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Expectations High For A's Rookie Starter Jharel Cotton

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3 hours ago

Spring Game #31: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

Logan Shore showed off why the A’s picked him second in last year’s draft. That’s it! ***Click Here to Revisit Today’s Game Thread*** Making a spot start today for the A’s, so the Angels don’t learn any of Raul Alcantara’s filthy pitching secrets, Logan Shore was the best pitcher on the mound for Oakland. For his first three innings, Shore faced just one over the...
Via Athletics Nation
12 hours ago

Shore part of next wave of A's big leaguers

The A's dipped into the Minors for a starter Tuesday, electing right-hander Logan Shore -- their second-round Draft pick last year -- to handle a star-studded Angels lineup. Shore struck out two batters in the opening frame, including Mike Trout, and three overall in a four-inning outing.
Via Athletics.com
12 hours ago

Jose Canseco Will Be Oakland Athletics TV Analyst in 2017

Via FOX Sports
14 hours ago

Oakland Athletics: Raiders' Move Paves Way for New Ballpark in East Bay

Via FOX Sports
19 hours ago

Canseco, Braden, Stewart join broadcast team

Jose Canseco is coming to a TV near you. The outspoken, controversial figure will join former Oakland pitchers Dave Stewart and Dallas Braden as studio analysts for the A's Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows on NBC Sports California this season, the network announced Monday.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Alejandro De Aza released, outfield picture clarifies

The Oakland A’s released outfielder Alejandro De Aza on Monday, the team announced. De Aza had an opt-out clause in his contract and had decided to use it, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. He is now a free agent, but Slusser notes that the A’s could re-sign him if no other club shows interest. De Aza had appeared to be a leading candidate for a bench role on the...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

A's outfield takes shape with release of De Aza

Veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who was enjoying a productive spring with the A's, has opted out of his Minor League contract in favor of free agency.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Starting rotation appears set, for now

The Oakland A’s starting rotation was arguably the biggest unknown entering spring training, but it appears the puzzle was solved on Sunday — for now, at least. The A’s sent Jesse Hahn back to Triple-A, leaving the following five beginning Opening Day (via Susan Slusser, S.F. Chronicle): Kendall Graveman, RHP Sean Manaea, LHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Andrew Triggs, RHP Raul...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Alejandro De Aza Opts Out Of Athletics Contract

MONDAY: De Aza has in fact opted out, Slusser tweets. SUNDAY: Alejandro De Aza is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the A’s on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  De Aza is the second notable A’s veteran to opt out in as many days, after Ross Detwiler used his clause earlier today. De Aza signed his deal with...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Oakland mayor asks for delay in Raiders-to-Vegas vote

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland’s mayor is asking NFL owners to delay voting on a proposed move by the Raiders to Las Vegas. She wants her city to have a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium deal at the Coliseum site. The letters were given to owners Monday morning in Phoenix before a vote is expected on allowing the Raiders to relocate. The team...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

A’s Ross Detwiler Opts Out Of Contract

SUNDAY: Detwiler has opted out, tweets Slusser. SATURDAY: With little chance to make the Athletics’ season-opening roster, left-hander Ross Detwiler is likely to opt out of his minor league contract Sunday, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s unclear whether other teams will have interest in Detwiler if he becomes a free agent, per Slusser, but it seems...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

A's Jake Smolinski has surgery, will wear sling for 4 weeks

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics outfielder Jake Smolinski had surgery on his right shoulder and will be in a sling for the next four weeks. The team said Smolinski had an arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Scottsdale to repair his labrum and remove a bursa. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bone and surrounding tissue. Smolinski appeared...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners release hilarious bat-flip commercial, feud with A’s on Twitter

If there were a World Series of digital marketing, the Seattle Mariners would have a dynasty by now.The Mariners have long had one of the most engaging social media presences in sports, and their annual commercials (Remember Larry Bernandez?) are unfailingly amusing.But Seattle might have one-upped itself this year.On Wednesday, the Mariners tweeted out four 30-second ads, and while...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s to lower beer prices at the Coliseum

The Oakland A’s aren’t expected to do much of anything this season, which means the fan experience at the horrendously awful Oakland Coliseum becomes that much more important to keep the turnstiles spinning. So, as any bad team might do, the A’s are lowering beer prices this season.New team President Dave Kaval has done as much as possible to embrace the fan base and inject...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Has Changed His Mind

Have you seen what Yonder Alonso is doing this spring? You might not recognize it. If he qualified, his .421/.560/.789 line would the third-best in baseball. While it’s easy to dismiss a spring fling from an established player, this player spent the offseason thinking differently. Now he’s moving differently at the plate, too. First, let’s look at a typical swing of Alonso’s...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Here are the six players you’ll be most surprised to see in the World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic is underway, and so far it has been a lot of fun. Team Israel began 3-0 to advance to the next pool, Cuba and Japan cruised as they typically do, the Dominican Republic looked unstoppable in a win over Canada and the United States won on a walk-off Friday.One of the many pleasures of the WBC is checking in on players you once knew and loved whom you haven’t...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

A's manager Bob Melvin departs Arizona for personal matter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has left spring training to tend to a personal matter. A timetable for Melvin's return to Arizona was unclear, the club said Friday. Bench coach Mark Kotsay will manage the A's during Melvin's absence. The 55-year-old Melvin is beginning his fifth season managing Oakland after previous managerial stints with Seattle and Arizona. .
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics' Sonny Gray to begin season on disabled list

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list with a lat strain and has been shut down from throwing for the next three weeks. The team made the announcement Thursday, and general manager David Forst said there's no timetable for the right-hander beyond the preliminary stretch. This is a big blow to the A's and Gray, who was eager...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Sonny Gray to miss first three weeks of regular season

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, A’s pitcher Sonny Gray will be out for the first three weeks of the regular season. Slusser announced on Twitter Thursday the delay was due to a lat strain. The 2015 All-Star was once talked about as a possible Cy Young Award winner during the same season when he posted a 3.08 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 208 innings.Since...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Jesse Hahn Get His Groove Back?

You might have forgotten about Jesse Hahn, but I assure you he is alive and well and competing for a spot in the Oakland rotation this spring. Elbow issues cut his 2015 season short, and a shoulder strain and performance inconsistency limited him to 46 innings with the A’s last season when he posted a 5.63 FIP and an ugly 2% K-BB% mark. It was a lost year for Hahn. But Hahn was...
Via Fangraphs
February 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/10: Football season ends just in time for baseball to begin

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and happy Friday to everyone. Welcome to YB's Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for John Wick to come get us.Happy birthday to Greg Norman, Mark Spitz, John Calipari, Ty Law, Lance Berkman, Mike Ribeiro and Alex Gordon. On this date in 1968, Peggy Fleming won the...
Via Yardbarker
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
February 06, 2017  |  Discuss
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