Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Surkamp, Shoemaker square off in series finale

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker matches up against A's lefty Eric Surkamp on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale from the Coliseum as the Angels go for a sweep of the three-game series.
Surkamp had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Friday and held the division-rival Mariners to two runs in 4 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, walking a batter and striking out two. Surkamp, 28, joined the A's as a non-roster invitee, finished Spring Training with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings and ultimately took the rotation spot of Felix Doubront, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Shoemaker was roughed up during Spring Training, giving up 19 runs on 30 hits (nine of them home runs) in 25 innings, then recorded only nine outs against the Rangers on Friday. The 29-year-old made five starts against the A's last season and posted a 6.04 ERA.
Things to know
• Both teams will be off on Thursday, with the Angels traveling to Minnesota for a three-game series at Target Field and the A's staying at home to host the defending-champion Royals starting Friday.
• C.J. Cron sat on Tuesday, getting a breather after starting the season 2-for-26, but is expected back in the lineup on Wednesday. Cron has reverse splits, with a career .675 OPS against lefties and a .741 OPS against righties.
• Pitcher Ryan Madson, who was with the Angels in 2013 but was never able to appear in a game, has not allowed a run in each of his first four games (four innings) and has a 16-game, 15-inning regular-season scoreless streak dating back to last year.

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