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Yonder Alonso is quietly one of the Oakland A's best hitters right now

In terms of Oakland A's lore, Yonder Alonso's legacy will always be linked with Drew Pomeranz. The A's traded Pomeranz as a reliever, and in that sense they got good value for him with Alonso and replacement lefty Marc Rzepczynski. But then Pomeranz emerged as a starter, made the All-Star team, and was dealt again for a significantly better return. It turns out Oakland sold low on...
Via Athletics Nation
5 days ago

Graveman wins 5th straight to pace Athletics past Astros 7-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Yonder Alonso drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits to back Kendall Graveman's fifth consecutive win, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Monday night. Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in three games, Marcus Semien had two hits and scored twice while Ryon Healy added an RBI double for the A's. Oakland has won three of four...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Stands Out for the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics lost on Sunday, but they did manage to take two out of three from a very good Toronto Blue Jays team. It’s very hard to get a sweep under any conditions, but when Rich Hill,  the ace of the 2016 A’s, had to leave the game after five pitches, A’s fans knew […] Yonder Alonso Stands Out for the Oakland Athletics - Swingin' A's - Swingin' A's - An Oakland...
Via Swingin' A's
8 days ago

Alonso, Hill lead Oakland over Houston 3-1

HOUSTON (AP) Yonder Alonso doubled and drove in two runs and Rich Hill tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts in six solid innings to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Hill (9-3) allowed three hits and one run to extend his winning streak to six games in his second start since coming off the disabled list on Saturday. Ryan Madson...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Yonder, Yankees, Dodgers, Pitch Selection, more

Yonder Alonso hasn’t been dealt a generous hand. Drafted seventh overall by the Reds in 2008 out of the University of Miami, the Cuban-born first baseman was shipped to San Diego three years later. The trade took him from one of baseball’s most hitter-friendly venues to one of its least friendly. Last winter, the Padres sent Alonso to the A’s, who play in an equally unforgiving...
Via Fangraphs
June 26, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Aaron Hicks guns down runner at plate with 105.5 mph throw

One of the Yankees’ strengths this season was supposed to be their defense, but it’s been anything but that in the early going. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any bright spots, though, and one of the most impressive plays of the season came from the right arm of Aaron Hicks on Wednesday night. The Yankees were having a disaster of an inning in the fourth, with the previously...
Via BP Bronx
April 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland A's and 1B Yonder Alonso agree on $2.65 million deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Oakland Athletics have agreed on a $2.65 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Alonso was acquired in a trade with San Diego last month that also brought reliever Mark Rzepczynski to Oakland and sent pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Padres. In 2015, Alonso hit .282 with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 103 games...
Via Associated Press
January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Alonso’s stalled season

Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has long been somewhat of a punching bag for the fan Yonder Alonso base ever since he was acquired as part of the Mat Latos trade in 2011. Most of the scorn had to do with then-general manager giving up on top prospect Anthony Rizzo after only a handful of at-bats. Byrnes flipped Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Andrew Cashner, and it’s...
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: position battle: first base

Yonder Alonso What a disaster this position’s been the last few years for the San Diego Padres. Since then-General Manager Jed Hoyer traded Adrian Gonzalez after the 2010 season, a collection of players ranging from dreadful (Brad Hawpe) to underdeveloped (Anthony Rizzo) to painfully average (Yonder Alonso) have manned first base in San Diego. This year looks like more of the...
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

What Jim Murray Never Wrote about Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso may not look or hit like a big-league first baseman, but that’s what the cigar-shaped kid from Havana is. Most nights, despite possessing the power of a hotel hair dryer, the man who runs with a Steinway on his back can be found in the heart of Bud Black’s lineup. And oh, what a piano! One year, he knocked 150 hits and scored 47 runs. That’s not a record, but...
Via Padres Public
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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