Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 6, A's 3


Pratt's Instant Replay: Yankees 6, A's 3


OAKLAND -- May 25 A's vs. Yankees 209,792,900 vs. 52,873,000 Ok, that's my re-creation of the open to the Moneyball Movie. It still applies, though. And the big spenders paid the bills again on Friday, in a 6-3 win. The Yankees have now won 11 of their last 12 games in Oakland. Starting Pitching ReportIt is easy to say Tyson Ross' night might have turned out differently if it wasn't for a two-out error in center field. The error preceded a three-run Mark Teixeira homer. Without the defensive miscue, Ross would have gotten out of the third inning unscathed. Ross would allow two more homers before the night was over though. Both in the fifth inning -- the first a solo shot off the bat of Robinson Cano, and the next a two-run blast hit by Nick Swisher, making the score 6-1. Ross wasn't charged with any of the runs in the third inning, so his line is a little misleading. He ended up with four and a third innings pitched, six runs, three of which were earned, and three strikeouts. At The PlateThe A's offense managed to scored three runs on seven hits. In the fourth inning, Josh Reddick launched his 12th homer of the season, making it a 3-1 game. Reddick now ranks sixth in the American League in home runs. Kurt Suzuki made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly to center field, but the ball he hit could have easily done more damage. Suzuki hit the ball to the deepest part of the park and Curtis Granderson made a tremendous grab at the wall to rob Suzuki of extra bases. Kila Ka'aihue added a run in the seventh inning, hitting a solo homer to right field, making the game 6-3. Bullpen ReportJerry Blevins spelled relief for the A's bullpen. Pitching 2 23 scoreless innings, and striking out three. His only blemish was a walk to Russell Martin. Jim Miller followed with a scoreless eighth inning, in which he struck Derek Jeter out swinging. He came back out and pitched the ninth as well, striking out Teixeira. In the FieldWith two outs, Robinson Cano lined a Ross offering to right-center field. Coco Crisp got to the ball, fully extending his arm and reaching out as the ball ricocheted off the side of his glove. The next batter, Mark Teixeira crushed a three-run homer to right field making it a 3-0 game. The best defensive play in the game came with runners on the corners and two outs in the first. Mark Teixeira popped a ball deep into foul territory, and Josh Donaldson tracked it the whole way. He ended up going into a full extension Superman-style leaping dive, making the catch to end the inning. Donaldson is starting to look like a big-league third basemen. AttendanceThe announced attendance of 33,559 looked accurate. The place was packed even though there were some splashes of blue in the crowd. Up NextBartolo Colon vs. C.C. Sabathia. Easily the most intriguing matchup at the Coliseum this weekend. The heavyweight bout featuring two former Cy Young Award winners takes place on Saturday and it will be a sight to behold. Colon weighs in at 267 pounds and has 165 career wins; Sabathia tips the scales at 290 pounds with 181 career wins. Sabathia is a Vallejo native and is still active in the Bay Area community.

A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive


A's starter Paul Blackburn removed from game after being hit by line drive

A’s starter Paul Blackburn left Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning after a liner struck him on the right wrist.

Blackburn was in obvious pain after the Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini hit the line shot back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fifth at Camden Yards. The ball hit Blackburn flush, and he exited the field shortly after being visited by team trainer Nick Paparesta.

There was no immediate word from the A’s on the severity of his injury. But it was a very unfortunate turn of events for Oakland’s rookie, who largely has impressed in 10 starts since being called up from the minors. He got through four scoreless innings Tuesday, showing sharp form after giving up 18 hits over his previous two starts.

Simon Castro came on in relief as the A’s led the Orioles 5-0 in the fifth. Ryon Healy has homered twice for Oakland.

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles

A's give up four home runs, drop series opener to Orioles


BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones called it a game the Baltimore Orioles needed to win.

The center fielder set the early tone, and the rest of the team followed his lead.

Jones hit a pair of home runs, Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot and Baltimore beat the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Monday night. The Orioles won for the second time in six games, but they are still in the thick of the wild-card race.

"Adam's done that a lot and it never goes unnoticed or unappreciated or assumed, more importantly," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Jon obviously had a big blow there, but can't tell you how hard it is, as hard as Adam plays as long as he plays, and then mid-to-late August you're still able to do that. That's one of the things that separates Adam."

Wade Miley (7-10) held the A's to two runs, five hits and four walks over six-plus innings to pick up his first win at Camden Yards since June 17. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against Oakland this season.

Jones tied a career high with four hits and is one home run shy of reaching 25 for the seventh consecutive season. Zach Britton got the final out with two runners on for his 11th save this season and his 60th in a row.

Baltimore beat Chris Smith (0-3) for the second time in 12 days. Smith allowed five runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings - his shortest start of the season. He was pulled after allowing Schoop's three-run homer, which made it 5-1. Ryan Dull entered and allowed another homer by Jones.

"I always feel strong at this time of the season," Jones said. "It's called pacing myself. I've learned how to pace myself over the years."

Jed Lowrie homered for the A's, and Boog Powell hit his first career home run in the eighth inning, appropriately enough doing so in Baltimore, where an unrelated Boog Powell slugged 303 home runs and won the 1970 MVP.

"It didn't seem real," said Powell, who made his major league debut earlier this season with Seattle and was acquired in a trade earlier this month for Yonder Alonso.

The younger Powell is expected to meet his namesake for the first time Tuesday, according to

Welington Castillo responded for Baltimore with a solo home run in the eighth off Michael Brady that provided the 7-3 lead.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Matt ChapmanChad Pinder was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on the play.

The Orioles tied it in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Mark Trumbo. Jones led off the fourth with a homer and Baltimore never trailed again.

"He's a good hitter for a reason. It's tough," Smith said about Jones. "You try to attack his zones, and it seems like I make a good pitch and he breaks his bat but he finds somehow to put it in the outfield."

Manny Machado became the third Oriole to earn AL Player of the Week honors this season, joining Schoop (July 23) and Tim Beckham (Aug. 7). Machado batted .385 (10 for 26) with four home runs and 12 RBIs over six games.

Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell, who took a foul ball off his face mask Saturday at Houston, did not start for the second consecutive game. He entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and went 0 for 2. . SS Marcus Semien left in the seventh with a wrist injury.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) went 0 for 3 with a walk on Monday in his first rehabilitation game with Triple-A Norfolk.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.46 ERA) received a no-decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his lone appearance against Baltimore on Aug. 11.

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 6.47 ERA) struggled in his previous outing against Seattle, when he was charged with six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He is 4-1 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career starts against Oakland.