Oakland A's MLN: Barton All-Star; Rehabs

Daric Barton's dream month of June continued on Wednesday with some All-Star news. Meanwhile, two outfielders who have spent time in the Oakland A's outfield this season began their rehab assignments. We have the details inside.

Barton Named To PCL All-Star Team

Daric Barton's outstanding month of June continued on Wednesday and he is starting to receive recognition for his efforts. Barton was named as the Sacramento River Cats' representative to the PCL All-Star team. Barton, who extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a 2-3 night that included a homer, is now batting .335 with six homers and 46 RBI on the season.

This is Barton's second All-Star nomination. He was named as a post-season Midwest League All-Star in 2004. He was also a Topps Class A All-Star that season and a participant in the 2005 Futures Game.

Barton is batting better than .500 in June with two homers and 18 RBI in 93 at-bats. He has had multi-hit games in 11 of his last 12 games.

Two Outfielders Begin Rehab Assignments

Two A's outfielders began their comebacks from injury on Wednesday. Bobby Kielty, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a strained calf, went 1-4 with a walk and a double in his first rehab appearance with Sacramento. He has appeared in only nine games this season for the A's, collecting four hits in 23 at-bats.

Danny Putnam, who appeared in 11 games for the A's in May, played in his first game since breaking his hand in late May. Putnam went 1-4 for the A's Rookie League team on Wednesday. Once his timing is back, Putnam will likely rejoin the Sacramento River Cats. Putnam had been playing with the River Cats when he broke his hand on a hit-by-pitch.






Other Notes:

- In addition to Barton, Dee Brown and Kevin Melillo went deep for the River Cats in their 10-3 win over Fresno on Wednesday. Brown had three hits and two RBI, while Melillo had two hits and three RBI in his return to the minor leagues. J.J. Furmaniak had two doubles and scored two runs, and Jason Perry had an outfield assist. Dan Meyer earned his fifth win by allowing three runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out two and walked three.

- Richie Robnett had two RBI, but the Midland Rockhounds fell to the Springfield Cardinals by a score of 6-3. Trent Peterson allowed four runs -- all in the fifth -- in 6.1 innings. He walked four and didn't strike out a batter. Brian Snyder walked three times.

- Brad Davis had a quality start for Stockton, but the bullpen collapsed late and the Ports lost to Visalia by a score of 6-3. Davis allowed two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Justin Sellers reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Frank Martinez and Chad Boyd also had two hits for Stockton. David Castillo hit his first homer for Stockton.

- Haas Pratt homered twice for the second straight game, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars lost by a score of 9-3. Pratt now has eight homers on the season. Greg Dowling also homered, his seventh of the year. Henry Rodriguez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven but was stuck with the no-decision. Inoel Deaza allowed four runs in two innings of relief and Scott Moore was roughed-up for two runs in one inning of work.

- Vancouver got back in the win column by out-slugging Yakima by a score of 9-7. Corey Brown hit a grand-slam to account for his first professional homerun. He also doubled and walked twice. Shane Keough had two hits and scored a run. Danny Hamblin drove-in two runs and now has 10 on the season. Leonardo Espinal recorded his fourth save with a scoreless inning and Nick Walters earned his first win by allowing only an unearned run in three innings of relief.

- The A's Rookie League team fell to the Angels' Rookie squad by a score of 6-5. Adam Klein reached base three times with two hits and a walk. He has a .731 OBP in five games for the A's thus far this Rookie League season. Carlos Morales had three RBI in the losing effort. 2006 15th round draft pick Kyle Christensen allowed one earned run in five innings. The 19-year-old struck out four and walked none.

- There was a little roster movement on Wednesday, as well. Reliever Travis Foley was promoted to Sacramento from Midland, while pitchers David Shafer and Mario Ramos were sent from Sacramento to Midland.

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