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Sean Doolittle tugs gently on his bushy red beard and soaks in a history lesson as he strolls in silence along the 872-foot wooden flight deck of the USS Hornet. He checks out old war planes while gazing at spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay, then climbs dozens of stairs to take a turn in the ship's ''air boss'' seat.
At the USS Hornet Museum, the Oakland Athletics reliever hears all about then-Lt. Col. James ''Jimmy'' Doolittle and his lead role in the first attack against the Japanese home islands after Pearl Harbor, a daylight barrage on April 18, 1942.
The Doolittle Raid.
Doolittle the pitcher recently determined the late Gen. Doolittle is a seventh cousin, not an uncle far removed.
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It’s official Oakland A’s fans, Kurt Suzuki is coming back home to Oakland. With both John Jaso and Derek Norris battling injuries, Suzuki couldn’t have come back home at a better time. Suzuki’s supposed heir apparent, Derek Norris, has struggled since the A’s traded Suzuki last year. Norris has the big pop in his bat that Suzuki lacks, but he is awful as a defensive catcher...
On Tuesday night at the O.co Coliseum, Sean Doolittle allowed hits to all four batters he faced, and all four would score. In the process, the Oakland A’s 4-2 lead over the Seattle Mariners would vanish, and Sonny Gray’s seven strikeouts over seven innings would be wasted.
“All we’ve got to do is get six outs,” said Doolittle. “They got four runs before we even got one...
With the 2013 regular season drawing to a close at the end of September, it is easy to start thinking about what changes will be made to the Oakland Athletics dugout in the offseason. This can be a daunting thought seeing as almost all of the A’s in the current lineup have contracts coming due at the end of the season, including some star players. The only player who will definitely...
Yesterday, the Oakland Athletics struck a deal with the Washington Nationals and acquired their former catcher Kurt Suzuki. The Nationals will obtain Class-A starter Dakota Bacus as well as half of Suzuki’s remaining salary and half of his 2014 buyout. This was a great trade for the Athletics seeing as two out of their three catchers are out with injuries.
Mired in a season long slump, Seth Smith underwent touch up LASIK eye surgery to correct an astigmatism that may have played a part in his struggles at the plate thus far in 2013. The lefty platoon specialist has had an especially difficult time of it in August, registering just 2 hits in 20 at-bats in limited playing time.
Unavailable to play during the Seattle series, Smith...
The A’s are about to start the first of 4 major series against playoff caliber teams tonight against Baltimore and how they fare may determine whether or not they will be in the playoffs as well. Starting tonight Oakland has a 7 game road trip starting with 3 in Baltimore followed by 4 in Detroit, followed by a 10 straight home games, but against the Rays, Rangers, and Astros...
The Oakland A’s are dying for stability behind the plate with John Jaso and Derek Norris out of the lineup.
To solve their ills, they are turning to a familiar face.
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With John Jaso's injury lingering, the Oakland Athletics continue searching for catching help. They may be willing to make a waiver claim or waiver trade if the right player becomes available. With the season winding down, and their division up for grabs, the A's have to make any play they can to ensure they stay competitive.
#Athletics are still looking for catching...
Reality turned from bad to worse last night, when Athletics catcher Derek Norris fractured his left toe in a home plate collision with Seattle's Nick Franklin. As the wreck left both men bruised and battered, the Athletics suddenly find themselves short in an already thin position.
With John Jaso sidelined by continual concussion symptoms and currently a question mark going...
The Oakland Athletics lost a game they normally win.
Coco Crisp homered, had four hits and scored three runs as part of a solid offensive showing by the Athletics, who twice gave away leads to the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-7 defeat Friday night.
Brian Roberts hit a grand slam and Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 7-6...
The Oakland A’s appeared to be cruising to a win behind Sonny Gray until it all unraveled in the eighth inning.
Before the game manager Bob Melvin had noted: “His stuff is as good in the eighth inning as it is in the second. His bite on his breaking ball and presence on the mound stay the same.”
Unfortunately, Gray didn’t make it until the eighth. Sean Doolittle started the...
All the A's needed was for Stephen Vogt to get seriously hurt and it appeared he did in the sixth inning on Wednesday.
With John Jaso having a concussion and Derek Norris a broken toe Vogt was the only healthy catcher on Oakland's roster so when manager Bob Melvin accompanied by assistant trainer Walt Horn hurried to check on Vogt it was a here-we-go-again moment.
On a breezy evening at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Oakland A’s left-hander Brett Anderson took a big step towards returning to the big league rotation.
“I’ve never really had too much success in rehab starts, but thats kind of beside the point,” said Anderson. He finished his night throwing 3.1 innings and giving up five runs on five hits, including a pair of home...
With John Jaso on the disabled list and Derek Norris battling a broken toe, the Oakland A's made a move to bolster their weakened catching corps by re-acquiring an old friend.