Brett Anderson to return from injury, start Game 3 for A’s

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As soon as Oakland included Brett Anderson on the ALDS roster despite not pitching since injuring his oblique on September 19 it was clear they planned for him to start a game against Detroit and sure enough he’ll get the call for Game 3 tomorrow night.

And if the A’s are able to extend the series with a victory in the Anderson-Anibal Sanchez matchup Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that they’d turn to Game 162 starter A.J. Griffin for Game 4.

Before the oblique injury Anderson had pitched very well in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery, starting six games with a 2.57 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio in 35 innings. Relying on him for what is truly a must-win game is risky simply because he hasn’t faced big-league hitters in three weeks, but he reported no problems following a bullpen session Saturday.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.