Shaky in first rehab start

Five of the six runs on his line scored via the home run, with Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis cracking dingers in the first inning and Chad Pinder joining the party in the fourth.

Oakland starter Sonny Gray gave up only four hits and stuck out eight en route to his first win of the season. After allowing two runs in a 31-pitch first, Gray settled down and gave up just one more run the rest of the way, while striking out eight in six innings.

On the other hand, the 27-year-old Ross has spent the last three go-rounds as a member of the Red Sox after originally breaking into the major leagues with three seasons as a member of the Texas Rangers. "It was just more the command within the strike zone".

"That's a sign that Sonny is Sonny: he's an ace and aces go out there and they punch people out."
"When you're constantly behind coming into you're first at-bat it makes everything a little bit more hard, so to be able to respond, end up taking a lead an then keep adding on, that was big".

I imagine that Ramirez or someone else will be optioned soon as well, as the team is still playing with a short bench after Chase d'Arnaud was designated for assignment to make room for Hector Velazquez prior to Thursday's game.

With David Price (elbow) nearly ready to return to the rotation, Velazquez will be making one more start for the Sox, at most, before he returns to his shiny 1.55 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket. May.

"Tomorrow is a big day for him in seeing how he comes out, the number of pitches thrown", Farrell said. He is expected to throw 85 to 90 pitches Friday.

Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso sat out after being removed from the game Wednesday in Seattle with a sore left knee.

A's leadoff hitter Rajai Davis had a rough night on the bases. Davis beat the throw from center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and was initially called safe. The play was overturned on replay.

The A's overcame the catch by Bradley and a record-tying eighth straight double-digit strikeout game from Chris Sale to win their second in a row in the series against Boston. Velazquez, whose contract was purchased by Boston from the Mexican League on February 18, was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in five starts for Pawtucket.

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