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Cardinals to call up prospect Jack Flaherty to start on Friday

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The Cardinals traded Mike Leake to the Mariners on Wednesday, which opened up a rotation spot. The club announced that prospect Jack Flaherty will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to start against the Giants on Friday in San Francisco. Friday, of course, is September 1, which is when rosters expand.

Flaherty, 21, was taken by the Cardinals in the first round (34th overall) of the 2014 draft. He’s the organization’s No. 3 prospect and No. 53 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, between Memphis and Double-A Springfield, the right-hander posted an aggregate 2.18 ERA with a 147/35 K/BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.