That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Murakami whacks walk off double for 6-5 Japan win over Mexico in WBC; Reds Votto could be heading to Toronto; plus more

Japan players celebrate after Masataka Yoshida hit a home run scoring Kensuke Kondoh and Shohei Ohtani during the seventh inning of a World Baseball Classic game against Mexico, Monday, March 20, 2023, in Miami. (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury, I got to ask you team owners, general managers, managers, and coaches just to name a few have to be a little concerned when loaning some of their key star players to future World Baseball Classics after what happened to Team Venezuela and Houston Astro Jose Altuve getting hit on the hand and suffering a finger fracture.

#2 In the World Baseball Classic Japan’s Munetaka Murakami struggled in most of his at bats against Mexico but in the end Murakami after going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Murakami ripped a two run double off the centerfield fence that scored the game winning runs and won it for Team Japan 6-5 knocking in Shohei Ohtani and Masataka Yoshida for two RBIs.

#3 The Cincinnati Reds are considering trading Joey Votto to the Toronto Blue Jays if Votto would ask for the trade. The Reds would like to hold onto Votto but would seek a deal with the Blue Jays if Votto pushed for it if the Reds were out of the hunt later this season.

#4 Team USA teed off on Team Cuba on Sunday for a 14-2 win and they got home run help from Team USA’s Trea Turner. What went wrong with Cuba’s pitching they were in Team USA’s wheel house who pulled them over the fence.

#5 Amaury, San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo has just about one batter in him as he will go to the mound on Mon Mar 27th at Oracle Park to pitch to his last batter of his career as Romo will be retiring as a Giant when they face the Oakland A’s in the final exhibition game between the two clubs. Romo was on the 2012 and 2014 World Series Championship teams.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez and Manolo Hernandez Douen for the play by play action of 71 home games of the Oakland A’s on the A’s Spanish radio network 1010 KIQI San Francisco and 990 KATD Pittsburgh and read That’s Amaury News and Commentary at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Giants Jones gets four year deal $106 million; Knicks-Kings toe to toe Thursday night; plus more

The New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) as both players have re-upped their contracts with the Giants this week (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:

#1 The New York Giants were quite happy with signing quarterback Daniel Jones in a four year $160 million deal. The Giants likewise used their non exclusive franchise tag in signing running back Saquon Barkley for $10.09 million in the 2023 season.

#2 The red hot Sacramento Kings (38-26) will be hosting the red hot New York Knicks (39-27) Thursday night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Both the Knicks and Kings have won nine of their last ten games. Both teams came into Sacramento having won their last games. The Knicks won in overtime over Charlotte on Tuesday and the Kings defeating New Orleans on Monday night.

#3 The Brooklyn Nets (37-28) picked up their fifth win in 11 games after defeating the Houston Rockets (15-50) on Tuesday night in Houston. The Nets had lost four straight games before winning these last three games including against the Rockets. Have they found their way after dealing Kevin Durant to Phoenix and Kyrie Irving to Boston.

#4 Two time Kansas City Royals All Star Lorenzo Cain has hung it up he will make it official by retiring as a Kansas City Royal this May when the team gives him a day at Kaufman Stadium. Cain is going to make the Hall of Fame came home and asked his two sons if he should hang it up and they both said they wanted him home.

#5 Jessica, were getting a little of everything this spring first the Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani so far in two games hit two three run home runs and hit a home run while on one knee for the Japanese baseball team. Also the New York Yankees Aaron Judge belted his first spring training home run a 347 foot blast and he did it swinging on one knee on Monday night.

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That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: BoSox Turner gets 16 stitches after beaning; Clevinger no discipline after domestic violence accusation; plus more

Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner is assisted off the field after getting hit in the mouth from a Detroit Tigers Matt Manning pitch (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, how scary does it get as Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner takes a pitch to the mouth from Detroit Tigers right hand pitcher Matt Manning. Turner walked off the field under his own power and had to get 16 stitches. The Sox reported Turner had swelling and was back home resting.

#2 Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger was not disciplined after being accused of domestic violence by the mother of his one year daughter. According to his 24 year old girlfriend Olivia Finestead said Clevinger allegedly strangled, slapped, Finestead and threw chewing tobacco at his daughter. Clevinger was accused of throwing an i pad at Finestead.

#3 The Chicago Cubs pitcher right hander Adam Sampson was ready to pitch to his teammates in a live simulated game and had a challenge with the pitch clock not being able to throw before the 15 seconds winded down. Sampson had a hard time pacing himself and ended up throwing the ball rather than pitching it because he didn’t want to be late for the clock.

#4 Los Angeles pitcher Shohei Ohtani made some at bats count in Monday’s World Baseball Classic hitting two three run home runs for Team Japan against the Hanshin Tigers in Japan’s 8-1 win. He’s swinging the bat in a way that would make Babe Ruth proud.

#5 Oakland A’s first baseman Jesus Aguilar says he hopes to help build something good for the A’s this season. A’s manager Mark Kotsay said that he hopes to put last season behind and is looking to having a great year this year.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez has all your play by play on the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at

Vogt homers in last career at bat to give A’s 3-2 edge over Halos at Coliseum; Oakland sweeps LA in three games

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt rounds third base after hitting a go ahead home run in his final career at bat in the bottom of the seventh at the Oakland Coliseum off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Zack Weiss on Wed Oct 5, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles (73-09). 2. 6. 0

Oakland (60-102). 3. 4. 0

Wednesday, October 4, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-In a famous essay published in “Take Time for Paradise,” one time professor academic administrator, and, incidentally, MLB Commissioner , A. Bartlett Giamatti publicly confided that baseball “breaks your heart, it is designed to break your heart.

The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

The final alliteration gently calls attention to the puns on “fall,” the season of the year and the consequence of man’s first disobedience. You can hear the leaves fall, while the persistence of aural memory also suggests a slight, stuttering misreading of the phrase to give us “leaves you to face the fall all alone,” all of which makes the whole paragraph vibrate beyond all the fancy writing of its opening sentence.

Giamatti expresses a true sentiment, and does it beautifully. But it is a limited, parochial sentiment. Baseball’s reach extends beyond New England. where Giamatti was born, studied, taught, and eventually reigned over Yale University.

Try telling that to a baseball fan from the vast reservoir of baseball talent that is the Caribbean basin! The Caribbean Series ends in early to middle February, just days before pitchers and catchers report to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

The climate of the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t as harsh as that of New Haven,CT, and enviorons. That’s one reason why the old PCL used to have seasons of more than 200 games. But we do have an autumn, and that does

contribute to the sadness we feel when the baseball season ends, successfully or, as happened to both our teams this year, in failure.

The the game, a squeaker that the A’s won 3-2 on an emotional filled home run by Stephen Vogt, ended a high note, and the sadness, at least for me, set in later.

It was a warm, sunny day in Oakland, but there still was a resigned sadness mixed in with the festive cheering among the 11,232 fans in the old ball park before Vogt’s electrifying homer.

The presence of Sohei Ohtani on the mound and at the plate added to the emotional complexity of the game. Even A’s fans wish him well and appreciate the added excitement he brings, especially when pitching, to the game. His performance today in that category was excellent.

Ohtani set down the first 13 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner until he issued a 3-2 walk to Vogt with one down the the bottom of the fifth Chad Pinder followed that with Oakland’s first hit, a ringing double to left that moved Vogt to third. Ernie Clement ran for Pinder, but it was Vogt who scored the tie breaking run on a sac fly to center by Conner Capel.

That ended Ohtani tenure on the mound, but he stayed in the game as designated hitter. His pitching line was one run, earned, on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings. He threw 69 pitches, 46 for strikes. He was charged with a tough loss left him at 15-9, 2.33.

At the plate, Ohtani went went one for four and made the final out in the in the Halos’ last ditch attempt to tie the game in the eighth.

The numbers that Ken Waldichuk, Oakland’s starting pitcher, brought with him (1-2,6.28) were no match for Ohtani’s (15-8,3.55), but the young left hander more than proved himself up to the ocassion. He threw seven innings of three hit shutout ball, walking just one batter and hitting another. He struck out four Angels and threw 100 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.

Waldichuk earned his second win, evening his record at 2-2 while his ERA dipped to 4.93

Nash Walters was the new Halo hurler in the bottom of the sixth. He lasted the minimum allowable three batter, allowing a one out single to Tony Kemp and a walk to Sean Murphy.

Portsider Rob Zastryzny took over and retired Seth Brown and Jordán Díaz. The two runners advanced a base on a wild pitch to Díaz, but no one scored, and the A’s retained their 1-0 lead.

Zack Weiss replaced Zastryzny replaced Walters for the home seventh and faced Vogt, who pulled a Ted Williams on Weiss’s first pitch. It was the fan favorite’s last at bat, and he pulled a 94 fastball 369 feet into the right field seats.

Oakland tacked another run on to that with a one out single by Capel, who stole second before García struck out on a wild pitch that put runners on the corners. Capel then scored on Allen’s sac fly to right that put the home team ahead 3-0.

The Halos closed the gap to 3-2 after Norge Ruíz replaced Waldichuk in the seventh. Jo Adell opened with a triple to right center that originally was

scored as a double and a error, but the scorer checked the video and gave Adell the three base hit. Logan O’Hoppe smacked a pinch hit single to left to make it 3-2.After Rengifo grounded into a 6 unassited-3 DP, Trout blasted his 40th home run of the year, a monster shot 462 feet into the upper deck in straightaway center field.

That brought Kirby Snead in from the bullpen to put out the fire with a ground out to third by Ohtani. That and a perfect top of the ninth gave Snead his first save of the year.

Jaime Barría retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.

That’s all, folks, for 2022.

Headline Sports podcast with Bruce MacGowan: Black pioneers in Bay Area broadcasting; Giants and A’s winding down 2022; plus more

Former KRON 4 Sportscaster Jan Hutchins is part of the discussion on Headline Sports with Bruce MacGowan on today’s podcast. Here Hutchins is in a publicity shot for the San Jose Rotary Club where he spoke in 2013 (Rotary Club of San Jose file photo)

On the podcast with Bruce:

#1 Bruce last regular home game for the San Francisco Giants hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Winding it down what changes do you see the Giants needing to improve in the off season.

#2 The Oakland A’s lost their 100th game on Friday it’s something a big league hates to have hanging over their season and go into the record books.

#3 San Francisco 49ers have some pressure after losing to the Denver Broncos last week. The 49ers really need to go after the Rams early on Monday Night Football.

#4 The Oakland A’s host the Los Angeles Angels starting this Monday night. The Angels and Shohei Ohtani will be on hand at Coliseum after Ohtani had signed a one year contract that takes him through 2023 for $30 million.

#5 The Golden State Warriors opened up their pre season in Japan this week. Talk has been the can repeat this season.

Bruce MacGowan podcasted Headlines Sports during Sunday SF Giants home games in 2022 at

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Oakland tax payers worried about Howard Terminal costs; A’s look to try their luck against Angels Ohtani at the Big A tonight

Artists rendition of proposed Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland. Oakland residents are concerned about taxes from the project. The Oakland City Council are also concerned about the infrastructure costs as well (Artists rendition from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Howard Terminal project still up in the air the A’s brass has been to Las Vegas twice visiting prospective sites.

#2 The main concern is the Oakland taxpayer has regarding the cost of paying for the Howard Terminal Project which is estimated at $12 billion.

#3 Jerry one of the other major concerns regarding Howard Terminal is the infrastructure concerns is public transit with Amtrak and Southern Pacific railroads around the ballpark and how public transit will get fans and employees to the ballpark.

#4 The A’s currently in Anaheim and will see the Angels for another three series at the Oakland Coliseum next week starting Monday night. That might be a positive thing in playing a team twice in a week.

#5 The A’s go at it again tonight against the Angels the A’s will start Cole Irvin (9-12, 4.11) and for the Angels Shohei Ohtani (14-8, 2.47) a 6:38 pm first pitch at the Big A.

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That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s Blackburn says he’s a loss for words on All Star selection; Met’s Alonso says he’s the best hitter on the planet for home run derby; plus more

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn is jubilant in this Apr 27, 2022 game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Blackburn who started in this 1-0 shutout had five relievers follow him to keep the shutout going. Blackburn will be the A’s lone representative for the mid summer classic this year at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Tue Jul 19, 2022. ( file photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 The Oakland A’s lone representative pitcher Paul Blackburn is honored to be representing the A’s for the 2022 All Star Game in Los Angeles on July 19th. Blackburn said that he was a loss for words upon learning last Sunday he would get the honor.

#2 Blackburn 28 was 6-2 and currently is 6-4 has pitched in a number of games where he’s gone seven innings or more but in some of his loses he didn’t get much run support and got the loss.

#3 Amaury, Blackburn mentioned that he’s really looking forward to seeing and talking with Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani and other American League players. For Blackburn it’s an experience he soon won’t forget.

#4 The home run derby is one of the most anticipated events at the All Star Game and all attention most likely will be on the New York Mets Pete Alonso who won two home run derbies and winning the $1 million prize each time.

#5 Alonso didn’t hold back after winning in the 2021 All Star Game’s home run derby in Denver last season saying that he’s the best power hitter on the planet.

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The Year of the Angels? Series with A’s at Oakland this weekend

The Los Angeles Angels scoreboard at the Big A in Anaheim shows one out in the top of the ninth with the Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier at the plate during Angel pitcher Reid Detmers No-hitter on Tue May 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

The Year of the Angels? Series with A’s At Oakland this Weekend

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

OAKLAND–Could this be the year of the Angels? On Tuesday at Angels Stadium their 22-year-old lefty Reid Detmer pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 12th no-no in the history of the Angels. The rookie had no words to describe his feat. So far, it looks like this could be their year. It is early in the season and I still believe the Houston Astros are the team to beat in this division.

Noah Syndergaard, the ex-Mets starter, looks as good as the $21 million one-year contract he got from the Anaheim team, but their lineup is really most menacing.

There is no rest for pitchers against this lineup, with Brandon Marsh, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh, one after the other, they all pack a punch. Their pitching rotation is doing well and if they can maintain any type of respectable pitching this team will be in the race all season long.

The biggest enemy for the LA Angels? Injuries. They have two of the best players in the world in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and then one of the best all-around third basemen in Anthony Rendon, very underrated as an all-around player. These guys are irreplaceable. Especially because this organization doesn’t have much ready in the minor leagues.

Jo Addell, whom the Angels expected this season to blossom into the star outfielder he can be, has not done it so far. He was recently sent to the minor leagues for more seasoning. Late in April they officially designated veteran outfielder Justin Upton for assignment, as a team will honor all the $28 million he is owed this season.

Two months into the season, the Los Angeles Angels are clicking on all cylinders and their leader Mike Trout (who was hurt most of last season) is hungry to take his team to the postseason. The last time they made the playoffs was in 2014.

In their 61 seasons, they’ve been in the playoffs a total of 10 times. In 2002 under manager Mike Scioscia (pre dating these players of today) they beat the Giants and won the World Series.

But this current Angels crew has never experienced such a thing. During their 2021 season their three-time MVP Mike Trout only played in 27 games due to injury (ironically 27 is also his famous number).

Shohei Ohtani is a tremendous athlete, the only two-way star player currently in baseball, and the most famous since… Babe Ruth. However, this is Trout’s team, he is the leader by example, great talent, and professionalism.

I was calling the game for the Angels on FSW when Mike Trout made his major league debut. He was called to replace Peter Bourjos in center field. That night (July 8, 2011) Mike Trout made his debut, started the game in center field, and hit in the ninth position, he went 0 for 3.

During his first season, he struggled and played a total of 40 games. Next year, when he started 2012 ‘from scratch’ in Spring Training with an opportunity, he seized it and has been their All-Star center fielder ever since.

There is nothing Mike Trout cannot do on the field. The LA Angels need a healthy Mike Trout all year long, not only because of his productivity, but he is the soul of this team, and as Trout goes so do the Angels. By the way, Mike Trout was the 25th pick in the 2009 draft.

Beginning Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. Friday 6:40, Saturday DH/1:07, and 6:40. and Sunday 1:07. The most improved Minnesota Twins will follow for a 3-game series beginning on Monday and ending on Wednesday, before the A’s pack and go on the road again.

The Angels and Bundy bounce back on Saturday to hand the A’s a 4-1 loss

by Charlie O. Mallonee

The Oakland Athletics were not able to capitalize on their big Friday night extra-inning win on Saturday. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came out and played the game as if Friday night never happened. In a term every little leaguer knows, “they just flushed it!” and beat the Athletics 4-1.

Dylan Bundy made the difference for LAA

Bundy (1-0) made his debut as an Angel after having been with Baltimore his entire career. As a former number one draft pick, much was expected of Bundy, but many have graded his time as an Oriole as a disappointment. He posted a record of 38-45 in 127 starts with a 4.67 ERA. During most of that time, the Baltimore baseball operations department has been less than stellar.

Bundy came to the Angels in an off-season trade in exchange for four minor league players.

On Saturday, Bundy gave up just one run (earned) on three hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6.2 innings. He faced 24 batters and threw 90 pitches (64 strikes).

Manaea was not a mystery on Saturday

Justin Upton put the Angels up on the board in the fourth inning when took a 1-1 pitch from Manaea over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season. It was also the 299th home run of Upton’s career.

Manaea had retired the previous 11 hitters he faced.

The fifth inning proved to be Manaea’s downfall. The Angels scored three runs off four hits. That sent Manaea (0-1) to the showers as J.B. Wendelken came on in relief.

With their 4-0 lead, the Angels never looked back.

A’s threatened in the seventh

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Stephen Piscotty doubled down the left-field line. After a pitching change, Robbie Grossman drove Piscotty home with single to left. Grossman was able to steal second base and Chad Pinder walked. Grossman moved up to third on a wild pitch by Keynan Middleton. Austin Allen then grounded out to end the inning.

That would be all of the scoring for Oakland in the game.

The highlight for the A’s

Jesus Luzardo entered the game in the top of the sixth inning for Oakland. Everyone was anxious to see if the young pitcher could pick up where he left off from last season.

Luzardo threw 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just one hit while striking out two and walking one batter. He faced 10 hitters and tossed 44 pitches (28 strikes).

Luzardo ended 2019 with four scoreless outings and now has a 10.0-inning scoreless streak. He has given up just two runs in 15.0 career innings with 1.20 ERA.

Up next

There will many eyes watching the game on Sunday. The Angels will send their two-way superstar – Shohei Ohtani – to the mound to make a pitching start for the first time since 2018. He was unable to pitch in 2019 while recovering from “Tommy John Surgery’. In 2018, Ohtani posted a record of 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts. He recorded a 1.16 WHIP.

Mike Fiers will make the start for the A’s. Fiers finished 2019 with a record of 15-4 in 33 starts and an ERA of 3.90. He worked 184.2 innings and struck out 126 batters with a 1.19 WHIP.

Despite obvious flaws, Shohei Ohtani continues to shine for the Angels

Photo credit: @AngelsRadioKLAA

By Mizhuo Takagi

OAKLAND — Despite him missing 2/3rds of the season as a pitcher and the Los Angeles Angels having a losing season, two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohitani has proven his abilities and remains a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award.

Ichiro Suzuki was the sensation when he made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2001, and the high-volume contact hitter not only won the AL Rookie of the Year, but also the AL MVP. 17 years later Ohtani crossed the ocean from Japan, but he is totally different. He is a slugger and a pitcher who can throw the ball over 100 miles per hour.

Ohtani made his debut as DH on March 29, and as a pitcher on April 1. Both debuts occurred in Oakland and the lucky fans in the Bay Area got to watch him hit and pitch.

Ohtani’s two-way endeavor brought excitement to both sides of the Pacific. In fact, there were approximately 200 Japanese reporters and crew members on Opening Day and 100 to 150 through the season when he plays at home.

Ohtani was met with skepticism, but he was named AL Player of the Week on April 8, and later AL Rookie of the Month for April.

When Ohtani’s right elbow injury was reported in June, disappointment spread. It was like, “the dream is over!” But he came back after missing six weeks with the injury and one of the two dreams is still alive. He continues to hit homers and contribute to production.

On September 2, Ohtani became the first player to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings since Babe Ruth. Now, he has extended the number of HRs to 20. He received his second career Player of the Week honor on September 10.

Ohtani played DH during three-game series against the A’s from September 18 to 20, and there were Ohtani fans all the way from Japan who stopped by Oakland just to watch him play.

Osamu and Noriko Suzuki, who used to live in Menlo Park in 2001, visited the Bay Area to watch Ohtani play. His first season in the MLB may be a let down, but they felt relieved rather than disappointed.

The Suzukis said, “We were worried about his injury, but he is hitting well and even a Rookie of the Year candidate. It could have been a better season, but I think he has a great season and we are happy for him.”

Japanese college student, Taku Shibata, and his three friends were all decked out in Ohtani t-shirts in Oakland.

Shibata said, “I hope he will continue to play two-way as long as he can. It would have been awesome if I could watch him pitch too, but I will definitely come and watch him when he recovers from injury. He is truly a star for my generation.”

If Ohtani undergoes Tommy John surgery, he will likely not return to the mound until 2020. It has been reported that he has not made any decision yet and is trying to look at other options. So many pitchers have gone through Tommy John surgery, but there is no example nor two-way player like him.