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MLB commissioner tells Oakland to drop lawsuit or A's could relocate

MLB commissioner tells Oakland to drop lawsuit or A's could relocate

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance for the A's AL Wild Card Game loss to the Rays at the Coliseum, but he also has made his presence known in Oakland in even bigger ways recently. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Phil Matier reported Sunday that Manfred told Oakland officials they need to drop their lawsuit of the Coliseum land site to the A's or risk the team relocating to another city. 

“He kind of laid down the law,” City Councilman Larry Reid, who also sits on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, said to the Chronicle. 

The A’s want to develop the 155-acre Coliseum site to help pay for a privately financed ballpark, which they have proposed be built at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square. One warning Manfred made to officials is that the A's could make Las Vegas their future home, just like the Raiders are. 

“The commissioner pointed out that Bay Area fans will soon be going to Las Vegas to see the Raiders and that unless things changed, Bay Area fans may be going to Las Vegas or elsewhere to see the A’s as well,” Reid said to the Chronicle. 

The A's moved their Triple-A affiliate to Las Vegas this season and saw great results. The Las Vegas Aviators led all of the minor leagues in attendance (650,934) and average attendance (9,299) in their inaugural season. 

While the $150 million Las Vegas Ballpark seats 10,000 fans, the Aviators recorded 47 sellouts in 2019 and housed a stadium record 12,111 fans on May 14. 

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Oakland already has lost the Warriors to San Francisco this year and will lose the Raiders to Sin City in 2020. Manfred is making it clear he doesn't want to see the same happen to the A's, but the county, the city and the A's brass all have to be on the same page. 

It feels like the three haven't come together in quite some time.

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. 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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Chad Pinder's amazing catch shows A's can fill Ramón Laureano void

Chad Pinder's amazing catch shows A's can fill Ramón Laureano void

Chad Pinder didn't spend much time in the outfield before the A's loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Just two innings, in fact.

The 28-year-old only played one inning there at Angel Stadium, but Pinder certainly made his presence known when he ran down a foul ball roped off Mike Trout's bat in the bottom of the eighth inning.

It was just about the A's lone highlight in Tuesday's 6-0 loss, but Pinder's timing couldn't have been better. Oakland could be without center fielder Ramón Laureano for as many as six games depending upon the appeal of his suspension, and Pinder's catch is proof they'll still be in good shape defensively.

Pinder saved just shy of six runs in each of the last two seasons with his defense, according to Fangraphs' Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). He was better in the corners than he was in center field, but Pinder, Mark Canha and Robbie Grossman are so versatile that it's difficult to envision any of them truly holding Laureano's spot in his absence.

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The 28-year-old will need to turn it around at the plate, as Pinder is slashing just .192/.276/.308 in 29 plate appearances. Laureano has been one of the A's better hitters, sitting third on the team with 10 RBI and three home runs.

The A's undoubtedly will miss Laureano's bat, but they won't miss his glove as much if Pinder can keep flashing the leather like he did Tuesday night.