Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0

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OAKLAND -- Jered Weaver has collected a win in his last nine starts. His latest victim - the Oakland A's. Weaver's winning streak is the second longest in Major League Baseball this season (R.A. Dickey, 11). The Angels ace tormented the A's bats over nine innings of shutout ball.With the A's 4-0 loss they are now in third place in the American League West and they don't hold either of the two A.L. Wild Card spots.At the PlateThe A's couldn't muster any offense against Weaver. He faced the minimum twelve hitters through the first four innings striking out nine.Coco Crisp did a good job battling Weaver in a 10-pitch at-bat. Weaver finally got Crisp to ground out to shortstop Eric Aybar after Crisp wasted about an inning worth of Weaver's bullets.Brandon Inge collected half of the A's hits against Weaver. He hit a single in the third inning and smacked Oakland's only extra-base hit of the evening. Derek Norris was the only non-Brandon to collect a hit off Weaver, as Brandon Moss hit a single in the fifth.Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker started the game by plunking Mike Trout who stole second base and promptly advanced to third on a fly out. The A's dodged a bullet though when Albert Pujols hit a one-hopper straight to Brandon Inge who caught Trout in a rundown between third and home.In the second inning Kendry Morales led off with a double off the high portion of the right field wall. Josh (Spider-man) Reddick attempted to scale the wall to make the catch but just missed it. Parker retired the next two hitters, getting the inning's second out on a perfect slider to strike out Howie Kendrick swinging. The next three batters hit two-out singles though, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.Parker really settled down over the next four innings facing one batter over the minimum. He got in trouble again in the seventh inning after allowing back-to-back singles, after which he was able to get Trout to ground out, but both runners moved over on the play. With two outs he faced Torii Hunter in what would be the biggest at-bat of the game. Hunter singled up the middle on a 1-2 slider that was left up in the zone, the hit drove in both runners making the score 4-0. That would end Parker's night.Parker ended up with four earned runs over six and one-third innings pitched. He allowed nine hits and walked one batter, striking out six Angels.Fresh off a trip to the disabled list Erick Aybar went 3 for 3 against Parker.Bullpen ReportPat Neshek entered in relief of Parker with two outs in the seventh. He skimmed Albert Pujols' jersey on an inside pitch giving him a free trip to first base. The righty with the funky delivery then struck out Mark Trumbo swinging to end the seventh inning.Pedro Figueroa tossed two scoreless innings. He struck out two batters and only allowed one hit.In the FieldTrout hit a ball into the right field gap that Reddick fielded before firing the ball to second base. Trout attempted to stretch his single into a double and was out at second by a fingertip as Sogard's glove skimmed across the top of Trout's fingers on the swipe tag. Trout was livid after the play. Mike Scoscia had to separate his young player and second base umpire Bill Miller.Reddick's 13 outfield assists now lead Major League Baseball. The last A's outfielder to have 13 assists was Matt Stairs in 1999.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 13,341.Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Don't tell me you thought Red would win with the Angels in town.Up NextThe A's will send Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.55 ERA) to the mound. Colon will be making his 22nd start of the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 and two-thirds innings pitched.He will be opposed by C.J. Wilson (9-7, 3.27 ERA). Wilson hasn't won a game since June 26. That is a span of seven starts.

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

Notes: A's likely to leave winter meetings with unfinished business

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A’s general manager David Forst flies home Thursday afternoon, and unless there’s a drastic change in the final stages of the winter meetings, he’ll still be searching for a center fielder.

Wednesday’s events included some discussion between Oakland and other parties, but no concrete progress toward landing a center fielder. That’s despite the late-breaking news Tuesday that the A’s and Royals were talking trade for fleet-footed Kansas City outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

“It’s a two-way street with a free agent or a team, a function of the other side’s pace,” Forst said. “It’s unlikely (they complete a deal at the meetings), and not for lack of conversations or lack of ideas. Just things move at different speeds.”

It doesn’t necessarily mean the chance of landing Dyson is done. Forst pointed out talks which transpire at the winter meetings sometimes materialize into a deal down the road. But it’s also worth noting that the Baltimore Orioles are pursuing Dyson too. FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported that Baltimore and Kansas City have discussed him.

Therefore, consider the A’s as players in the free agent as well as trade markets.

“We’ve cast a wide net,” Forst said.

Two free agent center fielders came off the board Wednesday as the Rockies agreed to a five-year $70 million contract with Ian Desmond and the Rangers re-signed Carlos Gomez to a one-year $11.5 million deal. Desmond was assumed to be out of the A’s price range, but Gomez was thought to be a realistic target. He opted to return to Texas, which needed to do some outfield re-stocking after losing Desmond and Carlos Beltran, who like Gomez was an in-season acquisition for the Rangers in 2016.

The three most enticing free agents left now at the position appear to be Dexter Fowler — like Desmond, expected to command a pricey multi-year deal — former Athletic Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson.

As for other needs, the A’s would add a veteran starting pitcher at the right price and could look to upgrade at second base, though neither of those is as high a priority as landing someone to anchor the middle of their outfield.

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Manager Bob Melvin addressed reporters at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Though A’s top baseball official Billy Beane said Tuesday the organizational focus was on the future, aiming for a strong team to be in place by the time the A’s potentially move into a new ballpark, Melvin’s attention is solely on the upcoming season.

“In 2012, we had I don't know how many rookies on that team. It was all rookie starters, and we ended up winning the division,” Melvin said. “Once you start the season, the focus is all about winning.”

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Should the A’s not bring in a center fielder who can also lead off, the first in-house candidate Melvin mentioned as perhaps hitting atop the order was Joey Wendle. He gave a nice showing of himself in a September call-up and hit leadoff for a stretch, but there’s no guarantee that Wendle even starts at second base next season, especially if veteran Jed Lowrie is healthy after foot surgery.

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Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has rejoined Oakland’s staff as Melvin’s third-base coach, and Melvin has plenty of confidence that Hale will capably fill Ron Washington’s shoes as the infield instructor. Washington was popular with A’s infielders and had particular success working with shortstop Marcus Semien.

Hale served as Melvin’s bench coach before getting hired by Arizona before the 2015 season.

“Obviously we've talked a lot about Wash and what he's meant to some of these younger guys,” Melvin said. “We feel like if anybody can replace Wash, it's Chip Hale.”

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Forst said John Axford will pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Fellow reliever Liam Hendriks has not yet committed to Team Australia.

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Right-hander Chris Bassitt, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, was examined by A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta on Wednesday and his recovery is going very well. He’s between throwing programs right now. Forst added that lefty Felix Doubront is also coming back well from the same procedure.

Report: Holliday's no-trade clause with Yankees only covers A's

Report: Holliday's no-trade clause with Yankees only covers A's

Matt Holliday spent the first half of the 2009 season in Oakland.

Apparently, he has no desire to return.

In his one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees that was finalized on Wednesday, Holliday has a limited no-trade clause that protects him from being traded to only the A's, according to SB Nation.

Holliday was acquired by the A's following the 2008 season for Carlos Gonzalez, Huston Street and Greg Smith.

But he only played in 93 games with the A's before they dealt him to St. Louis for Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson.

The 37-year-old spent the last seven full seasons with the Cardinals.