Tommy Kahnle has been one of the White Sox brightest bright spots, but fell victim to some tough luck that could ding on his under-the-radar All-Star bid. Kahnle allowed the tying and go-ahead runs in the White Sox 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics Sunday in front of 28,089 at Guaranteed Rate Field, marking only the sixth time in 31 games the 27-year-old right-hander has allowed a run in 2017. In the eighth inning, Kahnle allowed a broken bat single to Franklin Barreto, then Ryon Healy reached on a Todd Frazier error. Khris Davis tied the game with a single to left, knocking Kahnle out of the game, and Oakland took the lead when Yonder Alonso blooped a single off David Robertson that plopped
San Diego State landed a three-star wide receiver on Monday with athletics in his genes. J.R. Justice, son of former MLB star David Justice, committed to the Aztecs with an announcement video on Twitter. David Justice had an excellent baseball career that started with the Atlanta Braves in 1989 and ended with the Oakland Athletics in 2002. He won World Series titles in 1995 and 2000 and was a three-time All-Star. Now his son is hoping to put some trophies and titles on a mantle of his own. J.R. Justice, from San Diego, had offers from Tennessee, Arizona, Illinois and other major programs, but decided to stay close to home. He was being recruited by San Diego State as a receiver, but he was an
A’s get another shot at Astros; interest in Sonny Gray HOUSTON - The last time the A’s got red-hot, taking four games from the Yankees on their last homestand, the Astros doused them thoroughly, sweeping a four-game series. [...] coming off the team’s first road sweep of the season, Oakland must face first place Houston again in a three-game set that opens Tuesday night. [...] we come here and sweep the Sox - I think it’s like we get a second chance against the Astros. Oakland is 1-8 overall against the Astros overall, 17 1/2 games back in the AL West. After sweeping the White Sox, the A’s are 12-25 on the road, the worst mark in the league, as they head to play at Minute Maid Park. “It’s no secret we’ve struggled on the road,” Sonny Gray said Sunday after recording his first win in a month. Guys in the clubhouse are aware, we’re smarter than people think sometimes. Among the clubs with multiple executives and scouts at Gray’s start Sunday: the Cubs, the Blue Jays, the Mariners and the Braves, while the Red Sox had one scout there. Some of the teams in attendance also are scouting infielder Jed Lowrie, who is all but assured to be dealt before the July 31 deadline; Boston, Lowrie’s first big-league team, is a club that is likely to have interest. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. The A’s have struck out a league-leading 233 times in June, a new record for the team for the month, surpassing 2012’s mark of 231. Oakland already had set franchise records for strikeouts in May (255) and April (221).