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Oakland A’s: What went wrong?

Jon Lester It was as though this game mirrored the 2014 season – the Oakland A’s started off strong in the Wild Card game against the Kansas City Royals, but then they faltered toward the end and could not pull out the win. Even with proven postseason ace Jon Lester on the mound, injuries and poor defense helped the Royals surpass the Oakland A’s. This game is only the 2nd...
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Adam Dunn Planning To Retire After Athletics’ Wild-Card Loss To Royals

Adam Dunn played in 2,001 career games over 14 Major League Baseball seasons without a single postseason at-bat, and after the Oakland Athletics’ loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, Dunn is calling it a career. Well boys and girls it was a hellava time! I truly thank all you fans! Y'all made it worth playing. Thank You!!#phase2begins—...
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End of season post-mortem: Oakland Athletics

So this is how it happens in nightmares. In the span of less than two months, the Oakland Athletics went from 28 games above .500 and four games up in the AL West to a team that needed a win on the final day of the regular season just to clinch the AL’s second Wild Card berth. They then went to Kansas City, raced to a four-run lead over the Royals, and were sent home following...
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Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Adam Dunn watched the American League Wild Card Game from the bench, not once stepping on the field in the Oakland Athletics’ 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings. Dunn, who was on a postseason roster for the first time in his career, plans to retire. “That’s probably it,” said Dunn, who waited 14 season and 2,001 games to get to the postseason. The 34-year-old...
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What will the A’s look like in 2015?

The Oakland Athletics are coming off yet another heart-breaking postseason exit, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in an amazing extra-inning Wild Card game loss on Tuesday night. For a team that had expectations to win the World Series throughout the vast majority of the year, the 2014 season has to be nothing less than a downright failure for the team. This is only...
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Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

It was 29 years in the making, but the Kansas City Royals finally played in a Postseason game. Their opponent, the Oakland A’s; a team who has been there three-years in a row now. “Big Game” James Shields and Jon Lester took the mound for their respective teams. The A’s struck first, as Brandon Moss crushed a 87 MPH change-up from Shields to right field, putting Oakland...

Five things to watch in the AL Wild Card game

We’re mere hours away from the beginning of the 2014 MLB Postseason. James Shields will deliver the first pitch to Coco Crisp at roughly 8 PM eastern, and the Royals and A’s will do battle for the pleasure of facing the Angels in the AL Division Series. That being said, here are five things that we should keep an eye on in this game. Will Ned Yost focus too much on speed for...
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Why The Oakland A’s Will Win The World Series

Good pitching will always top good hitting and vice-versa. - Casey Stengel   If there is one thing that has defined the 2014 Oakland A’s, it’s good pitching.  With iconoclastic general manager Billy Beane at the helm, the A’s have often marched to the beat of their own drummer, zigging when other teams expect them to zag.  Earlier this year, Beane did the unexpected and...
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Athletics Injury Update: Josh Donaldson, Eric O'Flaherty

Oakland Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson said his sore left knee feels a little better in advance of Tuesday night's AL Wild Card Game, reports Jane Lee of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports adds that reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice on Monday after missing eight days:A's LHP Eric O'Flaherty just threw a live BP after missing 8 days...
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Josh Reddick Busts It Wide Open After A’s Clinch Playoff Berth (Photo)

Josh Reddick felt the need to let it all out once the A’s clinched. We’re not too sure why Josh Reddick decided to spread his legs in this way but we are marveled by his flexibility. Athletics made the playoffs and Josh Reddick, well… yup. — Ryan Hodge (@RotoHobo) September 29, 2014 This is odd. The post Josh Reddick Busts It Wide Open After A’s...
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Jon Lester on Wild Card start: That's why I'm here

Jon Lester probably expected to be in the playoffs this season, but he likely figured it would be with the Boston Red Sox. However, Boston’s miserable season paired with the fact that Lester will be a free agent this season led the team to ship the left-hander to the Oakland Athletics. Lester is a big reason the A’s reached the playoffs, and he’ll get the start Tuesday in Oakland’s...
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Nick Punto rips Sonny Gray's jersey to shreds (Video)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray pitched a complete game shutout of Texas on Sunday to help the A's clinch their third straight postseason appearance. As part of the postgame celebration in the locker room, teammate Nick Punto ripped Gray's jersey to shreds.“@omar01: A well deserved shredding for @SonnyGray2 by @Shredderpunto.”.....
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Oakland A’s: World Series or bust

The Oakland A’s dusted themselves off and have won the second American League Wild Card. The Oakland A’s are back in the postseason, thanks in large part to the complete game shutout Sonny Gray tossed against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Oh, it wasn’t pretty. Going 12-17 in August was probably not what they imagined after acquiring Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox at the...
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Oakland A’s: Potential postseason problems

Even though the Oakland A’s are not in the postseason yet, many are saying that they are the most dangerous team if they make it. But besides their starting rotation and bullpen, the Oakland A’s have been struggling. They may not be as dangerous as everyone is predicting especially with their injury-riddled lineup. If the Oakland A’s make the postseason, here are some of the...
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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