11:10 PM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015
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Rays prospect Daniel Robertson homers twice against Red Sox

PORT CHARLOTTE — SS Daniel Robertson, the prized prospect acquired from Oakland in the Ben Zobrist deal, had already made a good impression on Rays officials during his short stint in camp.
Melvin has the middle of the A’s lineup all plotted out

Melvin has the middle of the A’s lineup all plotted out

Ask Bob Melvin, and the A’s manager will tell you that he hasn’t announced the makeup of the middle part of his lineup. He hasn’t, not in so many words. But Ben Zobrist has made 14 starts, including Thursday against… Continue Reading →

A’s veterans, new guys, getting ready at right time

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Hohokam Stadium Brett LawrieBrett Lawrie takes a big hack earlier this spring. Associated Press The A’s hadn’t had much offense yet from Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie and Stephen Vogt, but today all three showed some signs that they’re starting to hit probably just at the right time. As Lawrie joked to me after the game, “I’m trying to save ‘em! They don’t count yet!” Ben Zobrist, the one everyday new addition who has been hitting consistently well most of the spring, started a two-out rally in the first off Red starter Raisel...

Ben Zobrist a late scratch with shoulder tightness

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser in Glendale, Arizona as0306New A’s super-utility player Ben Zobrist. Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle Manager Bob Melvin said it’s not a big deal, but Ben Zobrist, the A’s key acquisition this winter, was scratched from today’s lineup vs. the Dodgers with tightness under his left shoulder blade. Were this the regular season, Zobrist would be playing, but on March 16, there’s no reason to push it. Injuries have been stacking up for Oakland this spring, but Coco Crisp is expected back tomorrow from elbow soreness and Ike Davis could be back the...

New name for right field (if Josh Reddick can’t go A’s opener)

New candidate for right field: Ben Zobrist, Mr. Everywhere. The versatile Zobrist was the first guy manager Bob Melvin mentioned when I asked him if there’s a leader in the clubhouse to replace Josh Reddick if Reddick is unavailable for the season opener. With Zobrist in right (against right-handers), Eric Sogard could play second, said Melvin, who also mentioned Mark Canha and Craig Gentry as possible right fielders. Reddick is rehabbing from a strained oblique. “That’s what we’re built around, being flexible and deep as far as the roster goes,” Melvin said. ***** The A’s are...

Zobrist may yet wind up in right field for the A’s

When Ben Zobrist came to the A’s, it was with the understanding that he would be Oakland’s starting second baseman. But Zobrist, who played in the outfield nearly as much as the infield in helping build Tampa Bay into a… Continue Reading →

A’s face Jeff Samardzija, Stephen Vogt’s ref routine and Jim Harbaugh’s ‘jungle lions’

Jeff Samardzija is facing the A’s today, and let’s count his former Oakland teammates who are in the lineup: Coco Crisp. Craig Gentry. Eric Sogard. Can we count Bryan Anderson? Otherwise, a lot of new guys wearing the colors Samardzija wore last season: Ben Zobrist, Billy Butler, Ike Davis, Brett Lawrie and Jason Pridie. The

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