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16-2 Red Sox seek 8th win in row at A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics take a step up in class when they attempt to improve upon their four-game winning streak Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.

The A's will send staff ace Kendall Graveman (0-3, 9.87 ERA) in search of his first win of the season against Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who is expected to be activated off the disabled list in time to make his first start of 2018.

Oakland used a "Free Baseball" promotion to attract more fans to the ballpark, then thrilled them with a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. The A's scored at least eight runs in all three wins of the fan-friendly series.


Royals split twinbill, snap 9-game slide

DETROIT (AP) Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay's grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers 3-2 Friday night in the second game of a split doubleheader.

Detroit won the afternoon opener 3-2 on a 10th-inning solo homer by JaCoby Jones.


Bundy beats Indians, O's end 6-game skid

BALTIMORE (AP) Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Friday night to end a six-game losing streak.

Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two runs for the Orioles, who were outscored 43-22 during an 0-6 trip through Boston and Detroit.


Herrera's triple lifts Phils by Pirates

PHILADELPHIA (AP) On yet another chilly April night in their ballpark, the Phillies stayed hot at home.

Odubel Herrera hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.


Mets mulling options as Harvey struggles

ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway says the team hasn't made a decision on what to do with struggling pitcher Matt Harvey.

Harvey was tagged Thursday night for six runs in six innings of a 12-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. After the game, the former ace took a firm stand against a possible move to the bullpen.


Giants put Pence on DL with thumb sprain

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco Giants have placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb and recalled outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

Williamson started in left field and batted seventh Friday night against the Anaheim Angels.


Rays' Kiermaier undergoes thumb surgery

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier has had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb that will sideline him two to three months.

Kiermaier was injured sliding headfirst into second base during a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. He had the procedure Friday.


Ex-Indians slugger Napoli to miss season

CLEVELAND (AP) Former Indians slugger Mike Napoli will have season-ending knee surgery after getting hurt in the minors.

Napoli tore his right anterior cruciate ligament this week while playing for Triple-A Columbus. He will have the operation once the swelling goes down, and the Indians say that could take two weeks.


OF Thompson returns to White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Trayce Thompson's fourth team in 3 1/2 weeks was a familiar one for the athletic outfielder.

Thompson joined the Chicago White Sox on Friday after he was acquired in a trade with Oakland, returning to the ballclub that selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft out of high school and gave him his first shot at the majors.

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