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.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for all the play by play of Oakland A’s baseball on the A’s Spanish radio network and on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and News and Commentary at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants can’t stop Padres Machado; SF’s Gonzalez comes in from leftfield to relieve; Giants meet the Mets tonight at Oracle

The San Diego Padres Manny Machado (left) greets Jake Cronenworth (right) after scoring on the San Francisco Giants in the top of the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the San Diego Padres (22-14) Manny Machado was being Manny again three doubles and a triple he had an MVP type game lending to the Padres 10-1 laugher and series sweep on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants (22-18).

#2 For Machado it was a career high and tied the Padres all time record for extra base hits in a ball game Machado also picked up two RBIs. Becoming the eighth Padre to accomplish four extra base hits in a game.

#3 The Padres improve their record to four games over .500 and Machado said after the game that San Diego is a good ball club and said that if things continue this way things will fall into place.

#4 The Giants brought in relief pitcher Luis Gonzalez who had been playing in rightfield. Gonzalez who pitched against the Padres in the top of the seventh got the side in order and came out again in the top of the eight giving up a hit but again got out of the inning unscathed after two a 80 plus MPH change up and mostly 48 MPH lob balls that kept the hitters off balance.

#5 The New York Mets (28-15) who are one of baseball’s hottest teams come to Oracle Park to open a three game series with the Giants on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Mets lefthander David Peterson (1-0, 1.89) Peterson will be opposed by Giant starter Alex Cobb (3-1, 5.61) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

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Padres win in a laugher 10-1; Giants Gonzalez retires Padres in relief in two innings

San Diego Padres Eric Hosmer makes it into first coasting as San Francisco Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores can’t find the handle on the ball as Giants pitcher John Brebbia watches the play unfold at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun May 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

San Diego. 10. 17. 0

San Francisco. 1. 4. 1

Sunday May 22, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Hoping to salvage one game of what had been ahard fought three game series against the San Diego Padres, the 22-17 San Francisco Giants sent veteran left hander Alex Wood (3-2,3.93) to battle against the 26-14 friars.

When the game was over, the Giants stood at 22-18, the Padres at 27-14, and Wood at 3-3, 4.82. He had lasted a scant three innings plus and was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks. He threw 73 pitches, 50 of which were strikes. Of course, every batted ball from a weak foul through a home run counts as a strike. But he did strike out four opponents.

The Giants’ starter, who features a four seamer, change up, curve, and slider, was matched against fellow southpaw MacKenzie Gore (2-1,2.17 at game time), the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, This was the first time he pitched against an NL West rival.

He threw three shutout innings against the Phillies last Tuesday, the first and only time he pitched out of the bullpen in his professional career. He has the same inventory of deliveries as Wood, although he uses them in a different order of frequency.

The San Diego prospect left, assured of his third victory, after six brilliant innings in which he surrendered one run, earned, on three hits a walk, striking out a half a dozen Giants. He threw 90 pitches, 54 for strikes and reduced his ERA to 2.06.

Before the game, the Giants announced that they had placed Brandon Belt on the 10 day injured list effective May 19 as a result of the inflammation of his right knee.They recalled third baseman Kevin Padlo from the PCL, where he was hitting a combined .238 for Tacoma and Sacramento.

The visitors jumped out to an early lead. The Manny You Love to Hate laced into Wood’s first pitch to him, a sinker, for a one out double to left center and came around to score on Jurickson Profar’s infield single and Wil Myers’ single to left.

They doubled down on that one run in the second on a leadoff double by Ha-Seong Kim, a double to left center by Austin Nola, and Jake Cronenworth’s sac fly to center.

Wood managed to hold the Padres to a single in the third, but he couldn’t resist their onslaught in the fourth. Nola led off with a full count walk and moved up to second on Azocar’s single to center.

After smacking a splash foul, Jake Cronenworth brought Nola home with a single to center that moved Azocar to third and ended the day for Wood. Mashing Manny greeted John Brebbia, Wood’s successor, with a double that would have been a single if Darin Ruf hadn’t attempted a diving catch in left.

That brought in both runners, and it was 5-0, Pads. Profar grounded out to third, and Hosmer hit an in offensive grounder to first that Flores bobbled for an error.

San Diego’s first sacker advanced to second on a passed ball. Both he and Machado then crossed the plate on Myers’ rule book double to left. At last, Nola, who had walked to start the inning, struck out to end it.

The long wait in the dugout for the top of the fourth to end seemed to affect pitching. He walked Ruf on four pitches, and Yaztremski drove an 87 mph slider against the wall in right center for a double, sending Ruf to third. He scored on Flores’s sac fly to right.

It took only three pitches for Gore to fan Longoria, so when Azocar corralled Crawford’s drive in the deepest part of centerfield, it was the third out and the end of the Giants’ micro rally.

Jack Littell, replacing Brebbia in the fifth, became the third San Francisco hurler to be scored upon. He managed to retire the first two men he faced, but the third was Machado, who bettered his earlier double by a base with a triple to right center. He waltzed home on Profar’s single to right, and San Diego was up 8-1.

One inning later, and Littell still was on the mound. Myers hit a grounder to short that ate up Crawford and wound up as a single in left center. Then Luke Voit lifted a fly to left. Ruf went back for it, then came in for it, then looked at loss, and finally picked it up after it fell for a single that allowed Myers to score the Pad’s ninth run.

Voit went to third on Kim’ double to left and took San Diego’s run total into double digits on Azocar’s RBI groundout to short.

It was the turn of Mauricio Llovera, starting the seventh, to be bedeviled by Machado, who lashed a ground ball at Crawford, who once again was just a fraction of a second late in gathering in the ball, which skipped by him into left center field while Manny motored into second with a leg double. But Llovera held firm and escaped unscored upon.

Craig Stammen relieved Gore in the seventh and set San Francisco down in order. Luis Gonzalez in a reprise of his performance against Albert Pujols pulled a Pablo, and pitched a perfect top of the eighth.

He then hit a one out single in the home half of the inning. The Padres managed one hit, a Cronenworth two bagger off the right field wall in the ninth, but González closed out his line with two scoreless innings.

Steven Wilson set the Giants down 1-2-3 to close out the dismal game and series.

The NL East leading Mets come to town tomorrow to test the meddle of the faltering orange and gold. Game time is 6:45. David Peterson (1-0,1.89) will throw for the New Yorkers, and Alex Cobb (3-1,5.61) will take the mound for the Giants.

Razer close game Giants drop second contest to Padres 2-1 at Oracle

San Diego Padres reliever Joe Musgrove delivers to the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sat May 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

San Diego. 2. 6. 0

San Francisco. 1. 6. 1

Saturday May 5, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Last night’s battle royale at Oracle Park served as a reminder of the wisdom of America’s vernacular philosopher, Lawrence P. Berra, whose First Law of Epistemology was “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

It began again this afternoon with San Francisco’s left handed hurler Carlos Rodón on the mound with a record of 4-2,3.49) and the Giants in third place in their division with a record of 22-16.

The Giants’ starter was throwing to Michel Papierski the 26 year old catcher they had picked up in the trade that sent Mauricio Dubón to Houston, who was brought up today and was making his major league debut. Rodón breezed past his first two batters.

Then Jurickson Profar checked his swing and sent an inoffensive bounding ball to first, where yesterday´s hero, Darin Ruf, a last minute substitute of the injured Brandon Belt, bobbled the ball, enabling the Padre’s weak hitting clean up and designated hitter to reach base on an error.

Two full count walks later, the bases were jammed with San Diegans. Rodón escaped scoreless when Austin Nola flew out to right.

San Diego’s stellar starter, Joe Musgrove, who began the day at 4-0,2.20 for the 24-14 Padres, also had two out trouble in the first. He yielded a double down the right field line to number three hitter, Mike Yastremski before retiring the side.

When the din of battle had subsided, the Giants had come out on the short end of another one run contest, losing this one 2-1 to the surging friars. Rodón was charged with the loss, and Musgrove credited for the win.

The Manny You Love to Hate put the Pads ahead 1-0 in the third with a towering 425 foot blast that just squeaked over the center field fence. At least some of the blow’s power was due to the 98 mph at which Rodón had thrown his pitch.

The teams traded zeroes for another two and a half innings until a visibly tired Rodón, who had entered the frame with a pitch count of 86, yielded another run in the sixth. Luke Voit led off with a double to left. He advanced a base on Nola’s single to center.

Ha-Seong Kim flew out to right, and runners held. Trent Grisham’s sacrifice bunt to second brought Voit in with the etally that doubled San Diego’s lead.

Crawford’s throw to first on José Azocar’s grounder to short just barely beat the Pads’ left fielder to first, a call that was challenged by the visitors but confirmed by New York, ending the threat.

San Francisco threatened in their half of the sixth. Tommy LaStella sent a ball on one hop into the left centerfield stands for an automatic double. He held his ground when Flores grounded out to short. Yaz walked. And then The Curse of the Lead Off Double struck. Ruf ground into a 6-4-3 twin killing.

Rodón didn’t come out for the Padres’ seventh, relieved by Jarlín García, who held them scoreless on a hit and a walk in his one inning of work. The starting southpaw had pitched well in his six innings of work and might have pitched even better if Ruf´s error hadn’t extended his pitch count in the first.

He ended up having yielded two runs, both earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out six. He threw an even hundred pitches, 68 for strikes, and reduced his ERA a smidgen to 3.43.

The Giants presented a whole new battery in the top of the eighth. Joey Bart was behind the plate, and Domenic Leone was on the mound.

Musgrave lasted seven scoreless innings, in which he gave up four hits and three walks, striking out four. Like Rodón, he threw an even hundred pitches. 64 of his were strikes.

Musgrave’s replacement, Robert Suárez, gave back half of the Padres´ lead. Flores tore into his cut fastball, driving it 386 feet into left field for a solo blast with one down, his. fourth roundtripper of ´22.

José Alvarez pitched to three batters in the top of the ninth, retiring Grisham easily, but walking Azocar and plunking Cronenworth. Mauricio Llovera was given the unenviable task of dealing with Menacing Manny Machado with two on and one out.

Llovera got the National League’s leading hitter to pop out to short, bringing up Profar and his .217 BA. He walked on four pitches, loading the bases. The Giants’ reliever rose to the occasion, striking Myers out looking at a 2-2 sinker.

Taylor Rogers came in to close for the Padres. The Giants countered by calling on the right handed Austin Slater to hit for left handed Pederson against the southpaw.

He singled to right. Crawford then lined out to right. Kim made a gorgeously acrobatic play at second to force Slater out on Estrada’s ground ball, buthis throw to first arrived too late to double up the speedy San Francisco second sacker.

All that stood between the Giants and defeat was Luis González. He took a called third strike.

The Giants will try to salvage at least one victory in this series in a game that will start tomorrow at 1:05. San Diego will start MacKenzie Gore (2-1,2.17) against the Giants’ Alex Wood (3-2,3.93)

Giants fans are the worst in baseball says Padres Profar; Profar was fantoss target of baseballs and beer bottles at Oracle Park Friday

Jurickson Profar (#10) of the San Diego Padres takes off for first after connecting for an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO–A fan threw a beer bottle and another threw a baseball towards leftfield at Oracle Park in San Francisco in the bottom of the third inning during Friday’s game between the visiting San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants and that was enough for the Padres Jurickson Profar who was a target by one of the bad aimed fans.

Profar said after the near miss that Giants fans are “the worst in the league.” Profar exchanged words with fans in the bottom of the third inning after he threw a ball into the third base stands after warming up in the outfield. Profar faked throwing the ball for a souvenir into the left field stands and then turned and tossed it into the third base stands. A fan threw the ball back onto the field.

Fans in leftfield took exception with the verbal exchange and the faking of the souvenir toss and decided to do a little tossing themselves throwing a beer bottle and a baseball at the Padres leftfielder. Profar at that point talked to crew chief umpire Ted Barrett who came out to leftfield to see what was going on as Profar was pointing to the leftfield stands.

Fans started booing when Profar picked up one of the tossed balls and Barrett picked up the other. Profar said he tried to throw it to a Padres fan but a Giants fan intercepted the throw and threw the ball at Profar nearly beaning the Padre outfielder. Profar said the then threw the ball back in the stands then one fan threw a beer bottle at Profar.

Profar said after the game that the fans can talk all they want but when they start throwing things that’s a different thing. It didn’t end there Profar had an silver aluminum beer bottle thrown at him in the bottle of the seventh inning. Profar said he was pretty mad and that he could get a concussion if a beer bottle was to hit him in the back of the head.

Profar said that nobody from security came into the left field stands to stop the beer bottle throwing and after teammate Manny Machado talked to Barrett and a security guard on the field. Rightfielder Wil Myers said about the tough crowd that it’s a tough place but Oracle Park is a nice environment.

Barrett was informed before Saturday’s game that extra police and security will watching for fans tossing anything on the field. Profar was not positioned in the outfield to start Saturday’s game but was in the line up as the designated hitter.

Jurickson a former Oakland A’s player from across the bay played for Oakland for one season in 2019. In spite of that the fans attitude is he’s wearing the wrong uniform and fans at Oracle are viewing the Padres as a rival team.

Jerry Feitelberg is a baseball staff writer for

Padres Manaea returns to Bay with 8-7 victory over Giants in extra innings

San Diego Padres starter Sean Manaea delivers a pitch to the San Francisco Giants line up in the bottom of the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

San Diego. 8 11. 0

San Francisco 7. 10. 0.

10 innings

Friday May 20, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–It was welcome back to the bay night for ex Athletics on the San Diego Padres this evening. Sean Manaea, once the ace of Oakland´s rotation, the southpaw slider specialist from Samoa who no hit the then powerful Red Sox in 2018 started for the Pads, backed up by erstwhile teammate Jurickson Profar, playing left and batting clean up.

Manager Bob Melvin´s return was particularly gratifying since it marked his first game at the helm since his recovery from prostate surgery earlier this month. One time Oakland outfielder Ryan Christenson had been running the team in the skipper´s absence.

Manaea came into the game with a 2-3,3.77 record and had lost his only other start against San Francisco, which came on April 13. He pitched well in that game, allowing both of the Giants’ runs, which were earned, in six innings of work. The Padres had to come back twice from behind to capture the lead and got it for keeps in the top of the 10th inning for a one run 8-7 win at Oracle Park.

Friday night Manaea left without a decision, having surrendered four runs, all earned, in another six inning stint. He threw 96 pitches, 66 of which qualified as strikes, surrendering five hits, two of them home runs. His strikeout total was five, against two walks.

The Giants sent Jakob Juris, another pitcher who seldom throws fast balls from the mound. Juris had been up and down between Sacramento and San Francisco, as had Luis González, who was brought back to the big team when the Giants put LaMonte Wade, Jr., on the 10 day IL with an inflamed left knee.

In a roller coaster of a game, the Padres defeated the Giants in 10 innings.

San Francisco took an early lead in the second on a lead off single by Wilmer Flores, followed by ex-Athletic Tommy LaStella’s foul out to first.

A single by Thairo Estrada and a walk to Brandon Crawford loaded the bases and set the stage for Curt Casali’s sacrifice fly to right. But that was all the scoring the Giants could muster. González fanned to end the inning.

The Padres jumped ahead while it still was daylight. Ha-Seong Kim led off the top of the third with a liner that bounced through Juris’s legs and off Estrada’s glove at second for a single. After Trent Grisham forced Kim at second, Jorge Alfaro bounced a drive down the left field line for a double that brought Grisham home with the tying run.

Jake Cronenworth promptly made the score 3-1 with a 348 foot blast to right for his third round tripper of the season. It came off a slow slider.

San Diego padded its lead before the frame was over. Machado, the Manny you love to hate, singled to right and advanced to third when Eric Hosmer grounded out to short. He then scored on a wild pitch.

Ruff’s second four bagger of the year, with Slater on board in the Giants’ third, took a Manaea sinker 391 feet deep into left and brought the home team closer to the visitors, reducing their advantage to 4-3.

Ruf came through again to tie the game at four with another home run to left. This one went 381 feet and came off a change up.

Thanks to some spiffy fielding by Estrada, Juris got through the sixth frame unscathed and left the game in favor of John Brebbia. All four of the runs the Giants’ starter had allowed were earned. They came on seven hits, one of which went the distance. He didn’t walk anyone but did unleash a costly wild pitch. His pitch count was 76, 52 considered strikes.

Nabil Crismatt relieved Manaea to start the seventh. Curt Casali drove a hanging curve deep to left center field where Profar corralled it at the wall. González proceeded to smack a four seamer to the same field for a two bagger.

Mike Yastrzemski pinch hit for Slater and flew out to right, bringing up Ruf. Could he do it again? San Diego had learned its lesson, and Ruf walked on five pitches. Evan Longoria grounded out to end the threat, leaving the score knotted at four.

It fell to Tyler Rogers to pitch the Padres’ eighth. He almost made it through scoreless, but Will Myers jumped on a 2-2 72 mph slider with runners on second and third for a two run double to right that gave the Friars a 6-4 lead.

Crismatt got two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth but surrendered a double to deep right to Estrada, which ended Crismatt’s tenure on the mound. Lefty Tim Hill came in and retired Crawford on a fly to right.

Zack LIttell started the top of the ninth for the orange and black. He sandwiched a walk to Grisham between strikeouts of Kim and Alfaro and then turned the ball over to José Alvarez to face the top of the Padres order. He only had to face Cronenworth, who sent Yaztremski to the wall to catch his inning-ending fly to center.

Luis García took the mound when the Giants came up for their last turn at bat; it was his first save opportunity of the season. He struck out Joey Bart, who had replaced Casali behind the plate in the top of the inning, and González. Yastrzemski kept the Giants´hopes alive with a single to short, bringing Ruf to the plate once more at a critical juncture.

He took two balls and a strike, then a third ball. Then he swung and missed. He took a fourth ball, putting the potential tying run on base and the potential winning run at the plate. Joc Pederson was announced as a pinch hitter for Longoria. He worked a full count.

He walked, and the bases were loaded for Flores, who blooped a broken single over short tied the score and sent Pederson to second. Now it was up to LaStella. But he went down swinging, the game went into the tenth, and Camilo Doval came in to pitch

Cronenworth was the zombie runner He wasn’t for long; Machado brought him home with a double to center on Doval’s second offering.

He moved onto third when Hosmer grounded out to second and scored when Profar’s liner bounced off Doval’s foot and into right field. Once more, the Giants were down by two.

Robert Suárez came in and attempted to earn the save. Estrada’s ground out to second moved zombie runner LaStella to third.

Crawford, 0 for 3 for the night and hitting .217, singled him home. Bart then struck out for the second time and the second out. Luis González grounded to short and was thrown out on a close play that sealed the Giants´ fate.

García was the winning pitcher. His record now is 2-2,3.77. The loss went to Doval, his second against no wins, raised his ERA to 2.70. Suárez earned the save, his first.

The Giants will try to wreak revenge Saturday afternoon, when they will send Carlos Rodón (4-2,3.49) against Joe Musgrove (4-0,2.20) in the second game of this three game set, scheduled to start at 1:05.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitleberg: Former A’s manager Melvin to have prostate surgery; Had symptoms that led to discovery

Former Oakland A’s manager and current San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin as seen here in the Padres dugout on May 1, 2022 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh will undergo prostate surgery and miss the Padres upcoming nine game road trip (AP file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry former Oakland A’s manager and current San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin will have prostate surgery. Melvin said that he won’t know if it’s cancerous until after the surgery. Jerry could you please explain for he listeners what the procedure of having this kind of surgery is like and if the Padres should be very concerned at this point?

#2 Melvin said he will not be traveling with the Padres this Friday as the team embarks on a nine game road trip and Padres coach Ryan Christianson will be taking over the managing duties how much does something like this weigh on a ball club like the Padres?

#3 Melvin has a lot of friends from his many years with the Oakland A’s and former A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse passed away from having cancer. Melvin’s surgery has really hit home with a lot of people who worked with BoMel in the A’s organization and hope for good news after the surgery.

#4 A’s pitcher Frankie Montas who pitched in Tuesday’s front game of the doubleheader in Detroit and lost surrendering four runs and six hits on 6.1 innings said that outside of the Tigers Jon Schoop’s home run there was not much hard contact against him.

#5 Pitching match ups for today’s fifth and final game at Detroit’s Comerica Park for the A’s RHP James Kaprielian (0-2 ERA 5,87) and for the Tigers Beau Brieske (0-2 ERA 4.20) first pitch is at 10:10 AM PDT.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at

MLB podcast with Bill Gould: Why was Don Orsillo the late Jeremy Remy’s broadcast partner at the Red Sox left out of Remy’s tribute?

Autographed signed photo of former Boston Red Sox broadcasters Jeremy Remy (left) and Don Orsillo (right) (photo from worth point)

Former Boston Red Sox broadcaster and former Sox second baseman Jeremy Remy who passed away after the 2021 season on Oct 30, 2021 had a tribute at Fenway Park at the Sox home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thu Apr 21.

What overshadowed the tribute was Remy’s longtime broadcast partner Don Orsillo was left out of the tribute. Orsillo and Remy broadcasted together on NESN Sports for 15 years. Remy did not renew his NESN contract and left the Sox broadcasts after the 2015 season and Orsillo left to do play by play TV for the San Diego Padres.

Remy who was given the tribute but most notably was Orsillo who was his broadcast partner all those years who had a prepared speech recorded on video was not presented on the Fenway Park video board. This was widely noticed by the media, fans, employees and front office people. Orsillo couldn’t make the tribute in person because he had to broadcast a Padres game but was also surprised when the video was not played during Thursday night’s tribute at Fenway.

Bill Gould Sportstalk analyst shares his views as to what happened and what a shame it was that the Orsillo video was not played recognizing one of the Red Sox most memorable TV analysts Jerry Remy.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: An interesting newsworthy homestand this week for the Giants

San Francisco Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson (left) and San Diego Padres third base coach Mike Schildt (right) address what Richardson said were racial overtones said to him by Schildt on Tue Apr 12th’s game. Schildt said that racial overtones was not his intent. (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

Daniel, on Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres the Giants were running away with the game 10-1 when all of a sudden it was announced that Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson was ejected from the game for instigation.

After the Giants had stole a base and bunted with the nine run lead things got hot as the Padres felt the Giants were piling on. Padres third base coach Mike Schildt too exception to the Giants extra handiwork and started trading words with the Giants dugout more specifically with Richardson when Schildt barked to Giants manager Gabe Kapler to “control this motherf—-er.”

Richardson then came out of the dugout and then was told by third base umpire Greg Gibson to back in the dugout when Richardson didn’t get back to the dugout he was thrown out of the game. Richardson said the words of Schildt had the undertones of racism.

The next day Wednesday Schildt wanted to clear up the misunderstanding with Richardson and the two spoke behind the batting cage and later both addressed the media. Schildt said it was not his intention to make Richardson feel what he said was racial in anyway.

Richardson said the impact of those words had racial undertones because how the words are perceived in the black community and that words can have an impact on a person of color and their community.

After the ejection of Richardson, Giants coach Alyssa Nakken took over coaching over first base for Richardson making Nakken the first woman first base coach in Major League history. Nakken was in the batting cage which is located downstairs behind the Giants dugout was asked to come coach first base.

Nakken said looking past the historical significance of being the first woman to coach in a big league game at first base saying, “Right now in this moment as I reflect back, I reflect back to somebody needed to go out, we needed a coach to coach first base, our first-base coach got thrown out. I’ve been in training as a first-base coach for the last few years and work alongside Antoan, so I stepped in to what I’ve been hired to do, is support this staff and this team,” 

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: SF’s Rondon matches up against Cleveland’s Plesac in Giants first road game Friday

The San Francisco Giants Luke Williams belts a second inning two run double against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on Wed Apr 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 San Francisco Giants (4-2) pitcher Logan Webb held the San Diego Padres (4-3) for eight innings surrendering only four hits.

#2 The Giants Luke Williams hit a two run RBI double in the bottom of the second inning it was just enough for San Francisco to edge the visiting Padres 2-1 at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

#3 Webb who had an 11-3 record last season pitched like a 20 game winner Wednesday afternoon picking up his first win against no loses. Webb threw for eight, surrendered four hits and one earned run, didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven batters.

#4 Don’t blink if you were watching this matinee as this one took only 2:11 so far the fastest game the Giants have played this season.

#5 The Giants will be part of history. It will be the first time the Guardians will be playing under their new name in Cleveland. Starting pitchers for the Giants left hander Carlos Rodon and for the Guardians Zach Plesac.

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