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MLB: Game One-Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
Recap

Luis Barrera hits 3-run walk-off blast as A's stun Angels

May 15, 2022, 12:00 AM

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Luis Barrera's two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Oakland A's to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

The Athletics trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth and the Angels had closer Raisel Iglesias on the mound. Iglesias, who entered the game a perfect 8 for 8 in save opportunities, retired the first two batters of the inning and got ahead in the count 0-2 to Ramon Laureano.

Laureano worked the count to 2-2 before hitting a double to right-center.

Iglesias (1-1) then walked Christian Bethancourt, bringing to the plate Barrera, who had one hit all season. But Barrera got ahold of a slider on a 1-1 pitch and hit it over the fence in right field for his first career major league homer and a walk-off win for the A's.

The Angels were in position to win the game after a two-run eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie. Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout were not in the lineup to begin the game, but both entered the game as pinch hitters in the inning.

Trout came to the plate with Jared Walsh on first and one out. After Walsh took second on a passed ball with Trout at the plate, Trout was then walked intentionally.

Rendon followed with a pinch-hit single to left field off A's reliever Zach Jackson to drive in Walsh and put the Angels up 2-1.

Andrew Velazquez followed with a single to left, Trout taking third. But when Oakland left fielder Barrera mishandled the ball for an error, Trout scored and the Angels increased their lead to 3-1.

A's reliever Lou Trivino (1-2) earned the win. Brandon Marsh led the Angels offense, reaching base four times with three hits and a walk, while Shohei Ohtani added two hits.

Angels starter Jhonathan Diaz threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and walking four. His performance wasn't unlike his only other start this season, when he threw five scoreless innings and allowed three hits and four walks on May 6 against Washington.

Diaz and the bullpen got support from the Angels defense, which turned four double plays. And Angels center fielder Aaron Whitefield, spelling Trout, made a diving catch of a sinking liner hit by Sean Murphy to end the sixth inning.

A's starter Paul Blackburn gave up one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Angels
Preview

Angels ride hot pitching run into doubleheader vs. A's

May 14, 2022, 10:56 AM

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The Oakland A's will host the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in a day-night doubleheader, with both teams playing well of late.

The Angels captured the series opener 2-0 on Friday and have won seven of nine. Despite the loss, the A's have won four of their past six since a nine-game losing streak.

Right-hander Chase Silseth fired six shutout innings for Los Angeles on Friday, giving up just one hit while winning his major league debut. Another Angels rookie, left-hander Reid Detmers, no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Angels will hope to keep the strong pitching run going on Saturday.

Los Angeles left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start Game 1 of the doubleheader. He is coming off a scoreless five-inning outing in his first major league start of the season on May 6 against the Washington Nationals, in which he got the win.

Diaz has a four-seam fastball that tops out at just 93 mph, but he is effective in mixing in his pitches, which include an 89 mph sinker, a changeup and a slider that register in the low 80s and a 74 mph curveball.

What makes Diaz successful, Angels manager Joe Maddon said, is more than his repertoire, but his mental approach.

"He's very good, very composed," Maddon said. "He was not fazed by anything. I like that about him."

A good example of that came when he faced Nationals star right fielder Juan Soto. In Soto's second plate appearance, Diaz thought he had Soto struck out on a 3-2 pitch and began walking toward the dugout.

However, the pitch was called ball four, and Soto stared down Diaz.

In Soto's next at-bat, Diaz struck him out, with the young slugger swinging wildly at a curveball out of the strike zone for strike three. Soto then slammed his bat to the ground in frustration.

"It was real emotional," Diaz, a 25-year-old Venezuela native, said through an interpreter. "We looked at each other, made eye contact. That's the way he plays. I like it. We win."

Diaz has faced the A's once in his career, making a start last season but giving up two runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, getting a no-decision.

Right-hander Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.74 ERA) will make his seventh start of the season for Oakland in Game 1. He is coming off his best start of the year, when he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Blackburn has been by far the Athletics' best pitcher this season.

"I could talk about this every time Paul pitches," A's catcher Sean Murphy said. "He mixes all of his pitches, throwing to locations, keeping guys guessing, keeping everybody off-balance, pitching to contact, being efficient. All the good things you could say about a pitcher."

Blackburn has faced the Angels once in his career, getting a victory after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings when he was a rookie in 2017.

Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 4.13 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Angels, his sixth start of the season.

The right-hander is coming off his worst start of the year, a loss against the Nationals on May 7, when he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. It came one start after his longest outing of the season -- 8 1/3 innings and 100 pitches against the Chicago White Sox.

In his lone career appearance against the A's, Lorenzen threw two scoreless innings in relief on May 8, 2019.

Right-hander Adam Oller (0-2, 11.17 ERA) will make the fourth start of his rookie season for Oakland in Game 2. He has never faced the Angels.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Angels
Preview

Angels ride hot pitching run into doubleheader vs. A's

May 14, 2022, 10:52 AM

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The Oakland A's will host the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in a day-night doubleheader, with both teams playing well of late.

The Angels captured the series opener 2-0 on Friday and have won seven of nine. Despite the loss, the A's have won four of their past six since a nine-game losing streak.

Right-hander Chase Silseth fired six shutout innings for Los Angeles on Friday, giving up just one hit while winning his major league debut. Another Angels rookie, left-hander Reid Detmers, no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. The Angels will hope to keep the strong pitching run going on Saturday.

Los Angeles left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start Game 1 of the doubleheader. He is coming off a scoreless five-inning outing in his first major league start of the season on May 6 against the Washington Nationals, in which he got the win.

Diaz has a four-seam fastball that tops out at just 93 mph, but he is effective in mixing in his pitches, which include an 89 mph sinker, a changeup and a slider that register in the low 80s and a 74 mph curveball.

What makes Diaz successful, Angels manager Joe Maddon said, is more than his repertoire, but his mental approach.

"He's very good, very composed," Maddon said. "He was not fazed by anything. I like that about him."

A good example of that came when he faced Nationals star right fielder Juan Soto. In Soto's second plate appearance, Diaz thought he had Soto struck out on a 3-2 pitch and began walking toward the dugout.

However, the pitch was called ball four, and Soto stared down Diaz.

In Soto's next at-bat, Diaz struck him out, with the young slugger swinging wildly at a curveball out of the strike zone for strike three. Soto then slammed his bat to the ground in frustration.

"It was real emotional," Diaz, a 25-year-old Venezuela native, said through an interpreter. "We looked at each other, made eye contact. That's the way he plays. I like it. We win."

Diaz has faced the A's once in his career, making a start last season but giving up two runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings, getting a no-decision.

Right-hander Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.74 ERA) will make his seventh start of the season for Oakland in Game 1. He is coming off his best start of the year, when he threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Blackburn has been by far the Athletics' best pitcher this season.

"I could talk about this every time Paul pitches," A's catcher Sean Murphy said. "He mixes all of his pitches, throwing to locations, keeping guys guessing, keeping everybody off-balance, pitching to contact, being efficient. All the good things you could say about a pitcher."

Blackburn has faced the Angels once in his career, getting a victory after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings when he was a rookie in 2017.

Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 4.13 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Angels, his sixth start of the season.

The right-hander is coming off his worst start of the year, a loss against the Nationals on May 7, when he gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. It came one start after his longest outing of the season -- 8 1/3 innings and 100 pitches against the Chicago White Sox.

In his lone career appearance against the A's, Lorenzen threw two scoreless innings in relief on May 8, 2019.

Right-hander Adam Oller (0-2, 11.17 ERA) will make the fourth start of his rookie season for Oakland in Game 2. He has never faced the Angels.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox
News

Angels place C Max Stassi on IL

May 11, 2022, 12:05 AM

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The Los Angeles Angels placed catcher Max Stassi on the injured list Tuesday night.

The team did not provide an injury designation for Stassi, but reports indicate that the move is related to COVID-19. The Angels promoted catcher Austin Romine to take Stassi's spot on the roster.

Stassi, 31, is hitting .200 (13-for-65) with three homers and eight RBIs in 19 games.

In 320 career games, Stassi has hit .223 with 35 homers and 106 RBIs.

Romine, 33, last appeared in the big leagues in 2021 and batted .217 in 38 games with the Chicago Cubs. He has appeared in 433 career games with the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Chicago, tallying 28 homers and 157 RBIs while hitting .238.

Also on Tuesday, Angels infielder David Fletcher had a procedure on both of his adductors. Fletcher, who was placed on the injured list Sunday, could miss a couple months but is expected to return this season.

Fletcher is batting .158 with two RBIs in 14 games this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels
News

Angels place INF David Fletcher (hip) on injured list

May 8, 2022, 8:09 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels placed infielder David Fletcher on the 10-day injured list, one of a series of Sunday transactions.

Fletcher, 27, has a left hip strain. He is batting .158 with two RBIs in 14 games this season.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Fletcher will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Monday and surgery apparently is "on the table."

Infielder/outfielder Jose Rojas also landed on the injured list with no injury designation, which generally indicates COVID-19.

Rojas, 29, is batting .130 with one RBI in seven games with the Angels this season.

The team also recalled infielder Luis Rengifo from Triple-A Salt Lake, selected the contract of outfielder Aaron Whitefield from Double-A Rocket City and optioned left-hander Kenny Rosenberg to Salt Lake.

Rengifo, 25, is batting .313 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 24 games at Salt Lake.

Whitefield, 25, is hitting .301 with five homers, 17 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 24 games at Rocket City.

Rosenberg, 26, made his MLB debut on April 18 and allowed one run on two hits in one inning of relief at Houston.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies
News

A's place LHP Cole Irvin (shoulder) on IL

May 7, 2022, 1:26 AM

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The Oakland Athletics placed left-handed starter Cole Irvin on the team's 15-day injured list Friday because of a sore throwing shoulder.

The move is retroactive to Monday, with manager Mark Kotsay telling media members Friday that the pitcher has shoulder tendinitis.

Irvin, 28, is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA over five starts this season, his second with the A's. The fourth-year veteran has given up just two earned runs over his past three starts combined, covering 16 innings.

To replace Irvin, the club announced it recalled left-hander Zach Logue from Triple-A Las Vegas Friday. Logue has appeared in one game with Oakland this season, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Baltimore on April 19.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
News

Next start for Shohei Ohtani (groin) remains undetermined

May 2, 2022, 6:31 PM

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Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is not in Monday's starting lineup and his next start on the mound is in limbo after coming away with a minor groin injury Sunday.

Ohtani is available off the bench in the Angels' Monday matinee against the Chicago White Sox. His next scheduled start was expected to take place this week at Boston after the right-hander last started Wednesday against the Cleveland Guardians.

The injury did not require an MRI. It occurred during Sunday's game as he ran to first base while grounding into a double play. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.

Angels manager Joe Maddon said an Ohtani start against the Red Sox remains undetermined but he hopes he'll be able to pitch in the series.

"We're going to wait a day or two to figure that out. He's feeling pretty good today," Maddon said.

The Angels listed right-hander Noah Syndergaard as their starter Tuesday at Boston, with no starter listed for games Wednesday and Thursday.

Ohtani is hitting .228 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 22 games this season. He's 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts. He has a strikeout ratio of 14.0 per 9 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
News

Angels' Shohei Ohtani departs with groin tightness

May 1, 2022, 9:22 PM

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Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani left Sunday's game against the host Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning with right groin tightness.

Ohtani, the reigning American League MVP, did not have a hit in three at-bats as the Angels' designated hitter. He drove in a run on a third-inning ground out and had a walk.

In his final at-bat, Ohtani grounded into a 1-6-3 double play while sprinting hard through the first-base bag. Jack Mayfield replaced Ohtani as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.

In 21 games this season, Ohtani is batting .228 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. In five seasons with the Angels, he is a .263 hitter with 97 home runs with 259 RBIs.

Ohtani last pitched on Wednesday against the Cleveland Guardians, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings to earn the victory and improve to 2-2. His next turn on the mound was expected to take place Tuesday on the road against the Boston Red Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics
News

A's activate RHP James Kaprielian, option RHP Adam Oller

May 1, 2022, 8:02 PM

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The Oakland Athletics made it official Sunday, activating right-hander James Kaprielian in advance of his season debut against the Cleveland Guardians.

Right-hander Adam Oller was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Kaprielian was impressive as a rookie last season, going 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 24 games (21 starts). He is making his first appearance against the Guardians.

Oakland has been exercising patience with Kaprielian, 28, who started the season on the injured list with AC joint irritation in his right shoulder before making three minor-league rehab starts.

He most recently pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, allowing five runs over four innings and throwing 84 pitches.

Oller, 27, was 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA in three starts to open the season for the A's. He made his major league debut on April 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels
News

Angels scratch Noah Syndergaard (illness) vs. White Sox

April 29, 2022, 11:29 PM

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Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Friday night's start against the host Chicago White Sox due to a non-COVID illness.

Angels manager Joe Maddon said Syndergaard "wasn't feeling well" but declined to reveal what symptoms the 29-year-old was dealing with.

Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts in his first season with Los Angeles.

Right-hander Jimmy Herget will take the ball first for the Angels on Friday. Herget, 28, is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in eight relief appearances this season and Friday's start will be his second in 52 career appearances.

The Angels also activated shortstop David Fletcher from the 10-day injured list. Fletcher has been sidelined since leaving an April 11 game against the Miami Marlins due to a left hip strain.

Fletcher was 1-for-13 in five games this before the injury. He is a career .279 hitter in four-plus big league seasons.

The Angels placed infielder Jack Mayfield on the taxi squad to create a roster opening. Mayfield is batting .281 (9-for-32) with one homer and three RBIs in 10 games for the Angels.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays
News

A’s put six players on COVID-19 IL

April 18, 2022, 11:42 PM

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The Oakland A's put six players on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, including closer Lou Trivino.

Joining Trivino on the IL are relief pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead, infielders Jed Lowrie and Chad Pinder, and catcher Austin Allen. It's unclear if any of the players tested positive or are sitting due to contact tracing.

Allen, Snead and Puk, unvaccinated against COVID, were already on the restricted list and were not able to play in the weekend series at Toronto.

The A's added infielders Nick Allen and Christian Lopes, and reliever Sam Selman as COVID replacements.

Outfielder Stephen Piscotty was put on COVID IL last Friday.

The A's begin a three-game series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles beginning Monday night.

Trivino is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and two saves in four appearances this season.

Lowrie is hitting .250 with a home run and four RBIs in 20 at-bats.

Puk is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three games while Snead is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three appearances.

Allen has a hit in six at-bats with a run scored.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
News

Angels’ Mike Trout (hand) exits vs. Rangers

April 17, 2022, 8:34 PM

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Angels center fielder Mike Trout was removed from the team's Sunday game against the Texas Rangers after being hit by a pitch on the back of his left hand.

The full-count pitch from Rangers relief pitcher Spencer Patton hit Trout's hand in the top of the fifth inning with the Angels leading 4-3. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.

The nine-time All-Star and three-time MVP has gotten off to a slower start in 2022, batting .250 in 34 plate appearances through eight games entering Sunday's action. He has hit two solo homers.

On Sunday, Trout was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored before leaving the contest.

Over 12 seasons in the majors, the 30-year-old Trout has batted .304 with 312 home runs and 818 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels
News

A's place Stephen Piscotty on COVID-19 list; trio on restricted list

April 16, 2022, 1:54 AM

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The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the COVID-19 list prior to Friday night's game against the host Toronto Blue Jays.

The Athletics also placed catcher Austin Allen along with left-handers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead on the restricted list.

Oakland didn't provide reasons regarding the trio, but teams are allowed to put unvaccinated players who can't travel into Canada on the restricted list.

The Canadian government is requiring visitors to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. People are required to have received a second COVID-19 dose at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

People can enter with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Athletics manager Mark Kotsay told reporters he was unable to comment on Piscotty "other than he's just on the COVID IL." The team didn't reveal whether Piscotty had tested positive or not.

Piscotty sat out Thursday's 6-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He is 4-for-14 (.286) with one RBI in five games this season.

Kotsay did comment in general about the choice to be vaccinated.

"In terms of the vaccination, it's obviously a personal choice," Kotsay said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "You have to respect their decision and from that standpoint, they know the impact from maybe a team standpoint. But it doesn't take away from their mentality to be a teammate.

"It's always brought up in the beginning of the year now because we live in this world where there are certain rules and restrictions for people who are vaccinated and who aren't."

Oakland added left-hander Zach Logue, right-hander Ryan Castellani, catcher Christian Bethancourt and infielder Drew Jackson to the roster from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Athletics also play in Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
News

A's claim RHP Gabe Klobosits from Nationals

April 11, 2022, 8:03 PM

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The Oakland Athletics claimed right-hander Gabe Klobosits off waivers from the Washington Nationals to bolster a bullpen that had a 4.66 ERA through the first three games of the season.

In a corresponding move, the A's designated outfielder Luis Barrera for assignment. He had been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas during spring training.

Klobosits, 26, made his major league debut in 2021, going 0-1 for the Nationals in 11 relief appearances with a 6.35 ERA. He does not have a start in 91 minor and major league appearances.

Barrera, 25, also made his major league debut in 2021. He had two hits in eight at-bats over six games with the A's last season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners
News

Angels put LHP Jose Quijada (oblique) on IL

April 10, 2022, 7:41 PM

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The Los Angeles Angels placed left-hander Jose Quijada on the 10-day injured list on Sunday due to a right oblique strain.

The Angels said the move was retroactive to Friday.

Los Angeles also promoted left-hander Brian Moran to the 28-man roster and designated right-hander Kyle Tyler for assignment.

Quijada faced one batter this season, retiring Houston's Michael Brantley on a flyball to end the seventh inning on Thursday. He warmed up in the bullpen on Saturday night but didn't enter the game.

The 26-year-old from Venezuela went 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Angels last season. Overall, he is 2-6 with a 5.31 ERA in 67 games over four seasons with the Miami Marlins (2019) and Angels.

Moran, 33, will be making his Angels' debut should he enter a game. He is 2-0 with a 6.55 ERA in 17 relief appearances with the Marlins (2019-20) and Toronto Blue Jays (2020).

Tyler, 25, was just claimed off waivers Friday after the San Diego Padres designated him for assignment. He also was on the Angels last season and had a 2.92 ERA in five relief appearances.

--Field Level Media