A's Insider notes: DeJesus muscles up


A's Insider notes: DeJesus muscles up


DeJesus is DaBomb - Coming into Tuesday night's game, David DeJesus was batting a sickly .111 in his career against Dan Haren, going two for 18 with five strikeouts. So who was the guy muscling up for the Athletics against the Angels? In his first two at-bats, DeJesus crushed a pair of Haren pitches for a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth inning. It was the second multi-homer game of May for DeJesus, the second such power surge of his career. He did it against Cleveland at Coliseum on May 4. He also lined out hard to right field on a ball he absolutely smoked in the sixth before doubling off Trevor Bell into the right-field corner in the ninth to drive in Kurt Suzuki for his fourth RBI of the night.

Moscoso does his part - When he's been on for triple-A Sacramento, Guillermo Moscoso has been fabulous, as evidenced by his 0.32 ERA in his three wins with 32 strikeouts and five walks. But when he's been off, he's been bad. Real bad. To the tune of a 12.41 ERA in going 0-2 in three outings. So which Moscoso did the A's get in the Venezuelan right-hander's first-ever big league start? The former. He threw five scoreless innings at the Angels and gave up three hits (two were in his last inning) and three walks with three strikeouts. And according to former A's Spanish radio announcer Manolo Hernandez, Moscoso was the first Venezuelan-born pitcher to start for the A's since Pablo Torrealba on Sept. 30, 1977.Coco to the rescue - It begs the question - would Coco Crisp have made the highlight reel catch in right-center if he was still rocking the Oscar Gamble-esque afro he brought out earlier this season, what with the significant added wind drag? Crisp, who has taken to Twitter to ask fans if he should let his hair fly or keep it braided, robbed Maicer Izturis of potential extra bases and, possibly, the Angels of a run when he went vertical to snare the liner to end the fifth inning. Moscoso made sure he met Crisp coming off the field to congratulate his center fielder. And, potentially, to thank him.Fool's gold? - Yes, the six runs the A's scored represented their highest offensive output in a week, since the 14-0 drubbing of the Angels in the rain at the Coliseum on May 17. But after taking that 5-0 lead Tuesday night, the A's saw 13 straight batters retired. Until consecutive doubles by Kurt Suzuki and DeJesus to lead off the ninth.New closer - Oh, and in case you missed it, with Brian Fuentes' issues and Andrew Bailey still rehabbing his strained forearm suffered in spring training in Sacramento, A's manager Bob Geren said Grant Balfour is the closerfor now. He even started warming up in the ninth inning, when the A's had a 5-1 lead, a non-save situation, but sat back down in favor of Brad Ziegler.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency


Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan


NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan

Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.

The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.

The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.

After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:

"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.

Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.