Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: The return of Manaea could be the difference in A’s run at the postseason

nbcsports.com photo file: The Oakland A’s are more than glad to see the return of pitcher Sean Manaea who has dominated in his first two outings of the season so far.

On the A’s podcast with Charlie O:

It makes a world of difference for the Oakland A’s to have a front line pitcher like Sean Manaea return to the A’s rotation dropping into the rotation for the A’s at this point. As the A’s are fighting for that number one slot in the AL wild card race.

What a gift having Manaea back because he was on the injury list it’s not a issue for Manaea to be a roster player come playoff time. It’s a dream. It’s like making a trade when you don’t have trade deadline availability. Beyond that we know that Sean is one of the nicest guys in the world.

He was so devested when that injury came, he was very depressed because he was pitching so well and he turned that depression around so quickly with a determination to get healthy and he had set his goal and sites on being back exactly this time with the team.

Charlie has lots more A’s news on the podcast tune in and every Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s Wrap up Homestand With 3-1 Win Over Tigers

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By Ana Kieu

Sean Manaea reminded A’s fans of his dominance in his return on Sunday at RingCentral Coliseum. Manaea allowed just one run in seven innings of work.

The A’s (84-59) defeated the Tigers (42-100) by a final of 3-1 and boarded a flight to Houston to open a four-game series against the Astros at Minute Maid Field on Monday at 5:10 p.m. PST.

The A’s got on the board first. Marcus Semien scored on a Mark Canha ground out for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

The A’s plated two runs for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Khris Davis doubled on a fly ball, which enabled Canha and Chad Pinder to score, respectively.

The Tigers ended the A’s chances of a potential shutout with a lone run in the top of the fifth inning. Cristin Stewart homered on a fly ball to center field for his ninth home run of the season.

With the win, Oakland went 5-1 on the six-game homestand and also managed to pick up a road win against the Tigers in the middle of it.

The A’s also celebrated Pride in Oakland in their front office and in The Town itself. This was a perfect time for the LGBTQ folks and their allies to celebrate who they are and what they stand for.

Oakland A’s podcast with Joey Friedman: A’s looking to put frosting on the Tigers and the series Sunday

sfgate.com photo: Detroit Tigers’ Willi Castro is hit by a pitch from Oakland Athletics starter Chris Bassitt during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 in Oakland, Calif.

On the A’s podcast with Joey Friedman:

#1 The A’s have won four of their last five games all on this current homestand. A little home cooking could cure some ills especially when you’re trying to put last week’s Yankees series in the rearview mirror.

#2 The A’s are having a time in this current series with the Detroit Tigers, who are at the Coliseum today. With an A’s win, they would have taken three out of four in this series, which includes a makeup game from Friday.

#3 The A’s need to keep winning and they have four games left against a team with a winning record like the Houston Astros, who the A’s visit on Monday night at Minute Maid Field. They could be baseball’s toughest customer.

#4 The A’s also have 16 games left with teams who have below .500 records. The A’s need all the wins they could get in order to keep pace in the AL wild card race.

#5 A pair of left-handers to start today’s contest at the Coliseum. For the Tigers, Daniel Norris (3-11, 4.76 ERA). For the A’s, Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Second start of the season for Manaea.

Joey does the A’s podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB The Show podcast with Daniel Dullum: Pineda gets caught with PEDs, out for 60 games; A’s could win series over Tigers today; plus more

from yahoo.sports.com photo: Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis

MLB The Show podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Twins pitcher Michael Pineda suspended 60 games for PED violation, will miss the playoffs

2 Swingin’ A’s go for series win over Tigers, continue Wild Card chase

3 Surging Diamondbacks closing in on National League Wild Card berth

4 Cubs All-Star shortstop sidelined with thumb fracture

5 Nationals’ pitcher makes emotional comeback

Catch Daniel each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

The A’s devour the Tigers 10-2 on Saturday night in Oakland

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By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

Oakland — The Oakland Athletics (83-59) did exactly what they had to do on Saturday night – beat up on a lesser opponent. The “Rooted in Oakland” crew demolished the lowly Detroit Tigers (42-99) by the score of 10-2. The Tigers have the worst record in all of Major League Baseball and have been eliminated from any possibility of playing in postseason in 2019.

The A’s realistically are destined to play in the AL Wild Card game. They want desperately to be the home team in that game. To be the home team, the A’s need wins and wins should come easier over teams that have losing records. It is truly a “survival of the fittest” environment from now until the end of the regular season.

The A’s have only four games remaining to play against a team with a winning record. They begin a four-game series in Houston on Monday night with the Astros who are tied with the Yankees for the best record in the majors at 93-50. Their other 16 games are with Detroit (1), Texas (6), Kansas City (3), LAA (2) and Seattle (4). The A’s must devour the weak in order to come out on top.

Chris Bassitt worked hard to earn a win

Bassitt struggled in the first two innings of the game on Saturday night. After giving up two hits in the top of first, Bassitt was bailed out by a 6-1-4 double play that is detailed later in this story.

In the top of the second, the A’s starter faced seven Detroit hitters. He gave up two runs off three hits and he hit a batter. The Tigers left two runners on base. Despite having some difficulties, Bassitt struck out three batters and appeared to be starting to find himself.

Bassitt would go on to pitch 6.0-innings giving up just the two runs (both earned) off eight hits. He walked none but did hit one Detroit batter. Bassitt struck out 11 Tigers in 6.0-innings on the mound. That is a career high for Bassitt and the most for an A’s pitcher in a game this season.

After the game, Bob Melvin said, “Bassitt often gets better as he goes along in a game. He also gave our bullpen a break by going six innings.”

Bassitt is now 10-5 on the season with a 3.64 ERA. This is the first time Oakland has had three 10-game winners since 2013 when they had five.

Wild Card Standings

The A’s now have sole possession of the second Wild Card slot in the American League. They are one game back of Tampa Bay (85-59) who is in the number one spot and would host the one-game playoff if the season ended today.

The Indians are 1.5-games behind the A’s for the second spot in the Wild Card race at 82-61. Boston is 7.0-games back and has an elimination number of 14. It would take a miracle and a massive collapse by the Rays, A’s or Indians for the Red Sox to become a part of the race.

Focus on the A’s

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Olson gets congratulated Photo: @Athletics
  • Matt Olson went 4-for-4 in the game. He hit his 29th home run of the season in the fifth inning off Jordan Zimmerman on 1-2 pitch that sailed into the right-field seats. Olson also added three RBI to bring his total for the season to 73. He also extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Jurickson Profar matched his career high for home runs when he hit number 20 of the season in the second inning off Zimmerman. Profar is batting .340 over his last 15 games. He has also been very helpful to his team by being able to play both outfield and infield as needed.
  • Matt Chapman hit his 32nd home of the season in the eighth inning which ties Eric Chavez for the most in a season by an Athletics third baseman.
  • Oakland now has six players with 20-plus home runs which is a franchise record.
  • A’s pitchers combined for a total of 19 strike outs on Saturday night – a season high.

Spotlight on Detroit

  • Jordan Zimmerman allowed six earned runs for the first time since July 19. He previously had allowed a total of seven earned runs in four career starts against the A’s. Zimmerman is now 1-10 on the season.
  • Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 in the game which gave him a team-leading 38th multiple-hit game for 2019. It was also the 804th multiple-hit game of his career tying him with Ivan Rodriguez for 39th-most in MLB history.
  • Harold Castro had 4-for-4 game with the bat with two RBI for the Tigers. That tied his season high.
  • The Tigers have not had a winning record versus the AL West since 2014. They are 53-112 against the division since 2015.

Up next

LHP Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the ball for the A’s and make his second start of the season to close out this three-game series with the Tigers. He had a no-decision in first start of the season last Sunday in New York against the Yankees. The Tigers will counter with LHP Daniel Norris (3-11, 4.76 ERA). He had a no-decision in his last start on Tuesday in Kansas City.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM at the Oakland Coliseum.

Shouldn’t the infield fly rule have been called?

In the top of the first inning with runners at first and second and one out, the Tigers Christin Stewart hit an infield fly into foul territory on the third-base side. The wind then pushed the ball back into the field of play. Matt Chapman attempted to catch the ball but was unable to do so. Marcus Semien picked the ball up and tossed it to Bassitt who was covering third. The pitcher stepped on the bag and Harold Castro – the runner at second was called out. Bassitt then alertly threw the ball to Profar who stepped on second base and Miguel Cabrera – the runner at first was called out on what scored as a 6-1-4 double play.

As a former amateur umpire, I was immediately looking for one of the four umpires to have his right arm up in the air to indicate that the infield fly rule was in effect. I was shocked when no call such call was being made. So was Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire who immediately came out to discuss the situation with the Homeplate umpire – Dan Bellino.

The umpires explained that the infield fly rule is to be called when the ball can be caught with “ordinary effort”. The “men in blue” said in their opinion Chapman would have needed to use extraordinary effort to have made the catch of Stewart’s fly ball, so the infield fly rule did not apply.

In this reporter’s opinion (and as a former umpire), the umpiring crew was caught off guard when an apparent foul ball came back into fair territory.


MLB The Show podcast with Matt Harrington: A’s split two from the Tigers and continue to carry in the AL Wild Card

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On the MLB podcast with Matt:

#1 The Oakland A’s made easy work of the Detroit Tigers on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum in a make game from a rain out from May 29th the A’s played visiting team in Oakland and picked up the game from where it was left off in the seventh inning Chad Pinder in the top of the ninth hit a two run home to help the A’s cap a 7-3 winner.

#2 In the regular game, the A’s got four runs on the board against the Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull in the bottom of the second inning and there was no looking back from that point as the A’s carried the win improving their wild card record to just a 1/2 game back of the Tampa Bay Rays.

#3 Speaking of the Rays Tampa Bay got a 5-0 shutout over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays. The win helps the Rays hold a 1/2 lead over the A’s in the AL wild card. The Rays have won seven of their last 10 games and are in second in the AL East.

#4 Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer and current Orioles TV analyst was diagnosed with shingles in his spinal column. Palmer did not work Friday night’s game. Palmer said that team doctors have told him to get an MRI, which he plans to do. Palmer is the only surviving starter from the 1971 Baltimore Orioles starting staff, of Dave McNally, Pat Dobson, and Mike Cuellar.

#5 The Boston Red Sox got a win over the New York Yankees 6-1 on Friday night at Fenway Park. It doesn’t lessen the Yankees’ position in the standings, but it was an important win for the Sox anytime they could beat their rival and show a fighting spirit in what’s left in the final weeks of the season. The Sox will take it.

Matt Harrington does the MLB The Show podcast each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.


Tigers down the A’s 5-4 in 11 innings

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By Lewis Rubman

Detroit: 5 | 11 | 0

Oakland: 4 | 6 | 0

OAKLAND — This is when I usually say who’s pitching and how he’s doing. Instead, I’ll just mention that when the two-part serial that began in Detroit on May 19 and wound up in Oakland this afternoon, Mike Fiers was the winning pitcher and is now 14-3. Zac Reininger was saddled with the loss and stands at 0-2. There was no save.

For the record, Detroit’s starting pitcher in the scheduled game, Spencer Turnbull, started the evening at 3-14, 4.45. The right-hander is tied for sixth place among rookie hurlers at 116. His 125 1/3 innings pitched makes him ninth among freshmen in that category, but makes his punch out total a little less impressive.

Homer Bailey started for the A’s. The question was, which Homer Bailey would answer the bell? It was the pretty good Homer Bailey who pitched the top of the first, walking Miguel Cabrera but getting his three other adversaries out on grounders to second and short. As the game progressed, Bailey got better and better, holding the Tigers scoreless over the next five and a third innings before yielding to Joakim Soria. Bailey gave a good account of himself but got no decision.

Oakland got men on base early and often. Chapman walked with one out in the first but was cut down at third by Victor Reyes’s bullet to Lugo when he tried to advance an extra base on Olson’s single to right. They didn’t waste their opportunities in the second, though. Phegley’s double, singles by Brown and Profar, Laureano getting hit by a pitcher on his first plate appearance since coming off the IL, and walks to Semien and Chapman combined to give Oakland four runs and drive Turnbull to the showers. He had thrown 56 pitches, 31 for strikes in one and 2/3 of an inning pitched, giving up four runs (all earned) on four hits, three walks, and a hit batter. He struck out two. In spite of this terrible performance, Turnbull escaped with a no decision.

Turnbull’s replacement, Nick Ramírez, applied the tourniquet that stopped the hemorrhage of scoring against the Bengals, doing an excellent job over 2 1/3 innings and allowing only one walk while punching out three. He gave way to another southpaw, Tyler Alexander, at the start of the fifth. The two relievers held the A’s at bay and gave the Tiger batsmen a chance to get the team back in the game.

They did that in the top of the seventh, when Bailey seemed to run out of steam. He issued a lead off walk to Cabrera on five pitches and then surrendered a home run to Christin Stewart on an 83 mph split fingered fast ball that landed in the left field seats. With the score now 4-2 in favor of the A’s, Bailey got a ground out to second from Candelario before yielding a single to Dawel Lugo. That ended Bailey’s outing. His line was 6 1/3 innings pitched, two runs (both earned and coming on Candelario’s bomb) on five hits, one walk, and three strike outs. Joakim Soria, following Bailey to the mound, manged to quell the Tigers’ uprising in spite of giving up hits to two of the three batters he faced. The inning ended on Willi Castro’s fly out to Laureano at the warning track in left center field.

Soria had done his job, not elegantly but effectively. His replacement, Jake Diekman, started off the eighth in high fashion with two quick groundouts by Reyes and Castro. But then the A’s lefty began to unravel. Carbrera singled. Stewart did damage for the second straight inning, this time lining a double to left that sent Tim Beckham, running for Cabrera, to third. Diekman hit Candelario with his last pitch of the day to load the bases. His replacement, Lou Trivino, gave up a single to Lugo, which brought in Beckham and Brandon Dixon, running for Steward, to tie the game. The runs were charged to Diekman.

When Oakland came to bat in the bottom of the eighth, they faced Buck Farmer, whom Davis and Profar hit hard, but the KD’s fly landed in Reyes’s glove at the warning track, and Profar lined out to the same outfielder.

The A’s sent their closer Hendriks, who had pitched the seventh frame of the afternoon’s continuation game, to face the now dangerous Tigers in the ninth. He retired the Tigers’ 8, 9, and 10 hitters, 1-2-3.

Wlth the exception of Hendriks and Wendelken, who worked the 10th, the A’s bullpen once more disappointed. Paul Blackburn, another September call up, gave up a leadoff double to Lugo in the 11th. Travis Demeritte sacrificed him to second. It looked as if Blackburn might wiggle out of trouble when Pinder, now playing left field, caught Grayson Greiner’s fly ball on the warning track, but weak hitting shortstop Willi Castro lined a double to right that plated the leading, and eventually winning run in the 11th frame. Blackburn was charged with the loss, but it was a collective failure.

The Tigers’ bullpen, in contrast, was excellent. Between Ramírez, Alexander, Farmer, José Cisnero, Daniel Stumpf, John Schreiber, who got the win, and Joe Jiménez, who earned the save, they hurled 9 1/3 innings without allowing a run, and they gave up only two hits and four walks. They struck out 10 Oakland batters.

Oakland lost a full game today to Houston in the division race, but that’s academic now. The A’s still are the second wild card leader, trailing Tampa Bay by 1 game but a 1/2 ahead of the Indians.

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to start at 6:07 p.m. with Chris Bassitt (9-3, 3.67 ERA) facing Jordan Zimmermann (1-9, 6.03 ERA). The numbers are disparate, but, as tonight’s action showed us, on any given day…

A’s defeat the Tigers 7-3 in makeup game

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By Lewis Rubman

Oakland: 7 | 12 | 1

Detroit: 3 | 5 | 0

A line drive double to left center off the bat of Stephen Piscotty broke a 3-3 tie between the A’s and the Tigers in Detroit with two outs in the top of the seventh back on May 19. Matt Olson received a declared walk, and Jurickson Profar lined out to deep right field, at the foul line. (I got these facts from Baseball Reference’s invaluable website).

Liam Hendriks, who hadn’t yet become Oakland’s closer, came in to relieve Mike Fiers in the bottom of the frame. He threw four pitches (two balls, a swinging strike, and a foul) to Josh Harrison concerns about the weather caused umpire Tim Timmons to halt play. A hard rain began to fall, and what began as a rain delay became a suspended games before the Tigers had a chance could further reply to the A’s recent offensive. Since the teams’ schedules prevented resuming play in Detroit, the remainder of the game was played this afternoon, with the Tigers the home team in Ring Central Coliseum, as a prelude to this evening’s scheduled contest. The inherited line up for Oakland was Semien (SS), Chapman (3B), Pinder (LF), Davis (DH), Piscotty (RF), Olson (1B), Profar (2B), Laureano (CF), and Grossman (pinch hitting for Phegley).

The alignment Detroit brought west with them consisted of Niko Goodrum (1B), Dawel Lugo (3B), Nicolás Castellano (RF), Miguel Cabrera (DH), Ronny Rodríguez (SS), Christin Stewart (1B), Josh Harrison (2B), Grayson Greiner (C), and JaCoby Jones (CF). Gregory Soto had started, followed by Buck Farmer, Daniel Stumpf, Zach Reininger, and Victor Alcántara.

These changes were made when play resumed:

For Oakland: Pinder moved to right, Sheldon Neuse at second base replaced Piscotty, Profar moved from second to left, Canha moved from left to center; and Sean Murphy replaced Phegley as catcher.

For Detroit: Victor Reyes at first base replaced Goodllrum, Harold Castro in right replaced, Jordy Mercer at second replaced Harrison, Jeimer Candelario in center replaced Jones, and, finally, David McKay relieved Alcántara on the mound.

Play resumed at 5:18 p.m., and Hendrix set the Tigers down in order on two strike outs, interspersed by Greiner’s fly to the warning track in center field. McKay, in turn, got the A’s down 1,2,3, but the only fair ball hit against him was a grounder to short.

Detroit mounted a mini threat on Lugo’s one-out double to left center against Jake Diekman, who had pitched for Kansas City on May 19 and replaced Hendriks to start the home, i.e. Detroit, eighth. In the day by day chronicles, Diekman now has pitched for two teams in one day.

Matt Chapman led off the top of the ninth with a single to left and, two pitches later, trotted home in front of Pinder, who had blasted a 94 mph slider into the seats beyond right field.

J.B. Wendelken, freshly called up from Las Vegas, closed out the game for the A’s. He received help from a stellar play by Semien on Rodríguez’s grounder to the left of second base. He got the last two outs on his own, striking out Stewart and Mercer on curve balls.

The scheduled game will start at 7:07 p.m. The sword of Damocles has been lifted from above the A’s head.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Cal and Stanford get opening day wins; 49ers open in Tampa Bay and Raiders host Denver on MNF; plus more

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On the Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 For the Cal Bears, getting a victory on opening day last Saturday was an important way to start the 2019 season with a win over UC Davis at Memorial Stadium and what a way to start with running back Christopher Brown Jr. rushing for 197 yards to help lead the team to a 27-13 win.

#2 The Stanford Cardinal defeated Northwestern, but the Cardinal lost their starting quarterback during the game when KJ Costello took a forearm to the head. The Cardinal hung onto win it 17-7. Costello could muster only one strong drive before the injury. The Cardinal are on the road next week to face the USC Trojans next Saturday.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took Thursday Night Football off last week and the 49ers went with three quarterbacks: Nick Mullins, CJ Beathard, and Nick Speight. Speight and Beathard both saw the most time in the game with Mullens resting. Is that an indication that Nick Mullens, who saw limited time will be the backup, and head coach Kyle Shanahan wants to see if Beathard or Speight will fill the third-string spot?

#4 The Oakland Raiders look as if they had a very solid preseason winning three of their four games. Raider head coach Jon Gruden said he’s happy with the progress of backup quarterbacks Nathan Peterman (out with elbow injury) and Mike Glennon who he’ll really depend on if starting quarterback Derek Carr ever needs a rest.

#5 The Oakland A’s are hosting the LA Angels and Detroit Tigers this week at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s are 1/2 game back in the AL wild card behind second place Cleveland. It could go right down to the wire for a chance of a wild card birth.

Join Barbara for Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pacquiao can still win at 40; Wizards trying to sign Beal; plus more Wiz

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On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 Manny Pacquiao thrilled them again last Saturday night. Pacquiao won and is now with a record of 62-7-2 and 39 KOs. It was a 12-rounder won by the 40-year-old Pacquiao.

#2 The Washington Wizards have offered guard Bradley Beal a three-year deal worth $111 million. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said he wanted to sign Beal at the first opportunity he got.

#3 Detroit Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos says that Comerica Park in Detroit is a joke. Castellanos says that one day his hair will turn gray, it’s something you can’t control how. Castellanos said he hit a homer to center right for some 372 feet.

#4 Is Derek Carr quarterback for the Oakland Raiders playing for his job? Or is he playing for someone else? The Raiders will be looking for a quarterback that can not only get them wins, but enough of them to get to postseason?

#5 Here’s the San Francisco Giants, who were living in last place most all season, but are now just 2 1/2 games out of first place for the National League Wild Card.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com