Tomaso Anthony Milone...wife, Tina...graduate of Saugus (CA) High School...earned All-State, All-CIF and All-Foothill League honors in 2004 and 05...attended University of Southern California from 2006-08...in three seasons at USC, went 16-17, 4.78 ERA (273.0 IP, 145 ER) with 60 walks and 212 strikeouts in 48 career games (45 starts)...became the 100th former Trojan to play in the big leagues, which is the most among all universities/colleges...finished Trojans career ninth in school history in starts (45)...pitched for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League and won the 2007 B.F.C. Whitehouse Award as the league's top pitcher...tied for the league lead in wins, going 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA.
Began season on Twins Opening Day roster as club's fourth starter....Went 2-1, 4.76 ERA (22.2 IP, 12 ER) in four starts before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 1 as Ricky Nolasco returned from the disabled list....Began Rochester season with 31.2 scoreless inning streak....Named International League Pitcher of the Week May 19, after pitching 8.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and 12 strikeouts in a start against Toledo....Named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week May 26, making two starts, going 2-0, 0.52 ERA (17.1 IP, 1 ER) with no walks and 21 strikeouts...became the first Red Wings pitcher to earn the honor two straight weeks since Doug Linton in 1999....Went 4-0, 0.70 ERA (38.2 IP, 3 ER) with three walks and 47 strikeouts in five games for the Red Wings and was recalled June 4 as Nolasco was placed on disabled list....Went 3-0, 1.41 ERA (32.0 IP, 5 ER) with nine walks and 24 strikeouts for the Twins in a five-start stretch from June 17-July 8...all five starts were quality starts while he allowed more than two runs just once in those five....Appeared in 100th career major league game in a start July 31 vs. Seattle....Placed on 15-day disabled list August 3 with a mild left elbow strain; missed 14 games and was reinstated August 16....Recorded first career save (103rd career game) August 23 at Baltimore, pitching 1.0 scoreless inning in the bottom of the 12th in a Twins 4-3 win...was fourth career relief appearance....Made 100th career start August 27 at Tampa Bay....Held left-handed hitters to a .218 (26-for-119) batting average and right-handed hitters to a .273 (102-for-374) average....Ranked third on club in wins (9) and fourth in starts (23), innings pitched (128.2) and strikeouts (91).
Began season on Oakland Opening Day roster...Was skipped first time through A's rotation and made first start April 11 at Seattle...Pitched 8.0 shutout innings May 9 vs. Washington, allowing two hits and tying season-high with seven strikeouts; earned the win, snapping his three-game losing streak...the win also began a six-game winning streak...Went 3-1, 2.97 ERA (36.1 IP, 12 ER) with 11 walks and 28 strikeouts in six May starts...Went 6-0, 2.62 ERA (68.2 IP, 20 ER) with a .232 (60-for-259) batting average against in his final 11 starts with Oakland...Optioned to Triple-A Sacramento July 5 when the A's traded for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from Chicago-NL...At time of demotion, his six-game winning streak was a career-high and an A's season-high...it also matched the longest streak in the American League for the season and the longest active streak in the majors...Made four starts for the River Cats, going 1-1, 6.43 ERA (21.0 IP, 15 ER)...Acquired by Minnesota July 31 from Oakland in exchange for outfielder Sam Fuld...optioned directly to Triple-A Rochester...Made four starts for the Red Wings and was recalled when the Twins traded Kevin Correia to Los Angeles-NL August 11...Made Twins debut August 11 at Houston, allowing two runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings pitched with three walks and five strikeouts (ND)...Missed time in September with a tired left shoulder, followed by inflammation in neck...Made only relief appearance of season, and fourth of career, September 27 at Detroit, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning.
Spent the first four months of the season in the starting rotation but split the final two months of the year between the bullpen, rotation and minor leagues … was 12-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 games, 26 starts… had a .258 opponents batting average and .301 on-base percentage, which were the lowest marks of his career … had career highs in ERA (4.14), walks (39) and home runs (25) and matched his high in extra base hits (59)…his opponents batting average included a .247 (121-for-489) mark against right-handed hitters compared to .298 (39-for-131) against left-handers … surrendered 21 of his 25 home runs to righties, which tied for fourth most in the American League…18 of the home runs were solo shots and 14 came in the first two innings of a game…was 12-9 with a 4.17 ERA and .261 opponents batting average in his 26 starts, 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and .100 opponents average in his two relief appearances…did not inherit a runner in his two relief appearances and retired both of his first batters faced…allowed a .216 batting average with runners in scoring position, which ranked eighth in the AL…was 5-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 12 games at home compared to 7-5 with a 4.69 ERA in 16 games on the road…in two seasons with the A's, he is 12-8 with a 3.02 ERA (56 er in 166.2 ip) in 27 games in Oakland compared to 13-11 with a 4.76 ERA (95 er in 179.2 ip) in 32 games on the road…went 8-8 with a 4.24 ERA before the All-Star Break, 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA after the break…is now 16-14 before the break compared to 10-5 after the break … compiled a 3-1 record and a 1.98 ERA in eight games against AL Central teams…is now 9-2 with a 1.97 ERA (22 er in 100.2 ip) in 17 career appearances against the Central … was 3-1 despite a 5.68 ERA in five interleague starts…is now 4-1 with a 6.02 ERA (29 er in 43.1 ip) in eight interleague starts in his career … opponents batted .299 with a .541 slugging percentage when leading off an inning…has allowed a .315 batting average and .556 slugging percentage in that situation in his career … opponents reached base on an error 11 times with him pitching, which was the most in the AL and tied for second most in the majors…that led to 11 unearned runs, which tied for second most in the AL…opponents have now reached base via error 22 times over the last two years, which is second most in the majors (Jordan Lyles, 23) … received just 10 runs of support in his nine losses (1.78 RSA) … has received just 22 runs of support in his 19 losses in two seasons with the A's (109.0 ip, 1.82 RSA)…has received no support nine times over the last two years as a starter and one run of support eight times…went 11-1 with three runs of support or more in 2013 and is 20-3 in his career…the A's were 16-10 (.615) in his 26 starting assignments and are 36-21 (.632) in his career…his teams are 41-21 (.661) in his 62 career starts.
OAKLAND: Won each of his first three starts to become the first pitcher on an A's Opening Day roster to win each of his first three starts since Dave Stewart had six wins in his first six starts in 1990…that extended his winning streak to five games dating back to 2012…had never won more than two consecutive games in his career…posted a 3.86 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in his first three starts … then lost each of his next five starts from April 21 to May 12, which was the longest losing streak of his career … had a 3.62 ERA and .254 opponents batting average during the streak…received just four runs of support in the five starts (1.11 RSA) and the A's were shut out twice…matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter May 1 against Los Angeles (AL) … has three career 10-strikeout games and has not walked a batter in any of those contests…is the third A's pitcher since 1916 with three career games of 10 or more strikeouts and no walks (Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue) … however, took the loss as he allowed a career-high tying three home runs…snapped his five-game losing streak May 18 against Kansas City to begin a three-game winning streak through June 3…posted a 4.32 ERA over that four-start stretch…surrendered a home run in eight consecutive starts from May 24 to June 30 (12 home runs total)…went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in a 10-2 win June 3 at Milwaukee…is one of two A's pitchers with two hits in a game since the start of interleague play (Edgar Gonzalez, June 19, 2009 at San Diego)…is also one of two A's pitchers to score two runs in an interleague game (Mark Mulder, July 4, 2004 at San Francisco)…is the first A's pitcher with at least two hits and a RBI since Blue Moon Odom went 2 for 2 with a RBI Aug. 22, 1972 at Detroit…tossed a career-high 118 pitches in a no decision in the A's 4-1 loss at Chicago (AL) June 8…that ran his record to 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA and .249 opponents batting average over his first 13 starts…then went 3-4 with a 5.54 ERA and .286 opponents batting average over his next nine starts before being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 3 … issued a career-high tying four walks June 25 against Cincinnati (matched July 27 vs. Los Angeles-AL) … matched his career-high by allowing three home runs June 30 against St. Louis…lasted just 2.2 innings in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh July 10…it was the shortest start of his career…allowed a season-high tying six runs on a season-high nine hits in 3.2 innings Aug. 2 against Texas…was 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 22 starts when he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 3…made two starts with the River Cats and had no decisions, a 1.74 ERA and .348 opponents batting average (10.1 ip, 16 h, 5 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 15 so) before returning to Oakland Aug. 18…tossed a rain-shortened five-inning complete game in his second start Aug. 27 at Detroit, a 6-3 Oakland win that was called with the A's batting in the top of the sixth … allowed three hits, three walks and struck out three…it matched the shortest complete game in Oakland history (fourth time, last: Steve Ontiveros, May 16, 1995 vs. Chicago-AL)…was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in two starts before he was optioned to Single-A Stockton Aug. 28 … returned to Oakland Sept. 3 after Stockton's season ended and went 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four games, including two starts … finished the season with a three-game winning streak over his final six games beginning Aug. 18, logging a 2.74 ERA and .228 opponents batting average…began his career with 60 consecutive starts before making the first relief appearance of his career Sept. 11 at Minnesota (1.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 so)… made an emergency start Sept. 15 at Texas, replacing an ill Jarrod Parker, and allowed one run in 5.0 innings for the win…tossed 2.0 perfect innings of relief against Minnesota Sept. 20 and then started and won three days later at Los Angeles (AL)…both of his September starts came on three days rest or fewer…the last A's pitcher to make two such starts in a season was John Halama in 2003…was not on the A's ALDS roster against Detroit.