OAKLAND -- It sounds like Ryan Cook’s return to the A’s bullpen is imminent, with manager Bob Melvin saying Cook threw well in a rehab game with Single-A Stockton last night and will likely be in Oakland on Saturday.
OAKLAND -- A’s manager Bob Melvin said it’s possible he might not go to new closer Jim Johnson if the A’s have a lead tonight in the ninth inning -- but only because Johnson threw so many pitches (29) in blowing a save opportunity Wednesday night.
OAKLAND -- Two nights after taking the loss in his A’s debut in Monday’s season opener, closer Jim Johnson had another rough night Wednesday, blowing his first save chance of the season by allowing three runs in the ninth inning of the A’s 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Eric Berger knows Raley Field; he watched games at the Triple-A park while growing up in Roseville. He also knows how to pitch, once striking out an area-tying record 20 batters at Woodcreek High School, where he was The Bee’s Player of the Year in 2004.
OAKLAND -- Itll be right-hander Josh Lindblom starting the second game of todays doubleheader for the As against the Cleveland Indians. Lindblom, who made his only five career big-league starts for the Texas Rangers last season, was 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA this spring with the As but saved his best outing for his last, throwing 4 2/3 innings against the Mariners on March 23 and allowing two runs on two hits with three strikeouts.
Jim Johnson straightforwardly acknowledged this was not how he wanted his As career and his 2014 season to start. Not with allowing two runs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game and taking the loss in the As opener, then departing to scattered but still very audible boos from an announced sellout crowd at the O.co Coliseum.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said this afternoon that forecasts called for a break in the rain between 5 and 9 p.m. Lo and behold, right around 5:30 p.m., the sun broke through and we’re currently looking at blue skies (with some clouds) over O.co Coliseum, where the grounds crew just pulled the tarp off the infield.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Hicks walked into the Giants clubhouse at AT&T Park on Thursday to find his name above a locker directly in between those of fellow bearded infielders Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite leaving Arizona without their projected Opening Day second baseman Marco Scutaro and key reliever Jeremy Affeldt, the Giants had felt fortunate to have their starting rotation get through spring training intact.
OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir offered this succinct self-evaluation after holding the Giants to no runs on two hits over 5 1/3 innings in his final spring training outing Thursday night at AT&T Park:
Oakland A’s right-hander and projected Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and likely miss the entire 2014 season, the team announced today.
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro took live batting practice for the first time this spring and participated in team fielding drills Wednesday. But while Scutaro said he’s seeing improvement in his ailing back, he wasn’t ready to declare if he’ll be available on Opening Day.
About the time he was 8 or 9 years old, Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza said, his father began taking him to a baseball park near his home in Venezuela for a few hours each day.
SCOTTSDALE - Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro took live batting practice for the first time this spring and participated in team fielding drills Wednesday. But although Scutaro said his ailing back is improving, he wasn’t ready to declare he’ll be available for the Giants on Opening Day.
PEORIA -- Sonny Gray last season was the kind of pitcher to respond to an occasion (his ALDS duels with Justin Verlander the most obvious examples). It’s a little different when the occasion is a spring training start in which he’s working more on developing pitches than getting outs, as was the case in his last outing March 6 against the Diamondbacks.
As one of the rare current Giants who was around when Barry Bonds played his last season in 2007, right-hander Matt Cain had an idea what to expect when Bonds returned Monday as a special instructor in camp.
The A’s clubhouse talent show, organized by new closer Jim Johnson, was held Sunday morning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. It was closed to media, but by most accounts, if the baseball thing doesn’t work out, much of the A’s roster won’t be lacking for career opportunities.
SCOTTSDALE -- Not one to let a bad outing roll lightly off his back, Ryan Vogelsong said he fully intends to "analyze and fix" after being tagged by the Seattle Mariners for six hits and seven runs (five earned) in his Cactus League start Saturday.