Athletics' Graveman loses no-hit bid in 7th vs Rangers

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers meet Sunday in Major League Baseball action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

"He's our ace of our staff right now", catcher Stephen Vogt said.

Mike Napoli hit a home run Saturday night after Graveman struck out two batters to begin the seventh.

Oakland's first run was scored by Matt Joyce following a leadoff walk on a 3-2 pitch that Darvish thought could have been called a strike.

Jed Lowrie had three hits for the A's, including an RBI double.

General manager Bobby Evans said the Giants are "in discussion" with Melvin Upton Jr. and "close to a minor league deal". Santiago Casilla kept the two-hitter intact by following Graveman with flawless frames in the eighth and ninth. It also marked the second straight start in which he's carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Texas, having pitched six flawless innings last September before allowing a hit in the seventh.

Tanaka yielded six hits while walking four and left the mound with the Yankees leading 4-3, but the Orioles came from behind for the second straight day with RBI singles by Mark Trumbo and Kim Hyun Soo, both off Dellin Betances (0-1), in the seventh. "I've got to execute the next pitch and get them out". The Texas Rangers have lost nine of their last 12 regular season games when allowing more than three runs.

Graveman was nearly done in by lack of control throwing to second base.

At the plate: As Graveman was silencing the Rangers, the A's weren't solving Darvish easily either.

Graveman had allowed only one runner before Napoli sent a drive into Oakland's bullpen in left-center for his first home run of the season.

Rajai Davis broke an 0-for-13 skid with a fifth-inning double.

A's: 3B Trevor Plouffe (illness) was a late lineup scratch and is expected to play Sunday.

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner (right biceps soreness) is scheduled to pitch five innings in extended spring training in Arizona on Monday. Padres southpaw Clayton Richard (1-0, 0.00) will try to follow-up on his brilliant start Tuesday night, when he threw eight innings of five-hit ball in a 4-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. Alonso then added some cushion with a two-run homer to straightaway center off Dario Alvarez - just his seventh career homer against a lefty - putting the A's up 5-1.

  • Julie Sanders