Streaking A's, Angels on collision course


Streaking A's, Angels on collision course

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ANAHEIM -- The A's have won three in a row. The Angels have won six in a row, and three of those wins came in Oakland. The A's lead the American League Wild Card standings and are two and a half games ahead of the Angels. Starting Monday two of the hottest teams in baseball will clash in a pivotal four-game divisional series with a lot on the line.

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"We could talk about that pretty much every series," A's outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "We're not looking at it like that. We are just game to game. Really just flat out game to game, try and win each inning. The second we look up and look ahead that might harm us a bit."As the A's chase their first postseason berth since 2006, they have to keep things in perspective. They have faced many obstacles along the way. Keeping it simple and not overthinking things has been their motto all year long, and it is working. At 79-60 they have the second-best record in the American League."I don't think you have to do a character check on this team anymore," Gomes said. "Whether it was injuries, we had some adversity with some of key guys getting sent out and getting traded, we had the issue with Bartolo Colon, these guys are doing a great job just keeping their head down and going to battle with the guys we have in the clubhouse."It would have been easy for the A's to feel sorry for themselves after losing their opening day starter, pitching rotation leader, and friend Brandon McCarthy to a frightening injury last Wednesday. It would have been easy for them to fold when, veteran Bartolo Colon got suspended for 50 games after violating MLB's drug policy. Sure, the A's could have shut it down when veteran third baseman Brandon Inge underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, or when a team leader like catcher Kurt Suzuki got traded, but they kept battling. For these guys getting swept at home against the Angels is merely a hiccup. They proved it by rebounding and taking out their aggressions on the Mariners in Seattle with a three-game sweep. "We got swept at home and we came back and showed some resiliency in these games," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Lets just move on to the next city. It's certainly a better feeling now than when we left."Series Probables:Monday
Jarrod Parker (9-8, 3.67 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (10-10, 4.46 ERA)Tuesday
Dan Straily (1-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (8-11, 5.21 ERA)Wednesday
A.J. Griffin (5-0, 2.21 ERA) vs. TBDThursday
Brett Anderson (4-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. CJ Wilson (12-9, 3.69 ERA)

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

A's claim left-handed reliever off waivers from Cubs

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s claimed left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, the club announced Wednesday.

Soto began the 2016 season in the Indians organization but was traded to the Cubs on April 11 for cash considerations. He spent the entire season at Triple-A Iowa where he went 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and .274 opponents batting average in 33 relief appearances. The 25-year-old left-hander struck out 55 batters in 49.0 innings but also walked 31.

He was designated for assignment on Saturday when the Cubs reinstated Kyle Schwarber from the 60-day disabled list.

Soto made his Major League debut with Cleveland in 2015 and did not allow a run or issue a walk in six games and 3.1 innings. 

A native of Puerto Rico, Soto was selected by Detroit in the 21st round of the 2009 draft and was traded to the Indians July 28, 2010 for Jhonny Peralta and cash.

Indians shut out Cubs, take Game 1 of World Series


Indians shut out Cubs, take Game 1 of World Series


CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945.

Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Perez hit two home runs and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday night. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth, preserving a three-run lead.

In a matchup between the teams with baseball's longest championship droughts, the Indians scored twice in the first inning off October ace Jon Lester and were on their way.

Perez drove in four runs - he became the first No. 9 batter to homer twice in a Series game, and the first Indians player to accomplish the feat. He hit a three-run drive to put it away.

Francisco Lindor added three hits as the Indians improved to 8-1 this postseason. Cleveland manager Terry Francona is now 9-0 in the Series, including sweeps by his Boston teams in 2004 and `07.

The Game 1 winner has taken the title in the last six Series and 17 of 19.

Trevor Bauer, trying to come back from a sliced pinkie, starts Game 2 for the Indians on Wednesday night against Jake Arrieta. Because the forecast called for an increased chance of rain later in the evening, Major League Baseball took the extraordinary step of moving up the first pitch by an hour to 7:08 p.m.

Kluber struck out eight in the first three innings. He combined with Miller and Cody Allen to fan 15.

With the Indians hoping for their first title since 1948 and the Cubs seeking their first since 1908, Lester stumbled in the opening inning.

Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs, Jose Ramirez had a run-scoring swinging bunt single and Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch.

Lester had been 3-0 in three Series starts with a 0.43 ERA.

Perez, who had three homers in 153 at-bats during the regular season, connected in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. His drive in the eighth was his third homer this postseason.

Teams that combined for 174 seasons of futility, America's biggest droughts since the Great Plains' Dust Bowl of the 1930s, captivated even many non-baseball fans.

On a night of civic pride, LeBron James and the NBA's Cavaliers received their championship rings next door prior to their season opener, and Cleveland hosted a World Series opener for the first time.

The Cubs had not played in the Series since five weeks after Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender ending World War II.

Kluber, whose win in the All-Star Game gave the AL home-field advantage on the Series, improved to 3-1 in the postseason and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 0.74. He is on track to start Games 4 and 7 in the manner of an old-style ace.

He was pitching on six days' rest this time, and his two-seam fastball was darting through the strike zone. He was helped by plate umpire Larry Vanover, whose generous calls on the low, outside corner contributed to 11 called strikeouts, six against Cubs batters.

Kluber struck out nine in six innings and walked none. He stranded Ben Zobrist after a leadoff double in the second and David Ross following a one-out single in the third.

Kyle Schwarber, making a surprise return in his first big league game since tearing knee ligaments on April 7, doubled off the right-field wall in the fourth - a drive kept in by a stiff wind on a 50-degree night. Kluber then got Baez to fly out.

Zobrist's leadoff double in the seventh finished Kluber, and Cleveland loaded the bases with no outs against Miller on Schwarber's walk and Javier Baez's single. Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras flied to Rajai Davis in short center, and Davis threw home rather than double up Schwarber, who had strayed far off second.

Using his intimidating slider, Miller struck out Addison Russell and David Ross to escape the jam, then fanned Schwarber to strand runners at the corners in the eighth, his 46th pitch. Miller has thrown 20 scoreless innings in postseason play, including 13 2/3 innings with 24 strikeouts this year.

Allen completed Cleveland's fourth postseason shutout and second in a row.

Ramirez also had three hits each for the Indians, who beat Toronto in the ALCS despite hitting just .168. Zobrist had three hit for the Cubs.

Lester gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, and was rattled by Vanover's calls, barking at the umpire in the third, then stopping for a discussion at the inning's end.


While Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA during the regular season, he struggled to a 5.01 ERA in his final four starts. He allowed four runs over five innings in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Bauer lasted only two outs in his ALCS when his pinkie, cut in a drone accident, began bleeding.


Dexter Fowler took a called third strike from Kluber leading off the game, becoming the first Cubs player to bat in the Series since Don Johnson hit into a game-ending forceout against Detroit's Hal Newhouser in Game 7 in 1945.


Chicago benched right fielder Jason Heyward, in a 2-for-28 postseason slump, and started Chris Coghlan.