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Rajai Davis returns to Cleveland after World Series home run

Via Associated Press
16 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Rajai returns to Cleveland, talks World Series

Rajai Davis was back in Cleveland on Monday for the first time since belting his eighth-inning, game-tying home run for the Indians -- this time in the visitor's dugout wearing A's colors prepping for an ordinary four-game series opener. The veteran outfielder, whose homer ultimately went for naught in the Indians' 10-inning loss to the Cubs, received his American League Championship...
Via Athletics.com
1 hour ago

MLB Mock Draft 2017: J.B. Bukauskas is near-consensus pick for Oakland A's

There are a lot of national writers who believe the Sonny Gray clone is heading to Oakland on June 12. The MLB mock draft season is in full swing, and that's worth watching because the Oakland A's hold another high pick this year at #6 overall. Last summer we were surprised when LHP A.J. Puk stayed on the board long enough for Oakland to choose him, but if the mocks are to be believed...
Via Athletics Nation
4 hours ago

Oakland A’s place Kendall Graveman on DL, recall Daniel Mengden

The Oakland A’s placed pitcher Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list with a strained shoulder, the team announced Monday. To replace him on the roster and in the rotation, right-hander Daniel Mengden was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and will start on Monday in Cleveland. This is Graveman’s second trip to the DL this year, both for the same shoulder. He did a minimum...
Via Athletics Nation
5 hours ago

Mengden gets call to start, Graveman on DL

Right-hander Daniel Mengden joined the A's in Cleveland on Monday to start the opener of a four-game series at Progressive Field, pitching in place of Kendall Graveman, who was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Friday, with a right shoulder strain.
Via Athletics.com
5 hours ago

Farm Report: A’s Minor League Team Leaders – Barreto, Chapman, Puk & More

With the first two months of the minor league season almost in the books, it seems like a good time to take a look at the A’s minor league team leaders in a few key hitting and pitching categories. And it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see the names of top prospects like Franklin Barreto, Matt Chapman and A.J. Puk high atop our list of A’s minor league team leaders...
Via Athletics Nation
8 hours ago

Mengden to get call for DL-bound Graveman

Right-hander Daniel Mengden will join the A's in Cleveland on Monday to start the opener of a four-game series at Progressive Field, pitching in place of the DL-bound Kendall Graveman.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Oakland Athletics Have a Valueable Trade Piece--And It's Not Sonny Gray

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Oakland A’s Jharel Cotton Strong In Return

A’s right-hander Jharel Cotton returns to the show with a loss against the Yankees in New York. In five-plus innings of work, though, Cotton performed well and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The A’s lost Jesse Hahn to the 10 day DL on Saturday. They also got support from Jharel Cotton, who made […] Oakland A’s Jharel Cotton Strong In Return - White Cleat Beat - White...
Via Swingin' A's
1 day ago

A’s News: Jharel Cotton Makes His Return

The A’s will welcome back Jharel Cotton on Saturday afternoon in New York. Meanwhile, the team’s concern with Kendall Graveman and Jesse Hahn has grown. The A’s have made several changes to their starting rotation. With Kendall Graveman out with a sore shoulder, the A’s went with Sean Manaea on Friday night. Despite the change, […] A’s News: Jharel Cotton Makes His Return...
Via Swingin' A's
2 days ago

Sean Manaea Helps A’s Capture Win In New York

Sean Manaea‘s brilliant performance helps power the A’s to a 4-1 win over the Yankees in New York. The A’s received a stellar start from Sean Manaea on Friday night. With the win, Manaea improves to 3-3 on the year with a 4.35 ERA. Manaea’s best start of the season lasted seven innings and was […] Sean Manaea Helps A’s Capture Win In New York - White Cleat Beat - White...
Via Swingin' A's
2 days ago

Sonny Gray and the Summer Trade Market

I remember thinking, about a year ago now, that Billy Beane must be feeling pretty good about having Sonny Gray, perhaps one of the best trade chips in baseball. Stephen Strasburg had just signed a contract extension, leaving few, if any, pending free agents around the league and little else available on the trade market at the deadline. With a cost-controlled pitcher, the A’s...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What in the Heck Has Gotten Into Chad Pinder?

Did you know that the A’s lead the American League in home runs? Here’s one of them: Here’s another one of them: Those are two mammoth home runs. More, those are two mammoth home runs hit by the same guy — one Chad Pinder. Pinder is a 25-year-old infielder who’s topped out as Baseball America’s No. 7 Oakland prospect. In Pinder’s best professional season to date, he...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland’s Chad Pinder cranks a freakin’ mammoth dinger

You may not be too familiar with Oakland A’s infielder Chad Pinder, and that would certainly be understandable. The 25-year-old has appeared in just 42 career major league games, and has never appeared on any top-100 prospects lists.But the man can apparently blast gigantic dongs, and that demands our attention.Pinder hit a homer vs the Red Sox on Saturday in Oakland that ESPN’s...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley Jr. robs an A’s walk-off homer, before A’s still hit a walk-off homer

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, it looked like Ryon Healy had taken Red Sox star closer Craig Kimbrel deep to give the A’s a victory in walk-off fashion Friday night in Oakland.But Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made an incredible catch to rob Healy of a homer, and save the game for the Red Sox: Or, at least temporarily save the game for the Red Sox.Just one...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hector Velazquez struggles in 8-3 Oakland A's victory

The Oakland Athletics roughed up Hector Velazquez in his major league debut to the tune of six runs in five innings. Boston's offense could not do much off Sonny Gray after the first few innings and the A's won 8-3.
Via YouTube
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland's Plouffe honors late singer by changing his walk-up music

Oakland Athletics third baseman Trevor Plouffe is paying tribute to Chris Cornell in a unique way.Cornell, the iconic singer who rose to fame fronting the bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog, died on Wednesday night at the age of 52 in an apparent suicide while on tour in Detroit.In the wake of the sad and shocking news, Plouffe tweeted that he would be honoring...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryon Healy’s home run broke a fan’s phone, so the Athletics are buying him a new one

Oakland Athletics third baseman Ryon Healy launched a two-run dinger during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, but the victims included more than just pitcher Chase De Jong. After the 112.7-mph ball sailed over the left field fence, it smashed the phone belonging to a fan named Peter Johnson. That’s a pretty crappy feeling. Johnson seemed to take...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s selling cheapest tickets in MLB to fill stands

The Oakland A’s are offering their fans the best bargain in baseball.For $19.99 per month, fans can purchase a Ballpark Pass. Depending on availability, that grants access to every home game on the team’s schedule from June 1 on.Some of the premium games in that stretch include a three-game series against the Washington Nationals (June 2-4), four games against the New York Yankees...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics’ walk-off win streak inspired by ‘Rally Skittles’?

The Oakland Athletics claim a “sweet” good-luck charm initially discovered during spring training is now paying dividends in the wins-by-walk-off department. And it all starts with Skittles.But in the Athletics’ case, the candy in question is referred to as “Rally Skittles,” or alternatively, “Hittles.” The A’s on Monday night found themselves knotted up 2-2 with...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Has Transformed Himself Into a Power Hitter

Entering his eighth season in the big leagues, we had a lot of data to draw upon when figuring out what kind of hitter Yonder Alonso had been. “Power hitter” definitely wasn’t an adjective anyone would use — until this year. The Oakland Athletics first baseman had hit just 39 homers through his first 2,343 plate appearances, but things have gone quite a bit differently...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Is the New Poster Boy for the Fly Ball Revolution

Yesterday, Yonder Alonso hit a home run. Used to be, that would be notable because Yonder Alonso home runs didn’t happen very often. This year, that home run was notable because it was ninth of the year, matching his career high for home runs in a season. Alonso matched his career-best home run total on May 7th, in his 29th game of the 2017 season. You can only do something like...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire Mike Muchlinski hit directly in groin by Santiago Casilla fastball

Mike Muchlinski didn’t exactly have the most pleasant Thursday afternoon.Muchlinski was umpiring home plate in the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics-Minnesota Twins game when A’s catcher Stephen Vogt, who was setting up outside, got fooled by a Santiago Casilla pitch and it hit Muchlinski right in the groin before Vogt could get a glove up. That can’t have felt good.Brian...
Via Larry Brown Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics announce that prospect Casey Thomas has died

The Oakland Athletics and professional baseball in general were dealt a tragic blow on Tuesday. It was announced that minor leaguer Casey Thomas passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.“We were devastated to hear of this tragedy within the A’s family,” said Oakland’s executive vice president of baseball operations via 95.7 The Game. “Our hearts go out to Tom and his family...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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