Athletics claim Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles

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The Athletics have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles, the club announced Friday afternoon. To make room for Hassan on the 40-man roster, the A’s moved pitcher A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list.

It’s the second time the Athletics have claimed Hassan off waivers this offseason. In November, they claimed him from the Red Sox, and three days later, the Orioles claimed him from the A’s.

Hassan, 26, made his major league debut in June but accrued only nine plate appearances in the show. He singled once, drew a walk, scored a run, and struck out five times. However, Hassan put up good numbers in the minors, including a .378 on-base percentage in 474 plate appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.