The A’s would like to add a starting pitcher before the trade deadline comes around Wednesday, and the A’s have a preference for that pitcher to be Jake Peavy.
Wishing doesn’t make it so, of course, but the club is very much in the hunt for the Chicago White Sox’s right-hander, who cleaned out his locker Sunday morning with all indications a trade is just a day or so, if not an hour or so, away.
The Braves, the Dodgers, the Cardinals and the Red Sox came into Sunday as fellow contenders in the race to get Peavy as the White Sox try to shed salary and add good young prospects.
Nate Freiman, like any first baseman, knows how to gauge a close play at first base, even a play he can’t see.
Judging the impact of the ball hitting the glove while feeling through your leg as a runner is almost simultaneously hitting the base becomes a habit.
And what did Freiman think of the eighth inning play Saturday when second baseman Jed Lowrie tried to throw out Chicago leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza on a medium-speed grounder with the score tied at 1-all?
When you’re going good, the deep fly balls are only deep enough when you hit them.
Just ask the A’s, who have hit five homers the last two nights in Chicago and who have emerged with a pair of one-run wins.
In each case, the White Sox tried to counter with a final-inning homer of their own off A’s closer Grant Balfour, but failed. On Thursday Yoenis Cespedes had his back to the left field wall when he caught what would have been a game-tying homer by Adam Dunn.
Josh Reddick thought he was settling in four a routine try at a sliding catch. Instead he left a skid mark suitable for Grand Prix racing.
Reddick admitted the ball hit by Carlos Gomez of the Brewers was going to be tough to catch, but he didn’t expect to wind up “a foot deep in the earth’s core.’’
It turns out that Miller Park was a recent host to a Kenny Chesney concert, after which part of the outfield grass had to be replaced by sod. It apparently didn’t have enough time to firm up.
Tommy Milone walked out of the Oakland clubhouse Tuesday seemingly having put the 1-0 loss to Cleveland behind him.
His teammates weren’t so fortunate.
They not only didn’t hit behind Milone, the A’s not getting a runner to second base, but they didn’t play defense behind him, either.
Luke Montz was just trying to be a good teammate Tuesday night.
A veteran catcher on the roster of the Sacramento River Cats, he was on the bench in Fresno when he and his teammates saw plenty not to like about a series of first inning ball-strike calls against outfielder Michael Choice.
Everybody spoke up, more than once. When the umpire had enough, he pointed to the bench and ejected … well, no one was quite sure who got ejected.
“I just jumped up,’’ Montz said. “I wasn’t in the lineup, so it made sense.’’
Josh Donaldson had a couple of hits and drove in a run Wednesday in the A’s 11-5 win over the Angels.
He’s hitting just .200 and is still looking for his first home run.
The news out of the clubhouse this morning concerning left fielder and cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes is good.
He doesn’t have much pain in his left elbow after having felt some there Saturday night and is getting Sunday off, at least mostly.
“There’s a good chance you could see him pinch-hit if we need him to,’’ manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not swinging the bat as well as he normally does, and with a day off (Monday), that should help.’’
PHOENIX – The A’s almost had a bit of news this morning.
They posted the first starts for three expected members of the starting rotation, including Brett Anderson, who pitches against the Cubs in Mesa Thursday after A.J. Griffin faces the Diamondbacks today in Scottsdale and Dan Straily throws Wednesday at home against the Padres.