Author: Drew Silva

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It’s 2015 and Barry Zito will face off against Tim Hudson this Saturday


There’s not much left for the Athletics and Giants to play for in 2015, so this Saturday will be a celebration of the early-2000s at Oakland’s Coliseum.

A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday that left-hander Barry Zito will start against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson on Saturday afternoon. The two were teammates in Oakland from 2000-2004 and were major players on the 2002 team that served as the primary subject of Michael Lewis’ famous book Moneyball.

Mark Mulder is also going to be in attendance.

This will be Zito’s first start at the major league level since 2013. The 37-year-old southpaw was called up from Triple-A Nashville last week after posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 91/60 K/BB ratio across 138 innings (24 starts) this season in the Pacific Coast League.

Hudson, 40, has said he will retire after the 2015 campaign.

Zito will likely call it quits too.

This is going to be pretty cool.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch says there’s still no timetable for Carlos Gomez

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Carlos Gomez has been sidelined since September 12 with an intercostal strain, and it’s not clear when he might be ready to return to the Astros’ starting lineup.

Gomez took swings on Sunday and reported feeling good on Monday, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday that the workout wasn’t all that intensive. Hinch added that there remains no timetable for Gomez and that he’s growing concerned about how much the 29-year-old deadline acquisition will be able to contribute the rest of the way.

Gomez has batted just .234/.282/.379 since being acquired from the Brewers in late July.

Houston is clinging to the second American League Wild Card spot.

Wade Davis finally takes over as Royals’ closer

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Greg Holland has struggled to the tune of a 3.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings this season and he’s sidelined currently with tightness in his right elbow, so the Royals are finally turning their closer gig over to dominant setup man Wade Davis.

Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed to Jeffrey Flanagan of on Tuesday that Davis will handle any save opportunities that arise for the remainder of the regular season and will remain in that role into the playoffs.

Davis, 30, owns a 0.88 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio through 61 2/3 innings this season. And a 0.94 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 179 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2014.

This all sets up an interesting internal offseason debate for the Royals with salaries set to rise on both relievers heading into 2016. Holland is entering his final year of arbitration after pulling in $8.25 million in 2015 and Davis holds an $8 million club option.