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Raul Alcantara pitches in as A’s top Tigers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:00:32 UT

DETROIT — The A’s weren’t trying to pull a fast one on the Tigers. The effect, though, was much the same. After the Tigers spent the day expecting to face Oakland’s Jharel Cotton, he was scratched a few minutes before Monday night’s game with a strained groin. His replacement, Raul Alcantara, held Detroit scoreless for 32/3 innings to set up an 8-3 victory. “I just felt a pull in my groin, and when I tried to keep warming up, it kept grabbing at me,” Cotton said. “It was just a freak accident when I was ready to pitch.” Alcantara came into the game with a 12.27 ERA in five appearances this season, all in relief. He made five starts as a rookie last year.

Golden Gate Audubon Society opposes Oakland A’s stadium plan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:18:32 UT

The Oakland A’s got a thumbs down Monday from the Golden Gate Audubon Society, which claimed the proposal to build a ballpark on land owned by the Peralta Community College District is a bad deal for birds. The influential advocacy group, which has more than 7,000 members in Oakland and nearby cities, said the proposed ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood would be disastrous for nearly 200 species of ducks, herons, songbirds, nesting cormorants and fish that make their homes in Lake Merritt, the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge. “We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” said Cindy Margulis, the executive director of Golden Gate Audubon.

Joey Wendle’s grand slam helps A’s top Phillies

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:56:48 UT

PHILADELPHIA — Growing up near Philadelphia, Joey Wendle dreamed of coming to the plate and hitting a game-winning home run for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. On Sunday, he beat his hometown team, hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to lift the A’s to a 6-3 win over the Phillies. “I’ve done that plenty of times in backyards, so it was certainly really fun today,” Wendle said. He was one of three rookies to hit a home run for Oakland. With the A’s trailing 3-2 with two outs in the sixth, Wendle lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Edubray Ramos into the right-field seats, quieting the crowd of 28,054.

A’s-Tigers, pitching probables, Monday-Wednesday

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:46:57 UT

On deck Monday at Tigers 4:10 p.m. NBCSCA Cotton (8-10) vs. Farmer (4-3) Tuesday at Tigers 4:10 p.m. NBCSCA Gossett (4-9) vs. Bell (0-3) Wednesday at Tigers 10:10 a.m. MLBNet Mengden (1-1) vs.

Unusual 2018 A’s schedule; free game, fewer miles

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:53:24 UT

To celebrate the A’s actual 50th birthday at the Coliseum next year, the team is giving the fans an unprecedented present: The April 17 game will be free. “We want to celebrate the 50th anniversary and our fan base and the community,” A’s chief operating officer Chris Giles said. “We’d like to give a gift to the community.” Major League Baseball told the A’s that this will be the first known instance of a team providing free admission to all fans. Season-ticket holders will have priority and are guaranteed access. Online registration for the remaining tickets will begin in January. There is one other group that will be especially welcome.

Mengden’s two-hitter leads A’s past Phillies

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:29:32 UT

PHILADELPHIA — Old-school Daniel Mengden pitched like an old-time ace. Mengden was dominant in a two-hitter, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit two-run homers and the A’s beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Friday night. “It felt great,” Mengden said. “We dream about doing it since we’re little and coming all the way up and doing it is a great feeling.” Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none to record his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden. Using a herky-jerky delivery and wearing a handlebar mustache, Mengden kept the Phillies off-balance with a heavy dose of offspeed pitches and low-90s fastballs.

A’s-Phillies pitching probables Friday through Sunday

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:01:38 UT

On deck Friday vs. Phillies 4:05 p.m. NBCSCA Mengden (0-1) vs. Leiter Jr. (3-5) Saturday vs. Phillies 4:05 p.m. NBCSCA Graveman (5-4) vs. Lively (3-6) Sunday vs. Phillies 10:35 a.m. NBCSCA Manaea (10-10) vs.

A’s fall to Drew Pomeranz, Red Sox

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:59:17 UT

BOSTON — Drew Pomeranz, facing his former team, knew it was likely the last batter he’d face. He figured he had to make one of his best pitches. Pomeranz threw six innings of one-run ball, finishing by striking out Matt Olson with the bases loaded to lead the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox past the A’s 6-2 on Thursday. With two outs, a full count and the game tied 1-1, Pomeranz got Olson swinging on a high, 92 mph fastball. “In that big situation, making a big pitch is a huge deal when you can wiggle your way out of a jam,” Pomeranz said. “He wasn’t chasing the curveball. I got 3-2 on him and I gave all that I have left to make one good pitch and he swung.

A’s end road skid with win at Fenway

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:33:19 UT

BOSTON — Doug Fister’s rough start was too much for the Red Sox to overcome this time. Matt Olson hit a two-run homer, Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and the A’s rebounded for a 7-3 victory over the AL East leaders to win for the sixth time in seven games Wednesday night. Jharel Cotton (8-10) picked up the win, allowing three runs in five innings. “You look at the box score and it doesn’t tell you how he battled and had to make some big pitches with the lead,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. The loss trimmed Boston’s cushion in the division to three games over the Yankees, who beat Tampa Bay 3-2.

2002 A’s watch closely as Indians go for AL consecutive-wins record

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:57:32 UT

As the Cleveland Indians whirled off wins left and right the past few weeks, members of the A’s 2002 team took notice. “I was watching one night and it kind of sunk in that they were doing this,” former Oakland first baseman Scott Hatteberg said Monday. “They kind of sneaked up on everyone. I don’t think it’s as easy as people make it out to be — the record stood for, what, 65 years when we broke it.” Hatteberg hit one of the most storied homers in franchise history Sept. 4, 2002, a walk-off shot that gave the A’s a 12-11 win over Kansas City — their American League-record 20th victory in a row.

A’s-Red Sox, pitching probables, Tuesday-Thursday

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:56:52 UT

On deck Tuesday at Red Sox 4:10 p.m. NBCSCA Manaea (10-9) vs. Rodriguez (4-5) Wednesday at Red Sox 4:10 p.m. NBCSCA Cotton (7-10) vs. Fister (5-7) Thursday at Red Sox 10:35 a.m. NBCSCA Gossett (4-8) vs.

When a fan's truck and A's gear were stolen after a game, the team stepped in to help

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:06:03 UT

After a July 30 Oakland Athletics game, longtime fan John Carrarini returned from the Coliseum to discover his truck – and two of his favorite A's jackets – had been stolen from Union City BART.

All power, no platoon for A’s Matt Olson

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:25:12 UT

When the A’s dealt Yonder Alonso last month, their plan was to make Matt Olson the primary first baseman — and unlike Alonso, Oakland’s 2017 All-Star, Olson isn’t even platooning much. Olson started Sunday against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, and the rookie entered Sunday’s finale against the Astros with a .250 average and .464 on-base percentage against lefties. “That’s an easy one right now,” manager Bob Melvin said of playing Olson every day. “He’s taken (Zach) Britton deep. It seems like he gets good swings against all lefties. … It’s tough to take him out of the lineup right now.” Olson homered off lefty Tony Sipp in the eighth Sunday.

Youthful A’s sweep four games from division-leading Astros

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:16:40 UT

September is all about the A’s young players making strides, and this weekend’s series against Houston was a good indication that the kids are all right. Oakland topped the Astros 10-2 Sunday at the Coliseum to vigorously sweep four games from the division leaders, outscoring the Astros 41-15. Entering the series, the A’s had lost 19 of their previous 22 games against Houston, and the AL West’s last-place team also had lost eight of its past nine games overall. The rookies led the way against the Astros, though, including Sunday, when Matt Chapman, Boog Powell and Matt Olson all homered.

Sorting through odds and ends of A’s doubleheader sweep of Astros

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:51:23 UT

Sifting through some of the odds and ends of a long day’s journey into night as the Astros and A’s heeded Ernie Banks’ call to play two at the Coliseum on Saturday: •The combined game time was 6 hours, 30 minutes. The opener lasted 3:42. •There were 17 pitchers used, 10 by Houston and seven by Oakland. •There were 61 plate appearances in which the ball was not put in play. A’s pitchers racked up 16 strikeouts and issued eight walks. Houston pitchers recorded 23 strikeouts and issued 14 walks, including a club-record-tying 13 in the opener. In that game, the Astros walked home five runs.