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Ladendorf shares his MLB debut with two special people

Tyler Ladendorf looks to umpire Jim Wolf after sliding by Rangers Robinson Chirinos Wednesday.

Tyler Ladendorf looks to umpire Jim Wolf after sliding by Rangers Robinson Chirinos Wednesday.

Tyler Ladendorf got his first big league start Wednesday.

It came just in time for his two biggest fans. Ladendorf’s mother, Linda, and his grandmother, Judy, were both in the stands but were heading back to their Chicago-area home Thursday.

Before they left, they saw him triple home a run in his first at-bat. Before his Wednesday was done, he’d scored two runs, driven in two and drawn a walk.

And the ball with which he delivered his first hit was a gift to his mother.

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A’s lose OF Alex Hassan to Rangers on waiver claim

The A’s lost outfielder Alex Hassan to the Rangers Thursday when Texas claimed Hassan less than 24 hours after the A’s had requested waivers.

The A’s waived Hassan in order to make room on the 40-man roster for veteran outfielder Cody Ross, signed after he’d been released by Arizona. Ross started Wednesday and singled home two runs in five at-bats.

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Smooth debuts power A’s to 10-0 win over Rangers

OAKLAND – The A’s crushed the Rangers 10-0 on Wednesday thanks to a series of successful debuts.

Mark Canha and Tyler Ladendorf made an impact in their first major league games and Cody Ross also joined the party on his first day with the A’s before 19,479 at O.co Coliseum.

Scott Kazmir mowed the Rangers down, even after experiencing what appeared to be some discomfort in his back or oblique. He needed a mound visit from manager Bob Melvin and head trainer Nick Paparesta in the fourth inning, but delivered seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball.

Kazmir didn’t allow a hit after Leonys Martin led off the game with a bunt single. He allowed only three other baserunners before leaving the game after throwing 95 pitches.

Canha’s first impression was a big one as he came within a few feet of two home runs. Instead, he settled for a 3 for 5 day with two doubles and four RBIs. Continue Reading

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Cody Ross was “blindsided” by Diamondbacks release, but happy to join a winner in Oakland

Cody Ross will platoon against left-handed pitching for the A's. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cody Ross will platoon against left-handed pitching for the A’s. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

New A’s outfielder Cody Ross was “blindsided” by his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but said he’s thrilled to come to Oakland with a chance to win.

“It caught me off guard,” Ross said of Arizona releasing him on Saturday.  “I was definitely blindsided and obviously upset and had some bitter feelings.

“You sit back and look at the way the roster’s made up and what they’re trying to do and it just wasn’t a fit. To be honest with you, I don’t want to be on a rebuilding team.  I love those guys over there. I wish them nothing but the best. But I think my aspirations are a little higher and it was sort of a blessing.”

To make room for Ross, the A’s sent outfielder Billy Burns to Triple-A Nashville and designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment. Continue Reading

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Ranger hitters may be leaning over plate in try to force HBPs

Catcher Stephen Vogt says that four HBPs in season's first two games might not be an accident.

Catcher Stephen Vogt says that four HBPs in season’s first two games might not be an accident.

A’s pitchers have hit four Texas batters in the first two games of the season.

It’s not an encouraging trend, because beyond that the Oakland pitching has had good control – one walk in 17 innings.

Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt was put off enough by the hit batters that he protested after the last one Tuesday, catcher Carlos Corporan hit by a Jesse Chavez cutter.

Vogt’s contention is that the Rangers should at least make some vague attempt at getting out of the way of pitches. And in Corporan’s case, the catcher shouldn’t be allowed to help things along.

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Reddick ready for a road trip; still a long road for Parker

Josh Reddick is on track to be back in the A's lineup in right field come Saturday.

Josh Reddick is on track to be back in the A’s lineup in right field come Saturday.

One of the perks of being a major League player is the first-class travel that comes with it.

The clubs fly roomy charter planes, and when players travel alone, they get booked into first class.

So what’s with Josh Reddick? He’s going to play one game for Class-A Stockton Thursday as the season opens in San Bernardino. He’s going to drive down Wednesday, drive back Friday and be in Oakland, and presumably in the lineup Saturday.

“I’ve got a real comfortable ride,’’ Reddick said of his truck, which he said he had custom built. “I wouldn’t want to be down in San Bernardino without a car, and I don’t much like rental cars.’’

He doesn’t much like being on the disabled list either, but Reddick likes the way his body is responding after he suffered a right oblique strain five weeks ago.

“I feel great; I don’t feel it pinch,’’ Reddick said after taking some swings against another man on the disabled list, Jarrod Parker. “I said when I was first injured that it wasn’t as bad as the last time I hurt my oblique, and it’s nice to know I was right.’’

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Cody Ross could be a short-term replacement for Coco Crisp

Veteran corner outfielder Cody Ross, put on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, could be joining the outfield-deprived A’s in the next couple of days, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal at Fox.

The A’s have expressed some interest in Ross with left fielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list for about eight more weeks, and he would be an inexpensive pickup.

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A’s say their home run power isn’t to be underrated

Stephen Vogt likek the A's power potential after he and Ben Zobrist went deep in opening win over Texas Monday.

Stephen Vogt likes the A’s power potential after he and Ben Zobrist went deep in opening win over Texas Monday.

The A’s are missing all kinds of power that was in the lineup last year, so much so that prognosticators make Oakland’s lack of grenade-launching ability the key point in why the A’s will struggle to succeed this year.

So in the first game of the season, the A’s get a couple of home runs, score eight times and generally have a day where runs flow like California rivers used to.

It would be easy to dismiss the offense by saying it was just one game, but the A’s led the Major Leagues with 22 wins this spring, leading all clubs with 199 runs scored. Among Cactus League teams, the A’s ranked third with 33 homers.

So it’s not like Monday night was a one-time thing.

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Hahn wants to steal a little something from Gray’s playbook plus assorted opening notes from A’s opener with Rangers

Jesse Hahn will watch Monday's game with an idea of seeing what works for Sonny Gray against the Rangers.

Jesse Hahn will watch Monday’s game with an idea of seeing what works for Sonny Gray against the Rangers.

Jesse Hahn will be watching Sonny Gray tonight with a more discerning eye than most.

Hahn is starting the season’s second game Tuesday against the Rangers for Oakland, and he wants to see how A’s opening day starter Gray gets it done to take what he can from the performance.

Both are right-handed, but where Gray goes to his fastball first, Hahn is a sinker specialist. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something to learn.

“I’ll be looking to see what works for him,’’ Hahn said before Monday’s opener. “There are a lot of differences between us and the way we throw, but we are both aggressive and try to get outs early in the count by attacking hitters.

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Canha feels `awesome’ after making A’s opening day roster; Five, including Zito, sent down as club gets to 25 man limit

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, is a big leaguer for the first time, getting put on the A's roster Saturday.

Mark Canha, who went from Bellarmine Prep to Cal, is a big leaguer for the first time, getting put on the A’s roster Saturday.

After putting in five years of hard labor in the minor leagues, Mark Canha hit the mother lode Saturday when A’s manager Bob Melvin told him he’d made the team.

“It was an awesome feeling,’’ the Bellarmine Prep and Cal product said. A Rule 5 draftee who was in the Florida organization last year, he would have had to have been offered back to the Marlins if he hadn’t stuck, so his making the team has been a foregone conclusion for a couple of weeks.

It’s not official until it’s official, however, and Saturday it became official.

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