First rainout in three years a welcome sight for A's; game rescheduled

First rainout in three years a welcome sight for A's; game rescheduled

UPDATE (2:15pm PT on Sunday): The game between the A's and Astros that was rained out Sunday will be made up on Saturday, Sept. 9 as a traditional doubleheader.

The first game will be played at the regularly scheduled time of 1:05pm. First pitch of the second game will occur approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Tickets for the originally scheduled Sept. 9 game will be valid for both games. April 16 game tickets will not be valid for the Sept. 9 doubleheader.

Fans holding tickets for the postponed April 16 game can be exchanged for any future 2017 A's game.

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OAKLAND — The A’s had their first home rainout in three years Sunday, with no makeup date immediately announced for their game against the Houston Astros.

Players and coaches scattered about shortly after the late-morning announcement came down, some heading out to celebrate Easter with their families, or to watch the Warriors’ playoff game, or perhaps both.

Rainouts are a rarity indeed at the Coliseum. The A’s last home rainout came April 1, 2014, though three days after that, the team was forced to postgame a game when the traps weren’t put out and early-morning rain made the field unplayable.

At any rate, Sunday’s postponement was welcomed by A’s manager Bob Melvin from the standpoint that his overworked bullpen received an unexpected day off.

“You look at how the bullpen has been taxed here the last couple of days. We went from having a fresh bullpen to not having a fresh bullpen,” Melvin said. “If there’s silver linings as far as that goes, that would probably be the one that stands out the most for me.”

A’s starters Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea threw just five innings each over the past two days, pressing the relief corps into action early. Melvin called four relievers into duty Friday and five Saturday to cover a total of eight innings, including Ryan Dull throwing both days. So as the Warriors and their fans geared up next door for Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, the tarp was out on Rickey Henderson Field inside the Coliseum.

The A’s are keeping their rotation the same, meaning all the starters simply get an extra day off. Jharel Cotton will pitch Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers, with Andrew Triggs going Tuesday and Jesse Hahn on Wednesday.

One date being considered for the makeup game, according to Melvin, is Sept. 7. That's an off-day for both the A's and Astros, as they're scheduled to begin a series at the Coliseum the very next day.

Also Sunday, the A’s placed shortstop Marcus Semien on the 10-day disabled list and recalled infielder Chad Pinder to take his roster spot. Semien has been diagnosed with a bone contusion in his right wrist, but a CT scan is scheduled for Monday to explore whether the injury might be more severe.

“They want to rest it and find out through the CT scan tomorrow what exactly it is,” Semien said. “(Is it) what initially the doctor said, which was a bone contusion, or if anything else is going on in there. We’ve gotta find out what the timetable would be either way. If it’s not broken, fractured or whatever, we’ll just take this 10 days to rest it and see where we go from there. We want to get it better than it is for sure.”

Melvin said Adam Rosales takes over as the primary shortstop for now, with Pinder backing up both him and second baseman Jed Lowrie.

 

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

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

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO -- The Oakland Athletics got a glimpse of their future on a day when the Chicago White Sox paid tribute to their past.

Matt Olson hit his first two major league home runs, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also launched their first career shots and the A's routed the 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.

"They said something about it was the first time it has happened in a while. It's awesome to be able to share that moment with guys that I already built relationships with," said Olson, who played with Brugman and Barreto in the minors.

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 for his first win in the big league. He gave up two unearned runs in six innings.

"It was a special experience for everyone. To get out of there with my first win was just the icing on the cake. It was an awesome experience to be a part of and I'm glad I was here," Gossett said.

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.

"I thought it was quick," Frazier said. "I said some things that were borderline, I guess. But at the same time, it's just frustrating, man. You can't get the call right in New York as well, and they've got every different angle. They can zoom in as close as possible, and to think that they cannot make that call is just frustrating with the technology we have today. It's just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does."

After a leadoff walk in the first, Olson homered to right. He added a two-run homer in the seventh. He 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. The newcomer went 2 for 5 and scored twice.

"Of anybody, you're not surprised. We've seen him hit homers in his first spring training at-bats, so not a total shock. But I think everybody kind of looked around and said, `Wow, I can't remember that ever happening before,'" A's manager Bob Melvin.

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 Chicago from 2000-11. The lefty pitched two no-hitters for the White Sox, including a perfect game, and helped them win the 2005 World Series.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
White Sox: All signs are pointing to LHP Carlos Rodon making his season debut sometime next week. Rodon, who has been out with a biceps bursitis injury, pitched Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte. 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.

RUN SUPPORT:
Gossett said the Oakland hitters made it easy for him in his third major league start.

"To see guys I've played with a little bit last year and this year, to see Barreto get his first hit and other guys get their first home runs, it's really special for them and I'm glad I was part of it," he said.

FINALLY WINNING ON THE ROAD:
With wins Friday and Saturday, the A's snapped a streak of losing nine consecutive road series.

STATS:
Despite the rough start, Shield reached 2,000th career strikeouts.

UP NEXT:
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) 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.

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