Found May 28, 2013 on BaySportsNet:
Dueling cheers of “Let’s go Oakland” echoed by those of “Let’s go Giants” bounced off of the upper deck tarps and swirled through a sold out Coliseum crowd along with a gentle mist on an overcast day in Oakland to open the Battle of the Bay series Monday. The only thing fans of the Bay Area rival teams could agree upon was a “USA! USA!” chant to honor the military on Memorial Day, as the A’s, led by a second consecutive sensational outing from Dan Straily conquered San Francisco in the opening game 4-1. The players displayed the emotion that the raucous environment produced, and the game had more the feeling of a late October penant race decider than a late May interleague matchup. After a scoreless three innings to start the game, Josh Donaldson launched a massive two-run homer to centerfield, letting out a cry of exultation as he slapped his hands together rounding first base. With two-on and two-out in the bottom of the seventh of a 2-1 game, Yoenis Cespedes stepped into the batt...

Angel Pagan injury: Brusitis in hamstring, says MRI

Giants center fielder Angel Pagan’s MRI showed brusitis on his injured hamstring, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. MRI on Pagan showed bursitis, Bochy said. He’ll do light activities. Might be available to pinch hit. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 29, 2013 Pagan has been out since his miraculous home run on Saturday, with Gregor Blanco starting in center and Andres...

SF Giants Rumors: Mike Kickham To Make His Major League Debut Tonight

The bats were quiet yesterday as the San Francisco Giants fell to the Athletics across the bay in Oakland. The Giants are looking for a split in the two game series. They’re sending Mike Kickham to the mound tonight as Ryan Vogelsong‘s replacement. Kickham will also be making his Major League Debut tonight. The lineups haven’t been announced as of yet, but Buster Posey is expected...

Manny's team dons dreads for his birthday

Manny Ramirez’s Taiwanese team, the EDA Rhinos, threw Manny an early birthday (May 30) party on Sunday during a h…

Santiago Casilla injury: Reliever expects to be back after All-Star break

Santiago Casilla expects to return after the All-Star break, according to @beisbolportogas. The right-handed reliever was placed on the disabled list on May 21st after he failed to recover from a cyst in his knee. He appeared in just two games between May 8th and May 20th, wearing a heavy knee brace to deal with the pain. Casilla will have surgery at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday...

Giants’ Angel Pagan out with hamstring injury

The San Francisco Giants held center fielder Angel Pagan out of yesterday’s lineup with a hamstring injury, according to Willie Bans of Pagan suffered the injury during Saturday’s contest against the Colorado Rockies, a game he ended with his walk-off inside-the-park home run. Amazingly, Pagan suffered the injury before his walk-off. "If you noticed...

Assessing the A’s Infield Situation – is it Time for Grant Green or Hiroyuki Nakajima?

The A’s are playing well at the moment – they have a 29-23 record and are within striking distance of the first-place Texas Rangers in the A.L. West. They’ve managed to get off to a strong 2013 start utilizing a backup infield tandem of Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard – an area of the team’s roster that could (and should) be in line for an upgrade. Sogard impressed in Spring...

Yoenis Cespedes Somersault Web Gem Attempt

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went full out with a somersault attempt on a dying line drive. Cespedes came up short on the web gem but received a 9.5 from the judges for form, but lost technical points for the landing. The post Yoenis Cespedes Somersault Web Gem Attempt appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.

Reddick Takes First Step In Return To A's

STOCKTON - The Oakland A's have played most of the month of May without one of their most valuable players from their 2012 AL West division-winning club: outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick has been rehabbing a sprained wrist and he made his first minor league rehab appearance on Monday in Stockton. Chris Kusiolek caught-up with Reddick after that rehab appearance.

Reddick's Road Back To Oakland Continues

WEST SACRAMENTO - In his second rehab appearance, Oakland A's outfielder Josh Reddick went 1-for-3, and he showed off wheels in the Sacramento River Cats' 9-4 win.

Cespedes goes all out in pursuit of catch

Oakland A’s Yoenis Cespedes made a circus attempt of a catch during Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Cespedes laid fully out, in a different way, in an effort to snag a bloop fly ball. Check out the incredible matrix-like diving effort to make the catch, which he failed to do. [House of the Blue Bird] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

What Do A Professor And An Umpire Have In Common

Even if this is a Giants-oriented blog, I’m not including this weekend’s umpiring blunders that occurred against them, mostly because it didn’t affect much more than the length of the game in the end.  I just cherry-picked three of the biggest and most ridiculous ones. Seriously, why do umpires have the job safety of, essentially, a tenured professor?  Umpires seemingly can’t...

San Francisco Giants Need to Improve Starting Pitching & Defense To Repeat As World Champs

The San Francisco Giants are 28-24 and only two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for 1st place in National League West. Maybe it’s not yet time to worry about this team, but, then again, maybe it is. The defending World Champs have had to rely on their offense and walk-off wins rather than their bread-and-butter of the past few years – the starting pitching. Giants starters...

Yoenis Cespedes pulls off impressive somersault...while failing to catch blooper (GIF)

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes fully laid himself out to try to snag a blooper during Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Cespedes failed to catch the ball, but did manage to pull off an impressive somersault in the process. Cespedes made up for it with a double and 2 RBIs to help the A's to a 4-1 victory. H/T NIS. Visit us at holdoutsports...

Michael Kickham picked by Giants to take Ryan Vogelsong’s spot in rotation

After much debate, speculation and anticipation by outside observers, the Giants have finally named a human being to fill the injured Ryan Vogelsong’s spot in the rotation. And that person is… Kelly Clarkson. Ha, no. Wouldn’t that be something? Really, it’s going to be 24-year-old lefty Michael Kickham from Triple-A Fresno. He’ll make his Major League debut Tuesday in...

Athletics 6, Astros 2

Bartolo Colon struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a sweep of the Houston Astros with a 6-2 win Sunday. Oakland's Nate Freiman, who was with the Astros in spring training as a Rule 5 selection, had a double and home run with three RBIs as the A's improved to 9-0 against the Astros this season. Dating to 2007, Oakland...
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