Pratt's Instant Replay: Royals 2, A's 0


Pratt's Instant Replay: Royals 2, A's 0


The A's haven't scored a run since Tuesday. The reintroduction of their clean-up hitter Yoenis Cespedes wasn't enough to save them. The Royals won the game 2-0, handing the A's their ninth straight loss. The A's offense has now been shutout 10 times this season, which is the most in Major League Baseball. How bad has the offense gotten? They have been shutout six times in their last sixteen games. The A's have the lowest team batting average (.208) in the majors by a wide margin. They also have the lowest slugging percentage (.332) and second lowest on-base percentage (.288) in all of baseball.Starting Pitching ReportBartolo Colon throws 88 percent fastballs. Every hitter in the league knows it. With the guess work out of the equation, hitters are gripping it and ripping it against him.Colon ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing two runs. After walking leadoff hitter Alex Gordon, Colon gave up an RBI double to Yuniesky Betancourt. Mike Moustakas followed with an RBI single.
In the third inning, Colon pitched out of a one-out bases-loaded jam. From there, Colon settled down and retired ten straight hitters. He ended up with seven innings pitched, scattering eight hits, walking two and striking out three.
At the PlateWith Cespedes the A's are 15-14. Without him they are 7-15. During his absence A's cleanup hitters batted .185. On Friday Cespedes was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Not the impact the team had hoped for.A's hitters were retired in order in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings on Friday.Things looked promising when Weeks started the game with a lead-off double, which extended his hitting streak to eight games. The A's weren't able to capitalize. Seth Smith struck out looking, Josh Reddick flew out the center field, and Yoenis Cespedes struck out swinging.In the third inning, Weeks started a two-out rally with an infield single. After Smith walked, Weeks made a curious decision to attempt to steal third. He was caught stealing with Reddick at the plate.Bullpen ReportAndrew Carignan entered the game in the eighth inning and pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking one and striking out one. He was relieved by Jerry Blevins who came in to retire the left-handed hitting Eric Hosmer.In the FieldIn the bottom of the first, Coco Crisp tracked a hard-hit ball by Jeff Francouer into the gap in left-center field, crashing into the electronic scoreboard and making the catch. He looked a little banged up after the play but he stayed in the game. Crisp looks motivated to keep his center field job now that the A's have moved Cespedes to left field.In the bottom of the third, the Royals had the bases loaded with no outs before Hosmer hit a week ball to Colon, who went home for the force out. Next Alcides Escobar hit a grounder up the middle, Cliff Pennington scooped it up, flipped it to Weeks, who caught the ball barehanded and fired to first -- just beating Escobar to the bag.Up NextBrandon McCarthy (3-3, 2.95 ERA) returns from the disabled list. McCarthy was shut down with irregular soreness in his right shoulder on May 19. At the time, he told me he was taking extra rest for precautionary measures, and that he doesn't have the same scapula pain in his shoulder that forced him to miss six weeks last season. This season he has averaged 90.8 MPH on his fastball, which is nearly identical to last season. McCarthy will be opposed by Luke Hochevar (3-5, 6.19 ERA), who hasn't won a game since May 12.

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.

Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract

The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.

The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.

Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.

The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

Houston's offseason shopping spree got a little richer on Saturday.

More than 12 years after going to the Astros in a trade deadline deal, nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran has reportedly agreed to return to Houston.

According to multiple national reports, the pact is a one-year, $16 million deal.

News of an agreement was first reported by ESPN. Terms were first reported by Fox Sports.

Beltran, who will be 40 years old in April, joins outfielder Josh Reddick and catcher Brian McCann as new Astros this offseason.

In 151 games between the Yankees and Rangers in 2016, Beltran hit .295/.337/.513 with 33 doubles, 29 home runs and 93 RBI.

During the 2004 season, the Royals traded a then-27-year-old Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal that involved the A's. Oakland sent third baseman Mark Teahan and pitcher Mike Wood to Kansas City, while the A's received reliever Octavio Dotel from Houston. Kansas City also received catcher John Buck from the Astros.

Beltran's brief run with the Astros in 2004 was highlighted by one of the greatest postseason performances in MLB history. In 12 games, Beltran collected 20 hits and hit eight home runs.