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Posts Tagged ‘Oakland Athletics.’

Roberto Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona, wins first game since name change

Roberto Hernandez (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

It has been quite awhile since Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona had won a game on the mound.

Yesterday, for the Tampa Bay Rays, he pitched effectively for six innings, allowed one earned run, three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts in an 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The win was his first since becoming Roberto Hernandez and he is 1-3 to start the 2013 season.

The victory was also his since September 20, 2011 when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians.

The 32-year-old right-hander has changed his life after completing a work program. He was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January of 2012 on false-identity charges. The charges were later dropped.

Hernandez has a career record of 54-72 with an ERA of 4,64 and 592 strikeouts.

Cespedes stars as Oakland splits two-game MLB season-opening series in Japan

 

Much-publicized Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes cracked his first major league homer to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 4-1 win against the Seattle Mariners to earn a split of their two-game season-opening series at the Tokyo Dome.

Yoenis Cespedes (2010 photo by Boomer44/UC International via wikipedia commons)

Japanese hero Ichiro Suzuki, who was 4-for-5 in Seattle’s 3-1 win in the opener, went hitless in this game going 0-for-4.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher, striking out six, allowing one run on three hits in eight innings.

 

 

Info compiled from MLB & Oakland A’s news

A’s Matsui recent A.L. Player of the Week

 

Hideki Matsui (file photo)

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui was named a recent American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24th.

Matsui will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In five games during the honored period, Matsui batted a Major League-leading .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI’s and four runs scored en route to winning his fourth career A.L. Player of the Week Award, his first since June 20, 2005.

Matsui becomes the second Athletic to win the award in July, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez, who won co-honors with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on July 5th. In addition to leading MLB in batting average, the 37-year-old led both leagues with a .591 on-base percentage and finished second with a .592 slugging percentage.

Among A.L. leaders, Matsui tied for first in hits, was tied for second in RBI’s and finished third with 20 total bases. In Detroit, the left-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI as he blasted his 500th career homer in pro baseball to lead the A’s over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Matsui’s sixth-inning solo shot snapped a 24-game homerless streak, his longest in four seasons, and became the first player to combine for 500 homers in the Major Leagues and Japan.

A native of Ishikawa, Japan, Matsui has 169 homers in nine MLB seasons and compiled 332 homers in 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League from 1993-2002.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Halladay earns 10th win for Phillies

 

Roy Halladay (file photo)

Roy Halladay pitched the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 win Sunday over the Oakland Athletics.

The All-Star pitcher threw his National League-leading fifth complete game and was helped at the plate by Jimmy Rollins going 4 for 4.

Halladay, now 10-3, walked none in tying for the major-league high in wins. He struck out four, raising his NL-leading total to 123.

Later in the day, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw fanned 11 to pass Halladay and a total on the season of 128.

 

compiled from staff, Philadelphia Phillies & Major League Baseball

Oakland A’s gets past Cleveland

Matt LaPorta (file photo)

Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson struggled with his control, walking three in two innings, as Cleveland lost to the Oakland Athletics 4-3 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, the Indians’ first-round draft choice at #5 overall in 2010, threw a hitless inning with two strikeouts and a walk in his spring debut.

Hitting stars include Matt LaPorta, who  doubled down the left-field line and then scored on a Travis Buck single.

compiled from Cleveland Indians news

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