Andrus homers vs. former team, surging White Sox have 20 hits, rout Athletics

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Elvis Andrus connected for a three-run homer against the team that cut him last month and the Chicago White Sox got 20 hits, beating the Oakland Athletics 10-2 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

A.J. Pollack and Andrew Vaughn each had four hits, helping Lance Lynn (6-5) and the surging White Sox win for the ninth time in 11 games.

A’s starter Adrian Martinez (4-4) was tagged for 14 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Athletics lost their fifth in a row.

Andrus signed with Chicago after the A’s released him in mid-August and returned to haunt his former team. He is 6 for 15 with two home runs through the first three games of the series.

Andrus is 22 for 60 with five homers over his last 14 games.

Lynn allowed two unearned runs and three hits in six innings. The 35-year-old struck out five, walked one and improved to 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his last five starts.

Martinez gave up seven runs. He fell to the ground after being struck in his left (non-pitching) shoulder by a line drive off Gavin Sheets‘ bat in the second, got the out to end the inning and stayed in the game.

Andrus’ three-run homer in the second highlighted a four-run inning. Vaughn’s two-out, two-run double capped a three-run fourth that made it 7-0.

RACE TO THE BOTTOM

The A’s (50-90) hit the 90-loss plateau for the ninth time in Oakland history with their ninth in 10 games. They’ll need to win 13 of their last 22 to avoid the team’s second 100-loss season in Oakland.

FAMILIAR FACES

Andrus is among five White Sox players who returned to their old stomping grounds for this series. Pitchers Jake Diekman, Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendricks also previously played for the Athletics. White Sox manager Tony La Russa managed the A’s from 1986 to 1995.

STREAK SNAPPED

A’s 2B Tony Kemp was 0 for 3, snapping a career-best 11-game hitting streak.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Both starting pitchers appeared to suffer injuries early on, but both stayed in the game. Lynn seemed to hurt his leg in the first inning sprinting to cover first on Vimael Machin‘s grounder. Martinez was hit the next inning.

UP NEXT

White Sox RHP Johnny Cueto (7-7, 2.87 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.06 ERA in in five career starts against Oakland. A’s LHP Cole Irvin (7-11, 3.78 ERA) is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA over his last five starts after going 5-3 with a 1.88 ERA in his previous seven.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.