MLB

more stats

American League Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, July 19th (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (56-39) at LA Angels of Anaheim (44-49), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - A.J. Griffin (8-6, 3.68) LA Angels - Jered Weaver (3-5, 3.63)

(Sports Network) - Yoenis Cespedes hopes to have some more pop in his bat for the second half of the season when the Oakland Athletics tangle with the LA Angels of Anaheim Friday in the opener of a three-game series at the Big A.

Cespedes became the newest champion of the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities, belting 17 homers in the first round en route to a total of 32 in beating Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. The Cuban slugger was not a member of the AL All-Star roster, but captain Robinson Cano picked Cespedes to compete in the annual event.

"I feel very grateful to the people, Robinson Cano, who asked me to come here," Cespedes said Tuesday. "During the first round while I took my first five swings, I felt that I was really into a rhythm and felt that I could put on a show like I did tonight."

Cespedes hasn't homered since belting a pair at Seattle on June 21 and has 15 on the season to go along with 43 RBI and a .225 average. He has helped the Athletics to first place in the AL West -- two games ahead of Texas -- and Oakland entered the break having won seven of 10 games.

Oakland took two of three games versus the Boston Red Sox last weekend and recorded a 3-2 win in 11 innings on Sunday. Josh Donaldson hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and stroked a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.

"I really believe that the guys in this clubhouse really believe that we have one of the best teams in baseball," Donaldson said. "It's just one of those things, where when we get an opportunity to play a good team like the Red Sox or the Pirates or the Cardinals, we're out there sending a message that we are a good team, that we're for real."

In his 400th career appearance, A's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed eight hits and two runs with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the no- decision. Ryan Cook threw two scoreless innings of relief for the win.

The Athletics, who will also visit Houston on their six-game road trip, look to A.J. Griffin to pitch the club to victory in Anaheim. Griffin has won two straight and three of four starts and tossed eight shutout innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over Boston. The win pushed his mark to 8-6 in 19 starts and lowered his earned run average to 3.68.

Griffin, a right-hander, beat the Angels on April 11 with eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 win and has won both of his career starts in this series with a sparkling 0.56 ERA through 16 innings.

The first half of the season didn't go as planned for the Angels, who find themselves 11 games off the pace in the AL West.

With the addition of Josh Hamilton to play alongside Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels experienced their up and downs throughout the first half and entered the break with three straight losses and four in five tries. The Mariners swept the Halos at Safeco Field last weekend and broke out the brooms with Sunday's 4-3 setback.

Joe Blanton has been a thorn in the side of the Angels' rotation with a 2-12 mark and suffered the loss to Seattle, as he gave up all four runs in four innings. Blanton is now 1-5 in his last six decisions.

"Hopefully a nice All-Star break, a four-day refresher can get me back," Blanton said.

Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs, Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Erick Aybar recorded a pair of hits in defeat. Trout, a 2013 All- Star, had a hit and a run scored for the Angels. Trout doubled off New York Mets hurler Matt Harvey to start the All-Star Game and played into the seventh inning.

"I was up there looking for a fastball," said Trout, eventually stranded that inning. "Whether I was going to swing, that's another thing. I was looking for a pitch, I got it, didn't try to do too much and drove it to right field.

"I heard a lot of good stuff about his (Harvey's) secondary stuff, and I didn't want to get to it."

Taking the mound for the Halos Friday will be Jered Weaver. Weaver is having a down year, going 3-5 in just 11 starts with a 3.63 earned run average. He missed some time earlier this season because of a broken forearm and previously pitched in Saturday's 6-0 loss at Seattle, when he allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Weaver had won back-to-back starts and will face the Athletics for the first time this season. In 24 career starts against them, the right-handed Weaver is 9-7 with a 2.36 ERA.

The Angels, who are slated to host Minnesota on their upcoming homestand, had dropped the first five matchups with Oakland this season and snapped the slide with a 5-4 win on May 1. The A's swept a three-game series in Anaheim from April 9-11.

07/19 10:46:02 ET

  • The Logan Zone

    Today at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Washington at Philadelphia

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at New England

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Seattle

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Green Bay at Detroit

    Today at 1:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Columbus

    Today at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Kansas City at Baltimore

    Today at 4:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
Final
BAL 7
BOS 2
Final
PIT 0
MIL 1
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
Final
MIN 3
CLE 7
Final
ATL 2
NYM 4
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
STL 8
CIN 4
Final
SDP 3
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
TEX 5
1:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
BOS
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
ATL
NYM
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
CWS
 
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
SEA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
TEX
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
Final
TOL 34
BST 23
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
Final
ARKST 21
UTST 14
Final
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
Final
WVU 33
OKLA 45
Final
VANDY 34
SCAR 48
Final
NEB 41
MIAMI 31
Final
NMST 35
NMU 38
Final
HOU 47
UNLV 14
Final
FSU 23
CLEM 17
Final
ARZ 49
CAL 45
Final
ORST 28
SDST 7
Final
WASU 31
OREG 38
Final
BSU 34
LALAF 9
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
1:00pm Today
STL
DAL
1:00pm Today
DET
GBP
1:00pm Today
NYG
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
IND
1:00pm Today
NOS
MIN
1:00pm Today
NEP
OAK
1:00pm Today
BUF
SDC
1:00pm Today
CIN
TEN
1:00pm Today
PHI
WAS
4:05pm Today
ARI
SFX
4:25pm Today
SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0