Pratt's Instant Replay: Tigers 12, Athletics 2

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Tigers 12, Athletics 2

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DETROIT -- Entering a pivotal 10-game road trip the Oakland A's got battered by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The 12-2 loss is the largest losing margin for Oakland this season. Their previous worst defeat was a 10-1 loss in Baltimore.A.J. Griffin was undefeated entering Tuesday night and was handed his first loss of the season.At the PlateThe A's scored an early run off Tigers' starting pitcher Max Scherzer after a two-out rally. Josh Reddick singled, Yoenis Cespedes walked, and Brandon Moss drove Reddick home to put the A's up 1-0. Scherzer pitched the second inning and then left the game with just 44 pitches due to right shoulder fatigue.Scherzer leads the American League with 224 strikeouts and was 10-1 in his last 14 starts. At the time it seemed like the the A's lineup dodged a major bullet in not having to face a healthy Scherzer.The A's had some health issues of their own. Coco Crisp was pulled from the game in the fourth inning with a complication from his lingering eye issues. Chris Carter pinch hit for him with runners on the corners and one out. Carter grounded into an inning-ending double play. Carter remained in the game at first base, Reddick moved to center field, and Moss moved to right field.In the fifth inning Moss hit a broken-bat blooper that landed between three Tigers. He raced to second base as Prince Fielder sprinted to second base to try and cover the bag. Moss beat the throw with a slide and avoided getting flattened by a sliding Fielder as Cespedes ran to third base. With two outs and runners now on second and third Stephen Drew flew out to center field to end the inning.In Drew's first three plate appearances he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and stranded six base runners.The A's plated another run in the seventh inning. Reddick doubled on a ball that left fielder Quintin Berry made a diving attempt on. Berry left the game with a right shoulder injury. Cespedes followed with an RBI single. He was initially awarded second base because a fan interfered with the ball, but since he slipped out of the batters box when he hit the ball he was told to go back to first base. A's manager Bob Melvin argued the call but lost.Starting Pitching ReportThe first batter Griffin faced hit a liner back at him. He got his glove on the ball but it bounced right out upon impact. The aforementioned batter was Austin Jackson and he ended up coming around to score on a sacrifice fly hit by Miguel Cabrera in the first inning to even the score at one apiece. Somewhat of a bad break for Griffin. It would become abundantly clear that this just wasn't his night. Griffin left a 3-1 fastball a bit high against Jhonny Peralta in the second inning and paid the price. The ball was hit about two rows deep into the right field stands. Peralta's 12th homer of the year made it a 2-1 game.With a 2-0 count Griffin threw a perfect 68 MPH curveball to Miguel Cabrera for a called strike. Three pitches later he tried to fool him again with his big breaking curveball and Cabrera practically hit the ball to Canada. Cabrera's 39th homer gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the third inning.He gave up a two-run line-drive homer to Fielder that made it a 5-1 game in the fifth inning. Griffin exited the game with 100 pitches over four and two-thirds innings of work. He doesn't often give up the long ball but he gave up a career-high three homers and five runs in Detroit. He had only allowed one home run in his previous seven starts.Bullpen ReportPedro Figueroa entered in relief of Griffin in the fifth inning. He struck out the only batter he faced and left the game.Evan Scribner started the sixth inning. He allowed three runs on two walks and two hits. Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry hit back-to-back doubles with runners on base making it 8-1.Jesse Chavez pitched a three up, three down seventh inning. He got lit up in the eighth inning, though. He allowed three consecutive hits before allowing a grand slam to Miguel Cabrera. The slam made it 12-2 and it was Cabrera's 40th home of the season. Chavez hit Fielder on a 1-2 pitch after the grand slam and was ejected from the game. Melvin wasn't happy with the call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals as it didn't appear to be intentional. Chavez has allowed nine runs in his three games with the A's.AttendanceThe Tigers announced an attendance of 31,243.Up NextIf you are a fan of pitching you'll probably enjoy Wednesday's match up. Cy YoungMVP Justin Verlander (14-8, 2.82 ERA) takes on Brett Anderson (4-1, 1.93 ERA). Anderson became the first A's starting pitcher since Dave Stewart in 1990 to start the season by earning a win in each of his first four starts.

BART, transportation among issues A's tackling in ballpark search

BART, transportation among issues A's tackling in ballpark search

MESA, Ariz. — The research and fact-finding continues for the A’s as they work toward deciding where to build their new ballpark in Oakland.

Team president Dave Kaval, in Arizona to briefly soak up the spring training vibe, says the team is still gathering all the information it can on the four locations being considered — the current Coliseum site, Howard Terminal, Laney College and Brooklyn Basin, which like Howard Terminal is a waterfront site.

Place an asterisk next to “four,” because as Kaval explains, there’s multiple spots a ballpark could be built at some of the locations.

For example, “there’s a couple different ways in the Lake Merritt area to orient a ballpark,” he said Sunday. “Each one has to be studied individually, because there’s traffic and parking issues that change depending on where you put it. There’s a couple ways it can work in and around Lake Merritt. So we kind of are looking at it as two different options.”

The research will continue for the “next couple of months,” according to Kaval, meaning it doesn’t seem any decision is forthcoming soon. But he reiterated that an announcement will come during 2017.

Kaval was asked how important it was for a ballpark to be near a BART station.

“I think if you’re in a certain range of a BART station, it doesn’t matter if it’s one block or two blocks,” he said. “But if you start getting a little farther, it does change people’s willingness to actually take that public transportation to the venue.”

Howard Terminal, located just north of Jack London Square, is a 20-25 minute walk to the nearest current BART station (12th Street). There’s been speculation that a new station could be built closer to Howard Terminal if a stadium went up. Kaval also said the A’s would consider some sort of shuttle service were they to build at Howard Terminal, and they’re researching the ferry options for such a location.

Long story short, there’s still plenty of transportation and environmental issues to sort out before the A’s settle on a site to build. In the meantime, fans will be in for a treat in the upcoming season when they arrive at the Coliseum.

The A’s gutted the West Side Club and are rebuilding it as Shibe Park Tavern, named after the franchise’s former home in Philadelphia. It will include bricks and other materials from the old ballpark, obtained from the Philadelphia Historical Society.

The A’s will also launch “Champions Pavilion”, which will include anywhere from eight to 16 local food trucks that will be stationed between the Coliseum and Oracle Arena during most home games. Ticket holders will have in/out privileges, with video monitors outside showing the game.

Nights when there’s a Warriors home game could make it tougher to pull off the full operation — Warriors playoff games will be a particular challenge, Kaval said — but the A’s will work with the Coliseum’s Joint Powers Authority to smooth things out as much as possible.

According to Kaval, the A’s are spending between $600,000-$700,000 to improve the current in-house concession stands, making it possible to cook inside the stands themselves as opposed to transporting food from the kitchen.

The efforts received a thumbs-up from A’s manager Bob Melvin.

“We’re there until we’re not,” Melvin said of the Coliseum. “We’re gonna be there for a period of time, so I appreciate the fact that he’s trying to spruce it up a little bit for our fans, give them more options for food and just create a better atmosphere in our ballpark.”

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic

MESA, Ariz. -- A's left fielder Khris Davis confirmed that he won't play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Davis said he felt "terrible" about the decision, but that he wanted his undivided attention to be on preparing for his second season with Oakland.

"I kind of feel over-extended," he said shortly before the A's hit the field for their first full-squad workout of the season.

Coming off a season where he clubbed a career-best 42 home runs with 102 RBI, Davis said he wouldn't dwell on the incredibly slow start he had in 2016 or the monster numbers he proceeded to put up after that. But he's ready to help the A's try to rebound from back-to-back last place finishes.

"There's a lot of excitement, I can feel it."