Oakland A's MLN: Playoff and Roster News

Midland kicked off their quest to repeat their Texas League Championship in quiet fashion, and the Oakland A's made a few minor roster moves. We have the details inside.

Midland Shut-Out In Opener

The Rockhounds' title quest got off to a quiet start on Tuesday, as they were two-hit, falling to Corpus Christi by a score of 3-0. Starter Brad Knox was the tough-luck loser, as the right-hander allowed only one earned run in 6.2 innings of work. However, he received no run support and little support on defense, as he was victimized by two Midland errors.

The Rockhounds managed only two hits off of Corpus Christi starter Juan Gutierrez. Gutierrez allowed only a double to Kevin Melillo and a single to Danny Putnam in six innings of work. He also walked two batters. The Hooks bullpen worked three perfect innings to close-out the win in Game One of the best-of-five series.

Jeff Coleman worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in support of Knox, who struck out four and walked only one during his 6.2 inning outing. Midland DH Casey Myers was the only Rockhound batter to reach base twice. He walked both times. The series resumes tomorrow.

A's Add Two; Drop Two Others

The A's announced on Tuesday that they had claimed former San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs starter Jerome Williams off of waivers. Williams had been in the Cubs organization since midway through the 2005 season when he was traded from San Francisco. The right-hander appeared in five games as a Cub this season, going 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in 12 innings of work. Williams won a career-high 10 games as a starter for San Francisco in 2004. He made his major league debut in 2003 as a 21-year old. He was added to the A's 40-man roster, but isn't expected to join the A's this September.

The A's also added D'Angelo Jimenez to their active roster. Jimenez had been on the A's roster before Oakland recalled Dan Johnson from AAA last week. The middle infielder will give the A's some depth up the middle, something they have lacked with Bobby Crosby on the disabled list.

In order to make room for Williams and Jimenez on the A's 40-man roster, Oakland had to move two players off of their 40-man squad. Middle infielder Mike Rouse and reliever Matt Roney were designated for assignment. Rouse made his major league debut this season after toiling in the Oakland system for three seasons. He had seven hits in 24 at-bats, including three doubles. Rouse hit .258 with six homers and 47 RBIs in 99 games for the Sacramento River Cats this season.

Roney also logged some time with the A's this season, throwing four innings in three appearances. He went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA at the major league level. Roney pitched very well for the River Cats this season, going 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 58 relief innings. He was the River Cats representative in the PCL All-Star Game. Roney was signed by Oakland as a minor league free agent this off-season. He had had previous major league experience with Detroit in 2003.

Both Rouse and Roney will become free agents if they clear waivers.

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