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Athletics Nation Sep 18, 2014
Athletics injury update: Josh Reddick out with ankle and neck injuries

Athletics injury update: Josh Reddick out with ankle and neck injuries

The right fielder is unavailable for today's game, and is day-to-day. In Wednesday night's game, Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick sustained ankle and neck injuries while tripping over first base beating out an infield check swing single, according to reports from the A's beat writers. While he remained in the game in right field (and squeezed two of the three outs in the top of the ninth), Reddick is not available to play today. Brandon Moss will play in the outfield. Stephen Vogt made an appearance pinch hitting for designated hitter Derek Norris last night, and reached on an...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2014

Daily Link Dump 9/17/14

Links before the middle game of this three-game set. John Jaso is most likely done for the year. Many here at Athletics Nation advocated for him to transition to a DH/1B this season to avoid this specific issue, in addition to the fact that he wasn't particularly gifted as a catcher. Delmon Young believes the key to the postseason is to "keep your booty loose." This differs from conventional wisdom. Joe West has been handed a one-game suspension for putting his hands on Jonathan Papelbon. Derek Holland has been using an interesting two-pitch mix. Welcome to the 21st century. Check out...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2014

Oakland mayoral candidate interviews

AN speaks with Oakland mayoral candidates regarding their stances on the future of professional sports in Oakland. This is the third installment in an (increasingly) extended series featuring Oakland mayoral candidates in the upcoming November 2014 elections, discussing their feelings and positions most specifically regarding a new venue for the A's in the City of Oakland. Today, I've written up my interview with Dan Siegel, a longtime Oakland resident and civil rights attorney who served as Mayor Jean Quan's legal advisor until 2011, when he resigned in protest of the Mayor's...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2014

Wednesday Podcast: What Happened to the Oakland Athletics?

Alex Hall stops by the Phil Naessens Show to help Phil figure out what happened to the A's! Hey Athletics Nation! I'm back in America and finally settled for a bit. Man, has the transition been harder then I thought it would be. You know the saying "you can't go home"? Seems there's some truth to that saying. Like a LOT of truth! Man oh man has America changed. I guess after twelve years some things are bound to change but geesh I didn't expect America to be so different. Just yesterday someone actually got arrested at the local library for disturbing the peace. Never thought I'd see the...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2014

Game #150: Smolinski, Rangers rock the Kazmir

Adam Rosales was batting third tonight. The Rangers won anyway, 6-3. That's all you really need to know, but by all means, proceed if you're a sadist. OK, so you're a sadist, but I'm still going to try to keep it short. Derek Norris, clearly not 100 percent or particularly close after sustaining a hip injury earlier in the week, started anyway against a right-handed pitcher and gave up two stolen bases. Why Geovany Soto wasn't playing in his place remains a mystery, especially considering that Norris' principal role on this club is to mash left-handed pitching. Jed Lowrie, not injured and...
Athletics Nation Sep 17, 2014

Game Thread #150: A's vs. Rangers (4)

Derek Norris threw a guy out, so that's something...6-3 Rangers heading into the bottom of the 8th inning.
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Game Thread #150: A's vs. Rangers (3)

You wouldn't figure this was a Major League Baseball game if you didn't know. 6-2 Texas, halfway through.
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Game Thread #150: A's vs. Rangers (2)

After three and a half in Oakland, the Rangers lead the Athletics, 3-0, two of which came Jake Smolinski's first Major League home run. The A's are repeatedly threatening Nick Tepesch, though, with Josh Donaldson, Adam Dunn, and Brandon Moss due up in the third.
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Game #150: A's vs. Rangers

Oakland takes on Texas, live from the O.Co Coliseum at 7:05pm. Coming off two huge wins in Seattle, the A's return to Oakland for the year's final homestand. As difficult as it is to believe that the regular season is already winding down, it's the truth. Thankfully, the A's get as gentle a homestand as they could reasonably ask for, with three games each against Texas, Philadelphia, and Anaheim, in that order. Tonight's game is the first in the set against the Rangers, and the pitching responsibilities for Oakland lie with Scott Kazmir, who looked fantastic in his most recent start, which...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Daily Link Dump 9/16/14

Links before a Tuesday night with the Rangers. George Springer is officially done for the season. When the Astros came to the Coliseum earlier this month, he was with the team and was shagging flies in batting practice. The Blue Jays will make a qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera. Josh Hamilton is back in action tonight. Marcus Stroman will inexplicably not be punished for last night's headhunting. Matt Shoemaker will have an MRI on his rib cage today. Who is having a horrible year in terms of pitch framing? Why, it's Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Chris Davis is using his time on the suspended...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Rangers Series Preview: Q&A with Adam J Morris of Lone Star Ball

With the A's and Rangers squaring off for three games, I asked Adam J Morris of Lone Star Ball a few questions about his favorite team. Here's what he had to say! The Oakland Athletics exorcised a couple of enormous demons last weekend -- they beat Felix Hernandez for the first time in 2014, and Brandon Moss homered for the first time since July 24. After teetering on the brink of full-on collapse, the A's won the series in Seattle and retained their spot atop the Wild Card standings, one game ahead of the Kansas City Royals and three games ahead of the Mariners. Now they return to Oakland...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014
Reasons to hate every MLB team

Reasons to hate every MLB team

Haters gonna hate. But we have reasons. With the weak, pathetic nose dive of the A's season, I found myself getting more and more bitter. The longer I watch baseball, the more I find that I hate almost every team besides the A's. Of course, if the A's end up losing their way out of the postseason, I will hate them most of all. However, with 162 games a year and the advent of interleague play, there's plenty of opportunities to build a healthy distaste for every squad, not just your own! But even us grumbling curmudgeons like to know that our hate is rooted in something. Something I tell...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

Oakland Athletics Week 24 Review

In which dragons are slain. When we look back on 2014, last week will end up representing one of two things. It will either be a brief breath of fresh air amid the larger second-half collapse of the Oakland Athletics, or it will be the moment when things turned back around and the A's rediscovered their path to October. The week began with the A's losing three out of four games to a Chicago White Sox team that had already more or less given up on the season; heck, Oakland's lineup featured one of Chicago's best hitters (Adam Dunn), acquired a couple weeks ago in a salary dump. When they...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014

The A's can still make August's nightmare vanish

As bad as Oakland has been in August and September, a few weeks of .500 baseball and a Wild Card win can make everything go back to normal. If "the collapse" had never happened and the A's were still in first place, they would be expecting to play the Angels in the American League Division Series. Yes, Anaheim would have to go through the Wild Card game in this scenario, and they'd have to take on Detroit, Kansas City, or Seattle in that one-game playoff. But even in July, the Angels had so clearly established themselves as baseball's second-best team that it wasn't worth discussing — one...
Athletics Nation Sep 16, 2014
Athletics magic number: 11, games to watch Tues. Sep. 16

Athletics magic number: 11, games to watch Tues. Sep. 16

A look back at Monday's AL Wild Card scoreboard, and a look ahead to Tuesday's action. The magic number for the Oakland Athletics is down to 11, with the Seattle Mariners getting absolutely trounced by the Los Angeles Angels. The A's now take a three-game lead over Seattle for a spot in the postseason with 13 games remaining. By the way, the Angels clinched a berth in the postseason win their win, and their magic number to clinch the AL West is now three against the A's. In that game, two players exited with injuries. Albert Pujols pulled up on a bases-clearing double with a left hamstring...
Athletics Nation Sep 15, 2014
River Cats to end Triple-A affiliation with Athletics

River Cats to end Triple-A affiliation with Athletics

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Sacramento River Cats have filed to end their 15-year Triple-A affiliation with the Oakland Athletics. Slusser reports that the Nashville Sounds are the most likely to become Oakland's new Triple-A affiliate. Nashville, like Sacramento, plays in the Pacific Coast League, and is currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sounds will be opening a new ballpark in Nashville next season. According to Slusser, other Pacific Coast League teams filing to end their affiliations with their current clubs are Fresno (San...
Athletics Nation Sep 15, 2014
Down On The Farm: A's Final 2014 Minor League Stat Leaders

Down On The Farm: A's Final 2014 Minor League Stat Leaders

With the minor league season now completely over, I compiled this list of A's minor league leaders in 21 statistical categories for my Athletics Farm site that I thought some of you might enjoy getting a look at here on Athletics Nation. But first, I wanted to offer a brief Midland RockHounds postseason update... After winning their divisional series the previous week, the RockHounds began playing in the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series this past week. Midland won Game #1 in Tulsa behind Nate Long's solid 8-inning outing and Kent Matthes's 3-run homer. The RockHounds then...
Athletics Nation Sep 15, 2014

Athletics postseason magic number: 12, Games to watch Mon. Sep. 15

A look back at Sunday's AL Wild Card scoreboard, and a look ahead to Monday's action while the Athletics take their final off-day of the regular season. At the top of the Wild Card table, things went just about as good as possible. Every Wild Card contender except Oakland lost today. The Athletics defeated the Mariners to knock the postseason magic number down to 12 A's victories and Mariners losses. Here are the AL Wild Card standings with just 13 Oakland Athletics games remaining: Wins Losses GB 9/14 OAK Magic...
Athletics Nation Sep 14, 2014
Athletics reset rotation for final 13 games, Sonny Gray on turn to pitch Game 162

Athletics reset rotation for final 13 games, Sonny Gray on turn to pitch Game 162

The Athletics will send Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija, and Sonny Gray to the hill in that order to face the Texas Rangers between September 16-18. Kazmir and Samardzija are swapping places in the rotation, and Sonny Gray moves ahead of Jason Hammel. By doing so, Sonny Gray will be on turn to pitch the final game of the regular season instead of Jason Hammel. Jon Lester remains on turn to pitch either a tiebreaker to get into the Wild Card game, or the Wild Card game itself: Athletics remaining schedule Date A's Pitcher Opponent Home/Away 16-Sep Scott Kazmir Texas...
Athletics Nation Sep 14, 2014

Game #149: Athletics shutout Mariners 4-0, win 2-in-a-row

The Athletics won the final series of the year against the Mariners 4-0, completing the A's 12th shutout of the season. Brandon Moss homered for the first time since July 24. Your complete recap shortly.

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