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A’s Sean Manaea, Lou Trivino receive MLB monthly awards

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s put together a 17-9 record in the month of June and two players received monthly honors for helping the team get there.

Major League Baseball named Sean Manaea the American League Pitcher of the Month for June and Lou Trivino was named the American League Reliever of the Month.

“Just goes to show how good this team is when we’re firing on all cylinders, we’re a hard team to beat,” Trivino said.

Manaea posted a 1.13 ERA over five starts in June. He held batters to a .181 average with 34 strikeouts, 10 walks and just one home run allowed.

“I really wouldn’t be here without my two catchers AG (Aramis Garcia) and Murph (Sean Murphy),” Manaea said. “Those guys are literally the backbone. Put everything down, everything they do makes me as a pitcher, my job easier. So being able to have those guys has been unbelievable.”

Manaea’s fastball velocity has ticked up to 92-95mph this year over his 2020 season, where he averaged 91 mph. A change in his routine and preseason preparation, he says, helped his mentality and fortified a belief in himself as “nasty.”

With free-agent signing Trevor Rosenthal gone for a majority of the season after undergoing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Trivino has stepped up as the A’s closer and is pitching more like he did during his dominant 2018 season.

“It’s nice being needed, so it’s nice to finally have that feeling that my team needs me again,” Trivino said. “But, like I said, at the end of the day it’s all about getting outs.”

He allowed all of one run in the month of June, and it came on the final day of the month via Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo’s solo home run. He had 11 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings with three walks and 10 hits allowed.

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