Aug 2, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Sam Fuld (23) successfully bunts during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at O.co Coliseum. (Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports)
Ian Clark's On Baseball: Last to first in a phone call for A's Fuld
Such was the case for Durham's Sam Fuld, who was traded from Minnesota to Oakland at the MLB trade deadline. The swap for lefty pitcher Tommy Milone not only sent Fuld away from the cellar-dwelling Twins, but he joined a first-place A's team that had placed him on waivers back in April.
Fuld's batting average has dipped slightly, but everything else has been excellent in his seven games back (heading into the weekend).
In his second game back with Oakland, Fuld made a catch in centerfield in the fourth inning against Kansas City. Alex Gordon tagged up from third base and headed toward the plate, but Fuld's throw (which included enough momentum to send Fuld into a somersault) was on line for the tag out at home.
It's no surprise that Fuld was caught off guard by the trade. After all, he was coming off a red-hot July and seemed to be settling in nicely with the Twins.
Locke rebounds: Conway's Jeff Locke put an end to a two-game slide with a solid performance Wednesday night in a 7-3 win over Miami.
Locke got off to a tough start in the game, giving up all three runs in the first two innings. But he settled in and finished by retiring 16 of the final 17 batters-including the final 13 he faced-to pick up the win. Locke had lost his previous two starts, giving up 10 earned runs and 19 hits over 12 innings in losses to Arizona and Colorado. He is now 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA.
A Nashua North and Franklin Pierce University product, McGowan worked a quiet first six innings, allowing no runs and just two hits.
But a two-out-triple from Stuart Turner brought Harrison in to score and ended McGowan's night on the mound. Reliever Max Kepler struck out the next batter to close McGowan's line with one earned run, three hits and five strikeouts.
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