Athletics Vs. Dodgers: Oakland Sweeps L.A. Right Out Of Town

The A's hosted the team with the best record in baseball and kept their interleague dominance rolling. They swept the Dodgers in three straight.

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Athletics Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Oakland Beats L.A. 4-1 To Complete Sweep

On Thursday, the Oakland Athletics once again proved that they own the Los Angeles Dodgers at the O.co Coliseum. The A's won by a final score of 4-1, completing the three-game sweep in walk-off fashion. The Dodgers have not won a game in Oakland since 2001.

In the bottom of the second, Jonny Gomes hit a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge. That would be pretty much the extent of the damage the A's were able to do against Dodgers starter and reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers finally got on the board against Travis Blackley in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single by Juan Rivera. Both starters would hold the score at 1-1 until the ninth inning. Kershaw and Blackley were fantastic, each giving up one run on three hits through eight innings of work. Kershaw walked two and struck out seven, while Blackley walked none and struck out six.

In the bottom of the ninth, Coco Crisp led off with a walk and Jemile Weeks hit a bunt single that sent Crisp to third base. The Dodgers were forced to pitch to Yoenis Cespedes, who drove an 0-1 fastball down the left field line for a three-run walk-off homer.

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Athletics Vs. Dodgers: Derek Norris Called Up, What Does That Mean For Kurt Suzuki?

The Oakland Athletics called up catcher Derek Norris before Thursday's meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is making his season debut with the Green and Gold in place of Kurt Suzuki.

Norris, 23, is batting .273 with eight homers and 36 RBIs for Triple-A Sacramento, though is a bit of a surprise call up seeing that this is his first year at that level in the minors.

San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slussser examines how this may affect the current A's catcher as well as the dynamic with the rest of the staff. Here is Slusser with the commentary:

Starting catcher Kurt Suzuki has struggled, batting .215 with zero homers and 16 RBIs, but he is highly valued for his work with the A's young starters. It would be surprising if he doesn't get the bulk of the starts, but maybe Norris will get worked in the way Suzuki did the second half of the 2007 season.

Ken Rosenthal recently floated the idea that Suzuki is on the trading block, but given that the A's have so little experience in their rotation and even their closer is a rookie, it's hard to imagine them moving their experienced catcher and putting Norris in fulltime this season.

Slusser would tweet that Norris is not here to be a backup, but will indeed compete and split time with Suzuki:

And being the consumate professional that he is, Suzuki welcomed the youngster with open arms to the big leagues:

Skipper Bob Melvin would also note that Suzuki, "isn't going anywhere," so any trade talk may be moot. Nevertheless, this should be interesting to see how this positional battle pans out over the course of the season.

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Athletics Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Tom Milone Leads Oakland To 4-1 Win

On Wednesday night, the Oakland Athletics picked up another interleague series win. With a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of a three-game series, the A's officially captured the series.

The Dodgers struck first, as Juan Uribe hit an RBI double in the top of the second inning to bring home Juan Rivera. The A's tied things up in the bottom of the fourth, as Seth Smith hit an RBI double of his own.

In the bottom of the fifth, the A's loaded the bases with nobody out against Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi. Josh Reddick grounded into a double play that nonetheless go the go-ahead run home, then Yoenis Cespedes dunked a single into left field to make it 3-1 Oakland.

Brandon Moss stayed hot, hitting his seventh home run of the year in the bottom of the eighth for a big insurance run.

A's starter Tom Milone was fantastic, giving up one run on three hits and one walk in the complete game victory. Milone now improves to 7-5 on the year. Thanks to strong pitching, Oakland will get a chance to go to for the clean sweep on Thursday.

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Athletics Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Brandon McCarthy Guides Oakland To 3-0 Win

The Oakland Athletics kicked off a big three-game interleague series at O.co Coliseum on Tuesday night. They hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener and allowed a fantastic performance from starter Brandon McCarthy to take the first game by a final score of 3-0.

The A's took great advantage of an abundance of free passes in the game, as they recorded just five hits, but walked 10 times.

All three of the Oakland runs came in the bottom of the first inning, as Seth Smith hit a two-run single that got past center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and ended up with Smith standing at third. Smith came in to score on a Jonny Gomes single.

That would be all the runs the Oakland pitching staff would need. McCarthy was fantastic over seven innings of work, allowing the Dodgers just two hits and one walk, while striking out five. Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook held the Dodgers hitless the rest of the way.

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