CSN Bay Area "A’s manager Bob Melvin said before the game that he might call on closer Tyler Clippard earlier in games given the bullpen’s current woes. He wasn’t lying. Clippard was called into duty with one out in the eighth and came up clutch for a five-out save, nailing down Oakland’s 2-1 victory Tuesday..." May 06
The Score "A shoulder strain has confined closer Sean Doolittle to the role of spectator early in a season in which his mates down in the Oakland Athletics' bullpen have overwhelmingly struggled. Doolittle's season debut isn't far off, however, as the recovering left-hander will face live hitters Friday..." May 06
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Whoever this guy wearing the No. 45 jersey is, he doesn’t pitch like Phil Hughes. A first-inning grand slam? A 35-pitch inning? Two walks? None of that fits in with Hughes’ Minnesota résumé. And neither does this: He got the win. “We told him we were going to fight to get back into the..." May 05
MRI on LHP Eric O'Flaherty shows inflammation but no structural damage. #Athletics shut him down until he regains range of motion, strength
Doolittle will throw two more bullpens this week and face hitters on Monday.
Nate Freiman begins a rehab assignment with @nashvillesounds today.
#Athletics say RHP A.J. Griffin (Tommy John surgery) is close to starting injury rehabilitation assignment.
San Francisco Chronicle "All it took was Sonny Gray, with his slick winning percentage and his tiny ERA at Texas, for the A’s to snap their winless streak during the day. Oakland got a “W” in the sunshine for the first time in eight tries, beating the Rangers 7-1 on the strength of Gray’s continued mastery of the..." May 04
Hardball Talk "The Athletics have released outfielder Cody Ross, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Ross had been designated for assignment on Saturday. Ross was released by the Diamondbacks in early April, as the club chose to eat the $9.5 million remaining on his contract ($8.5 million for 2015 plus..." May 04
Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04
CSN Bay Area "Part of the reason the A’s bullpen looked so strong entering this season was because of its flexibility. Even with closer Sean Doolittle injured, Oakland appeared to have the depth to adjust on the fly should things go wrong. Besides adding two-time All-Star Tyler Clippard, the A’s brought back..." May 03
Lone Star Ball "That was a pretty wild game and, for once, the Rangers were on the winning end of one of these things. It was a pretty mundane post-steroid era 3-1 ballgame that the Rangers were winning heading into the 7th -- with staff ace Nick Martinez humming along -- when the A's scored six runs. It was..." May 03
CSN Bay Area "This isn’t the recommended road map to victory, but it sure is entertaining to watch. The A’s, down five runs after seven innings, struck for a seven-run eighth that paved the way to a 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. It was the most improbable of ways to begin this..." May 02
L.A. Daily News "All eyes were on Mike Trout as he tracked Ike Davis’ long fly ball to the wall. He had to make a late adjustment but was able to haul it in, prompting Angels closer Huston Street to pump his fist into the air. Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBIs, Garrett Richards took a shutout into the..." May 01
San Francisco Chronicle "Ben Zobrist walked in the clubhouse without much of a limp and without much swelling, and he had just spent 20 minutes riding a stationary bike. He was one day removed from arthroscopic surgery to trim medial meniscus from his left knee. “Kind of surprised with the way he’s moving around,”..." April 30
L.A. Daily News "The comparisons to David Eckstein came almost instantly after the Angels acquired Johnny Giavotella from the Kansas Royals during the offseason. The undersized, overachieving infielder has delivered. And for an Angels offense that’s gone from baseball’s most dangerous last season to..." April 30
CSN Bay Area "Sonny Gray’s turn in the rotation couldn’t have come soon enough for the A’s. Oakland’s ace overcame a shaky start and put the clamps on the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-2 victory Tuesday night that snapped the A’s four-game losing streak. They hadn’t won since a 9-2 win last Wednesday in..." April 29
Houston Chronicle "Jake Marisnick did it all Sunday in his return to the lineup, in his usual No. 9 spot, after two games off because of a sore upper right leg. He hit a two-run homer en route to a 2-for-4 performance and stole third base as part of a key double steal with Jose Altuve in the ninth inning as the..." April 27
Ryan Cook won't land until about 11:30 a.m. Jesse Chavez does get the rotation spot vacated by Graveman, as seems only fair.
Houston Chronicle "These are the new Astros. They take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. They win in April. They’re in first place and they’re a competitive major league team. It’s hard to recognize them, isn’t it? The Astros’ 9-3 win over the A’s Saturday afternoon gave them six victories in their last..." April 26
Zobrist will have surgery. No date set. But says typical recovery around 4 to 6 weeks. #Athletics
Hahn will throw bullpen Sunday or Monday to determine if he might be able to start Wednesday. #Athletics
If Ben Zobrist has arthroscopic knee surgery, as he'd suggested earlier in week, recovery time typically 3-6 weeks. #Athletics
Doolittle threw 15 pitches. Everything felt great. He's using this time to work on new grips with changeup and slider.
Houston Chronicle "It wasn’t until the misty rain arrived at O.co Coliseum and even fewer eyes were left that the Astros’ 5-4 win over the A’s in 11 innings reached its crazy peak. The first nine innings were a reminder the baseball world isn’t paying enough attention to Dallas Keuchel, the Astros lefty who was..." April 25
Zobrist still needs to run bases pregame, do some other activities before cleared to start a game, he believes. Feels better every day.
Jarrod Parker departs after 3.2 IP; 3 R, 4 H, 1 K, 1 HPB. Hit 93 w/ his last fastball, threw a couple good curves and changeups. #Athletics
Fox Sports West "Hits were tough to come by against Oakland Athletics starter Jesse Chavez on Thursday. Chavez allowed only one in six innings of work as he made his first start of the season for Oakland. Chavez made Angels hitters look like, well, the 2015 version of themselves. "He didn't miss many spots,"..." April 24
CSN Bay Area "The revolving door on the A’s pitching staff continues, as two sources confirmed to CSN California that right-hander Chris Bassitt will be called up from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. Arnold Leon, called up on Wednesday, made his major league debut when he handled the ninth inning of..." April 23
CSN Bay Area "For six innings Wednesday the A’s couldn’t figure out how to drive runners in. After that, they couldn’t find a way to stop. What was shaping up as a frustrating night of missed opportunities instead turned into an offensive gold mine. The A’s routed the Angels 9-2 behind an 18-hit attack..." April 23
The Score "Ben Zobrist still felt some discomfort in his left knee when he took batting practice Wednesday, but the 33-year-old could nevertheless take the field for the Oakland Athletics this weekend. Zobrist, who hasn't played since banging his knee while sliding Sunday, is expected to do defensive..." April 22
L.A. Daily News "The Angels’ offensive awakening was enough. Couple it with the Athletics’ defensive slumber and the result was sure to be lopsided. The Angels’ 14-1 win Tuesday night represented the club’s highest run total at home in more than a year. In their 15th game of the season, the A’s three errors..." April 22
CSN Bay Area "Middle relievers usually toil in anonymity. Their good outings get lost in the details of the postgame analysis. Most of the time when reporters do crowd around their lockers after a game, it’s because things took a disastrous turn on the mound. So imagine Dan Otero’s surprise Monday night..." April 21
Chavez will start for Hahn on Thursday.
Parker will start Thursday for Stockton. That puts him about a month or less away from returning to #Athletics.
Kansas City Star "As he crossed home plate, Lorenzo Cain spotted a wave of blue. The remnants of the Royals roster – those who had not been ejected or injured or otherwise removed from the premises in this 4-2 victory over Oakland – bounded over the dugout railing to greet Cain and Eric Hosmer after Kendrys..." April 20
The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20
SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20
San Francisco Gate "Jesse Hahn left his start in the sixth inning last night because of a blister and asked about Hahn’s next start, manager Bob Melvin said, “We’ll see.” Hahn probably won’t throw his next bullpen session because his right middle finger split open last night. " April 19
SB Nation "In last season's American League Wild Card, the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals blessed the baseball world with one of the most hard-fought and exciting postseason games of all time. The Royals came out on top after 12 innings of excruciatingly tense action on their way to the 2014 AL..." April 19
Still a possibility Hahn misses next start to allow blister to fully heal. Chavez likely spot starter if so.
It was a blister for Hahn. #Athletics
San Francisco Chronicle "Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base in the seventh inning Friday was still the primary topic of conversation before Saturday’s game at Kauffman Stadium — and then Lawrie was drilled by a 99 mph fastball from Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Ventura was ejected..." April 19
MLB.com "Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses. On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while..." April 19
Kansas City Star "The Oakland A’s at Kauffman Stadium, a sellout crowd and even a Salvador Perez knock down the left-field line. An April regular-season game or a September playoff game? It wasn’t a Wild Card Game, but the Royals’ 6-4 victory on Friday was wild, complete with a scary moment for Royals shortstop..." April 18
Houston Chronicle "If Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel were to pitch the same number of innings in a season, which one would you rather have on your team? In Wednesday’s 6-1 Astros win over the A’s, the case for and against McHugh’s style of pitching was made in one dazzling but short outing at Minute Maid..." April 16
CSN Bay Area "Billy Butler extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to center in his first at-bat Wednesday night, setting an Oakland record for longest hitting streak to start an A’s career. Butler was tied with Alfredo Griffin, who hit in nine straight from April 9-17, 1985. " April 16