SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Several Bay Area professional sports teams, including the Golden State Warriors and both local pro football and baseball teams, have combined to donate $450,000 in support of North Bay wildfire relief efforts. The donation—from the Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks hockey team and San Jose Earthquakes soccer team—went to a website set up at www.youcaring.com/firerelief. The teams are encouraging their fans to donate at the site as well, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross disaster relief. “The North Bay is a large part of our Warriors family and we’re devastated by what they’re enduring at this time,” Warriors president Rick Welts said. “We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well.” © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
OAKLAND (KPIX) — A day after the A’s finished the 2017 season with a win against the Rangers, team brass addressed the media at a press conference in Oakland about the future of the franchise. Executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst spoke to the media for roughly 40 minutes about what the team will look like in 2018 and beyond. After years of trading young players to other teams, Beane indicated the A’s newest crop of stars could be sticking around. “It’s a conversation we’ve already started,” said Beane when he was asked about potential long term contracts for core players. Some of those cornerstone players could appear in the A’s new ballpark that’s set to open in 2023. Last month president Dave Kaval announced the franchise plans to build the new facility in the Laney College area. The A’s ended 2017 on a high note, going 17-7 in their final 24 games and finished 75-87 overall.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Daniel Mengden struck out eight, Khris Davis hit his career-best 43rd homer and the last-place Oakland Athletics ended the season with a 5-2 win at Texas on Sunday. The Athletics (75-87) finished at the bottom of the AL West for the third consecutive season, a franchise first, but won six more games than last season thanks to 17 victories in their last 24 games. Manager Bob Melvin even got a contract extension this week, adding a year through 2019. Texas didn’t have a base runner against Mengden (3-2) until Adrian Beltre’s 3,048th career hit, a single leading off the fifth. Mengden walked one and allowed only four singles in his seven innings. Blake Treinen worked the ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances. After winning the AL West title the past two seasons, the Rangers (78-84) slipped from 95 wins last year. Oakland went ahead to stay after four consecutive hits to open the third off Cole Hamels (11-6). Dustin Garneau and Marcus Semien had singles before Matt Chapman’s RBI double. Jed Lowrie followed with his 49th double, extending his single-season team record while driving in two runs. Davis, already only the second A’s player other than Jimmie Fox (1932-34) with consecutive 40-homer seasons, went deep in the eighth. Davis hit 42 homers last season. The Rangers didn’t score until Nomar Mazara’s two-run single in the eighth, giving him 101 RBIs. Beltre played for the first time since Tuesday, the night the Rangers were eliminated from wild-card contention. He missed only two weeks after a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring Aug. 31, but was back two weeks later and was the DH in 13 consecutive games when the team still had a chance to make the playoffs. After being lifted for a pinch-runner, Beltre got an extended ovation from the crowd that included a curtain call. The 38-year-old third baseman, who hit .312 in his 20th major league season, is signed with the Rangers through next season. Hamels struck out five in his three innings. The lefty, who missed more than seven weeks because of a right oblique strain, ended the season with 148 innings — his fewest since 132 1/3 innings as a rookie with Philadelphia in 2006. He had thrown at least 200 innings each of the past seven seasons.MAXWELL PROTEST A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem, something he did the last nine games of the season. He is the only Major League Baseball player who has done that, and the series at Texas was the first on the road. He kneeled in front of teammates before Sunday’s finale, and loud boos were heard after the anthem. UP NEXT A’s: At home for their 2018 opener on March 29 against the Los Angeles Angels. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit his 40th and 41st home runs, Andrew Cashner pitched six solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Saturday night. Gallo had a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the third, becoming the sixth Ranger to hit 40 homers in a season and the first since Josh Hamilton had 43 in 2010. Gallo ranks fifth in the majors in home runs. He also walked twice and scored on a single by Rougned Odor in the seventh. Cashner (11-11) limited Oakland to five hits and two runs in six innings. He finished his season with a 3.40 ERA, good for ninth in the AL. Gallo gave Cashner an early lead when he homered on a 1-1 pitch from Daniel Gossett (4-11) that hit the batter’s eye in straightaway center. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez is taking a positive feeling into the offseason. The 26-year-old lefty made his final start of the season in the Texas Rangers 5-3 win against the Oakland Athletics, allowing just three runs and five hits as he set a new career-high with 13 wins. Eight of those wins have come in Perez’ last 11 starts and he finished with a team-high 32 starts. “I find my rhythm and I feel something right now that I’ve never felt before,” Perez said. “I’m just going to work a lot on my mechanics so I don’t lose the feeling I have. It was fun, the last two months, and it gives a lot of wins to my team. We don’t make the playoffs but we finished strong.” Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run as Texas ended a seven-game skid. The loss guaranteed Oakland would finish last in the AL West. A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem and was booed by a portion of the crowd before and after the song. It was the first time Maxwell has taken a knee on the field in an opposing ballpark. He took a knee during the anthem on Thursday, but he was warming up starting pitcher Sean Manaea in the bullpen and out of view from television cameras and fans. Maxwell wasn’t in the lineup Friday, and took a knee alongside his standing teammates in front of the dugout. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh and grounded out to second. Perez had an early lead to work with after Choo and Elvis Andrus scored on an infield single by Nomar Mazara in the first. The single gave Mazara 99 RBI for the season. With an RBI in the final two games Mazara would become the just the second Ranger in the past five seasons to have 100 RBI in a season. Choo homered on the first pitch he saw in the fifth and doubled the lead to 4-0. “I think Choo’s had an outstanding season. You look at the power numbers, the walks, the on base, he’s played defense very well,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “It’s been a really nice year for Choo.” It was the final pitch of the night for A’s starter Raul Alcantara (1-2), who allowed five hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings. “Good stuff again today,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “The home run was his undoing.” Texas tacked on another run in the fifth against reliever Sam Moll when Mazara scored on Willie Calhoun’s single to left. Renato Nunez hit a three-run homer, his first in the majors, in the in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 5-3. “Amazing,” Nunez said. “It’s a moment that’s been in my dreams all my life, so that’s pretty exciting.” Nunez had a chance to give Oakland lead in the eighth, but struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Alex Claudio worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 11th save for Texas. “I DO” Teresa and Lloyd Price exchanged vows and were married between the second and third inning. They wore Rangers jerseys and the wedding was officiated by a judge that had come to the game with the couple. They were appropriately named the “Fans of the Game” on the Rangers television broadcast. TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: Oakland manager Bob Melvin said that CF Dustin Fowler (knee) is progressing well and the hope is that he’ll be ready to compete for a starting job in spring training. UP NEXT A’s: RHP Daniel Gossett (4-10) is making his 18th start and will be making his first start against Texas. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryon Healy hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning to help the Oakland A’s beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night. It was the fifth straight road win for the Athletics and seventh consecutive loss for the Rangers. It’s Texas’ longest skid since an eight-game slide in 2015. Bruce Maxwell took to a knee in the Oakland bullpen during the national anthem. The catcher was warming up starter Sean Manaea, out of view from many fans and cameras. One fan near the Oakland dugout said “boo” in a normal voice, and a small number of fans booed when Maxwell batted in the second inning. Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to take to a knee, mirroring protests by NFL players against racial injustice. This was Maxwell’s first road game since he began his protest last weekend. A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the game he expected the protest to continue because of Maxwell was committed to it. Manaea (12-10) gave up three hits and no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 20 opportunities. Oakland’s sixth-inning runs came with two outs. Jed Lowrie singled and went to third base on a double by Khris Davis. Healy then looped a fly ball that dropped in front of center fielder Delino DeShields. Matt Chapman also drove in two runs, with his 14th home run in the fifth and a single in the ninth. Drew Robinson tied the game for Texas with a run-scoring single in the fifth. Chapman’s homer off losing pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (8-13) cleared the center field fence just above the outstretched glove of DeShields. Manaea had been scratched from his previous scheduled start, at home against the Rangers on Saturday, because of a strained left upper back. Oakland is 16-10 in September. By beating fourth-place Texas, the A’s retained hopes of avoiding their third straight last-place finish in the AL West. The Rangers have a two-game lead with three to play. Earlier in the day, the A’s announced an extension of Melvin’s contract through the 2019 season. Melvin, who took over as the A’s manager after the 2011 season, had been signed through 2018. In late July, the 55-year-old earned his 1,000th managerial win. He currently has a 1,029-1,040 career record with Seattle, Arizona and Oakland. His 536 wins with Oakland trail only Tony LaRussa (798) and Art Howe (600). Melvin has been a Manager of the Year in both leagues. TRAINER’S ROOM A’s: Rookie utility player Chad Pinder, who sustained a concussion when crashing into a wall last Friday, isn’t expected to play again this season. Pinder made starts at six different positions. Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, who has continued to play since spraining his left ankle Sept. 10, wasn’t in the starting lineup. It was only the third time in the Rangers’ 159 games that he hasn’t started this season. But he did pinch hit and still has a chance to be the first Rangers player to appear in all 162 games since 2006, when Michael Young and Mark Teixeira both did. UP NEXT A’s: Right-hander Raul Alcantara (1-1), who was designated for assignment by Oakland in late April after one start, is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four games (two starts) since returning to Oakland three weeks ago after Triple-A Nashville ended its season. Both of his career wins have been against Texas. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland Athletics executives have announced that they are moving the baseball team’s headquarters to Jack London Square, effective in January. The A’s said they’ve signed a lease with the real estate firm CIM Group for about 40,000 square feet of office space at Jack London Square, the waterfront office and retail destination near downtown Oakland. A’s officials said the new front office headquarters will allow them to consolidate their operations by relocating from the current offices at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena about 6 miles away. The A’s have played at the Coliseum for 50 years. The A’s said the Jack London Square site offers them proximity to both the Coliseum and to the potential new ballpark that they hope to build near Laney College. Jack London Square also provides the amenities of a mixed-use environment on San Francisco Bay, with dining, shopping, and entertainment options, similar to the A’s vision for their new ballpark as a gathering place for bringing the community together. “We are excited to put roots down in Jack London Square,” Oakland A’s president Dave Kaval said in a statement. “We continue to say we are ‘Rooted in Oakland’ and this move helps further strengthen our commitment to this community.” Shaul Kuba, the co-founder and principal of the CIM Group, said, “The Athletics add to the growing lineup of prominent tenants including eclectic dining options and destination activities that employees, residents, and visitors from the greater Bay Area can enjoy.” Chris Giles, the A’s chief operating officer, said, “Our new offices will allow us to have our entire staff together in one location to create a dynamic and collaborative work environment.” Giles said, “Our staff will now have the opportunity to easily gather for formal meetings or informal exchanges as it takes advantage of the beautiful outdoor waterfront areas. We will also still keep our office space at the Coliseum for day-of-game responsibilities.” CIM’s 2016 acquisition of Jack London Square included 234,000 square feet of office space across three buildings. Port of Oakland officials said today that they applaud the A’s decision to move their headquarters to Jack London Square. “We’re delighted that two symbols of Oakland are coming together,” Port of Oakland commercial real estate director Pamela Kershaw said. “The city takes great pride in its team and its port and we’re proud that Jack London Square will be the A’s new headquarters,” Kershaw said. Port officials said the A’s will relocate to space in a six-story office building at the foot of Harrison Street that is also occupied by the administrative offices of Sunset Magazine. © Copyright 2017 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell pressed a hand to his heart and took to a knee for the national anthem for the second straight game Sunday, part of a protest movement that has been criticized by President Donald Trump. On Saturday, the 26-year-old rookie became the first major league baseball player to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the A’s played Texas. Again Sunday, teammate Mark Canha put a hand on Maxwell’s shoulder in a show of support like he also did Saturday. Maxwell received support from NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. “More power to him, man. He’s standing up for something great,” Durant said across town after the team’s second practice of training camp. “We all respect it, support it and appreciate it.” A’s manager Bob Melvin said Maxwell’s protest was a courageous act, noting that the decision to become the first player in the majors to adopt the protest came with risk. “It does take a lot of courage because you know that now the potential of the crosshairs are on you and for a guy who’s not as established, I’m sure, and I’m not speaking for him, but I’m sure there were some feelings for him that there was some risk,” Melvin said before Sunday’s game. “I do know that he felt better about it afterwards because there’s a lot of uncertainty when you take that type of step.” Canha acknowledged trepidation about his decision to support Maxwell. “I had to think about what I was going to do to show my support for Bruce, for 20 minutes, and even then I was hesitant to do it,” Canha said. “Even then I was like, you know that fear of, I thought about Colin Kaepernick, well jeez — I love baseball, I want to play baseball, I love my job and love this country, I want to be part of this country, but to live in fear,” Canha said. “Just the fact that I had that small amount of fear and that small amount of hesitation, speaks volumes about that we need some change.” Canha, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played at California, said he shares the values of one of the nation’s most politically progressive regions. “It’s ingrained into me and it’s something that I believe in,” Canha said. “I’m right on board with it.” © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, and then Khris Davis hit his 40th home run to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Saturday night. Maxwell dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside Oakland’s dugout during the anthem, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell’s teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression” and “pride ourselves on being inclusive.” Davis became the first A’s player to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons since Jimmy Foxx (1932-34). He’s the fourth player in franchise history with multiple 40-homer seasons. Foxx (3), Mark McGwire (3) and Jose Canseco (2) are the others. Davis homered against Miguel Gonzalez (8-12) leading off the second inning as the A’s won their season-high sixth straight game. Raul Alcantara (1-1) threw five shutout innings of two-hit ball in which he struck out five and allowed two walks. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
OAKLAND (AP) — Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland’s dugout on Saturday, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell’s teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.” Maxwell’s protest comes after President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.