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A's top Rangers 6-4, win 5th straight behind Olson's 2 HRs

Wed, 2020-08-05 22:07

Matt Olson homered twice, Ramon Laureano also went deep and the surging Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday night. Austin Allen hit his first career homer, a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, as the A’s stunned the Rangers late for a second consecutive night and won their fifth straight. On Tuesday, Stephen Piscotty hit a walk-off grand slam in Oakland’s 5-1 win.

A's top Rangers 6-4, win 5th straight behind Olson's 2 HRs

Wed, 2020-08-05 21:50

Matt Olson homered twice, Ramon Laureano also went deep and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday night. Austin Allen hit his first career homer, a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning, as the A’s stunned the Rangers late for a second consecutive night and won their fifth straight. On Tuesday, Stephen Piscotty hit a walk-off grand slam in Oakland’s 5-1 win.

Austin Allen's first big-league homer helps A's extend winning streak to 5 straight

Wed, 2020-08-05 21:40

I didn’t even feel it hit the bat,” Allen said. I just heard it, and it was just relief when I running around first base and saw it go over. I couldn’t even put it in words.

Texas-Oakland Runs

Wed, 2020-08-05 21:14

Todd Frazier singles to shallow center field. Robinson Chirinos strikes out swinging. run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on.

Matt Olson's two-run home run

Wed, 2020-08-05 18:29

Matt Olson crushes a two-run home run to right field, putting the Athletics on top, 2-1, in the bottom of the 1st inning

A.J. Puk expected to join an already thriving bullpen

Wed, 2020-08-05 18:25

A.J. Puk, who is on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder strain, just started throwing from 75 feet out — not yet off a mound, not yet with a timetable for return. One thing we do know: the left-handed pitcher will be making most of his 2020 appearances out of the bullpen, not the rotation where he was slotted to slide into before the injury came about. Chris Bassitt slots in nicely into a rotation thats just starting to step into quality start territory.

A.J. Puk expected to join an already thriving bullpen

Wed, 2020-08-05 18:25

A.J. Puk, who is on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder strain, just started throwing from 75 feet out — not yet off a mound, not yet with a timetable for return. One thing we do know: the left-handed pitcher will be making most of his 2020 appearances out of the bullpen, not the rotation where he was slotted to slide into before the injury came about. Chris Bassitt slots in nicely into a rotation thats just starting to step into quality start territory.

A.J. Puk expected to join an already thriving bullpen

Wed, 2020-08-05 18:25

A.J. Puk, who is on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder strain, just started throwing from 75 feet out — not yet off a mound, not yet with a timetable for return. One thing we do know: the left-handed pitcher will be making most of his 2020 appearances out of the bullpen, not the rotation where he was slotted to slide into before the injury came about. Chris Bassitt slots in nicely into a rotation thats just starting to step into quality start territory.

Game Preview #12: A's vs. Rangers

Wed, 2020-08-05 17:20

The Oakland A’s are on a winning streak! The green and gold have taken four in a row, after their latest triumph in the opener of their three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. The evening featured a pitcher’s duel between Texas veteran Lance Lynn and Oakland rookie Jesús Luzardo, until the 9th inning when Stephen Piscotty launched a grand slam to walk it off for Oakland.

A's Tony Kemp embraces batting ninth as 'second leadoff hitter'

Wed, 2020-08-05 15:49

Melvin said he sees Kemp as a fit for the ninth spot in the order due to “his speed, his patience, the fact that he gets on base. He didn’t have a hit for a while but he was still getting on base,” Melvin said. When you have the speed dynamic, with Marcus (Semien) coming up it maybe gives him a few more fastballs, another guy that can run and potentially steal a base and get into scoring position.

A's Scott Emerson on Jesús Luzardo: 'The kid has got everything'

Wed, 2020-08-05 15:34

A’s pitching coach Scott Emerson, like many others, came away impressed by Jesús Luzardo’s first major-league start Tuesday night. If there was one area Emerson saw for improvement it was one Luzardo himself identified after the game - the left-hander’s breaking ball. Luzardo threw 16 sliders in his five scoreless innings against Texas, 10 for balls, inducing one swing-through and finishing one strikeout looking on the pitch.

A's must trim roster Thursday; which pitcher and outfielder are most likely to go

Wed, 2020-08-05 14:52

That means that, despite minimal playing time for infielders Franklin Barreto and Vimael Machin, they’re likely to stick around, because Barreto, who has yet to start a game, is out of options, while Machin is a Rule-5 player who must be offered back to the Cubs if he clears waivers. With outfield depth a major strength for Oakland and manager Bob Melvin already having to get creative to find playing time for Mark Canha, Stephen Piscotty and Robbie Grossman, the team’s fifth outfielder, Seth Bro...

A's set MLB record with two walk-off grand slams in first 11 games

Wed, 2020-08-05 11:53

The walk-off win is one of the most exciting plays in baseball, and earning one via a grand slam is just about the most spectacular path to get there. Walk-offs themselves aren’t that rare, as each team can expect to pull off at least a few in any given year, but raise the criteria to a walk-off slam and it’s not something you see every day. In MLB history, only 17 teams have done it twice in the same season, most recently the Cubs in 2018.

Oakland A's sue state agency in Howard Terminal ballpark bid, argue failed oversight of steel company

Wed, 2020-08-05 11:34

The A’s are headed to court in their ongoing quest to build a new ballpark near Jack London Square, announcing Wednesday they’ve filed a lawsuit against the state agency overseeing Schnitzer Steel, a company that poses a threat to the teams’ hopes at Howard Terminal. Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval said the lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court accuses the California Department of Toxic Substances Control of a “failure to impose and enforce environmental law” in West Oakland agai...

Rangers-Athletics Preview

Wed, 2020-08-05 10:48

Two pitchers done in by shaky defense in their latest start will look for better luck when the visiting Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet again on Wednesday night. Starting pitching was the story in the series opener Tuesday, with Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn and A's lefty Jesus Luzardo dominating the action until Oakland's Stephen Piscotty smacked a walk-off grand slam against Texas reliever Jesse Chavez with one out in the ninth. The dramatics gave Oakland a four-game winning streak, while at the same time handing Texas a third loss in four games in their weeklong San Francisco Bay Area stay.

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics odds, picks and best bets

Wed, 2020-08-05 09:33

Rangers at Athletics: Projected starting pitchers RHP Kyle Gibson vs. LHP Sean Manaea Gibson didn't allow any runs in his first start of the season, when he tossed five innings and whiffed four batters against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gibson recorded a meager 4.84 ERA with Minnesota in 2019. His skills weren't all that different from 2018, though, when he had a 3.62 ERA.

Fresh off walk-off slam, A's look to down Rangers again

Wed, 2020-08-05 06:08

Two pitchers done in by shaky defense in their latest start will look for better luck when the visiting Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet again on Wednesday night. Starting pitching was the story in the series opener Tuesday, with Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn and A's lefty Jesus Luzardo dominating the action until Oakland's Stephen Piscotty smacked a walk-off grand slam against Texas reliever Jesse Chavez with one out in the ninth. The dramatics gave Oakland a four-game winning streak, while at the same time handing Texas a third loss in four games in their weeklong San Francisco Bay Area stay.

A's two walk-off grand slams in 11 games: How rare is it?

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

Stephen Piscotty’s walk-off grand slam Tuesday night was the A’s second in the first two weeks of this season - and yes, that’s about as rare as you might expect. This is the 17th time in major-league history a team has hit two walk-off grand slams in the same season and the first time by the A’s. The last team to do it was the 2018 Cubs, courtesy of Jason Heyward and David Bote, who both hit them with the Cubs trailing and down to their last strike.

A's Plus: True test coming after Oakland picks up the pace at Seattle

Wed, 2020-08-05 04:00

That should be quite a series even without fans — though the crowds at the Astros’ away games were going to be interesting to hear all year in a normal season. The cheating scandal isn’t going away anytime soon, even during a pandemic. A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty called it “the elephant in the room” in a video call this week, but said his team is much more focused on its own business, trying to ensure a playoff spot — preferably by winning the AL West.

Manaea scheduled to start for Athletics against Rangers

Wed, 2020-08-05 00:21

Manaea scheduled to start for Athletics against Rangers Texas Rangers (3-6, fourth in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (7-4, first in the AL West) Oakland, California; Wednesday, 9:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Kyle Gibson (0-1, . ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 4 strikeouts) Athletics: Sean Manaea (0-2, 7.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7 strikeouts) LINE: Athletics favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics take on the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

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