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Padres vs. A's stat pack

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Padres vs. A's stat pack

The A's host the San Diego Padres in Oakland for the first time since 2000. The last 3 series between the 2 teams have been played in San Diego (2001, 2006 & 2009)
The A's lead the All-Time Series 14-8 including 6-2 at the Coliseum.
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The craziest game between the two clubs came on June 30, 1998 at the Coliseum. The A's pulled at a 12-10 victory that ended in unique fashion. With the scored tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th the A's scored 4 runs thanks to 2 bases-loaded walks by Trevor Hoffman and a 2-run single by Mike Blowers. In the top of the 9th the Padres scored 2 runs and had runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 outs against A's reliever Mike Fetters. That's when A's manager Art Howe called for the "Fake-to-3rd-throw-to-1st" play and it worked, catching pinch-runner Ruben Rivera off 1st base to end the game. (The Padres manager was Bruce Bochy)

The A's scored 8 runs in all 3 games of the series at Colorado. That is the first time scoring 8 runs in all 3 games of a 3-game series since scoring 10 in all 3 games in a 3-game series sweep of the Reds in 2004. (Scott Hatteberg was the A's 1st basemen in that series and went 6 for 10 with a Grand Slam, Double, 2 Walks and 7 RBI)

A's Offense in 3-Game Series at Colorado
.313 Average 8.7 RunsGame 26 Runs 35 Hits 9 Home Runs 6 Game Road Trip: .313 Avg, 6.7 RGM Brandon Moss joined Jack Cust as the only players in Athletics franchise history to hit 5 or more HR in their first 8 games as Athletics.
Great Starts with Athletics
Jack Cust

Brandon Moss
2007

2012 Games
7

8 AVG 0.346

0.308 HR 6

5 RBI 14

9 OPS 1.546

1.319
Most Home Runs as A's 1st Baseman in a SeasonSince 2007

Year
HR Games Dan Johnson 2007 14 97 Daric Barton 2010 10 157 Daric Barton 2008 9 134 Jason Giambi 2009 8 58 Nick Swisher 2007 6 44 Brandon Moss 2012 5 8

Josh Reddick
Last Season This Season ABS 254 241 HR 7 15 ABHR 36.3 16.1 Slug 0.457 0.531 HR Fly Ball 7 17
Travis Blackley will make another attempt at his first win since his Major League debut on July 1 2004.
If Blackley gets the win it will have been 7 Years, 350 Days between wins, the 4th longest stretch since 1961:

Most Time Between Wins Since 1961
Jim Bouton 1970-1978 8 Yrs, 65 Days

Vicente Romo 1974-1982 8 Yrs, 3 Days

Joe Grzenda 1961-1969 7 Yrs, 362 Days

The Padres come into Oakland after sweeping the Mariners in Seattle. It is the Padres first 3-game winning streak of the season.
Anthony BassLast 4 Starts
0-2 Record
8.14 ERA
.302 Opp Avg
2 Home Runs
11 Walks16 Strikeouts
ERA rose from 2.89 to 4.38

Carlos Quentin has come back to Earth after a torrid start since coming off the D.L.
First 7 Games Last 5 Games Avg 0.418 0.267 H-AB 13-27 15-Apr HR 5 0 Doubles 4 0 RBI 9 1 Runs 9 1 Ryan Cook's 2012 season is shaping up a lot like Huston Street's 2005 ROY season. Huston Street made the club out of spring training as part of the bullpen setting up Octavio Dotel. Both pitchers made 24 appearances before becoming the closer.
Rookie Year Comparison1st 24 Games

Huston Street Ryan Cook
2005 2012 Innings 27.2 26 ERA 1.95 0.69 Opp Avg 0.181 0.085 K9 IP 10.7 8.7 HR 0 0 Street took over closer role on June 2nd
and saved 23 of 25 Games (1.60 ERA)

This will be former A's Rookie of the Year Huston Street's 2nd time facing his former team. Last time was in 2009 with Colorado and Street saved all 3 games of a Rockies sweep.Huston StreetCareer Breakdown
With A's With ColSD Years 2005-08 2009-12 Games 247 184 Rec 21-12 9-Oct ERA 2.88 3.34 Saves 94 91 Blown Saves 27 11 SV 77 89

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

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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

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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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