09/25/12 8:30 PM ET
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By Jane Lee / MLB.com
A's bring Class A Beloit into farm system
ARLINGTON -- The A's added a new Minor League affiliate on Tuesday, welcoming in the Beloit Snappers of the Class A Midwest League by way of a two-year player-development contract.Beloit, in Wisconsin, replaces Burlington (Iowa), also of the Midwest League. Burlington has agreed to a player-development contract with the Angels after two years with Oakland. "It is an established Single-A market with a strong baseball community and management team," A's general manager Billy Beane said of Beloit in a release. "We look forward to a very successful partnership." Beloit originally joined the Midwest League in 1982 as an expansion franchise affiliated with the Brewers. That partnership ended after the 2004 season, at which point the Snappers changed affiliation to the Twins, a relationship that continued through this past season. The Snappers play their home games at Harry C. Pohlman Field, which seats 3,501. It first opened in 1982, receiving renovations in 1995.
Sidelined Crisp shows improvement
ARLINGTON -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp, who has been sidelined by pinkeye, showed enough improvement on Tuesday to take part in baseball activities for the first time in nearly a week.Crisp hit in the inside batting cages at Rangers Ballpark and joined teammates for their pregame workout, even shagging a few balls in the outfield seemingly without much trouble. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp is now seeing out of his left eye well but that his right eye remains an issue. Still, some improvement is better than none. "This is kind of the day we were targeting to get him some baseball activity," Melvin said. "Where it goes from here we're not sure but certainly more encouraging than yesterday."
The red-hot Cliff Pennington earned a start in the leadoff spot on Tuesday, as Melvin continued to mix up his lineup while Crisp remained out. Pennington, who for nearly all of August was hitting below the Mendoza Line, entered the day batting .364 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 20 games, all the while upping his season average to .222.
Coming into Tuesday, A's hitters had struck out 1,307 times this season, most in the Majors. With nine games to play, they're closing in on the American League record of 1,324, set by the Rays in 2007.