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
Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit consecutive home runs in the third inning, A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Monday night. 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
A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes didn’t have a problem beating Hank Conger’s throw to second in the ninth inning.
Stopping was the issue.
The Cuban cleanup hitter slid past the bag and was tagged out, a gaffe that was magnified when Oakland put two men on base later in the same inning of a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Read More
OAKLAND, Calif. — His usual carefree self, Felix Hernandez danced in the visitors clubhouse to his techno "house music" Sunday.
It's fitting that Hernandez will make his season debut and first outing since landing a $175 million, seven-year contract against the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle ace always faces them to start, or so it seems to the A's.
"A lot," Hernandez said with a smile. "I've faced the A's a lot." Read More
Back in the early 2000s, when the A’s were bursting back onto the scene as a relevant force in big-league ball, general manager Billy Beane — considered at the time a merely great young baseball mind — adopted a mantra of sorts in response to queries regarding his teams’ exceptional camaraderie.
“Chemistry,” Beane would say, “is a by-product of winning.” Read More
Ideally, Jim Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball.
Just as Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Coco Crisp of Oakland did on the field for Monday’s workout day ahead of their teams’ Game 3 in the AL division series Tuesday. The Tigers lead 2-0 and are one win from advancing to a second straight AL championship series. Read More
Hat on backward and goggles covering his eyes, Yoenis Cespedes started dancing in the middle of the clubhouse as the bubbly streamed every which way.
Quickly, his Oakland teammates joined in the fun — and the Cuban rookie doused anybody he could get.He might have soaked Coco Crisp the best with a double pour over the head. Read More
OAKLAND — When it’s a warm day game, balls fly out of the Oakland Coliseum as easily as they would in Coors Field. But it was the A’s who got the clutch base hits that made the difference.
Yoenis Cespedes hit the go-ahead two-run single and Chris Carter added a two-run homer in the sixth inning for the A’s, who edged the Los Angeles Angels 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Read More
Wei-Yin Chen may be a rookie with the Baltimore Orioles, but he continues to pitch like a talented veteran.Chen struck out 12 in just 5²⁄³ innings, and the Orioles got homers from Matt Wieters and Omar Quintanilla in a 6-1 victory over the A’s on Sunday afternoon.
Chen (9-6) set a record for strikeouts by a Taiwanese-born pitcher, breaking the mark of 10 that Chien-Ming Wang set on June 17, 2007, when pitching with the Yankees. Read More