Someone wondered before the first pitch what A’s manager Bob Melvin was going to do about Yoenis Cespedes.
The second-year major-leaguer from Cuba was hitting below the dreaded “Mendoza Line” of .200, at .198. Or as the players say, he’s on the wrong interstate, I-98.
Melvin shrugged off the question. “He’s fine,” the manager said. “He’s just an aggressive swinger. He’s staying, because when he’s in the lineup he takes the pressure off everybody. He’s so important.” Read More
Everything is going the Cleveland Indians’ way. There’s no dispute or debate about that.
One day after the home run that wasn’t, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds connected for homers and Scott Kazmir struck out 10 in six innings, leading Cleveland to a 9-2 win over the A’s on Thursday and a four-game sweep of Oakland. Read More
Grant Balfour was angry.
He had just given up a broken-bat single to Brett Gardner and thrown a wild pitch to Robinson Cano, moving the potential tying run to second base with two outs in the ninth inning.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin called for an intentional walk.
“I don’t make the decisions. He felt that was the decision to make. That’s not really for me to answer on this stuff,” the A’s closer said. Read More
At least one team in the American League West won’t be complaining about making three trips to Houston this season.
The A’s run to the top of the division, and their league-best overall record, is thanks in part to Oakland’s success against the Astros — six of the A’s 12 wins have come against Houston, and Oakland has outscored the Astros 45-19. Read More
Spring training revealed that the 2013 A’s will be much like last season’s division-winning club in at least one respect: There is great depth, and even greater versatility. Read More
PHOENIX — Tommy Milone had a successful rookie season, and then started off spring training with five scoreless innings in two starts. Still, he’s treating camp as if he needs to earn a spot in the A’s rotation.
Milone allowed six hits and three runs in 3²⁄³ innings, but the bullpen shut down the hot-hitting Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for a 6-3 victory. Read More
PHOENIX — Jemile Weeks refuses to point fingers or make excuses. The face responsible for his sub-par sophomore season is the one he sees in the mirror every morning.
The second baseman is now trying to regain his starting role with the A’s. There are plenty of candidates in the infield. Read More
Scott Sizemore was supposed to be Oakland’s starting third baseman last year. Instead, he had to sit and watch as the A’s had one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history without him.
Sizemore tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of spring training last year and missed the entire season. This year, he is back, fully healthy — and now locked in a battle for the second base job. Read More
PHOENIX — Four years after he joined the A’s, Michael Ynoa still has never pitched above Class A.
Signed by Oakland for $4.25 million when he was 16, Ynoa has been limited to 17 professional games because of elbow problems.
Now on the 40-man roster of the A’s, the 21-year-old right-hander reported to spring training Thursday after missing the opening week because of chicken pox.
“For one week it was bad,” Ynoa said. Read More
There are tough acts to follow, and there are unbelievably tough acts to follow.Merely tough was the task of hitting the stage to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards show in the immediate wake of Justin Timberlake’s massively hyped, Jay-Z-enhanced return to the music business. Read More