Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 9, A's 2


Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 9, A's 2


OAKLAND -- With a combined 557 pounds on the mound, two of the American League's heavyweights traded blows at the Coliseum. Bartolo Colon the 2005 Cy Young-award winner, versus C.C. Sabathia the 2007 winner. Sabathia, a southpaw who hails from Vallejo, entered with the height, youth, and run support advantage. The Yankees knocked out Colon after six innings in a 9-2 win. The Yankees now have a .718 win percentage (23-9) against the A's since 2004, which is the best mark against the A's in Major League Baseball. Starting Pitching ReportColon lacked the usual late movement on his fastball. He allowed six runs, all earned, on nine hits -- two of which were homers. He struck out three and walked none. Colon's big inning came as a result of a defensive miscue that is detailed below. Sabathia got the win. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs. He struck out four and walked two A's hitters.At The PlateIt was a tough day at the office for Coco Crisp who grounded out with the bases loaded in the second inning, and grounded out in the fourth with a runner on third. Both at-bats came with two outs. It might be time for Bob Melvin to consider moving the veteran center fielder down in the lineup.Josh Reddick launched his 13th homer of the year in the third inning. Reddick has hit nine home runs in the month of May, the best month by an Athletic since Frank Thomas hit 10 in September of 2006. The A's have now hit 40 home runs in 46 games. Last season their 40th homer came in their 75th game. The A's scored first in the opening frame when Jonny Gomes drove in Jemile Weeks. Weeks was in scoring position after a single and a sacrifice by Crisp. Collin Cowgill went 3-for-4. Bullpen ReportGraham Godfrey, who threw a bullpen session before the game, entered in the eighth inning. After loading the bases, he drilled Derek Jeter with an 0-2 pitch making it a 7-2 game. In the ninth inning he allowed a two-run Mark Teixeira homer to center field, making it 9-2 Yankees. Teixeira, who also hit a home run in the fourth inning, has 35 multi-homer games in his career. Godfrey's appearance leaves Monday's spot in the starting rotation up for speculation. Jordan Norberto threw a scoreless seventh inning, but he walked two batters. In the FieldWhen the A's give away outs, the Yankees make them pay. In the fifth inning, Derek Jeter laid down a bunt that was fielded by Colon. First baseman Adam Rosales charged in on the bunt as well, but Weeks didn't cover first base. Jeter ended up with an infield single. Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning. Next, Robinson Cano doubled and Teixeira hit a two-run single. The bunt single by Jeter was career hit 3,154, which tied George Brett for 14th place on the all-time MLB hit list. AttendanceThe announced attendance of 27,112 is down from the 33,559 that packed the house on Friday night. Up NextTommy Milone (6-3, 3.75 ERA) takes on Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56 ERA) Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Milone is the first starting pitcher in Oakland history to win his first four starts at the Oakland Coliseum.

A's blow it again in ninth, swept on walk-off grand slam in 10th


A's blow it again in ninth, swept on walk-off grand slam in 10th


TORONTO  — Steve Pearce became the latest Blue Jay to hit a game-ending home run.

Pearce hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

"Hopefully we just keep the ball rolling," Pearce said. "We're getting down to the end of the season so we've got to step it up and this was a great series to get it started."

Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks (3-2) walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck. The grand slam was the second of his career and first since May 2015.

The Blue Jays won consecutive games on home runs for the first time in team history.

Kendrys Morales, who hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning Wednesday, had two more home runs Thursday. Morales connected off Sean Manaea in the fifth and added a tying blast off Blake Treinen in the ninth, the 19th multihomer game of his career.

Treinen got the ninth in place of Santiago Casilla, who blew Wednesday's game. The Athletics have blown five of their past six save opportunities.

"We're just having trouble finishing off games," manager Bob Melvin said.

Toronto has hit four game-ending home runs this season, the third-highest total in team history. They hit six in 2011.

Josh Donaldson also homered for Toronto, a solo blast in the first.

Roberto Osuna (3-0) worked one inning for the win.

Marcus Semien had three hits and a walk for the Athletics, who have lost 12 of 13 in Toronto.

In the fifth, one batter after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing ball and strikes with home plate umpire Will Little, Stroman and catcher Russell Martin were both tossed. An irate Stroman charged toward home plate to confront Little, and had to be restrained by Martin and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Right-hander Chris Smith replaced Stroman and Miguel Montero took over for Martin.

Stroman allowed three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a season-high six. Asked about the ejection afterward, he had little to say.

"When it comes to umpires or any of that, I'm not going to be making any comments about that," Stroman said. "I want to make my next start."

Oakland struck quickly against Stroman, scoring three runs in the first against a pitcher who had allowed just four earned runs combined in his previous four July starts. Ryon Healy drove in a run with a groundout and Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single.

Donaldson replied with a one-out blast in the bottom half, his 10th, and Morales connected to begin the fifth, his 19th.

Toronto tied it in the sixth when Jose Bautista hit a leadoff double and scored on Justin Smoak's two-out single.

Troy Tulowitzki tried to score from second on Darwin Barney's two-out single in the seventh, but was thrown out at home plate by a strong throw from right fielder Matt Joyce.

Manaea allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"It kind of stings a little bit," Manaea said. "We had an opportunity to win and just didn't put it together."

Oakland broke a 3-all tie against Ryan Tepera in the eighth when Semien's two-out single scored Jaycob Brugman, but Morales answered in the ninth.


Oakland RHP John Axford, the NL saves leader in 2011, was designated for assignment. Melvin said it was tough to cut Axford, citing his veteran presence in the clubhouse. Axford went 0-1 with no saves and a 6.43 ERA in 22 appearances.


Blue Jays pitchers have an AL-worst 6.35 ERA in the first inning.


Athletics: C Josh Phegley (left oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL and C Ryan Lavarnway was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. ... RHP Ryan Dull (right knee) was activated off the DL, taking Axford's spot on the roster.

Blue Jays: Quality control coach Derek Shelton replaced first base coach Tim Leiper (illness) midway through the game.


Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (2-5, 5.40) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Minnesota. Gossett has allowed at least one homer in seven of his first eight starts. Newly acquired LHP Jaime Garcia (4-7. 4.30) goes for the Twins.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-7, 4.13) starts the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Happ allowed a season-high seven earned runs in his previous outing, a July 23 loss at Cleveland. RHP Parker Bridwell (4-1, 3.09) starts for the Angels.

There was so much more to Bill King’s life beyond the broadcast booth


There was so much more to Bill King’s life beyond the broadcast booth

When the Hall of Fame presents Bill King with the Ford C. Frick award Saturday, it will be big not only for the multitude of fans that listened to him but the colleagues who worked alongside the legendary A's broadcaster.

“I think he was the very best radio sports broadcaster we’ve ever had in this country,” NBC Sports Bay Area’s Greg Papa said. “He’s just a radio genius. To me, he epitomized the Bay Area as a sportscaster because he was the Bay Area. His word choice, his vocabulary, the way he was able to describe things. In so many ways he was the perfect Bay Area radio broadcaster.”

King was the rare breed of broadcaster, someone versatile enough and knowledgable enough to excel at announcing three major sports — football with the Raiders from 1966-92, basketball with the Warriors from 1962-83 and baseball with the A’s from 1981 until his death in 2005.

It was baseball that was nearest to his heart. And while his expertise at describing a ballgame was unparalleled, there was so much more to King’s life beyond the broadcast booth. That’s something current A’s radio play-by-play man Ken Korach discovered in the decade he worked alongside King after joining the A’s in 1995.

Korach, who chronicled King’s career in the 2013 book “Holy Toledo: Lessons from Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic”, found himself visiting art museums with King during A’s road trips.

“He was a patron of the arts and the ballet, the opera,” Korach said. “One thing that people may not know is that he was a wonderful impressionist painter. He painted landscapes that were absolutely beautiful, breaththaking.”

Korach has one of King’s paintings hanging in his den.

Like King, Papa also announced three different sports at the same time for a period — football with the Raiders, basketball with the San Antonio Spurs and baseball with the A’s. When he joined the A’s television booth in 1990, King was a crucial resource for him.

“When I began doing A’s TV in 1990, I would listen to Bill and have a legal pad out and take notes,” said Papa, who still calls Raider games. “It was better than any research I could do. He was so meticulously prepared.”

Korach chuckled when recalling King’s idiosyncrasies in the booth, such as insisting the window always remain open regardless of the elements.

“Even if it was December in Cleveland, and it was a Raider game and snowing and 5 degrees, the window would stay open,” Korach said. “He was real meticulous with the way he would set up the table when broadcasting the game, all of the notes in a certain place. And the wind would just wreak havoc. There was one game when literally I was on the air and he just took all of his stuff and slammed it on the ground, he was so upset and frustrated.”

For many years King was bypassed for Cooperstown, his excellence in three sports probably robbing him of being appreciated in one specific sport. On Saturday, he gets the ultimate tribute in being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Korach and his wife, Denise, will be on hand for the ceremony.

“The most important thing,” Korach said, “is what it means to A’s fans, and fans in the Bay Area in general.”