A's excited to face the Giants

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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.

A's option RHP Hahn to Triple-A; LHP Detwiler opts out of deal

A's option RHP Hahn to Triple-A; LHP Detwiler opts out of deal

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's optioned starter Jesse Hahn to Triple-Nashville on Sunday and announced that lefty Ross Detwiler has opted out of his minor league contract to become a free agent.

Hahn got off to a strong start this spring but struggled mightily in his last two starts, giving up 12 earned runs combined.

His demotion brings Oakland's rotation into focus, with Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara lined up to take the final two spots in the rotation behind Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton. Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list.

Detwiler was on the fringe of the rotation competition and also could have been a bullpen consideration.  But he also stumbled as the spring wore on.

 

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

A's 17-year-old prospect 'Lazarito' makes Cactus League debut

Lazaro Armenteros, the A’s 17-year-old stud outfield prospect better known as “Lazarito,” is believed to have become the youngest player in franchise history to appear in a Cactus League game.

Armenteros entered at the DH spot in the eighth against the Dodgers and went 0-for-2, flying out to right-center and popping up to shallow center. With the A’s short on position players, Armenteros was brought over from minor league camp and got a little exposure to the big league environment.

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

Armenteros also got a chance to mingle with Dodger outfielder (and fellow Cuban) Yasiel Puig before the game.

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

Armenteros will stay in Arizona through extended spring training and then head to play in the Dominican Summer League.