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A’s Matt Olson hits walk-off single, ends 14-inning marathon

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:25:52 UT

Matt Olson took a first-inning approach into a 14ath-inning at-bat, and his teammates and a few hundred fans loved him for it. Olson stepped into the Coliseum batter’s box with Wednesday’s game approaching its sixth hour and didn’t think about being a hero. He thought about making simple contact, keeping his swing in the strike zone and not trying to do too much. “Perfect,” A’s teammate Jed Lowrie said. “Curveball out over the plate, and he hit it the other way.” Five hours and 48 minutes after the game began, on the 556th pitch of the day, Olson hit a bases-loaded single over left fielder Nicky Delmonico to complete Oakland’s wild 12-11 victory and sweep of the White Sox.

New A’s reliever Lou Trivino rests after 1st big-league win

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:18:38 UT

It was a busy and eventful couple of days for reliever Lou Trivino. The A’s called up Trivino from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, and he made his major-league debut that night with a scoreless inning. On Wednesday, he threw scoreless ball in the 12th, 13th and 14th innings for his first win. “First of all,” Trivino said, “I’m excited to get some sleep tonight. I can’t wait to get 15 hours of sleep.” The 6-foot-5 right-hander, an 11th-round pick in 2013, got little sleep Monday night, flew from Des Moines, Iowa, early Tuesday and got little sleep Tuesday night. The A’s are off Thursday, so he can rest all day.

Giants’ Tyler Beede rocked in loss, sent back to minors

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:59:52 UT

SAN DIEGO — The Giants sent Tyler Beede back to the minors after Sunday’s 10-1 loss to the Padres. He was bummed, but his disappointment about returning to Triple-A Sacramento was superseded by the joy he felt from reaching the big leagues for the first time. “I’m definitely looking more on the positive side to have the experience to pitch in two big-league games and certainly hoping I can have more soon,” Beede said. “I’m not drawing the short stick. I’m drawing the big stick.” Big sticks were the theme all day as the Padres knocked around Beede and an ineffective bullpen, notably Josh Osich and Derek Law.

Giants’ Buster Posey sits out with thumb soreness

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:00:13 UT

SAN DIEGO — Manager Bruce Bochy would have loved to play five-time All-Star Buster Posey on Sunday and have him catch Tyler Beede, who made his second big-league start and was sent to the minors after the game. Posey is 15-for-48 (.313) and has been especially tough on lefties, going 8-for-22. The Padres started lefty Joey Lucchesi. Posey was shelved with right thumb soreness, which he felt Saturday while swinging. The Giants don’t consider it a serious matter, and Bochy said he expects Posey to return to the lineup Tuesday in Arizona, following Monday’s off day. “He’ll be fine on Tuesday,” said Bochy, anticipating the swelling will subside.

Despite homers, Giants fall to Padres

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:44:11 UT

SAN DIEGO — Evan Longoria hit a ball into the second deck, flew around the bases and returned to the dugout to high-five his teammates and do a little dance with Andrew McCutchen. It was a festive Saturday night at Petco Park for the new Giants until the Padres crashed the party. McCutchen also homered, and a third newcomer, Austin Jackson, added an RBI single, but the Giants wasted a late lead and fell 5-4. “Personally, it’s fun, but I’m here to win,” said Longoria, who also doubled. “I still have trouble sleeping at night when I go home, even when I get hits and we don’t win. I would love to be able to put it all together and have a celebration in here after the game.

Giants’ Johnny Cueto passes test, returning to rotation

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:14:38 UT

SAN DIEGO — The Giants are at a major disadvantage playing without their top three starting pitchers, but they anticipate getting one back Tuesday. Johnny Cueto felt good Saturday after making 40 pitches — 20 to hitters and another 20 off a bullpen mound — and expressed confidence about coming off the disabled list and pitching the series opener in Arizona. Manager Bruce Bochy said, “Right now, it looks like a go.” Cueto hasn’t pitched since April 4 because he sprained his left ankle working out April 7.

Giants’ lineup sputters again in 5-1 loss to Padres

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:52:45 UT

SAN DIEGO — What’s a manager to do when his lineup isn’t working? Change it? Exercise patience? Wait for everyone to come around? Pick names out of his hat? Giants manager Bruce Bochy has stuck with his game plan, and it was good enough to split the first 12 games entering Friday night, but a .500 record might not last long if the Giants continue hitting poorly with runners in scoring position. The lineup sputtered again in a 5-1 loss to the Padres, and pitcher Ty Blach was chased in the sixth inning after giving up four runs on seven hits. “If we have to juggle things, that’s what we have to do,” Bochy said. “We’re not very deep into the season.

Giants’ Bruce Bochy rooting for Hunter Pence ‘to beat Father Time’

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 06:04:36 UT

SAN DIEGO — Manager Bruce Bochy considered giving Hunter Pence the day off Friday, then reconsidered. Not because it was Pence’s 35th birthday but because he had two hits Thursday against San Diego and Bochy wanted to let him keep swinging. Pence has struggled offensively, like most of the Giants’ everyday players not named Buster Posey and Joe Panik, but will be given a prolonged opportunity to produce. Bochy has a soft spot in his heart for Pence, who helped the Giants win two World Series titles but saw his OPS drop considerably last year. This year, Pence moved to left field to make room for right fielder Andrew McCutchen. Pence is hitting .200 after going 0-for-4 Friday.

Giants’ Mark Melancon’s latest medical procedure: stem-cell injection

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:25:41 UT

SAN DIEGO — Giants reliever Mark Melancon’s latest attempt to return to the mound took a turn into Dr. James Andrews’ institute outside Pensacola, Fla. Andrews is a renowned orthopedist known for performing Tommy John surgeries, but Melancon’s ulnar collateral ligament checked out fine. Andrews recommended a stem-cell injection into the pronator in Melancon’s right elbow, so Melancon had the procedure Thursday morning. There’s no guarantee this is the answer to Melancon’s medical problem, and the lack of precedent with this type of injury for a pitcher makes it tough to determine when or if he will return to norm.

Giants’ Chris Stratton pitches 7 scoreless innings in 7-0 win over Padres

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:10:39 UT

SAN DIEGO — The last time the Giants won a series here, they were on their way to the best record in the majors at the 2016 All-Star break. They’ve been going mostly downhill since then, of course, even getting bullied by the Padres, who would have finished last in 2017 if not for the Giants’ 98 losses. So it was important for the Giants set a tone for the season series, and that’s what they did Thursday night at Petco Park. In the first of 19 games between the teams, the Giants scored three first-inning runs and cruised to a 7-0 victory behind Chris Stratton.

Giants sidestep Clayton Kershaw but fall to Dodgers in 10 innings

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 04:14:33 UT

Before the Giants’ 2-1 loss on Sunday, they honored several players from their celebrated history with the Dodgers, and nary a boo was heard when they introduced Steve Garvey. What has this rivalry come to? “Different times,” kidded former Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard, who was part of the ceremony. Garvey recalled far more hostile receptions from the Candlestick Park folks: “Absolutely,” the old Dodgers first baseman said. “They were so cold, to get up and boo was a way to get warm. I wish I could’ve played here.” Rest assured, the rivalry is in good hands.

Giants’ Bruce Bochy, Brandon Belt dispute final pitch: ‘It wasn’t a strike’

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 04:08:29 UT

The Giants blew opportunities before Brandon Belt struck out looking to end Sunday’s 10-inning loss to the Dodgers, but it still wasn’t easy to take. Especially because the Giants thought umpire Bruce Dreckman got the call wrong. “Tough call in the end. It’s a ball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s the way the game goes sometimes: The call goes against you, the ball doesn’t bounce your way. Certainly, it wasn’t a strike.” Belt vehemently objected to Dreckman. “I said it wasn’t close. He said it was close,” Belt said. “Even if it was close, close is not a strike.” Belt pinch hit with Hunter Pence at second and two outs in a one-run game.

Giants’ Posey not in lineup against Kershaw: 248 reasons

Sun, 8 Apr 2018 21:05:13 UT

The day after one of the most memorable moments in team history, the Giants need to suit up and play another baseball game. It’s what the grind of an everyday game is all about, putting aside a three-run, walk-off, 14th-inning home run — thank you, Andrew McCutchen — and starting all over again. It’s no easy task, but it’s the Giants’ task on Sunday. Making it less easy is Clayton Kershaw, the opposing pitcher who has a career 1.60 ERA in 42 games against the Giants. Oh, and the Giants won’t have their A lineup. No Buster Posey or Brandon Crawford or Brandon Belt.

A’s Sean Manaea dominant again in win over Rangers

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 06:11:48 UT

This was supposed to be a thin rotation, and it is. But a week into the A’s season, someone has emerged as a possible leader, a big, tall lefty who has had two dominant starts and seems healthy and confident enough to keep it going. Until further notice, the A’s can rely on Sean Manaea, which is a big deal for a team trying to figure itself out and move on from three straight last-place finishes. Manaea surrendered one run and three hits in eight fabulous innings, and the A’s played their best overall game of the season in a 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night. “It’s a world of difference between last year and this year,” said Manaea, speaking of his soaring confidence.

A’s to face Shohei Ohtani again this weekend

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 03:50:58 UT

The A’s knew little about Shohei Ohtani before the season-opening series. They know an awful lot more now about the Angels’ pitcher-hitter. “He’s kind of living up to the billing at this point, which is tough to live up to,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It seems he’s the real deal on both sides of it.” Ohtani will take the mound Sunday in Anaheim against the A’s, exactly a week after he won his pitching debut in Oakland. He threw six innings in that one and made just one big mistake, the slider Matt Chapman hit for a three-run homer. What do the A’s know of Ohtani now that they didn’t know then? “He throws pretty hard. He’s got a good split.