Found April 03, 2014 on BaySportsNet:
There really isn’t any positive way to spin the first two outings for new A’s closer Jim Johnson. Through a combined one inning of work over two games, he has allowed five runs to score, recorded two losses and a blown save. He admits himself that the team should be 3-0 if not for him, instead they sit at 1-2. To top it off, he has been pulled from both games and had to leave strong boos from his new home crowd, including a handful of fans yelling for him to “go back to Baltimore,” in the night-half of Wednesday’s doubleheader. “Tonight I missed a couple locations,” Johnson told reporters following the game. “I don’t know. I mean, trust me, I left everything I had out there, and sometimes you don’t have answers. The only thing I can do is just keep trying to improve every time I go out and correct this as quickly as possible. “I’ll try to sleep it off tonight. I’m not going to be doing anyone any favors if I hang my head. These guys are playing their butts off. I gotta be me, I gotta

A’s manager behind Jim Johnson as closer after another ugly outing

Jim Johnson was supposed to give the Oakland Athletics a veteran presence at the back end of their bullpen. Instead he has pitched poorly blowing a save, taking two losses and posting a 45.00 ERA though his first two outings. “Those guys are playing their butts off and we should be 3-0,” Johnson said of hits teammates, via San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ll take the blame for...

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

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 sweep that appeared signed, sealed and delivered. Johnson had a response for every...

Sean Doolittle Pulled Off An Elaborate April Fool’s Prank Involving His Beard

Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle has become pretty recognizable thanks his giant red beard, which he used yesterday to pull off a pretty great (and elaborate) April Fool’s Day prank. Doolittle tweeted out this surprising picture yesterday: After the game last night, I decided it was time for a change. New season, new look! Keepin it clean in 2K14!

Day-night doubleheader on deck in Oakland

Game times: 3:30 p.m., 9 p.m. on SportsTime Ohio Scott Kazmir must wait an extra day to make his Oakland Athletics' debut against a Cleveland Indians team that gave him the chance to revive his career last season. After rain postponed Tuesday's contest, Kazmir takes the mound in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday in Oakland. "I was ready to pitch (Tuesday...

2014 Stockton Ports: Who to Watch

Oakland Athletics fans have the luxury of calling two farm teams – the Sacramento River Cats (Pacific Coast League) and Stockton Ports (California League) – neighbors in Northern California. As players received news this weekend of which city they’d be calling home, today we examine some of the top prospects to watch with the high Class-A affiliate.  The Stockton Ports will...

Kazmir's near flawless A's debut reminds Indians what they're missing

OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir still has plenty of friends in the Indians' clubhouse. They just wish Kazmir didn't have success against him. After going six-plus innings in only six of his 29 starts with the Tribe last year, Kazmir pitched 7 1/3 inning of scoreless ball in his Oakland debut as the Athletics defeated the Indians 6-1 in the afternoon portion of Wednesday's day...

Oakland A's Pitcher took a beardless picture 1.5 years ago for elaborate Twitter April Fool's joke

Very bearded Oakland A's Pitcher Sean Doolottle tweeted the following yesterday.After the game last night, I decided it was time for a change. New season, new look! Keepin it clean in 2K14!— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) April 1, 2014Yeah, win. [Cut4]April Fools! I took the previous pic in Jan '13 specifically for this joke! Been...

Umpire Sean Barber blew strike three call on Nick Punto (GIF)

The Oakland A’s beat the Seattle Mariners on a walk-off home run from Coco Crisp in the bottom of the 12th on Thursday, and they have umpire Sean Barber to thank for helping to keep them in the game. Barber completely blew what should have been a strike three call on A’s infielder Nick Punto […]

Another Big Ninth Off Johnson Secures Series; Indians 6, A’s 4

After fighting and clawing back throughout the night, the Cleveland Indians punished Oakland Athletics closer Jim Johnson for the second time in the series, scoring three runs in the ninth inning to split Wednesday’s doubleheader and to claim their first ... Read More

A’s fan’s failed quest for souvenir ball results in concrete facial (GIF)

The lengths baseball fans are willing to go simply to get the chance at securing a souvenir ball can be mind-boggling. Take this Oakland A’s fan, for instance. During Oakland’s game against Cleveland on Wednesday, Indians outfield Michael Brantley fouled off a pitch back up and over a bit behind home plate. The fan so […] The post A’s fan’s failed quest for souvenir ball...

Baseball Profcast: Time To Believe In Kazmir?

In Episode 26, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Bryan Curley are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Hating on closers who blow their first save of the season like Joe Nathan Doug Fister‘s extended injury timetable and his replacements Tanner Roark...

A's Sonny Gray is OK to make next start

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 walking only a little gingerly after Monday's game and Tuesday said ``It's fine...

Oakland's Scott Kazmir baffles Cleveland, 6-1, in first game of doubleheader

Corey Kluber didn't have it and Scott Kazmir did Wednesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Kluber gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings and Kazmir threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings against his former team in Oakland’s 6-1 victory over the Indians. Zach McAllister will face right-hander Josh Lindblom in the second game at 9:05 p.m. Kazmir and Dan Otero combined...

Kazmir leads Athletics past Indians 6-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Scott Kazmir shut out his former team into the eighth inning in his Oakland debut, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

A's Fan Falls During Amateur Hour at The Coliseum

When a foul ball is headed your direction, most fan's instincts are to simply reach for it - maybe even jump a little. This guy, however, completely sacrificed his face to the concrete gods. For a foul ball. That he didn't even catch. Plus his Oakland Athletics ended up losing 6-4 to the Cleveland Indians.It's alright to laugh because apparently the fan is okay and.....
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