6:02 AM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014

Add Hansen to the list of A’s batting coach possibilities

The A’s have been able to add another strong candidate for the club’s open batting coach position. When Chili Davis took off to be the batting coach with the Boston Red Sox, Oakland thought about trying to hire Dave Hansen,… Continue Reading →
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Jon Lester would be a substantial, expensive upgrade to the Tigers' rotation

The Tigers will probably lose Max Scherzer this offseason, so why not go for the next best thing? The Tigers traded for one of the best left-handed pitchers in the American League already in 2014, acquiring David Price at the non-waiver trade deadline. Hours before that deal was finalized, the Oakland Athletics struck a deal for another excellent lefty, Jon Lester. With Max Scherzer likely to depart this offseason, could the Tigers bring in Lester to maintain their ace-heavy...

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San Francisco Chronicle 9 hours ago

Blanco’s HR opens game; Royals take 2-1 lead

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Gregor Blanco homered to lead off Game 2 – the 19th leadoff homer in World Series history, and the first by a Giants player.  It came on a 3-2 pitch from Yordano Ventura, a 98 mph fastball. Ventura settled down after that, retiring the next three batters, and the Royals evened the score in the bottom of the inning. Lorenzo Cain doubled to left center with one out, Jake Peavy walked Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler delivered an RBI single to left center. In the second, Omar Infante doubled with one out, and with two outs, Alcides...
San Francisco Chronicle 9 hours ago

Gregor Blanco homer opens game, Royals battle back

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Gregor Blanco homered to lead off Game 2 – the 19th leadoff homer in World Series history, and the first by a Giants player.  It came on a 3-2 pitch from Yordano Ventura, a 98 mph fastball. Ventura settled down after that, retiring the next three batters, and the Royals evened the score in the bottom of the inning. Lorenzo Cain doubled to left center with one out, Jake Peavy walked Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler delivered an RBI single to left center. In Game 1, the Giants jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning and cruised from...
Oakland Tribune Oct 21, 2014

Networks encourage fans to watch their competitors

Please watch another channel. That encouragement is popping up more and more during sports broadcasts. Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they're helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they're helping themselves.

Dave Magadan doesn’t get Yankees’ job, might be A’s top choice

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Onetime A’s player Dave Magadan was a finalist for the Yankees’ hitting job, but he told me today that he did not get that position with the Yankees and is “looking elsewhere.” That makes Magadan a frontrunner for Oakland’s open hitting job; Chili Davis accepted the Red Sox’s position yesterday, leaving the A’s with a vacancy. Magadan told me he has “had some conversations” with A’s general manager Billy Beane. The Mets also have talked to Magadan, and he could opt to remain in his current job with Texas – the...
Chili looking forward to life in Boston with Cespedes, but he’s confident A’s offense will be productive again in 2014

Chili looking forward to life in Boston with Cespedes, but he’s confident A’s offense will be productive again in 2014

Outgoing batting coach Chili Davis said the A’s made a good effort to try and keep him in the organization, but when Oakland couldn’t go to three years on a contract the way Boston did, that started him on the… Continue Reading →

Chili Davis goes to Red Sox, A’s seek hitting coach

A’s hitting coach Chili Davis, left, during 2014 A’s spring training. (Michael Macor/The Chronicle) With Chili Davis heading to Boston to become the Red Sox’s new hitting coach as reported by WEEI Boston, the A’s are likely to target Angels’ assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen, sources tell The Chronicle. There is a chance, however that the Angels will promote Hansen to the primary hitting coach position should Don Baylor, who has had some health issues, opt for a different spot on the Angels staff. Also on Oakland’s list: Dave Magadan, the onetime A’s player. Magadan has been...
With Chili heading to Red Sox, A’s have 2 open coaching slots

With Chili heading to Red Sox, A’s have 2 open coaching slots

The A’s will have to make room for two new coaches heading into 2015 with Chili Davis having agreed to move to the Boston Red Sox Sunday as the new batting coach. The A’s had already lost their bench coach… Continue Reading →
A’s behind some of Royals’ success heading to World Series

A’s behind some of Royals’ success heading to World Series

Why is Kansas City the team that’s waiting for the San Francisco Giants in the World Series? You can blame it on (or thank, depending on how you feel about it) the Oakland A’s. So says Don Wakamatsu, the former… Continue Reading →
Oakland Tribune Oct 18, 2014

Oakland: New investor on board for Coliseum City

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday will discuss extending negotiations with a development team that has brought aboard in new investor who will take the lead in trying to build new sports stadiums at the site of O.Co Coliseum and the Oracle Arena.

Chili Davis interviews with Yankees, Red Sox next

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at AT&T Park It’s pretty safe to assume the A’s will be looking for a new hitting coach soon: Chili Davis interviewed for the Yankees’ open spot today, he tells me, and he’s heading to Boston tomorrow to interview with the Red Sox. Davis, of course, played for the Yankees, and he seems as if he would be an excellent fit there. He was Boston’s Triple-A hitting coach before coming to Oakland before the 2012 season. Needless to say, the two behemoths of the AL East typically pay their coaches more than other teams do, and it’s very unlikely...
Oakland Tribune Oct 15, 2014

A's Vogt recuperating from foot surgery

Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington state to begin six to eight weeks of recovery; Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday.
Foot surgery a success, Vogt looks to recover by December

Foot surgery a success, Vogt looks to recover by December

A’s catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington State to begin six-to-eight weeks of recovery. Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot… Continue Reading →

Rangers interested in Chili Davis

The Texas Rangers are preparing for possible changes within the coaching staff and have expressed interest in Oakland Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis. The Rangers have yet to interview Davis because their own hitting coach, Dave Magadan, is still under contract. But Rangers officials have told the coaching staff to seek other jobs until a manager is hired. Davis has spent the last three seasons with the Athletics and there is competition for his services.

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