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July 4, 2013
Straily holds Cubs to one hit over seven in return to A's rotation

Cubs Athletics Baseball.jpgBy Kristopher Rivera
krivera@sacbee.com

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Dan Straily made a quality start Thursday in his fourth stint with the Oakland Athletics this year after he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. He helped lead the A's to a 1-0 rubber match win over the Chicago Cubs.

"I got to the ball park earlier today because I didn't know who was right-handed and who was left-handed," Straily said. "I had to actually go look up everybody real quick."

Straily threw 87 pitches in seven innings with one hit from Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano at the top of the fourth inning. He had solid support from A's catcher Derek Norris, who served as his guide during his time on the mound.

"I got out there today and Deno just said, 'I'm going to be your Crash Davis today, just throw whatever I call,'" Straily said. "I knew that he's done his homework a lot. He knows the hitters a lot better than I did. I guess you could say we were on the same page which was his page all day."

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he was impressed with his performance and couldn't have asked for more.

"After the second inning you could see he was on it," Melvin said. "His mechanics were great, his release point was real consistent. That's why he ended up giving us the performance he did."

After the A's put one run on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, A's pitcher Ryan Cook relieved Straily in the top of the eighth inning.

"If we were still tied I'd let him go back out," Melvin said. "But once we took the lead, that's why those guys are down there."

Melvin added he wouldn't want Straily to spoil the effort he gave in the game by risking giving up a run in the eighth.

"He had done his job, two guys in the bullpen are rested," Melvin said.

Straily extended his wining streak to a career-high four-games, 4-0, with a 3.02 ERA over his last eight starts.

"I was making sure I gave it everything I had," Straily said. "I felt like at times my slider wasn't very sharp, but it was everything I had for today and obviously it turned out to be enough for a win."

Last time Straily made an appearance on the mound with the A's was June 22 in a 7-5 loss at Seattle. He threw a career-low 3.1 innings and allowed six hits and two runs.

In his last appearance with the River Cats, Straily was the losing pitcher in a 8-1 loss to Reno on Friday. He pitched six innings allowing nine hits and six runs, though only two were earned.

Straily is tied for second among American League rookies in wins and ranks third in strikeouts (53), innings pitched (66.2) and games started (12).

"You always want to prove something, every single time you're out there," Straily said. "Every time you're given that baseball."

Call The Bee's Kristopher Rivera, (916) 321-1101 Follow him on Twitter @kgrivera.

PHOTO: Oakland Athletics starter Dan Straily throws to the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Associated Press/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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