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Oakland A’s: Josh Reddick’s perpetual slump

Josh Reddick To say that Oakland A’s right fielder Josh Reddick is off to a bad start this season would be an understatement. With a .098 AVG and a 33% strikeout percentage, he has the second lowest batting average in the major leagues. This is quite a surprise for A’s fans and critics after Reddick had such a great spring. Reddick had a .333 batting average during spring training...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Melvin not ready to give closer job back to Johnson

Jim Johnson came up big for the A’s in Tuesday’s victory, but Oakland’s closer situation remains a day-to-day proposition. Manager Bob Melvin wasn’t ready to re-anoint Johnson as his ninth-inning man before Wednesday’s road trip finale against the Angels. It was unclear before the game if Johnson would even be available after throwing two innings and getting the victory...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Smart, Talented Jed Lowrie Turns 30 Today

Lowrie With SoxI once had the opportunity to speak with Jed Lowrie and ask him if it was true that he hit the first home run ever at New York's Citi Field. With a smile, he corrected me on two counts: first, it was pre-season (April 4, 2009) and second, it was a grand slam. Lowrie is one of those players who brings dignity and class to a major league uniform. A graduate of Stanford...
Via FenwayNation
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Startlingly Effective Jesse Chavez’s Repertoire, Illustrated

On April 9th at Minnesota, Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route to a single-game 1.79 xFIP (box). Yesterday (Monday), Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez — in this case, away at Anaheim — recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaso Pinch-Hit Homers A’s To Come From Behind Victory Over Halos

It was a night for the Southern California local guys wearing green and gold to shine for the A’s. Jesse Chavez, from Fontana, about a  45 minute drive from Anaheim, turned in another brilliant pitching performance, lasting seven innings of two run (one earned run) ball. Chavez allowed four hits and struck out nine Angels’ batters without allowing a walk. The only earned run...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics' Coco Crisp has hamstring tightness

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has experienced a good start in 2014 when he's on the field, but various injuries have been preventing him from getting into any kind of groove. He returned to action on April 11 after missing three games with a wrist injury, but is now dealing with hamstring tightness.         Earl Bloom of MLB.com reported that Craig Gentry...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s: Scott Kazmir to make next scheduled start

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir expects to make his next scheduled start. On Sunday Kazmir left his start against Seattle with a sore triceps. He experienced similar issues during spring training. Kazmir will take Monday off but sohuld resume throwing shortly. Scott Kazmir says he feels great today. He's taking today off from throwing but still very much anticipates...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2 Roster Moves I Actually Made: Week 2

Crisp’s hair, for your amusement (Photo: http://latenightdebates.wordpress.com/) Week 2 — how fast it has come and gone. Even though you really shouldn’t be holding a magnifying glass to your team this early in the season, you most unavoidably are. It is basically impossible not to. Just remember how young this season is, and that as good as you think your team is right now...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton retires from baseball

getty images Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. The right handed pitcher was released from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of spring training and later latched on with the Oakland Athletics. Assigned to Triple-A he has retired after two starts. Joe Blanton has retired. Had been pitching for A's AAA team. Yes, #Angels still owe him all of his contract. Since they released...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should be the closer for the Oakland A’s?

Now that Jim Johnson is no longer the closer for the Oakland A’s, manager Bob Melvin is going to use a slew of relievers to close each game depending on the matchup. This will include Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle. These relievers are all reliable and consistent – something Johnson was not. But who should be the permanent closer for the Oakland A’s...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A's notes: Coco Crisp, Addison Russell, Craig Gentry, Stephen Vogt

Plenty of injury news has already come out of Oakland this season, from Jarrod Parker's season-ending surgery to A.J. Griffin's arm trouble. Here are updates on four more Athletics players who are dealing with injury issues:Coco CrispCrisp has been dealing with wrist inflammation, a problem he struggled with last year. On Monday he received a cortisone shot and he sat...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is It Time To Dump Jim Johnson?

Yes Jim Johnson saved 101 games over the past two seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, but if you watched him pitch, most of the time it was never a clean save. Last season Johnson blew 9 saves and he's not off to a great start in 2014 with his new team, the Oakland Athletics.5 appearances, 3.1 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts. 18.90 ERA, 4.50 WHIP.The problem...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

$10 million should buy Jim Johnson some time, but Ryan Cook should be on your radar

New A’s closer Jim Johnson was yanked from a save opportunity on Wednesday afternoon after another ugly outing. It wasn’t pretty for Johnson in his most recent outing, nor has it been for much of his tenure with Oakland. Picking up one out along the way, Johnson yielded two runs on two hits and a pair of walks and the Twins were able to tie the game after his departure. Oakland...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Oakland A’s will make the playoffs

It has been said since the start of spring training that the Oakland A’s are going to win the American League West for the third year in a row this season. But why is it going to be so easy for them to win the AL West again and make the playoffs? With a well-rounded roster and a deep bullpen, the Athletics are almost destined to make the playoffs once more. Let’s take a look...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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