The Mariners and A's meet will begin a four-game series at the Coliseum on Thursday, with Roenis Elias and Scott Kazmir squaring off in the opener. Seattle leads the season series 5-1, including a three-game sweep at Safeco Field in May.
Kazmir is 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA over his last six starts, but he lost his last start in a seven-inning, three-run performance against the Royals. The veteran left-hander is 4-5 with a 2.79 ERA on the season.
OAKLAND -- Crew chief Tom Hallion exited Wednesday's game between the A's and Rockies at the Coliseum in the first inning after taking a pitch to his face mask.
Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who began the game at first base, moved behind the plate in Hallion's place following a lengthy delay. Second-base umpire Dan Bellino moved to first, while Ryan Blakney maintained his post at third as part of the truncated crew.
Righty throws five innings of one-run ball after being called up
By Trevor Hass
OAKLAND -- Chris Bassitt found out at 1 a.m. he was starting for the A's on Tuesday. He woke up at 5:30 a.m. after minimal sleep, caught a 7:30 a.m. flight and arrived in Oakland around 1:30 p.m. By 7:05, the right-hander was on the mound pitching for the A's on three days' rest.
Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
There is nothing Josh Phegley cannot catch
By Matt Monagan |
A's starter Chris Bassitt let a curveball slip out of his hand during Tuesday's game against the Rockies and it sailed behind Troy Tulowitzki. It could've looked much more embarrassing, but luckily, Josh Phegley was there to somehow make the catch.
Trevor Hass This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Graveman talks math and baseball with kids
A's starter happily takes part in STEM on-field clinic
By Trevor Hass
OAKLAND -- A's starter Kendall Graveman was more than happy to sign autographs, take pictures and strike up conversation with kids at Tuesday's on-field clinic at the Coliseum hosted by the Athletics and Chevron.
OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman is pitching like an ace in the back of the A's rotation. No longer lacking in confidence, the right-hander is thriving on it and ensuring his teammates a quality start every fifth day.
OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.
OAKLAND -- The final All-Star Game ballot update was released Monday, and A's catcher Stephen Vogt and outfielder Josh Reddick, despite being among the leading vote-getters at their positions, remain in need of millions of votes to ensure a trip to the Midsummer Classic.
OAKLAND -- Just three days removed from a season-high five-game winning streak, the A's were in position to salvage a game from those pesky Royals and avoid a three-game sweep in front of a home crowd on Sunday afternoon. Instead, they committed a critical error and lost, 5-3, despite outhitting Kansas City.
"One of the toughest things about it is that we were getting a lot of momentum there," Max Muncy said. "We were playing really good ball lately and this happens, and it's against a team we have a little bit of history with."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
OAKLAND -- The echoing sentiment among the A's before their series-opening game against the Royals at the Coliseum on Friday is that the team wants to put the drama-filled April meeting with Kansas City behind them.
In that three-game set, from April 17-19, tempers flared, benches cleared multiple times and six Royals were ejected. Despite the history, the A's insist this is just another series.
ARLINGTON -- The A's avoided their fifth consecutive losing month with a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday, tying the bow on a three-game road sweep that lifted them from the bottom of the division standings for the first time since May 7.