A's-Orioles stat pack

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A's-Orioles stat pack

The A's road trip continues with their 2nd visit of the year to Baltimore. Back in April, the O's took 2 of 3 from the A's at Camden Yards.

This Date in A's History - July 27, 1965
In the 2nd game of a double-header at Fenway Park, 19-year old Jim "Catfish" Hunter recorded his 1st of 224 career wins. The future Hall-of-Famer went 5 innings allowing 5 runs (including a grand slam to 20-year old Tony Conigliaro) but thanks to an A's 6-run 1st inning left the game with a 8-5 lead. The Kansas City A's would go on to win the game 10-8. (Bert Campaneris went 4 for 5 with an HR and 4 runs scored)
Best Records in JulyAmerican league
Athletics 16-3 .842 Tigers 15-6 .714 Yankees 12-9 .571 White Sox 11-9 .550 Angels 11-10 .524 Best in Majors

With 5 games left in the month, the A's have a chance to have their best July since moving to Oakland.
Oakland AthleticsBest Months of July
2012 16-3 .842 2005 20-6 .769 1974 20-8 .714 2001 19-8 .704 1980 19-10 .655
The A's have a 15-9 record vs the A.L. East this season.
Highest Win Pct vs A.L. EastAmong A.L. teams
Rangers 14-7 .667 Athletics 15-9 .625 Yankees 18-13 .581 Tigers 13-10 .565 Rays 23-18 .561 Last season: 20-23 (.465) vs A.L. East
Most RunsGame since All-Star BreakAmerican League
Athletics 5.8 Angels 5.6 Tigers 4.9 Blue Jays 4.8 Twins 4.7 Before Break: 3.7 - Fewest in A.L.
Jarrod ParkerThis Season

Home Road Starts 9 7 Rec 3-2 4-2 ERA 2.28 1.08 Opp Avg .211 .240 HR 2 2 Walks 9IP 3.3 4.5
Lowest ERA among Rookie StartersA.L. (min 10 Starts)
Jose Quintana CWS 2.58 Jarrod Parker OAK 3.00 Scott Diamond MIN 3.16 Zach McAllister CLE 3.18 Tommy Milone OAK 3.51 Wei-Yin Chen BAL 3.82 Yu Darvish TEX 3.88
Yoenis CespedesA.L. Ranks since All-Star Break
.458 Average 1st 4 Home Runs T-5th 14 RBI 1st 12 Runs T-3rd .500 OB T-4th .792 Slug 3rd 1.292 OPS 2nd
On June 14th Coco Crisp moved back to being the A's regular lead-off hitter:
Coco CrispSeason Breakdown

Thru June 13 Since June 14 Games 38 31 AVG .172 .344 OB .234 .400 Slug .231 .508 Runs 10 19 Steals 9 11 A's Record 13-25 23-8 In Games Crisp Played

Highest On-Base Pct A.L. Leadoff MenSince June 14th
Alex Gordon KC .430 Mike Trout LAA .428 Austin Jackson DET .416 Coco Crisp OAK .400 Oakland AthleticsMost HR in a Season since 2007
Jack Cust 2008 33 Josh Willingham 2011 29 Jack Cust 2007 26 Jack Cust 2009 25 Nick Swisher 2007 22 Josh Reddick 2012 22
The Orioles have lost 9 of their last 12 home games and have a better record on the road then at home.
Orioles This Season

Home Road Record 24-24 28-23 AVG .249 .230 RGM 4.4 3.8 HR 64 58 ERA 4.36 3.80 Lost 9 of last 12 at Home

The thing you don't want to do with Orioles is go to extra-innings;
Most Wins in Extra-Innings This Season
Orioles 10-2 Athletics 7-2 Giants 7-2 Marlins 7-3 Nationals 7-6
It hasn't just been extra-innings, the O's have been clutch late in games:
Orioles This Season

A.L. Rank 10-2 in Extra-Inning Games 1st 19-6 in 1-run games 1st 39-0 when Leading after 7 inn. 1st 41-0 when Leading after 8 inn. 1st 13 Wins when Trailing after 6 inn. 1st
Adam JonesLast 4 Seasons

AVG HR OPS 2009 .227 19 .792 2010 .284 19 .767 2011 .280 25 .785 2012 .293 23 .877
All-Star Matt Wieters has only 1 hit in his last 30 at-bats and had had an up-and-down season:
Matt WietersThis Season by Month

AVG HR RBI April .279 6 15 May .188 2 7 June .290 3 16 July .197 1 8
While Jim Thome is 7th on the all-time Home Run list with 611, he is only 65 K's behind Reggie on the Strikeout list:
Most Strikeouts All-Time
Reggie Jackson 2,597 Jim Thome 2,532 Sammy Sosa 2,306 Andres Galarraga 2,003 Alex Rodriguez 2,000 Adam Dunn 1,956 Jackson has held the Strikeout record since 1982

Report: Ex-A's outfielder agrees to $13 million deal with Yankees

Report: Ex-A's outfielder agrees to $13 million deal with Yankees

XON HILL, Md. — A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement.

A seven-time All-Star, Holliday was drafted by Colorado in 1998, traded to Oakland after the 2008 season and then dealt to St. Louis the following July. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games this year, missing substantial time after his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11.

Holliday became a free agent when St. Louis declined his $17 million option.

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.

Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract

The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.

The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.

Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.

The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.