RelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Adama Traore tests positive for coronavirus Luis Enrique has been re-appointed as Spain coach.Enrique, whose daughter died from bone cancer in August, is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons.Enrique resigned in June after 11 months in the job and announced in August that his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, had died.The 49-year-old former Barcelona boss was replaced by his assistant, Robert Moreno.Moreno was in charge as Spain beat Romania 5-0 on Monday.It saw Spain wrap up qualification for Euro 2020 without losing a game.Moreno, who also worked under Enrique at Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona, said after taking the job he would “step aside” if Enrique ever wanted to return.At a news conference on Tuesday, Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales said: “Everyone knew that if Luis Enrique wanted to come back he had the doors open.“Luis Enrique will continue to the Qatar World Cup [in 2022].”Tags: Luis EnriqueSpain
Few members of the bullpen, Treinen included, have met the standard they established last campaign. The A’s have already lost six games they led after seven innings this year, up from just one last season. They have three high-usage relievers with ERAs over 4.00: Treinen, Trivino and Joakim Soria.Their lack of deadline trade activity for bullpen help, then, was somewhat surprising. Last week, they acquired left-hander Jake Diekman, but on Wednesday they were unable to secure another deal for a late-inning option. They did, however, add starter Tanner Roark from the Reds.”We had further conversation about bullpen pieces (before the deadline),” general manager David Forst said. “Just didn’t work out.”MORE: Here’s how to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ an MLB whiparound show, free on DAZNThe past couple of weeks have bared Oakland’s potential vulnerability amid a tight American League wild-card race. Even Liam Hendriks, its most counted-on reliever, has blown three saves in his past four appearances.A’s record last year when tied after seven: 16-8.This year: 8-6.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) July 31, 2019In-house reinforcements should be coming: Top prospect A.J. Puk and right-hander Jharel Cotton are among those expected to join the bullpen soon. Diekman brings prolific strikeout numbers to the team. Plus, acquiring Roark from the Reds and starter Homer Bailey from the Royals may decrease the reliance on relievers. Left-hander Sean Manea may return from injury to join the rotation this month, as well.The A’s have expressed confidence that their recent adjustments are enough. Designated hitter Khris Davis said Sunday that “we’re going to the playoffs this year” and first baseman Matt Olson said Tuesday that Davis’ declaration reflected the entire clubhouse’s thinking.But Oakland’s limited July additions will likely make improvements by Treinen, Trivino and Soria even more vital to the A’s wild-card hopes.Trivino and Soria are still trending the wrong way. Trivino posted a 5.00 in July and Soria wasn’t much better at 4.76. Treinen, however, is beginning to regain Melvin’s trust behind six straight outings without an earned run allowed.Last Thursday, while on the verge of allowing a big inning after giving up a single and walk to the Rangers, Treinen regrouped with a strikeout and popout. Such a mid-inning recovery has been rare this year.”Couldn’t find the strike zone for a little bit, but then got into his rhythm,” Melvin said. “His velo picked up, his movement picked up. So we’ve seen some spurts where he’s throwing the ball really well, and hopefully he’ll continue getting better.” Treinen getting anywhere near his 0.78 ERA from 2018 would obviously be a huge gain for Oakland, as would upticks from his fellow relievers.Whether the combination of internal improvements and outside additions makes the bullpen elite again will be one of the defining questions of the coming months. Hours after the deadline, at least, the organization was optimistic.“We’re very happy with all of our acquisitions from the past couple of weeks,” Forst said. “It was kind of what we hoped to accomplish here.” OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s bullpen held up well last season when manager Bob Melvin pushed its depth and stamina, but this year, the team’s relievers have repeatedly floundered when asked to preserve leads.Oakland built its 2019 roster around the expectation that the group, led by closer Blake Treinen and setup man Lou Trivino, would again be a strength. It limited investment in starting pitching, instead banking on its relievers to come in as early as the fifth inning and shut down opponents the rest of the way. The gamble has not yielded anticipated results.