Athletics Rumors & News

  • Martin Perez pitches Rangers to sweep of A’s

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "More mound brilliance from Martin Perez on Wednesday and more contributions from unexpected sources at the plate resulted in the Texas Rangers finishing off a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s. Perez tossed his second consecutive three-hit shutout, and Donnie Murphy hit his first homer of the..." April 24

  • A's offered ten-year lease extension at O.co Coliseum

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority announced that it has offered the Oakland Athletics a ten year lease to remain at O.co Coliseum Tuesday. The terms, though not released publicly, were also shared with Major League Baseball. “We wanted to send a clear statement to the A’s, the..." April 23

  • Redemption song for Rangers as goats become heroes in 5-4 win over Oakland

    Dallas Morning News "Having lost two leads earlier in the game, lost two players to injuries and seemingly lost the tying run on a blown squeeze bunt, the Rangers still managed to score twice after they were down to their last strike on Tuesday to steal a 5-4 win from AL West rival Oakland. No. 9 hitter Josh..." April 23

  • Choo sprains left ankle, likely out for rest of A's series

    MLB.com "The Rangers will likely be without outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the next two games against the Athletics after he sprained his left ankle trying to beat out a base hit in the seventh inning on Monday night. X-rays were negative but Choo was pretty sore after the game. He will have an MRI on..." April 22

  • Rangers rally past Athletics to open three-game series

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish’s nemeses so far in his career have been the Oakland Athletics and those pillows he uses in spring training. The A’s, though, have been more annoying than any pain in the neck. Their hitters, one through nine, seem to give Darvish fits by the way they extend at-bats or go against..." April 22

  • Chavez stays sharp as A's sweep Astros, 4-1

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jesse Chavez, pitcher of the century? That's a bit of hyperbole for a 30-year-old right-hander who had made all of two career starts before this season. But by limiting the Astros to one earned run in six innings in the A's 4-1 win at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Chavez accomplished..." April 21

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Twins claim OF Sam Fuld.

  • Oakland A's rally past Houston Astros 4-3

    Oakland Tribune "Josh Reddick's season-long slump officially ended Saturday when he backed up a three-hit game with another three-hit performance, including a game-winning single with one out in the ninth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. In collecting three of the A's 14 hits, Reddick upped his..." April 20

  • Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

    Hardball Talk "As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single..." April 19

  • Sonny Gray benefits from Oakland A's seven-run first inning against Astros

    Oakland Tribune "The A's locked up reliever Sean Doolittle with a contract extension Friday afternoon, just hours before prized prospect Sonny Gray showed once again that he also has the makings of a franchise cornerstone. Gray kept the Houston Astros in check for six innings and cruised to his third victory..." April 19

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    MLBRosterMoves @MLBRosterMoves

    The @Athletics sign LHP Sean Doolittle to 5-year contract with club options for 2019-20 seasons.

  • Melvin not ready to give closer job back to Johnson

    CSN Bay Area "Jim Johnson came up big for the A’s in Tuesday’s victory, but Oakland’s closer situation remains a day-to-day proposition. Manager Bob Melvin wasn’t ready to re-anoint Johnson as his ninth-inning man before Wednesday’s road trip finale against the Angels. It was unclear before the game if..." April 17

  • Angels Beat A's In Extras On Chris Iannetta Walkoff Homerun

    Halos Heaven "Tyler Skaggs had one tough inning, a four-run fourth, which looked to doom the Angels to a sweep at home, by division rivals Oakland on Wednesday night, but if you've been watching this latest home-stand, you'll know that it's their new "thing" to tie games up in late innings, and send them to..." April 17

  • A's closer-by-committee approach remains for now

    CSN Bay Area "With the closer-by-committee approach paying dividends, it stands to reason Oakland A’s reliever Jim Johnson won’t return to the closer’s role anytime soon even as he shows signs of improvement. Since Johnson was taken out of the ninth-inning role Thursday, the A’s are 3 for 3 in save..." April 16

  • A's outlast Angels in 11 innings

    CSN Bay Area "When all else failed Tuesday, the A’s hit. In the end that won out over the poor starting pitching, the head-slapping baserunning blunders and the shaky ninth-inning relief. The A’s walked away with a wild 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 11 innings because they kept smacking the..." April 16

  • John Jaso's pinch HR gives A's a victory

    San Francisco Chronicle "Some players, knowing they might pinch hit late in games, spend time watching video of relievers or taking some hacks in the cage, or just intently watching the opposing pitcher. John Jaso is not one of them - the A's catcher has a remarkably laid-back approach to big at-bats. On Monday night..." April 15

  • Yoenis Céspedes makes up for error in 3-0 A's win

    San Francisco Chronicle "Yoenis Céspedes made an error on a knuckling liner in the seventh inning Sunday, the drive to left-center by the Mariners' Corey Hart banging off the top of his glove. The mistake didn't translate into a run, and the game remained scoreless - until Céspedes stepped to the plate the next inning..." April 14

  • A's score early, Gray dazzles in win over M's

    CSN Bay Area "The A’s did their offensive damage early Saturday night, and it turned out to be plenty for Sonny Gray. Gray turned in his best start of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on a chilly evening at Safeco Field. Oakland scored twice in the first and once in the third, then took..." April 13

  • Athletics designate Sam Fuld for assignment

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics activated outfielder Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list today and designated outfielder Sam Fuld for assignment in order to clear a spot on active roster. Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays in December and latched on with the Athletics on a minor league deal. The..." April 12

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Crisp and Reddick back in #Athletics lineup.

  • Mariners 6, A’s 4 — Felix Hernandez improves to 3-0 on the season

    Seattle Times "Felix Hernandez continues to pitch well against the A’s and add his name to the record book. On a chilly Friday night in front of a packed Safeco Field – most of them holding up “K” placards and wearing free bright gold t-shirts bearing his name for the Supreme Court – the Mariners’ ace added..." April 12

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Fuld and Barton both in today's lineup. Reddick is not, so he could be odd man out with Gentry expected to be activated. Just speculation.

  • A's bats too much for Twins in series sweep

    CSN Bay Area "The schedule requires the Oakland A’s to fly to Seattle on Thursday night for a weekend series against the Mariners. They might wish they were sticking in the Twin Cities a little longer. The A’s continued their mastery of Minnesota with a 6-1 victory Thursday afternoon that completed a..." April 11

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Rough news for Oakland: A's source says top prospect Addison Russell has a torn R hamstring (grade 3 strain). Will miss at least a month.

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Johnson out as closer for now.

  • Jim Johnson blows save, Derek Norris’ homer wins it for A’s in 11th

    San Francisco Chronicle "In the very beginning and at the end Wednesday, it was all A’s. In between, though, Oakland had to contend with another messy outing by new closer Jim Johnson. Johnson, an offseason acquisition who is making $10 million, failed in a big situation yet again, his second blown save of the season..." April 10

  • A's Jesse Chavez ignored thin chances to become starter

    San Francisco Chronicle "After kicking around the fringes of the major leagues for six years, during which his wife, Crystal, worked as a longshoreman to help support the family, Jesse Chavez finally has a home in a starting rotation. Finding such a spot at the age of 30 is most unusual, but there's not much in the way..." April 09

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Rough news for Oakland: A's source says top prospect Addison Russell has a torn R hamstring (grade 3 strain). Will miss at least a month.

  • Golden State Warriors owner interested in buying Oakland Athletics

    Fansided "The Oakland Athletics don’t have a for sale sign yet, but any fan of the franchise will tell you what they’re being put through isn’t fair. Seeing that, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has allegedly had talks with Athletics owner John Fisher about purchasing the team but so far it’s a no..." April 08

  • Everyone contributes as A's ruin Twins' home opener

    San Francisco Chronicle "When the A's are at their best, they get a little bit of everything from everyone, and Monday was textbook in that regard. The A's used walks, balks, homers and hit batters to beat the Twins 8-3 in Minnesota's home opener at Target Field. Scott Kazmir, signed as a free agent to replace Bartolo..." April 08

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    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Ryan Cook comes off the DL for #Athletics, Evan Scribner shipped to Triple-A Sacramento.

  • A's rally to beat Seattle 6-3

    San Francisco Chronicle "Graduate students looking to do a case study of the relationship between fans and major-league players should have spent the past week at the Coliseum. As Jim Johnson took the mound for the ninth inning of the A's 6-3 win over Seattle on Sunday, most of the 32,852 fans in attendance on Little..." April 07

  • Mariners beat Athletics, 3-1, behind Felix Hernandez

    Seattle Times "In its latest iteration, the old Oakland Coliseum has been rebranded as the O.co Coliseum thanks to corporate sponsor Overstock.com. Based on what’s transpired the past few seasons, they could just as easily call it King Felix’s Palace. There are plenty of reasons for the Mariners not to like..." April 06

  • Mariners’ game in Oakland postponed due to unplayable field conditions

    Tacoma News Tribune "A heavy rainstorm turned the O.co Coliseum into an unplayable muck Friday night and forced the postponement of the Mariners’ game against the Oakland A’s. The storm hit early in the morning when the infield was uncovered. Day-long efforts to repair the damage were unsuccessful and prompted the..." April 05

  • Two appearances in A's uniform, two losses for Johnson

    CSN Bay Area "Jim Johnson fielded the questions he hoped wouldn’t be coming his way again. Two appearances in an Oakland A’s uniform have netted the veteran closer two losses and a blown save. The latest debacle came Wednesday night in a 6-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians that prevented an A’s doubleheader..." April 03

  • Indians earn redemption in 6-4 victory over Oakland to gain split

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The great thing about baseball is that redemption is always right around the corner. Sometimes it's as close as the next at bat. Michael Brantley made an error in the seventh inning Wednesday night that helped Oakland take a 4-3 lead and come oh so close to a doubleheader sweep at O.co..." April 03

  • A's cruise to win over Indians in Game 1

    CSN Bay Area "Scott Kazmir’s debut with the Oakland A’s was everything he and his new team could have hoped for, and then some. The left-hander was dominant over 7 1/3 shutout innings as the A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the opener of the first day/night doubleheader ever played at the..." April 03

  • A's Sonny Gray is OK to make next start

    Oakland Tribune "Pitcher Sonny Gray will be able to make his next start Saturday against the Seattle Mariners without any health issues. The A's right-hander took a sharp grounder off his right ankle in the sixth inning Monday and had to be cleared by A's medical personnel to remain in the game. He was..." April 02

  • A's-Indians game rained out

    San Jose Mercury News "The A's and the Indians second game of the season Tuesday at the Coliseum has been rained out. The teams will play a day/night doubleheader Wednesday, the first game starting at 12:35 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. The A's will go with Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez in the doubleheader while..." April 02

  • Three MLB pitchers primed for a breakout in 2014

    Covers.com "Finding an undervalued arm before he catches fire is one the keys to betting early-season baseball. The mathematical masterminds at NumberFire have dug deep into their MLB analytics and predict three hurlers who have the stats on their side and look primed for a big breakout in 2014: Scott..." April 01

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action

    Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • Cleveland Indians strike late to beat A's in season opener, 2-0

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Baseball’s hot spot – expanded use of instant replay and the new rules preventing home plate collisions – came together Monday night to slap the Indians in the face in the season opener. No worries. The Indians have been slapped around plenty in their long history and Monday night they bounced..." April 01

  • Released by the Angels, Joe Blanton signs with the A’s

    Hardball Talk "Joe Blanton is going back to where it all began, signing a minor-league contract with the A’s after being released by the Angels last week. Blanton was Oakland’s first-round pick out of the University of Kentucky in 2002 and spent three-and-a-half seasons in the A’s rotation before being traded..." March 31

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Michael Taylor tells me he has been designated for assignment. #Athletics

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

  • Moss forced to make adjustment to DH

    CSN Bay Area "One of Brandon Moss’ tasks this season will be learning what to do with all the free time on his hands. With Daric Barton all but certain to make the Oakland A’s roster and see significant time at first base, Moss will slide over and get a good chunk of at-bats at designated hitter. That..." March 28

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    a's expected to place michael taylor on waivers. could be an intriguing pickup. had nice spring (.880 ops), has good power

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions

    CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

  • Sonny Gray named Oakland A’s Opening Day starter

    Fansided "The Oakland A’s will have their ninth different Opening Day starter in the last nine years after Sonny Gray was named the starter on Sunday morning by manager Bob Melvin, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. Gray, 24, is coming off another stellar spring outing when he went 5.2 innings, allowing..." March 23

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