A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees


A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees


Things are trending downward for the Oakland A's. They have lost a season-high four straight games, and Bartolo Colon who looked like a steal after starting the season 3-1, has gone 1-4 since. The A's struggles couldn't come at a worse time. The Yankees' 9-2 victory means they have won 12 of their last 13 games at the Oakland Coliseum. "I am just pitching the same way I did at the beginning of the season," Colon said. "The difference is that I throw a lot of strikes and sometimes they take advantage of that."Colon, allowed six earned runs in six innings of work. He gave up nine hits, two of which were home runs. He was out-dueled by another former Cy Young Award winner in C.C. Sabathia, who allowed two runs over seven innings of work. "I think different lineups are a lot more difficult to navigate through," Melvin said. "And this one is one of them." Saturday's game played out a lot like Friday's game. In both contests a defensive lapse prolonged an inning that ended up resulting in a big hit by Mark Teixeira. On Saturday, Teixeira's big hit came in the form of a two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth inning.Teixeira never would have stepped to the plate that inning if it wasn't for a Derek Jeter bunt attempt that was botched by the A's. When Jeter bunted, both Colon and first baseman Adam Rosales went for the ball. Colon fielded the ball cleanly, but no one was at first base to take the throw. Instead of being out at first, Jeter recorded his 3,154th hit, which tied him with George Brett for 14th on Major League Baseball's all-time hit list."Adam Rosales probably breaks a little early," Melvin said. "You have got to have a little bit of a read. In his defense, he hasn't played that much first base." Rosales has only played in eight games in the past two seasons for the A's. Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning. Next, Robinson Cano doubled and Mark Teixeira hit the aforementioned two-run single.Much like Friday's game, Reddick hit a solo homer. It was his 13th of the season, and he has nine home runs in the Month of May -- the best month by an Athletic since Frank Thomas hit 10 in September of 2006. Unfortunately for the A's offense, Reddick seems to be the only hitter providing consistent production at the plate."Everybody would like to have guys on base, but I wouldn't say frustrating is the word," Reddick said. "I am happy I am swinging the bat the way I am. It's just unfortunate we're not winning the games. So hopefully I can stay consistent like this until these guys get fired up, and we can do some damage."Help could be on the way for the A's offense. Brandon Inge, Yoenis Cespedes, and Manny Ramirez could all join the team on the upcoming road road trip. Before they hit the road the A's will have to try and find away to beat the Yankees at the Coliseum in the series finale. Something they haven't been able to do since 2010. NOTES: In the eighth inning, Monday's probable starting pitcher Graham Godfrey entered the game in relief. He pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Godfrey plunked Derek Jeter in the shoulder with the bases loaded, and gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira, who also hit a home run in the fourth inning. Godfrey injured the middle finger of his pitching hand prior to his last start. He threw a bullpen session before the game.After the game, Bob Melvin announced that left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley will start the game on Monday against the Twins.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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