Gators in MLB: Puk earns first big-league win

A.J. Puk of the Oakland Athletics. [AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Former Florida ace A.J. Puk retired six batters for his first career win in the Oakland Athletics’ 10-6 win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Angels.

Puk, one of Oakland’s top pitching prospects, had not pitched since Aug. 26.


The team recalled pitcher Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Poyner made three appearances for Boston this season, all in the first half. He allowed seven runs while recording a 2:4 K:BB in four innings. He’s been much better in 57.1 frames for Pawtucket, recording a 3.77 ERA.


RHP Darren O’Day is finally back in the big leagues and looking to make his first appearance in nearly 15 months. The Braves added O’Day to their expanded roster after he completed a rehab stint in the minors. He last pitched in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles on June 26, 2018, before season-ending hamstring surgery. He was traded to the Braves and expecting to return this season, only to be sidelined for much of the year by a forearm strain.