Bad inning costly for A's Straily
Robinson Cano is making his first Coliseum appearance as a Mariner. First of many, so long as he plays out his gigantic 10-year, $240 million contract.
For Seattle, its huge, As infielder Nick Punto said of the former Yankee. To take a player out of the New York market like Robinson Cano, thats a pretty good feat. Seattle has a lot to be excited about. The AL West, too. The division has really gotten stronger the last couple of years.
Cano went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts in Thursdays series opener, but the second basemans strong relay throw to the plate caught Sam Fuld, who was trying for an inside-the-park homer, and kept the score tied. The As won in 12 innings.
Asked what impresses him most about Cano, Punto said, He makes the backhanded play up the middle as good as anyone Ive seen.
Cano and Punto were involved in an incident in last years World Baseball Classic. Cano, playing for the Dominican Republic, was upset when he got spiked by Punto on a forceout at second base. Puntos manager for Italy, Mike Piazza, suggested Cano was on the bag too long. Punto called it a hard baseball play. He said something to me. I said something to him. Its over.
Theyre not back: Reliever Ryan Cook and outfielder Craig Gentry are eligible to come off the disabled list, but the As will wait a little longer on both.
Cook threw a 16-pitch inning (fastball in the 90-to-94-mph range) for Class A Stockton on Thursday night. As manager Bob Melvin said the reliever could make one more rehab outing.
Gentry, back from paternity leave, could join the team during the As first road series: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in Minnesota. His absence is providing playing time for Fuld, who would be tough to trim from the roster.
I knew he was a good player, but hes probably even a little better player than I thought, Melvin said of Fuld.On deck
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Ramirez (1-0) vs. Gray (0-0)
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Kazmir (1-0) vs. Correia (0-0)
Timely power: Coco Crisp has hit 50 homers with the As, following Thursdays walkoff shot, and half of those have given Oakland the lead. He has 143 steals as a member of the As, and his next will tie him with Reggie Jackson for fifth most in Oakland history.
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