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Sunday, April 26th: Joe Bennie’s Grand Slam Helps Snappers Sweep Twinbill while Chad Pinder Leads Hounds to Walk-Off Win in 12th

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) GAME #2 Clinton LumberKings  5 Beloit Snappers        6 WP – Johnson 1-1 / 4.97 HR – Bennie (2) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Joe Bennie (3 for 3 / 2 Doubles / Grand Slam / GWRBI) With Beloit down by three runs and the bases loaded...
Via Athletics Farm
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

A's ballboy hit in head by Ike Davis foul popup (Video)

An Oakland Athletics ballboy was hit in the head by a foul popup from third baseman Ike Davis during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against Houston.The ballboy was in the A's bullpen area in foul territory near short left field. He tried to get out of the way, but he couldn't see the ball as it came down and bounced right off his head. Fortunately, the A's ballboy was wearing...
Via Holdout Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s pitching updates

The Oakland A’s have been on a roller coaster of a ride this early in the season. One game they have a no hitter going, another game they outscore their opponent by double digits runs; then there are those games (far too many for fans to be fond of) that nothing goes their way. Between starting pitchers giving up a handful of runs early in the game, to routine fielding errors,...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics option Kendall Graveman, recall Ryan Cook

The Oakland Athletics announced that starter Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and recalled reliever Ryan Cook. #Athletics recall Ryan Cook from Nashville; option Kendall Graveman to Nashville — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 26, 2015 Graveman struggled in his first four starts posting an 8.27 ERA, 6.76 FIP in 16 1/3 innings pitched with 9 walks and 7...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chavez slides back into A's rotation after 'emotional' Graveman optioned

In a move that isn't entirely surprising considering his early success out of the bullpen, right-hander Jesse Chavez has rejoined the Oakland A's rotation due to some Sunday roster moves. After a tough start on Saturday, young starter Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, the A's announced: That move opened up a rotation spot, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, April 25th: Matt Olson Hits 5th HR in Hounds Loss while Sounds Fall despite Barry Zito’s Best Efforts and Snappers Stage Comeback Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / Walk)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) San Antonio Missions    8 Midland RockHounds  7 LP – Lamb 0-3 /19.00 HR – Olson (5) Farmhand Of The Game: First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / 2 RBIs / Walk) With the RockHounds down by three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning on Saturday, first...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Looking for Consistency Amid Controversy

Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie makes a throwing error, allowing Los Angeles Angels’ Drew Butera to reach first base during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) New A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie has made headlines in his first month in Oakland, albeit for the wrong reasons so far. Case in point...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics’ Ben Zobrist Headed to Disabled List with Torn Knee Cartilage

Oakland Athletics’ Ben Zobrist, left, steals second base while Kansas City Royals second baseman Christian Colon, right, fields a throw during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Oakland A’s starting second baseman Ben Zobrist is headed to the disabled list with torn cartilage in his left...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist to undergo knee surgery

Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Oakland Athletics as he is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Zobrist, 33, had been attempting to play though the injury but has now decided surgery is the best option. During his absence the Athletics will give the majority of the time at second base to Eric Sogard. Though 14 games the versatile Zobrist...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist Lands on DL

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Athletics have placed Ben Zobrist on the DL with a medical meniscus tear. Zobrist was hitting .240 in his first season with the A's, with 1 home run and 8 RBI. The team will bring up Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville.No word on the timetable for Zobrist. He tried to play through the injury but the team is playing it safe by placing him...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, April 24th: Zach Neal Wins Sounds Debut with Help from Max Muncy’s HR while Matt Olson’s HR Propels Hounds to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Oklahoma City Dodgers  1 Nashville Sounds          8 WP – Neal 1-0 / 1.80 HR – Muncy (1), Carrithers (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) Called up from Midland earlier in the day, RHP Zach...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Vogt Picking Up Where He Left Off

Last season, Derek Norris and John Jaso took the bulk of the catching starts for Oakland, starting 140 of Oakland’s games at behind the plate. The duo performed well for the A’s and the 126 wRC+ by Oakland catchers ranked third in Major League Baseball behind only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. As the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bush League Yordano Ventura Needs To Be Taught A Lesson

Baseball has a funny way of policing itself, notorious for an unwritten code of ethics that if crossed usually results in a 95 mph message in the form of a baseball catapulted at you. The recent repeated bush-league actions of Kansas City Royals hurler Yordano Ventura need to be addressed in a big way by the opposition. The Royals have went from Cinderella darlings of the 2014 playoffs...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Desperately Need Sean Doolittle to Return

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle winds up in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) For all the criticism Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics receive for those unconventional, inexplicably effective practices, critics and fans can usually agree on one thing: Oakland’s bullpen...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Stockton Ports v. Bakersfield Blaze Game Notes

In our efforts to branch out and cover as much baseball as we possibly can, I made the 45 minute trek down to Stockton, California, where I was fortunate enough to take in the Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Single-A affiliate) v. Bakersfield Blaze (Seattle Mariners Single-A affiliate) game, featuring some interesting prospects. First, I would like to give a big shout out and thank...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Stephen Vogt the real 'face' of the Oakland A's?

Sean Doolittle has a funky beard and mid-90s velocity. Sonny Gray has a youthful demeanor and ace material on the mound. Coco Crisp, when healthy, is a force atop the lineup and used to have his own signature dance. And yet, is gritty catcher Stephen Vogt the TRUE 'face' of the Oakland A's? That's what Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated suggests in a new column that really does paint...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie blasts Royals fans for ‘antagonizing’ players

The series that the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals played over the weekend was as heated as it gets for mid-April. It all started Friday, when A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie took out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a hard slide. Escobar called the play “dirty” after the game. Then on Saturday, Royals pitcher...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Hahn to miss Thursday start due to blister, Chavez filling in

Oakland A's pitcher Jesse Hahn was dealing last Saturday, keeping the Kansas City Royals at bay until a blister forced him to leave the game in the sixth inning.On Monday, manager Bob Melvin told Joe Stiglich of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area that the blister is enough of an issue to cause Hahn to miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels.In his place...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A new rivalry brews in pretty much the most eventful & exciting April series one can ask for

This weekend’s series vs. the Oakland A’s was something, eh? What was supposed to be the bittersweet return of Billy Butler to Kansas City, became an ugly, hate fueled series in the top of the seventh inning of the opening game Friday night. With the score tied at 4 after a Stephen Vogt’s second home run off of starter Jeremy Guthrie (the third solo shot of the night...
Via Royals Blue
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Billy Butler Hits Baseball out of Minute Maid Park

New Oakland Athletics first baseman Billy Butler hit his first homer as a member of the team Monday night against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. But that’s so far from being the actual story here. Butler literally hit the ball out of the ballpark. No seriously, he did. The towering blast came off Astros starter Scott Feldman, who could do nothing more than just stand...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s rookie Mark Canha quotes Bull Durham in interview

Oakland Athletics rookie Mark Canha had himself a great major league debut on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, going 3/5 with two doubles and four RBI. In his post-game interview, Canha followed a script set up by Bull Durham to a tee. Mark Canha had 4 RBIs in his debut and dropped Bull Durham in his interview. So awesome. @JaneMLB A video posted by johnfergusonii (@johnfergusonii...
Via Awful Announcing
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie has embarrassingly bad game for A's

The Golden Sombrero is a wonderful baseball term used to describe a player who strikes out four times in four at-bats during a game. Wearing the sombrero for a spell is a sure embarrassment to a player, but Brett Lawrie somehow found a way to achieve the most embarrassing Golden Sombrero possible. In Tuesday’s Oakland...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

  The Oakland A’s are hosting their first LGBT Pride Night this year, and not all season ticket holders want to go. Luckily, the girlfriend of A’s closer Sean Doolittle came up with the perfect solution.   Eireann Dolan, who has two moms who are diehard Oakland fans, wrote in a blog post last Friday that although she “was saddened to read some of the replies...
Via NESN.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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