Found June 12, 2013 on Fox Sports:
PLAYERS: Ryan Cook
TEAMS: Oakland Athletics
In what is believed to be a baseball first when it comes to ceremonial first pitches, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande was scheduled to take the toss before the Yankees-Athletics game on Wednesday night from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., by using a telerobotic pitching machine. A first pitch from 1,800 miles away -- a neat new concept, indeed. LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games. LeGrande and his family, including parents Mike and Shari, were to be taken to a mini baseball stadium. It has been constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices -- a location close to LeGrande's home and Children's Mercy Hospital, where he receives treatment. Nick's friends, doctors and former teammates are expected to be in attendance. At the same time across the country, a telerobotic pitching machine was to be placed on the pitcher's mound at the Oakland C...

Ill teen throws out pitch from 1,800 miles away

13-year-old Nick LeGrande is battling severe aplastic anemia in Kansas City. Last night Nick threw out the first pitch of the Yankees / Oakland A's game in California -- 1800 miles away from... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Oakland A’s security guard took a baseball off his well-protected head

In the bottom of the 3rd inning of Wednesday’s A’s-Yankees game, Oakland catcher John Jaso ripped a foul ball down the right field line that caromed off the base of the wall and nailed an Oakland Coliseum security guard right off the head. Lucky for him MLB instituted a rule that all on-field personnel are required to wear a helmet, otherwise that security guard would have spent...

Sensational Straily, Moss Lead A’s over Yanks

Dan Straily pitched the A’s into sole possession of first place in the AL west, powered by a pair of homeruns from Brandon Moss Wednesday night as Oakland won it’s 10th consecutive home game. It was the fourth time in his last five starts that Straily has allowed two or fewer earned runs, as he sprinkled just three hits over 6.2 innings in the A’s 5-2 win over New York. ...

An Unlikely Candidate? Bartolo Colon IS an All-Star for the Oakland A’s

Returning to the team that he was forced to leave 45 games too early last season, and forced to miss the first five games of 2013 as a result of a performance-enhancing-drug suspension, there were not necessarily high expectations for Bartolo Colon heading into the season. Certainly not any thought that he could be a candidate for his third All-Star appearance, right? Once a dominant...

Athletics sit Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp

Two Oakland Athletics outfielders, Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes suffered injuries during Tuesday's series opener against the New York Yankees. As a result, both players were held out of the team's Wednesday lineup, and manager Bob Melvin told Jeff Kirshman of that there's a chance they could sit out the remainder of the series due to their ailments. "...

Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes exits with hamstring injury

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes exited yesterday's game against the New York Yankees due to left hamstring soreness, according to Jane Lee of Manager Bob Melvin said after the game that he's optimistic the injury isn't severe, as he termed Cespedes' removal from the contest as a precautionary measure. "We'll get a much better indication...

Young man throws out robotic first pitch at A's game from 1,800 miles away

Nick LeGrande made what is believed to be baseball history Wednesday night when the 13-year-old threw out a virtual ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game from an office in Kansas City — 1,800 miles  from the Oakland Coliseum baseball mound. The throw — which landed into the glove of A's reliever Ryan Cook — was made possible by a telerobotic pitching...

The Hidden Juggernaut in Oakland

One of my favorite toys here on FanGraphs is the Past Calendar Year split. I like the rolling 365 day line, as it gives us a good view of what a player (or team) has done in the equivalent of the most recent full season they have played. Because the MLB season started earlier this year, the totals don’t work out to exactly 162 games, but it’s close enough to give you the right...

Athletics 5, Yankees 2

Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for his third career two-homer game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Wednesday night to win their 10th straight home game. Moss' power stroke helped Dan Straily (4-2) win his third consecutive decision. Moss hit his 10th homer in the second inning and 11th with a solo drive in the eighth. He also connected...

National Media Still Not Showing Oakland A’s The Respect They Deserve

For most of the A’s miraculous 2012 run, the word ‘fluke’ was thrown around by various sources disinterested in championing the team for its completely remarkable late-season surge past the Texas Rangers and into the playoffs. It made sense to a degree: the 2012 squad was a ragtag team of journeymen and scraps relying heavily on inexperienced rookies – factors that led many...

Nate Freiman delivers sweep for Oakland Athletics against Yankees Mariano Rivera

In an amazing game with tons of twists and turns, the tallest player in major league baseball delivered the death blow to the oldest player in major league baseball.  The Oakland Athletics 6’8″ 1B Nate Freiman delivered the deciding bases loaded single on (wait for it) a broken bat against 43-year-old Mariano Rivera to walk off the Athletics 3-2.  The Athletics swept the Yankees...

Oakland Athletics Brandon Moss Runs Over Yankees Chris Stewart

With the game on the line in the 15th inning between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, Brandon Moss barrelled down on Yankees catcher Chris Stewart for a major league collision at home plate. Stewart recorded the game saving out but appeared disoriented afterwards thinking the inning was over with only two out. The post Oakland Athletics Brandon Moss Runs Over Yankees...

Mariners-Athletics Preview

A big reason for the Oakland Athletics' month-long success has been their exceptional play at home. Coming off a marathon victory, the A's look to extend their home winning streak to 12 games Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. Nate Freiman singled home the winning run off Mariano Rivera in the 18th inning to help Oakland (41-27) complete a three-game home sweep...
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