A's fans rally at California State Capitol in support of new ballpark

A's fans rally at California State Capitol in support of new ballpark

SACRAMENTO -- As I approached the steps of the California State Capitol, I was shocked at the number of A's fans that had shown up.

The gathering of Green and Gold was to support A 1191 (Bonda) in the Assembly Natural Resource Committee. AB 1191 is "intended to support the development of a new ballpark in Jack London Square," the A's announced in a press release. The A's organized a rally in Sacramento to show just how much support they could get.

It did not disappoint.

NBC Sports California analyst and A's alum Dallas Braden was present and pumping up the crowd that came from everywhere, including his native Stockton. Some even made the trip from San Jose. But we were curious to know what fans were expecting out of the new stadium, so we asked a few of the approximately 350 that came.

One fan approached us and said he would really appreciate it if there were televisions in the bathrooms. He got into extra detail as to why he would want these accommodations, but you get the point. Others were wondering how the food would differ and one young fan just wanted to meet Stomper, the A's Mascot -- a constant that will hopefully stay the same once the new home of the A's comes to fruition.

Braden promised fans a friendly game of whiffle ball. And in true Braden form, it was friendly for about a little bit until he playfully yelled at a child to "get off his mound." But that's a stroll down memory lane for another time. 

The former A's pitcher led the troops into the capitol building where we all shared whispers of how hot it was as we piled into several elevators to get up to the fourth floor. A group of us crowded into the hallway toward the room. And it turned out to be a very long wait ... but worth it.

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All in all, a very good day -- and very good news on the progression of a future ballpark in Oakland. All being led by Braden, who can still strike 'em out. 

Even if they are under the age of five. 

Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

A's left-hander Brett Anderson looked sharp for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, as the A's beat the Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win.

Anderson improved to 5-3 on the season, despite having to leave the game with a cervical strain in the sixth inning.

The 31-year-old actually suffered the injury an inning earlier when he ducked to avoid a broken bat. The A's training staff came out to examine him, but he stayed in the game to finish the fifth inning.

Anderson came back out to start the sixth, but exited after two batters with discomfort in his neck.

"It's a little sore, a little stiff, but should be fine going forward," Anderson told reporters after the game. "Kind of another fluky thing that probably I only have to deal with. I break a guy's bat and I don't know where the barrel is going, and my neck starts to spasm up."

A's manager Bob Melvin didn't seem too concerned about Anderson missing time.

"He's alright," Melvin told reporters. "It's a neck strain. When the bat broke and went back, he kind of snapped his neck a little bit, so we'll see how he is tomorrow."

Anderson believed that he probably could have stayed in the game if he had to, but thought better of it.

"My range of motion going to the inside part of the plate was limited and I need to have all of my pitches going to both sides of the plate," he said. "It's one of those things where you get out of it while it's not too bad."

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Despite the fluky injury, Anderson still kept his dry sense of humor.

"With my luck, if I stand there, (the bat) impales me and I probably bleed out on the mound or something crazy."

Thankfully, that didn't happen.

A's vs. Indians lineups: Khris Davis out again to begin Cleveland series


A's vs. Indians lineups: Khris Davis out again to begin Cleveland series

The A's carry a three-game winning streak into Cleveland as they open a three-game series with the Indians on Monday.

Oakland will once again be without designated hitter Khris Davis, who has been battling a left hip contusion since crashing into the left-field side wall in Pittsburgh more than two weeks ago. The 31-year-old missed Saturday's game in Detroit before returning to the lineup on Sunday and going 1-for-4.

Davis' swing has clearly been affected by the hip ailment, as he is failing to generate the same torque we're used to seeing. He has also noticeably grimaced on multiple occasions.

Mark Canha will fill in as the A's DH and bat sixth in the lineup. Stephen Piscotty moves up to the cleanup spot and Jurickson Profar will bat fifth.

Left-hander Brett Anderson takes the hill for Oakland, looking for his fifth win of the season. He has found previous success against the Indians, going 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in five career starts.

Cleveland will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who has had his own success against the A's. In six career starts against Oakland, Carrasco is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. 

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Here are the full lineups for the A's-Indians game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 3:10. 

Oakland A's (22-25)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B 
Matt Olson, 1B 
Stephen Piscotty, RF 
Jurickson Profar, 2B 
Mark Canha, DH
Robbie Grossman, LF 
Ramón Laureano, CF 
Josh Phegley, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (4-3, 4.41 ERA)

Cleveland Indians (25-20)

Francisco Lindor, SS
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Carlos Santana, 1B
Jordan Luplow, RF
José Ramírez, 3B
Roberto Pérez, C
Carlos González, DH
Oscar Mercado, LF
Leonys Martin, CF

Carlos Carrasco, RHP (4-3, 4.18 ERA)