A's excited to face the Giants


A's excited to face the Giants

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OAKLAND -- Boasting the best record in baseball, the NL West-leading Dodgers sweep at the hands of the Oakland A's had every baseball fan in Northern California cheering. That harmony will be short lived however. On Friday, the Giants enter Oakland, instantly reminding Bay Area baseball fans of the Bay Bridge-sized rift dividing them.As the Battle of the Bay rivalry starts anew. The A's couldn't be more excited about it. "There's going to be a lot of A's and Giants fans here going at it," A's manager Bob Melvin said before Thursday's game. "I think that's good for baseball in the area. All eyes are certainly on that series when we're playing them."Melvin has reason to be excited. He is a Bay Area baseball fan himself. He attended Cal, and wears former A's captain Sal Bando's number 6 as a tribute. The sentimental manager admits to sometimes having to remind himself he is there to manage and not get lost in watching the games unfold. "Certainly for me, I am excited about it," he said. The A's hold a 46-43 edge all-time in the Bay Bridge series. In Oakland, the A's have won 26 of the last 17 contests. They have also won the last six home games against their Nor-Cal rivals, dating back to June 24, 2009. "It'll be fun," third baseman Brandon Inge said after Thursday's game. "I was on the DL before when we were playing them there. So I am excited to be able to play these guys here at our ballpark." ""We're going to have fun with it." With the Giants, come big crowds to the often sparsely attended Coliseum. It is a more festive atmosphere as Bay Area fans are firmly rooted in their rooting interests. "It's always exciting to play in front of more people," closer Ryan Cook said on Thursday. "Get the extra fans out there and try to put on a good show for them and play well." While the players try and insist the Battle of the Bay games don't mean any more, or less to them, they do want to send their representation of fans home happy. "I hope we come out on top," Cook said.

Trio of A's rookies make history in win over White Sox

Trio of A's rookies make history in win over White Sox


CHICAGO -- Matt Olson hit his first two major league home runs, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also launched their first career shots and the Oakland Athletics routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Saturday.

Barreto homered in his big league debut. He joined Olson and Brugman in becoming the second trio of teammates to hit their first homers in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said. It also happened in 1914 with the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League - the rival circuit lasted a couple of seasons, and included many big leaguers.

Former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle had his No. 56 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony. After the 30-minute tribute ended, the A's roughed up James Shields (1-1).

Daniel Gossett (1-2) took advantage of an early 6-0 lead to win for the first time in three big league starts. He gave up two unearned runs in six innings.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected for the second straight game. He threw his hat to the ground and was tossed, right after third baseman Todd Frazier was ejected for showing his displeasure over a replay review that wasn't reversed.

After a leadoff walk in the first, Olson homered to right. He added a two-run homer in the seventh. Olson was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday and is in fourth stint with the club.

Brugman hit a solo drive in the second. Barreto had a two-run homer in the third.

Barreto, a top prospect in the Oakland organization, was called up after shortstop Chad Pinder injured his hamstring Friday night and was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Barreto was a late addition to the lineup at second base when Jed Lowrie couldn't play after a mild knee injury he sustained Friday night.

Shields gave up six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He allowed three home runs in his second start since a two-month DL stint.

Buehrle's number was stenciled onto the dirt behind second base. He went 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA in 390 appearances for the White Sox from 2000-11.

White Sox: All signs are reporting for White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon to making his season debut sometime next week. Rodon, who has been out with a biceps bursitis injury, pitched Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte. White Sox Renteria was satisfied with the reports after his fourth rehab start.

"Another start last night. He went 4 1-3, 93 pitches. Actually, in talking to everybody, he threw pretty well. Had a couple miscues in the field that were probably limited his outing. He felt good, pain-free, we're very happy with that. According to the reports, the slider was working very well. He's on track to come on back," Renteria said.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (2-3) is scheduled to start Sunday. He is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA over his last five starts.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland (5-7), who is scheduled to make his 15th start on Sunday. He is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA and nine home runs allowed over his last five starts.

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Two former A's players designated for assignment by AL East teams

Friday night was a bad night for a couple of former A's players.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Rangers, first baseman Chris Carter was designated for assignment by the Yankees.

New York called up first base prospect Tyler Austin.

In 57 games with the Yankees, Carter his eight homers and drove in 23 runs, but he his just .204 with 70 strikeouts.

Derek Norris, an All-Star with the A's in 2014, was designated for assignment by the Rays after they activated offseason acquisition Wilson Ramos from the 60-day DL.

Norris clubbed nine homers and drove in 24 runs, but hit .201 in 53 games with the Tampa Bay.