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Doolittle converts to pitcher hoping to make A's

(Eds: Updates with details, quotes.) Sean Doolittle is looking to his past to help shape his future. The Oakland Athletics made him a first-round draft pick as a first baseman in 2007 but two knee injuries and a wrist problem conspired against his development. So the left-hander has returned to his pitching roots, hoping it will eventually land him a job in the major leagues. Doolittle...

Oakland A’s: 3 Up and 3 Down

Although the Oakland A’s finished at .500 in 2010, they weren’t able to carry that momentum forward for the 2011 baseball season.  The A’s fell to 74-88, their worst finish since 1998.  Since their last postseason appearance, they have had four losing seasons and the 2nd place A.L. West finish in 2010.  With a slow start after a promising 2010, the A’s fired manager Bob...

Manny to serve as DH for Athletics on Friday

Manny Ramirez will serve as the Oakland Athletics' designated hitter in their Cactus League opener Friday. Ramirez, who agreed to a one-year, $500,000 contract in the offseason, is permitted to play in preseason games. Once the regular season begins, he will have to serve a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy for a second time. Ramirez, who will have...

Dos and Donts: Oakland Athletics

This is a look at the Oakland Athletics 40 man roster.  It is a fantasy baseball look though.  If I were drafting a team and looking at the Athletics specifically this is what I would and wouldn’t do.  If there are any comments, thoughts, questions please feel free to respond on the site.  I also have a twitter account which I can be reached on @marches, feel free to connect...

Filling Oakland’s 3B Hole: Conor Gillaspie

Oakland was dealt a moderate blow this month when third baseman Scott Sizemore went down with a season-ending ACL injury. Our very own Jack Moore looked at some of the implications yesterday. With limited depth at the position, as noted by Jack, the A’s now are scrambling to find a replacement and the obvious options are not that enticing. The search may not be all that difficult...

Donaldson looking to fill third-base vacancy

While Josh Donaldson sat in the A's clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon resting from a lengthy day of workouts at third base, A's general manager Billy Beane stood not too far away, reiterating that the club will indeed give Donaldson every chance to win the open job at the hot corner in Scott Sizemore's absence.

Beane, family enjoy Oscars experience

A's GM Billy Beane was slightly confused when he and his family were brought to their seats at Hollywood's Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The Sizemore Effect (Grady Version)

As Aaron Gleeman noted yesterday, it has been a rough week for Sizemores. Oakland third baseman Scott Sizemore tore his ACL, and much less surprisingly, yesterday it was reported that Cleveland center fielder Grady Sizemore will be out 8-12 weeks after a procedure on his back. Grady Sizemore’s story is probably well-known to most FanGraphs readers: from 2005 to 2008, he was one...

Mariners 8, Athletics 5

Manny Ramirez had a quiet debut for Oakland and Jesus Montero had a painful start for Seattle on Friday as the Mariners beat the Athletics 8-5 in an exhibition opener. Ramirez saw only three pitches in two at-bats in his first game in nearly a year, grounding into a double play and bouncing out. The 39-year-old slugger must miss the first 50 games of the season for violating MLB...
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