Greg Olson

A's hit four home runs to crush Royals 16-0

A's hit four home runs to crush Royals 16-0


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Olson slugged two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, Frankie Montas pitched a career-best eight innings and the Oakland Athletics pounded out a 16-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Dustin Fowler also homered twice and had four RBIs for Oakland, which leads the majors with 51 road home runs in 28 games.

Montas (2-0) made his second start since being called up from the minors last Sunday and limited the Royals to six hits and used groundball double plays to end the fourth and fifth innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.64.

Olson hit a 428-foot solo shot in the third and a 456-foot three-run blast in a seven-run third - both off Ian Kennedy - for his third career multi-homer game and third this season. He also drew a bases-loaded walk from Brian Flynn in the ninth to score Matt Chapman.

The A's sent 10 men to the plate in the third against Kennedy (1-6) and the first six reached, including Fowler's solo home run. Fowler also added a three-run homer off Jason Adam in Oakland's seven-run ninth.

Khris Davis, who came off the disabled list Thursday, singled in two runs in the third, and Jed Lowrie walked with the bases loaded.

Kennedy threw 46 of his 71 pitches in the third, his last inning. He gave up eight runs and seven hits with two walks. Since August 20, 2016, Kennedy is 1-12 with a 5.77 ERA in 26 starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Whit Merrifield had three of the Kansas City's eight hits. Jon Jay went 0 for 4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.

The Royals have lost 20 of 29 home games.


A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled in the sixth for his 1,000 hit. He had three hits and scored three runs.


Oakland reinstated Marcus Semien from the paternity list. He entered in the ninth at shortstop. INF Franklin Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.


Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (left shoulder strain) will play catch Saturday, the first day he'll throw since placed on the disabled list on May 19. RHP Liam Hendriks (right groin strain) will throw again Saturday for the Sounds. He pitched a scoreless inning Thursday at Round Rock.

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (lower back strain) remain on the disabled list. Royals manager Ned Yost said they are not close to going on a rehab assignment.


Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill, who had an 8.22 ERA in 10 appearances last season with Kansas City, will start against his former club.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in his past two starts.

Raiders OC believes Raiders will 'grow as Derek Carr grows'


Raiders OC believes Raiders will 'grow as Derek Carr grows'

Quarterback Derek Carr’s stage is set for a giant step forward.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson thinks it happened the moment Jon Gruden became Raiders head coach, though not solely due to the mentor and his proven offensive system. It’s also the 10-year contract formally bringing him back. There’s no telling whether Gruden mans his post a full decade, but an extended stretch is guaranteed.

That in itself, Olson, says, is invaluable to a passer entering his fifth season with a fourth head coach and third offensive scheme.

“Probably more so than anything,” Olson said, “this guy has to get some continuity.”

Gruden will provide that, with Olson a link to Carr’s past. Olson was Raiders offensive coordinator from 2013-14, and guided Carr’s rookie campaign. Quarterback and coordinator worked well together a 3-13 season where the Fresno State alum started every game.

They’ll reunite under Gruden and stick together this time. Olson, after all, signed a four-year deal that’s double the industry standard.

“Derek is going to be in a system now,” Olson said Wednesday in a conference call with local media. “He’s going to be coached by a head coach that’s going to be the play caller. That’s the first time Derek will have an offensive head coach that has a quarterback background and will be hands on with him on a day-to-day basis. I just see that growth curve skyrocketing because of that.”

Carr’s trajectory went straight up from his rookie season with Olson through the next two years – he was a legit MVP candidate in 2016 -- though it markedly dipped during a disappointing 6-10 campaign.

Gruden and Olson are generally charged with fixing an offense with talent but little production last year, though their primary objective remains more specific.

Get Carr back on track.

“Everything we do in this building is going to be about the development of Derek Carr,” Olson said. “The way we script practices, the way we are doing drills, everything that we do is all about the development of the quarterback. That will really speed the development of Derek. More so than anything is that there’s somebody here in place that’s going to make everything that we do and that everyone in the building understand that we grow as Derek Carr grows.”

Olson knows first-hand about Carr’s work ethic and acumen. He has seen athleticism, passing accuracy and a quick release turn football smarts into production. He told Gruden all that following the 2014 season, and believes Carr’s presence was an attraction to take the Raiders job.

“We drafted this guy to be that franchise quarterback," Olson said. "We feel like he has the potential to be that guy that can be here and play for 10 more years. It’s up to us to try and get that out of him. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure that that happens."

Jon Gruden's words on Raiders' three new top coordinators


Jon Gruden's words on Raiders' three new top coordinators

Jon Gruden announced his three chief assistants Tuesday during his formal introduction as Raiders head coach. The team made those moves official on Friday afternoon.

Paul Guenther will coordinate this Raiders defense. Greg Olson returns as offensive coordinator, the same post he held from 2013-14. Rich Bisaccia will run Gruden’s special teams, as he did for seven years in Tampa Bay.

These guys were all a first choice. He brought them in with four-year contracts, double the industry standard.

Gruden also gave a hint as to why he hired each guy.

Gruden on Guenther: “I met Paul Guenther when my brother (Jay Gruden) was the offensive coordinator of the Bengals. I loved the way the Bengals played defense. Up the field, single gap, get after you. Mike Zimmer, who left Cincinnati and went to Minnesota. I think we all agree they’re quite a defensive team. He’s a great teacher. He’s been able to get a lot of players. Vontaze Burfict, undrafted out of Arizona State, became a star player. He can coach coaches. He can coach a lot of different situations to a high level.”

Gruden on Olson: “Greg Olson coached Derek Carr for a year here. His intel there will be very important. He coached with me in Tampa and he coached with Sean McVay, one of my ex-assistants, in LA. So, the system of football that we run will be a real natural flow.”

Gruden on Bisaccia: “He’s a versatile coach. He coached two positions for me in Tampa. He was a running backs coach and a special teams coach. Great leader of men. He’ll do an outstanding job here.”

Gruden has focused on hiring a coaching staff this week, with interviews lined up all week.

Here are some reported hires made but not yet announced:

-- Frank Smith is expected to be tight ends coach, NFL insider Adam Caplan reports. Bobby Johnson manned that post under Jack Del Rio, and was interviewed for the head coaching vacancy to meet the NFL’s Rooney Rule.

-- Derrick Ansley will coach defensive backs, ESPN reports. He coached the same position at Alabama.

-- Former Colts running backs coach Jemal Singleton will lead Raiders rushers, according to NFL Network.

-- Nick Holz, the assistant receivers coach under Del Rio, is expected to be retained by Gruden’s staff, Caplan reports.