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Top JP Sears News

  • Athletics' JP Sears: Lined up as No. 5 starter

    Sears is lined up to start for the Athletics on Tuesday against the Guardians, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Sears appears to have won the No. 5 spot in Oakland's season-opening starting rotation, as Adam Oller and Adrian Martinez are listed as available relievers in Thursday night's Opening Day game versus the Angels. Sears, 27, posted a 4.69 ERA and 36:18 K:BB in 48 innings last year with the A's after being acquired from the Yankees in the Frankie Montas trade.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Gets roster spot, role undecided

    Sears has made the Athletics' Opening Day roster, but whether he'll serve as a starter or reliever is yet to be clarified, Ben Ross of reports.

    Both Sears and Adam Oller (illness) will open the regular season with the big club after each garnered experience as starters and relievers during their rookie 2022 campaigns. If the decision on which of the two will open in the rotation were to be based solely on last season's numbers, Sears would be the clear-cut choice -- his 6-3 record and 3.86 ERA was exponentially better than Oller's respective 2-8 and 6.30 figures in those categories. However, Sears was shakier this spring, posting an 0-1 mark and 5.19 ERA in 17.1 Cactus League frames. The revelation on who'll get the starting call may not come for several days, as the first turn in the rotation that would go to either Sears or Oller isn't slated to come until Tuesday, April 4.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Scuffling in spring

    Sears has allowed five earned runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings while recording six strikeouts across his first two Cactus League starts.

    The left-hander is competing for a spot in the starting rotation after turning in a solid 6-3 record, 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 17 appearances (11 starts) as a rookie in 2022. Jack McGruder of reports Sears has been working at refining his slider all offseason and used it very effectively against the Cubs in Thursday's start; all three runs allowed by Sears came off his fastball, while the southpaw racked up two strikeouts of Eric Hosmer and induced an inning-ending double play from Cody Bellinger with the slider.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Records quality start

    Sears did not allow a run on two hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings Saturday against the Mariners.

    Sears did not give up an extra-base hit after righty Adam Oller allowed three runs in the first inning during his outing as an opener. The lefty has struggled mightily during his last seven outings, recording a 6.06 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 32.2 innings. This was the third quality start of the 26-year-old rookie's career.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Working behind opener

    Sears will be available behind opener Adam Oller during Saturday's game against Seattle, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    Sears was initially listed as the starting pitcher for Saturday's matchup, but the team will give Oller some work to begin the game after he was reinstated from the injured list Friday. Sears hasn't been particularly effective recently, posting a 10.43 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in 14.2 innings over his last four appearances.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Clobbered by Mets

    Sears (6-3) took the loss during Sunday's 13-4 defeat at the hands of the Mets, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

    Sears limited New York to one run through two frames before permitting two runs on four baserunners in the third and three runs on three baserunners in the fourth. The 26-year-old has experienced an erratic September that features two successful starts, during which he's surrendered two runs across 11 combined innings, but a more concerning three poor starts with 17 runs permitted across 9.2 innings. The culmination is an 8.27 September ERA after posting a 2.53 mark in his first four starts with Oakland. He'll look to get back on track next weekend against Seattle.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Whiffs seven in win

    Sears (6-2) earned the win during Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Seattle, allowing an unearned run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.

    Sears was lights-out aside from a 37-pitch second inning, when a pair of two-out walks forced in the lone run. The 26-year-old fired 53 of 86 pitches for strikes with nine of the swinging variety en route to a career-high seven strikeouts. The impressive start snaps a two-turn rough patch, during which Sears permitted 11 runs across six innings. He carries a 3.58 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Sunday against the Mets.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Struggles again Wednesday

    Sears gave up five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters in a no-decision versus Texas on Wednesday.

    Sears made it through a scoreless first inning before giving up four runs in the second and another in the third. The big blow against him was a three-run homer off the bat of Marcus Semien that gave Texas its first lead. Though Sears exited the game down four runs, he avoided a second straight loss thanks to a ninth-inning Oakland comeback. The southpaw has had a rough go of late, allowing 11 earned runs and five homers over six innings across his past two starts.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Crushed in loss

    Sears (5-2) took the loss Thursday against the White Sox, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings.

    Sears got off to a rough start as the first two batters he faced, Elvis Andrus and Yoan Moncada, welcomed him with back-to-back homers. In the second, Andrus singled in a run and Moncada launched a three-run shot to give Chicago an early 6-0 lead. Sears had allowed only three home runs in his first 49.1 innings this season but allowed three more Thursday before recording five outs. The poor showing ballooned his ERA from 2.37 to 3.33 for the season. His next start will likely come in the middle of next week on the road against the Rangers.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Allows two runs

    Sears did not factor into the decision against the Orioles on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one over six innings.

    Sears tossed 55 of 81 pitches for strikes across six frames of two-run ball Friday, picking up a quality start. It was his second quality start this season, which have been his last two games. Oakland seems to be giving him a longer leash than the Yankees and Sears has impressed, going 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in five games since the trade. The lefty will take a 5-1 record and a 2.37 ERA into his next appearance.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Slips up in fifth inning

    Sears (5-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings Friday, taking the loss versus the Yankees.

    Sears did the bare minimum for a quality start, the first of his big-league career. Unfortunately, he also allowed a season-high three runs, which came on an Aaron Judge home run in the fifth inning, and he got little run support from Oakland. The four walks and eight hits were also season highs for Sears, who held his own against the team that traded him at the deadline for Frankie Montas. Sears owns a 2.28 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 26:13 K:BB through 43.1 innings across 11 outings (six starts) between the A's and the Yankees this year. He's projected for a favorable road start versus the Nationals next week.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Earns fifth win

    Sears (5-0) earned the win Sunday, allowing one run on six hits and one walk over five innings in a 5-3 victory over the Mariners. He struck out three.

    Sears was sharp again Sunday, allowing just one run to score, on a solo shot off the bat of Mitch Haniger in the third inning. The rookie needed just 79 pitches to complete five innings as he earned his second win with the A's and fifth on the season. While he sports a 1.93 ERA, his 4.54 xFIP entering Sunday suggests regression is likely to follow. He next lines up to face the Yankees this weekend.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Effective in first Oakland win

    Sears (4-0) allowed four hits and three walks while striking out two over five scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday over the Rangers.

    Sears fared better in his second start for the Athletics, keeping the Rangers quiet. He threw 76 pitches (47 strikes) in this start, earning his first win with Oakland after being included in the return from the Yankees in the Frankie Montas trade. Sears has logged a 1.95 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB across 32.1 innings through nine appearances (four starts) between the two teams this year. The 26-year-old southpaw should stick in the rotation after Paul Blackburn (finger) was ruled out for the year Tuesday. Sears is projected to make his next start at home versus the Mariners this weekend.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Maintains rotation spot

    Sears is scheduled to start Tuesday's road game against the Rangers.

    Sears is receiving a second straight turn through the rotation while Paul Blackburn (finger) remains on the injured list. In his Athletics debut last week versus the Angels, Sears took a no-decision while striking out three and allowing two earned runs on three hits and no walks over 5.1 innings.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Allows two runs

    Sears allowed two earned runs on three hits and no walks while striking out three across 5.1 innings Wednesday against the Angels. He did not factor into the decision.

    Sears was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the start and made his debut with the Athletics. He faced a subpar Angels lineup, and the only earned runs charged to him came after he exited the game with runners on first and second. Sears should have the chance to stick in the rotation after Paul Blackburn (finger) was placed on the injured list Wednesday. Across 27.1 frames this season, Sears has maintained a 2.30 ERA and an 18:5 K:BB in appearances split between the Yankees and Athletics.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Recalled, starting Wednesday

    Sears was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday.

    Sears was dealt from the Yankees to the Athletics last week, and he allowed a run on four hits and no walks while striking out five in 4.2 innings during his first start at Las Vegas. Sears made seven appearances (two starts) for the Yankees earlier in the year and posted a 2.05 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 22 innings. The Athletics placed Paul Blackburn (finger) on the injured list Wednesday, so Sears will step in as the starter for Wednesday's game against the Angels.

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HT/WT: 5-11, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Sumter, SC
Age: 27
Experience: R
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