Monday's Morning Mashup: Jon Lester's winning streak ends as A's slump continues

August 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

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MONDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network) Little League Baseball: World Series, Czech Republic vs. South Dakota, 11 a.m. (ESPN2) Little League Baseball: World Series, Australia vs. Mexico, 1 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, Washington vs. Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Little League Baseball: World Series, Rhode Island vs. Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) NFL preseason: Browns at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Burnley, 3 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: -- Jon Lester's winning streak ended at seven Sunday night with a 4-3 loss to the Braves, and it was costly for the Athletics, who could have regained first place after surrendering the American League West lead they had held since April 28 a day earlier. The A's have lost seven of their last eight games and are percentage points behind the Angels, who also lost Sunday. Lester allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in six-plus innings. He had been 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his first three starts with Oakland since his trade from Boston, and he had not lost since a June 7 defeat in Detroit while pitching for the Red Sox. He had allowed only one home run in his previous 11 starts -- none with Oakland -- but gave up two Sunday in Atlanta. [poll ID=42] The left-hander didn't get much offensive support aside from two home runs from Wellesley's Nate Freiman. "Guys are competing, we just aren't getting results right now," Lester said. "The times that we need to get a guy in, we're just not doing it. The times we need to make a pitch, we're not doing it. This team's too good to stay in this funk." Said A's manager Bob Melvin: "This is really the first bad road trip we've had this year. This was not a good trip. So we've got to get home and we've got to regroup. It will be good to get home in front of our crowd. They're usually good for us." -- Umpire Tony Randazzo clearly does not care for Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, and he's not shy about letting him know. On Saturday, McClendon was ejected by Randazzo for complaining about balls and strikes from the dugout, although McClendon claims it was other Mariners who were voicing their displeasure. "I was most upset that I got thrown out of the ballgame, and [Randazzo] thought it was me that was saying something and it wasn't me," McClendon said. "Then when I went out there to ask why I was thrown out, he said, 'I've seen your act before.' " Added McClendon: "I don't think that was called for. That's not fair. If you think I said something about a ball or strike, throw me out of the game. I get that. But to talk about past history, that's not fair. It is what it is. It's over with. Just move on." However, it only got worse. On Sunday, McClendon was tossed after Randazzo, working at third base, objected to a seated McClendon waving his hand dismissively following an appeal on a check swing that went the Tigers' way. McClendon appeared to not realize he had been ejected. "He said I put my hand up," McClendon told reporters. "That's a new one." Randazzo, speaking to a pool reporter, did not dispute that explanation. "Took his hand and shooed off my call," the ump said. McClendon said he's not aware of what he might have done to get on the ump's bad side. "I've never had a problem with him before this weekend, so I don't understand this," McClendon said. "If there's a history between us, I'm certainly not aware of it." -- Derek Jeter received a warm welcome in Florida when the Yankees visited the Rays over the weekend, and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon wasn't thrilled with the Tropicana Field fans. Maddon voiced his disappointment after Saturday's 3-2 loss in which Jeter had the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth before a rare sellout crowd of just over 31,000. "It'€™s great that it'€™s sold out," Maddon said. "And I understand that the people like Derek Jeter,. But you'€™ve got to come out and root for the Rays, too, you understand. I mean, I totally understand what'€™s going on. But I'€™m not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees'€™ favor in our ballpark. I'€™m not going to defend that. So we'€™re going to come out and root for the Rays. We'€™d appreciate that." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 18, 1967, Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro suffered a devastating injury when he was hit in the face by a fastball from which Angels pitcher? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "You guys have no clue. Sometimes I hide it on the outside, but inside it'€™s just tough." -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, on how he felt after his disastrous weekend that was capped off by him making a mental mistake and failing to step on second base for a forceout before throwing to first to get a double play in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Astros STAT OF THE DAY: 20-5 -- The Royals' record in their last 25 games, following Sunday's 12-6 victory over the Twins 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Drew Stubbs hits a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 10-9 win over the Reds. The Rangers rally from a run down in the ninth inning to walk off against the Angels on Adam Rosales' hit to deep left. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jack Hamilton SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnny Preston, who died in 2011, was born on this day in 1939.