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Postgame follow-up on Milone, Recker and others after A’s 2-0 win over White Sox

Here’s some quick tidbits from the A’s 2-0 victory over the White Sox. That two-run rally seemed like an avalanche of offense by the A’s standards, didn’t it?

–Tommy Milone continued to impress with eight shutout innings. He’s yet to give up a run in two home starts, and lefties are 0 for 12 against him on the season (four starts). His changeup is his bread-and-butter pitch, but catcher Anthony Recker said Milone’s fastball is important in his repertoire. “I think what’s underrated is his fastball,” Recker said. “It sets up a lot of changeups.”

–Speaking of Recker, he got a lot of love in the clubhouse after the game. A’s manager Bob Melvin said he called a great game, and so did Kurt Suzuki. Recker also came up big in the top of the eighth by throwing out Brent Morel, who tried to steal second. That ended the inning and kept it a scoreless game, setting the stage for the A’s winning rally. For his part, Recker said he was just happy Milone walked off with a victory. “A guy pitches like that, you’re dying to get a him a win,” Recker said.

–Jemile Weeks is hitting .203, and if you want to gauge how he does breaking out of this early-season slump, track how often he hits the ball in the air. He had two fly outs in four plate appearances Tuesday. A guy with his speed absolutely MUST hit the ball on the ground more. And the A’s are trying to instill that in him.

–As well as the A’s starting pitchers have performed to this point, it makes Jarrod Parker’s start Wednesday afternoon even more interesting. Can Oakland’s top-rated pitching prospect do the job and cement himself in the rotation? If so, that’s a pretty good addition in the fifth starter’s spot. Parker grew up in Indiana and his favorite team was the White Sox. A key Wednesday will be whether he can calm his nerves. Remember that he got pretty rattled facing his former team, the Diamondbacks, in spring training.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • Jonas

    The offense is about as weak as I’ve ever seen. Almost everyone is hitting below .200.
    Noticed Rickey Henderson giving some advice to Weekes while he was on deck. Is Rickey coming in as a coach?

  • Stan

    This isn’t as bad a team as it was before Slick tried and made a decent trade and signing of Yoenis..but Beane’a excuses,his excess trading and no willingness to keep stars that fans can bond with..Beane is operating with Wallstreet,not Cooperstown mentality.
    btw-Candlestick,old…sell out for 49er games,the Warriors sell out..the Cowboys sellouts AND the stadium..cant win. Maybe its all in the org.’s head that fancy seats for three hours means more then a community feel for your team?
    And the 49ers?..hire Harbaugh and they win…Now Jed gets his new stadium,old time fans are getting 80 grand bills for seats!..don’t get me started.

  • Joe Stiglich

    Rickey is sort of a part-time coach. He mainly works with the minor league teams during the season, giving base running and hitting advice to the young guys. During spring training, he splits time between major and minor league camp. He still looks in good enough shape to play …

  • Stan

    Funny,but I posted a couple of years ago,Carny Lansford should be made A’s manager instead of Geren. NOW,on THEGAMES old A’s players interviews..they all reference Carny as their leader.
    But,that’s why a Beane would never hire a Carny.