Athletics

A's still deciding on alternate training site due to coronavirus issue

A's still deciding on alternate training site due to coronavirus issue

The A’s activated a 60-man player pool to start training for the upcoming 2020 baseball season. Most of those players will work out of Oakland Coliseum during a three-week camp to prepare for games that count. The rest will go to an alternate site that the A’s have yet to determine.

“That has not been easy,” A’s general manager David Forst said Friday. “We’re working on that. We have a lot of players and staff members waiting by the phone anxious to hear when they’re leaving and when they’re going. I’m spending a lot of time working on that, as are a lot of other people.”

Stockton was the most obvious location. The A's Single-A affiliate resides there, so it seemed natural the Ports would host members of the player pool not training in Oakland and, eventually, those not part of the 30-man roster.

The A’s didn’t cement that site due to increased concerns over spikes in coronavirus cases and the heightened restrictions that followed.

[RELATED: A's have no opt-outs, injury issues entering training camp]

Stockton remains a possibility, though the A’s have explored other options in relatively close proximity to their home base. The ongoing public health crisis that delayed the MLB season, canceled the minor league baseball campaign and created a need for a reserve squad capable of filling in for the MLB players injured or infected, plays a part in the ultimate selection.

“Stockton is in the mix,” Forst said. “Anywhere we’ve looked around here, the situation with the virus is a factor. San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County -- we’ve looked around Alameda County -- how each county is handling things and their particular orders come into play when we’re looking into alternate sites.”

The A’s obviously need a quality baseball complex and housing around it for their players to temporarily reside, making options somewhat limited. Finding the right spot, and soon, will be important as players start to prepare in earnest for the season ahead.

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 Rangers 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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MLB rumors: Ramon Laureano, Astros coach expected to be suspended

MLB rumors: Ramon Laureano, Astros coach expected to be suspended

Punishments will be handed down for the A's-Houston Astros brawl that took place Sunday in Oakland. And they're expected to be long.

It also is expected that A's outfielder Ramon Laureano won't be the only one serving a suspension. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron also will be suspended as well. 

Laureano, after being hit by a pitch for the second time Sunday and third time in Oakland's series against Houston, charged after the Astros' dugout when Cintron provoked him and instigated what turned into a benches-clearing brawl

According to former Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz, what sparked Laureano's anger was Cintron mentioning the A's outfielder's mother in a negative way. A's manager Bob Melvin also placed blame on Cintron for causing the fight. 

“I think the league will know who it is, and that person should get suspended,” Melvin told reporters after the game. “Hopefully that’s the case, and nowadays without fans in the stands, and mics everywhere, my guess is they know who he is.” 

Melvin also doesn't know why there weren't any Astros ejected. A's catcher Austin Allen, along with Laureano, was ejected from the game. But Cintron was not. Neither was former A's catcher Dustin Garneau, who tackled Laureano when the outfielder charged the dugout.

[RELATED: Why Astros analyst blames Laureano for Coliseum kerfuffle]

“I don’t know how we ended up getting a couple guys kicked out and it kind of came out of their dugout and I don’t understand it, it’s just how it worked out,” Melvin said.

Losing Laureano will be a big blow. The A's have won nine games in a row, and Laureano is hitting .278 with three homers this season. It doesn't fix everything, not at all, but A's fans will be happy to see Cintron also punished.

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