Athletics

A's have six open spots in 60-player pool for abridged 2020 MLB season

A's have six open spots in 60-player pool for abridged 2020 MLB season

The A's have set their roster for the 60-game 2020 MLB season.

The team announced the 54-player pool for the season Sunday, with 42 reporting to Oakland and 12 players reporting to an alternate training site.

The first workouts are scheduled for July 4 for the players showing up in Oakland.

Teams were allowed to have up to 60 players in the initial pool, so the A's still have six spots on the roster to play with. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Saturday that Oakland was planning to include No. 4 prospect Robert Puason in the player pool, and that possibility remains with the A's leaving slots available.

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The A's are planning to add three prospects to the alternate training site group once they return to the United States, The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Saturday.

Slusser also reported that Oakland plans to sign first-round pick Tyler Soderstrom to a contract on Monday, and he also will be joining the dozen already assigned to the alternate training site.

Nick Allen, the organization's No. 5 prospect per MLB.com, will be among the 12 reporting to the alternate training site. Allen is an advanced defender who really came along in his development at the plate last season before a high-ankle sprain in June brought his season to an end.

Here is the full breakdown by position of the 42 players starting Spring Training 2.0 in Oakland:

Pitchers

RHP Liam Hendriks
LHP A.J. Puk
RHP Daniel Gossett
RHP Daniel Mengden
LHP Jake Diekman
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
LHP T.J. McFarland
RHP Chris Bassitt
LHP Jesus Luzardo
RHP Frankie Montas
RHP Joakim Soria
RHP Mike Fiers
LHP Sean Manaea
RHP J.B. Wendelken
RHP Paul Blackburn
LHP Lucas Luetge
RHP Lou Trivino
RHP Jaime Schultz
RHP Jordan Weems
RHP Burch Smith

Catchers

C Sean Murphy
C Austin Allen
C Jonah Heim
C Carlos Perez

Infielders

IF Franklin Barreto
DH Khris Davis
IF/OF Tony Kemp
SS Marcus Semien
IF Jorge Mateo
IF/OFChad Pinder
IF Sheldon Neuse
IF Ryan Goins
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
IF Viamel Machin
IF Nate Orf

Outfielders

OF Robbie Grossman
OF Seth Brown
OF/1B Mark Canha
OF Ramon Laureano
RF Stephen Piscotty
OF Skye Bolt

Ramón Laureano says he regrets charging 'loser' Alex Cintrón in brawl

Ramón Laureano says he regrets charging 'loser' Alex Cintrón in brawl

Ramón Laureano said he regretted going after Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl, but the A's outfielder didn't hold back his feelings about Cintrón on Monday in his first comments since the kerfuffle at the Oakland Coliseum.

"I regret charging him because he's a loser," Laureano told ESPN's Jeff Passan in an interview Monday. "[A suspension] is understandable, but I hope it's not that many games. At the end of the day, I'm here to win a World Series with the Oakland Athletics -- this wonderful group of guys. I don't want to be a distraction. Obviously, I am right now. Hey, I've already moved on. I'm facing Julio Teheran (and the Los Angeles Angels) today, and that's all I'm thinking right now."

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Laureano said in the interview with Passan, and later on a video conference call with local reporters, that the Houston hitting coach insulted the outfielder's mother from the opposing dugout. Former Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz first reported Sunday those comments were the source of Laureano's ire, while A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters that day that something Cintrón said caused Laureano to charge towards the Astros dugout after reaching first base on his second hit-by-pitch of the game (and third of the series).

Cintrón denied talking about Laureano's mother to Passan via an Astros employee, though the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome noted the coach wasn't made available for comment after Sunday's A's win. Astros manager Dusty Baker said Cintrón was "remorseful."

Laureano said that he shouldn't have stooped to Cintrón's level, admitting "I look like not a very smart guy" (H/T Bay Area News Group's Shayna Rubin) for disregarding MLB's healthy-and-safety measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. "[Fighting] and instigating fights are strictly prohibited" under the protocols, and both Laureano and Cintrón reportedly are expected to be suspended.

"I guess it’s an unwritten rule that you can’t be doing that, you know, as a coach," Laureano said of Cintrón (H/T NBC Sports California's Jessica Kleinschmidt). So yeah, I guess it was wrong for him to do that. But, hey, I’m a man, I’m a freakin’ man -- whatever happens, happens. And I couldn't keep my cool, and I should've, and I wasted my time with that guy."

[RELATED: Why Laureano was tackled by Garneau in A's-Astros brawl]

Laureano, 26, is slashing .278/.406/.519 with three home runs and 10 RBI so far this season. Only Matt Chapman currently has more extra-base hits, and no batter has been worth more wins above replacement at the plate than Laureano (1.1).

The A's are riding a nine-game winning streak, and Oakland would miss Laureano's bat and glove for as long as he's out of the lineup. In the meantime, he said he has felt supported by the organization in the aftermath of Sunday's fracas.

“It meant a lot to me, that’s how close we are as a group," he told reporters. "Not only the players, but the coaching staff and everybody. It felt good, (all of) the support and people reaching out to me.”

A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The A's are going streaking.

Oakland (12-4) has won nine straight games and look to make it 10 in a row when they head south to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The A's are coming off a sweep of the rival Houston Astros, which was punctuated by a benches-clearing brawl between the two sides when Ramón Laureano charged at the Astros' dugout.

The Angels (5-11) just got swept by the Texas Rangers and sit in last place in the AL West.

Here's how you can watch the A's play the Angels online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 10

When: A's Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 11

When: A's Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 12

When: A's Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

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