Sunday sun stumps A's in 6-5 loss


Sunday sun stumps A's in 6-5 loss

OAKLAND -- The A's 10-game winning streak in games decided by one-run came to an end as Toronto defeated Oakland 6-5 on Sunday. It might not have been a one-run contest had it not been for a costly miscue. With two outs in the fifth inning, Rajai Davis hit a popup that shortstop Adam Rosales lost in the afternoon sun and couldn't catch. The next four batters reached base as the Blue Jays scored three runs and took a 6-4 lead. "I really wish I made that play. It definitely changed the game," Rosales said. "I make that play and I believe we win for sure."Rosales said the ball went into the sun right off the bat. He explained that usually it comes out of the sun and he is able to stay with it to make a play. On this occasion he said the ball never revealed itself. It is impossible to place the blame squarely on the A's shortstop on this occasion. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone made sure to point out that he deserves a share as well. "It's just one of those things that happens," Milone said. "I know the guys behind me are trying their best and sometimes that ball gets up in the sun and there is nothing they can do. My job is to get back out there and throw quality pitches, and I felt like I didn't do that after that happened."Milone is officially in a rut. He has allowed 16 runs in his last 19 innings pitched and lost his last three starts. It is the first three-game losing streak of his career. This after having a pretty successful first half of the season. Even with the recent struggles he has a respectable 3.91 ERA -- not bad for a rookie. "It's a bad run right now," Milone said. "I just have to forget about it and hopefully come out of it and worry about the next one."Milone says he isn't feeling fatigued as the season wears on. He did admit to not feeling sharp in his last few starts. His self assessment after the game was brutally honest. "Horrible, I couldn't get that one big pitch that I needed," he said. "I was leaving balls up over the plate and they were capitalizing on them."Arguably the worst pitch he made was a fastball to Edwin Encarnacion that badly missed location. The Jays DH smashed the ball to dead center for a two-run homer. Milone's 19th homer allowed this season gave the Jays back the momentum right after Josh Reddick hit his team-leading 24th homer of the year, a three-run blast to give the A's a 4-1 lead. The A's got another bad break in the bottom of the ninth. Down one run, pinch-hitter Brandon Moss drew a one-out walk and was lifted for pinch runner Eric Sogard. Jemile Weeks came to the plate and cracked a hard-hit ball that was snared by Jays third baseman Yan Gomes, who threw to first to complete the game-ending double play. Weeks made solid contact on the ball. Had it gotten past Gomes it could have made it all the way to the wall, possibly tying the game."I thought it was going to get by, but he let it get deep and caught it like that," Weeks said. "Wasn't much else I wanted to do with that pitch and he made a play."
After 18 and one-third innings pitched by the Oakland bullpen the last two days the team was forced to make two roster moves before. They added relief pitchers Evan Scribner and Pedro Figueroa. Those two pitchers combined for three scoreless innings and kept the team in the game until the end. Their efforts gave the rest of the overworked relievers a much needed day off. "We were very limited in what we were going to do in the bullpen today," Melvin said. "They came in the game and held it there. We ended up coming back within one run where one hit can tie it up for us, so they did very well."The A's split the four-game series with the Blue Jays and have now lost their last two games and five of their last eight contests. They are a half game ahead of the Angels and tied with Detroit for the first American League Wild Card spot. Those division rival Angels will be in Oakland the next three days for a key series.

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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