Padres acquire catcher Derek Norris from Athletics

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UPDATE: The deal is official. The Padres have acquired Derek Norris, Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117 from the Athletics for Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.

9:30 p.m. ET: According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Athletics will receive right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres for Norris. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi adds that right-hander Seth Streich will also be headed to San Diego.

And now the deal makes a lot more sense for Oakland. Hahn was terrific in his first taste of the majors this past season, posting a 3.07 ERA and 70/32 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances. The 25-year-old has dealt with arm issues in his career and had Tommy John surgery in 2010, but there’s big potential here if he can stay healthy.

Alvarez came over to the Padres from the Angels as part of the Huston Street deal in July. The 23-year-old has compiled a 2.41 ERA over three pro seasons while averaging 13.4 K/9. He profiles as a future closer.

The other piece for San Diego, Streich turns 24 in February and owns a 3.37 ERA over 47 starts and 13 relief appearances in the minors. He pitched with High-A Stockton this past season and posted a 3.16 ERA and 116/22 K/BB ratio over 114 innings.

8:58 p.m. ET: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres have acquired catcher Derek Norris from the Athletics. Oakland is expected to get a minor league pitcher or two in return, but no word on the exact names yet.

It’s a surprising move, but the Padres continue to overhaul their lineup while the Athletics continue to unload. Norris faded during the second half this past season, but he batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI over 127 games and made his first All-Star appearance. He doesn’t turn 26 until May and is under team control through 2018, so he’s quite valuable.

As Jane Lee of MLB.com notes, Norris will be the fifth of seven All-Stars the A’s have traded since July. Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija have also been dealt.

Giolito spins 4-hit gem, White Sox shut out Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) Lucas Giolito was forced to speed up his pace near the end of his last start for the Chicago White Sox because of rain. The results were so good he decided to try it again Thursday night against the Houston Astros, even though there was no need to rush in the climate-controlled confines of Minute Maid Park.

The tactic certainly paid off.

Giolito pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout, rookie Eloy Jimenez hit his third homer in two games and the White Sox beat the Astros 4-0.

“In the last game in the fifth inning, I really picked up the tempo because it started raining,” he said. “I was like, why not just try and do that every time? So I was just getting in attack mode early, filling up the zone, and luckily I had my good stuff and we were able to mix sequences really well. It was a good one.”

Chicago manager Rick Renteria was asked what superlative he would use to describe Giolito’s performance.

“Every one that’s in your book that you can put on a page,” he said. “If there was 1,000 of them, use all 1,000.”

Yoan Moncada had an RBI double and Tim Anderson added a run-scoring single for the White Sox, who earned a four-game series split by handing Houston its first set of consecutive losses since May 1-2.

Giolito (6-1) struck out a season-best nine and walked one in winning his fourth start in a row and fifth straight decision.

“He was doing really anything he wanted to,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “He was really good, so hats off to him for coming in and throwing all of his pitches for strikes. He’s changed his delivery, his arm action a little bit. He came in and really commanded the game from the very beginning.”

It was the first nine-inning complete game by a White Sox pitcher since Chris Sale beat Kansas City 7-4 in September 2016, and their first complete-game shutout since Sale threw a two-hitter in a 1-0 win at Tampa Bay on April 15, 2016.

In his previous outing last Saturday, Giolito was credited with his first career complete game when he beat Toronto 4-1 in a game called after 4 1/2 innings because of rain. After that one, the 24-year-old right-hander said he didn’t consider it a complete game until he went nine innings.

Didn’t take him long to check that box, too.

Giolito threw 82 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes against a first-place team that began the day leading the majors with an .860 OPS and had homered in 19 consecutive games.

All the hits Giolito allowed were singles. Previously, his longest start was 7 1/3 innings.

“The Astros are a team I always look forward to facing,” Giolito said. “A lot of good hitters in that lineup. It’s always a fun challenge. They won a World Series a couple of years ago so when you do well against them, it makes you feel pretty good about yourself.”

Jimenez, who was 0 for 7 in the first two games of the series before hitting two homers in a win Wednesday night, connected off fellow rookie Corbin Martin (1-1) for a solo shot in the fourth inning that made it 4-0.

Martin gave up six hits and four runs over 3 1/3 innings in his third career start.

Yolmer Sanchez, who had three hits, doubled to start the third before Martin walked Charlie Tilson. Moncada followed with an RBI double to put Chicago up 1-0. A single by Anderson came next to score Tilson. Moncada scored on an error by Martin when his pickoff attempt to first was high.

Missing injured sluggers Jose Altuve and George Springer, the Astros couldn’t get anything going on offense. Their streak of 19 straight games with at least one home run was tied for the longest stretch in franchise history.

Michael Brantley hit his second single for Houston with two outs in the sixth. Giolito retired Carlos Correa to end that inning and pitched a perfect seventh before Max Stassi singled to start the eighth. Giolito struck out Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick before Alex Bregman lined out to end the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Springer, who has missed the last four games with stiffness in his lower back, took batting practice on the field and will likely return Friday night, Hinch said. … Altuve (hamstring) continues to make improvement but there still isn’t a target date for his return.

TOUGH ON RIGHT-HANDERS

Anderson had two hits and a walk and is batting .344 against right-handers, which leads the AL.

THEY SAID IT

Jimenez on hitting three home runs in two games: “It’s been good. It means a lot. It’s more fun coming (to the park). It’s just the beginning of something good.”

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (3-4, 5.14 ERA) starts Friday when Chicago opens a three-game series against the AL Central-leading Twins. Lopez has been strong in his last three starts, posting a 2.29 ERA.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51) is scheduled to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series with Boston. He didn’t factor in the decision last time out when he allowed seven hits and three runs – two earned – in five innings of a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

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