That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The best division in baseball plus

Copy of the New York Daily News announcing the New York Mets and New York Yankees in the Subway World Series in 2000 edition could the two cross city rivals meet again in this year’s fall classic? (photo by wikipedia)

The Best Division in Baseball, Plus

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–For the first time this 2022 season there will be a third wild card team on each league. No division in baseball is better than the American League East, with the New York Yankees walking-away with the best record in baseball and Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston poised for a tremendous race.

For the first time ever, a division could have three wild card teams going into the postseason and a total of four of the five teams in this division playing in October.

The American League East is the only division in baseball with four teams playing over .500. In the AL West, there is only one team to beat, Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros, they are the best team and will stay in first place.

The LA Angels are sputtering again, after a very nice start, they went into a funk lost 14 in a row, from May 25 to June 8,and Joe Maddon (one of the best managers in baseball) was sent packing.

Next managerial change could come from Seattle, where expectations were high for this team to win this year. Manager Scott Servais and General Manager Jerry DiPoto are in the hot seat. The Texas Rangers spend a fortune (close to half billion dollars) signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, they are both starting to play the way everybody expected, but I do not believe they have the pitching to overtake their State rivals Houston Astros.

The Oakland A’s are what they are. All the other teams have more established talent, they are trying to compete with rookie manager Mark Kotsay, a good baseball man, but the best jockey in the world cannot win the race if the horse is limping.

In the Central Division, considered the weakest in all the major leagues, supposed to be an easy one for the Chicago White Sox, but the great Tony LaRussa is not having much fun so far, star closer Liam Hendriks just placed into the IL.

The Minnesota Twins will be in the playoffs, as of today leading that division and the Cleveland Guardians are playing good baseball, leading the way at third-base, José Ramirez an early candidate for MVP. Watch out for the Indians, sorry, the Guardians, they have a good team and a terrific manager in Terry Francona.

There are some 100 games left for each team this season. While in New York they are talking about a Subway Series, Mets vs Yankees. Most recently, in 2000 the New York teams faced each other with the Yankees winning in five games, a memorable series, which I happened to worked for the Latino Baseball Network.

In other cities there is lots of disappointment. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers, whose manager, Dave Roberts predicted a 2022 World Series win during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said “We will win the World Series in 2022. We will win the World Series this year.”

The Dodgers have pitching problems, ace Walker Buehler recently went into the IL, Julio Urias is not going to win 20 games again this season (he was the only to win 20 last season) plus mixed with an inconsistent offense, the Dodgers have stuff to “figure out”, they do have the talent.

The San Diego Padres, at this time, even with the delayed return of superstar Fernando Tatis Jr, looks like the team that could win this division. Bob Melvin is doing a great job, which is nothing new for the three-time Manager of the Year.

The San Francisco Giants, while they are not going to win 107 games again, they find a way to win series, starter Jacob Junis went into the IL, veterans like Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt, can’t seem to stay healthy.

Giants lost some pieces in the off-season, perhaps the biggest one, starter Kevin Gausman who had his best year ever in 2021 with a 14-6 record, and 2.81 ERA, he left for a very lucrative contract in Toronto. Nobody expected the Giants to have a similar season as 2021, which was a dream season, when every player at the same time, had great years.

Trades: The new deadline this year is set for August 2. There will be many trades, some earlier than others, but the greatest commodities are starting pitchers. they are in high demand. Many of the teams with hopes of postseason play will reinforce themselves. In today’s game the old saying “you never have enough pitching” is new again.

Happy Fathers Day weekend.

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That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s open 2 game series in Atlanta tonight; NBA Finals game 3 sets up in Boston; plus more

Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin (19) gets the start against the Atlanta Braves Kyle Wright at Truist Park in Atlanta on Tue Jun 7, 2022 to open up a two game series (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

#1 The Oakland A’s have an off day on Monday. They are on their way to face the defending World Series Champion Atlanta Braves for two games starting Tuesday night in Atlanta. The A’s hope to get back on the winning track against the Braves.

#2 The Oakland Coliseum has been a house of horrors for them this season. They are 7-23 at home. They were 1-9 on the homestand ending on Sunday. They lost their last six games, three to the Houston Astros and three to the Boston Red Sox. 

#3 Turning to the NBA Finals the Golden State Warriors who were down 0-1 to the visiting Boston Celtics were able to climb back into the series and even it up. It was a close first half 52-50 but the Warriors in the second half held the Celtics to just 14 points in the third quarter that made a huge difference in the win.

#4 The Boston Celtics during games 1 and 2 wanted to show unity by tee shirts supporting the release WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner who is being held in a Russian prison on drug charges when they accused Griner for having hashish oil in her suitcase at the Moscow Airport.

#5 There is no doubt and you saw him on the last homestand in Oakland that Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez who no doubt is like a reincarnated Willie McCovey type hitter who just got a six year extension worth $115 million on Monday. That’s $26 million a year and the largest contract for a DH. Alvarez is hitting .295, 51 hits, 16 home runs, and 34 RBIs.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for Oakland A’s beisbol on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Bad attendance even food trucks don’t come out; A’s down to four man rotation as Logue is demoted to Triple A Las Vegas

Oakland A’s pitcher Zach Logue who was demoted by the A’s to Triple A Las Vegas on Wed Jun 1, 2022 is seen here pitching against the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park in Detroit on Wed May 11, 2022 (AP file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, Oakland A’s attendance has been so bad the A’s during their three game series with the Houston Astros a first place team in the AL West just to give you an idea how bad it is truck vendors and people who sell knock off shirts and caps don’t come to the Coliseum to sell anymore.

#2 There seems little encouragement for fans to come out of late the A’s are in dead last in the AL West some 14 games out of first place, prices have doubled for tickets, parking is $30 and team president David Kaval who used to attend A’s games and encourage fans to write and talk to him has shut his open door policy.

#3 The A’s who optioned pitcher Zach Louge to Triple A Las Vegas leaving the fifth spot in the rotation open. Louge got shelled four runs and seven hits in his last start by the Texas Rangers on Sat May 28th in Oakland in an 11-4 loss.

#4 Jeremiah just getting your take on the rest of the A’s pitching rotation James Kaprielian starts tonight, Paul Blackburn, Frankie Montas, and Cole Irvin to follow.

#5 Taking a look at the starters for tonight’s game at the Coliseum starting for the Boston Red Sox Nathan Eovaldi (2-2 ERA 3.77) going for the A’s James Kaprielan (0-2 ERA 5.93) first pitch 6:45 pm PDT.

Jeremiah does the A’s podcasts each Friday at

Preview of Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s series: A’s lost seven of last eight; Sox have lost five of last ten

The Oakland A’s Chad Pinder looks relieved scoring a run after a long scoreless and hitless drought against the Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander who lost his no hitter in the bottom of the seventh on Wed Jun 1, 2022 at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Oakland A’s (20-33) have three games left on the ten day homestand. They lost the series with the Texas Rangers (24-26) three games to one. The Houston Astros (33-18) swept their three games with Oakland this week. The A’s are off on Thursday.

The A’s open a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox (24-27) starting Friday night. The A’s have been scuffling for a while. The A’s started the season winning ten of the first eighteen games. Since that time, they are 10-25.

With the good early start, many pundits thought their predictions for Oakland may have been wrong. However, the A’s are not playing well right now, and the same pundits are saying, we told you so.

The A’s hope that attendance will improve this weekend with Boston in town. Good-sized crowds would show up at the Coliseum to see the Red Sox in past years. This year attendance has been down for the Green and Gold.

Fans are upset about the possibility that the A’s may move to Las Vegas. The A’s have stated that they have two sites in mind in Sin City where they can relocate. In the meantime, a key committee will hold a vote on June 30th. An affirmative approval would buoy hopes that the 12 billion dollar Howard Terminal project can proceed.

The Red Sox got off to a slow start in 2022. They did not sign Kyle Schwarber to a contract. Schwarber wanted to stay in Boston, but their front office did not commit to him, and he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Red Sox traded Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers and got back Jackie Bradley, Jr. Renfro put up good power numbers for Boston. Bradley has rarely hit for average, and fans in Boston are still shaking their heads over this trade.

The Red Sox still have several hitters in their lineup that can cause severe damage. Their big hitters are Rafael Devers, J.D.Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Story, Alex Verdugo, and catcher Christian Vasquez. Devers is hitting .341 with 11 homers and 26 RBIs.

J.D.Martinez comes in with a .360 batting average. Trevor Story was hot last week, and he now has nine dingers and 37 runs batted in. Other players contributing are first baseman Bobby Dalbec, centerfielder Kike Hernandez, and backup second baseman Christian Arroyo.

The Red Sox will send Nate Eovaldi to the hill Friday night. Eovaldi was a key ingredient when the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. Eovaldi is 2-2 with an ERA of 3.77. Oakland will have James Kaprielian handle the pitching for the A’s. Kaprielian is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.93.

On Saturday, Nick Pivetta will go for Boston. Pivetta is 4-4 with an ERA of 3.95. The A’s will counter with Paul Blackburn. Blackburn is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.25. Blackburn suffered his first loss of the season last Monday to the Houston Astros.

Sunday’s finale will feature lefty Rich Hill going for the Red Sox. Hill is 42-years old and was with the A’s in 2016. The A’s traded him to the Dodgers and received Frankie Montas. Montas will start for Oakland and is 2-5 with an ERA of 3.20. Montas has pitched well but has received little run support from his teammates.

The A’s and the Red Sox have been opponents since the creation of the American League way back in 1901. Both teams have won nine World Series crowns. Both teams have had down years. After the trade that sent Babe Ruth to the Yankees, the Red Sox were not very good.

Their fortunes changed when Tom Yawkey purchased them. The Red Sox went 86 years without winning a World Series. They have won four since 2004. The A’s last appeared in the World Series in 1990. They won their last World Series Championship in 1989.

The A’s have made the playoffs several times in the last 20 years. They advanced past the first round of the playoffs just once.

The A’s would like to get back on the winning track. The Red Sox would love to sweep the three-game series to reach the .500 mark. Let’s hope the fans show up. The series between these two teams have always been fun.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s look to rebound after getting swept by Astros; Open three game series with Red Sox Friday

The Oakland A’s Elvis Andrus strokes a two run bottom of the seventh double against Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Jun 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Houston Astros (33-18) starter Justin Verlander had all his pitches working for him as he threw no hit ball against the Oakland A’s for six innings at the Oakland Coliseum talk about his mix of pitches and what kept him in command.

#2 Jerry the A’s did wake up in the bottom of the seventh with three runs scored and took a abbreviated two run lead 3-1 after Verlander left the game.

#3 Yordan Alvarez whose been a thorn in the A’s side during the series didn’t make the third game of the set an exception as Alvarez hit a three run double in the top of the ninth contributed to the Astros four run rally to come back and edge Oakland 5-4.

#4 Jerry, the Coliseum has not been nowhere near like they used to be in years past and the A’s have been having crowds well below 8,000 per game. The team has now slipped to 20-33 and are 14 games behind the Astros. That said they do lose but they are in most of their games.

#5 The A’s have Thursday off but return to host the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at the Coliseum. Starting pitchers for the Red Sox Nathan Eovaldi (2-2 ERA 3.77) going for the A’s James Kaprielan (0-2 ERA 5.93) first pitch 6:45 pm PDT.

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Astros’ ninth-inning rally enables them to sweep three-game series; A’s can’t hold lead in 5-4 loss

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander who pitched six plus innings of no hit baseball throws against the Oakland A’s in the first inning at Ring Central Coliseum on Wed Jun 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Houston Astros (33-18) sent their ace, Justin Verlander, to the mound to face the Oakland A’s (20-33) on Wednesday afternoon at the Ring Central Coliseum. The Astros were hoping to sweep the three-game series from the A’s.

The A’s hoped that lefty Cole Irvin could stop the Astros and salvage a win. Both pitchers pitched well on Wednesday. In his five and 2/3 inning of work, Irvin held the hard-hitting Astros to one run and six hits. Verlander was better.

Verlander held the A’s hitless until one out in the seventh inning. The fans were starting to think Verlander would pitch his fourth career no-hitter. The A’s upset Verlander’s applecart when they scored three times to take a 3-1 lead after seven complete. It became a bullpen game.

The A’s relievers had to get the last six outs of the game. They held the fort in the eighth. Things went south in the ninth as the Astros scored four times to take a 5-3 lead. Oakland scored a run in the bottom of the ninth. The Astros won the game 5-4 and swept the three-game set from the A’s.

The Astros scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning. With two out and Alex Bregman on first, singles by Yordan Alvarez and Aledmys Diaz gave Houston a 1-0 advantage.

Cole Irvin pitched well to keep his team within striking distance. Verlander was untouchable for six innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Verlander walked Chad Pinder. Verlander struck out Seth Brown for the second out.

A’s shortstop, Elvis Andrus, swinging a hot bat, doubled to drive in Pinder with the A’s first run. The next hitter, Christian Bethancourt, took Verlander deep.

The ball went over the centerfield wall to give the A’s a 3-1 lead. For Bethancourt, it was his first home run of the season, and it was his first home run since August 12th, 2016.

In the eighth, A’s relievers A.J.Puk, and Dany Jimenez had to work out of jams to keep the Astros from scoring. Jimenez ran out of luck in the top of the ninth. Astros’ centerfielder, former San Francisco Giant Mauricio Dubon, got the rally going with a single.

Yuli Guriel, pinch-hitting for Martin Maldonado, singled to put men on at first and second with no out. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Jimenez walked Jose Altuve to load the bases. Jimenez struck out Kyle Tucker for the first out.

Jimenez walked Alex Bregman. Dubon scored, and the Astros trailed the A’s 3-2. Brad Ausmus, filling in for Mark Kotsay, who was tossed for giving his opinion to the home plate umpire, brought in lefty Sam Sellman to face left-handed hitter Yordan Alvarez.

Alvarez found a pitch to his liking, and his double to right-center cleared the bases to give the Astros a 5-3 lead. Astros’ manager Dusty Baker brought in Ryan Pressley to close out the game. The A’s scored a run and gave Baker some anxiety, but Oakland failed to tie the game and fell to Houston 5-4.

Game Notes- With the loss, the A’s are 20-33. The Astros are 33-18. The A’s are 1-6 on the homestand and are now 2-10-1 over the last thirteen series.

The line score for the A’s was four runs, four hits, and no errors. The Astros’ line was five runs, eleven hits, and one error.

The Astros’ Bryan Abreu earned the win. Pressly recorded his eleventh save of the year. Dany Jimenez took the loss and is now 2-3. Cole Irvin did not figure in the decision. Irvin’s earned run average dropped to 2.96. That may have been the A’s only bright spot.

The A’s host the Boston Red Sox for three games starting at 6:40 pm Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum starting pitcher for the Red Sox Nathan Evoaldi (2-2, 3.77) and for the A’s James Kaprielian (0-2, 5.93)

The time of the game was 3:07. 5,189 fans watched the A’s lose.

A’s Bats continue to nap Montas suffers fifth loss Astros win 3-1 at Coliseum

Houston Astros’ Chas McCormick hits a home run in front of Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy during the eighth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue May 31, 2022 (AP News photo)

Houston. 3. 7. 0

Oakland. 8. 1

Tuesday May 31, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–One of the anomalies of this year’s version of the Oakland Athletics (20-32) is the difference between their performance on the road and what they do at home. The A’s are 7-19 at the Coliseum; behind the Chicago Cubs who just ahead of the A’s for the worst record at their home park at 8-17.

Tueday’s starting pitcher for the green and gold, Frankie Montás, is an anomaly within that anomaly. He took the mound dropped his record to 2-5, 3.20.

His opponent, Houston Astro starter Cristián Javier, also has fared better at home than when travelling. He’s now 3-2, 2.43 and was fantastic 0.38 in Arlington when facing the Texas Rangers.

In the end, Javier would escape with a no decision, Montás would throw seven beautiful innings and leave in the eighth, trailing 2-1. He took the loss in Oakland’s tough 3-1 defeat at the hands of the visitors in front of a crowd of 3,469 fans.

Tuesday’s confrontation began with confusion. Action was stopped for several minutes during Houston’s first at bat when Montás asked the umpires to verify the pitch count as shown on the scoreboard.

They decided that the scoreboard had it right. When the home team came to bat, Tony Kemp led off by depositing a fly ball on the running track just to the left of the right field foul line for a double.

The Curse of the Lead Off Double struck again, and Kemp died on second. The A’s, who seldom miss a chance to miss a chance, wasted Elvis Andrus’s one out stand up double to left in the second.

Andrus connected for another two bagger, taking a 79 mph slider into the left field seats on a bounce with two down in the bottom of the fourth with the score still tied at zero. This time, his effort wasn’t wasted. Sheldon Neuse followed him with a four pitch walk, and Cristián Pache’s single to center drove Andrus in with the game’s first run.

A 3-2 walk to Kemp loaded the bases and brought Jeff Lowrie to the plate with a relatively good chance to blow the game relatively open. It also gave him a chance to strand three runners, which is what he did, fouling out to first on a 2-2 count.

Yordán Alvarez opened the fifth with a single to short that seemed to have been deflected by Montás’s glove. A nifty catch by Pache of Yuri Gurriel’s drive to deep right center granted the A’s pitcher a momentary reprieve before Jeremy Peña lined a single to center to put runners on first and second.

Montás fanned Castro for the second out. Then Chas McCormick sent a single to left that scored Alvarez to tie the game.

But that wasn’t the end of the play. Everyone on base tried to advance, and Peña was thrown out in a rundown between third and home, leftfielder Luis Barrera to catcher Sean Murphy to second Tony Kemp to third Sheldon Neuse back to catcher Murphy to short Elvis Andrus who made the tag not your typical 7-2-4-5-2-6 put out if your scoring at home. That ended the inning.

Phil Maton relieved Javier in the top of the fifth. He had gone four frames and allowed one run, which was earned, on four hits and walks, striking out three. His pitch count was 85, and 47 qualified as strikes.

Oakland quickly jumped on Maton with a single to right by Ramon Laureano and a double to the same field by Seth Brown that sent the base runner to third. But Murphy smacked a grounder to third, and Laureano was cut down at the plate.

Barrera flew out to left center, bringing Andrus, who had gone two for two, to the plate. His fly out to left center closed the inning, and the A’s lost a golden opportunity to regain their brief and slender lead.

Montás retired the Astros to a conga beat (i.e., 1-2-3) in the sixth.

The Athletics faced Ryne Stanek in the home half of that stanza and achieved only a walk and a stolen base by Neuse.

Montás began to show signs of tiring when he had completed 6-1/3 innings of work. Yordan Alvarez and Guriel smacked solid singles, putting runners on first and second. The Peña hit a double play ball that Neuse, moving to his left, bobbled, loading the bases with ´stros. But, tired or not, Montás kept his cool and got Castro to hit into an inning ending 4-6-3 twin killing.

It was Rafael Montero’s turn to face the A’s in the seventh. All the Oaklanders could manage against him was a lead off single to right by Laureano, who seems at last to be hitting his stride.

Chas McCormick drove Montás from the box before he could get an out in the eighth. His blast to straight away center field, over the 400 foot sign, carried 422 feet and came on 97 mph fastball, Montás’s 98th offering of the night. He left, having yielded two runs, both earned, on seven hits and not a single walk, having struck out five. He deserved a better fate.

Zach Jackson was his replacement. He issued free passes to Jose Siri, Jose Altuve, and Michael Brantley, with a gratuitous wild pitch to Altuve thrown into the bargain. It looked as though home plate umpire Manny González was squeezing Jackson on some of his pitches to Brantley.

But there was no doubting his calls on his fourth straight walk, which allowed Siri to stroll home with Houston’s third tally. That was it for Jackson, and it was Sam Moll who had to face Alvarez with the bases still loaded and no outs.

The lefty came through, retiring Alvarez on a foul to third and getting Gurriel to go down swinging before Jeremy Peña grounded into a third to second force out to keep the A’s in the game. Moll, too, stayed in the game, pitching to one man, Jason Castro, and striking him out looking.

Héctor Neris was Houston’s fourth reliever in as many innings. He retired the side in order, notching two strikeouts in the process.

Lou Trivino took over for Moll and looked sharp mixing his fast ball and a curve to strike out McCormick. He mixed his pitches well against Siri, who also went down swinging.

Ryan Pressly, looking for his ninth save in 11 opportunities, faced the top of the Oakland batting order in the last chance ninth. Kemp lined a solid single to right, making him two for four for the night. Jed Lowrie flew out to left center. Laureano fell behind 0-2 quickly and just as quickly bounced into a game ending 6-4-3 double play. Time of game 3:23.

The win went to Montero, now 3-0 ,0.44. Pressley was credited with the save and brought his ERA down to 2.25. On Wednesday it will be Justin Verlander (6-2, 2.03) for the Astros against A’s starter Cole Irvin (2-2, 3.15) to wind up the series tomorrow at 12:37.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Montas focusing on pitching despite being on trade block

Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas gives up the ball to manager Mark Kotsay in the bottom of the seventh on Tue May 10, 2022 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Montas gets the start tonight against

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

#1 Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas has an amazing splitter that’s kept hitters off balance. Montas in his last ten starts has an 3.28 ERA and has 60 strikeouts under his belt.

#2 Montas has been on the trade block since spring training opened in February and is still with the club but the A’s seem to be waiting for the right offer if they going to move him.

#3 The Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez left very little doubt about with his two home runs which totaled 913 ft combined. Alvarez 6’5 who wears No. 44 reminds some of the reporters who covered Monday’s game of Willie McCovey.

#4 I know you had a chance to speak to Astros manager Dusty Baker before tonight’s game Dusty’s club is loaded the Astros have the best ERA in the American League at 2.86 and are hitting a team .226 batting average Dusty has lots to be proud about.

#5 Amaury taking a look at the starting pitchers for tonight for the Astros righthander Cristian Javier (3-2, ERA 2.43) and for the A’s righthander Frankie Montas (2-4, 3.28) a 6:40 pm first pitch.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for Oakland A’s baseball on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Dodgers Freeman HR no poetic justice against old team Braves; After 12 seasons Arrieta retiring; plus much more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, center, gets congratulated by Mookie Betts, left, and Edwin Rios after they scored on a double by Trea Turner in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Former Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman didn’t waste anytime taking his former teammates deep. Freeman now with the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a first inning second pitch was a line drive that went straight over the left centerfield Dodger Stadium fence. The Dodgers wound up winning Monday night’s thriller 7-4. Freeman said this was not poetic justice or anything like that but he was happy reuniting with his former teammates.

#2 Former pitcher Jake Arrieta who spent his best years of his 12 year career with the Chicago Cubs has announced his retirement. Arrieta started his career with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-13 and then went to the Cubs where he won 68 games between 2014-2019 before signing on with the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. Arrieta said “it’s time to step away from the game.”

#3 The Los Angeles Angels will miss his bat in the line up but are relieved that outfielder Mike Trout had a negative test on his MRI after Trout was hit on his left hand by a pitch Sunday. Angels trainer Mike Frostad said Trout’s return is based on his pain tolerance.

#4 The Astros Jose Altuve in the same game on Monday night against the Angels experience hamstring issues in the eighth inning after running after hitting a single. Altuve while sitting on the ground was frustrated by the injury but said after the game he was feeling better. Manager Dusty Baker said the team is waiting for answers and Altuve will be seeing a doctor.

#5 The state of Florida has removed mask mandates under cutting federal mandates. The Florida mandate removal might be a big mistake as in Philadelphia they are going back to mask mandates after having a huge Covid outbreak as the Oakland A’s who played a three game series in Philadelphia earlier this month had seven players out with Covid protocols on Monday night’s home opener in Oakland.

Join Jessica will be back with more headlines on Wed May 4th at

That’s Amaury’s World Series News and Commentary podcast: Miracle Astros come back and keep coming back

Houston Astro Jose Altuve gets congratulations after scoring on a single in the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves in game 5 of the 2021 World Series at Truist Field in Cobb County (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaruy’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, it really says a lot about the Houston Astros that they could come back after the Atlanta Braves hit a grand slam in the first inning and the score twice in the second and third innings and three times in the top of the fifth in game four.

#2 How remarkable is it for the Astros who were down 3-1 have now cut the lead to just one game for the Braves at 3-2. The series goes back to Houston for games six and possibly game seven.

#3 If the Astros can pull it off at Minute Maid Field tonight and force a game 7 what will they say about about manager Dusty Baker whose been a bit of a strategist in this World Series?

#4 It looks like last game 5 will be one that will be for the ages if the Astros come back and win games six and seven it will be game 5 that will long be talked about by both sides the Braves and Astros.

#5 Amaury talk about the pitching match ups for tonight’s game in Houston. The Braves have announced that Max Fried will go in game six and the Astros will start Luis Garcia for tonight.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez has called past World Series on Spanish national radio and does News and Commentary at