Novel idea helps A’s double up on their batting practice

A's double batting cagesThe A’s were all over bench coach Chip Hale Friday in the second day of workouts at Phoenix’s Papago Park.

In a good way.

It was Hale, who runs the nuts and bolts of the A’s spring training camp,  who decided to use side-by-side batting cages on one of the back fields at Papago Park, then to set up a left-handed breaking ball machine on one and a right-handed machine on the other.

Players were able to get through twice as fast, if that was their desire, or to get twice as many swings.

Field baseman Nate Freiman was in the twice-as-much category.

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Game 16 wrapup: Colon offers perspective on Peterson’s first hit; Norris hopes to be back Friday

After the A’s closed out a 4-2 homestand Wednesday with a 7-5 win over the Astros, there was a sizeable group of media surrounding rookie first baseman Shane Peterson, who’d gotten his first big league hit in the game.

Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon looked over at the scrum surrounding Peterson and laughed.

“He’s got one hit,’’ Colon said through an interpreter. “I’ve given up over 2,000.’’

Peterson, told that later, laughed, too.

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Crisp good to go, but gets day off anyway; Peterson here, but he’ll be gone tomorrow

Coco Crisp isn’t hurting, at least not badly. You could tell that by watching him run out his fifth inning triple Tuesday.

But he’s not in the lineup Wednesday.

It’s the kind of move you tend to see early in the season. Manager Bob Melvin is holding Crisp out in order that he gets two days off in succession, today coupled with the A’s travel day Thursday to Tampa Bay.

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Moss is back; Colon is on mound; Straily is sent out

Bartolo Colon (left) talks with interpreter Ariel Prieto

Brandon Moss is back with the A’s and in Saturday’s starting lineup.

He’d left the team Thursday to be with his wife, Allison, in San Ramon when it seemed as if she was about to give birth to the couple’s second son.

When it became evident that baby’s arrival wasn’t imminent, Moss said his goodbyes Saturday morning at the hospital and flew to Houston.

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Game 5 wrapup: Moss likely to be with A’s for Saturday; Straily puts together impressive numbers

Look for Brandon Moss to be back in the A’s starting lineup Saturday.

Moss left Thursday’s game to be with his wife, Allison, as she went into labor. And he was going to stay with her if the baby was on time.

If not, the plan apparently was for him to rejoin the team.

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Demotion end of a bad-luck spring for A’s Weeks

Jemile Weeks has gone from one of the favored few to one of the early exits at the Oakland A’s camp.

Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson both were set to Triple-A Sacramento after Sunday’s game.

Both were hitting well, Peterson at .408 and Weeks at .370, but Peterson, a first-year player in terms of the Cactus League, never had a chance of cracking an entrenched outfield.

It was different for Weeks, who had bad luck on a couple of levels to wind up getting shipped back to the minor leagues.

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Sizemore, Rosales, Sogard battle for one roster spot, increasing likelihood of a deal being done

After the A’s dispatched the Dodgers 7-4 Sunday, the club sent down second baseman Jemile Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson.

Those were tough cuts, with Peterson hitting .408 and Weeks hitting .370.

It’s not going to get any easier, but some of the players who will make the team aren’t going to have numbers anywhere close to the numbers of the players just sent down.

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