Podcast & Links: Back In The Win Column

Ryan Cook has developed pinpoint control on his high-fives, which has allowed him to convert 100% of his post-game celebration attempts this year. - USA TODAY Sports

Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show to talk A's baseball.

Happy Friday everyone! It's Memorial Day weekend, in which we all take a moment to remember how the Astros were in the World Series as recently as 2005 and holy crap what happened to that organization? There are still 4 hours to kill before the A's step onto Minute Paid Park and play a AAA rehab game against Houston, so here's something to help you pass the time: today's episode of the Phil Naessens Show!

The following link will take you to a player which will start playing as soon as the page loads. My segment starts at 22:50 and goes for a little over 14 minutes:

Direct Link

Page where you can download to your mobile device

In today's episode, we discuss the improved performances of Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily, the dominance of the bullpen, and the hitting of Yoenis Cespedes. Give it a listen and let me know what you think in the comments!

A few more links for you:

- Hiro Nakajima finished his rehab assignment and has been optioned to AAA. He is now officially a minor leaguer and the team can keep him there (at his MLB wage) for as long as they want.

- Susan Slusser did a great piece on Josh Donaldson and his road to success.

- According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Jed Lowrie is happy to be in Oakland but will always have a soft spot for the Houston Astros.

- The Oakland Fan Pledge has raised nearly $3M in pledges from A's fans who want the team to stAy and are willing to commit their support now. If you haven't chipped in yet, then it's not too late!

First pitch tonight is at 5:10pm, Tommy Milone vs Erik Bedard.

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