5:19 PM EDT, Sun September 24, 2017

A’s closer Blake Treinen is ‘a Disney story in the making’

Blake Treinen, the A’s new closer, had perhaps the best possible training for his high-stress job, one that requires the ability to remain unaffected by inevitable failures. Treinen, 29, never got a break as an amateur, overcoming obstacle after obstacle to make a Division 1 baseball team. The big leagues? A crazy notion. “If someone wanted to grab hold of it, it’s a Disney story in the making,” said former minor-leaguer Don Czyz, who helped Treinen finally find a college landing spot. As a youth, Treinen had...

Similar story for A’s: 3 homers, 4-hour game and a loss

The A’s aren’t exactly homer-or-bust, but they’re the closest thing to it in their Oakland history. This year’s team deserves to be exactly where it stands, buried in last place for a third straight season. But one thing the A’s do in abundance is hit balls over the outfield wall. They hit three homers in one inning Tuesday night at the Coliseum, but it mattered little in an 8-7 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. Ben Revere’s RBI single off Blake Treinen was the difference, and Oakland’s losing streak extended to eight games, its longest since...

After early lead, A’s lose in ninth on wild pitch by Blake Treinen

SEATTLE - The A’s absorbed one gut-punch Wednesday when they scored eight times in the fourth but went on to lose via bullpen meltdown in Anaheim. Saturday was the latest iteration. Oakland led much of the way at Safeco field, but the Mariners chipped away until tying it up in the eighth and going on to win 7-6 in the ninth on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Blake Treinen. The A’s have lost five games in a row and they fell a season-high 19 games below .500 at 58-77. Two errors by rookie first baseman Matt Olson, who is generally a strong fielder, helped...

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