3:47 AM EDT, Fri August 01, 2014

Things to know about Cespedes

BOSTON -- So, the Oakland Athletics receive help on the mound with Jon Lester, and reintroduce Jonny Gomes to their clubhouse. The Red Sox acquire a power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who will keep local windshield repair companies in business. Fans obviously know of Cespedes’ power and strength, but here are a few other things to know about the newest member of the Red Sox: * His name is pronounced YO-enis CES-puh-dez. * He’s 28.
San Francisco Chronicle 17 hours ago

Oakland A’s trade Cespedes for Lester, Gomes

The Oakland A’s are trading star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for front-line starter, Jon Lester, and former A’s outfielder Johnny Gomes. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports and then confirmed by CBSSports, signals the A’s are fully committed to win a championship...
DRaysBay 14 hours ago

MLB Trade Deadline: Yoenis Cespedes to the AL East

Red Sox intend to compete. Duh. Everyone knew that the Red Sox were going to trade Jon Lester, but the deal they struck still managed to surprise. I was worried about a trade with the Baltimore Orioles that would keep talent inside the division, so I guess this is a bullet dodged, but it doesn't...
Athletics Nation 13 hours ago

Yoenis Cespedes and Tommy Milone out; Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld in

It was a busy trade deadline for the Oakland Athletics. WEEI Boston Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier reports that he has confirmed a trade has been completed moving Red Sox left-handed pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes. Red Sox acquired...
DRaysBay 14 hours ago
MLB trade deadline: Rays In green

MLB trade deadline: Rays In green

Oakland now has seven players who have spent time in the Rays organization With today's trades for Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld, the Oakland A's now have seven former members of the Rays' organization. The full list: Scott Kazmir Jason Hammel John Jaso Stephen Vogt Jesse Chavez Jonny Gomes Sam Fuld Hammel has had moderate success since leaving the team following the 2008 season, most notably with the Orioles in 2012. Kazmir's story has been well publicized. He breathed new life into his career in the independent leagues after being out of the majors for virtually all of 2011-2012. Gomes has...
Athletics Nation 13 hours ago

Not done yet? A's fielding calls on Jason Hammel, Zobrist available

Billy Beane might not be done quite yet. This is, after all, what happens when you put together a team with four bona fide aces and another plus starter in Jesse Chavez — quality pitchers like Jason Hammel (yes, Jason Hammel is still a good pitcher) fall to the floor like breadcrumbs. The rest of...

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Sacramento Bee Jul 30, 2014
Hammel fails again for Athletics in loss to Astros

Hammel fails again for Athletics in loss to Astros

In the first inning against Houston, Jason Hammel picked up right where he left off since coming to the Oakland Athletics. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jason Hammel throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Houston. Oakland Athletics second baseman Nick Punto dives for a hit by Houston Astros' Carlos Corporan during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Houston. Members of the Oakland Athletics watch from the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston...
San Jose Mercury News Jul 30, 2014

Former A's star Eric Chavez retires

Eric Chavez, who spent 13 seasons with Oakland A's, retires with Arizona Diamondbacks
Sacramento Bee Jul 30, 2014
Keuchel gets early boost, leads Astros over A's

Keuchel gets early boost, leads Astros over A's

Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Wednesday. Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jason Hammel throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Houston. Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Houston. Members of the Oakland Athletics watch from the dugout during the ninth inning of a...
Oakland Tribune Jul 30, 2014

A's lose to Astros; Jason Hammel roughed up again

New starter Jason Hammel gives us six runs in first inning in Oakland A's loss to Houston Astros

Jason Hammel rocked again, A’s lose 8-1

HOUSTON – The closer the A’s have gotten to the trade deadline, the more their rotation depth has seemed to be in question. Their top three starters – Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray and Jeff Samardzija — are as good as any threesome in the American League. No. 4 man Jesse Chavez, while consistent most of the first half in his first season as a starter, is coming off his worst outing. Then there’s Jason Hammel. The A’s lost to the Astros 8-1 on Wednesday, and Hammel’s fingerprints were all over it. While the A’s are a proven come-from-behind team, Hammel gave them virtually no chance...

Billy Burns’ big day with A’s, along with Coco Crisp update and a possible all-Georgia outfield

Billy Burns sat at his locker for much of the pregame, not knowing what to expect of his first big-league start. Eric Sogard’s locker is next to Burns, and the two spoke for a long time. Mostly, it was Burns asking questions and Sogard being there with answers. Until Josh Reddick came over and, in a rowdy moment, grabbed Burns and asked him loudly how nervous he was, as if the kid wasn’t nervous enough. As manager Bob Melvin said, “Just try to lighten it up. It could be a little overwhelming, that first big-league game. I could tell you that from experience.” The Burns-Sogard...
Oakland Tribune Jul 30, 2014

A's Bob Melvin takes low-key approach as trade deadline nears

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin sounding even-keeled as MLB trade deadline could bring some action from GM Billy Beane
Sacramento Bee Jul 30, 2014

Oakland Athletics (66-40) at Houston Astros (43-67), 2:10 p.m. (ET)

Jason Hammel attempts to pick up his first victory in an Oakland uniform on Wednesday afternoon when the Athletics visit the Houston Astros for the rubber match of a three-game series.
San Jose Mercury News Jul 30, 2014

Kawakami: Early trade put A's in driver's seat

Billy Beane traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4, the A's still have the best record in baseball, and if Beane wants to try to make another deal by Thursday, he can. If he doesn't make a deal, that's fine, too.
CSN Houston Jul 30, 2014

Athletics-Astros Preview

While Jeff Samardzija has been solid during his short time with the Oakland Athletics, Jason Hammel has struggled.

More from the latest A’s comeback win

Jeff Samardzija knows that a 4-1 A’s deficit isn’t quite like a 4-1 Cubs deficit. “I’m glad he got to see that,” Bob Melvin said of Samardzija, who watched the final inning of Oakland’s 7-4 win over Houston while getting iced in the clubhouse. “We’ve beein doing that for a while here.” Samardzija knows. “They did it for me my second start with the team. J.D. (Josh  Donaldson) went deep and walked off at home.” That was July 18 against the Orioles. Samardzija, like Tuesday, got a no-decision. He gave up four runs in seven innings, and the A’s won 5-4. ***** The A’s...
A’s: Moss’s one last at-bat dissolves a night of frustration

A’s: Moss’s one last at-bat dissolves a night of frustration

Brandon Moss didn’t believe he could get much more frustrated in one game than he did in the first eight innings Tuesday. The A’s right field flew out to left field four times. And the words “flew out’’ scarcely describe… Continue Reading →
Sacramento Bee Jul 30, 2014
Qualls blows lead in 9th, Astros lose to A's 7-4

Qualls blows lead in 9th, Astros lose to A's 7-4

With his name frequently mentioned as the trade deadline approaches, Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls had his worst outing of the season. Oakland Athletics second baseman Nick Punto, right, trips over right fielder Brandon Moss as he catches a pop fly hit by Houston Astros' Robbie Grossman to end the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Houston. The Athletics beat the Astros 7-4. Houston Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls reacts as he is pulled from the baseball game during the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in...

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