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Cotton weaves another gem in rout of Rangers

Athletics rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton continued the terrific start to his Major League career and the Rangers were the latest team to be impressed. Cotton sent the Rangers back into a tie with the Red Sox for the best record in the American League by pitching the Athletics to a 7-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Via Athletics.com
9 hours ago

Athletics’ Matt Olson records first big league hit

It took a few tries at the plate, but Oakland Athletics’ outfielder and first baseman Matt Olson recorded the first hit of his big league career on Sunday against the Texas Rangers. Olson walked in his first plate appearance of the outing and later scored as part of a seven-run bottom half of the second […] The post Athletics’ Matt Olson records first big league hit appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
9 hours ago

Manaea looks to continue strong September vs. Halos

Jered Weaver gets the start as the Angels open a series on Monday against the A's. Weaver is 4-1 in his last six starts. Sean Manaea gets the nod for Oakland. He hasn't allowed an earned run in September.
Via Athletics.com
11 hours ago

Alcantara's consistency, command improving

About three weeks after appearing like he may not even last a full inning, Raul Alcantara pitched six solid frames, the longest outing of his career, in Oakland's 5-0 loss to the Rangers Saturday.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Game #154: Athletics versus Rangers

After a strong campaign, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot on the A's home turf during last night's affair, and so today the A's look to bounce back and, at the very least, spoil the Rangers' bid for the best record in the American League. Despite the loss last night, the A's continued to play a brand of baseball that would inspire hope for next season, especially behind Graveman...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Athletics’ Sonny Gray up to par in Saturday throwing session

Oakland Athlettics ace Sonny Gray hasn’t pitched live since enduring a strained forearm on August 6, but did look good in his throwing session on Saturday morning. Sonny Gray threw to hitters this morning, it went great. Matt Olson says Gray looked just the same as he did when he saw him this spring. — Susan […] The post Athletics’ Sonny Gray up to par in Saturday throwing...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The 2016 ‘Dave Kingman Award’ goes to the Athletics’ Khris Davis

Dave Kingman has now become shorthand for “guy who hits home runs and sucks at everything else.” The first baseman/left fielder struck out once every four plate appearances before it was cool. He never walked. He never got on base. He was a bad defender and even worse baserunner. The only thing Kingman could do […] The post The 2016 ‘Dave Kingman Award’ goes to the Athletics’...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Trade Daze Episode 8: I’m All Ears

Athletics' Ryon Healy on some of his biggest assets. Ryon Healy takes on the toughest questions in a new post-game interview...
Via Athletics Nation
2 days ago

Game #151: Athletics 1, Astros 2

In news surprising to no one except the Royals and their fans, the A’s were no-hit for most of the game and looked lifeless at the plate, the offense unable to provide support for a rookie pitcher who has all but exceeded every expectation in their first taste of the big leagues. Bad offense, very bad. Sean Manaea pitched great, his fastball ranging from 90-95 and inducing tons...
Via Athletics Nation
5 days ago

2016 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Oakland Athletics. Moneyball didn’t work…again. Most people didn’t expect anything...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Khris Davis homers twice as A's beat AL-best Rangers 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 for the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 5-2 on Sunday to keep the Rangers from moving closer to the AL West title. Davis is the first A's player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers. With two weeks left in the regular season, the magic number...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler signs with Yankees

Billy Butler’s unemployment stint did not last very long. The DH signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, just days after being released by the Oakland A’s. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees will use Butler against lefties. They got him as a platoon guy specifically for the next few weeks, as they will face multiple southpaws. Source confirms: #Yankees sign Billy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alonso, Semien hit 2-run doubles; A's top Royals 8-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien hit two-run doubles as the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 8-0 for the third straight game on Wednesday night to further ruin the Royals' postseason chances. The 2015 World Series champion Royals are five games out in the American League wild card with 17 games left and would have to climb over five teams. A's rookie left...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Oakland Call-Ups Renato Nunez and Matt Olson

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics promoted a couple of hitting prospects from Triple-A: Renato Nunez and Matt Olson. Both Nunez and Olson came off the bench on Monday to make their big-league debuts. With Billy Butler out of the picture, and Danny Valencia likely soon to follow, Nunez and Olson might see a decent chunk of playing time these next two weeks. Olson’s numbers have trended...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every A's MLB player to hit 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Athletics has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 60 times. This includes all MLB iterations of the A's from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland. The 27 sluggers on this impressive list include some Hall of Famers. How many of them can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs-A's location-Year
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jharel Cotton’s Changeup Is Objectively Impressive

Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton made his major-league debut on Wednesday. The results were positive: over 6.1 innings, Cotton conceded just a lone run on two hits — the product, that run, of a homer by the Angels’ C.J. Cron. The process, while entirely adequate, was also slightly less positive: over those 6.1 innings and against those same 22 batters, Cotton recorded just...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics recall Mengden and his scary stats

Halloween is more than one month away. But the Oakland Athletics have already experienced a season of scary performances from their rotation. Now, the A’s are feeling further discomfort by management’s recent recall of starting pitcher Daniel Mengden. On Sept. 3, the Athletics recalled Mengden from the Nashville Sounds. Not surprisingly, A’s GM David Forst, scouts, and fans...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Max Schrock, the Return for Marc Rzepczynski

A 13th-round pick last year, infielder Max Schrock — received by Oakland today from Washington in exchange for left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski — has made something of a name for himself by putting up strong offensive numbers in the lower levels. He’s hitting .333 between two levels of A-ball this season, largely due to an 8% strikeout rate. That’s encouraging coming...
Via Fangraphs
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Butler expresses regret over fight with Valencia: We ‘are not enemies’

Billy Butler is apologizing for getting into a fight with teammate Danny Valencia. Butler spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said the organization didn’t deserve the negative attention it was getting because of a recent fight between the Athletics teammates. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve...
Via The Outside Corner
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s looking at waterfront site for new ballpark

The Oakland Athletics’ search for a new ballpark has taken them near the waterfront. Phil Matier and Andy Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report Oakland A’s co-owner John Fisher is expected to scout the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal on Thursday as a possible location for a proposed new stadium. The terminal is currently a cargo-loading area. The Oakland A’s current...
Via The Comeback
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Benching Coco Crisp Is A Reasonable Move For The Athletics

A week ago, Coco Crisp came out publicly about his feelings on being consistently benched by the A's. Crisp was reasonably upset that he wasn't being given regular playing time, and took to the media to let his thoughts be known."I'm extremely hurt, the way things are being handled," said Crisp, who did not play in Monday's 5-2 loss at Texas. "I'm not calling anyone names, but this...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss
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