A's All-Star Alonso reacts to being traded: 'Surprised, but at the same time...'

A's All-Star Alonso reacts to being traded: 'Surprised, but at the same time...'

ANAHEIM — A’s players got a surprise Sunday morning with news that All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso had been traded to the Seattle Mariners.

After the non-waiver trade deadline passed with Oakland dealing only starter Sonny Gray, it appeared Alonso might be in green and gold through season’s end. But the Mariners claimed him on waivers this week and were able to work out a deal with the A’s.

Outfielder Boog Powell, a former A’s prospect, is coming back to Oakland in the deal. The A’s sent Powell to Tampa Bay in the Ben Zobrist trade of January 2015, and the Rays later traded Powell to Seattle. The A’s haven’t announced who will take Alonso’s roster spot. With Matt Joyce suspended one more game, they will play with 23 players Sunday afternoon against the Angels.

But a likely scenario could have Powell heading to Triple-A Nashville and Matt Olson being called up to platoon with Ryon Healy at first base. Healy draws the start there Sunday.

Teammates, just learning of the news that was announced, came up to Alonso to shake hands and say goodbye, gradually spreading the news to one another of the trade.

“Surprised,” Alonso said of his reaction. “But at the same time excited. I’m going to a team that’s a game out of playoff contention. It’s a lot of fun to play some meaningful baseball, probably for the first time in my career I’ll get to to that (at this time of the season).

“I’m ecstatic, and obviously I can’t thank the Oakland A’s enough for the opportunity I got here, first off. They were able to not only believe in me but … helped me mature and recharge and restart my career.”

In a weird twist, the Mariners are off Monday and actually begin a series Tuesday against the A’s at the Coliseum. So Alonso will simply fly back to the Bay Area to meet up with his new team before taking the field Tuesday before Oakland fans in a different uniform. Alonso is also enthused about being reunited with good friend Danny Valencia, a college teammate and an A’s teammate in 2016.


After the trade, Alonso sent out a heartfelt thank you on Twitter to the A's and all the fans. 

Bob Melvin provides update on Bruce Maxwell after 'pretty good shot' to face


Bob Melvin provides update on Bruce Maxwell after 'pretty good shot' to face

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell has a history with foul tips and concussion concerns, so there was cause for concern after he took a direct shot during Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

With one out in the ninth inning, Tigers shortstop fouled a ball square into Maxwell's facemask. The A's catcher immediately fell backwards. As manager Bob Melvin and the team trainer checked on him, he appeared dazed and rubbed his eyes. In an attempt to try to stay in the game, reliever Liam Hendriks tossed two warmup pitches. Maxwell missed the first one, but even after he caught the second one, it was clear he wasn't right and was removed from the game.

Afterwards, Melvin was asked about Maxwell's status.

"He went through all the protocol. It doesn't look like a concussion at this point. We'll probably know more in the next couple of days," Melvin told reporters in Detroit. "Took a pretty good shot. More sore on his face because of where the impact was, which was right in the middle of his face."

Josh Phegley replaced Maxwell for the final two outs of the game. Hendriks managed to close out the 3-2 win for the A's.


Olson's home run streak ends, but Mengden dazzles as A's sweep Tigers


Olson's home run streak ends, but Mengden dazzles as A's sweep Tigers


DETROIT -- Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A's to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year.

Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save.

Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

Semien's double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh put the A's up 3-0.

Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third.

In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera.

Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded.

The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder's choice before striking out Presley.

Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley.

Castellanos extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with his single in the sixth. ... Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A's rookie record.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter.

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-12, 6.18) takes on Minnesota LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.62) on Thursday in Detroit.