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Athletics Nation 10 hours ago

Game #137: The Athletics' slump is Dunn with a 6-1 victory over the Mariners

The new misfit toys led the charge as the Athletics broke their four-game losing streak. When Adam Dunn was a free agent prior to the 2011 season, I kind of wanted the Oakland Athletics to sign him. The A's were coming off a solid season built around pitching and defense, and they needed to add power to the lineup if they wanted to build on that success. They ended up getting Josh Willingham, and Dunn signed with the White Sox. Although that 2011 team didn't go anywhere, it still looked like they'd dodged a bullet after Dunn posted .569 OPS in Chicago and threatened the MLB record for worst...
Athletics Nation 11 hours ago

Game Thread #137: A's vs. Mariners (3)

Thing have calmed down, which is perfectly fine when you have a five-run lead. Jason Hammel is dealing, with a two-hitter going through five frames; he's only thrown 64 pitches so far. Geo Soto just threw out a speedy runner (Endy Chavez) trying to steal second, and it wasn't close. If nothing else happened for the rest of the afternoon, I'd be perfectly happy because the A's would have cruised to a win. MOJO THREAD!
Athletics Nation 12 hours ago

Game Thread #137: A's vs. Mariners (2)

This game rules. In Adam Dunn's first at-bat as an Athletic, he launched a two-run homer. Later in the first inning, Geo Soto knocked a two-run single. The A's ended up batting around and knocking out starter Chris Young. Taijuan Walker is now pitching for Seattle. It's 5-0 A's, entering the bottom of the second. Keep it rolling, fellas.
Athletics Nation 14 hours ago

Oakland Athletics Week 22 Review

In which the division starts to slip away. "Hey, things could be worse." - Oakland Athletics fans, a week ago. Things got worse. The A's entered the week with a one-game deficit in the AL West, coming off a momentum-building series win against the division-leading Angels. They took two out of three in Houston to start the week, which allowed them to keep pace in the pennant race. And then ... splat. The A's fell flat on their faces as they got swept in a four-game set in Anaheim. That's a 2-5 record for the week, and now a five-game deficit in the division with 26 games remaining. It's not...
Athletics Nation 15 hours ago

Mariners Series Preview: Q&A with Patrick Dubuque of Lookout Landing

With the A's and Mariners squaring off for three games, I asked Patrick Dubuque of Lookout Landing a few questions about his favorite team. Here's what he had to say! It's a new month for the Oakland Athletics, and I don't want to talk about the one we just finished. All that matters is that it didn't go well and the team is now five games out of first place after spending most of the season as the best team in baseball. It's time for some comeback magic. These are the expected pitching matchups for the series: Mon: Jason Hammel vs. Chris YoungTue: Sonny Gray vs. James PaxtonWed: Jon...
Athletics Nation 16 hours ago
Forecasting Oakland's September

Forecasting Oakland's September

How do Oakland and Los Angeles' schedules shape up for an AL West battle in September? Happy Labor Day, AN. Here's some pregame reading before the A's take on Seattle at 1:05pm at the Coliseum. The A's haven't played baseball this bad since Bob Geren was their manager. By the numbers, sure, they might have a few longer losing streaks between 2011 and now, and Oakland is 4-6 over its last 10 games, which is objectively not terrible. But at no point in the Bob Melvin era has such a profound feeling of doom descended upon this team and its fans. Obviously, the expectations the A's faced in...
Athletics Nation 16 hours ago

September 1 call-ups announced: Burns, Anderson, Rodriguez promoted; Lowrie and Dunn activated

Five players were activated for Monday afternoon's game against the Seattle Mariners. The Oakland Athletics announced that five players will be activated for the September 1 game against the Seattle Mariners. Speedy outfielder Billy Burns, right-handed batting catcher Bryan Anderson, right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez were the Triple-A regulars promoted. Jed Lowrie is activated from the disabled list and Adam Dunn reports to Oakland today. Nate Freiman and Drew Pomeranz, assigned to Class A Beloit, are eligible to be activated on September 2 after the conclusion of Beloit's season...
Athletics Nation 19 hours ago
Down On The Farm: The Playoff Picture

Down On The Farm: The Playoff Picture

With the regular season ending on Monday for most of the A's affiliates, we know that Midland and Stockton will definitely be playing in the postseason, but the outcome of Monday's game in Sacramento will determine whether the River Cats get to keep playing or get to go home. You can keep tabs on all the A's top prospects and minor league teams on my Athletics Farm site and get lots more details on all the latest down on the farm right here on Athletics Nation... SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS Much like the A's, the River Cats led their division for much of the year. But they hit a bit of a...
Athletics Nation Sep 1, 2014

Remembering Why We Do It: How To Watch Baseball When You Hate It

So the A's could probably lose the rest of their games this year and they still probably won't reach as low of a point as this moment right now, fresh off a four-game sweep by their hated division rivals. And there is a dawning realization as you realize that the anger you feel on a daily basis isn't even directed at another team, or another player, or the umpire this time, but at your own team. And that's the worst feeling of all. “Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted,...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014

4th Wheel Falls Off As A's Complete August Collapse, 8-1

Adorned with a 5 o'clock shadow and weathered good looks, he sits down at the blackjack table where Stephanie is dealing at the end of her 7pm-midnight shift. He pushes a stack of chips forward and is promptly dealt a 19. As he gets a congratulatory pat on the shoulder from the man at the stool next to him, Stephanie smiles. "Nice hand," she acknowledges as she prepares to offer cards to any other takers around the table. "Hit me." Around the table, looks are exchanged. "Did I hear that right?" "Who is this guy?" "He knows this is the blackjack table, right?" "You sure, cowboy?" Stephanie...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014

Game Thread #136: A's at Angels (2)

6-0 Angels at the stretch. Have fun.
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014
Game Thread #136: A's at Angels

Game Thread #136: A's at Angels

Today may as well be a one-game playoff, because if the A's don't win this showdown they will return to Oakland 5 games back with 26 to play, and the upcoming series with Seattle will begin to feel like a battle for the wild card. On the plus side, perhaps today will be the "avoid a 4-game sweep on the road against the team you're chasing" that started Oakland's rise in 2012. Remember when Travis Blackley bested Yu Darvish and Oakland began a surge that ended with the AL West crown? Let's hope that Scott Kazmir can channel some of that lefty magic against a guy who makes shoes. That would...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014

Athletics and White Sox players and staff react to Adam Dunn deal

Both the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox beat writers are reporting player and general manager reactions to Adam Dunn getting traded: Athletics Brandon Moss: Moss says Dunn will help lengthen out the lineup: "He's the kind of guy that has the ability to change the game with one swing of the bat." — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 31, 2014 Outfielder Jonny Gomes: Jonny Gomes is good friends with Adam Dunn and has talked to him, said he has real passion in voice about coming to team with chance to win. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014 #Athletics Jonny Gomes on...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014
Athletics acquire Adam Dunn

Athletics acquire Adam Dunn

The Oakland Athletics announced that they have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. The Oakland Athletics announced that they have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox today, in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. To complete the trade, Dunn waived his limited no-trade clause. The move before the end of August 31 makes Dunn eligible for the A's postseason roster, should they advance that...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014

DUNN DEAL: Athletics trade for Adam Dunn and cash from White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn

The Oakland Athletics announced that they have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox today, in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. To complete the trade, Dunn waived his limited no-trade clause. The move before the end of August 31 makes Dunn eligible for the A's postseason roster, should they advance that far. The cash considerations will aid the Athletics in paying for Dunn's final month of a $15,000,000 salary year. The 34-year-old is considering retirement at the end of this season. Dunn leads active players...
Athletics Nation Aug 31, 2014
MLB Trade Rumors: Athletics interested in Adam Dunn, according to Tom Verducci

MLB Trade Rumors: Athletics interested in Adam Dunn, according to Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that both the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants "are among teams interested in acquiring Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn before the Monday deadline for postseason eligibility." Adam Dunn could bring an added power bat to what can charitably be described as a struggling offense that is sitting on a 22-inning scoreless streak dealing with injuries to key contributors. The 34-year-old left-handed batter is .220/.340/.433 this year, and his his 20th home run of the season Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers. Dunn has mostly impressed...
Athletics Nation Aug 30, 2014
Game #135: Do they make condolence cards for baseball offenses? Angels 2, Athletics 0

Game #135: Do they make condolence cards for baseball offenses? Angels 2, Athletics 0

The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics by the final of 2-0. Your full recap here shortly.
Athletics Nation Aug 30, 2014

Game Thread #135: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels (3)

It's still 2-0 Angels after 8. Top of the order coming up.
Athletics Nation Aug 30, 2014

Game Thread #135: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels (2)

Win just one for the Coco. 2-0 Angels through four.
Athletics Nation Aug 30, 2014

Game #135: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

Coco's got to go, A's fans. It's all right. He's not afraid. Some time, A's fans, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Coco. I don't know where he'll be then, A's fans. But he'll know about it, and he'll be happy. The only other time Jeff Samardzija made a Major League start on a college football Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Purdue Boilermakers 20-17 to win the Sheleighleigh Trophy for a fifth consecutive year on September 8, 2012. That night, the...

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