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Game 65: A’s vs. White Sox

Game Notes:

A.J. Griffin (5-4) vs. Hector Santiago (1-4)

11:10AM @ U.S. Cellular Field

As noted by Rick Tittle this morning on the Dugout Show on 95.7 The Game, Griffin has never faced the White Sox. The A’s will be looking to make it three out of four in Chicago, and to give Bob Melvin a win on the day in which he celebrates his two-year anniversary as manager of the club.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Lowrie 2B
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Donaldson 3B
  5. Freiman 1B
  6. Young DH
  7. Reddick RF
  8. Norris C
  9. Rosales SS

White Sox

  1. De Aza LF
  2. Ramirez SS
  3. Rios RF
  4. Dunn 1B
  5. Konerko DH
  6. Gillaspie 3B
  7. Viciedo LF
  8. Beckham 2B
  9. Flowers C

The Reading List:

  1. Yesterday afternoon the A’s dropped their first game of the season to the White Sox. Sean Doolittle has now let in 10 runs over the past 3.1 innings after allowing two in his first 23.1 innings.
  2. John Hickey reported that Chris Young still has the confidence of Melvin who believes that the outfielder’s “talent level is going to take over.”
  3. The A’s selected 42 players in the 2013 draft including 23 pitchers, six catchers, six infielders and seven outfielders.
  4. Hiro Nakajima had last night off, but Jemile Weeks was 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and Grant Green was 4-for-5 with three runs. In his past three games Weeks is now 9-for-15 with six runs while Green has strung together four straight multi-hit games.
  5. Melissa Lockard reported that the team has acquired Sacramento-native Vinnie Catricala from Seattle. The third baseman, who was the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, is hitting .253 in Double-A.
  6. On this day in 2002 the A’s the bullpen coughed up a five-run lead in the top of the eighth inning after Tim Hudson had allowed one run over seven innings. Miguel Tejada, however, hit a leadoff home run off of Octavio Dotel in the bottom half of the inning to give the A’s a 7-6 win.
  7. The Ports awesome Root Beer Float Mug Giveaway…

Game 64: A’s vs. White Sox

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Game Notes:

Tommy Milone (6-5) vs. John Danks (0-2)

1:10PM @ U.S. Cellular Field

Milone looks for his seventh win of the season and his fourth in his last five starts as the A’s look to make it 19 out of 22. Chris Young is sick and will be unavailable today.

The Lineups:

A’s

  1. Crisp CF
  2. Reddick RF
  3. Céspedes LF
  4. Donaldson 3B
  5. Lowrie 2B
  6. Freiman 1B
  7. Young DH
  8. Norris C
  9. Rosales SS

White Sox

  1. De Aza LF
  2. Ramirez SS
  3. Rios RF
  4. Konerko DH
  5. Dunn 1B
  6. Viciedo DH
  7. Keppinger 3B
  8. Bekcham 2B
  9. Flowers C

The Reading List:

  1. The A’s won their fifth straight over the White Sox and pushed past the Rangers into first place as Josh Reddick made a game-saving grab in the ninth. Ryan Cook said he’d never seen anyone rob a home run “so nonchalantly.”
  2. Josh Donaldson provided all the offense the team would need when he cracked an opposite field grand slam in the sixth. He’s now 6-for-8 with the bases loaded and during BP Reddick had told Donaldson that “he wasn’t strong enough to go the other way.”
  3. Jarrod Parker has now won five of his past eight starts after losing four of his first five.
  4. Grant Balfour discussed his in-game routine and his feelings on the Ragin’ Gnome with John Lund and Greg Papa on 95.7 The Game.
  5. The Athletics Farm provided a rundown on the team’s top 12 picks. The draft concludes today.
  6. Hiro Nakajima was 1-for-5 as the River Cats exploded for 14 runs last night. Jemile Weeks was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs as he played short stop.