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


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


OAKLAND -- Tommy Milone was undefeated at the Oakland Coliseum. The Yankees entered today's game having won their last eight in Oakland. It's a classic tale of unstoppable force vs. immovable object. In this case the unstoppable force was victorious, as the Yankees won 2-0. They have won 13 of their last 14 games in Oakland.Starting Pitching ReportThe immovable object -- Tommy Milone's biggest mistake came on an Andruw Jones homer that led off the second inning. It gave the Yankees an early 1-0 lead. That would end up being all the Yankees needed.It certainly could have been worse. Milone threw 60 pitches through the third inning. During that stretch he pitched out of a bases loaded jam, and managed to strand six baserunners. Mark Teixeira had no trouble hitting A's pitchers this weekend. He knocked Milone out of the game with a seventh inning RBI double. That hit gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead, and was the eighth RBI for Teixeira in the series. Milone finished the day with 6.2 innings pitched. He scattered eight hits, and allowed two earned runs. He walked two and struck out three.At the PlateThe A's failed to get it going again offensively. It's almost as if they know reinforcements are on the way, and they are waiting patiently to start hitting when the big bats return. Brandon Inge is expected to be activated on Monday, Yoenis Cespedes is likely to begin a rehabilitation stint with Sacramento, and Manny Ramirez is eligible to join the team on Wednesday.How else can you explain the way Hiroki Kuroda dominated A's hitters? Kuroda shut out the A's for eight innings, allowing just four hits. A bizarre moment occurred in the fifth inning after Seth Smith led off with a single. Kila Ka'aihue grounded out to first baseman Mark Teixeira, who stepped on the bag for one out and threw to shortstop Derek Jeter. The Yankee captain applied an easy tag on Smith, who didn't even slide or try to avoid the tag. Smith would have been the first A's baserunner to get to second base. Instead, that distinction went to Coco Crisp in the seventh inning, when he broke his 0-for-19 stretch with a single, then stole his 28th straight base. The last A's player to steal 28-straight bases without being thrown out was Stan Javier in 1995. Moments later Crisp broke that record stealing third base. Bullpen ReportThe bullpen continues to be a strength for the A's. Ryan Cook retired one batter to end the sixth inning. His scoreless innings streak is now at a much more writer-friendly 23 straight innings.Grant Balfour pitched a clean eighth, and Brian Fuentes worked a scoreless ninth inning.In the FieldIn the first inning with runners on first and second and one out, Alex Rodriguez singled to right. Josh Reddick fielded the ball and came up firing to the plate, but Jeter elected not to challenge Reddick's arm and stayed at third base. The league is starting to take notice as Reddick is tied for the MLB lead with five outfield assists.Up NextTravis Blackley will be starting for the A's against the Twins in Minnesota. Perhaps more eyes will be on the Sacramento River Cats, where both Yoenis Cespedes and Manny Ramirez could be in the lineup.

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.