Oakland A's MLN: All-Stars And Award Winners

Monday was a day of recognition around the Oakland A's organization, as three pitchers were honored with league pitcher of the week awards and one Stockton Ports' player landed on the prestigious California League All-Star team. We have those details, as well as news of a retirement and more inside...

Head An All-Star; Three Pitchers Honored

It was a busy day on the awards front within the Oakland A's system. On Monday, three A's minor league pitchers were honored as their respective leagues' pitchers of the week. In addition, Stockton Ports' infielder Miles Head was named to the California League All-Star team.

The three pitchers honored with POW awards were Graham Godfrey from the Pacific Coast League, Dan Straily from the Texas League and Sean Murphy from the California League.

Godfrey earned his honor after allowing just one run in 14 innings over two starts. Both starts came on the road. The first was June 5 versus Tacoma and the second came at Colorado Springs. Godfrey has a 1.05 ERA for the Sacramento River Cats, best in the PCL. He is 5-0 as a River Cat and since the start of the 2011 season has a 19-3 mark for Sacramento.

Straily won his second POW award this season. Last week Straily made two starts and he allowed only one run on 10 hits in 13 innings. Straily struck-out 20 and walked only one over that stretch. He has a league-leading 99 strike-outs in only 77.1 innings this season for the Midland Rockhounds.

Murphy also earned his second POW award this season. His first came from the Midwest League when he was a member of the Burlington Bees' starting rotation. This time, as a member of the Ports, Murphy earned the award for a 10-strike-out performance versus the San Jose Giants on June 8th. He allowed only three hits and a walk in 6.1 innings versus San Jose. In 12 starts for Burlington and Stockton this season, the 6'6'' right-hander has a 1.75 ERA and 80 strike-outs in 77.1 innings pitched.

Head was named to the California League All-Star team on Monday. He is the only member of the Ports' roster to make the team, which will take on the Carolina League All-Stars in Winston-Salem on June 19. Head was named as a starter on the team. He is currently leading the league in many offensive categories, including batting average, OPS, SLG and OBP. Head hit his 13th homer of the season on Monday night versus Bakersfield.

Other News And Notes

- Sacramento River Cats' catcher Joel Galarraga has retired from baseball. The native of Cuba appeared in only three games for the River Cats this season because of injury. He had three hits in 11 at-bats. Galarraga signed with the A's before the 2009 season after starring first for the Cuban national team and then in the Mexican Summer League after he defected from Cuba. Galarraga showed promise offensively while in the A's organization, but he had a serious shoulder injury in 2009 that limited him to only 113 games over the past four seasons. Galarraga is 30 years old.

- Manny Ramirez is heating up with Sacramento. The River Cats' DH doubled for the second straight game and he had two hits for the River Cats in their loss to Fresno on Monday night. Ramirez has a five-game hitting streak for the River Cats and seven RBIs in his last four games.

- Miles Head celebrated his All-Star nod with four hits in four at-bats, including a homerun in Stockton's loss to Bakersfield. Head is now batting .379 on the year.

- Michael Spina is putting together a strange season for the Midland Rockhounds. The infielder is batting only .163/.268/.297 in 56 games for the Rockhounds. Those numbers are way down from his 2011 stats with the Rockhounds, when he had an 803 OPS. Spina is batting only .067 in 138 at-bats versus right-handers, but he has a .328/.427/.656 line in 64 at-bats versus southpaws. He has struck-out 61 times but has managed 27 walks.

- A day after winning a 16-15 game over Quad Cities, the Burlington Bees were involved in another high-scoring affair on Monday. This time, they were on the losing end of an 18-7 thumping. Drew Granier had his first bad start of the season. Because of the long game on Sunday, Granier was left in to allow 10 earned runs in five innings of work. Catcher John Nester would make an appearance on the mound, allowing three runs in an inning of work. He walked three and struck-out a batter. Nick Rickles had three hits and two walks and Bobby Crocker had two hits (including a homer) and two walks in the defeat. Wade Kirkland also homered.

- The Midland Rockhounds are scheduled to square-off against rehabbing former All-Star Roy Oswalt in their game against Frisco on Tuesday night.

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