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The Oakland Athletics hosted the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night in the final game of a four-game series that began last week in Japan. The A's looked like they were in for a blowout loss, but battled back and fell just short, losing the series and the game by a final score of 8-7.
Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed seven earned runs for the first time since 2007. The first run game in the top of the first inning, when the Mariners managed an RBI groundout after a leadoff Chone Figgins triple. The real damage came in the fourth inning, when the Mariners plated six runs while batting around. Seth Smith got the A's on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly and Jemile Weeks added a second Oakland run on a solo homer in the fifth.
The Mariners stretched their lead to 8-2 in the sixth inning, but the A's pushed back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run Kurt Suzuki double. Yoenis Cespedes would make things even more interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning with another monstrous three-run home run to dead center field that cut the score to 8-7. Cespedes now has three home runs in four games with the A's. For the second straight night, the home run was his only hit in the game.
Yoenis Cespedes finally made his stateside regular-season debut on Friday night, as the Oakland Athletics hosted the Seattle Mariners in a continuation of last week's "Opening Day" games in Japan. Cespedes only went one-for-four with two strikeouts, but drove in two A's runs in a 7-3 loss.
On top of that, his one hit was somewhat memorable.
Cespedes delivered what was easily the highlight of the night, with his monster home run to dead center field that put the A's on the board in the fourth inning. As you all know, the O.co Coliseum is far from a "small" ballpark. Check it out:
That home run is the very definition of a "moon shot." The ball traveled an estimated 462 feet and landed in front of the first row of luxury boxes.
The Oakland Athletics had what most would probably agree was their real Opening Day on Friday night, hosting the Seattle Mariners in the first game of two games that concludes a four-game Opening Day series the two teams began last week in Japan.
While the two teams split their games in Japan and the Mariners could only muster four runs in both of those overseas games, the visitors nearly doubled that figure as they coasted to a 7-3 victory. The Mariners would score four runs in the top of the third inning and never looked back. A's starter Brandon McCarthy only lasted five innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a gargantuan 2-run home run to dead center in the fourth inning. The A's were not able to reach home again until the bottom of the eighth, when Seth Smith drove in Jemile Weeks with a single to right field. Yoenis Cespedes and Kurt Suzuki both struck out with two men on base and the last legitimate Oakland rally came to an end. Brandon League closed the game out for the Mariners with a four-batter inning.
The brand-new Oakland Athletics will return home to host the Seattle Mariners in a continuation of the two teams' short series in Japan last week. Although the Japan series, which the two teams split, was the official Opening Day of the 2012 season, Friday will mark the real Opening Day in the eyes of most A's fans ... as it will be the Opening Day they will actually get to watch.
Newly-acquired slugger Yoenis Cespedes offers hope for the A's, as do new arrivals Collin Cowgill, and Seth Smith, as the lineup looks much better than it did in 2011. That's not even taking into account Manny Ramirez, who will arrive to serve as the A's DH on roughly the 51st game of the season, if I had to wager a guess.
Here's all your viewing information for the short two-game series.
Friday's game will pit Jason Vargas against Brandon McCarthy at the Oakland Coliseum. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. PT and will air on CSN California. You can listen to the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.
On Saturday, Bartolo Colon will try to keep pace with Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. That game will begin at 6:05 p.m. PT and will air on CSN+. You can listen to the radio broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game.
On the last day of the Cactus League, the Oakland A's avoided a sweep in the Bay Bridge Series with a 8-1 victory at AT&T Park.
It was a beautiful night for baseball at AT&T Park Monday evening as the San Francisco Giants returned home from Arizona to meet the Oakland A's in the first of three exhibition meetings of the Bay Bridge Series. Madison Bumgarner's lone mistake looked like it might cost the Black and Orange, but thanks to a big night from Melky Cabrera the Giants earned the 4-2 victory in their last stretch of Spring Training.
Bumgarner lasted only four innings, allowing both runs on a two run blast by Eric Sogard in the third. Madison finished with only four hits, three walks, and an impressive seven K's in his shortened outing. Santiago Cassila (W 2-1) would get the win for his perfect seventh inning of work.
Melky Cabrera continued to impress this Spring, finishing the game 3-4 including a solo shot to left field and an RBI single as part of the Giants three-run fourth. Angel Pagan earned an RBI with a groundout to short, while Emmanuel Burris plated Ryan Theriot after a throwing error on his sacrifice bunt. Brandon Belt went 2-3 with a double, while Pablo Sandoval finished 1-4.
The Giants bullpen certainly did it's job, retiring the final 17 A's hitters in order, including Brian Wilson striking out the side in the ninth for the save, his first of the spring. Yoenis Cespedes went 1-2 with a double and a walk for Oakland.
The Giants now head to the O.Co for their second helping of this series, with moneyman Matt Cain (3-0 1.74 ERA) taking on Tyson Ross (2-0. 0.90 ERA) for the A's. First pitch is set for 7:35 p.m. PT.
For more on the Giants, please check out McCovey Chronicles.
The Oakland A's regular season has officially begun, but they'll go back to playing exhibition games before their regular season begins again on United States soil.
After splitting a short two-game series with the Seattle Mariners in Japan on Wednesday and Thursday, Oakland returns to action on Monday April 2nd in a game at AT&T Park against National League rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The Giants will then make a short trip to Oakland on Tuesday April 3rd for a game at the Coliseum.
Finally, the third game of the series on Wednesday April 4th will be played at AT&T Park again. Since all games in this series are exhibition games, they will not count towards either of the team's regular season records.
The two-game series in Japan a week before every other team's opening days has created a weird situation for some ball clubs — with this being one of those weird situations.
The Seattle Mariners will also play five games in Arizona before resuming their regular season on Friday, April 6th in a game against none other than the Oakland Athletics.
Some people wondered how long it would take Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes to get used to his new home with the Oakland A's, but apparently he wasn't too concerned getting used to major league pitching after launching a two-run shot for his first career home run in the A's 4-1 victory Wednesday morning,
Cespedes told reporters after the game that he's comfortable with the big league ptiching, and continues to work out his game here in the States.
"They tried to throw me sliders every at-bat, so I had to adjust to hit the ball," Cespedes said. "It was great to hit a home run here for the Japanese fans."
"I wake up early every day and get to the field early and work hard because the baseball is different than in Cuba," Cespedes said.
Yoenis Cespedes First Major League Home Run (via TheDmill925)
The Oakland Athletics evened up their record at 1-1 as they claimed a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners, Thursday morning in Tokyo. The A's and Mariners wrapped up their two game set in Tokyo and will return to the United States for the state-side start of the 2012 MLB season.
The A's received their first power surge of the season as Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes hit his first career home run and Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes each added their first as members of the A's. Oakland fell behind 1-0 in the seventh on a Justin Smoak home run off Bartolo Colon. The team responded in the bottom of the inning. Kurt Suzuki reached base on a fielder's choice and was immediately followed by Yoenis Cespedes' first career home run and then Josh Reddick joining him with a back-to-back shot. The A's added their fourth run on a Jonny Gomes home run in the eighth.
Colon earned his first victory with the A's as he went eight innings, striking out six and scattering three hits. Grant Balfour came on in the ninth for his first save as the team's 2012 closer.
The A's head back to the United States to begin final preparations for next week's American debut of the 2012 season. Oakland will travel up to Sacramento on Saturday for their annual matchup with the Triple-A Rivercats. They will then wrap up their modified spring training schedule with their annual three game series against the Giants. They will plat at AT&T Park on Monday and Wednesday, while hosting the Giants on Tuesday.
The Oakland Athletics are preparing for their second and final contest in the Tokyo Dome. The A's fell 3-1 to the Mariners in their first contest, and now will be prepared to face Jason Vargas, who has struggled. The Athletics should have better success generating runs against Seattle now that they don't have to worry about Felix Hernandez at the mound trying to shut them down.
Here is all the most useful time, television broadcast, radio stream, and online coverage you can find on this contest.
Time: 2:10 AM PT/5:10 AM ET
TV: MLB Network
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game. You should be able to listen to the online stream by clicking here.
Online Stream: MLB.TV, but you will have to pay to watch the contest.
The Oakland Athletics picked up where they left off in 2011 as they dropped a 3-1 decision in extra innings to the Seattle Mariners in the 2012 MLB season opener in Tokyo. Ichiro Suzuki and Dustin Ackley were the stars of the game for the Mariners as they knocked in all three runs and were a combined 6-for-10. Cliff Pennington was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored as the A's dropped to 0-1 on the season.
As is expected of both teams, starting pitching was strong. A's starter Brandon McCarthy threw seven innings, giving up one run on six hits. Felix Hernandez threw eight innings, giving up one run on five hits. The game turned into a battle of bullpens with Andrew Carignan and Jerry Blevins struggling in the eleventh as they gave up a pair of runs.
The A's got a solid performance from Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in his MLB debut. He 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch, and also provided an outfield assist when he threw out Ichiro Suzuki at second base. Cespedes hit a lead-off double off Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh, but the A's were unable to bring him around. The next three A's hitters could not get the ball out of the infield as Brandon Allen popped out to third on a bunt attempt, Eric Sogard line out to the pitcher and Jemile Weeks grounded out to second. This sort of issue could be a running theme this season.
The A's and Mariners return to the Tokyo Dome bright and early Thursday morning (2:10am pacific time) for the second game of their two-game set. Bartolo Colon will face Jason Vargas.
The Oakland Athletics will kick off the 2012 MLB regular season in Japan against the Seattle Mariners. After a long, cold offseason, the A's hope to shock the world and make a run despite a roster stacked with young and unproven players. How will Yoenis Cespedes perform in America? Will Manny Ramirez contribute at all? Does a guy like Jemile Weeks emerge as an elite leadoff option? These questions and more will be answered in the coming months.
Here are the starting lineups for both clubs.
Brandon McCarthy will start the game for Oakland.
Felix Hernandez will start the game for Seattle.
First pitch is scheduled for 6 a.m. ET, which is 3 a.m. in the Bay Area. Yay for early morning baseball!
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will officially kick off the 2012 MLB regular season on Wednesday morning as the two clubs face off in Japan. Brandon McCarthy will make the start for the A's, while Cy Young contender Felix Hernandez will be on the mound for the M's.
First pitch is set for 6 a.m. ET, which is 3 a.m. in the Bay Area. No, we are not joking. So put on a pot of coffee (or grab a bag of peanuts and an alcoholic beverage of your choosing) and get ready for some real baseball after a long offseason.
ROOT Sports Northwest will be the only channel to have live coverage of the game. Those with MLB.tv can find the game streamed live as well. MLB Network will have the game on tape delay starting at 6 a.m.
Baseball season is finally back, folks. Get excited!
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has yet to reveal his complete Opening Day roster, but one of the locks will be first baseman Brandon Allen. Melvin revealed to the media that Allen will start at first base in the A's season opener against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo. He beat out Kila Ka'aihue, Wes Timmons and Chris Carter, among others. Daric Barton remains a possibility at the position but is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
Allen claimed the job thanks in part to a strong offensive showing in spring training, but also thanks to a solid defensive performance. He had one error in the spring, while Ka'aihue, his primary competitor, wrapped up the exhibition season with two errors against the Hanshin Tigers. Allen finished the spring with a line of .303/.359/.576 as he looks to provide the A's with a bit more pop from the corner of the infield.
Allen was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with Jordan Norberto, in exchange for relief pitcher Brad Ziegler. Allen appeared in 41 games with the A's in 2011, putting together a line of .205/.259/.356 over 158 plate appearances.
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners are getting ready for their upcoming trip to Japan, with the M's setting their 30-man roster Thursday afternoon.