Found April 13, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
The A’s lineup took two big hits Friday night against the Tigers. First, Coco Crisp went out with a groin strain, then Yoenis Cespedes exited with a left hand injury. He underwent X-rays, which turned out negative. Crisp is considered day-to-day and not expected to see the DL. But the Cespedes injury will be more costly. The club placed the slugger on the 15-day DL on Saturday. Cespedes hurt the hand when he tumbled awkwardly into second base in the eighth inning. It’s the same hand he injured last year, only this time the injury is reportedly to the back of his hand, between his thumb and index finger, rather than his palm, as was the case in 2012. That injury caused him to miss three weeks last May. Per Susan Slusser, the A’s hope Cespedes won’t be out longer than the 15 days he’ll be on the DL. While Cespedes is the best A’s best player on paper, the team will miss Crisp’s production more. Crisp has gotten off to a blazing start, hitting .333 with 4 homers, 7 RBI, 14 runs and 9 ...

Athletics lose Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes to injury

The Oakland Athletics were able to down the Detroit Tigers in extras last night, but they lost a pair of outfielders – Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes – in the process. Crisp exited with a strained left groin, while Cespedes was removed from the game with a left hand injury. Casey Pratt of CSN Bay Area tweeted after Cespedes’ exit that X-rays on the outfielder...

A's second baseman Sizemore has left knee surgery

Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore has undergone a second reconstructive surgery on his left knee as planned. The A's say Sizemore had a procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., was an ACL reconstruction using a patellar tendon graft, the team said. Sizemore is scheduled...

Porcello's curveball embarrasses Donaldson

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A's Josh Reddick swings freely during batting practice, ready to play

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A's Cespedes lands on 15-day DL

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle in his left hand after he landed awkwardly in a tumbling slide Friday night. Cespedes had an MRI on Saturday morning before the middle game of a weekend series against Detroit. It showed no structural damage, and manager Bob Melvin says no surgery will be needed...

Josh Donaldson lifts streaking A's

Josh Donaldson homered with one out in the 12th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers for their ninth straight victory Friday night. Donaldson's opposite-field drive to right off Brayan Villarreal (0-2) was his first career game-ending hit. And in typical fashion for the reigning AL West champions, Josh Reddick found Donaldson with a...

Rick Porcello’s breaking ball embarrasses Josh Donaldson (VIDEO)

Can somebody get Josh Donaldson a new pair of pants please?  Donaldson, the A’s starting third baseman, was the victim of a diving Rick Porcello breaking ball Sunday. Porcello entered Sunday’s game as a relief pitcher since his next start will be skipped with a Tigers’ off day.  He threw two perfect innings. via Reddit

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Jed Lowrie is a big reason the Oakland Athletics have already swept a three-game series from the Houston Astros this season. The shortstop hasn't been as effective since. Lowrie and the A's attempt to avoid a third straight loss Monday night when they hope a visit from the Astros can get their offense revved up again. Oakland (9-4) outscored Houston 23-9 and hit seven...
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