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Athletics Nation 7 hours ago
Game #99: Houston bullpen beats Oakland bullpen - A's 2, Astros 3 (12)

Game #99: Houston bullpen beats Oakland bullpen - A's 2, Astros 3 (12)

Twelve innings played, but the Astros bullpen outlasted the Athletics bullpen as Houston defeats Oakland by the score of 3-2 after four hours and nine minutes. Another night, another quality start for Scott Kazmir, who carried the A's past Houston even though his offense seemed to have violated a sacred BABIP burial ground, or done something else egregious to upset the baseball gods. Kazmir went seven innings deep, keeping his slate clean outside of a two-run 3rd inning, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out six. For much of the game, it seemed Brett Oberholtzer had found real...
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

Game Thread #99: A's vs. Astros (4)

Lev has to pick somebody up from SFO. I've been called into relief threading. RELIEF WINS THREAD. I HAVE THE WILL TO WIN. Tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the 11th.
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

Game Thread #99: A's vs. Astros (3)

On to extras, with the game tied at 2.
Athletics Nation 10 hours ago

Game Thread #99: A's vs. Astros (2)

Houston leads Oakland, 2-1, entering the bottom of the 5th inning.
Athletics Nation 10 hours ago

Game #99: A's vs. Astros

It's time to have A's baseball played on a regular basis again. Coming out of the All-Star Break and a Monday off-day, Oakland has played just three games in the last nine days. Fresh off a series win against first-place Baltimore, the A's will get something of an easier test to close out the brief homestand: three games against the Houston Astros, who are out of the cellar for the first time in what seems like a very, very long time. That said, the Astros' leap into fourth place in the AL West is more a result of the Rangers' epic, injury-induced collapse — Houston is making very good...
Athletics Nation 12 hours ago

Astros Series Preview: Q&A with Ryan Dunsmore of The Crawfish Boxes

With the A's and Astros squaring off for three games, I asked Ryan Dunsmore of The Crawfish Boxes a few questions about his favorite team. Here's what he had to say! Thus begins the soft part of the Oakland Athletics' 2014 schedule. With the series against the Orioles in the books, we can now look forward to a lot of Astros and Rangers, two of the four worst teams in baseball right now, over the next week and a half. After that, it's a lot of fading Royals, last-place Rays, and last-place Twins to take us through the middle of August. The A's passed their final test against a fellow...
Athletics Nation 15 hours ago

Daily Link Dump 7/22/14

Links before the series opener with Houston. Rob Manfred is now considered the heavy favorite to replace Bud Selig as commissioner. Apparently, the DBacks told Brandon McCarthy not to throw his cutter. After three games, Geovany Soto returns to the disabled list. It's been that kind of year for Texas. Chase Headley has been dealt to the Yankees. Mike Petriello writes that the move should have been made two years ago when Headley's value was at his highest. At one time, the A's had interest in Headley. Grant Brisbee looks at all the Headley trade rumors over the past two seasons. As...
Athletics Nation 17 hours ago

Josh Reddick activated from disabled list, Andy Parrino optioned to Sacramento River Cats; injury updates

Josh Reddick returns from his second visit to the disabled list. We update you on the A's remaining injuries. The Oakland Athletics announced today that right fielder Josh Reddick was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list ahead of this evening's game against the Houston Astros. Reddick, 27, had been on the disabled list since June 29 with a right knee strain suffered during the A's trip against the Miami Marlins. Andy Parrino, 28, was optioned to the Sacramento River Cats yesterday to make room for Reddick on the active roster. Parrino himself had been recalled on July 12 after Alberto...
Athletics Nation 20 hours ago
A's attendance shows encouraging jump in 2014

A's attendance shows encouraging jump in 2014

The A's are approaching a per-game average crowd of 25,000 in 2014, which would put their seasonal attendance at 2,000,000 for the first time since 2005. Attendance thresholds for Major League Baseball teams come in the millions. Four million bodies passing through turnstiles in a season is almost unheard of. Three million is elite. Two million is the threshold for decency, and if your team is failing to draw one million, your market might not be able to support a big-league team. Oakland hasn't drawn two million fans in a season since 2005, the most recent year the upper deck was...
Athletics Nation 21 hours ago
Let's not freak out about Jason Hammel

Let's not freak out about Jason Hammel

The other pitcher the Athletics got in the Shark trade is off to an inauspicious start in Oakland. The Oakland Athletics spent big to get Jason Hammel. Sure, he was just tagging along behind the larger haul of Jeff Samardzija, but he did not come cheaply. So, it comes as no surprise that A's fans expect a lot from him. Unfortunately, he has stumbled out of the gate in his first two starts in green and gold; he was behind Oakland's only loss to the Giants, and he got smoked in his subsequent effort against the Orioles. That shaky first impression has a lot of folks second-guessing Beane's...
Athletics Nation Jul 22, 2014

Could A's go back to Cubs for potential Tommy Milone trade?

Could the A's turn back to a recent trade partner now that Tommy Milone has asked out of Oakland? They probably should. In a move that wasn't exactly surprising, Oakland Athletics pitcher Tommy Milone has asked that the club trade him. The request comes in light of his demotion to Triple-A, which can be attributed to the super trade that brought the A's Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to add to the top of their starting rotation. The deal left them with a surplus of pitching, rather than a concern over the depth that was present in the early going thanks to the injuries to Jarrod Parker...
Athletics Nation Jul 22, 2014
Samardzija and Hammel's effect on the playoffs.

Samardzija and Hammel's effect on the playoffs.

Let's be honest. The A's probably didn't need Jeff Samardzija or Jason Hammel to make the playoffs. They needed them to make the playoffs as a division winner and thus avoid seeing a Felix Hernandez (5.4WAR) in a one game playoff. Or a Garrett Richards (3.5WAR), or a Corey Kluber (3.8 WAR). *The Indians are currently the #3 Wildcard. Losing the division was and still is a clear and present danger. Winning the division betters your odds of making the World Series by avoiding the one and done playoff game. (Or worse if there is a tie for the wildcard/s). If every round is 50/50 odds, then...
Athletics Nation Jul 21, 2014

Oakland Athletics Week 16 Review

In which the A's start the second half on the right foot. The first half of the 2014 season came and went with the Oakland Athletics clearly emerging as the best team in baseball. Last week was about two things -- celebrating that first-half success, and getting started on the second half of the season. Both of those things went very well. The early part of the week brought us the All-Star break. This is usually a time for A's fans to take a few days off baseball, stopping for a moment to tune in to the eighth inning of the Midsummer Classic to see our token middle reliever record a couple...
Athletics Nation Jul 21, 2014

Tommy Milone requests trade

Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone has requested a trade, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Milone, 27, was optioned to the Sacramento River Cats on July 5 following the trade that brought Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics from the Chicao Cubs. Milone was 6-3, with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts. In his 11 starts prior to his demotion, Milone was 6-0 with 2.62 ERA. San Francisco Chronicle Athletics beat writer Susan Slusser believes this is out of character for Milone, but does not dispute the reporting from Rosenthal: That doesn't sound like Tommy Milone to...
Athletics Nation Jul 21, 2014
TJS And The Next New Moneyball Consideration

TJS And The Next New Moneyball Consideration

As you know from the book Billy Beane wrote, "Moneyball" means taking as many pitches as possible hoping to draw a lot of walks. But seriously, folks, it means that teams with limited financial resources need to find creative -- often overlooked or undervalued -- ways of maximizing talent for the money available to spend. Sometimes this means trading away more established, and costly, "stars" in exchange for lesser known, lesser paid players who can approximate the value. Other times it means coveting, or taking chances on, players with warts, question marks, or skills not fully appreciated...
Athletics Nation Jul 21, 2014

Down on the farm: Inside the River Cats

In past years, the River Cats have held some of the A's top prospects like Sonny Gray, Michael Choice and Grant Green. And at the start of last season, the River Cats' roster had five former 1st-round draft picks. This season though, most of the A's top prospects are down the road at Stockton, and there are a lot more veteran minor leaguers getting most of the playing time for Sacramento. One thing that hasn't changed from the point of view of the Sacramento fanbase though is that the team is still a winner on the field - and they've been doing it in true A's style, averaging a walk-off win...
Athletics Nation Jul 20, 2014
All A's As Oakland Runs Roughshod Over Orioles, 10-2

All A's As Oakland Runs Roughshod Over Orioles, 10-2

It turns out that when you pitch, hit, and play defense better than your opponent, good things happen. Yes the A's infielders committed a flurry (3) of errors late, but when it mattered it was "all systems go" for Oakland ... and not so much for Baltimore. Kevin Gausman has great stuff and unleashed a 97 MPH fastball and impressive splitters and changeups, yet the A's relentless attack still knocked him out in 4+ innings for 9 hits and 5 ER. The attack began early with a Coco Crisp single and John Jaso triple, with Jaso scoring on a wild pitch to give the A's a 2-0 lead after an inning. On...
Athletics Nation Jul 20, 2014

Game Thread #98: A's vs. Orioles (2)

All systems go for the A's, outclassing the O's on offense, defense, and pitching. 7-1 A's after 5 innings.
Athletics Nation Jul 20, 2014

Game Thread #98: A's vs. Orioles

It's the rubber game of the series, and so as a special promotion the A's are handing out free rubbers to the first 10,000 fans who were never conceived! With Sonny Gray pitching on his second consecutive Sonday, we start today's thread with an actual weather report: Gray, yes. Sunny, no. Raining? Actually a little. So unless the skies clear don't look for the ball to carry too well this afternoon. Of course this may not be an issue anyway, given that the starting pitchers are "best All-Star not to be one" Gray and Kevin Gausman, who stifled the A's for 7 innings on June 7th, allowing just...
Athletics Nation Jul 20, 2014

Post-Game #97: Athletics 4, Orioles 8

The Oakland Athletics fell to the Baltimore Orioles by the score of eight to four. Jason Hammel managed only two innings plus three batters in his second start for the Athletics. He gave up five runs, including two first-inning home runs. Your complete recap here shortly.

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