Instant Replay: A's 6, Padres 4


Instant Replay: A's 6, Padres 4


OAKLAND Petalumas Jonny Gomes snapped an 0-for-34 slump as a pinch-hitter with a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning as the As beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 to up their season-long win streak to five games.Starting pitching report: Tyson Ross allowed no hits through five innings and was briefly in line for his third win of the season with six solid innings in his first big-league start since May 30.Manager Bob Melvin said before Saturdays game that he wanted to see improvement on Ross secondary pitches. Ross was perfect in the first inning, striking out both Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley on sliders.Ross wasnt as sharp in the second inning, hitting Carlos Quentin with a pitch to put the leadoff man on. Quentin advanced to second on a wild pitch and catcher Kurt Suzuki bailed Ross out on two other pitches way outside the strike zone. But Ross recovered to escape unscathed as he worked a fly out from Mark Kotsay and groundouts from Yonder Alonso and Cameron Maybin.The third inning was an enigma for Ross, as he went first-pitch fly out, walk, first-pitch fly out, walk to start the frame. Headley swung at another slider for a strikeout, though, to get Ross out of the self-inflicted jam.Ross issued his third walk of the game with one out in the fourth, but erased it with a strike em out, throw em out double play. Alonso swung through a slider for Ross fourth strikeout of the afternoon and Suzuki gunned down Kotsay to end the inning. Suzuki allowed steals on 16 consecutive attempts this season, but has since tossed out six of the last nine would-be thieves.Three straight fly balls to the outfield helped Ross cruise through the fifth, but his no-hitter and shutout bid both came to an end in the sixth. After back-to-back strikeouts, Ross issued his fourth walk to Headley, who came around to score on Quentins fifth home run, a shot that barely cleared the yellow line above the out-of-town scoreboard in left.Ross completed the inning, but was replaced by Sean Doolittle to start the seventh with the As leading 3-2.His final line: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.Bullpen report: Doolittle, who entered the game having struck out 10 of the 19 batters he faced since his call up on June 4, gave up a double to Alonso to lead off the seventh. He then went strikeout, walk, strikeout, before giving up a bases-clearing double to Will Venable for a 4-3 Padres lead. Both hits in the inning off the southpaw Doolittle were from left-handed batters.One-time closer Grant Balfour got the call in the eighth and soon had runners on the corners. He issued a one-out walk to Quentin, who hustled to third on a single by Kotsay, but got out of the jam when Allen snagged a sharp line drive off the bat of Alonso and doubled up Kotsay at first.New closer Ryan Cook came in for his fourth opportunity of the season and snagged a sharp comebacker from Cameron Maybin and threw to first for a quick out to start the ninth. Cook sruck out John Baker looking and and Jesus Guzman swinging for his third save.At the plate: After scoring at least eight runs in their last four games, the As had a more pedestrian day at the plate on Saturday, finishing with six runs on eight hits.No Athletic reached base until No. 9 hitter Cliff Pennington worked a two-out walk off Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf in the third inning. Pennington promptly stole second, and then watched as Ohlendorf issued a free pass to Coco Crisp. With a chance to drive in the games first run, Weeks worked a 3-2 count to put the runners in motion, but hit a weak fly ball to left to end the threat.The As broke through against Ohlendorf in the fourth inning, as Seth Smith hit home run No. 7, all of which have come as an outfielder instead of as a designated hitter, for a 1-0 lead. Oakland added another run as Colin Cowgill singled to left to drive in Brandon Moss, who had doubled high off the right-field wall to start a two-out rally.Ohlendorf was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning as the As took a 3-0 lead thanks to Pennington and Weeks. The former led off the inning with a single and the latter drove him in with a double to right-center field. Josh Reddicks deep fly ball to right-center allowed Weeks to tag up and advance to third. Padres manager Bud Black then took the ball from Ohlendorf and turned it over to Alex Hinshaw, who drilled Smith before striking out Brandon Inge looking to end the inning.The As went down in order in the sixth, but put together another rally in the seventh. With runners on the corners and lefty Joe Thatcher on the mound, Melvin pinch-hit right-hander Jonny Gomes for the left-hander Smith. After Thatcher fell behind Gomes 1-0, Black made a mid at-bat pitching change, turning to right-hander Luke Gregerson. Blacks move didnt pay off, as Gregerson bounced the first pitch he threw in the dirt, allowing Pennington to score from third standing up to tie the game. Gomes broke the tie quickly, launching a 3-1 fastball from Gregerson deep into the left-field seats. The two-run homer snapped an 0-for-34 streak as a pinch-hitter for the veteran from Petaluma.Weeks and Cowgill finished with two hits apiece, while Crisp, Reddick, Inge and Suzuki were all hitless.

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.

The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.

In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.