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Athletics Nation 7 hours ago

Ben Zobrist is Cubs trade target but Oakland A's GM Billy Beane has not yet conceded

The Cubs are targeting Ben Zobrist for their postseason run, writes the Chicago Sun-Times, but the Athletics general manager is not giving up on the season just yet. The Chicago Cubs have Oakland Athletics everything-man Ben Zobrist as a target heading into this summer's trade season, writes Gordon Wittenmyer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Wittenmyer notes that Zobrist was a favorite of Cubs manager Joe Maddon when they were with the Rays, and that the Cubs could stand to improve their bench depth by using Zobrist around the diamond. I could get into what the Cubs could possibly offer for...
Athletics Nation 9 hours ago

Game #51: A's Win 6-2 Behind Sonny's Brilliant Start

It's another winning streak! The A's have won two in a row and five of their last seven, in what might actually be called a winning week; likely their first all year. Sonny Gray pitched a full eight innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while the A's offense scored an early four runs and a later two. Recap to follow...
Athletics Nation 11 hours ago

Game Thread #51: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees (2)

Doubles, doubles everywhere! created a 4-0 advantage for Sonny Gray and the A's. Sonny was cruising through the game, but a bad decision on an 0-2 pitch led to the Yankees' first hit; a solo home run by Brian McCann. Brett Lawrie made a valiant effort at a home run of his own, but his was just foul. It's 4-1, going to the bottom of the fifth. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
Athletics Nation 11 hours ago

Game #51: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees

After the A's overcame both the Yankees and themselves in a thrilling win last night, they look to make it two in a row behind Sonny Gray tonight as we do this all over again against the Yankees and Chris Capuano. Good evening and Happy Friday to all! What are your weekend plans? Your drink of choice to make it through the game? The A's chances of winning two in a row? I like it! I'm feeling okay-ish about the lineup, I love our starting pitcher, and I really would like to win some more baseball games. Sonny Gray has been awesome this year, while Chris Capuano has struggled, so I'm hoping...
Athletics Nation 14 hours ago

Stephen Vogt's Matt Foley impression is spot on

The Athletics catcher is a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river. Stephen Vogt's referee routine received one of the greatest honors baseball can offer short of the Hall of Fame, a bobblehead (with sound!) for Thursday night's game. What you may not know is that Vogt's talents go beyond calling reach-in fouls, double dribble, and three seconds. Today on Intentional Talk, Stephen Vogt made his case to go to the All-Star Game by bringing in motivational speaker Matt Foley: At the start of spring training, Vogt gave the A's in camp a rundown of Major League Baseball's...
Athletics Nation May 29, 2015

Game #50: Burns, Lawrie power A's past Yankees, A's win 5-4

In spite of early efforts at futility, the A's beat a lefty at home and, if only for a night, bring joy to AN. A's win! A's win! Recap coming.
Athletics Nation May 29, 2015

Game Thread #50: A's vs. Yankees (3)

The A's are up 5-3 thanks to dingers by Burns and Lawrie and some help from the Yankees bullpen.
Athletics Nation May 28, 2015

Game Thread #50: A's vs. Yankees (2)

The A's are down 2-0 thanks to a dinger to massive baby Brian McCann and Josh Phegley's t-rex arms. To the bottom of the fifth we go.
Athletics Nation May 28, 2015

Game #50: A's vs. Yankees

The A's take on the Yankees in game one of a four game set. Remember in 2012 when the A's swept the Yankees, and everything started to feel real and we all started to believe? Maybe this series will be like that! I'm going to say that every game until we're 30 games under .500 in September and we're playing the Rangers for last in the division. Kendall Graveman looks to continue the success he saw in his last outing, and he has a big challenge ahead. Yes, that is a fat CC joke. Google tells me one CC is .0338140227 US fluid ounces (are there other fluid ounces?), but one Yankee CC is...
Athletics Nation May 28, 2015

Kazmir avoids DL after MRI reveals no damage

In the first good news of the year, Kazmir avoids the DL and can possibly return after missing a single start. The A's dodged a bullet today, as Scott Kazmir will not be placed on the DL (for now) after his MRI revealed no damage. Per Jane Lee (below) and Susan Slusser, Kazmir may only miss one start due to a convenient day off on June 6th (Kazmir's next turn in the rotation). The A's can keep Kazmir off the DL by moving up the rotation by a day, leaving the remaining starters on regular rest. Kazmir was pulled after just three innings of his Wednesday start due to shoulder...
Athletics Nation May 28, 2015

The New York Yankees in 1,399 words: An Oakland A's series preview

Here come the Yankees and their fans, who travel obnoxiously well, because a lot of people are from New York, so I don't know what you expected. You buy your ticket and you can yell whatever you want, I guess. This will be over after Sunday. The Oakland Athletics face the American League East's leader once again for a weekend series. This time, however, it's the New York Yankees, who at 25-22 lead the Tampa Bay Rays by 1.5 games. The Yankees just completed a three-game sweep over the Kansas City Royals, but that was just coming off an abysmal 1-10 stretch. Starting pitchers The A's will be...

5/28 to 5/31 Series Preview: Oakland Athletics

For the first time this season, the Yankees will head west and play in the Pacific Time Zone. They open a seven-game trip with a four-game series against the Athletics in Oakland later tonight. The Yankees will make another West Coast trip at the end of June. What Have The A’s Done Lately? Let’s put [...] 5/28 to 5/31 Series Preview: Oakland Athletics is a post from: River Avenue Blues The post 5/28 to 5/31 Series Preview: Oakland Athletics appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Game #49: A's lose 3-2 in the revenge of Yoenis Cespedes

Yeah, you knew Yoenis Cespedes would be the hero for at least one of these games. There was really no way he wasn't going to hit a key, game-changing homer. Josh Donaldson is going to hit a walkoff homer when we're in Toronto, Brandon Moss is going to singlehandedly score every run when we play Cleveland, and Derek Norris is going to throw out at least ten potential base stealers when we play San Diego. It's destiny, and it's the price we pay for our hubris. This game was incredibly boring, in the certain way your 2015 Oakland Athletics have perfected. Were there excellent performances?...
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Oakland A's reliever Sean Doolittle pitches scoreless inning, fastball barely touches 90 mph

Should we be worried about the Athletics flamethrower throwing a high-80s fastball right now? Despite only once recording a fastball at 90 miles per hour, left-handed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle recorded a scoreless sixth inning for the Athletics. He struck out two batters and allowed one hit in his inning of work. Gameday recorded Doolittle throwing two curveballs, three changeups, and nine fastballs in his 14 pitches of work, with Castellanos striking out on an 80 mile per hour changeup. Doolittle's fastball was most frequently recorded at 89 miles per hour. As Doolittle told me the...
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Gamethread #49: Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers (2)

Scott Kazmir left the game with shoulder tightness, and Cespedes hit a 3 run shot. This is the most 2015 A's game possible. RUNZ THREAD
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Game #49: Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers

I hope you've recovered after yesterday's horribly disappointing game, and ready for some day baseball. Today's matchup Scott Kazmir (2-3, 3.09) vs. the Tigers bullpen, starting with Alex Wilson (1-1, 2.29). The reasonWilson's line looks so good is that he hasn't started a game this year for the Tigers – in fact, this is his first MLB start of his career. Kyle Ryan was scheduled to start, but couldn't make it from the Tigers' AAA affiliate in Louisville in time. Expect to see him at some point, but in the meantime, this is a bullpen game for the Tigers. Here are the lineups, featuring,...
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Oakland A's Scott Kazmir possibly injured, exits game after three innings

Scott Kazmir only completed 47 pitches in his outing before Dan Otero was hurriedly warmed up with the Athletics batted in the bottom of the third inning. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir exited Wednesday afternoon's contest against the Detroit Tigers after 47 pitches over three innings. Dan Otero replaced Kazmir to pitch in the top of the fourth inning. Kazmir was just pointing to his shoulder on the broadcast. Welp. #Athletics — Keith Barnard (@Keith2TheCity) May 27, 2015 There is no official word on the nature of Kazmir's injury, or if there is even an injury at...
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Oakland A's injury updates: A.J. Griffin throwing simulated game Thursday

Plus updates on Drew Pomeranz, Eric O'Flaherty, Edward Mujica, and Ike Davis. Oakland Athletics players and manager Bob Melvin provided updates to A's beat reporters on several players currently on the disabled list. A.J. Griffin throwing simulated game Thursday, about a month away Right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has resumed his throwing program, and he is throwing a two-inning simulated game on Thursday, tweets CSN California's Joe Stiglich. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser estimates Griffin is about a month away from being game-ready as he returns from his Tommy...
Athletics Nation May 27, 2015

Game #48: Chavez Twirls Gem, Loses on Unearned Run

Another start, another hard-luck loss for Jesse Chavez, who didn't allow a single earned run in his eight innings, yet somehow managed to lose the game anyway. The A's offense had ample chances against David Price in nearly every inning, but couldn't get a single run across the plate. Both Butler and Fuld came up to bat in crucial situations and between the two of them, they racked up an 0-7 with 8 runners left on base until the ninth, when Fuld scrambled for a two-out double. Unfortunately, he was stranded to complete the A's night, a stunning 0-11 with runners in scoring position. Recap...
Athletics Nation May 26, 2015

Game Thread #48: Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers (2)

Jesse Chavez' hard luck continues; the A's have scored a grand total of six runs in six starts for him. The only run he has allowed through five was scored thanks in part to an error. Meanwhile, the A's have hit Price; they have had the leadoff man on in every single inning so far. Yet..the A's trail 1-0. We go to the bottom of the fifth. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!

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    Ben Zobrist is Cubs trade target but Oakland A's GM Billy Beane has not yet conceded

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    A’s lefty relief corps may be on the road to recovery

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    Stephen Vogt also wows at first base for A’s

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