For now there is a tomorrow for A's


For now there is a tomorrow for A's


OAKLAND -- The 2012 Oakland Athletics tend to take crippling adversity and kick it square between the legs. Staring down potential elimination and the seemingly insurmountable chore of overcoming a 2-0 deficit, the A's took the field in front of a sell-out crowd so deafening that they wouldn't have even be able to hear their own self doubt -- if they had any. Hint, they don't. Oakland turned their 2-0 deficit in the series into a 2-0 win on Tuesday. It was just the 11th shutout in Athletics postseason history. For their efforts they now get to play again on Wednesday. "We have as much confidence as anybody," catcher Derek Norris said. "We have three games at home and with that crowd, it's one of the best crowds I've ever heard in a stadium. We feed off them and hopefully come back tomorrow and even the series and go from there." In the A's twisted minds they believe the pressure is on the Tigers. Detroit has to worry about finishing the job, while the A's get to continue playing with house money, and staying alive by all means necessary."We've been in this position before and it was good to go out there and take care of business," pitcher Ryan Cook said. "We've still got two more to go in this series and give it our all." So what does the Game Three win mean? "Get's us to tomorrow," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We'll go at it in the same fashion that we did tonight. And we'll go from there."PRATT: Anderson pitches through pain in postseason win
With the series starting in Detroit the A's didn't get to experience the home field advantage they were supposed to have as the higher seed. With the remaining games at the Oakland Coliseum they have the confidence they need to keep fighting one game at a time. The only way they know how. "Our fans have been great all year and these last couple weeks they have come out plenty full," Cook said. "They are the best and in baseball if you ask me. They are in the game from pitch one and we just want to keep having fun and let them have fun as well." The 37,090 that showed up waved gold rally towels throughout the game. They exploded when Yoenis Cespedes gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They went nuts when Coco Crisp robbed Prince Fielder of a home run to start the second inning. They roared when Seth Smith hit a solo homer in the fifth and when Brett Anderson struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the sixth inning. Finally, they raged when Grant Balfour locked down his first ever postseason save. "It was probably the most fun I ever had on the mound especially in front of the crowd at home in a postseason game," Anderson said. For now there is a tomorrow for the A's.

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

After five seasons in Oakland, Stephen Vogt begins a new chapter of his career in Milwaukee.

The 32-year-old was designated for assignment by the last-place A's on Thursday and claimed by the first-place Brewers on Sunday.

On Monday, the two-time All-Star catcher discussed his new opportunity with a contender on MLB Network Radio.

"Obviously I was ecstatic to hear I was headed to Milwaukee. We all watch baseball and they are such a fun team to watch right now. And your buddy Eric Sogard is there, so I've got some familiarity. It's an opportunity to win and I think anybody, when you get to the stage I'm in in my career, where I'm 32, I want to win. I'm at the point where that's kind of the goal in the big leagues where all you care about is winning and that's where I'm at. So, to get the news that I'm headed to a first-place team, I couldn't be more excited," Vogt said.

After making the AL All-Star team the last two seasons, Vogt struggled to the tune of a .217 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games.

But with a new team in a new league comes a fresh slate.

"You get that rejuvenation feeling, you get that feeling that this is the change you needed especially going to a winning team where when you're winning, everyone plays better, when you're winning, everyones happier. No matter where you are in life, you want to have that feeling that somebody wants you. So to have Milwaukee come in and say 'We wanted you,' Yeah, it recharged the batteries. I'm ready to go," Vogt said.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017


The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.