Kansas City Star "Blood has seeped from under a broken fingernail, dried, and clings to the skin. Apologies if you just cringed, but trust me, the thing looks worse up close. The nail on Alcides Escobar’s right index finger is split, almost exactly down the middle, leaving one side darker than the other. This..." June 29
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
CSN Bay Area "Billy Burns is dealing with a hip flexor injury of some sort, A’s manager Bob Melvin said before Saturday’s game. That’s the reason Burns was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day against the Kansas City Royals. The rookie center fielder had a big wrap around his left thigh after..." June 28
Kansas City Star "Rusty Kuntz glanced at his stopwatch and logged the times for usage on Saturday: 1.7 seconds to the plate, 1.8, 1.9, “at least,” Kuntz said, whenever Oakland starter Scott Kazmir pitched with a runner at second base. Manager Ned Yost banked the research from his first-base coach and waited until..." June 28
Been told Phil Coke signed a minor league deal with A's. Has a July 10 opt out. Assigned to high A Stockton, allows him to be near his home.
C Stephen Vogt back in the lineup for #Athletics after taking pitch off right wrist Friday night. CF Billy Burns being given another day off
#Athletics release OF Matt Carson and RF Kent Matthes from Triple-A Nashville roster.
Venditte set to play catch tomorrow for first time since injuring shoulder. #Athletics
Melvin says Vogt hit just below right wrist. X ray showed no break. Status for tomorrow unknown.
Kansas City Star "Edinson Volquez will turn 32 next week, which makes him old enough to consider himself ancient among baseball players. He once chased strikeouts with abandon, surrendering all pretext of efficiency in search of the almighty whiff. The zeal almost cost him his career. He is wiser now, and he..." June 27
San Francisco Chronicle "Seven batters into Wednesday’s game, the A’s were up by five runs, including a grand slam by Brett Lawrie. They added three more in the second against Texas starter Wandy Rodriguez, and that was pretty much the gist of it in an 8-2 victory over the Rangers, Oakland’s fourth win in a row and..." June 25
San Francisco Chronicle "When Jesse Chavez lasted just five innings Tuesday, that left an awful lot of landscape for the A’s teetering bullpen to handle, especially at a run-friendly ballpark against a strong Texas lineup. The Oakland relief corps made it interesting at times in working the final four innings but..." June 24
San Francisco Chronicle "Putting it nicely, Scott Kazmir is usually not at his best against the Angels. So much so, in fact, that the A’s have skipped Kazmir or pushed back his start whenever possible against his former team, including twice this year. Heck, the season-opening rotation was scheduled to keep Kazmir away..." June 22
The A's have claimed outfielder Jake Smolinski off waivers from the Rangers and optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.
San Francisco Chronicle "The seventh inning has proved troublesome all season for the A’s. So on Saturday, they made sure to add a bit of a cushion in the sixth, using three doubles to take a three-run lead en route to a 4-1 win over the Angels. A’s starter Jesse Hahn threw 72/3 innings of one-run ball against a Los..." June 21
San Francisco Chronicle "With the All-Star Game just over three weeks away, Bob Melvin’s image of an ideal roster is coming into sharper focus. Sonny Gray, Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick are all deserving candidates, Melvin said, with Gray easily “in the conversation” to be the American League’s starting..." June 21
Orange County Register "It’s not that unusual to use two pitchers to mop up in a blowout game. It’s unusual to bring one in when trailing and another when ahead, though. The Angels played their most surprising game of the season Friday night, when Fernando Salas took the ball with a five-run deficit in the sixth..." June 20
Fox Sports "Sometimes even trade discussions that go nowhere can be revealing. Case in point: Recent talks between the Athletics and Nationals regarding A’s super-utility man Ben Zobrist. The conversations did not gain traction, according to major-league sources. But the identity of one player on a list..." June 20
San Diego Union-Tribune "Neither Matt Kemp nor Derek Norris started at his normal position Thursday at O.co Coliseum. The Padres still ended where they wanted to be. After a four-game losing streak, including an 0-3 record since the firing of Bud Black, the Padres returned to the winning column and gave interim manager..." June 19
CSN Bay Area "The flurry of run support he received may have caught Jesse Chavez off guard Wednesday, but he sure knew what to do with it. The right-hander buzzed through San Diego’s lineup for a career-high 11 strikeouts in the A’s 16-2 thrashing of the Padres at the Coliseum. They’ve won four in a row,..." June 18
CSN Bay Area "It was only fitting that Billy Burns wound up having a final say in Tuesday’s game. The A’s electrifying rookie center fielder already had a highlight-reel catch at the wall and a two-run triple to his credit against the San Diego Padres. In the top of the ninth, he put himself in position to..." June 17
Oakland Tribune "There are just two levels for the Oakland offense -- all out, or not at all. After a stretch in which the A's scored two runs or fewer in four of eight games, Oakland has turned it around, tacking Monday's 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres onto an 8-1 win over the Angels on Sunday. All of..." June 16
Oakland Tribune "Some of the best starting pitchers of the last half century have called Oakland home -- Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito -- and it seems Sonny Gray is destined to join them. Gray threw 72/3 impeccable innings in an 8-1 win over the Angels on Sunday,..." June 15
CBSSports.com "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
Ike Davis likely to come off DL when #Athletics get home Wednesday.
Melvin says Griffin reinstated from DL and optioned out; at about 80 pitches now and not quite ready to come up.
Orange County Register "Albert Pujols provided all the offense the Angels needed on Saturday night with one early swing. Oakland sinker-baller Kendall Graveman threw him sinker after sinker in the first inning at Angel Stadium, and Pujols timed the fourth one perfectly, powering it past the left-field wall for a solo..." June 14
#Athletics at LAA: Burns CF, Canha LF, Zobrist 2B, Butler DH, Phegley C, Lawrie 3B, Vogt 1B, Semien SS, Fuld RF; Graveman P
Orange County Register "Like most teams, the Angels’ second, third and fourth hitters are the strength of their lineup. Theirs is probably a little more concentrated than most, though: The threesome of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun has pulled double weight this season, combining to hit two-thirds of the..." June 13
CBSSports.com "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
Hardball Talk "Dayan Viciedo has been out of work since being released by the White Sox in February and the Blue Jays in March, but Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the 26-year-old outfielder has signed a minor-league deal with the A’s. Viciedo has 25-homer power, but his plate discipline and..." June 13
Oakland Tribune "The A's have 100 games left this season, and if they hope to salvage what has been a disappointing start, they will have to play a lot of them like they did Thursday in a 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. But to get stellar pitching, highlight-show defense and game-breaking homers in the same..." June 12
.@Athletics place SHP Pat Venditte on 15-day DL (strained right shoulder); recall RHP Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville.
CSN Bay Area "The walk-off victory, an A’s specialty in recent years, made its long-overdue return to the Coliseum. After erasing a two-run deficit in the eighth, the A’s pushed across the game winner in the ninth on Josh Reddick’s fielder’s choice grounder and beat the Texas Rangers 5-4. It marked the..." June 11
Lone Star Ball "The Rangers somehow beat Sonny Gray as Nick Martinez was the pitcher to throw zeroes tonight in Oakland For the first time in over 25+ innings dating back to last season, the Rangers finally scored a run off of Sonny Gray. Gray had allowed just ten runs in his career against Texas in eight..." June 10
NESN "Brett Lawrie offered a gesture of support this week to the woman who was struck by his broken bat last Friday at Fenway Park. The Oakland A’s third baseman sent flowers and a note Tuesday to the hospital room of 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, who is recovering from her injuries at Beth Israel..." June 10
Another shortstop on the way: Richie Martin expected to go to Oakland at No. 20.
Boston Herald "If Joe Kelly does end up being removed from the Red Sox rotation and being transformed into a reliever — a position he could be dominant in while featuring a triple-digits fastball — at least he left a good impression in what may have been his final start. With the Sox looking to shrink their..." June 08
The Outside Corner "Following the horrific injury suffered by a Red Sox fan, now identified as 44-year old Tonya Carpenter, on Friday night at Fenway Park, the cries to extend the netting behind home plate at all 30 MLB ballpark are growing louder. But what we didn’t know is that inside the game, the cries had..." June 08
Lawrie will be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Boston Herald "If Joe Kelly does end up being removed from the Red Sox rotation and being transformed into a reliever — a position he could be dominant in while featuring a triple-digits fastball — at least he left a good impression in what may have been his final start. With the Sox looking to shrink their..." June 07
The A's lineup for today's game against the Red Sox. pic.twitter.com/U1Aehx5DFY
Lawrie getting a day to deal with recurring back issue.
Boston Herald "Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington tried to convey to anybody listening that the starting pitching was beginning to improve even with the team floundering at the bottom of the AL East standings. Wade Miley wasn’t sitting there in the horde of media listening to his boss, but judging by what..." June 06
MLB.com "With two scoreless innings tucked in his pocket, capping a long-anticipated debut, the A's Pat Venditte became the first full-time switch-pitcher in the modern era of Major League Baseball on Friday night. The A's selected the ambidextrous reliever from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day,..." June 06