Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Vogt’s hit gets A’s winning RBI in 8-7 win in Arlington

The Oakland A’s Stephen Vogt is excited over getting the go ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington on Wed Sep 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Oakland A’s hitter Stephen Vogt caught a huge break with the score tied at 7-7 in the top of the ninth inning he hit a grounder towards Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Segar that glanced off his glove for an error that allowed the go ahead run to score for the eventual A’s win 8-7.

#2 Earlier in the ninth Sheldon Neuse got a pinch hit single that scored Vimeal Machin who doubled earlier. Neuse’s hit tied the game up 7-7. Everything is timing if your going to mount a comeback in the ninth inning.

#3 A’s manager Mark Kotsay had nothing but high praise for Vogt and was grateful for his efforts on Wednesday night, “For him to come through for us, I believe in Stephen Vogt.” said Kotsay.

#4 Vogt said in a post game interview after the game that he got the ball between Segar and Marcus Semien and tried to will the ball to left center but it didn’t matter how it got there he was happy to help get the run across on an error.

#5 The A’s open up a four game series starting tonight at Minute Maid Field in Houston. The Astros are going for the gold and the A’s just want to satisfy themselves hoping to split or take the series. The A’s will start James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79) for the Astros Lance McCullers Jr (3-1, 2.20) a 4:20 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s rally to beat Rangers8-7; Vogt gets game winning hit; Acevedo gets the save

Oakland A’s closer Domingo Acevedo shuts the door on the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the ninth for the win at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington on Wed Sep 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s faced the Texas Rangers for the final time in the 2022 season. Still smarting from the walk-off loss to Texas Tuesday night, the A’s turned the tables on the Rangers as Oakland returned from a 7-4 deficit to win 8-7.

For the second night in a row, each team had double-digit hits in the game. Each team homered three times. The only question was who would be the team that would come out on top. The A’s turned out to be the team that would be the winner.

For the second night in a row, the A’s scored first. In the top of the second, first baseman Dermis Garcia blasted his fourth home run. The ball traveled 395 feet over the wall in left field to give Oakland the lead 1-0.

The Rangers tallied four in their half of the second. Rangers’ third baseman, Mark Mathias, who homered twice Tuesday night, homered again leading off the second. It was Mathias’ sixth, and the ball went 415 feet into left-field stands.

With one out, Jonah Heim singled. Sears hit Nick Solak with a pitch to put two men on with one out. Sears stuck out Leody Taveras for the second out. The next hitter was former A’s shortstop Marcus Semien. Semien had three doubles Tuesday night.

As a former Oakland Athletic, Marcus loves to torment his former team. Every time he is at the plate, Marcus wants to show what the A’s lost when Oakland let him leave as a free agent after the 2020 season. Semien blasted his 23rd dinger over the fence in left-center field to put the Rangers ahead 4-1.

In the third, the Rangers put another run on the board. Nate Lowe, a very dangerous and hot hitter, doubled. Sears gave up a single to Mark Mathias, and Lowe scored on the play. The Rangers led 5-1.

The A’s rallied to plate three runs in the fifth. With one out, Sean Murphy worked Dane Dunning for a walk. A’s right-fielder Seth Brown homered for the 22nd time to make it a 5-3 game. Back-to-back doubles by Ramon Laureano and Vimael Machin put the A’s down by one 5-4.

The Rangers answered with two runs in their half of the fifth. A’s manager Mark Kotsay brought in Collin Wiles to pitch. Adolis Garcia greeted Wiles by blasting a triple. Wiles retired Mathias and Josh Jung for the first two outs. Wiles had to face former A’s catcher Jonah Heim.

Heim went to Texas before the start of the 2021 season in the trade for Elvis Andrus. Heim, like Marcus Semien, loves to beat his former team. Heim hit his 14th big fly of the year to propel the Rangers into a 7-4 advantage. 

The A’s fought back. Oakland put two more runs on the board in the sixth. Nick Allen started the rally with a single. Tony Kemp, playing second base Wednesday night, homered to bring the A’s back to within one. Texas led 7-6. 

If the A’s had any hopes of winning the game, they knew the bullpen had to shut down the powerful Texas offense. Kotsay’s bullpen did the job. Kirby Snead, Tyler Cyr, and Sam Moll kept the Rangers off the board in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. Then came the fateful ninth.

In the ninth, Sean Murphy singled to get the rally going. Murphy went to second on Seth Brown’s ground out. Kotsay inserted Sheldon Neuse as a pinch-runner for Murphy. Vimael Machin doubled for the second time to drive in Neuse with the tying run. Machin scored the winning run on Ranger’s shortstop Corey Seager’s fielding error. The A’s led 8-7, with Texas coming up in the bottom half of the inning.

Lefty reliever Sam Moll was on the hill to close out the game. Things did not go well for Oakland to start the ninth. Seager reached on Machin’s error. Nate Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice. Seager was out at second.

Rangers’ skipper Toney Beasley sent in the speedy Bubba Thompson to run for Lowe. Bubba was picked off trying to steal second. The play went 1-3-6. All the A’s need was one more out. Moll walked Adolis Garcia. Kotsay brought in righty Domingo Garcia to face Mark Mathias. Mathias, who had a homer and two RBIs, struck out to end the game. The A’s win 8-7

Game Notes: With the win, the A’s are now 52-91. The Rangers fell to 62-81. The Rangers won the season series eleven games to eight.

The A’s line was eight runs, ten hits, and one error. The line for Texas was seven runs, ten hits, and one error.

J.P.Sears had a second consecutive tough outing. Sears went four innings and allowed seven hits and four runs. He walked one, stuck out three, and allowed two home runs. Sears threw 80 pitches. Collin Wils worked one and 1/3rd inning. Willes allowed three hits and two runs. One of the hits was a gopher ball. Snead, Cyr, Moll, and acevedo did not allow a hit or a run.

The A’s travel to Houston to start a four-game series with the Houston Astros starting Thursday night. James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79) will go for Oakland. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers, Jr. (3-1, 2.20) first pitch 4:20 pm PDT.

Rangers win thriller in walk-off 8-7; Sixth loss for A’s in seven games

The Texas Rangers Mark Mathias is greeted by teammates at the plate after swinging for a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the visiting Oakland A’s in the first of a two game series at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington on Tue Sep 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers played a very entertaining game Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Both teams had no trouble solving the slants of two lefty starting pitchers. Rangers’ starter Cole Ragans went four-plus innings and allowed eight hits and seven runs.

The A’s Ken Waldichuk lasted five innings. Waldichuk allowed eight hits and five runs. Seven of the eight hits were for extra bases. The Rangers had six doubles, one home run, and a single. Texas tied the game in the seventh and won on a walk-off home run to win 8-7.

Oakland drew first blood in the top of the first. With two out, Chad Pinder singled. Pinder went to second on a wild pitch. Ragans then walked Shea Langeliers. The next hitter, A’s first baseman, Dermis Garcia, belted his third home run to give Oakland an early 3-0 lead.

The Rangers weren’t fazed. They put two on the board in their half of the first. Former A’s shortstop Marcus Semien led off with a double. Waldichuk retired the next two hitters. Adolis Garcia doubled to drive in Semien. Third baseman Josh Jung also doubled to drive in Garcia. The A’s led 3-2 

The A’s scored three times in the top of the fourth. With one out, Jonah Bride and Sheldon Neuse singled. Nick Allen’s double drove in two. Cristian Pache singled to give Oakland a 6-2 lead. 

The A’s made it 7-2 in the top of the fifth. Chad Pinder led off the inning with a double. Rangers’ manager Tony Beasley brought in lefty Taylor Hearn to pitch. Hearn Retired Langeliers for the first out. Garcia doubled to drive in Pinder. 

The Rangers plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Waldichuk was tagged for back-to-back doubles by Marcus Semien and Mark Mathias. Waldichuk retired Nate Lowe for the first out. Adolis Garcia blasted his 25th homer to make it 7-5 after five. Waldichuk was done for the night. He allowed six doubles, one home run, and one single in his five innings. He threw 82 pitches.

The Rangers tied the game in the seventh. Austin Pruitt was on the hill for Oakland. Marcus Semien led off the inning with his third double of the night. It was the first time in Semien’s career that he had three doubles in a game. The next hitter, Mark Mathias, homered to make it 7-7.

The Rangers’ relievers, lefties Taylor Hearn and Brook Burke, allowed the A’s just one hit in the last four innings of the game. The A’s A.J.Puk pitched well in the seventh and eighth. A’s manager Mark Kotsay brought in Joel Payamps to pitch the ninth.

Payamps retired Semien for the first out. The next hitter, Mark Mathias, sent the Rangers’ fans home with smiles as he hit his second home run of the night to win it for Texas 8-7.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 51-91. Texas improved to 62-80. 

The line score for Oakland was seven runs, ten hits, and no errors. Texas’ line was eight runs, eleven hits, and no errors. The Rangers hit seven doubles, three home runs, and just one lonely single. It was quite an impressive display of power. 

Dermis Garcia doubled and homered to drive in four runs. Chad Pinder had three hits for Oakland. The hitting stars for Texas were Marcus Semien, with three doubles, and Mark Mathias, with a double and two home runs.

The A’s and Texas have played 18 times this year. Texas leads 11-7. 

Lefty J.P.Sears (5-2, 3.33) goes for Oakland on Wednesday. Dane Dunning (3-8, 4.39) will pitch for Texas.

The time of the game was 2:41. 14,916 people watched a very entertaining game.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s open two game series tonight in Arlington against Rangers

The Oakland A’s will be sending out starter Ken Waldichuk (64) for Tue Sep 14, 2022’s contest in Arlington against the Texas Rangers (White Cleat Beat file photo)

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

#1 Amaury, the Oakland A’s had the day off on Monday and get ready for the Texas Rangers tonight at Arlington. The A’s are coming off a win on Sunday defeating the Chicago White Sox convincingly 10-3.

#2 The A’s were in need for the win they were on a six game homestand which they had up to Sunday lost every game at home and salvaged Sunday’s game with a six run fifth inning.

#3 The A’s were able to get some help from Ramon Laureano who hit two home runs after replacing rightfielder Chad Pinder.

#4 Pinder was ejected for arguing about a ball he hit that hit the leftfield chalk line as to it being fair or foul it was ruled foul and on his way to the outfield Pinder expressed his truest feeling to third base umpire Edwin Moscosco who ejected Pinder.

#5 A’s are in Arlington Tuesday night and will start Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 3.60) and for the Rangers Cole Ragans (0-2, 3.80) a 5:05pm PDT first pitch.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez whose the Spanish play by play radio voice for the Oakland A’s on flagship station 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s Preview: A’s and Rangers open up two game set in Arlington on Tuesday

By Jerry Feitelberg

The A’s, suffering from their worst season since 1979, have 21 games left on the schedule. They are on the road for two with the Texas Rangers and four with the Astros in Houston. They return home for three with the playoff-bound Seattle Mariners and three with the National League first-place New York Mets. Oakland travels to LA for three with the Angels and three more with the Mariners. The A’s finish the season hosting the Angels for the final three games of the year. The A’s are 51-90 so far this season. They must win twelve of the last 21 games to avoid 100 losses. It will not be easy as they play three teams heading for the playoffs; the Astros, the Mariners, and the Mets.

The schedule has them playing two against the Rangers for the final time this season. The guys that hang out at Globe Life Field are tied with the Angels for third place in the AL West. Both teams own a 61-69 record. Neither team has lived up to expectations this year. Both teams have fired their manager midway through the year. The Angels dismissed Joe Maddon and replaced him with Phil Nevins. The Rangers fired Chris Woodward and named Tony Beasly as the interim manager. Both the Angels and Rangers spent heavily to improve the team. Money did not do the trick.
On the other hand, Oakland traded away several of its top players to reduce payroll. Gone are Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea, Jake Diekman, Sergio Romo, Starling Marte, Yan Gomes, and Josh Harrison. The A’s released three veterans midway through the season. Gone are Jed Lowrie, Stephen Piscotty, and Elvis Andrus. The A’s have used 60 players, including 28 rookies and 19 rookie pitchers. They have the worst record in baseball. Their team batting average is .217. The A’s are trying out players that they think will be on the roster in 2023. They have two veterans that may be shopped over the winter. They are catcher Sean Murphy and outfielder Ramon Laureano.

So, this brings us to Tuesday night’s game with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers gave huge contracts to Marcus Semien and Corey Seager before the start of the 2022 season. The Rangers were hoping to challenge the Astros for the AL West crown. The Rangers forgot to get pitching. They have guys who can hit the ball out of the park but need pitching. To contend, Texas, like all the teams in the playoffs race, needs three basic things: good hitting, good pitching, and good defense. It’s called strength up the middle. The Rangers have several core players to build around. They include Nate Lowe, Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Adolis Garcia, and Jonah Heim. These guys can play. Rookie Bubba Thompson is hitting .296 and could be a player for Texas.

The A’s will be looking to see if players like Nick Allen, Cristian Pache, Jonah Bride, Dermis Garcia, Cody Thomas, Skye Bolt, and Cal Stevenson fit into their plans for 2023. Will the A’s keep veteran players like Tony Kemp, Chad Pinder, Sheldon Neuse, and Seth Brown? So, let’s look at the starting pitchers for the next two games.

On Tuesday, The A’s will send rookie lefty Ken Waldichuk to the hill to face the Rangers. Waldichuk will be making his third start. He is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. In his last start against a very powerful Atlanta Brave lineup, Waldichuk went five and 1/3rd innings. He allowed three hits and three runs. His only problem was that two of the hits left the park. The Braves won the game 7-3. The Rangers will send their rookie lefty Cole Ragans to the mound. Ragans is 0-2 with a 3.80 ERA. Ragans has yet to win his first game in the bigs.

On Wednesday, lefty J.P.Sears will be looking to rebound from his tough outing against the Chicago White Sox last week. Sears and Waldichuk came to Oakland in the trade that sent Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees. Sears lasted two innings and allowed eight hits and six runs. Three of the hits were home runs. Righty Dane Dunning will pitch for Texas. Dunning has faced the A’s twice this year. On May 29th, he went four and 1/3rd inning and allowed seven hits and three runs. Dunning did not figure in the decision. He beat the A’s on August 18th. Dunning went six innings in that game and allowed four hits and two runs. He got credit for the win.

The Rangers want to finish in third place in the AL West. The A’s want to get any wins to avoid losing 100 or more games. The Rangers are 11-6 against the A’s this year. The odds favor the Rangers, but as they say in baseball; “You never know”

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Everybody hits on Dave Stewart day as A’s clobber Sox 10-2

Oakland A’s outifelder Cristian Pache hits a single off the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Sep 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara big celebration at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday as the A’s retired former pitcher Dave Stewart’s number 34 which Dave gave a tremendous thanks every on the dais and all the fans throughout the A’s years.

#2 Tony Kemp the A’s second baseman became the first Oakland lead off hitter to score four runs, hit a home run which actually helped the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox by a huge score 10-3.

#3 The A’s Ramon Laureano slugged two home runs and replaced Chad Pinder in rightfield. The A’s also had Vimeal Machin at third base who hit a two run double in the bottom of the fifth inning.

#4 The A’s held the Sox to only three runs. Starter Cole Irvin pitched seven innings, four hits and three runs.

#5 The A’s now open a two game series against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night and will start Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 3.60) and for the Rangers Cole Ragans (0-2, 3.80) a 5:05pm PDT first pitch.

Join the voice of Oakland A’s podcasting Barbara Mason Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kotsay, Pinder, A’s take frustrations out on Sox 10-3; Oakland snaps 5 game loss streak

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp thanks the good Lord after smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips and Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–As the Oakland A’s honored former pitcher Dave Stewart at the Oakland Coliseum retiring his number 34. The A’s had a six run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning that led to their 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The win snapped the A’s five game losing skid.

The A’s got down to some serious business after their manager Mark Kotsay and right fielder Chad Pinder argued that a fly ball to the leftfield chalk line was ruled foul in the last of the first.

It was then when all the excitement took place as Pinder hit a fly that hit right on the leftfield chalk line that would have been an RBI double but was called a foul ball by third base umpire Edwin Moscoso. A’s manager Mark Kotsay wanted a review and the call stood.

At the end of the inning Pinder instead of going out to rightfield got into an argument with Moscoso and was thrown out and had to be restrained by third baseman Vimeal Machin as Pinder was trying to get at Moscoso then Kotsay got in a few words but didn’t get ejected.

Later the A’s new rightfielder Ramon Laureano hit a two run home run and Machin hit a two run double in the bottom of the fifth as the A’s wound scoring six runs in that inning. Laureano would end up hitting two home runs for the day. The rally put the A’s on top 7-2 and gave A’s starter Cole Irvin some cushion. The A’s have now used a total of 60 players since opening day back in March and have used 31 rookie position players and 18 rookie pitchers an A’s franchise record.

The White Sox had been running hot they took the first three games of this four game series from the A’s and had had a four game winning streak snapped and had suffered their third loss in 12 games. The Sox are in hot pursuit in the AL Wild Card race just behind the Cleveland Guardians.

The A’s now open a two game series against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night and will start Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 3.60) and for the Rangers Cole Ragans (0-2, 3.80) a 5:05pm PDT first pitch.

Rangers rout A’s 10-3 earn a split of four-game series in Arlington

Bubba Thompson, Leody Taveras and Adolis Garcia, from left to right do their best Rockettes impression after the Texas Rangers defeat the Oakland A’s at Globe Life Field in Arlington to conclude the four game series on Thu Aug 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Texas Rangers routed the A’s 10-3 to earn a split of the four-game series played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Thursday afternoon.

The A’s lefty Zach Logue did not make it out of the fifth inning. The Rangers tallied seven runs and had two home in the assault on Logue. The Rangers’ starter Dane Dunning went six innings and allowed four hits and two runs. 

The Rangers scored the game’s first runs in the bottom of the second. Adolis Garcia singled up the middle to get things going for Texas. Jonah Heim went to Texas in the trade for Elvis Andrus and tripled to drive in Garcia with the first run. Heim was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch. Logue’s pitch went to the backstop. Langeliers got to the ball quickly, and his throw to Logue, covering home plate, nailed Heim. The Rangers’ DH Mark Mathias blasted his second dinger of the year to give Texas an early 2-0 lead.

Oakland tied the game in the top of the fourth. With one out, Seth Brown doubled. Dunning retired Stephen Vogt for the second out. A’s second baseman, Sheldon Neuse, homered over the left field wall to even the score. The tie didn’t last long as Texas scored two more in their half of the fourth. Logue hit Nate Lowe with a pitch. Logue walked Garcia to put two men on with no out. Jonah Heim singled to drive in Lowe. Garcia stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Rangers led 4-2 after four complete.

Things went south for Logue in the bottom of the fifth. With none out, Logue walked Marcus Semien. Corey Seager singled, sending Semien to third. Seager went to second on the throw. Nate Lowe broke open the game when he blasted his 17th home run of the 2022 campaign to make it a 7-2 game. Logue was done.

Texas added a run in the sixth to make it 8-2. Oakland got one back in the seventh. Rookie catcher Shea Langeliers doubled., then went to third on a ground out. Langeliers scored on a wild pitch. The Rangers plated two more in the eighth to win, going away 10-3.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s finished the seven-game road trip, winning two and losing five. The A’s are now 43-76 for the year. Texas improved to 53-65.

Zach Logue took the loss. His record is now 3-7the A’s used four pitchers. In addition to allowing ten hits, they walked six and hit two batters. Texas’ starter Dane Dunning improved to 3-6. 

The A’s line was three runs, five hits, and one error. The only A’s hitter with more than one hit was Vimael Machin. Machin had two singles. 

Jonah Heim, Mark Mathias, and Bubba Thompson led the Texas attack with two hits each. Texas’ line score was ten runs, ten hits, and no errors.

The A’s defense committed their 71st of the season. They are tied with the Rangers for the second most errors in the American League.

The A’s return home to start a ten-game homestand. They play the Seattle Mariners for three starting Friday night. On Monday, The ‘s will host the Miami Marlins for three. After the Marlins leave, the A’s will play four with the New York Yankees.

Friday night’s game will feature a battle between two lefties. Cole Irvin will go for Oakland, and the Mariners will counter with Marco Gonzales.

Former Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus was not unemployed very long. Andrus signed on with the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the season. Neither Jed Lowrie or Stephen Piscotty have signed play with another team.

The time of the game on Thursday was two hours and fifty-two minutes. Sixteen thousand six hundred ninety-five fans watched the Rangers rout the A’s.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: The tough decision of releasing players

Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy had a great night on Wed Aug 17, 2022 hitting two home runs against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Oakland A’s released Elvis Andrus on Tuesday night ironically that was the night he hit a two run home run that contributed to the A’s 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Andrus was a well liked player but the A’s were looking to cut salary and released him.

#2 Andrus was hitting .237 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs how much will his contribution be missed?

#3 There is also talk that catcher Stephen Vogt could be released by the A’s he’s still with the club and is looked as a leader in the clubhouse.

#4 The A’s released Jed Lowrie last week it was an emotional decision that was made by the A’s and manager Mark Kotsay. It was also emotional for Lowrie who had been with the team for three different times.

#5 A’s will try and get after it today at Globe Life to conclude the four game series with starting pitcher Zach Louge (3-6, 5.49) and Rangers starter Dane Dunning (2-6, 4.12) an 11:05 first pitch.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s hit three home runs to down Rangers 7-2

Texas Rangers catcher Meibrys Viloria can’t get a handle on the ball as Oakland Athletics’ Sean Murphy (12) scores on a single by Chad Pinder in the top of eighth at Globe Life Field in Arlington on Wed Aug 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

On another emotional day for the Oakland A’s (43-75) and the Texas Rangers (52-65), the A’s won their second game in a row, downing the Rangers 7-2. The A’s cut ties with their veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus can now sign with any team. I have included the A’s press release in the game notes section.

The Rangers are in a bit of turmoil, too. On Monday, the Rangers fired their manager Chris Woodward. On Wednesday, they dismissed Jon Daniels, who was with the team for 17 years and was the president of their baseball operations. Daniels had also been their general manager. The Rangers also designated pitcher Garrett Richards for assignment.

Even with all the day’s events, the teams still had to play a baseball game. The A’s sent Adam Oller to the mound to face the Rangers. Oller struggled earlier in the season. His record of 1-5 and ERA of 7.62 was not impressive. He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on some of his issues.

Since his return, he has performed better. On Wednesday night, Oller pitched his finest game as an Oakland Athletic. He went six innings and allowed five hits and one run. He recorded his second win of the year.

The Rangers’ starter, lefty Cole Ragans, went five innings and allowed four hits and three runs. The A’s catcher Sean Murphy sent two of Ragans’ pitches over the fence. Murph hit a solo blast in the first and a two-run jack in the fourth. 

The A’s grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first when Murphy homered with two out. It was Murph’s 15th of the season. The Rangers tied the score in their half of the inning. With one out Corey Seager singled. Seager went to second on a wild pitch. Oller retired Nate Lowe for the second out. Adolis Garcia doubled to drive in Seager with the run.

In the fourth, David MacKinnon walked, making his first start in an Oakland uniform. Murphy brought him home when he sent the ball over the fence in right-center-field. It was the second time in Murphy’s career that he had a multi-homer game. The A’s led 3-1. The Rangers’ pitching kept the A’s off the board until the eighth. 

Murphy led off the inning in the eighth with a double, his third hit of the night. Chad Pinder singled to drive in Murphy. The play at the plate was close. The throw to Rangers’ catcher Meibrys Viloria was on the money.

Unfortunately for Texas, Viloria could not hold onto the ball as it dropped out of his glove, attempting to put the tag on Murphy. Pinder went to third on the error.

Vimael Machin, pinch-hitting for Sheldon Neuse, singled to drive in Pinder with the A’s fifth run of the game. Oakland was done. The next hitter, Shea Langeliers, homered over the wall in right-center-field to put the A’s in the driver’s seat 7-1.

The Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late. The A’s win 7-2.

Game Notes: The A’s won their second in a row to improve to 43-75. The Rangers fall to 52-65.

The winning pitcher was Adam Oller. He is now 2-5. The loser was Cole Ragans.

Sean Murphy was the hitting star for Oakland. Murphy had a double, a solo homer, and a two-run shot. He drove in three runs. Rookie Shea Langeliers hit his first Major League home run in just his eighth at-bat in the bigs.

Game four of the series will start at 11:05 am on Thursday. The A’s will have lefty Zach Logue (3-6, 5.49) on the mound. Texas will counter with righty Dane Dunning (2-6, 4.12)

The time of the game was two hours and 58 minutes. 14,846 fans were on hand to watch the A’s down the Rangers

Here is the press release from the A’s regarding Elvis Andrus

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas and released shortstop Elvis Andrus, the club announced today.

Neuse joins the A’s for the third time this year and is batting .227 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 70 games over his first two stints with Oakland. He was on the A’s Opening Day roster and hit .329 over his first 22 games, but a 13-for-91 (.143) stretch preceded his first option to Las Vegas on June 7.

The 27-year-old right-handed hitter batted .227 with a home run and four RBI in 21 games during his second stint from June 21 to July 27. Neuse is hitting .398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and a 1.018 OPS in 25 games with the Aviators.

Andrus was batting .237 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 106 games in his second season with Oakland. He was acquired by the A’s from the Texas Rangers on Feb. 6, 2021, with Aramis Garcia for Khris Davis, Jonah Heim, and Dane Acker and hit .243 with three home runs and 37 RBI in 146 games in his A’s debut last year.

The 33-year-old is a two-time All-Star (2010, 12) and left as the Rangers’ all-time leader in stolen bases (305). He also ranked second in games (1652), at-bats (6366) and triples (48), third in runs (893) and hits (1743), fifth in doubles (303) and walks (519), seventh in RBI (636) and eighth in extra-base hits (427).

Andrus has played 1,872 career games in the field, all at shortstop, which is the fifth-longest career-opening streak of appearing only at shortstop in Major League history behind Derek Jeter (2674), Luis Aparicio (2583), Ozzie Smith (2511) and Alan Trammell (1910). He is a .270 career hitter with 87 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,904 games in 14 seasons in the majors. Andrus is the active leader in stolen bases (324), is tied for fourth in triples (50), ranks sixth in hits (1948) and games (1904), and ninth in runs (994).