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The Weekly Bernie, 4/10/17: Decent first week for Oakland A’s

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The A’s started their season on a solid note by winning three of their first seven games against two division foes, but they have already lost a reliever to injury, among other news.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling!

  • Opening Night couldn’t have gone much better for the A’s. After dedicating their field to arguably the greatest Oakland Athletic of all time, Rickey Henderson, and honoring legendary broadcaster Bill King, the team put together a clean 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They ended up splitting the four game series with Anaheim, and then lost two out of three games in Texas against the Rangers. The week’s top performers were left fielder Khris Davis (.360/.414/.800, 3 HR, 4 RBI), second baseman Jed Lowrie (.333/.429/.542, 1 HR, 2 2B), first baseman Yonder Alonso (.389/.476/.611, 1HR, 5 RBI), and righty Kendall Graveman (2 GS, 13 IP, 3 ER, 12 K, 3 BB). Check out all of the week’s game recaps here: Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday; Saturday; Sunday.
  • On Wednesday, the A’s placed reliever John Axford on the 10-day Disabled List with a strained shoulder and called up righty Jesse Hahn to take his spot. Axford had yet to pitch in 2017, and he will now be shut down for at least a week, according to Alex Espinoza of MLB.com.
  • Axford’s replacement, Jesse Hahn, made one excellent long relief outing and will now move into the starting rotation, while Raul Alcantara will go to the bullpen after a disastrous first start on Friday. Hahn has shown flashes of excellence from time to time, and could be finally putting it together, while Alcantara really doesn’t seem to have it yet. Regardless, both are just keeping the rotation spot warm until ace Sonny Gray can return from his injury.
  • Young third baseman Matt Chapman has hit Triple-A Nashville’s 7-day Disabled List with a sprained left wrist. Almost 24, Chapman is seen by many as the A’s third baseman of the future. He has a fantastic arm and quite a bit of raw power, which earned him some nods on the back ends of some offseason Top 100 prospect lists, as well as the No. 4 spot on MLB.com’s list of the A’s Top 30 prospects. However, he has struggled with other wrist injuries in the past, and hopefully this doesn’t develop into a long-term issue.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals have continued their extension spree, locking up Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty to a six year, $33.5 million contract with a seventh year team option valued at $15 million. Piscotty, 26, is a very good young outfielder all around. He has a fantastic line drive swing with plenty of power and a little bit of speed, and with some growth, he could become a star.

That’s all for this week. Jharel Cotton (0-1, 10.38 ERA) and the A’s are in Kansas City today to take on Ian Kennedy (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and the Royals. First pitch is at 1:15 PM PST. Feel free to dump any links in the comments below. Until next time - lean on, A’s fans!