ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Game #24: But, Soft! What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks

Well, it wasn't the pitchers' duel we imagined, and all looked bleak in the eighth as the A's continued to trail 4-2, but a much-maligned player, who has been awesome on defense, light on offense finally came through. After the A's tied the game in the eighth, and they kept the tie in the ninth, Yonder Alonso hit his first home run of the season; a game-winning, walk-off bomb that...
Via Athletics Nation
8 hours ago

Alonso's 3-run homer gives Athletics 7-4 win over Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Yonder Alonso hit a game-winning three-run homer to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Stephen Vogt doubled to left center leading off the ninth off reliever Tony Sipp (0-1). After Coco Crisp was intentionally walked, Alonso homered to right off reliever Pat Neshek. The Astros, who were expected to contend for the...
Via Associated Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chris Bassitt Placed on DL With Elbow Strain; Undergoes MRI

Bad News for Oakland Athletics Starter Chris Bassitt? On Friday, the Oakland Athletics added right-hander Chris Bassitt to the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The move came after a start against the Detroit Tigers in which Bassitt exited the game after just 3.2 innings of work. In his brief outing, he allowed ten […] Chris Bassitt Placed on DL With Elbow Strain; Undergoes...
Via Swingin' A's
10 hours ago

Sean Doolittle: Players are ‘pissed’ about drug policy

The Major League Baseball season isn’t even a month old and three players on big league rosters have already been suspended for using PEDs. Daniel Stumpf, Chris Colabello, and most recently Dee Gordon have all been banned 80 games for breaking MLB’s drug policy. Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that fellow players aren’t happy...
Via The Comeback
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's rotation roundup: Reinforcements have arrived

The Oakland A's rotation has gone through a bit of a shakeup as we approach the end of April. Eric Surkamp is back in the minors after filling in on emergency duty to begin the year, and Chris Bassitt is on the disabled list due to his elbow. In their places, lefty Sean Manaea and righty Jesse Hahn will pitch Friday and Saturday. After that we don't yet know what order the rest of...
Via Athletics Nation
12 hours ago

Fuld set for season-ending shoulder surgery

A's outfielder Sam Fuld will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next month, with plans for a repair of the rotator cuff and the capsule of the shoulder joint, he told MLB.com on Friday.
Via Athletics.com
13 hours ago

A's call up top pitching prospect Manaea to start vs Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sean Manaea, Oakland's top pitching prospect, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make his major league debut on Friday night against Houston. Manaea, a hard-throwing, 24-year-old left-hander acquired from the Royals last year in the Ben Zobrist trade, was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts at Nashville. The A's also recalled right-hander Andrew Triggs...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yairo Munoz homers in second game back for Double-A Midland RockHounds

Infielder Yairo Munoz made his 2016 debut for the Double-A Midland RockHounds on Wednesday, and on Thursday he really got things going by drilling his first home run of the season. Overall he went 2-for-7 in his first two games back, with one walk and one strikeout. He also scored from first base on a double, which is nice to see from a player who was out because of his foot. Munoz...
Via Athletics Nation
16 hours ago

Sean Manaea Comes to Oakland

As Susan Slusser with the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, Sean Manaea will be called up to start Friday’s game in Oakland against Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros. Manaea made a decent case for making the rotation out of spring training, tallying 16 strikeouts in 14.1 innings, but the seven walks allowed over the same period gave the A’s enough reason to start...
Via Fangraphs
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Happy to Return to Warm and Dry California

The Oakland Athletics started this road trip with a sweep of the New York Yankees. After that successful visit to the Bronx, the trip went downhill. The A’s dropped two of three to the Toronto Blue Jays, then three of four to the Detroit Tigers. The best thing you can say about the last two stops […] Oakland Athletics Happy to Return to Warm and Dry California - Swingin' A's...
Via Swingin' A's
23 hours ago

Sean Manaea Gets Big League Promotion

Sean Manaea will make his Major League debut on Friday. (Photo:usatoday.com) According to multiple sources, the Oakland Athletics will promote one of their highly talked about prospects Sean Manaea. The twenty-four year old will make his first on Friday as the A’s take on the Houston Astros. Oakland made the decision to promote the left-hander after Erick Surkamp was demoted this...
Via Legends On Deck
1 day ago

Bassitt's latest rocky outing raises concern

After a second straight poor start for Chris Bassitt, A's manager Bob Melvin admitted he's a little concerned.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

A’s Jed Lowrie geared up for Astros arrival this weekend

Jed Lowrie would like nothing better than for A’s to come up big against his 2015 team, the Astros, this weekend. When Jed Lowrie played for the A’s in 2013 and 2014 he really wanted to beat the Red Sox and the Astros, the two teams he’d played before arriving in Oakland. Last year he was back with the Astros, and boy, did he want to beat the A’s. And now he’s back in...
Via Inside the A's
1 day ago

A’s All Up In Rookie’s Mane

"'I need a bouncy C.  Not a bouncy castle!'  Billy Beane screams into his headset, when an intern interrupts him and his daughter, practicing her guitar, while they are both on a treadmill.  The intern tells Beane that Jesse Hahn has a blister.  The intern turns and it's Jonah Hill.  Fat Jonah, not "He doesn't look right skinny" Jonah.   Beane then looks at the camera to establish...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Valencia hurt, Oakland Athletics seeking replacement

The Oakland Athletics have a history of excellence at third base. In the 1980’s, Carney Lansford set the standard in the Bay Area at the left corner infield slot. But now, the Athletics are in a new era of infielders, with seven-year Major League Baseball veteran Danny Valencia. Valencia, who played his first season for the green and gold in 2015, is suffering with a left hamstring...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Statement From Athletics Regarding Sean Murphy

OAKLAND, Calif. – Sean Murphy, who played six seasons in the Oakland A’s farm system, passed away unexpectedly on Monday in Arizona. He was 27 years old. “The A’s are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy,” said Billy Beane, executive vice president of baseball operations for the Oakland Athletics. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends...
Via Hot Stove MLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Collins apologizes for flipping the bird to Tigers fans

Detroit Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins apologized after the game Monday for flipping the bird to Tigers fans after being booed for losing a ball in the lights. Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien led off the sixth with a fly ball to left that Collins lost in the lights. Frustrated with his error and being booed, Collins then flipped off the home crowd. It probably also didn’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics place IF Valencia on 15-day DL, recall Ladendorf

TORONTO (AP) The Oakland Athletics have placed infielder Danny Valencia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, retroactive to Thursday. Infielder Tyler Ladendorf was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Both moves were announced Friday. Valencia is batting .294 with no home runs and two RBIs in 14 games this season. He left Wednesday's game against the New York...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Braden will replace Curt Schilling on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball

It didn’t take ESPN too long to find a replacement for Curt Schilling in the Monday Night Baseball booth. Richard Sandomir of The New York Times reports that they’ve chosen to give that role to Dallas Braden: Dallas Braden named Curt Schilling's replacement on ESPN's Monday Night Baseball broadcasts — Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) April 22, 2016 Since his offseason move...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman batted cleanup Wednesday, making MLB history

One of baseball’s most endearing qualities is its ability to link the past with the present, while simultaneously allowing the game’s current players to contribute to that history in a significant way. Already this season Francisco Liriano posted a completely unique pitching line, and Bryce Harper became the first player to belt career homer No. 100 and a grand slam concurrently...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's pitcher becomes first starter to bat cleanup since Babe Ruth

The Oakland Athletics play in the American League, which means their pitchers only have to hit when playing in a National League ballpark ... until Wednesday night. A weird baseball rule led to A's pitcher Kendall Graveman joining the company of Babe Ruth.Here's how it happened. Danny Valencia left the game with a hamstring injury, which forced Chris Coghlan to move to third base...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics player contributions in 13 games

Earning perfect attendance for the Oakland Athletics warrants an early evaluation. So, let us evaluate the contributions of the lone four A’s players to appear in every game this season. Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick Listening to Careless Whisper inspires feelings of calm, serenity, and even romance. At the O.co, A’s fans will associate this classic saxophone...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics' Ball Boy Makes Amazing Catch, Saves Fans From Foul Ball

In the top of the third inning of the Oakland Athletics game against the Kansas City Royals, fans witnessed an amazing catch. But it wasn't made by a player on the field. Kansas City's Christian Colon hit a line drive foul ball down the first base line that was heading straight for the fans when all of the sudden, the A's ball boy jumped up and saved the day. RELATED: Cubs...
Via Stack
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Oakland Athletics should be concerned

Through eleven games in the 2016 MLB season, things are not going so well for the Oakland Athletics. Oakland currently sits tied for last place in the AL West with a record of 4-7. Obviously it could be much worse, but fans were hoping for a much better year after a 68-94 record in 2015. After an offseason with plenty of transactions, there was a lot of hope that Oakland would find...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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