Magic behing 'Amazing Pie-derman' revealed


Magic behing 'Amazing Pie-derman' revealed

OAKLAND -- All magicians use diversionary tactics to pull off their illusions. They distract your attention and then trick you. Josh Reddick had an amazing diversion at his disposal. As the A's celebrated their major league-leading 13th walk-off win on the field, he slipped away and got into costume. In just two minutes and four seconds he re-emerged as Spider-Man -- or PIE-derman as he is being called now. As the famous web-slinging comic book character ran onto the field -- a pie in each hand -- those that endured the 15-inning marathon game were treated to an unimaginable scene. POW. Pie-derman planted two whipped cream treats onto the head of walk-off hero Coco Crisp, who wore the pies like earmuffs. Instead of slinging webs, this Spiderman slings pies. "That was definitely shocking," Crisp said. "I knew he had a costume obviously, but I didn't know he was going to pie me in a Spider-Man outfit."At this rate nothing seems to amaze A's manager Bob Melvin. He makes sure not to watch his clubs crazy celebrations but admitted that he caught the Spider-Man act on television after the fact."He's the first one off the field so I know when he comes off in that fashion he is going to do something," Melvin said of Reddick. "Whether it's with the pies and all that, it seemed like he added to the dynamic."Prior to Saturday's game, the Spider-Man outfit was hung with care in Reddick's clubhouse stall. After 13 walk-off wins, it must be tough to come up with new and interesting ways to celebrate. "You pretty much know what's going to happen now for the most part," Crisp said. "You're going to get freezing cold ice all over you, Gatorade and water, pie, maybe some seeds, but the new thing to our walk-off celebration was the Spider-Man."With some further digging, it was discovered that Reddick didn't act alone. He had to clear the costume with one of the club's veteran leaders. That man was Jonny Gomes, whose stall is located next to Reddick's in the clubhouse. "I guess you could put that in my job description as giving that the green light, yellow light, or red light," Jonny Gomes said. "For whatever reason the kid really wanted to do it. Who am I to un-shape how you want to be known and how you want to carry yourself?"Gomes said he has a huge respect for the game and is a big fan of the history of baseball. He says that if he thought in anyway the celebration would be disrespectful to the game he would have shut it down. Crisp, the victim of the celebration, says he is happy the celebration wasn't taken the wrong way."It's fun and everybody enjoyed it. There was nothing negative said about it and that's awesome," Crisp said. "Everybody took it in stride. It was a 15-inning game. For the fans, it was worth it."The loose and fun atmosphere in the A's clubhouse is why this team is succeeding on the field. It is carrying over in the win column and with the fan base. The Bernie, the pies, the walk-offs ... it's all working for the Oakland right now. They hold the top spot in the American League wild card race. "These guys aren't arbitration eligible, they're not free agents, so they're not playing for the money, they're playing for the fun factor," Gomes said. "I think Reddick had fun doing it. I'm not here trying to crush dreams. I'm trying to make them come true." After 13 walk-off wins you might be wondering what they will think of next. Well apparently, something is indeed in the works. Crisp divulged that there are plans for a new celebration -- possibly for walk-off No. 14. "There's an idea for something different, not quite Spider-Man suit status," he told me.Stay tuned.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Mengden knocked out early in return, A's fall in Cleveland

Mengden knocked out early in return, A's fall in Cleveland


CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco has held Cleveland's struggling rotation together through the season's first two months.

Carrasco (5-2) took a shutout into the seventh in winning his third straight decision and the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Monday.

The right-hander hasn't lost since April 28 and lowered his earned run average to 2.89 for a rotation that has the highest ERA in the AL.

"He hit the ground running and really hasn't slowed down," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's built to log innings and with his stuff he should be able to do what he's doing. I don't think that this is just a good streak for him. He can be this kind of a pitcher."

Carrasco missed time in spring training with a sore arm and left his May 15 start against Tampa Bay in the fourth inning because of a sore left pectoral muscle.

"You're going to have some ups and downs and you have to fight through them," Carrasco said. "I wasn't worried about spring training. As soon as the season starts there's a different mentality."

Carrasco allowed back-to-back homers to Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy in the seventh. The right-hander gave up four hits and struck out seven.

Edwin EncarnacionCarlos Santana and Austin Jackson hit solo homers, giving Cleveland a home run in 14 straight games.

Andrew Miller struck out the side in the eighth. Cody Allen gave up Khris Davis' solo homer and two singles in the ninth, but struck out Trevor Plouffe and recorded his 14th save.

Daniel Mengden (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make his first start of the season, allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

"I've got to be better than that, especially with Carrasco pitching that well, and having Miller and Allen in the bullpen," he said.

Cleveland's fourth started with back-to-back homers by Santana and Encarnacion, who is showing signs of turning it around after a slow start since signing with the Indians in January. He has an eight-game hitting streak and his 10th home run of the season traveled an estimated 451 feet to dead center.

Yan Gomes had an RBI single while Jose Ramirez was 3 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases.

Oakland center fielder Rajai Davis returned to Progressive Field for the first time since Game 7 of the World Series when he hit a two-run homer off Cubs relief ace Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning that tied the game.

Davis, presented with his American League championship ring before the game, was 1 for 4 with a third-inning single.

Jackson homered in the third and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. He has five RBIs in his last two games. Jackson missed three weeks this month with a sprained big toe.

Oakland second baseman Jed Lowrie committed two errors, giving the A's a league-high 51 for the season. Oakland also dropped to 7-18 on the road.

Mengden took the rotation spot of Kendall Graveman, who is on the 10-day DL for the second time this season with a strained right shoulder.

Allen blew his first save of the season in his last outing against Cincinnati and had to work out of a jam Monday, but Francona isn't concerned about his closer.

"In my opinion he's one of the best in the game," the manager said. "Sometimes you're going to give up runs. He's OK."

Oakland manager Bob Melvin was an impartial observer when Davis hit his dramatic World Series homer, but was still impressed.

"It was one of those at-bats that had a `wow' factor," Melvin said. "I don't remember where I was or what I was doing, but it was a moment that I definitely remember."

Athletics: RHP Jesse Hahn (sprained right triceps) will make a rehab start Wednesday for Single-A Stockton against Lancaster.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion protocol) was placed on the 7-day DL on May 25.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray struck out a team season-high 11 over seven innings in a 4-1 win over Miami on May 24.

Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in a May 24 no-decision against the Reds.