Saturday morning, Ramón Laureano was asked whether he has noticed a difference in the supposedly altered baseball this season. He answered with emphasis.
“It’s traveling way less than before,” Laureano said. “That’s for sure. Tell me about that.”
MLB reportedly made subtle changes to the baseball meant to slightly decrease distance of flyballs. Some A’s pitchers this spring said they noted little difference. Laureano said he had seen the change as a hitter, with drives not carrying as far. He added it would not change his approach.
“I know I have pop,” Laureano said. “It’s going to go if I hit it good. So I’m not worried about it.”
Laureano has since hit home runs in three consecutive games. His towering two-run shot in the fifth inning Monday night broke a tie and lifted the A’s to a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays at the Coliseum. Right fielder Stephen Piscotty added a two-run home run. The A’s improved to 18-12, the best record in the American League and second-best in the majors to the Giants.
On Sunday, Laureano also hit a tiebreaking home run late in Oakland’s win over the Orioles, a half-inning after making a leaping catch at the wall in center. He faced Toronto left-hander Steven Matz in a 3-3 game Monday two batters after Tony Kemp had led off the fifth with a walk. Matz threw a 1-0 changeup. Laureano crushed it an estimated 432 feet…