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Wednesday, May 27th: Zach Neal Pitches Sounds to 3rd Straight Win over Sacramento while Sandber Pimentel Slugs 8th HR in Snappers Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Nashville Sounds        11 Sacramento River Cats  4 WP – Neal 3-0 / 1.53 HR – Pridie (5) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Zach Neal (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win) RHP Zach Neal turned in an impressive start on Wednesday, allowing...
Via Athletics Farm
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes Provides Decisive Smash Against Former Team the Oakland Athletics

All it took was one blast off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes to send the Oakland Athletics (17-32) to a 3-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon at the O.Co Coliseum. After skipper manager Bob Melvin elected to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera with one on and two outs in the fifth, Cespedes stepped to the plate and crushed a three-run bomb that clattered off the concrete steps beyond the wall...
Via BaySportsNet
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday, May 26th: Barry Zito Leads Sounds’ 2nd Straight Shutout of Sacramento while Carson Blair’s Big Hit Helps Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Nashville Sounds         3 Sacramento River Cats  0 WP – Zito 2-4 / 4.72 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Barry Zito (6 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win) Barry Zito played for the River Cats during their inaugural season in Sacramento...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Monday, May 25th: Ports Win behind Brett Vertigan’s Big Bat while Sean Nolin Leads Sounds’ Shutout of Sacramento & Hounds Fall Despite Bruce Maxwell’s Grand Slam

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports       12 Lake Elsinore Storm  6 WP – Seddon 2-3 / 4.15 Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 6 / Double / 3 RBIs / Stolen Base) With the bases loaded, two outs and Stockton down by a run in the top of...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 23

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching, offense, defense back on track for Oakland A’s

Baseball fans need to hold their horses before counting the Oakland A’s out of the season. With the team improving on the mound, on the field and in the batter’s box, the season is far from over. For just the second time this season, the A’s have won back-to-back games. 2015 has been a year of bitter disappointment for Bay Area sports aficionados looking to see Oakland...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Crisp hits D.L. for neck issue, will avoid surgery in hopes of returning again

If Coco Crisp has intentions of being able to continue playing everyday as a Major League outfielder, he'll have to wait a bit before that can happen.After meeting with a specialist to discuss his current bout with neck pain, the Oakland A's placed Crisp on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday morning. As expected, the move freed up a roster spot for pitcher Kendall Graveman, who...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendall Graveman getting second chance with A's soon

Oakland A's right-hander Kendall Graveman struggled out of the gate in 2015, going 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts with his new club, but he'll get a second chance this weekend. Graveman, allowed 24 hits and 15 earned runs over 16 1/3 IP before being optioned to Triple-A to work on his mechanics. He's getting the call on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Mujica shows grit, makes tough play despite fractured thumb

Reliever Edward Mujica has been a much-needed reliable bullpen arm since joining the Oakland A's a few weeks back - but now they'll be without him for a bit. In a circumstance that more or less defines the unlucky 2015 A's, Mujica left Thursday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with what would eventually be announced as a thumb fracture. Despite it all, however, Mujica showed some serious...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

To Trade Or Not TO Trade

In the second installment of To Trade Or Not To Trade we look at some long shots that teams may consider trading to improve their clubs or dump salary. Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH Toronto Blue Jays Contract: Club option of $10 Million in 2016 $2 Million Buyout UFA 2017 2015: 10 HR 28 RBI .231 AVG .315 OBP Salary is not the issue here. The club needs pitching and trading Edwin before...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders Stadium Plan in Oakland is “Gurgling Blood”

“Gurgling blood” is an unfortunate term to use, but it appears that plans to build the Raiders a stadium in Oakland are nearly dead. Sources close to the plans in Oakland indicated to the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that the obstacles standing in the way of building a stadium in the Northern California city are real. First off, the Raiders want “free land” to build...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Lose Pomeranz, Snap 4 Game Skid

The ups and downs of the first six weeks of the season for the A’s have been constant. On the day the club learned pitcher Jarrod Parker might need his third Tommy John surgery, they entered into Houston to play one of the leagues out-of-nowhere sensations. And they were doing it riding a four-game losing streak, and fresh off a sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. Using...
Via BaySportsNet
9 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s continue to struggle on home turf

Returning from a long road trip in three different cities, the Oakland A’s returned to host the Boston Red Sox Monday night, for a three game home stand which would hopefully lead to a fresh start for the struggling team. However, home sweet home at the infamous O.Co coliseum was not the magic factor missing in their game strategy. Losing the series 1-3, the A’s remain in their...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

From Top Contender, to Worst Record in the AL: What Happened to Oakland?

Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick, left, grounds out at first base as Boston Red Sox first baseman Daniel Nava, right, makes the play in the first inning of their baseball game Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) After being swept by the Seattle Mariners this last weekend and now dropping to an American League worst 12-21 overall (.364),  it is  fair...
Via The Sports Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Oakland Athletics Hit Rock Bottom or Will They Continue to Fall?

Oakland Athletics Marcus Semien is greeted with a tunnel in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Seattle. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The Oakland Athletics (12-22) have plummeted to the bottom of the AL West standings, and after suffering their sixth consecutive loss Monday...
Via The Sports Journal
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The remarkably unclutch Oakland Athletics

At the very bottom of the 2015 standings, you’ll find two unsurprising teams tied for the worst record in baseball: the Phillies and the Brewers. The Brewers have been a disaster, already firing their manager, and the Phillies are paying the piper for years of making moves to maximize short-term returns. But do you know […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker Injury Is Almost Unwatchable

Jarrod Parker was rehabbing after a second Tommy John surgery when the unthinkable happened. The 26-year old hurler fractured his midial epichondal in the area where his new ligament is attached. As you can witness from the video, Parker is in excruciating pain after attempting to deliver a pitch to home plate. It is back to the drawing board for the young hurler who once again has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s new chant “Mayday, Mayday!”

As the saying goes, April showers brings May flowers. Oakland A’s fans were hoping that a shaky month of April baseball would bring a stronger month of May in terms of wins and stats. However, that is just not the case. Quite the opposite. In fact, the A’s have been struggling the entire season and now sit in last place in the AL West at 12-19. To emphasize how critical this...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker seriously reinjures arm during rehab start

I’m going to warn you in advance that this video is a bit graphic, and you may not want to watch it. Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last spring, started on Friday night for the AAA Nashville Sounds. This was his fourth rehab start of the year, and a return to the majors looked likely for the 26-year old. But in the sixth inning, Parker fell...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Appreciating the Enormous Production of Josh Reddick

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 29: Josh Reddick #22 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after hitting an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the sixth inning at O.co Coliseum on April 29, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) Josh Reddick is playing the best baseball...
Via The Sports Journal
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Should We Believe in Stephen Vogt?

You’ll hear it every time he steps to the plate in Oakland, a slow, building chant. If Stephen Vogt lets the at-bat go long enough, or the moment is big enough, it can be deafening: “I believe in Stephen Vogt. I believe in Stephen Vogt.” Craig Edwards pointed out that only two catchers broke out […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A's ballboy hit in head by Ike Davis foul popup (Video)

An Oakland Athletics ballboy was hit in the head by a foul popup from third baseman Ike Davis during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against Houston.The ballboy was in the A's bullpen area in foul territory near short left field. He tried to get out of the way, but he couldn't see the ball as it came down and bounced right off his head. Fortunately, the A's ballboy was wearing...
Via Holdout Sports
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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