CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s television schedule was released Sunday, with CSN California carrying 147 of the team’s 162 games.

The slate begins with the April 3 Opening Night matchup against the Los Angeles Angels, the beginning of a four-game set at the Coliseum that will air entirely on CSN California.

A four-game series at home against the Boston Red Sox, who shoulder big expectations entering the season, awaits May 18-21. Less than a week later, the A’s will be at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set that airs May 26-28. And the next day, they’ll begin a three-game series on Memorial Day at Cleveland against the defending American League champs.

The Yankees will be in town Father’s Day weekend for a four-game set that begins June 15. Shortly after, another holiday series awaits at home as the Chicago White Sox visit over Fourth of July for a three-game series July 3-5.

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The early second-half schedule features the A’s making a return trip to the Big Apple for a July 21-23 interleague series against the New York Mets.

The annual Bay Bridge Series awaits July 31-Aug. 3, with the first two games against the Giants at the Coliseum and the last two at AT&T Park.

The final holiday of the season again has the A’s at home, as the Angels visit for a three-game series that begins Labor Day, Sept. 4. And CSN California will carry all four games of the regular season-ending series in Arlington against the Rangers from Sept. 28-Oct. 1.

The 15 non-CSN games will air nationally on MLB Network.

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


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.