Crisp: 'No more blunders like that'


Crisp: 'No more blunders like that'


OAKLAND -- When playing a team with a 209,792,900 payroll you can't give away outs. The A's did just that, as the Yankees capitalized on a third-inning miscue en route to a 6-3 win at the Oakland Coliseum. The Bronx Bombers have now won 11 of their last 12 games in Oakland. The scoring started in the third inning with two outs, as Robinson Cano lined a ball into the right-center field gap. Coco Crisp was able to get to the ball, but as he reached out, it clanked off the side of his glove for an error. Instead of the third out in the inning. Curtis Granderson came around to score and the next batter, Mark Teixeira, hit a two-run homer making it 3-0 Yankees. "It was definitely an error," Crisp said. "It was a play that I feel like I should make now nine times out of ten. Before that, ten times out of ten, so from here on out no more blunders like that.""It's a tough play anytime you have a line drive coming right at you in the outfield," starting pitcher Tyson Ross said. "Unfortunately he didn't make the play. He tried his best at it, unfortunately it got by him."It is easy to point the finger at Crisp who made the error, but Tyson Ross gave up three homers in four and one third innings of work. After the Teixeira homer in the third, he gave up a solo shot to Cano, and a two run homer to Nick Swisher putting the A's behind 6-1. "It's a tough outing," Ross said. "They're a good hitting team and they showed it tonight. I felt like I was throwing the ball well early, and I left some pitches up and they kind of made me pay for it."The A's managed to put some runs on the board against Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova. In the fourth inning, Josh Reddick launched his 12th homer of the season. Reddick now ranks sixth in the American League in home runs. Kila Ka'aihue pulled a ball into the right field stands for his second of the season. The A's big inning could have come in the fifth though. With two runners on base, Kurt Suzuki launched a ball to the deepest part of the park in center field. Curtis Granderson tracked the ball and managed to rob Suzuki at the wall. What could have been an extra base hit, ended up being a sacrifice fly. Yankees captain Derek Jeter entered the game three hits shy of passing George Brett on the all-time hits list. He ended the game 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. According to David Feldman, our CSN A's historian, the A's have now played 144 games against Derek Jeter and Friday was the third time they have recorded three strikeouts against him. "When one guy has an off night, they certainly have the guys that can pick up the slack," Melvin said. With Friday's loss, the A's are on a season-high tying three-game losing streak, and have lost five of their last seven games. They will have to try and turn it around on Saturday against former Cy Yound-award winner, and Vallejo native C.C. Sabathia. The A's haven't beaten the Yankees since 2010 in the infamous Dallas Braden "Get off my mound" game.

'Lazarito' added to A's roster for Saturday split-squad road game


'Lazarito' added to A's roster for Saturday split-squad road game

MESA, Ariz. — Highly touted outfield prospect Lazaro “Lazarito” Armenteros is on the A’s travel roster for Saturday’s split-squad road game against the Dodgers in Glendale.

Armenteros, just 17, signed last summer for a $3 million bonus during the international amateur signing period. He’s taking part in his first minor league spring training in the United States, and he’ll stay in Arizona for extended spring training before departing to play in the Dominican Summer League for a stretch.

Some of Oakland’s major league position players are nursing very minor injuries, including outfielder Khris Davis and utility man Adam Rosales, so the A’s need all the healthy bodies they can find to cover both games Saturday. Getting into a major league exhibition would be quite an experience for Armenteros, a much-hyped prospect who defected from Cuba and eventually settled in the Dominican Republic before signing with the A’s.

He’s usually just referred to by the nickname “Lazarito”, which is how he’s listed on the A’s lineup card that’s been posted in advance of Saturday’s game.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said it would be good for Armenteros to be exposed to the major league atmosphere.

“He’s quite athletic, and I know they love him over there” at minor league camp, Melvin said.

Armenteros took part in the A’s fall instructional league before heading back to the Dominican Republic over the winter. In an interview with CSN California on Sunday, Armenteros discussed how excited he was to pursue his baseball career in the U.S. He’s a big fan of the Cuban natives currently playing in the majors, including the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes, the Astros’ Yulieski Gurriel and the Diamondbacks’ Yasmany Tomas.

He also pointed out differences between baseball in the U.S. and Cuba — in terms of structure and overall approach — that he’s noticed during the short time he’s been at spring training.

“Over there you kind of play the game because you like it and you enjoy it,” Armenteros said through interpreter Juan Dorado. “Here, it’s more like a job. There’s more preparation.”


Davis is dealing with a right quad issue.

“We don’t think it’s that big of a concern,” Melvin said.

Davis didn’t play Thursday, and he’ll rest Friday and Saturday before Melvin hopes to get him back in the lineup Sunday.

Rosales has a bit of a shoulder issue that’s kept him out of a couple games, Melvin said. But Rosales will get at-bats Friday in a minor league game along with catcher Josh Phegley, who’s a bit short on at-bats of late.

A's spring training Day 38: Alonso's offense comes to life

A's spring training Day 38: Alonso's offense comes to life

MESA, Ariz. — Yonder Alonso’s value usually gets discussed in terms of his defense, but the A’s first baseman is putting together a very impressive spring with the bat.

The A’s poured it on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 15-5 rout Thursday, and Alonso led the parade with two homers and three RBI. Both shots came off Junior Guerra, and the first would have cleared the right field wall had it been pushed back 30 feet farther.

Alonso is hitting .382 with four homers in Cactus League play. He says the extra work he’s putting in with hitting coach Darren Bush is paying off, and manager Bob Melvin likes what he sees from a player who hit .253 last year and knocked just seven home runs for the entire regular season.

“He’s had a great approach from the minute he got here,” Melvin said. “He and Bushy had a plan. He’s using the whole field a little bit more, which keeps him on breaking balls, which allows him to track fastballs a little bit more. He’s hit a couple balls good to left-center as well.”

The A’s love the defense they get from Alonso at first, but getting more thump from him offensively would be a boost for Oakland, which finished last in the American League in runs last season. His on-base percentage dropped to .316 last season, well below his career average of .334. That’s where a more patient approach could pay off, and that’s another focus with Alonso this season.

Right now, the plan is for the left-handed hitting Alonso to platoon at first with Ryon Healy, who will also see time at DH and third base.

“I think every day I’m coming in with a plan,” Alonso said. “Mentally and physically I feel fine. I’m ready to roll. I’m ready to continue to battle and continue to grind and have solid at-bats.”

CAMP BATTLE: A day after Andrew Triggs looked very sharp, another rotation candidate responded with his best start of the spring. Raul Alcantara gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Brewers, very much keeping his hopes alive for one of Oakland’s two open rotation spots. His outing was easy to overlook on a day the A’s hit four home runs and collected 18 hits total. But it was a timely effort for Alcantara, who is batting Triggs and Jesse Hahn for rotation jobs. Hahn’s next start is Saturday.

“His breaking ball, he struggled throwing it for strikes early and then found it, which is an attribute you want to see,” Melvin said of Alcantara. “It ended up being his best outing for us.”

Melvin said he thinks the battle for the Nos. 4 and 5 starter spots will go down to the wire.

NOTEWORTHY: Lefty Daniel Coulombe, trying to nail down a spot in the bullpen, threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings. After surrendering at least one run in each of his first five appearances, Coulombe has held opponents without a run in each of his last two outings (4 1/3 IP).

ODDS AND ENDS: Trevor Plouffe and Max Schrock hit the A’s other home runs along with Alonso’s two shots. Plouffe’s was an opposite-field blast to right. He’s hitting .361. Schrock was borrowed from minor league camp and went deep to right-center. … Ross Detwiler couldn’t shut the door in the ninth, retiring just two of the eight hitters he faced and allowing two walks and three runs. … Second baseman Joey Wendle, sidelined by a sore right shoulder, was scheduled to play catch for the first time in more than a week Thursday. He underwent an MRI a week ago that he said showed no significant damage. … Outfielder Jaff Decker (oblique) did all activity except take full batting practice. He seems to be progressing well and may still have a chance to battle for a roster spot.