A's 2013 game schedule

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A's 2013 game schedule

April
1 Seattle
2 Seattle
3 Seattle
4 Seattle
5 at Houston
6 at Houston
7 at Houston
8 Off Day
9 at Los Angeles AL
10 at Los Angeles AL
11 at Los Angeles AL
12 Detroit
13 Detroit
14 Detroit
15 Houston
16 Houston
17 Houston
18 Off Day
19 at Tampa Bay
20 at Tampa Bay
21 at Tampa Bay
22 at Boston
23 at Boston
24 at Boston
25 Baltimore
26 Baltimore
27 Baltimore
28 Baltimore
29 Los Angeles AL
30 Los Angeles AL

May
1 Los Angeles AL
2 Off Day
3 at New York AL
4 at New York AL
5 at New York AL
6 at Cleveland
7 at Cleveland
8 at Cleveland
9 at Cleveland
10 at Seattle
11 at Seattle
12 at Seattle
13 Texas
14 Texas
15 Texas
16 Off Day
17 Kansas City
18 Kansas City
19 Kansas City
20 at Texas
21 at Texas
22 at Texas
23 Off Day
24 at Houston
25 at Houston
26 at Houston
27 at San Francisco
28 at San Francisco
29 San Francisco
30 San Francisco
31 Chicago AL

June
1 Chicago AL
2 Chicago AL
3 at Milwaukee
4 at Milwaukee
5 at Milwaukee
6 at Chicago AL
7 at Chicago AL
8 at Chicago AL
9 at Chicago AL
10 Off Day
11 New York AL
12 New York AL
13 New York AL
14 Seattle
15 Seattle
16 Seattle
17 at Texas
18 at Texas
19 at Texas
20 at Texas
21 at Seattle
22 at Seattle
23 at Seattle
24 Off Day
25 Cincinnati
26 Cincinnati
27 Off Day
28 St. Louis
29 St. Louis
30 St. Louis
July
1 Off Day
2 Chicago NL
3 Chicago NL
4 Chicago NL
5 at Kansas City
6 at Kansas City
7 at Kansas City
8 at Pittsburgh
9 at Pittsburgh
10 at Pittsburgh
11 Off Day
12 Boston
13 Boston
14 Boston
15-17 All-Star Game (New York, NY)
18 Off Day
19 at Los Angeles AL
20 at Los Angeles AL
21 at Los Angeles AL
22 at Houston
23 at Houston
24 at Houston
25 Los Angeles AL
26 Los Angeles AL
27 Los Angeles AL
28 Los Angeles AL
29 Toronto
30 Toronto
31 Toronto
August
1 Off Day
2 Texas
3 Texas
4 Texas
5 Off Day
6 at Cincinnati
7 at Cincinnati
8 Off Day
9 at Toronto
10 at Toronto
11 at Toronto
12 at Toronto
13 Houston
14 Houston
15 Houston
16 Cleveland
17 Cleveland
18 Cleveland
19 Seattle
20 Seattle
21 Seattle
22 Off Day
23 at Baltimore
24 at Baltimore
25 at Baltimore
26 at Detroit
27 at Detroit
28 at Detroit
29 at Detroit
30 Tampa Bay
31 Tampa Bay

September
1 Tampa Bay
2 Texas
3 Texas
4 Texas
5 Houston
6 Houston
7 Houston
8 Houston
9 Off Day
10 at Minnesota
11 at Minnesota
12 at Minnesota
13 at Texas
14 at Texas
15 at Texas
16 Los Angeles AL
17 Los Angeles AL
18 Los Angeles AL
19 Minnesota
20 Minnesota
21 Minnesota
22 Minnesota
23 at Los Angeles AL
24 at Los Angeles AL
25 at Los Angeles AL
26 Off Day
27 at Seattle
28 at Seattle
29 at Seattle

A's lineup: Alonso returns for opener against Marlins

A's lineup: Alonso returns for opener against Marlins

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After missing four games, Yonder Alonso is back in the lineup as the A's begin a series against the Marlins Tuesday night.

Miami Marlins:
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
3. Christian Yelich (L) CF
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) DH
5. Justin Bour (L) 1B
6. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
7. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
Jose Urena -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) RF
2. Mark Canha (R) CF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Pinder's potential 'coming to fruition' in chance with A's

Pinder's potential 'coming to fruition' in chance with A's

OAKLAND — With so much attention focused on who might be the next wave of A’s infielders coming up from the minors, Chad Pinder is making quite a statement in the present.

Pinder enjoyed another big day at the plate Sunday with a two-run homer and a double in the A’s 12-3 loss to Boston. That came on the heels of Saturday’s 460-foot home run that made him just the fifth player to reach the second deck just above the Coliseum’s first level of luxury suites.

For fans around the country who might have seen that mammoth blast on highlight shows, it likely was their first introduction to the 25-year-old Virginia native. However, those within the organization witnessed Pinder’s steady rise through the farm system since he was drafted as a sandwich pick between the second and third rounds of the 2013 draft out of Virginia Tech.

“I don’t think it’s a shock what he’s doing,” said A’s designated hitter Ryon Healy, who was part of that same draft class. “I think he’s always been that caliber of player. He’s always had that potential and it’s coming to fruition right now and it’s really fun to watch.”

Pinder, who made his big league debut in September but began this season with Triple-A Nashville, is hitting .286 over 21 games with Oakland. He’s homered in four of his past eight, and he provided a boost over the weekend as the A’s took three of four from the Red Sox.

The right-handed hitting Pinder was in the lineup all four games — with the Red Sox starting lefties on the mound for the final three contests, the A’s stacked their lineup with righties, giving Pinder a stretch of consistent playing time.

He’s provided enough of a spark that he warrants consideration to remain in the lineup even though the A’s are scheduled to face right-handers during their two-game series with the Miami Marlins that begins Tuesday at the Coliseum.

Granted, it’s not the biggest sample size either way, but Pinder is actually hitting better against righties (.348, 8-for-23) than he is against lefties (.231, 6-for-26). Four of his five home runs also have come against right-handers.

Asked whether Pinder could draw more starts against right-handers, A’s manager Bob Melvin replied: “Potentially, yeah. You want to try to stay consistent with the lineups you have, but if you have a hot hand, you look for ways to get him in there.”

Working in Pinder’s advantage is the versatility he’s shown since being recalled from Nashville on April 16. The A’s always knew Pinder could handle second, shortstop or third as needed, but he’s also shown to be a capable option in right field with a strong arm for the outfield.

Pinder was the Texas League (Double-A) Player of the Year in 2015 and ranked No. 7 on Baseball America’s preseason list of A’s prospects. He’s making the most of his time in the majors.

On the minds of many Oakland fans is when a couple more infield prospects who are impressing at Triple-A — middle infielder Franklin Barreto and third baseman Matt Chapman — might get their first crack in the bigs.

Barreto, ranked as the No. 25 overall prospect in the majors in Baseball America’s most recent ratings, is hitting .311 with six homers and is tied with Matt Olson for Nashville’s RBI lead at 27. Chapman, ranked the 95th overall prospect, missed two weeks earlier this season with a wrist injury but has shown signs of heating up offensively. He’s hitting just .237 but has eight homers and 15 RBI.

Two other Nashville players, who have both seen time with the A’s, are putting up noteworthy numbers: Olson, a first baseman/outfielder, is hitting .276 with 10 homers and 27 RBI, and corner infielder/outfielder Renato Nunez is tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 12 homers to go with a .245 average and 25 RBI.

The A’s are working with Barreto and Chapman to hone their approach at the plate and control the strike zone. General manager David Forst maintains the A’s will be patient with both, noting that Pinder benefited last year from a full season at Triple-A before his promotion.

“The calendar needs to turn over,” Forst said. “They need at-bats. Matt missed a couple weeks with the injury, but they just need more days and more at-bats. We don’t have an ‘X’ on the calendar anywhere where this is the day. We’ll know when it’s time.”