Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 6, Red Sox 1

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OAKLAND -- After defeating Japanese sensation Yu Darvish on Sunday, the A's returned home and made short work of Daisuke Matsuzaka. The A's batted around in the second inning, knocking Matsuzaka out of the game with just 28 pitches. The end result was a 6-1 win over the Red Sox. At the PlateJosh Reddick was traded to the A's from Boston in the offseason. The move appears to be a highly regrettable one for the Red Sox organization. Reddick launched his 19th home run of the season in the first inning against his former team. Andrew Bailey, the guy he was traded for, hasn't pitched in a game yet for Boston. Brandon Moss hit his ninth homer of the year. It was a three-run blast against his former team as well. Moss was drafted by the Boston in 2002, and played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. Between Chris Carter and Moss, the A's first basemen have homered in their last four games. A's first baseman have a combined 15 home runs this season. Carter (2), Kila Ka'aihue (3), and Moss (9). Last year Daric Barton (0), Connor Jackson (4) and Brandon Allen (3) combined for seven homers. Derek Norris singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He then stole second base. It was Norris' first career steal. He advanced to third on a Moss single and scored on a Brandon Inge sacrifice fly to center field. Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker got his first career win on May 1 in Boston. He shut them down again for his fifth career win, allowing just one run. Parker, 23, has now allowed one run or less in 10 of his first 14 starts. He is the first pitcher to do so since 1918. According to our resident A's historian David Feldman, Ferdie Schupp of the New York Giants was the last pitcher to pull off the feat. He did it with some relief appearances mixed in though. He threw 103 pitches, giving up six hits, while striking out three and walking three. Parker is proving to be a frontline starting pitcher. Bullpen ReportSean Doolittle brought the left-handed heat, topping out at 95 MPH. He threw 28 pitches over 2.1 innings of work, striking out three and allowing no hits. In the FieldCliff Pennington made a gritty double play in the first inning. He fielded a ball hit by David Ortiz deep in the hole, ran full speed toward the bag, just beating a sliding Pedroia, then leaped and threw out Ortiz at first. Parker ended the sixth inning by getting Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to him, he threw the ball to Pennington who tagged the bag and fired to first for the 1-6-3 double play. AttendanceThe A's announced a crowd of 17,434. Up NextBartolo Colon will make his return to the mound on Tuesday when he is eligible to return from the disabled list. The right-handed veteran has been out since June 18 with a strained right oblique muscle. "He's ready to go," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "A few days a go it looked like he got threw a hurdle and he was looking forward to pitching."Colon is 6-7 with 4.22 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks. He is 8-11 with a 4.08 ERA in 24 career starts against the Red Sox. "He was telling me a week ago that he was going to get two starts in before the All-Star break was over," Melvin said.

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.