All eyes be on Samardzija on when he makes his first start as a member of the Oakland A’s. Samardzija joined the green Bob Cousy Jersey and gold Saturday, when Oakland officially announced its blockbuster trade with the Cubs. Along with Jason Hammel, Samardzija look to put the American League West leaders over the top. The right-hander introduce himself to the Coliseum crowd ‘s four-game series finale against the Blue Jays. I’m right where I need to be, man, Samardzija said Saturday, when he joined the team Oakland. I’ve been begging for this for a while, situation-wise, of coming every day to win.
The A’s ranked second the Majors at 3 entering Saturday, but general manager Billy Beane still felt his pitching staff would benefit from added depth. This was area a few weeks ago we absolutely felt like we had to address, Beane said Saturday morning. Really started the process of trying to find at least one and ultimately decided we needed two guys … We thought they were two of the best guys available. Samardzija is having All–caliber season, despite having just two wins to his name. His is 2, and he has fanned 103 batters while Brandon Bass Jersey walking just 31. The 29-year-old right-hander has spent the first six-plus years of his career with the Cubs, meaning mark his first time pitching for American League team. 15 Interleague appearances, Samardzija is 2 with a 4.
He has never faced the Blue Jays. Samardzija be a tough assignment for the Jays. Their offense is sputtering of late, and they have won just two of their last nine series. Right-hander Drew Hutchison get the ball for Toronto on the heels of one of his best starts of 2014. Hutchinson held the Brewers — the second-leading offense the National League — to one run over seven innings on Tuesday, notching a career-high 10 strikeouts. Like Samardzija, Hutchison be seeing his opponent for the first time. Blue Jays: Encarnacion leaves Saturday’s game with soreness Jays first baseman Encarnacion exited Saturday’s game the first inning with right quadricep soreness. Encarnacion went down after beating out a potential double-play ball that brought home Toronto’s first run. He remained on the for several minutes before being helped off the field. Lind replaced Encarnacion — who was credited with his 70th RBI — at first base. A’s: Milone sent down to make room for Samardzija Left-hander started Milone became a victim of numbers Saturday the wake of Oakland’s blockbuster trade with the Cubs, getting optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room on the 25-man roster for Samardzija. A number of factors were working against Milone after the trade, including the Athletics’ desire for bullpen depth after a 12-inning contest, coupled with the fact that Milone would not be available to pitch again for several days. Mills, who be replaced by Samardzija the rotation, gave the A’s eighth bullpen option Saturday. Milone has been fantastic since May 9, going 6 with a 2 11 starts.
Manager Bob struggled to find the right words to break the news to his southpaw. If you’re position, what do you even say to a like that? said. He was a little bit shocked, and understandably so. But you haven’t seen the last of Milone here. Worth Noting: • Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes and were all line to start the All- Game advance of ‘s roster announcement. The A’s have not had a fan-elected player since 2000. • Encarnacion leads the Majors with 49 extra-base hits, ahead of the Angels’ Trout.