Oakland snaps 4-game losing streak with 2-1 win over Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth, and the Oakland bullpen combined for 4 2-3 scoreless innings as the Athletics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. The loss snapped Houston's five-game winning streak. Lawrie's hit came off Will Harris who came on in relief of Joe Thatcher (0-1), who gave...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals reliever Herrera returns from 6-game suspension

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera returned to the team Wednesday after serving a six-game suspension. The right-hander was suspended five games for throwing at Oakland's Brett Lawrie on April 19. He got another two-game ban for his part in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox four days later. The suspension for throwing at Lawrie was upheld on appeal, while...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Athletics infielder Brett Lawrie really an A-hole?

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20 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Return to Winning Ways on the Road

The Athletics found themselves in a familiar situation on Friday night, down 5 runs after seven innings. It would become the second consecutive game they would find their bats late, but unlike Thursday, they managed to capture victory by the grasp. After putting together just two hits through the first seven innings, support from Mark Canha and Brett Lawrie, powered the A’s in...
Via BaySportsNet
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Saw 10 Straight Breaking Balls, Twice

Brett Lawrie doesn’t really have a problem with breaking balls, not if you zoom out on his career. He’s whiffed on sliders (14%) and curves (8%) at about an average rate (13% and 11%, respectively), which follows his overall whiff rates (8.6% for Lawrie, 8.5% is average). Opening week, in three games against the Rangers, […]
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Looking for Consistency Amid Controversy

Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie makes a throwing error, allowing Los Angeles Angels’ Drew Butera to reach first base during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) New A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie has made headlines in his first month in Oakland, albeit for the wrong reasons so far. Case in point...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kansas City Royals think it’s a damned fight!!!

By now, you might have heard that the Kansas City Royals are a team that other teams in MLB may dislike a bit.  We’ve heard griping from Brett Lawrie in last weekend’s explosive series with the A’s, and then he continued the griping when the A’s left town and went to Anaheim.  Rumor is (it […]
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols called Royals to deny ‘bush league’ allegation

Albert Pujols called Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to clarify that he did not call the team “bush league.” The Royals had a tumultuous series with the Oakland A’s over the weekend that started with a takeout slide by Brett Lawrie on Friday night that injured Alcides Escobar. The Royals responded by having pitchers...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland’s Brett Lawrie: ‘Shame On’ Kansas City Royals Fans

Brett Lawrie doesn’t like 100 mph baseballs thrown at or near his head. Who could blame him? Baseball is a game, and having a pitcher openly threaten to throw at your head is unacceptable. So when that happened last weekend during the Oakland Athletics’ series at the Kansas City Royals, Lawrie wasn’t impressed. But arguably worse? Having fans cheer...
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

We’re Sorry.

Dear Brett Lawrie, Hey man. Things really got out of hand last weekend, right? I mean, when I asked you to slide into my DM’s I didn’t figure it’d be like that.. But listen, now that we’ve all had a couple of days to relax, 4/20 day has come and gone, I was hoping we […]
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie blasts Royals fans for ‘antagonizing’ players

The series that the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals played over the weekend was as heated as it gets for mid-April. It all started Friday, when A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie took out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a hard slide. Escobar called the play “dirty” after the game. Then on Saturday, Royals pitcher...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Herrera suspended, Ventura fined after incidents vs A's

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera for five games and fined him and fellow pitcher Yordano Ventura after both targeted Brett Lawrie during a testy series against Oakland over the weekend. Herrera was tossed in the eighth inning of Sunday's game after throwing behind Lawrie. Ventura was ejected from Saturday's game when he hit Lawrie with...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

A new rivalry brews in pretty much the most eventful & exciting April series one can ask for

This weekend’s series vs. the Oakland A’s was something, eh? What was supposed to be the bittersweet return of Billy Butler to Kansas City, became an ugly, hate fueled series in the top of the seventh inning of the opening game Friday night. With the score tied at 4 after a Stephen Vogt’s second home run off of starter Jeremy Guthrie (the third solo shot of the night...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cooler Heads Needed in Kansas City

A wild weekend in Kansas City came roaring to a hostile conclusion yesterday afternoon. Little did new A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie know when he slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday night, that he was setting off what has the makings of one of the best baseball feuds in recent memory. Escobar is now day-to-day with a sprained knee. Here is the slide, which...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie goes off on Royals P Kelvin Herrera for dangerous pitch

Tensions ran extremely high during the A's-Royals series over the weekend. It all started Friday night when Oakland third baseman slid very hard into second base trying to break up a double play. Kansas City thought the play was dirty and the rest of the series was filled with hit batters and ejections, summed up here by Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. Sunday's gamed featured Royals...
Via Fox Sports
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

After heated Royals-A's series, a cool-headed look at what sparked it all

A few points on the contentious Royals-A's weekend series, which could produce fines and/or suspensions after purpose pitches and general shenanigans. *I don't believe Oakland's Brett Lawrie tried to injure Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar with his aggressive slide in the seventh inning of Friday's series opener. But it was a bad play -- because of the way it hurt the A's in...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen Torched as Oakland Athletics Lose 2 of 3 in Heated Series

It got chippy at Kauffman Stadium. The Oakland Athletics dropped two of three in the club’s weekend set with the Kansas City Royals, as the bullpen continues to cough up late leads. But the story of the weekend was the series of bench clearing incidents and hit by pitches all sparked by a single slide. In Game 1 of on Friday night, Brett Lawrie got it started with a late and aggressive...
Via BaySportsNet
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Royals-A's game filled with more ejections

The Kansas City Royals have a problem with the Oakland Athletics, and one beanball from Yordano Ventura to Brett Lawrie wasn’t going to fix that. In the first inning of Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium, Scott Kazmir plunked Lorenzo Cain (it looked accidental since if you’re going to throw at someone, you don’t throw at their feet, but whatever). Home plate umpire Greg...
Via The Outside Corner
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Royals ejected in latest Oakland-Kansas City scrape

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tempers flared again Sunday in the Oakland-Kansas City series, with four more Royals getting ejected. The benches emptied for the third straight day after Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 mph fastball shoulder-high behind Brett Lawrie in the eighth inning. Herrera was ejected, and pointed at his head as he left the field. Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Benches clear after Yordano Ventura hits Brett Lawrie with pitch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. During the fourth inning of Saturday’s game between the Royals and A’s, Brett Lawrie was drilled with a 99 mph fastball by Yordano Ventura, who was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Jim Joyce. On Friday, Alcides Escobar was injured as a result of a hard slide into second...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Ventura ejected after hitting Lawrie with pitch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yordano Ventura has been ejected from Kansas City's game against Oakland after hitting A's third baseman Brett Lawrie with what appeared to be a retaliatory pitch. Lawrie drew the ire of the Royals the previous night when he slid hard and late into Alcides Escobar at second base. Escobar wound up with a sprained left knee in the collision. Ventura had already...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid, even...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid...
Via The Outside Corner
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Retaliating against Brett Lawrie would be a mistake for Ventura and the Royals

Two.  This is the number of starting position playersj that the Royals have lost to injury in the past three games due to the carelessness or negligence (intentional or otherwise) of opposing players.  Three days ago in Minnesota, Right Fielder Alex Rios went down with a broken hand as a result of a pitch that was no where near the plate but was way too close to his face and...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Short-handed Royals look to continue winning ways against Athletics

Already without one of their top outfielders, the Kansas City Royals will be minus their starting shortstop for the immediate future. Following a chippy opener between last season's wild-card participants, the Royals won't have Alcides Escobar in the lineup Saturday night against the visiting Oakland Athletics. Meeting for the first time since Kansas City's 9-8, 12-inning wild-card...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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