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Jose Ramirez racks up five extra-base hits — a very rare feat — in win over Tigers

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Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez became the 13th player ever to accrue five extra-base hits in one game, helping the Tribe beat the Tigers 10-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Indians have now won 11 consecutive games.

Ramirez kicked things off by drilling a solo home run off of Chad Bell in the first inning, though he had some help. He doubled to lead off the third and later scored. He doubled again in the fifth but was stranded on third base. Ramirez smacked a two-run home run in the sixth off of Zac Reininger. He made it five extra-base hits in the eighth when he led off with his third double. Giovanny Urshela pinch-ran for him, ending his afternoon.

According to Baseball Reference, the nine other players to accrue five-plus extra-base hits in one game dating back to 1913 are:

  • Kris Bryant (Cubs): June 27, 2016 vs. Reds
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Red Sox): August 15, 2015 vs. Mariners
  • Josh Hamilton (Rangers): May 8, 2012 vs. Orioles
  • Kelly Shoppach (Indians): July 30, 2008 vs. Tigers
  • Shawn Green (Dodgers): May 23, 2002 vs. Brewers
  • Steve Garvey (Dodgers): August 28, 1977 vs. Cardinals
  • Willie Stargell (Pirates): August 1, 1970 vs. Braves
  • Joe Adcock (Milwaukee Braves): July 31, 1954 vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Lou Boudreau (Indians): July 14, 1946 vs. Red Sox

After Sunday’s performance, Ramirez is hitting .310/.362/.554 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 558 plate appearances.

Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.