Twins open series against A’s with 3-1 win at Coliseum

Minnesota Twins’ Gary Sanchez, bottom left, is congratulated by third base coach Tommy Watkins after hitting a home run off of Oakland Athletics pitcher Domingo Acevedo, rear at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon May 16, 2022 (AP News photo)

Minnesota. 3. 8. 0

Oakland. 1. 4. 0

Monday May 16, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–May has not been a merry month for the Oakland A’s (15-23). Their won-lost record since April 30 was 5-7 going into tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins (21-15), bad enough for the hometown team to bring up the rear in the American League’s western division at 15-22.

Their hitting has been so bad that this is what the game notes distributed this afternoon led off its section entitled “Offense:” “The A’s had three sacrifice hits yesterday, which was just their second game with three sacrifice bunts over the last 21 years (also Aug. 3, 2013 vs. Texas)…have seven sacrifice hits for the season, which is tied for the most in the American League….” That was the good news.

Oakland’s team batting average after Monday’s debacle stood at .199. Sabrmetrics has taught us that there are better gauges of offensive strength than the BA, but that’s still a pretty distressing statistic.

Meanwhile, their opponents from the Twin Cities came to town leading the AL Central at 20-15. Not earth shatteringly good but not too shabby either.

The A’s chose a rookie southpaw for their starter Zach Logue, at 2-1,1.35, owed his one loss to the Twinkies, having thrown 90 pitches against them on May 6, his first major league start. He lasted five innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits and two walks. Unfortunately, two of those hits went the distance.

The 26 year old native of Mason, Ohio, was acquired from the Blue Jays in March and assigned to Las Vegas, joining the A’s on the day of his debut. With the Aviators, he went 0-0,5.63. He took the loss tonight.

His right handed opponent for the Twins had a tad more experience. This was his 222nd start in the show. (As WC Fields complimented May West in “My Little Chickadee,” “What symmetrical digits!). At game time, he had hurled 1276-2/3 innings for five teams in a major league career that dates back to 2006, in which he twice was named to the American League all-star team.

Sliders and four seamers, in that order, are the pitches he throws most frequently. They average 88.8 and 93.2 mph, respectively. He also uses a changeup that averages 87.1 mph and a curve. He uses those last two tools a little less than 11% of the time, combined.

The Twins drew first blood in the top of the third following a leadoff double to center by Royce Lewis. Just when it looked as if Logue would escape unscathed, Polanco lined a two out single to center, driving in Lewis

An over eager Christian Pache overthrew Murphy at home, and Polanco took second on the throw. No error was charged to the A’s centerfielder, but a more judicious return of Polanco’s hit would have been cut off before he could advance.

No harm was done, however; Luis Barrera corralled Kyle Garlick’s fly at the left center field wall to retire the side. Nonetheless, Oakland was down 1-0, and with the A’s hitting in the state it’s been in, that was an unpleasant situation for the East Bay crew to find itself in.

But they came back to tie it up in the bottom half of the frame. With Seth Brown, who walked, on first with two down, Elvis Andrus, whose bat has started to come alive recently, split the distance between left and center field for a run producing two bagger. It was his fourth RBI of the season and raised his BA to .224.

The Twins broke the tie in their next turn at bat. Logue walked Lewis, and number nine batter Nick Gordon sacrificed him to second. The gambit paid off; Byron Buxton singled Lewis home.

When Logue threw four balls to Polanco for his second walk of the inning (and the game), putting runners on first and second with one out, manager Mark Kotsay yanked him in favor of Domingo Acevedo.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli responded by having left handed Luis Arraez pinch hit for Garlick. Acevedo got the next two men out, limiting the damage to a single run.

Logue had toiled 4-1/3 innings and allowed two runs, both earned on five hits and two walks. He struck out three, having thrown 82 pitches, 46 of them strikes.

Archer didn’t make it as far into the game as Logue had. The veteran was removed after four full innings, too soon to be credited with the win. He surrendered one run, it was earned, two hits and a walk.

He K’d two Athletics and threw 62 pitches, 37 for strikes. Yennier Cano took his place on the mound and was credited, in a scorer’s decision, with the win. His record now stands at 1-0, and he lowered his ERA from 11.57 to 6.23.

Acevedo coughed up the Twins’ third run on Gary Sánchez’a lead off blast over the Stream Your A’s sign in center field in the sixth. The Minnesota catcher’s third homer of the year traveled 433 feet and came off of a 92 mph four seam fastball.

AJ Puk, who recently has been one of the bright spots of the A’s bullpen, took over on the hill to open the top of the seventh for the hometeam. In spite of two hard hit singles and with a little help from outstanding plays by Cristian Pache, Elvis Andrus, and Seth Brown, he held the line at 3-1, Twins.

Griffin Jax entered the game for the Twin Cities after “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Andrus greeted him with his second safety of the night, a single to right, but he was erased in a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Barrera before Kevin Smith fanned on three pitches.

A’s reliever Lou Trivino pitched a perfect eight, yielding to A’s reliever Justin Grimm for the ninth, who gave up a walk without suffering any further damage

Tyler Duffey, trying to earn his first save of the season after failing in his two previous opportunities, set the Athletics down in order

At 6:40 tomorrow evening, the A’s James Kaprielian (0-2,4.97) will match pitches against the Twins’ Dyan Bundy (3-2,5.76) at the Oakland Coliseum first pitch 6:40 pm PDT.

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: A’s held to just two runs in four of last five games

Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian took the loss but it was his best outing thus far this season throwing against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sat May 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Oakland A’s (10-17) lost another heartbreaker to the Minnesota Twins (17-11) on Saturday 1-0, they’re not getting any run support scoring only two runs in four of their last five games.

#2 Charlie, A’s manager Mark Kotsay has guys who can swing the bats and they demonstrated that when the were a 10-8 with guys like Sheldon Neuse, Chad Pinder, Sean Murphy, and earlier Cristian Pache. Is it a matter of opposing pitchers have figured out how to pitch to the A’s line up or frankly the A’s line up is just in a funk?

#3 A’s pitching however has kept them in games in the last three games despite losing those three games in scores of 3-0 vs. Tampa Bay Wed 4th, 2-1 vs. Minnesota Fri 6, and yesterday vs. Minnesota 1-0.

#4 A’s starter James Kaprielian who struggled in his first outing had a better handle on things going five innings, three hits, one earned run, two walks and the seven strikeouts really played big in his second start.

#5 The A’s will attempt to snap this eight game skid at Target Field Sunday. The A’s will be starting right hander Daulton Jefferies (1-4 ERA 4.81) against the Twins Chris Paddack (1-2 ERA 3.15) a 2:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Charlie O every other Sunday for the A’s podcasts at

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s attempt to win series today against Rays at Tropicana

Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay on Wed Apr 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry, the Oakland A’s (3-3) impressed once again with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (4-2). The A’s who beat the Rays in the first game of this four game series 13-2 on Monday night nearly won game 2 on Tuesday night losing 9-8. The A’s Sean Murphy has done wonders at the plate for the A’s with a three run homer to help beat the Rays 4-2 on Wednesday.

#2 A’s starter Frankie Montas threw for six and two thirds innings, two runs and five hits and struck out six batters. No doubt Frankie had all his pitches working for him.

#3 Murphy’s home run couldn’t have come at a better time top of the third early in the game and it help up.

#4 A’s closer Lou Trivino shut the door on the Rays. Trivino in the bottom of the ninth gave up a single to the Rays Francisco Mejía and walked Brandon Lowe with two outs he was able to get Wander Franco to pop out in foul territory.

#5 The A’s conclude this four game series with the Rays this morning at 10:10 AM. The A’s will start Cole Irvin (0-1 ERA 6.75) for the Rays Josh Fleming (1-0 ERA 0.00) at Tropicana

Jerry does the Oakland A’s podcasts Thursdays at

San Francisco Giants writer Jeremy Kahn Tribute: Opening day would have been JJ’s 20th year as beat reporter

Former San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raider beat writer Jeremy Kahn, who would have started his 20th season for us as a reporter on Opening Day, is celebrated here. Listen to Jeremy one more time via a selection of some of his past podcasts (photo from JJ Kahn’s facebook page)

Jeremy would have been covering the San Francisco Giants opener as the Giants beat writer at Oracle Park this Fri, Apr 8th, vs. the Miami Marlins.

Jeremy passed away Feb 9th. He did numerous podcasts and game recaps for Sports Radio Service over the years. Below are just a few samples of his work. He was also an Oakland Raiders beat reporter before the Raiders left for Las Vegas.

Jeremy is deeply missed, not only by us, but also his colleagues in the press box and the many network in-air talents he provided support for. Fortunately, his voice lives on forever, and as a tribute, here is a sample of his past podcast work (keep scrolling down):

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Adams medication was cut off by doctor; Triggered murder spree at doctor’s home

Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams (left) who killed five people and himself on Thu Apr 8, 2021 in Rock Hill SC his father Alonzo (right) said “football messed him up” and that Adams “was a good kid” (WCNC NBC TV Charlotte image)

#1 Former San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider defensive back Phillip Adams 32, who killed five people on Thursday morning in Rock Hill South Carolina, Dr. Robert Leslie 70, his wife Barbara Leslie 69, grandchildren Adah Leslie 9, Noah Leslie 5, air conditioner repairmen James Lewis 38, and seriously injured Robert Shook and died later on Saturday.

#2 Adams died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 2:30AM on Thursday after the Leslie killings. A motive has not been established.

#3 The police went to Adams parents home where Adams was staying where they found Adams dead at the home. Adams father Alonzo said, “he’s a good kid, football messed him up”

#4 NFL agent Scott Casterline who represented Adams said he was shocked that Adams would do such of a thing but knew that Adams recently was not in his right mind.

#5 The Adams’ family has given the medical community permission to check for CTE in Adams brain and they will reveal results when they come available. Adams played 31 games in Oakland during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and suffered two concussions during that time.

Join Jessica each Sunday for Headline Sports at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders take on football’s worst the Jets will it be another “any given Sunday” again?

The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) was scrambling for daylight all afternoon at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta against the Falcons on Sun Nov 29, 2020 (AP News photo)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Rich, how surprising was it for you after the Raiders (6-5) came off a three game win streak then lost to the Chiefs (10-1) in a close game but just totally got broadsided in Atlanta 43-6 last Sunday to the Falcons (4-7)?

#2 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said it was by far the team’s worst game of the season with Carr himself turning the ball over four times for a total of five Raider turnovers.

#3 Carr threw for 215 yards and threw for one interception Carr just couldn’t get anything going when the Raiders got in the red zone and Carr was constantly scrambling was this because he wasn’t getting protection from the offensive line or because the Falcons just were able to force Carr to turn the ball over?

#4 Further more the Raiders were able to score a field goal in just each of the second and third quarters that was all the offense they could muster up. The Falcons came on like one of those legendary New England Patriot teams from their championship days.

#5 The Raiders now travel to New Jersey to play at the Meadowlands against footballs only remaining winless team the New York Jets (0-11) the Jets got whipped on their own home field against the Arizona Cardinals 30-10. Taking that into account do you see this one being a cinch for the Raiders or one of those “on any given Sunday” games?

Join Rich Perez for the Raiders podcasts each Saturday night at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Raiders big win over Chiefs was indication after close loss to Bills

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) scores on a seven yard carry in the first half of Sun Oct 11th’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara how much of an indicator was the Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) game with the Buffalo Bills (4-0) in week 4 when they lost by just a touchdown against a then 3-0 team that they would go onto do well against a tough Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) team in week 5.

#2 How much credit does this Raiders defense deserve after shutting out the Chiefs in the third quarter and then quarterback Derek Carr and the offense went to work in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points for insurance points and the 40-32 win.

#3 Carr’s line for Sunday in a great afternoon throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns the Chiefs no doubt have a Super Bowl caliber pass rush and that speaks to the Raiders offensive line.

#4 The Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was no slouch either he threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns it was just that the Raiders defense was able to control more the of the Chiefs offense in the second half and the Raiders had a successful offense that took advantage to block for Carr and gave him time to throw.

#5 The Raiders have a bye next Sunday before they play their next game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sun Oct 25th as this will be a quick month for the Raiders.

Join Barbara for the Raiders podcasts each Tuesday at


Season comes to an end after heartbreaking loss in Denver 16-15 photo: Oakland Raider quarterback Derek Carr (4) after he tried to throw for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter

By Jeremy Kahn

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Oakland Raiders went for two points and the win instead of one point and the chance at overtime.

Shelby Harris knocked down Derek Carrs pass attempt to Hunter Renfrow, as the Denver Broncos held on to defeat the Raiders 16-15 at Empower Field at Mile High.

Carr and Renfrow hooked up for a three-yard touchdown pass on 2-and-goal, and gave the Raiders their first red zone touchdown in five trips on the afternoon.

On the other side of things, Drew Lock won for the fourth time in five starts, as the Broncos and Raiders tied for second place in the AFC West, five games behind AFC Western Division Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Like the Broncos, the Raiders season comes to an end, as they lost five of their last six games and missed the playoffs for the second time in as many years in the second stint with Jon Gruden as head coach of the Raiders.

This is the fourth straight season that the Broncos will miss the playoffs with their playoff win coming in Super Bowl 50 at Levis Stadium on February 7, 2016.

Daniel Carlson saw the Raiders first drive come to an end, as he missed a 39-yard field goal that went left.

Carlson did get the Raiders on the board when the Broncos held them in tact at the five-yard line, and Carlson hit a 23-yard field goal to get the Raiders on the board.

Brandon McManus tied up the game, as he hit a 43-yard field goal.

It looked like the Raiders took the lead on their next series, as Carr found Renfrow for a five-yard touchdown; however, like scoring plays, the play was reviewed and reversed by instant replay and the ball was about a yard shy of the goal line.

Von Miller then stopped Alec Ingold on fourth-and-goal, and Gruden continued to steam after his challenge was denied.

This was the first time that the Broncos completed a fourth-and-goal for the first time since October 22, 2017 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

Lock gave the Broncos the lead for good, as he found Andrew Beck for a 1-yard touchdown pass and the Broncos went into the locker room with a 10-3 lead.

McManus gave the Broncos a 10-point lead, as he kicked a 49-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter. He then extended the lead up to 13 points when he nailed a 51-yarder with just four seconds gone in the fourth quarter.

Carlson then got the Raiders within striking range, as he hit a 33-yarder and a 28-yarder to get the Raiders within seven.

The biggest play of the game came when the Broncos were called for Unnecessary Roughness penalty, and McManus missed a 57-yard field goal wide right that would have essentially clinched the game.

Carr then drove the Raiders down the field, as he found Renfrow for the touchdown; however, the two-point conversion was batted down.

NOTES: Josh Jacobs missed the season finale due to a shoulder injury and an illness.

UP NEXT: When the 2020 season begins, the Oakland Raiders will be no more and they will be known as the Las Vegas Raiders.

Oakland Raiders podcast with Joe Hawkes: Combination of things have to happen for Raiders to make AFC Playoffs photo: Oakland Raiders wide receiver DeAndre Washington (33) scores a touchdown also had 23 receptions for 85 yards

On the Raiders podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Oakland Raiders  are coming off a victory against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday it was a hairline victory for the Raiders who got a winning field goal from kicker Daniel Carlson in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

#2 The Raiders who lost four straight games until the game in Los Angeles what did the Raiders do differently from the last four games which they lost.

#3 DeAndre Washington provided some good catches for 85 yards on 23 receptions and one touchdown

#4 The Raiders will depend on their receivers in this one wide receiver Hunter Renfrow last Sunday tallied seven receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown.

#5 The Raiders (7-8) are in Denver to face the Broncos (6-9) this Sunday they have to beat the Broncos next Sunday, then the Texans need to beat the Titans and the Ravens need to beat the Steelers, and the Colts need to beat the Jaguars, and a victory by at least one of these teams Bears, Lions, Chiefs or Patriots in order to make the AFC Wild Card Playoffs.

Join J Hawkes for the Raiders podcasts each Friday at

Oakland Raiders preview: With viable chance at the playoffs, the Raiders must win regular season-finale in Denver

UPI file photo: Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs (28) carries against the Denver Broncos in the Oakland Coliseum Sep 9th during the Raiders home opener. It was the time the two teams met. 

By Joe Hawkes
SRS Contributor

OAKLAND — After opening up the 2019 regular season series against each other on Monday Night Football in Week 1 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Raiders and Broncos close out their regular season season in Week 17 at Empower Field at Mile High. In the first matchup, the Raiders defeated the Broncos, 24-16, giving Oakland its second-straight win over Denver. Oakland is looking for its first victory in Denver since 2015, and leads the all-time series 64-52-2.

Sunday’s AFC West divisional matchup will kickoff at 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS with Andrew Catalon and James Lofton with the call.

In Week 16, the Raiders kept their playoff chances alive after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-17 to improve to 7-8 on the year and 3-2 in the AFC West. Quarterback Derek Carr played tremendous, completing 26-of-30 attempts for 291 yards while throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another. Carr’s touchdown throw, which went for 56 yards on the Raiders’ opening possession, was hauled in by rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow who returned to the field after missing the last three games with a rib injury.

Renfrow recorded his first career 100-yard game, reeled in a career- and team-high seven catches (five of which were on third down) against the Chargers.

Defensively, linebacker Will Compton register 12 tackles (10 solo) and rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell recorded a sack giving him 4.5 for the season. Oakland has a league-best 13 sacks by rookies in 2019.

The Broncos are coming off a 27-17 victory at home against the visiting Detroit Lions to improve to 6-9 on the year. Denver has won three of their last four games since inserting rookie quarterback Drew Lock under center.

Lock completed 25-of-33 for 192 yards and one touchdown, while running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 109 yards on 19 attempts. Lindsay’s 27-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the game for Denver, who were leading 20-17 at the time.

For Oakland to make the postseason, not only would they need to defeat the Broncos but they would need wins by Cleveland (over Cincinnati), Baltimore (over Pittsburgh), Houston (over Tennessee), and Indianapolis (over Jacksonville).

With homefield and the AFC’s No. 1 seed locked up, Baltimore has already said it’s going to sit a bunch of starters which includes MVP front-runner in quarterback Lamar Jackson against the Steelers, while Houston has won the AFC South and could improve its playoff positioning. Houston is currently the fourth seed.

The Raiders need to take care of their own business against the Broncos instead of scoreboard watching in Week 17.