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.

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

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?