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2012 was a vintage performance by the Oakland A’s. They were just kind of cruising along under the radar, sitting at 43-43 at the All-Star break, and then BAM, they went on a roll like old times and shockingly bypassed the Rangers on their way to an AL West pennant.
Under Manager Bob Melvin, the A’s took their $52M payroll and went 51-25 in the second half of the season to finish 94-68, just 1 game ahead of the Rangers. They won their last 6 including a 3-game season-ending sweep of Texas to but a bow on their improbable regular season.
In the playoffs, the A’s gave the eventual AL champion Tigers all they could handle, but eventually fell to Justin Verlander in the 5th and deciding game of the ALDS.
GM Billy Beane conducted an interesting offseason as they let go of Cliff Pennington via trade and watched Stephen Drew leave by way of free agency. The rest of the roster remained pretty much intact. Oakland is sure to get some offensive help from some of their newcomers, including Jed...
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick received a memorable birthday present Tuesday when someone lent him the World Wrestling Entertainment Championship belt to take pictures with.
No word yet as to how he got the WWE belt, but he's certainly making the most of it, and who wouldn't?
Photo via @MLB. H/T Buzzfeed.
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You have to give the guy credit. He wants to play baseball! A few months back, Jose Canseco was under contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League, and then left the team to join the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the North American League. That deal never came to fruition, but he’s back in Texas and he’s ready to play. The Valley Morning Star reported that...
PHOENIX On a rainy morning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, Chris Young worked out in a cramped exercise room alongside new Oakland Athletics teammates. It was a far cry from the sprawling complex he'd used last spring at Salt River Fields but merely a small change in the big picture for the center fielder.
After being traded from the Diamondbacks after last season...
The emergence of Addison Russell gives the organization a potential corner-stone talent to eventually build around. The last two drafts have also added some depth into a system that has been slowly depleted over time.
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Russell exploded in his first taste of pro...
Josh Reddick not only looks like Terrence Maddox (Will Ferrell‘s “Homeless Model” character from Saturday Night Live) he’s just as funny.
Tuesday marked “Picture Day” for MLB teams at spring training and the A’s outfielder took first prize in the entertainment category for rocking a WWE championship belt to go with an unkempt coif and beard.
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Josh Donaldson enters this spring as the Oakland A's starting third baseman. But does he have competition for the job? And who else might get at-bats at the position? We take a look at the A's spring battles at the hot corner.
Bartolo Colon on Tuesday broke his silence after his suspension for PEDs last year, speaking to the media about the 50-game ban that ended his season on Aug. 22.
“The only thing I can say about last year is I apologize to everyone, even the fans, the team, the front office about what happened.”
The right-hander tested positive for testosterone, but after pitching well in the...
Oh, another Oakland A’s player linked to PED use. What’s new?
Anyway, reliever Jordan Norberto on Tuesday was among five additional baseball players named by an ESPN report to have ties with Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis of America, the Miami-area clinic at the heart of baseball’s latest fast-developing steroid scandal.
Sources said the players, like those who have been named...
The following 2013 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings and rankings were originally published on February 20, 2013. Each FOXSports.com fantasy contributor shared three-to-five sleepers to keep an eye on heading into owners' fantasy baseball drafts. Over the next two months, expect several updates to our positional fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.