JaVale McGee possibly became the first person with a rat tail to throw a perfect first pitch at the Oakland A’s game. The Warriors player threw it right down the middle of the plate to A’s pitching coach Mike Aldrete, who declared it a strike. Next stop? Party! A post shared by Javale Pierre McGee (@javalemcgee) on Jun 20, 2017 at 7:09pm PDT
OAKLAND – The hope had been that Matt Chapman would return to the A’s starting lineup at third base Thursday. It seems unlikely now that will happen, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said Chapman “is feeling better” and may not be far away from getting back on the field. Chapman came up at the start of this homestand and had a big hand in helping the A’s sweep the Yankees in a four-game series. But a left knee infection has cropped up since then thanks to a collision with a wall in the minor leagues, and he’s had to sit the next three games out, including Wednesday. The rookie opted against speaking with the media Wednesday, and Melvin said the layoff has been tough on him. “I’ve talked to him about
Roommates Brian Howard and Ryan Merrill are going to have plenty to talk about around their apartment whenever they and the rest of the TCU Horned Frogs return to Fort Worth. Howard matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Merrill, playing before friends and family in his hometown, homered to start a three-run third inning and the roomies helped keep the Frogs' season going with a 4-1 win over Texas A&M in a College World Series elimination game Tuesday.