Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

Ryan Cook was considered sort of the throw-in in the Trevor Cahill deal with Arizona.

The centerpiece was starter Jarrod Parker, who has pitched very well with Oakland, too, and who will start at San Francisco on Friday night.

And the A's needed outfielders at the time, so Collin Cowgill was considered an important part of the deal, too.

Cook was a pitcher recently converted from starter to relief, and while the A's had good hopes for him, they never would have imagined how he's started this season.

Cook has pitched 19 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, he's been the team's most reliable pitcher by far, he is excelling late in games and in tough situations, which is why he is expected to be Oakland's closer at some point this season.

On Thursday, Cook ripped the fake nail off his right middle finger on the first pitch he threw and said later it felt like a shotgun went off at the end of his finger.

But he stayed in and pitched a scoreless eighth. Then, with the game tied in the ninth, he was confronted with a tough situation when an error put Michael Young at second base with nobody out.

Cook got Adrian Beltre to ground out, walked David Murphy intentionally, struck out Nelson Cruz, walked Mike Napoli and got Brandon Snyder to ground out.

When the A's scored in the 10th inning to beat Texas 5-4, Cook earned his first big-league win.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker