9:54 PM EDT, Sat June 24, 2017
2 hours ago

A’s Daniel Gossett earns first big-league win

Gossett also worked around a leadoff double and an A’s error in the sixth. “A special experience and to get out of there with my first win was just the icing on the cake,” Gossett said. “Most impressive thing were the jams he had to get out of,” manager Bob Melvin said. The A’s were already down three infielders going into Saturday’s game after Chad Pinder was placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Lowrie said he is likely to be out at least through Monday’s day off, while Pinder and manager Bob Melvin are hopeful that Pinder misses minimal...
6 hours ago

A’s rookies Olson, Brugman, Barreto all homer for first time in majors

CHICAGO - In an extraordinary turn of events, three of the A’s rookies hit their first big-league homers Saturday against White Sox starter James Shields, one in each of the first three innings. Outfielder Matt Olson, called up Thursday for his second stint with Oakland this season, crushed a two-run homer to center with no outs in the first inning.
6 hours ago

Giants promote big hitting prospect Ryder Jones

The Giants cleared a spot for Jones by cutting the veteran Aaron Hill, who not only underperformed in his role as a backup, batting .132, but hardly fits a team that could lose 100 games. Jones, a 6-foot-3 left-handed hitter, took a huge leap offensively this year at Sacramento, where he hit .299 with 10 homers and a .944 OPS that ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League. Giants prospects rarely reach those offensive heights, even in the hitter-friendly league. Jones’ stay in the majors could be short, lasting only until Nuñez returns, but the Giants still want to take a look at him...
8 hours ago

A’s Jed Lowrie scratched, Franklin Barreto to make debut

CHICAGO - Second baseman Jed Lowrie was a late scratch from Oakland’s lineup Saturday, creating an opening for top prospect Franklin Barreto to make his big-league debut. Initially, manager Bob Melvin planned to hold Barreto out because there was no on-field work before Saturday’s game at Chicago - the White Sox were using the field for a pregame ceremony honoring former Chicago starter Mark Buehrle. Melvin mentioned that Sonny Gray had come up for a quick stint before he was promoted fulltime, as did catcher Bruce Maxwell and many others. Utility player Chad Pinder was placed on the...
8 hours ago

Derek Carr takes shot at Russell Wilson with Marshawn Lynch comment

The Oakland Raiders starting quarterback, fresh off of a $125 million contract, says he would hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch if they were on the 1-yard-line.
10 hours ago

A’s call up top prospect Franklin Barreto

CHICAGO - With utility player Chad Pinder going onto the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, the A’s called up top prospect Franklin Barreto on Saturday morning. The Chronicle reported Friday night that Barreto’s promotion was likely this weekend after Pinder left the team’s win over the White Sox in the fifth inning. The team had planned to bring him up next month after trade-deadline deals clear more roster spots and open up the second-base job for Barreto. The A’s everyday shortstop, Marcus Semien, has just started a rehab assignment at Class-A Stockton after missing...
12 hours ago

Warriors season review: Andre Iguodala

Warriors season review: In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The 2016-17 statistics: 7.6 points, 3.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game Contract status: Iguodala will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Iguodala’s role changed as much as any Warriors player with the addition of Kevin Durant. The scoring uptick made analysts focus more on him. What they found was that, whether or not he needed to shoulder much of an offensive load, Iguodala’s defense did not falter. With 262 assists, 76 steals and 58 turnovers, he finished the regular...
20 hours ago

Giants’ plunge continues with homecoming rout

The Mets are a mess of medical mishaps and just lost four games in Los Angeles while allowing 15 home runs. Since his June 2 shutout in Philadelphia, Blach has lost three straight decisions in four starts while allowing 22 earned runs and 42 baserunners in 21 1/3 innings, raising his ERA from 3.24 to 4.86 The toll against the rookie left-hander was five singles, five doubles and Yoenis Cespedes' ear-splitting two-run homer. Cory Gearrin finally made the trot after Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto and Travis d'Arnaud doubled in succession to give the Mets five straight hits after Blach got...
22 hours ago

Coyotes acquire Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta from Rangers

The Arizona Coyotes continued their overhaul Friday, acquiring center Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the draft. The Coyotes have made massive changes since Andrew Barroway became sole owner this month, trading No. 1 goalie Mike Smith, parting ways with head coach Dave Tippett and opting not to offer captain Shane Doan a contract. The 27-year-old Stepan had 17 goals and 38 assists in 81 games with the Rangers last season. Raanta went 16-8-2 with four shutouts and a 2.26 goals-against average in...
22 hours ago

A’s win on the road, shut out White Sox

Oakland then went out and beat the White Sox 3-0 behind a terrific performance by Jharel Cotton, but by the end of the game, both Cotton and utility player Chad Pinder had left with injuries. The A’s entered the night 22-17 at home but 9-25 away from the Coliseum, the worst road record in the league. The reason our record is what it is is because of our road record, so we have to play with a little more tenacity and try to get on it early on the road. Through the first five innings, the only hits Cotton allowed were plays that potentially could have been made by his infield. Yolmer...
23 hours ago

Jharel Cotton, Chad Pinder exit A’s game with injuries

Starting pitcher Jharel Cotton, who allowed only three hits in his five-plus innings, departed with one on and no outs in the sixth because of a blister on his right thumb. Shortstop Chad Pinder, who has proven to be a valuable utility player in recent weeks, came out after a strange play at the end of the fifth when he tried to make a play on a bouncer up the middle by Yolmer Sanchez. The ball knocked off his glove and while Pinder looked around as if angry with himself for failing to get to the ball, Sanchez tried to take second, but Jed Lowrie raced to the bag and Pinder made the flip...
Jun 23, 2017

Giants outfielder Morse still feeling concussion effects

Giants outfielder Morse still feeling concussion effects Good evening from AT&T Park, where a bunch of zombies rolled into the home clubhouse after the Giants' flight from Atlanta landed in San Francisco at 4:45 a.m. The bus brought the team to the ballpark at 5:15, and the players headed home for as much shuteye as they could get before gathering for Friday night's game against the Mets. Here is a series pitting the teams that met in the National League Wild Card Game not nine months ago, and both are a mess. The Mets just got swept in four games at Dodger Stadium while allowing 15 home...
Jun 23, 2017

Plans of the Raiders’ $125 million man, Derek Carr

Has Raiders quarterback Derek Carr grasped just how much money that is, after just signing a five-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people. Carr is signed through 2022, and on the field, he will help the Raiders try and win a Super Bowl. The organization has spent a long time looking for a face-of-the-franchise quarterback, and realized they had one shortly after adding Carr in the second round of the 2014 draft. There were growing pains, the 0-10 start and a fired head coach, but Carr,...
Jun 23, 2017

Matt Olson back in A’s No. 2 spot after big day

Matt Olson back in A’s No. 2 spot after big day CHICAGO - After his big day Thursday, Matt Olson - fresh up from Triple-A Nashville - was in the second spot in the A’s lineup again Friday. Olson had two hits, two walks, a run and two RBIs Thursday despite traveling overnight to get to Oakland. Olson could find himself with more time in the No. 2 spot if he continues to produce. “On-base type guy, so we’re going to give him a look in the 2-hole,” Melvin said. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Jun 23, 2017

A’s Matt Chapman still receiving IV treatment for knee

A’s Matt Chapman still receiving IV treatment for knee CHICAGO - Matt Chapman remained hospitalized for a third night in a row Friday, but manager Bob Melvin said the rookie third baseman is responding to IV antibiotic treatment for a left knee infection. “He’s making some progress,” said Melvin, who believes Chapman will be released Saturday. Chapman is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday and the A’s remain hopeful he’ll be cleared to play by then. The source of Chapman’s infection is unknown; position players often have scrapes from diving for balls and from...