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Elephant Rumblings: Las Vegas Aviators to face Sacramento River Cats in first round of PCL playoffs


MiLB: APR 09 Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Aviators

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A’s Coverage:

  • Slusser: A’s Seth Brown, Sheldon Neuse thrive, thanks to minor-league coaches… ($)
  • Ladson: Marcus Semien Q&A – A’s star talks offense, defense…
  • Poindexter: A’s week in review – Sean Manaea returns, but the bullpen continues to be a concern… ($$$)
  • Maldonado: Las Vegas Aviators head to playoffs, team officials say inaugural season surpassed all expectations…

Best of AN:

  • Nico: How Best To Leverage This Bullpen In September…
  • Moriarty: A’s Farm Report – Triple-A Update: Luzardo, Kaprielian, Playoffs & More…

MLB News:

  • ESPN: Tigers minor leaguer Chace Numata dies after skateboarding accident…
  • Davidi: Lefty Anthony Kay, acquired in Marcus Stroman deal, to be among Blue Jays’ September call-ups
  • Foley: Yankees to activate slugger Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday…
  • Puma: Robinson Cano (hamstring) set to return to Mets on Tuesday…

Baseball Interest Stories:

  • Lindbergh: The Knuckleball Isn’t Dead Yet…
  • Baumann: How the Juiced Ball Sparked the Democratization of Dingers in MLB…
  • Coffey: From a bookstore to the Bronx – Inside the moment Cory Gearrin became a Yankee… ($$$)
  • Dodd: MLB Tiers – The Braves are on the move, the Nationals are lurking. Let the October positioning begin… ($$$)

Today in Baseball History:

  • 1906 — Kid Elberfeld, the hot-headed Tabasco Kid, assaults umpire Silk O’Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in the first game of a doubleheader, a 4 – 3 New York win over the Athletics. In the second game, New York baserunner Willie Keeler collides with SS Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball, and two runs score. O’Loughlin sees no interference, a call so hotly disputed by A’s captain Harry Davis that, after eight minutes of arguing, the umpire forfeits the game to New York. For New York, it is a major-league record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days.
  • 1932 — Against the Red Sox, Jimmie Foxx of the A’s poles his 50th and 51st home runs to become the third player to reach 50 in a season, joining Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Foxx’s 2nd homer, in the 9th, ties the game at 4 – 4, and Eric McNair follows with a game-winning home run.

Best of Twitter:

  • Insane…
  • Las Vegas is turning out to be a very supportive sports city…
  • This seems to impact a potential MLB call-up…

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