Eric Sogard’s blooper to left field looked as if it might get the A’s even against the Texas Rangers until shortstop Elvis Andrus ran it down and made a sliding catch over his shoulder.
When Adam Rosales and Coco Crisp also made outs with the tying run at second base, the A’s lost their best chance to spoil the first major-league start by Ross Wolf, one of their former relievers. Read More
Fans who expected a dominating performance on the hill Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark got just that.
It just wasn’t the guy they expected.
The Texas Rangers were stymied at the plate for second consecutive game, as Oakland A’s rookie Dan Straily outdueled Yu Darvish for a 1-0 win over the American League West leaders. Read More
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the A’s beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (3-3) since April 23 at Boston. Read More
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
Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the A’s 6-2 on Wednesday.
Ogando (4-2) didn’t allow a hit until Eric Sogard’s leadoff double in the sixth. The right-hander won his second straight decision and earned only his second victory in seven outings since consecutive wins starting the season. 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
Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice and Mark Reynolds hit one to the deepest reaches of Progressive Field, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the A’s on Monday night.
Jason Kipnis and Cabrera hit consecutive homers in the first inning off Jarrod Parker (1-5). In the fifth, Cabrera homered again and Reynolds launched a 460-foot shot — his 10th this season — that nearly cleared the left-field bleachers. Read More
Only in Oakland.
Could there have been any other site for Monday’s epic, 19-inning marathon game between the A’s and Los Angeles Angels?
The East Bay has been ground zero for magical moments this week. Read More
Nate Schierholtz goes deep for Philly the day after being traded away, along with stud catching prospect Tommy Joseph and a rosin bag (aka minor-league pitcher Seth Rosin), for Hunter Pence.
Pence, meanwhile, goes 0-for-4 with a pair of punchouts for the G-Men.
Cue the panicked reactionary chorus: Brian Sabean got fleeced! Read More
OAKLAND — Tampa Bay has found a nice trend to try to wriggle back into the AL East and wild-card races.
The Rays won three consecutive series on one road trip — and for the first time ever, they did so against three teams above .500. Tampa Bay wrapped the final series of the trip with a 4-1 victory over the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum, cooling off July’s hottest team for the second game in a row. Read More