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Athletics Nation 3 hours ago
Oakland's offense goes quiet as the Twins get to Kazmir early and never look back. The Welcome Back Coco game ends up a dud. Full recap in progress.
Athletics Nation 4 hours ago
Looked like Kazmir had recovered from his rough third inning, but he has given up another home run in the sixth to give the Twins a six-run lead. Can the A's rally against the Minnesota bullpen?
Athletics Nation 6 hours ago
The Oakland Athletics are coming off a victory as they get set to play the third game of this four-game set against the Minnesota Twins, tied at one apiece. Left-handed Oakland ace Scott Kazmir takes on Minnesota righty Kyle Gibson. Coco Crisp makes his long-awaited return to the Athletics. Today's Lineups OAKLAND A'S MINNESOTA TWINS Coco Crisp - LF Brian Dozier - 2B Billy Burns - CF Torii Hunter - DH Josh Reddick - RF Joe Mauer - 1B Billy Butler - DH Trevor Plouffe - 3B Stephen Vogt - C Eduardo Escobar - LF Ike Davis - 1B Chris Herrmann - C Brett Lawrie...
Athletics Nation 7 hours ago
Links before the third game of four in Minnesota. Carlos Rodon will make his first MLB start Saturday against the Reds in place of the suspended Jeff Samardzija. Justin Verlander has been cleared to resume throwing. Four teams with needs at catching have interest in the recently released Jarrod Salatalamacchia. Barry Bonds is now involved in women's cycling. Bartolo Colon isn't just throwing one pitch. Dave Cameron looks at Josh Reddick's excellent start to 2015. Check out Carson Cistulli's NERD scores for today's action. How valuable is pitch framing and throwing strikes? Former...
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago
San Jose will appeal the ruling, but the invalidity of the agreement places in further jeopardy San Jose's separate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to curtail Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption. The City of San Jose has been handed a further obstacle in their efforts to curtail Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption by a ruling of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, reports San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross. In a lawsuit filed by "Stand for San Jose -- a citizens group that has close ties to the Giants" -- Judge Joseph Huber ruled...
Athletics Nation 11 hours ago
The Athletics elected to retain Billy Burns's services on the active roster, at least for now. The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp and optioned outfielder Craig Gentry to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Minnesota Twins. Crisp will lead off and play left field tonight, with Billy Burns batting second against Twins starter Kyle Gibson: The A's lineup for tonight in Minnesota. @Coco_Crisp is back. #GreenCollar pic.twitter.com/7aHvr4t1PO — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) May 6, 2015
Well, there is one bullpen member who fought as hard as Jesse Chavez did in today's game, and that is Tyler Clippard. Chavez was cruising to a shutout through 7 innings, right up until a horrific error cut the A's lead to but a single run in the eighth. With runners at first and third and one out, Clippard ended the eighth and pitched the ninth for a one-run, five-out save, preserving Chavez' and the A's 2-1 win. We'll be back with the recap at halftime. ;-)
Two, two-out hits from Butler and Lawrie respectively, have given the A's a 2-0 lead. We're in the top of the seventh. Jesse Chavez has pitched a gem so far; he's thrown just 63 pitches, but it's also pouring. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!
After yet another loss pinned directly on the bullpen last night, the A's starting pitchers and offense find themselves under pressure to not give up any runs to the opponents while throwing at least 7 innings per start while simultaneously scoring double-digit runs. Indeed, 7 runs and an early first-inning grand slam was not enough for a win yesterday; can Jesse Chavez turn the tide today? Good evening and welcome to your 2015 Oakland Athletics baseball; the scrappy team that would be at .500 if it had just a league-average bullpen. There's really no sense in reliving the past, so tonight...
Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp announced from his airplane seat on social media that he is "#minnesotabound". It appears he will rejoin the Oakland Athletics active roster on May 6 before the third game of the team's series against the Minnesota Twins. I had a blast in Stockton wit all young prospects now it's time to get back wit the big boys...… https://t.co/CuBhQY35wo — Covelli Crisp (@Coco_Crisp) May 5, 2015 I had a blast in Stockton wit all young prospects now it's time to get back wit the big boys... #oaklandathletics #backndashow #minnesotabound #cantwait...
Links for Cinco de Mayo and the second of four games in Minnesota. Alex Cobb has a torn ligament in his elbow. Greg Holland, who was injured while the A's played at Kansas City, is expected to return tomorrow. Scooter Gennett is set to return from an injury he suffered in the shower. David Ortiz's appeal for smashing a dugout phone wasn't heard until yesterday. Still took less time than the Blue Ribbon Committee! Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be released. In case you were wondering, Saltalamacchia translates to "skip the spot". The Brewers are expected to sell at the deadline, but Jonathan...
An embarrassing pitching performance by Jesse Hahn and the bullpeneers ruins another solid offensive showing. The A's had a great opportunity to finally win two games in a row. Once again they blew the opportunity in spectacular fashion.
Mark Canha breaks the 4-4 tie with a homer in the 6th, and RJ Alvarez couldn't make a play on a check swing to save Jesse Hahn's 6th...so we're tied 5-5 on a completely lucky bouncer by Jordan Schafer. And then the familiar bullpen meltdown. A Torii Hunter homer has the Twins up 8-5 heading into the 7th We need these guys will inspire the boys to pull it off.
Links before the first of four in Minnesota. The Twins have placed Oswaldo Arcia on the DL, and are calling up Eddie Rosario, who was once a top prospect. Nick Swisher is finally set to return for the Indians. Jered Weaver has no answers for his dramatic drop in velocity. Neither of the Twins shortstops have drawn a walk this season. Let's take bets. How many plate appearances before one of them walks this series? San Diego will promote catching prospect Austin Hedges in order to lighten Derek Norris' workload. Norris was being backed up by Wil Nieves, who is being designated for...
The Athletics arrive in the Twin Cities to face a Minnesota squad fresh off a four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Here's a preview of what to expect from the Twins. The Oakland Athletics (11-15) visit Target Field in Minneapolis for a four-game set against a Minnesota Twins squad that followed their 1-6 start with a 12-6 run to take their record to 13-12. While .500 seems to be a magnificent accomplishment in the AL West, the Twins' record merely puts them in third place, trailing the Tigers by 3½ and the Royals by three. The A's enter this contest in third place after taking two of...
The Oakland A's right fielder has now won three Player of the Week awards. Josh Reddick is the American League co-Player of the Week, sharing the title with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, tweets Houston Chronicle beat writers Evan Drelich. From April 27 to May 3, Reddick was 11 for 23 with three home runs, a double, 12 RBIs, three walks, and struck out once for an impressive .478/.538/.913 batting line. He also came around to score eight times over the past six games. Altuve was .467/.500/.733 since April 27 with eight RBIs and two stolen bases as the Astros extended their...
It's the first weekday of the month, which means it's time to check in on your feelings about Billy Beane. It's the same simple question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Billy Beane is doing as Oakland A's general manager?" Answer the poll question, and please explain the comments why you voted that way. We may use your answer in a summary of the results in a couple of days. The poll question will close at 7:00 AM Pacific Time on Wednesday, May 6. Poll Do you approve or disapprove of the job Billy Beane is doing as Oakland As general manager? Please explain why you voted...
Well, there have been lots of pitchers on the move in the A's system this week, so I figured it might be a good time to take a quick look at the pitching staffs of all four of the A's affiliates. The pitching depth is definitely not what it's been in past years. In pre-season prospect polls, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and Dillon Overton were the most common names to top the lists of the A's pitching prospects. Graveman opened the season with the A's before being sent to Nashville, while Nolin has been injured but just recently joined the Sounds to begin a rehab assignment, and Overton has...
Athletics Nation May 3, 2015
Vogt hits two home runs as the A's finally win under the sun behind Sonny's funky ten strikeout performance. After an odd start from Sonny who had more walks today than all of his previous four starts combined, the A's break two season streaks getting their first day game win and first win in the final game of a series. Full recap in progress.
Athletics Nation May 3, 2015
This team is better than this. At 10-15, the A's are winning 40% of their games. That extrapolates out to roughly 65 wins over a 162 game season. The last time the A's had a 60-win season was 1997 when the team went 65-97. Following that disaster the A's organization made the bold move of naming the 23rd overall pick in the 1980 MLB draft the new General Manager of the club, which led to 17 seasons of the A's winning 74 or more games. The streak of 74 or more wins should continue for an 18th season based on my own personal opinion that good hitting will succeed over the course of a long...
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