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(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 was initially drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves as a pitcher but attended the University of Virginia instead, where he was used in both roles.
He said then-Braves scout J.J. Picollo, now an assistant GM with the Kansas City Royals, and current Athletics director of player development Keith Lieppman were instrumental in helping guide his career choices.
''J.J. was pretty influential in getting me some exposure,'' said Doolittle, who faced major league hitters Thursday for the first time in an intrasquad game. ''He asked me to play for a Braves scout team and w...
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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 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...
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