Carter hits two HRs, Bailey hurt, A's lose to Indians


Carter hits two HRs, Bailey hurt, A's lose to Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics can only hope that All-Star closer Andrew Bailey isn't seriously hurt. NEWS: A's Bailey has 'elbow discomfort;' to see specialist
Bailey left with discomfort in his pitching elbow after facing three batters Monday in a 9-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander had elbow surgery Sept. 24 to remove bone chips and bone spurs. He had Tommy John surgery in 2004."He had tightness down his forearm, from the elbow down," manager Bob Geren said. "He's being checked out."Bailey will be examined Tuesday by renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The A's said they would provide more information on the reliever's status once it was available.The AL Rookie of the Year in 2009 and an All-Star the past two seasons, Bailey spent a month and a half on the disabled list last season. He has a 1.70 ERA and 51 saves in 132 1-3 career innings.He left after giving up an RBI double to Travis Hafner and then throwing one pitch to Ezequiel Carrera."He winced after he threw the pitch," Geren said. "His velocity was good until that."Geren said Bailey, who has been brought along slowly in camp, registered 94 mph on the radar gun. He had struck out two in one perfect inning in his spring debut Thursday against Kansas City."He's been doing everything the right way," Geren said. "We moved him back one day to give him some rest, but he had not experienced any problems."Even if Bailey ends up being sidelined for an extended period, Oakland does have depth in the bullpen. The A's spent 18.6 million this offseason to sign a pair of proven, late-inning relievers: former closer Brian Fuentes and setup man Grant Balfour.Chris Carter had three RBIs on two home runs for Oakland, including a thundering shot off the scoreboard well beyond the left-field fence. His two-run drive to right-center tied the score at 8. Both came off first-pitch fastballs by Jeanmar Gomez.Carter does not have a roster spot despite four consecutive productive seasons in the A's farm system. The 24-year-old has totaled 123 homers and 406 RBIs since 2007 in the minors - but also had 538 strikeouts. He fanned 21 times and hit only .186 with three homers in 24 games for Oakland late last season.A's starter Dallas Braden allowed six runs - four earned - in four innings."He had a positive breaking ball, negative command," Geren said. "We had some young-player mistakes behind him, too."Hafner had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, while Jack Hannahan and Shelley Duncan each hit a two-run double for Cleveland.The Indians' third base outlook got a little clearer when rookie Lonnie Chisenhall was among seven players sent to the minors despite hitting .478."He still has development to do in all aspects of the game," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "He has strengths, but needs to hit better against lefties, get better strike-zone judgment and is still transitioning from shortstop to third. He also has to mature as a person and player."Former shortstop Jason Donald has the inside track to open at third - though he has missed seven of the past nine games with a sore left hand, which was hit by a pitch March 5."We had a second MRI taken and it showed nothing broken, but a very deep bone bruise," Donald said. "I hope to be back this weekend. I need to get more reps at third."Hannahan's two hits gave him a .370 average in 11 games as he keeps pressing to win the job.NOTES: Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs over four innings. He struck out four without a walk. ... Ex-Indian Coco Crisp had two RBIs and leads Oakland with 10. ... A's 2B Jemile Weeks went 3 for 3, but failed to cover second on a rundown and made a throwing error.

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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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season.