3:18 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle 2 hours ago

A’s John Axford’s Oscar ploy works for ‘Moonlight’

A’s reliever John Axford is a movie buff whose annual Oscar picks get some attention, particularly after he filled out a perfect ballot three years ago. Axford had told The Chronicle that because he’d picked movies he’d wanted to win Best Picture each of the previous two years and they’d lost, he was going to use “reverse psychology” and pick “La La Land” over “Moonlight” - the film he loved most, in the hopes that would push result in a “Moonlight” victory. “I feel like my reverse-psychology move worked - I finally got the film I wanted to win,” Axford said with...
CSN Bay Area 2 hours ago

After all the confusion, Axford pleased "Moonlight" won

MESA, Ariz. By the time the Academy Awards wrapped Sunday night, As reliever (and movie fanatic) John Axford was content in picking 19 of 24 categories right.Of course, Axford thought hed nailed 20 of 24.He was as shocked as anyone at the mass confusion surrounding...

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CSN Bay Area 19 hours ago

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossetts way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.When the As adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned hed be taking the ball to start Sundays Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.Im here for what they need me for, Gossett said. So anything they need, gimme the ball.
CSN Bay Area 21 hours ago

A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions

A's reliever John Axford is not your casual movie fan. Axford majored in Film at Notre Dame and has a proven track record when it comes to

A’s Sonny Gray: WBC insurance denial ‘an unfortunate thing’

Sonny Gray became the third A’s player to step back from the World Baseball Classic in a week, but his departure from Team USA was not Gray’s choice. “As much as I’d like to participate and represent the A’s and Team USA, it’s just an unfortunate thing that came up and there’s nothing we can really do except try to get ready to start the season,” Gray said Sunday at Hohokam Stadium. The A’s ace wanted to pitch in the second round of the WBC next month, but the insurance carrier for the event pulled the plug because Gray didn’t meet some requirements after twice missing...
CSN Bay Area Feb 26, 2017

A's notes: Smolinski sidelined by sore right shoulder

MESA, Ariz. Outfielder Jake Smolinski is dealing with a right shoulder issue thats keeping him out of games right now.As manager Bob Melvin is hopeful Smolinski might be able to serve as designated hitter soon, but he's having trouble throwing. Theissue was botheringSmolinski when he reported to camp.It may take a little time, Melvin said Sunday morning.
CSN Bay Area Feb 26, 2017

A's Gray won't pitch in WBC due to insurance company issue

Sonny Gray won't pitch in the World Baseball Classic after all.The A's pitcher was slated to pitch for Team USA if the squad reached the

A’s Sonny Gray out of the WBC because of insurance issue

A’s ace Sonny Gray is out of the World Baseball classic after being denied insurance coverage for the event, according to Oakland general manager David Forst. Gray did not comply with all criteria required for coverage, but Major League Baseball pushed hard to try to get a waiver for the right-handed starter to pitch for Team USA. “It’s not up to us or MLB, it’s up to the insurance company,” Forst said. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
CSN Bay Area Feb 25, 2017

Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more

New A's outfielder Rajai Davis nearly kept the Cubs' World Series curse alive with one swing of the bat last year, and Jason Heyward certainly hasn't forgot about it.

A’s fifth-starter battle gets underway in loss to Cubs

Jesse Hahn started for Oakland, and if he hadn’t lunged for a grounder to his right in the second inning, his final line probably would look a lot neater. “That was my fault, I think Semien had a clean play on it,” said Hahn, who’d been hoping he might have a shot at the runner at the plate. “He attacked the zone really well, his changeup looked really good, his curveball was sharper than ever,” catcher Bruce Maxwell said. Hahn, who is trying to win the fifth-starter job, allowed four hits, a walk and three runs and he struck out two in his 1 2/3 innings. Raul Alcantara, also...
CSN Bay Area Feb 25, 2017

A's spring training Day 11: Joyce, Chapman homer vs. Cubs

MESA, Ariz. The Chicago Cubs rolled out their World Series trophy for an adoring sellout crowd to enjoy once again Saturday afternoon.The As? They didnt have any postseason glory to re-live, but their Cactus League opener came with some highlights too.Matt Joyce homered to right field in his second plate appearance with Oakland, and hotshot prospect Matt Chapman picked up where he left off last spring, belting a two-run homer that rounded out the scoring for the As in their 4-3 defeat at Sloan Park.
CSN Bay Area Feb 25, 2017

Hendriks cites travel, readiness as reasons he withdrew from WBC

MESA, Ariz. In his heart, Liam Hendriks wanted to pitch for his national team in the World Baseball Classic. In reality, the As reliever just couldnt justify it.

A’s Liam Hendriks opts out of WBC to focus on season

Another A’s player has decided to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic, citing a desire to correctly prepare for the regular season. On Sunday, Oakland slugger Khris Davis stepped away from Team Mexico, saying he felt overextended and wanted to focus on his commitment to the A’s, and Saturday, reliever Liam Hendriks did the same, leaving Team Australia two days before he was expected to depart for WBC play in Japan. “I’ve been wanting to go in my heart, but when I really sat down and thought about it, I’m not quite I’m where I want to be when it comes to pitching in...
CSN Bay Area Feb 24, 2017

Mailbag: Will A's find Healy regular playing time?

MESA, Ariz. The start of Cactus League games will provide some tangible results and statistics, and that will eventually give us some clarity on how the As 25-man roster will shake out.Until then, its all speculation. And theres no shortage of questions to ponder. With that in mind, Ill periodically open it up to whatever is on your mind regarding this team and try to shed as much insight as I can.And were off From @Mr_Peach33: Is Yonder Alonso going to be taking at-bats away from Ryon Healy?
CSN Bay Area Feb 24, 2017

A's spring training Day 11: Doolittle eager for Casilla to arrive

MESA, Ariz. Its been a strange spring so far for the As bullpen, which holds big potential but has been shorthanded early in camp.Consider

A’s Kendall Graveman finds his style, ready for next level

Kendall Graveman had something of an identity crisis in the first half of the season, at least in terms of his baseball life. “If the game presents itself where I can throw one pitch, I’ll do that,” said Graveman, who will start Sunday’s game against the Angels at Hohokam Stadium. With his transition to sinkerballer, Graveman solidified his status as the A’s No. 2 starter in making a team-high 31 starts, and with Sonny Gray underperforming and dealing with an injury, Graveman really was the team’s ace much of the second half. “His last 15 starts, he was lights out and he’s...

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