C.J. Wilson “hates” pitching at the Oakland Coliseum

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Some harsh words from Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson on pitching at the A’s Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Via NBCSports.com:

“I hate pitching there. There’s no fans there. It’s too bad, because the fans that are there are adamant, they’re really stoked on the team, they wave flags and play drums. And that’s cool. But there are 6,000 people there and it’s kinda sad because it’s a major league team and there are guys who are pretty good players.”

Wilson also noted that he doesn’t like pitching in cold weather, and the Bay Area is notorious for cooling off when the sun goes down. Texas, meanwhile, is on its 39th straight day of 100-plus degree weather.

The A’s have been trying to build a new stadium for years and would obviously prefer to showcase a better on-field product, but neither goals are currently looking promising. So the jabs from opponents will continue.

Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani both injured in Angels’ loss

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The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.

Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.

Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.