Athletics

A's 'ain't bad' after 9-5 loss to Orioles

883837.jpg

A's 'ain't bad' after 9-5 loss to Orioles

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Before the game a message on the whiteboard in the A's clubhouse read "Two of three ain't bad, but it ain't us!!!" They had to settle for "ain't bad" on Sunday. The Orioles took the series finale in Oakland with a 9-5 victory. The A's however had the last laugh, as they won two of three in this series and hold home field advantage against the Orioles if they finish tied atop the Wild Card standings. "You win the first two games and you want to get greedy and take the third game," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We're going day-to-day, but going into this series if you have a chance to take two out of three to a good team like that we'll take it." The A's are two games ahead of the Orioles for the top Wild Card spot. The A's handed the Orioles back-to-back losses this weekend for the first time since August 16-17. "Every game is a must win, but it's a tough place to play so we'll take one and go on to Seattle and try to win a couple up there," Orioles' catcher Matt Wieters said. "It doesn't matter what happened yesterday or recently. We were ready to play today and get a win."Rookie starting pitcher Dan Straily relinquished an early 2-0 lead by allowing four runs over four and two-third innings. Wieters wreaked havoc on Straily with two solo homers and a walk in three plate appearance against the A's starting pitcher."I just made a lot of mistakes plain and simple, I just didn't get the job done today," Straily said. "That's the most guys I've ever walked in a single game in my life. That's frustrating." Straily's five walks snapped an A's starting pitcher streak of 44 consecutive games allowing three walks or less that dated back to at least 1921. Straily said his fastball command was lacking and that he was trying to be too fine and missing his spots. "It's just a bad day at work," Straily said. "I am going to go back to work and fix it and be ready to go by next Saturday. I'm going to learn from it, watch the video on Tuesday and go back to work."Oakland's pitchers had an uncharacteristically wild day issuing nine free passes on Sunday. "We also had some guys in the game that haven't been pitching on a regular basis," Melvin said. "Our starters have typically been going longer in the game. We have a select few guys that are in close games and now all of a sudden we have guys in the game that haven't gotten regular work." The A's used a season-high seven pitchers in the game. At one point four A's relievers combined to get three key outs in the sixth inning, pitching their way out of a bases loaded jam. "Just too many toys in the chest," Melvin explained. "I knew I'd be killing one of these games here and making it into a four hour game and today ended up being that day."The A's struck the first blow when Josh Reddick smashed a two-run blast deep into the right field seats. His 29th homer of the season almost reached the second deck. Oakland made it interesting in the eighth inning when Stephen Drew hit his second homer in as many days to make it a 7-4 game. Drew now has three homers since being acquired by the A's. A's reliever Jesse Chavez allowed two runs in the top of the ninth to extend the Orioles lead to five runs. The A's didn't go down without a fight though, they rallied for a run in the ninth inning after Reddick added an RBI single. They had two runners on base when Chris Carter grounded out to end the game. The A's will spend their final day off of the season traveling to Detroit. They embark on a 10-game road trip which could prove to be their toughest test of the year. They have three games in Detroit, three in New York, and then four games in Texas against the American League West-leading Rangers. If they can hold their own on the marathon roadie, the chance they make the postseason for the first time since 2006 "ain't bad."NOTES:-- Coco Crisp was a late scratch from the lineup with allergic conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. He was wearing sunglasses in the clubhouse after the game. "He would have been available to pinch run today," Melvin said. "When your eyes aren't there you don't want to put him in that predicament. I think he got a little better as the day goes along but hopefully we get through the off day tomorrow and he is ready to go when we get to Detroit." -- A's batters struck out 12 times on Sunday running their total up to 1232 for the season and setting a new Athletics franchise record. Their previous high was 1226 in 2008.

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The A's traded veteran center fielder Rajai Davis to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, clearing yet another veteran from their roster.

In return they receive 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones, a Venezuela native currently playing in the Dominican Summer League.

The move doesn't come as a shock in the grand scheme of things. Davis, 36, is signed only through this season and didn't fit in the plans of Oakland's current youth movement. He did, however, have to clear waivers before this move could happen. And he joins Yonder Alonso as the second veteran the A's have shipped off after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The move opens up the possibility of Chad Pinder getting some playing time in center field against left-handers, as manager Bob Melvin has said he'd like to get Pinder some starts out there.

With recently promoted Boog Powell playing well in center, there's the chance he could draw some starts against lefties too, so it may not be a straight platoon. Pinder also sees playing time in right field, shortstop and second base.

A's trade Rajai Davis to Red Sox for minor league outfielder

rajaia0usatsi.jpg
USATSI

A's trade Rajai Davis to Red Sox for minor league outfielder

Rajai Davis' second tenure with the A's is up.

Davis has been traded to the Red Sox for 18-year-old minor league outfielder Rafael Roncones.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the A's lost to the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.

News of the pending deal was first reported by CSN New England.

Rincones has spent the 2017 season with the Red Sox affiliate in the Domincan Summer League. In 57 games, he's hitting .258 with 13 doubles, three triples, one homer and 19 RBI.

Boston are in need of an outfielder after placing Jackie Bradley Jr. on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Davis signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the A's in the offseason. In 100 games this season, the 36-year-old is hitting .233/.294/.353 with 17 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI and 26 stolen bases.

Boston will be Davis' seventh team. In addition to the A's, he has suited up for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates, Tigers and Indians.