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DLD 4/19/2013 – Moss returns

Baseball will be played today in Tampa.


The worst kept secret in the A's community revealed today:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#Athletics</a> reinstate Brandon Moss from the paternity list; option Shane Peterson to Sacramento.</p>&mdash; Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) <a href="">April 19, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Other A's news:

Outside Corner blog is just as incredulous of this A's offense as we are, rating them 5th in watchability:

The A's have scored 14 more runs than any other team in baseball. I don't even know how to explain that, but I suggest witnessing it for yourself while it lasts.

A long piece on home run angles at Beyond the Box Score

The top five ballparks with the highest sum of the absolute value of home runs allowed per game at each angle are Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Old Yankee Stadium, Miller Park, and Great American Ballpark.

A lot of this proves what we already knew. New Yankee Stadium is a bandbox, PETCO and Safeco are (or were, we'll see) pitchers' havens, and it's really hard to hit a home run to center field in Detroit.

Fangraphs talks about EDGE%, i.e., nibblers who work the edges of the plate. No names just yet, but trying to introduce people to the concept.

In terms of the repeatability of Edge%, pitchers with >= 180 IP in a season experienced a year-to-year correlation in their Edge% of .59. For context, that puts this version on par with FIP-, K/BB, and tRA.

One of beat writers for the Rays is Marc Tompkin, and he's a good Twitter follow: @TBTimes_Rays. Some matchups from his game preview for today:

A's vs. Cobb

Coco Crisp 3-for-7

Josh Reddick 0-for-7

Seth Smith 1-for-6

Dump away!