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Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes questions the Athletics’ personnel moves


The Oakland Athletics are a very different team now than they were a year ago. In the offseason they lost Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Derek Norris, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and John Jaso and brought in Ike Davis, Ben Zobrist, Jesse Hahn, Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien.

Also, a year ago at this time they had Yoenis Cespedes. He’s gone now, playing for the Tigers. The A’s and Tigers are meeting up this week, so A’s reporters asked him about all of the changes to his old club:

He’s on to them.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Seven games yesterday. Six of them decided by one run. Three of them in extra innings. Not bad?

Blue Jays 10, Angels 6: The Blue Jays ended their five-game skid, thanks in part to a big long homer by Jose Bautista, who drove in three runs in all. Bonus fun: at one point in the game Josh Donaldson yelled obscenities across the diamond at the Angels dugout. Specifically, Angels’ pitching coach Mike Butcher. And while I normally don’t mind working a tad blue, this stuff was so radioactive I don’t really even want to link the video and/or GIF in which you can clearly read Donaldson’s lips. If I did, your reaction would be like Mrs. Schwartz’ in “A Christmas Story” after Ralphie’s mom tells her that Ralphie heard “fudge” from her son. Except Donaldson didn’t say “fudge.” He didn’t even say THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word. Just go Googling around if you want to be thoroughly scandalized and if you have some time this morning to retire to your fainting couch.

Mets 2, Cardinals 1: Matt Harvey tossed eight shutout innings, striking out nine but didn’t figure in the decision because John Lackey only have up one run and then, in the ninth, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia gave up two singles and a sac fly to let the Cards tie it and send it to extras. In the 14th Cards reliever Samuel Tuivailala walked a couple guys to lead things off, one of them got to third base and then came home to score the winning run on a John Mayberry infield single. That’s the second start in a row where Harvey gave up no runs but was staked to only a 1-0 lead and ended up getting a no-decision.

Brewers 3, Tigers 2: Carlos Gomez was hit in the head by a 97 m.p.h. fastball on Sunday. On Monday he hit a homer to lead off the game and and added a tiebreaking single in the seventh. Not too shabby. The Tigers had a chance to go back ahead in the eighth, putting men on first and second with nobody out. But then they experienced Martinez failure as Victor — who is hitting a mere .216 — hit into a double play and J.D. struck out. Folks, we tell you this all the time, but check the batteries on your Martinezes every spring when you set your clocks forward and every fall when you set them back. It can save lives.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2: Dan Jennings’ first game in the dugout was close, but he did not end up with a victory cigar. Not that any of it was his fault as it was a tactics-and-intrigue-free game. It went 13, with the Dbacks winning after Chris Owings singled, stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta drove him home with a go-ahead double. Jennings did get a nice uniform modification, though:

White Sox 2, Indians 1: Carlos Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, but those going home from this game were likely thinking about how nice a starting pitching matchup they saw. Corey Kluber went nine, striking out 12 and allowing only one run on five hits. Chris Sale went eight, allowing only one run on four hits. Bullpens really were buzzkills yesterday, no?

Athletics 2, Astros 1: OK, not all bullpens were buzzkills. The A’s bullpen — which has an application pending for current, exclusive use of the term “much-maligned” — tossed four and two-thirds scoreless innings and Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth. The win snapped the A’s four-game losing streak and the loss snapped the Astros’ five-game winning streak.

Phillies 4, Rockies 3: Hey, you guys: the Phillies aren’t in last place! That after their sixth straight win. Odubel Herrera broke a tie in the sixth inning with a two-run double and Cole Hamels allowed only one run while pitching into the eighth. The Rockies added a couple of runs in the eighth and ninth to make it close, but close ain’t good enough.

Kelvin Herrera’s suspension reduced to six games

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Royals’ reliever Kelvin Herrera had a busy April. He was suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Oakland’s Brett Lawrie and was later suspended for two more games for his role in the brawl with the White Sox in Chicago. He appealed his seven games worth of suspensions, however, and now the decision is out:

Good timing for the Royals, I suppose, as Greg Holland was just activated from the disabled list yesterday. One wonders if the timing of the decision on the suspension appeal was an accident or if this was a matter of MLB trying not to be too dang hard on the Royals.

The Royals and White Sox had a benches-clearing fracas, five players ejected

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The Royals are involved in yet more drama. Last Sunday, the Royals and Athletics had a benches-clearing argument as a beanball war ensued following Brett Lawrie’s ill-advised slide into Alcides Escobar, causing a minor injury on April 17. Yordano Ventura started on the 18th against the Athletics and exacted revenge on behalf of Escobar, throwing a fastball at Lawrie after he had given up five runs to the Athletics in the fourth inning.

Ventura and the Royals were at it again Thursday night, this time against the White Sox. The Royals entered the game having been hit by pitches 16 times, second-most in baseball behind the Rangers, five ahead of the Red Sox and Pirates in a tie for third place.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was hit by a 99 MPH Ventura fastball, the sixth pitch in a 2-2 count with no outs. In the top of the fifth, with two outs and the bases empty and an 0-2 count, Chris Sale hit Mike Moustakas with an 86 MPH change-up, the fourth pitch of the at-bat. If Sale were trying to get retribution, it seems odd he’d pick a change-up in an 0-2 count as his opportunity to do so.

Ventura, finishing out the seventh inning, got Adam Eaton to tap into a 1-3 putout. It was a sharp comebacker, but easily handled by Ventura. Rather than simply toss the ball to first base and jog off in silence, Ventura took the opportunity to bark at Eaton, then tossed the ball to first base for the final out of the frame. Eaton was not happy with Ventura’s choice of words. Both benches and bullpens quickly cleared. There was some yelling and shoving for a while. Lorenzo Cain began yelling at Jeff Samardzija, so Samardzija closed in but he was tackled. Someone took a swing at him, but it thankfully did not connect. The blobs of blue and black continued pushing and shoving but the situation was ultimately defused after several minutes.

Five players were ejected: Ventura (obviously), Edinson Volquez, Cain, Sale, and Samardzija. There are certainly going to be fines and suspensions handed down after this one.

Here’s what major leaguer Brett Anderson had to say about Ventura’s behavior:

And here’s an interesting bit of trivia:

Update: Getcha popcorn ready. Here’s video.

Kelvin Herrera gets a five-game suspension; Yordano Ventura fined

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The price for the ugliness that took place between the A’s and Royals over the weekend is now going to paid. From the principal’s office:

Kansas City Royals pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Yordano Ventura have received discipline for their roles in on-field incidents during the Club’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Herrera has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Brett Lawrie of the A’s in the top of the eighth inning of the Sunday, April 19th game, with warnings in place.

Ventura has received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Lawrie in the top of the fourth inning of the Saturday, April 18th game.

Nothing for Brett Lawrie for his dirty slide into Alcides Escobar, but it’s often the case that the spark is not noticed while the conflagration is.