Pinder’s 12th-inning slam lifts A’s over Rangers 14-7

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Chad Pinder hit a grand slam during an eight-run 12th inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame another homer by Corey Seager to beat the Texas Rangers 14-7 Tuesday night.

Pinder was Texas’ automatic runner to open the 12th and scored on Vimael Machin‘s sacrifice fly off Dennis Santana (3-4). Three more runs scored before Pinder came to bat with the bases loaded, and he hit the first pitch from Kolby Allard into the left-field seats to make it 14-6.

“We did our best to come back last night,” Oakland’s Sean Murphy said of a six-run A’s rally that fell short in Monday’s game. “We did it again tonight. Everybody contributed tonight. Everybody goes home feeling good.”

Dermis Garcia had an RBI double during the inning for his first major league hit. Ramon Laureano also had an RBI single, and Elvis Andrus drew a bases-loaded walk.

Seager homered for a career-high fifth straight game in the ninth inning to trim Oakland’s lead to 5-4, and Kole Calhoun tied it with a single a few batters later. The homer was Seager’s 21st.

Marcus Semien also homered for Texas and had three RBIs, including a tying double in the 10th.

“We didn’t play very well but we stayed in the game,” Woodward said.

Murphy had four hits for Oakland, the last a single that scored Machin in the top of the 10th.

Kirby Snead (1-0) struck out two and stranded two after entering during the 11th inning.

“That was huge for him,” Murphy said. “I can’t say enough about the job he did tonight.”

Oakland had led from the fifth inning, when a botched play at home plate resulted in two of the A’s three runs and a 4-3 lead.

Texas starter Glenn Otto fielded a grounder near the mound with one out and runners on first and third. Otto first looked to first base, then threw home past catcher Sam Huff.

“We had some mental mistakes that cost us,” Woodward said.

The Rangers had an auspicious start, with Josh Smith leading off with a double and Semien crushing a 416-foot home run to left-center field against James Kaprielian and Semien’s former teammates for a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

“I just made a bad pitch to Semien,” Kaprielian said. “I’m a starting pitcher. I know my job is to get to the next pitch.”

Kaprielian and two Oakland relievers retired 14 batters in a row before Lou Trivino allowed Seager’s homer.

Semien, who hit a career-best 45 home runs in 162 games for Toronto last season, signed a seven-year contract as a free agent in January to play for Texas. He did not homer in his first 43 games this season but has slammed 12 in his 41 games since – an even more productive pace than he maintained in 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas, who’s missing a start because of shoulder inflammation, threw in the bullpen before Tuesday’s game. “The bullpen went well,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “I’m not going to name a date but hopefully he’ll be ready in the weekend.

Rangers: No new injuries to report.

WHO’S ON THE MOUND?

The A’s haven’t announced starting pitchers for games in Houston on Friday and Saturday, but there could be at least one starter who just rejoined the team. Before Tuesday’s game, Oakland optioned Monday’s starter, RHP Adrian Martinez, to Triple-A Las Vegas and designated RHP Jacob Lemoine for assignment.

The replacements are LHP Jared Koenig, who had been at Las Vegas after making four starts for the A’s in June, and RHP David McKay, joining his fifth major league team after being claimed on waivers from Tampa Bay. Kotsay said, “Koenig will be in the bullpen (Tuesday) night, and he may be in line for a start this weekend.”

That seems more likely after the A’s paraded eight pitchers to the mound Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: All-Star RHP Paul Blackburn (6-4, 3.36) will start Wednesday’s final game of the three-game series. He is 1-4 with a 5.19 ERA in his eight most recent starts.

Rangers: RHP Jon Gray (5-4, 4.03) has been on a roll, with a 4-1 record and a 2.45 ERA in his last six starts.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.