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  • Oakland A's Fans Love Their Team, But Don't Trust Its Owners

    Deadspin "Sixteen games into the Oakland A’s historic 20-game win streak back in 2002, Mike Davie realized how cheap team ownership truly was. Weeks prior, the MLB Players Association had voted to set August 30 as the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement. Another in-season..." September 20

  • Tigers, Athletics complete Mike Fiers trade

    Yardbarker "The Tigers and Athletics have announced the completion of the mid-season trade that sent starter Mike Fiers to Detroit. Righty Logan Shore will head to the Tigers in the deal, making him the second player to be named later. About one month back, the sides announced the first PTBNL:..." September 19

  • Andrew Triggs to undergo thoracic outlet surgery

    Yardbarker "Athletics righty Andrew Triggs is slated to undergo thoracic outlet surgery, per a club announcement. According to the team, it plans to provide further details after the procedure is completed. Needless to say, it’s disappointing news for both the 29-year-old hurler and the..." September 18

  • A’s Mike Fiers survived car crash, fought long odds to make big leagues

    San Francisco Chronicle "Ten years ago, Mike Fiers nearly lost his life on Florida’s Turnpike. The new A’s starter had decided to stay to watch a bowl game that January night, delaying his drive from Pompano Beach, near Fort Lauderdale, back to the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky until..." September 18

  • Sources: A’s told they won’t be back at Triple-A Nashville

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s aren’t sure where their next Triple-A affiliate will be, but it will not be in Nashville. Instead, Oakland’s top affiliate next season is likely to end up neighbors with the Raiders. The Nashville Sounds have informed the A’s that the affiliation..." September 17

  • Athletics move Triple-A team to Las Vegas

    Yardbarker "The Athletics announced Monday that they’ve moved their Triple-A club from Nashville to Las Vegas, forging a partnership with the Vegas 51s for the first season of their newly constructed stadium. It’s a two-year deal partnership between the two sides, and while that’s a..." September 17

  • A’s Trevor Cahill sees improvement; upcoming rotation in place

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s rotation “has a lot of moving parts here,” as manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, but Trevor Cahill might rejoin the group this week, helping to simplify things a bit. Melvin said that Cahill, who received a trigger-point injection for rhomboid (back) tightness..." September 17

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • A’s might be down another starter; Trevor Cahill dealing with back muscle issue

    San Francisco Gate "Yet another member of the A’s rotation is dealing with an injury, The Chronicle has learned. Oakland, which has absorbed blow after blow to its group of starters, is looking at losing Trevor Cahill for at least one start this weekend. Cahill, who is scheduled to work..." September 13

  • A’s top pitcher to undergo surgery, season over

    San Jose Mercury News "If the A’s are going to complete this incredible playoff run, it’s going to be without their No. 1 pitcher. Sean Manaea will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neil ElAttrache Sept. 19 in Los Angeles, effectively ending his 2018..." September 11

  • Athletics' Sean Manaea expected to miss all of 2019

    CBS Sports "Manaea is expected to be sidelined for all of 2019 after undergoing shoulder surgery, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The team will know for sure following the procedure, but the current expectation is that it will take a full year for the lefty to recover. " September 11

  • Arm injuries define A’s season but fail to derail it

    San Francisco Gate "Oakland’s successful season is, most oddly, intertwined with a mountain of rotation injuries, making the team’s run into contention all the more improbable. Beginning in spring training with Tommy John surgeries for Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk, the A’s have lost 10..." September 11

  • Brett Anderson appears on track to rejoin A’s rotation

    San Francisco Gate "Brett Anderson, one of baseball’s wittier social-media participants, offered this initially when asked about his three-inning simulated game Saturday: “Cliché, cliché, sarcasm, sarcasm.” Anderson’s bounce back from nerve irritation in..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Athletics’ Jesus Luzardo Hires Scott Boras

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics prospect Jesus Luzardo recently changed representation and is now a client of the Boras Corporation, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported via Twitter. Luzardo, 20, has had a meteoric rise in 2018 and is among the game’s more highly regarded..." September 10

  • Athletics outright catcher Bruce Maxwell

    Yardbarker "Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville, the team announced via press release. Maxwell, 27, has been a lightning rod for criticism following last season’s protesting of the national anthem and his offseason arrest for aggravated assault...." September 06

  • A’s Shawn Kelley injured himself in dishwashing mishap

    San Francisco Chronicle "Shawn Kelley has missed the past week because of a dishwashing accident. The A’s right-handed reliever said he has a new apartment — he was acquired one month ago — and wasn’t familiar with the appliances, and that turned out to be a bad thing when he..." September 06

  • A's still have a lot to learn about 'bullpenning' strategy

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Athletics' newfangled Costco Bullpen plan (buying in bulk means using in bulk) still needs a bit of work. I mean, for manager Bob Melvin to have the full fun experience of using half a bullpen, he needs for it not to turn all shambolic at the end.   Now none of that..." September 05

  • Athletics Acquire Aaron Brooks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have acquired right-hander Aaron Brooks from the Brewers for cash considerations, Robert Murray of The Athletic tweets. " September 03

  • A’s designate Bruce Maxwell

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s designated catcher Bruce Maxwell for assignment Saturday to help clear room for the team’s September callups. Maxwell, 27, is expected to clear waivers, and once he does, the A’s could technically keep him in the organization. The team has given no word..." September 02

  • A’s acquire former Giants right-hander Cory Gearrin from Rangers

    Houston Chronicle "Just when you thought the A’s bullpen was filled to the brim — particularly with right-handers — Oakland has added another right-handed reliever. On Friday, the A’s acquired ex-Giant Cory Gearrin from Texas for two minor-league pitchers. The Giants traded..." August 31

  • A's manager: Manaea's chances of returning this season below 50 percent

    The Score "Sean Manaea's 2018 season got off to such a promising start, but it doesn't appear like it will end well. The chances of the Oakland Athletics left-hander returning before the end of the season are less than 50 percent, manager Bob Melvin told Susan Slusser of..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • GM David Forst says A’s might try ‘bullpenning’ after starter injuries

    San Francisco Gate "With the A’s losing two starters in three days just as the postseason race enters its final month, the team is considering going to a Tampa Bay-style bullpen approach to some starts in September, general manager David Forst told The Chronicle. “We’ve seen some other..." August 29

  • Manaea shut down with rotator cuff tendinitis "A's left-hander Sean Manaea has been shut down indefinitely with tendinitis in his left rotator cuff, and while the club is hopeful he will pitch again this year, there remains a chance that his season is over. Oakland placed Manaea on the disabled list Sunday with what the club..." August 28

  • Athletics don't plan to trade despite all of the injuries

    Yardbarker "The Athletics have lost a pair of rotation pieces in the past three days, placing lefties Sean Manaea (3.59 ERA, 160 2/3 innings) and Brett Anderson (4.02 ERA, 65 innings) on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury and a forearm strain, respectively. Since being placed on the DL on..." August 28

  • Athletics Place Brett Anderson On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics’ recent pitching injury woes continue, as the club announced today that lefty Brett Anderson has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm strain. He joins fellow southpaw starter Sean Manaea on the shelf at an inopportune..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • It’s double time for A’s Josh Phegley after simplifying stroke

    San Francisco Gate "A major change to his approach at the plate has turned backup catcher Josh Phegley into a doubles machine. On The Chronicle’s A’s Plus podcast, Phegley said that he and hitting coach Darren Bush “just canned my approach,” eliminating as much..." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • A's place Manaea (shoulder impingement) on DL "The A's have placed starter Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement, the club announced prior to Sunday's game. Manaea has experienced a breakout season in his third year with the A's. The 26-year-old lefty is 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27..." August 26

  • Which A's pitcher should start in a potential AL Wild Card Game?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Once thought to be the weakness of the team, the A's starting rotation has been nothing short of brilliant recently. In their last 20 games, Oakland starters have gone 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA. From reinvented veterans such as Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Edwin Jackson, to the..." August 23

  • A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy makes impact with his arm

    San Francisco Gate "One occasionally overlooked element in the A’s surge this season has been catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s impact on defense, specifically throwing out opposing runners. The latest example occurred during Monday night’s 9-0 victory over the Rangers. Texas leadoff..." August 22

  • A's skipper: 'Ridiculous' that Khris Davis isn't in MVP conversation

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A small crowd watched the Oakland A's shut out the Texas Rangers Tuesday night, but the chant came through loud and clear. “MVP! MVP! MVP!” Khris Davis is proving every day that he belongs in that discussion. The A's slugger crushed his 38th home run of..." August 22

  • How the A's launched their way into contention "The A's are the best story in baseball this year, and it's not even really close. After three consecutive last-place seasons, and after being as far back as 11.5 games less than two months ago, Oakland managed to grab a share of first place after beating Texas on Monday. Even the most..." August 21

  • Khris Davis hits home run while wearing jersey autographed by Make-a-Wish child

    San Francisco Examiner "Before Monday’s 9-0 win over the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis got an autograph request. For a man who’s hit 122 home runs over the last three seasons, that, in itself, is nothing new. Neither was his 438-foot homer to center field in the fourth..." August 21

  • Adrian Beltre: A’s Matt Chapman might be game’s best 3rd baseman

    San Francisco Gate "Adrian Beltre, who knows something about playing third base, counts himself among Matt Chapman’s growing legion of fans. Beltre, a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, offered a ringing endorsement of Chapman, the A’s third baseman, before Monday..." August 21

  • A’s Matt Joyce heads on rehab assignment, likely back next month

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Joyce has missed the A’s race into contention, spending most of the past three months on the disabled list with a back strain. Now, Joyce is heading out on a rehab assignment, going to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday - but don’t expect that the veteran left-handed..." August 20

  • Reddick clarifies comments on A's playing 'meaningful' games

    The Score "On Friday night, the Houston Astros lost a heartbreaking contest against the division-rival Oakland Athletics, and with Josh Reddick upset about an overturned call at the plate, the outfielder found himself in some controversy regarding his former team. "Pretty tired of getting..." August 19

  • Astros' Reddick: 'Pretty tired of getting screwed over by reviews'

    San Jose Mercury News "Josh Reddick was a fan favorite in his days with Oakland, but he may not be getting a warm reception at the Coliseum going forward. Following the A’s 4-3 extra-inning victory over the Houston Astros Friday night, Reddick voiced his frustrations to Astros reports when asked about..." August 18

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • A’s Matt Chapman pushes for bigger crowds at Coliseum

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s have hired a bunch of marketing people to try to sell their team and sell tickets, but their best marketing person is their third baseman. Matt Chapman has gone public to encourage more fans to attend games. The A’s are in the heat of the American League..." August 15

  • A's fans need more than two months of wins to earn your affection

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Matt Chapman’s urgent postgame plea Monday for more fans at the Oakland Coliseum to watch the Athletics wasn’t all that urgent, and it wasn’t all that much of a plea. It was, however, an understandable and heartfelt misunderstanding about how Oakland plays.  August 14

  • Matt Chapman wants more fans to attend A's games with the team red hot and eyeing the postseason

    CBS Sports "The Oakland Athletics won their third consecutive game on Monday, extending their lead in the wild-card race over the Seattle Mariners to 2 1/2 games with a head-to-head victory. The A's and M's will play two more before this series concludes, and a series win or sweep would put Oakland..." August 14

  • Why Jonathan Lucroy's value goes far beyond the stats for red-hot A's

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When the A's signed Jonathan Lucroy back in March, they knew they were getting a solid defensive catcher with a stellar reputation for working with pitching staffs. But the 32-year-old veteran has proven even more valuable than they ever imagined. Through all the injuries to..." August 10

  • Athletics acquire Fernando Rodney in trade with Twins as Oakland keeps upgrading bullpen

    CBS Sports "The non-waiver trade deadline passed more than a week ago, but the Oakland Athletics completed on Thursday their third trade of the week as they attempt to lock down the second wild card in the American League. This time, the A's acquired Fernando Rodney from..." August 10

  • Struggling Jed Lowrie admits he's still feeling effects of mid-July collision in San Francisco

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jed Lowrie slowly trudged across the A's clubhouse, his left leg wrapped in an ice pack. It has been nearly a month since his scary collision with Stephen Piscotty at AT&T Park, but he has still not fully recovered. “I haven't been able to do the lower body..." August 08

  • A's get Fiers from Tigers for players to be named "The A's have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players to be named or cash considerations, the club announced on Monday. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich for..." August 06

  • Shawn Kelley Traded to Athletics from Nationals for International Slot Money

    Bleacher Report "Looking to boost their pitching staff for the final two months of the season, the Oakland Athletics have acquired reliever Shawn Kelley. Oakland announced the Washington Nationals agreed to send Kelley and cash to the A's in exchange for international slot money. " August 05

  • Boras says Oklahoma's Murray to focus on baseball after football season

    The Score "When the Oakland Athletics drafted outfielder Kyler Murray ninth overall in June's amateur draft, there was some concern he might not choose baseball over football. However, the decision has apparently been made. The 2018 season will be Murray's final year playing football as..." August 05