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

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

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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 issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

A's issue statement regarding Oakland's plan for Raiders stadium

On Friday, the city of Oakland released a detailed framework for a planned stadium for the Raiders.

A day later, the A's issued the following statement in response to Oakland's plan.

"Oakland is an incredible sports town that deserves world class facilities. We wish the Raiders the best in their stadium quest. Our work is independent of theirs. We are focused on building a ballpark in our hometown for our fans."

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Supervisors will hold a public hearing and vote on a term sheet for a stadium proposal designed to keep the Raiders in Oakland.

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

A's holiday shopping focuses on a center fielder

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The A’s didn’t add any players during the four-day winter meetings, but they did wave goodbye to one.

Minor league right-hander Dylan Covey was scooped up by the Chicago White Sox in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox pay the A’s $50,000 for his rights, and he must either remain on their 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or be offered back to Oakland for $25,000.

The 25-year-old Covey, ranked the A’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com, was an Arizona Fall League standout this offseason after working his way back from an oblique injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season.

“We’ll see what happens,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “He certainly was as deserving as anybody of being protected (on the A’s 40-man roster), we just ran out of spots. Good for him to get this opportunity.”

As for ways Oakland might supplement its own roster, that task continues.

The A’s held plenty of discussions over four days spent at the sprawling Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but those talks didn’t bear fruit in their search for a center fielder. They had trade dialogue with the Kansas City Royals regarding Jarrod Dyson, a blazing runner and potential leadoff man, but couldn’t find common ground.

As the holidays approach, the A’s will continue to scan the free agent market and explore trade opportunities.

“My guess is there are plenty of things we talked about this week that have legs, and those conversations will continue over the next few weeks,” Forst said. “We’ve got two months until pitchers and catchers report, four months until the season. We’re not the only ones leaving here without actually consummating something.”

The Orioles are another team reportedly trying to pry Dyson from the Royals. Another center fielder mentioned as being available is Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, although reports suggest Cincinnati isn’t in a rush to move him.

Dexter Fowler is the best free agent center fielder still on the market, although Austin Jackson and Rajai Davis seem to fall more in the A’s price range.

Forst was asked how much urgency there is to the center field search.

“I’m not confident they’re gonna be there all winter, there’s only a certain number of guys,” he said. “We’re not going to risk anything to jump out (and do something) we wouldn’t otherwise do. But we think we’re being diligent.

“We cast a wide net, and we continue to. We have to keep doing that just to make sure — free agents, trades, different kinds of players, platoons, whatever. I think we have to keep our toes in every option.”

As for other areas the A’s can improve, they may look to add a veteran starting pitcher. Just speculation, but Doug Fister is one free agent whose price tag figures to be reasonable, and he’s a Northern California native. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the A’s simply invited a veteran to camp on a minor league contract to see if they can find a diamond in the rough, or at least someone to provide competition.

A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane mentioned second base as an area of concern because of injury issues (Jed Lowrie) and inexperience (Joey Wendle, Chad Pinder), but it’s very possible the A’s stick with their in-house options.