Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 10, Angels 4


Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 10, Angels 4


OAKLAND -- A night after suffering their MLB-worst 13th shutout, the A's erupted for 10 runs against the Angels. Oakland hit four home runs en route to a 10-4 rout of their division rivals. C.J. Wilson hasn't won a game in his last eight starts. The A's tattooed him for six runs. At the PlateJonny Gomes got the scoring started with a solo homer to left field. It was his 12th of the year. Like the Petaluma National Little League team that defeated Nevada 10-6 to advance to the Western Regional Playoffs, Gomes had success at the plate on Tuesday. He also added an RBI single in the fifth inning. Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup and collected two infield singles. He now has 11 this season. After spraining his right wrist on Friday attempting to steal third base, he successfully swiped third on Tuesday night. He ended the night 2 for 5. Derek Norris stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the first, third and fourth innings. The first time he struck out looking to end the inning. The second time he hit a sharp grounder to third base that was completely missed by Alberto Callaspo. Two runs scored on the play making it 3-0 A's. The third time he hit a soft grounder to Wilson. Norris stepped to the plate in the sixth inning without the bases loaded. He smashed a pitch from David Carpenter onto the out of town scoreboard in left field. The umpires ended up reviewing the play and confirmed it was a two-run homer, which made the score 8-0. Adam Rosales followed with a line drive homer to left field and then did his patented home run sprint. It was his first of the year. Rosales also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Jemile Weeks cracked an RBI triple into the right field gap making it 5-0 in the third inning. Weeks leads the American League with eight triples this season. Josh Reddick sent bacon to the right field bleachers before the game to celebrate Bacon Tuesday. In the eighth inning he also sent them his 25th home run ball. He smashed a Jerome Williams sinker into the bleachers over the 362 sign. The A's smacked around Wilson and drew five walks. Wilson, who is infamous around these parts for saying the A's play "lawyer ball," and his criticisms of the Oakland fan base and their pitching mound -- was met with his typical "C.J. sucks" chants from the fans. They were sent home happy. Starting Pitching ReportBartolo Colon extended his scoreless inning streak to a career high 22 and one-third innings on Tuesday. His scoreless streak was snapped in the seventh inning on an unearned run. Colon set the tone early, striking out rookie phenom Mike Trout looking on a four-seam fastball, and Albert Pujols on a two-seam fastball. He carved up the Angels lineup for seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball. He threw 93 pitches -- 73 strikes -- and struck out five batters while walking none. He was in complete control on the mound. With the way the A's rookie pitchers have been struggling lately, the consistency of the 39-year-old veteran has been massive for this pitching rotation. Colon is now 10-6 in his career against the Angels. Bullpen ReportTravis Blackley entered the game and surrendered a homer to Trout. Trout's 20th homer of the season came on his 21st birthday. Trout is now one of five players to hit a homer run on his 21st birthday in MLB history (Ted Williams - 1939, Frank Robinson - 1956, Alex Rodriguez - 1996, Jason Heyward - 2010).Blackley also allowed a two-run homer to Erick Aybar in the ninth inning. In the FieldCoco Crisp made an unbelievable leaping catch to rob Kendrys Morales of a home run in the ninth inning. He tracked the ball all the way to the wall in center field and then leaped up and caught the ball at the height of his jump.Inge made a leaping snag on a hard liner hit by Maicer Izturis. Jemile Weeks was charged with an error in the seventh inning after bouncing a throw to Chris Carter. It looked like a play Carter should make. AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 15,458. Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Funny how Blue lost every race during the Blue Jays series and now Red is in a slump with the Angels in town. Up NextDan Straily (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will take the mound in his second Major League start. He leads all of professional baseball this season with 180 strikeouts -- 175 in the minor leagues. Straily told me a story about taking BART to the Coliseum during a 2 Wednesday to watch the A's play the Angels when he was in college. He will now be on the mound in the exact same scenario. Zack Greinke (0-1, 5.14 ERA in the American League) will take the mound for the Angels in the rubber match. Greinke was acquired by the Angels in a big trade deadline deal.

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.

The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.

In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.