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A's-Tigers stat pack

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A's-Tigers stat pack

Programming note: A's-Tigers coverage gets underway today at 3:30 p.m. with A's Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California!

A's rookies have thrown 641.2 inning this season - the most in baseball by far. With 4 rookies in the rotation the A's could set a record for most innings pitch by rookies on a team that advances to the postseason:

Most Innings Pitched by Rookies
Teams that advanced to Postseason 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 720.1 2012 Oakland Athletics 641.2 1944 St. Louis Browns 569.2 1984 Kansas City Royals 534.2 1947 New York Yankees 468 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 457.1
But not only that, the A's have 4 rookie everyday players (Cespedes, Carter, Norris, Donaldson). Only one team in history ever started 4 rookies in a postseason game - the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks did that 3 times - and who was the manager of the 2007 D-Backs? Bob Melvin.

The A's are starting a totally different infield and catcher compared to what they started for the first 2 months of the season:

A's Regular Lineup

April-May September
C Suzuki, Recker Norris, Kottaras 1B Barton, Ka'aihue Carter, Moss 2B Weeks Pennington, Rosales SS Pennington Drew
3B Inge Donaldson

Most Home Runs by First Basemen American League
Angels 33
White Sox 32
Athletics 30
Blue Jays 30
Orioles 27
Tigers 26
Last Season: A's 1B hit 7 HR - Fewest in Majors

Most Home Runs

First Season with New Team
Josh Willingham MIN 34 Albert Pujols LAA 30 Josh Reddick OAK 29 Carlos Beltran STL 29 Jason Kubel ARI 29 Prince Fielde DET 26 Ryan Ludwick CIN 26
Most Batter Strikeouts
A.L. History
2007 Tampa Bay 1,324
2010 Tampa Bay 1,292
2011 Seattle 1,280
2011 Cleveland 1,269
1996 Detroit 1,268
2009 Texas 1,253
2012 Oakland 1,232

The A's will take their league-leading road winning pct into the 3 cities whose teams have the 3 best home winning pcts:

Best Road Winning Pct in A.L.
Oakland 40-31 .563 Baltimore 40-32 .556 Texas 40-32 .556 New York 40-34 .541 Los Angeles 40-35 .533
Best Home Winning Pct in A.L. Texas 47-27 .635 Detroit 43-28 .606 New York 43-29 .597 Oakland 44-31 .587 Chicago 43-31 .581
A.J. Griffin is 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his first 11 big-league starts. Since the major leagues began recording earned runs in 1912, the only other pitcher who was undefeated in his first 11 big-league appearances, all of which were starts, while maintaining an earned run average under 2.00, was Jered Weaver in 2006 (12 GS, 9-0, 1.95).

Lowest WHIP This Season
Min 10 Starts

A.J. Griffin OAK 0.91 Brandon Beachy ATL 0.96 Jered Weaver LAA 1.00 Clayton Kershaw LAD 1.02 R.A. Dickey NYM 1.04 Matt Cain SF 1.05 Justin Verlander DET 1.05
Max Scherzer
Since June 28th
Starts 14
Rec 10-1
ERA 2.53
Opp Avg .221
IP 92.1
K's 113
Leads Majors

Max Scherzer
Last 3 Starts: 1 Walk, 25 Strikeouts

A.L. MVP Candidates

Miguel Cabrera Mike Trout Josh Hamilton Games 145 124 137 Avg .330 .329 .287 HR 38 27 42 RBI 123 77 123 Runs 97 116 98 OPS .993 .957 .947
Detroit Tigers
Since August 8
Record 17-19 1-Runs Games 2-13 AVG .256 RGM 4.0 ERA 3.45 SavesOpps 912
Lost Last 10 Games Decided by 1 Run

A's blow back-and-forth battle with the Royals, drop series

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A's blow back-and-forth battle with the Royals, drop series

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Alex Gordon hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth after Oakland tied it in the bottom of the eighth, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Athletics 7-6 on Wednesday.

Alcides Escobar doubled to start the ninth against Blake Treinen (1-1), matching his season high with three hits. Then Gordon delivered his second run-scoring single of the series finale.

Oakland's Matt Chapman hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth against Brandon Maurer (1-1), who wound up the winner.

Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Danny Duffy struck out eight over five innings but the Royals couldn't hold a late lead again before holding on - a day after squandering a four-run advantage in a 10-8 defeat.

Cain added a key RBI single in the eighth for the Royals, who began the day tied with Minnesota six games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Kelvin Herrera finished for his 26th save in 29 chances after allowing Ryon Healy's two-out infield single.

Duffy's winless stretch reached four outings since a victory at Detroit on July 25. The left-hander earned his first major league win at Oakland on June 14, 2011, and has never lost to the A's - 3-0 in seven career appearances and six starts - but hasn't beaten them since April 10, 2012.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the third and Oakland got back in it on Jed Lowrie's two-run single in the fifth.

Kansas City's Melky Cabrera fouled a ball off his leg in the third and went down writhing in pain before recovering to hit a single on the very next pitch to load the bases with no outs. But Blackburn struck out Mike Moustakas and induced an inning-ending double play from Brandon Moss to escape unscathed.

A's starter Paul Blackburn was tagged for eight hits and four runs in four innings of his first career start against Kansas City, striking out two and walking three.

MINOR LEAGUE TRADE

The A's acquired lefty Sam Moll from Colorado for a player to be named later or cash then optioned him to Triple-A Nashville. Oakland added right-hander Chris Hatcher to the 25-man roster and he made his A's debut in the sixth inning, a day after coming to Oakland in a trade from the Dodgers. The A's optioned righty Josh Smith to Nashville and designated righty Zach Neal for assignment to clear 40-man roster space to add Moll.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Joakim Soria - who allowed four straight hits in the eighth inning Tuesday night - is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday after stiffness in his lat and ribcage area to determine when he can pitch again. The reliever showed up to the Coliseum with discomfort. "He's been battling with it for two weeks, he's been pitching through it, he's been pitching very effectively through it," manager Ned Yost said. "But after last night he showed up more so than usual."

Athletics: Josh Phegley (strained left oblique) was slated to catch five or six innings in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville at Tacoma. ... OF Jake Smolinski, on the disabled list since March 30 recovering from right shoulder surgery, isn't expected to be able to play in the outfield until "well into September," manager Bob Melvin said.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.80 ERA) starts Friday at home against the first-place Indians trying to snap a 14-start winless stretch at Kaufmann Stadium since a victory vs. Minnesota on Aug. 20 last year.

Athletics: Following Thursday's day off, LHP Sean Manaea (8-7, 4.59) starts at Houston on Friday looking to end a five-start winless stretch in which he's 0-2 since beating Cleveland on July 16.

A's balldude leaves Royals reliever completely hanging after catch

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A's balldude leaves Royals reliever completely hanging after catch

All the Royals' reliever wanted to do was congratulate the A's balldude for making a nice play.

Instead, he got nothing but air.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday, A's outfielder Chad Pinder fouled a ball down the right field line. The young man in charge of protecting the opposing bullpen from foul balls made the catch just a few feet in front of the seated Royals relievers.

His first move was to go give the ball to a young fan. But he failed to notice one of the Royals relievers trying to give him some dap.

Here's the awkward sequence: