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Oakland A’s Game #48: Mike Minor shuts out Mariners 9-0, A’s salvage doubleheader split

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After earning an All-Star berth and Cy Young votes in 2019, Mike Minor has struggled this summer, with his velocity down and his ERA way up. His first two appearances for the Oakland A’s this month were more of the same, but on Monday he finally showed the upside they were hoping for when they acquired him at the trade deadline.

Minor went the distance in the second game of the day’s doubleheader, spinning a seven-inning, two-hit shutout against the Seattle Mariners and helping the A’s win 9-0 and salvage a split after dropping the first half earlier in the day. In the opening contest they got off to a 5-0 lead and watched the Mariners sail back in for a comeback win, but they didn’t repeat that bad fortune in the nightcap, once again building a 5-0 advantage and this time taking it to the house — with help from all three of their newest veteran additions.
*** Revisit tonight’s Game Thread! ***
The southpaw Minor carved through the Mariners lineup from start to finish, allowing just …