Mike Madsen: Madsen had a brilliant Triple-A debut on Saturday, twirling 7.2 shut-out innings in the first-place River Cats' 3-2 win over the second-place Tucson Sidewinders. Madsen allowed only four hits and two walks, while striking out six. His overall record this season is 7-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 16 starts. He has 95 strikeouts in 97 innings. Madsen will be pitching for Team USA at the Futures Game in San Francisco next week.
Kazuhito Tadano: Tadano followed Madsen with an outstanding performance of his own this weekend for the River Cats. Tadano threw eight shut-out innings versus the Sidewinders in the River Cats' 5-0 win. He allowed only four hits and no walks and he had five strikeouts. Tadano has struggled with the longball this season, allowing 16 homers in 90.2 innings. However, he has had excellent control (23 walks) and has struck-out more than a batter an inning (97). Tadano could be an option for the A's out of their bullpen if Oakland continues to struggle with injuries to their relievers.
Andrew Bailey: Poor run-support and the occasional bad inning has masked what has quietly been an outstanding season for Bailey this year in Kane County. Bailey has only a 1-4 record, but he has a 3.35 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 51 innings. That strong performance continued on Sunday, when he struck out 12 (a season high) in 6.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked two. He was stuck with a no-decision, although the Cougars rallied for a late win with a ninth inning rally.
Ryan Webb: Webb allowed three runs in the first two innings of his outing on Saturday, but he recovered to go seven strong innings. He allowed four runs and took the loss versus San Jose, but he struck out eight and walked only one. Webb has had an up-and-down season. He has a 58:16 K:BB ratio in 11 starts for the Stockton Ports, but he had a 16:10 K:BB ratio and allowed 10 homers in 25.2 innings in five starts for the Midland Rockhounds. Webb has allowed 19 homers in 93 total innings this season.
Andrew Brown: Brown made his Oakland organizational debut this weekend after being acquired for Milton Bradley. The lanky right-hander allowed a solo homer in his first inning of work on Friday, but recovered to nail down the save on Saturday with two-thirds of an inning of work. Brown is a hard-thrower, occasionally reaching 99 MPH. He has 45 strikeouts in 37.1 total innings this season.
Daric Barton: Barton's 24-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday. It was a record-long streak for the River Cats' organization. He recovered nicely on Sunday, collecting three hits to raise his average to .330. The River Cats' only All-Star representative has a 909 OPS and is batting .442 over his last 10 games. For the month of June, he hit .454 with a 1157 OPS.
Landon Powell: Powell has had a quick start to his Triple-A career. After homering in his Sacramento debut on Thursday, Powell homered two more times over the weekend. He is 5-14 (.357 BA) with those three homers in three games for the River Cats. On the season, Powell has 14 homers and a 921 OPS.
Gregorio Petit: After going 0 for his first 17 at Triple-A, Petit has gone 4 for his last 10 with four RBI. Petit hit .306 in 66 games for the Midland Rockhounds before being promoted to Triple-A Sacramento.
Luke Appert: Appert has been heating up for the Midland Rockhounds this season. He is 6 for his last 10 with two doubles, one homer and three RBI. Appert, who hit .352 for Stockton in 46 games, is now batting .295 in 27 games at Double-A. On the season, he has a 944 OPS and he has an 850 OPS for Midland.
Vasili Spanos: Spanos broke a month-long homer drought on June 30 with three homers in one game. Up until that point, Spanos had not homered during the month of June. He has eight homers on the year and an 835 OPS on the season.
Chad Boyd: After a strong 2006 season, Boyd got off to a slow start to his 2007 season. He has been picking up the pace lately, however. He had two hits, including a homer, on Sunday for the Ports and is batting .351 over his last 10 games.
Raul Padron: With Anthony Recker up in Midland, Padron has seen more time behind the plate for Stockton. On Sunday, he had two homers and four RBI and he has homered four times in the last 10 games. On the season, Padron has a .494 slugging percentage and nine homers in 46 games.
Adam Klein: The 2007 draft pick continues to reach base at a very high rate for the A's Rookie League team. He walked twice and had a hit on Sunday and has walked 17 times in his eight games with the A's Rookie team. He has a .675 OBP thus far in his professional career.
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Oakland A's MLN: Gray rehabs, Chapman returnsSonny Gray looked like an ace in his rehab start with the Stockton Ports. Meanwhile in Nashville, third base prospect Matt Chapman returned from a wrist injury.
Oakland ClubhouseSaturday at 9:05 PM
Daulton Jefferies to have Tommy John surgeryOakland A's prospect Daulton Jefferies will have Tommy John surgery.
Oakland ClubhouseThursday at 1:47 PM
A's tap Valdez to start on ThursdayCesar Valdez will start for the Oakland A's on Thursday, taking Kendall Graveman's spot in the rotation.
Oakland ClubhouseThursday at 12:08 PM
Beloit Photo Gallery: Snappers clip CougarsGENEVA, IL -- The Beloit Snappers defeated the Kane County Cougars, 6-5, on Tuesday afternoon on the road. David Malamut has photos from the game.
Oakland ClubhouseWednesday at 9:01 AM