Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 6, A's 3

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 6, A's 3

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OAKLAND -- May 25 A's vs. Yankees 209,792,900 vs. 52,873,000 Ok, that's my re-creation of the open to the Moneyball Movie. It still applies, though. And the big spenders paid the bills again on Friday, in a 6-3 win. The Yankees have now won 11 of their last 12 games in Oakland. Starting Pitching ReportIt is easy to say Tyson Ross' night might have turned out differently if it wasn't for a two-out error in center field. The error preceded a three-run Mark Teixeira homer. Without the defensive miscue, Ross would have gotten out of the third inning unscathed. Ross would allow two more homers before the night was over though. Both in the fifth inning -- the first a solo shot off the bat of Robinson Cano, and the next a two-run blast hit by Nick Swisher, making the score 6-1. Ross wasn't charged with any of the runs in the third inning, so his line is a little misleading. He ended up with four and a third innings pitched, six runs, three of which were earned, and three strikeouts. At The PlateThe A's offense managed to scored three runs on seven hits. In the fourth inning, Josh Reddick launched his 12th homer of the season, making it a 3-1 game. Reddick now ranks sixth in the American League in home runs. Kurt Suzuki made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center field, but the ball he hit could have easily done more damage. Suzuki hit the ball to the deepest part of the park and Curtis Granderson made a tremendous grab at the wall to rob Suzuki of extra bases. Kila Ka'aihue added a run in the seventh inning, hitting a solo homer to right field, making the game 6-3. Bullpen ReportJerry Blevins spelled relief for the A's bullpen. Pitching 2 23 scoreless innings, and striking out three. His only blemish was a walk to Russell Martin. Jim Miller followed with a scoreless eighth inning, in which he struck Derek Jeter out swinging. He came back out and pitched the ninth as well, striking out Teixeira. In the FieldWith two outs, Robinson Cano lined a Ross offering to right-center field. Coco Crisp got to the ball, fully extending his arm and reaching out as the ball ricocheted off the side of his glove. The next batter, Mark Teixeira crushed a three-run homer to right field making it a 3-0 game. The best defensive play in the game came with runners on the corners and two outs in the first. Mark Teixeira popped a ball deep into foul territory, and Josh Donaldson tracked it the whole way. He ended up going into a full extension Superman-style leaping dive, making the catch to end the inning. Donaldson is starting to look like a big-league third basemen. AttendanceThe announced attendance of 33,559 looked accurate. The place was packed even though there were some splashes of blue in the crowd. Up NextBartolo Colon vs. C.C. Sabathia. Easily the most intriguing matchup at the Coliseum this weekend. The heavyweight bout featuring two former Cy Young Award winners takes place on Saturday and it will be a sight to behold. Colon weighs in at 267 pounds and has 165 career wins; Sabathia tips the scales at 290 pounds with 181 career wins. Sabathia is a Vallejo native and is still active in the Bay Area community.

A's lineup: Young faces throughout as Athletics start series vs White Sox

A's lineup: Young faces throughout as Athletics start series vs White Sox

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Astros-A's coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

The latest A's youth movement embarks on its first road trip when they visit the south side of Chicago and the White Sox. Manager Bob Melvin has issued his lineup for Game 1 of the series.

Chicago White Sox:
1. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
2. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
3. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Matt Davidson (R) DH
6. Tim Anderson (R) SS
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B
8. Kevan Smith (R) C
9. Adam Engel (R) CF
RHP -- Mike Pelfrey 

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Chad Pinder (R) SS
8. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
RHP -- Jharel Cotton

 

New-look A's continue the youth movement with Maxwell's arrival

New-look A's continue the youth movement with Maxwell's arrival

OAKLAND — The A’s set off for Chicago on Thursday evening to begin their next road trip, and how their dynamic has changed over the course of one week.

They began their most recent homestand by cutting ties with veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe to make room for hotshot prospect Matt Chapman. On Thursday, catcher Stephen Vogt suffered the same fate as Plouffe, getting designated for assignment to make room for another young player in Bruce Maxwell.

The calendar may still read June, with more than half of the season remaining, but the A’s are cleaning house, undergoing a reboot and playing the rest of 2017 with an emphasis on what lies ahead.

Five of the nine position players in their starting lineup for Thursday’s 12-9 loss to the Houston Astros are what you would consider “future” guys — center fielder Jaycob Brugman, third baseman Ryon Healy, second baseman Chad Pinder, Maxwell and right fielder Matt Olson.

They will shuffle around the diamond a bit, and Olson may only stay with the big club until Chapman comes off the disabled list (though Olson’s full-time status in the bigs doesn’t seem far off). Regardless, the plan is crystal clear — the A’s are hitching their wagon to their young core and are prepared to let them develop at the major league level, with whatever successes and failures may come with the growth process.

“We do get excited about giving these guys playing time,” A’s general manager David Forst said before Thursday’s game.

The Astros finished off a four-game sweep of Oakland with their 12-9 victory, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and then holding on after the A’s mounted a late charge. Glance up and down the box score, and those key young players were instrumental in so much that went right for the A’s.

Maxwell went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Olson drove in two runs. Pinder had two hits and an RBI. Brugman chipped in an RBI single and walked twice. That was the silver lining on a day that starting pitcher Jesse Hahn struggled mightily, allowing nine earned runs in just two innings.

“These guys are gonna be important,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “The last thing you want to see when you’re down 10-0 is guys just cash it in, and that wasn’t the case. These guys all have something to play for. They’re playing for jobs. And in the future, starting jobs.”

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, middle infielder Franklin Barreto will join the mix from Triple-A Nashville. For now, an immediate storyline is the health of Chapman, who joined the 10-day disabled list with a case of cellulitis (bacterial infection) in his left knee. The A’s checked him into a hospital Wednesday night to get an intravenous antibiotic, after his condition “plateaued” with oral antibiotics, according to Forst.

He said Chapman is likely to leave the hospital Friday, and the A’s are hopeful the rookie third baseman will be able to return when he’s eligible to come off the D.L. His stint can be backdated to Monday, meaning Chapman is eligible to return next Thursday at Houston.

He’s part of the youth movement that resulted in Vogt getting shown the exit. Maxwell sent Vogt a text message wishing him the best Thursday morning, and Vogt quickly responded, wishing him the best. That meant a lot to Maxwell, who didn’t learn until Thursday morning that his roster spot was coming at Vogt’s expense.

But Maxwell said he’s excited to be surrounded by so many players that he’s advanced through the minors with.

“Once we get everybody acclimated to each other and the game up here,” he said, “I feel like we could potentially set up a turning point for this organization for years to come.”