Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A's Graveman, Angels' Santiago square off

A's pitcher Kendall Graveman is looking to halt a six-game losing streak dating back to last year when he faces the Angels on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum.
Graveman's streak is the longest losing streak by an Oakland starter since Tyson Ross' eight-gamer in 2012. No Angel player has more than six plate appearances against Graveman. Angels starter Hector Santiago is 3-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) against the A's. He had 4.95 ERA in four starts against the A's last year.
Three Things to Know
• Billy Burns is scheduled to spell Coco Crisp at the leadoff and center field spots on Tuesday, A's manager Bob Melvin said. The two rotate and going into Monday's game Crisp has started three consecutive games. Melvin will try to keep Crisp fresh considering his past neck injuries. "Early on [in the season], three in a row I think's enough," Melvin said.
• Santiago is coming off a really solid start, holding the Rangers to three runs [two earned] on four hits and two walks in six-plus innings, striking out seven. His fastball was 93-94 mph, a couple of ticks harder than where it has been the last couple of years.
• Graveman took the loss in his season debut Thursday after allowing two runs on three hits, including a home run, in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts against the White Sox.

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