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 spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. — An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossett’s way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.

When the A’s adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned he’d be taking the ball to start Sunday’s Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’m here for what they need me for,” Gossett said. “So anything they need, gimme the ball.”

He spun two scoreless innings in a game Oakland lost 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium. A nice first impression for Gossett, indeed, but the truth is A’s officials were already quite familiar with him.

A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Gossett impressed at three levels of the farm system in 2016, beginning the year with Single-A Stockton and finishing it with Triple-A Nashville.

This is his first big league camp, and manager Bob Melvin even mentioned Gossett as being part of the fifth starter conversation.

“He impressed everybody in the organization last year, so when talking about that fifth spot, who knows?” Melvin said before the game.

The only blemishes on Gossett’s day were the pair of walks he issued. After walking Jefrey Marte to lead off the second, he got a lift from his catcher, as Josh Phegley fired a strike to second to nail Marte trying to steal.

“A pitcher’s best friend, I guess,” Gossett said. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA across 27 starts at all three levels of the minors last year, and his 151 strikeouts led the A’s farm system. Gossett’s fastball ranges anywhere from 90-95 on the gun. He throws a changeup that gets the most swings and misses, plus a slider and curve.

Grady Fuson, an A’s special assistant to the general manager, liked the adjustments he saw with Gossett over the course of last season.

“He’s a super kid, a grinder,” Fuson said over the winter. “He’s a guy that hadn’t struck many guys out and had been very hittable in the strike zone. (In 2016), he started executing to different parts of the zone that limits the hard contact.”

CAMP BATTLE: Alejandro De Aza sparked the A’s first rally in the third Sunday with a triple, then scored on Mark Canha’s double. With Jake Smolinski sidelined currently by a shoulder issue, it’s a good time for De Aza, a non-roster invitee to camp, to make his mark. The door could be open for him to make a push to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Melvin said of the nine-year veteran. “He knows how to play the game, he can play all three outfield spots. We’ve seen him before when he’s given us trouble, too, with the White Sox.”

Another contender for a reserve outfield spot is Jaycob Brugman, who has yet to crack the majors but is already on the 40-man roster. He singled home a run in the seventh. Like De Aza and Smolinski, Brugman can play center field, and it stands to reason the A’s will want to carry someone who can back up Rajai Davis at that position.

NOTEWORTHY: Phegley admitted to some butterflies before getting behind the plate for his first game since July, when a right knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.

But he looked good springing up to nail Marte on the second-inning steal attempt. The A’s are counting on Phegley returning to his role as the right-handed hitting platoon partner with Stephen Vogt behind the plate.

STOCK RISING: Melvin was impressed, and entertained, by the first look he got at reliever Simon Castro on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Castro retired Kris Bryant to strand a runner at third, the only hitter he faced. But it was what happened before the at-bat that caught Melvin’s attention.

“When he came to the mound he was pretty vocal,” Melvin noted. “He was fired up, telling the guys ‘Let’s go!’ I haven’t heard that too many times out of pitchers, let alone in spring training. So he impressed me with his eagerness to pitch.”

FAMILIAR FACES: Campy Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom each threw out ceremonial first pitches before Sunday’s exhibition home opener, which drew a smallish crowd of 4,072.

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

Update: Axford finished the night correctly predicting 19 of 24 Oscars this year.

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A's reliever John Axford is not your casual movie fan. 

Axford majored in Film at Notre Dame and has a proven track record when it comes to the biggest night for movies. 

The last two years, Axford correctly predicted 17 of 24 winners for the Academy Awards. In 2014, Axford went a perfect 18-of-18 with his predictions. 

On Saturday, Axford offered 24 predictions for the 2017 Oscars. 

Axford is a clear believer in La La Land, choosing the film for eights Oscars, after winning a record-breaking seven Golden Globes. 

Will he go a perfect 24-for-24 this year?