A's experience deja vu in 6-1 win over Seattle

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A's experience deja vu in 6-1 win over Seattle

SEATTLE -- One of baseball's greatest quotes is of course a Yogi-ism. As Yankees' legend Yogi Berra once said, "It's deja vu all over again."

That's what it felt like Saturday night at Safeco Field. The final score of both Friday and Saturday's games -- 6-1, Oakland. The A's scored the first run in the first inning on an error in both games. Both games had a fourth inning George Kottaras home run, a Stephen Drew RBI single, and the A's starting pitcher on both Friday and Saturday night threw 108 pitches. In both contests the A's also knocked out the Mariners starting pitcher prior to the fifth inning. The similarities are staggering right? Deja vu, all over again. "No game is a replay of any other game," Kottaras said. Oh, alright then, maybe we should just focus on Brett Anderson? He tossed six innings, allowed no earned runs, and is now 4-0 since returning from a 14 month recovery from Tommy John surgery. Not deja vu, but seemingly unreal."I always hold myself to a high standard," Anderson said. "You have to in this game or it will beat you up."Anderson has allowed two earned runs in 26 innings pitched since his return. He didn't walk a single batter on Saturday and has only walked three total in four starts while striking out 19. He has lasted six innings, and allowed one run or less in all of his starts in 2012. "His performance, I think, has been more than we can ever expect," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "To sit there and say he's 4-0 after coming back is pretty terrific." But the young lefty said he was battling himself a bit on the mound, though it was hard to tell. "Today was definitely my most grinding start," Anderson said. "Seems like it's easy when it's going good and you are getting three up, three down. It almost makes these starts more sweet because you have to pitch your way out of jams and battle through it."One thing that happened for the first time on Saturday was Kottaras catching Anderson. The battery mates had to feel each other out a tad. Anderson shook the catcher off a couple times but said he does that to everyone that catches him. "It doesn't mean anything that's just the way I pitch," Anderson said. "If I'm going to get beat, I'm going to get beat on something I want to throw." He left Kottaras impressed."He's got electric stuff," Kottaras said. "He throws anything in every count. Being back there tonight was definitely a fun thing for me."Like last night, the A's benefited from a bomb courtesy of Kottaras. His fourth inning two-run shot left the yard in a hurry. It was his eighth homer of the season and his 13th RBI in his last five games. "Yeah, I hit it pretty good," Kottaras said. "I wasn't trying to do to much, just hit it hard somewhere." The A's have won their last eight road games, the longest such streak since 2005. A run of success that couldn't have come at a better time. 15 of Oakland's next 18 games are on the road. They go for the series sweep on Sunday. The A's have swept the opposition in two of their last three series. They got swept in their previous series. More deja vu all over again.

A's issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

A's issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

On Friday, the city of Oakland released a detailed framework for a planned stadium for the Raiders.

A day later, the A's issued the following statement in response to Oakland's plan.

"Oakland is an incredible sports town that deserves world class facilities. We wish the Raiders the best in their stadium quest. Our work is independent of theirs. We are focused on building a ballpark in our hometown for our fans."

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland.

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The A’s didn’t add any players during the four-day winter meetings, but they did wave goodbye to one.

Minor league right-hander Dylan Covey was scooped up by the Chicago White Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox pay the A’s $50,000 for his rights, and he must either remain on their 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or be offered back to Oakland for $25,000.

The 25-year-old Covey, ranked the A’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com, was an Arizona Fall League standout this offseason after working his way back from an oblique injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season.

“We’ll see what happens,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “He certainly was as deserving as anybody of being protected (on the A’s 40-man roster), we just ran out of spots. Good for him to get this opportunity.”

As for ways Oakland might supplement its own roster, that task continues.

The A’s held plenty of discussions over four days spent at the sprawling Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but those talks didn’t bear fruit in their search for a center fielder. They had trade dialogue with the Kansas City Royals regarding Jarrod Dyson, a blazing runner and potential leadoff man, but couldn’t find common ground.

As the holidays approach, the A’s will continue to scan the free agent market and explore trade opportunities.

“My guess is there are plenty of things we talked about this week that have legs, and those conversations will continue over the next few weeks,” Forst said. “We’ve got two months until pitchers and catchers report, four months until the season. We’re not the only ones leaving here without actually consummating something.”

The Orioles are another team reportedly trying to pry Dyson from the Royals. Another center fielder mentioned as being available is Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, although reports suggest Cincinnati isn’t in a rush to move him.

Dexter Fowler is the best free agent center fielder still on the market, although Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis seem to fall more in the A’s price range.

Forst was asked how much urgency there is to the center field search.

“I’m not confident they’re gonna be there all winter, there’s only a certain number of guys,” he said. “We’re not going to risk anything to jump out (and do something) we wouldn’t otherwise do. But we think we’re being diligent.

“We cast a wide net, and we continue to. We have to keep doing that just to make sure — free agents, trades, different kinds of players, platoons, whatever. I think we have to keep our toes in every option.”

As for other areas the A’s can improve, they may look to add a veteran starting pitcher. Just speculation, but Doug Fister is one free agent whose price tag figures to be reasonable, and he’s a Northern California native. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the A’s simply invited a veteran to camp on a minor league contract to see if they can find a diamond in the rough, or at least someone to provide competition.

A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane mentioned second base as an area of concern because of injury issues (Jed Lowrie) and inexperience (Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder), but it’s very possible the A’s stick with their in-house options.