Found March 29, 2012 on Reading Between The Seams:
The Oakland A’s (74-88) had a myriad of injuries to a few of their top-line starters, which directly hindered their chances of winning the AL West in 2011. For instance, Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden both were sidelined early in the year due to arm issues and missed most of 2011. For a team that

2012 burning question: Oakland Athletics

From yesterday's A's season preview... Burning QuestionWho should get most of the playing time at first base and in the outfield for the A's? In Oakland's first two games during the season opening series (a week before everyone else) in Japan, they trotted out the same outfield of Crisp-Cespedes-Reddick. At first base, Brandon Allen and Kila Ka'aihue each got...

Happy 50th birthday to MC Hammer, former Oakland A's ballboy (Photo)

Today is rapper MC Hammer's 50th birthday.  Hammer (a.k.a. Stanley Burrell) grew up in Oakland and was a ballboy for the Oakland Athletics from 1973 to 1980. In honor of his 50th birthday, the Oakland A's posted a photo of Hammer from his days as the team ballboy on the team Twitter account. MC Hammer, from his days as a ballboy for the Oakland A's He'...

2012 season preview: Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics had a difficult year last season, and how did they respond going into 2012? Simple, they blew up their team (again) and gave it another whirl. Nearly the entire starting rotation is new, and a good bit of the lineup is too. The A's don't look like contenders in the loaded AL West this season, but it's at least a different look for A's fans. ...

A’s ad stars Dallas Braden’s tattoo of Rollie Fingers riding a dolphin (video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Rollie Fingers is referred to as “an A’s legend” in the introduction to the latest commercial from the Oakland Athletics which promotes the mustachioed reliever’s upcoming Bobblehead Night on April 22. In a humorous bit, Rollie’s place in the pantheon of Oakland legends is not lost on current starting [...]

Why 2012 Is An Important Year For The Athletics (Part Two)

Considering that Oakland traded away several significant pieces of its roster during the offseason, 2012 is an important year for rebuilding purposes only. The Athletics have little chance of contending in a division that includes the Rangers, who are the deepest team in baseball and the retooled Angels. In part one, we discussed the Athletics pitching staff, which is full of youth...

Colon, Cespedes carry Athletics to split of Mariners

Bartolo Colon tossed eight solid innings and Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes belted a two-run homer in the seventh as the Oakland Athletics salvaged a split with their American League West rival after a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Josh Reddick and Jonny Gomes also went deep for the Athletics, who rebounded from a 3-1 loss in 11 innings in Wednesday's season...

A Tale of Two Be(a)nes

Raise your hand if you remember Billy Beane's brief stint in the Majors?  Now, to those of you with your hand you remember remembering Beane when you first heard the name of pitcher Bill Bene?I do.Both gentlemen were big league busts, but...that's where the similarities end.One went on to glory to as the moneyballin' General Manager of the Oakland Athletics...

Josh Reddick Shows Off Championship Belt

Holy bling, Batman!  Have you seen Josh Reddick's championship belt? It's awesome.So, naturally, I had to reach out to and ask the Oakland A's outfielder who he was rooting for this weekend at WrestleMania 28...John Cena or The Rock."(I've) always rooted for Cena," Reddick told me. "He's always been about the business and takes pride in it. That...

Charting At-Bats: Yoennis Cespedes Debut

The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners opened the 2012 MLB season early this morning before a sell-out crowd of 44,227 in the Tokyo Dome, Japan. The two game series was held in Japan to raise money for relief efforts to assist with the rebuilding in Japan following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Clearly the attraction of the series is Ichiro Suzuki, who didn’t disappoint...

Game Picks - Thursday: March 29, 2012

The Game Picks season started with a win and though it took three cups of coffee and a couple of aspirin, that 6:10 in the morning game start was worth the early wake up time. For a first game of the season, that was pretty exciting, was it not? Ichiro got all down with his home self. Dustin Ackley was the run producer. Yoenis Cespedes got his first major league hit and Felix Hernandez...

Athletics 4, Mariners 1

Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is starting to look at home with the Oakland Athletics. Cespedes hit his first major league home run on Thursday to power the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners that earned Oakland a split in the two-game season-opening series at Tokyo Dome. Cespedes, who signed a $36 million, four-year contract with Oakland on March 3, said he is...

Oakland A's MiLB Video: Sean Doolittle

PHOENIX - Former Oakland A's top position prospect Sean Doolittle has made the switch to the mound and is embarking on his first season as a pitcher. We have exclusive video of Doolittle throwing at the A's 2012 minor league spring training inside...

Seattle and Oakland split series in Japan to start baseball season

For whose who are unaware, the 2012 MLB season is officially underway as the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics completed a brief 2-game series held in Japan this week. Thanks to Ichiro's four hit performance  Seattle took the opener 3-1 in extra innings. However, last night Bartolo Colon pitched eight strong innings for the A's to get the win in the 4-1 victory...

Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 2

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the year in his Love ‘em & Hate ‘em. A 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo Japan. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Shawn Kelley could only pitch 0.1 innings, while George Sherrill couldn't even get through an inning.
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