Rangers aim for bullpen consistency in matchup vs. A’s

Bruce Bochy, manager of the World Series champion Texas Rangers, is looking for a consistent effort from his bullpen as his team prepares to host the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series in Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday night. Left-handed reliever Brock Burke entered Monday night’s game against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning with two on and two out with left-handed sluggers Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker up next as the Rangers held a

Jack Flaherty looks to lead Tigers to series win vs. A’s

Jack Flaherty made a strong impression in his debut with the Detroit Tigers. Flaherty, a right-hander, will look to build off that performance when he starts the finale of a three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon. Detroit added Flaherty on a one-year, $14 million contract to fortify its rotation. Flaherty, who made a combined 27 starts for St. Louis and Baltimore last season, held the Chicago White Sox to one run

Tarik Skubal starts Tigers’ home opener vs. punchless A’s

Tarik Skubal got the honor of starting the Detroit Tigers’ season opener. Thanks to some inclement weather and a rotation adjustment, the hard-throwing left-hander will also start the Tigers’ home opener on Friday afternoon. Skubal, who tossed six scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox on March 28, will face the Oakland Athletics in the first game of a weekend series. Skubal (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was supposed to make his second start in New York

Off to opposite starts, A’s host Red Sox in series finale

Nick Pivetta will try to get Boston’s rotation back on track when the Red Sox wrap up a three-game series with the host Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. Red Sox starters were stunning through the first five games of the season, combining to allow just five runs (four earned) across 28 innings, good for an ERA of 1.29. Of the five pitchers who started, Pivetta (0-1, 1.50 ERA) was among three who worked six innings,

Error-prone A’s challenged to cut mistakes vs. Red Sox

Oakland manager Mark Kotsay finds himself searching for answers to a question he wasn’t expecting as the Athletics seek to turn around a sloppy start to the season in a rematch with the visiting Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Red Sox routed the hosts 9-0 in the series opener Monday, taking advantage of five Oakland errors in the first three innings to build an eight-run lead. Kotsay insisted “we couldn’t get out of

Red Sox look to pick up steam in opener against A’s

Two teams that used strong starting pitching as the foundation for series-ending wins in their most recent outings will look for more of the same Monday night when the Boston Red Sox visit the Oakland Athletics. A pair of tall Missouri natives are the projected starters for the opener of the three-game series, as 6-foot-5 right-hander Tanner Houck of the Red Sox will square off against 6-7 righty Joe Boyle of the A’s. The Red

Carlos Carrasco aims to send Guardians to sweep of A’s

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco hopes he hasn’t forgotten his winning ways with the Cleveland Guardians when he begins his second stint with the club Sunday afternoon against the host Oakland Athletics. The Guardians have dominated the A’s in every facet during the first three games of the season, outscoring the hosts 26-7. They are 3-0 for the first time since 2017. The Cleveland bullpen has been near-perfect in the three wins, with eight pitchers combining to

Guardians’ Tanner Bibee, A’s JP Sears look to show off improvements

After leading the Cleveland Guardians in victories last season and finishing second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, Tanner Bibee believes he can take his performance to another level this season. The 25-year-old right-hander is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Saturday afternoon against the host Oakland Athletics. Cleveland won the season opener 8-0 on Thursday before posting a 6-4 win Friday night in the second game of a

Guardians’ Stephen Vogt to debut as manager in familiar place: Oakland

Stephen Vogt hopes his debut as a major league manager goes as well as his farewell as a player when his Cleveland Guardians open the season against the host Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Guardians’ right-hander Shane Bieber (6-6, 3.80 ERA in 2023) is slated to make his fifth consecutive Opening Day start. He will be opposed by A’s newcomer Alex Wood (5-5, 4.33), a veteran left-hander who is receiving his first Opening Day assignment. Vogt,