while he is pitching well.

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