A's trade for reliever, place Braden on DL

A's trade for reliever, place Braden on DL

April 18, 2011

OAKLAND, CA The Oakland As announced today that they have acquired left-handed pitcher David Purcey from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar. The team also announced it has placed left-handed starting pitcher Dallas Braden on the 15-day Disabled List with a stiff left shoulder, retroactive to April 17. In another player move, right-handed pitcher Rich Harden (strained right shoulder) has been transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

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Purcey, the Jays first-round selection (16th overall) in the 2004 First Year Player Draft, was 0-0 with an 11.57 ERA (2.1 ip, 3 er) in five relief appearances for Toronto this season. He was a starting pitcher his rookie season with the Blue Jays in 2008, when he posted a 3-6 record and 5.54 ERA (65.0 ip, 40 er) in 12 games, all starts. The 6-4, 242-pound southpaw owns a 5-10 mark with a 5.42 ERA in 59 games, including 21 starts, over 149.1 innings during his Major League career. He turns 29 years old this Thursday.NEWS: MLB headlines
Farquhar, 24, returns to Toronto, which traded him to Oakland on Nov. 17, 2010, along with pitcher Trystan Magnuson, for As outfielder Rajai Davis. He had registered an 8-9 record, 39 saves and a 2.62 ERA (50 er, 171.2 ip) in 122 appearances, all in relief, in his three seasons in the Blue Jays organization. Thus far at Triple-A Sacramento, the 5-11, 180-pound right-hander had thrown eight scoreless innings in four relief appearances for the River Cats, allowing seven hits and earning one save while striking out nine and walking three batters.RELATED: Dallas Braden profile Rich Harden profile
Braden, who authored the 19th perfect game in Major League history May 9 last season against Tampa Bay at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, pitched five innings in his last start Saturday, allowing one unearned run, but exited the game early due to a stiff left shoulder. The Stockton, Calif. product is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (18.0 ip, 6 er) in three starts, yielding 18 hits and striking out 15 while walking five. He fashioned an 11-14 record and 3.50 ERA in 30 games, all starts, last season, ranking fifth in the American League in fewest walks per nine innings (2.01) and had the eighth lowest opponents on-base percentage (.294). The 27-year-old lefty also tied for the AL lead in shutouts (two) and ranked fourth in complete games (five).Harden, signed as a free agent by Oakland Dec. 21, was originally placed on the 15-day DL March 30, retroactive to March 22, with a strained right shoulder.
--Oakland A's media services

Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets


Young Warriors fan brought to tears after getting surprised with tickets

Christmas came early for one young Warriors fan. 

Posting a video to Twitter, Charles Hinkle Jr. surprised his nephew with Warriors tickets on Friday. Hinkle's Twitter location shows the family is from Hollywood, Fla.

The reaction says it all. 

And the smile confirms it: best Black Friday ever.

The Warriors play the Heat in Miami on December 3 at 4 p.m. PT. The Warriors played the Heat twice last season. They won their first contest in Oakland and then later fell in Miami.

Remember me? Raiders face Broncos with offensive architect on other sideline


Remember me? Raiders face Broncos with offensive architect on other sideline

ALAMEDA – Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing is running a system Bill Musgrave installed in 2015.

Downing has put his stamp on it since being promoted from quarterbacks coach last winter and certainly has a different play calling style, but he didn’t burn it to the ground and start fresh.

“Honestly tweak-wise, there’s not a lot of tweaks,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “Game plan wise and things, we do things a little different. We call things differently now obviously because he’s in the division. But route concept-wise and things like that, we do a lot of the same similar stuff. Any time there’s a change, a coach is always going to have their tweaks.”

Even so, Musgrave might feel like he’s looking into a mirror Sunday afternoon when the Raiders play Denver at Oakland Coliseum. He’ll watch his offense work from the other sideline, calling plays from Mike McCoy’s selections.

This odd arrangement stems from Jack Del Rio’s decision to let Musgrave’s contract expire after two years as Raiders offensive coordinator. He promoted the in-demand Downing to that post, which left Musgrave to gain employment as Denver’s quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to OC on Monday, when McCoy got fired after Denver lost its sixth straight.

Fans didn't love Musgrave when he was in Oakland. They long for him now. The Raiders ranked sixth in total offense and seventh in scoring last year. Now they're 21st and 20th, respectively, in those categories. 

Having Musgrave calling plays for the enemy adds some intrigue to the matchup, though this isn’t a mentor-protégé matchup. Count Scott Linehan and Mike Tice as Downing’s primary professors. Those influences stand out most in Downing’s style, but Musgrave’s influence as a play caller exists in a small dose.

“I think there are elements of it. I won’t say personality traits, but maybe nuances of the game that you naturally talk to through as a coordinator and quarterback coach,” Downing said. “So, those experiences are kind of lived through the other coordinator. We were together for two years. I have some other influences that probably shape my play calling more than that.”

There’s a high level of respect between the two men, and Downing certainly appreciates his time working under Musgrave.

“He’s a very detailed guy. He likes to simplify and let the guys go execute. That was certainly something that I respected about the way he went through a game plan process. If there was something that wasn’t working itself out through the course of the practice week, we’d eliminate it or not run it on Sunday. Definitely picked that up.

“He has a broad scope understanding of offense. Being a quarterback as he is, or a former quarterback as he is, he’s not just a pass game guy. He has a good understanding of the run game and a good respect for the guys upfront being able to move the line of scrimmage. Definitely something that I admire and wanted to emulate.”

Downing and Musgrave won’t face each other directly. That’ll be new Raiders play caller John Pagano.

He took over Tuesday after Ken Norton’s firing, but doesn’t mean he’s new to the matchup. Pagano was the Chargers' defensive coordinator from 2012-16, and faced Musgrave twice a year the past two seasons. Musgrave won every matchup.

Pagano might look at Denver’s scheme and Musgrave’s tendencies when trying to silence the Broncos on Sunday.

“You always have to understand what he’s about and what little things pop into my head from seeing him, but you still have to go based off of what you’re seeing right now, the film that you’re seeing, the plays you’re going off of,” Pagano said. “You have to be prepared for everything. He does a great job and he always has those guys ready to play and there is always going to be something new.”