ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Game #120: Matts Overcome Bullpen in Wild 10-8 Win

Santiago denied Chris Smith his first career win as a starter again, but the Matts (and especially Matt Joyce) came through in a crazy 8th inning. This game really had it all. Chris Smith pitched a quality start after completely imploding in the first, the A’s defense made a couple nice plays, the rookies looked solid...oh yeah, and the two teams combined to score 11 runs in the...
Via Athletics Nation
11 hours ago

Blackburn goes for series win in matinee

The Royals and A's will wrap up a three-game series with a day game Wednesday at the Coliseum, as Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy faces Oakland right-hander Paul Blackburn.
Via Athletics.com
17 hours ago

Oakland A’s prospect watch: Sheldon Neuse promoted to Double-A Midland, lineup now stacked

The Double-A Midland RockHounds, coming off three straight league championships, entered 2017 without a lot of star power in their lineup. There were three members of our Community Prospect List — infielders Richie Martin, Max Schrock, and an injured Yairo Munoz, and even two of them were coming off down years. By the team’s All-Star break in June, Munoz had moved up to Triple...
Via Athletics Nation
19 hours ago

Joyce’s 3-run double rallies A’s past Royals 10-8

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Joyce hit a three-run double to cap a six-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Kansas City Royals 10-8 on Tuesday night. Joyce also homered and had four RBIs. Khris Davis added his 33rd home run and Matt Olson hit his fourth in five days to help the A’s clinch at least a tie for the season series between the former division...
Via MyNorthwest.com
23 hours ago

Melvin wants Manaea to work through struggles

A's left-hander Sean Manaea is expected to make his next scheduled start in Houston on Friday, despite ongoing struggles this month.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Graveman delivers in first win since April

Right when the A's needed a solid outing from their starting pitcher, Kendall Graveman delivered. Graveman, who will wear the nickname "Digger" on the back of his jersey for Players Weekend, picked up first win since April 8 as the A's beat the Orioles, 9-3, Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Via Athletics.com
2 days ago

Boog is not the most unique name on the Oakland A’s

The Oakland A’s recently acquired a player named Boog Powell, and we really need to talk about that. It’s an excellent baseball name and it automatically makes the lineup more fun. We recently had a discussion about player nicknames, but this one sounds like an old classic straight out of golden days gone by. There’s a reason for that, though. It literally is a classic out...
Via Athletics Nation
3 days ago

Giants-A’s series trophy to be made out of parts of Old Bay Bridge

Winning the annual Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics will now come with a prize — a trophy made from part of the original Bay Bridge.The trophy will be made by NBC Sports, which has broadcast rights for both team’s games. Depending on the year, the Giants and A’s play either four or six games against each other in each regular season....
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Joyce suspended two games for anti-gay slur at fan

Matt Joyce has been suspended two games by MLB for hurling an anti-gay slur at a fan on Friday night.Joyce was returning to the dugout after making an out during Oakland’s 8-6 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. He got into it with a fan and yelled an anti-gay remark at the person in question, leading to an investigation.Joyce ultimately was suspended by MLB for his actions. The A...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A's have great response to reports of raccoon on Oakland interstate

The Oakland Athletics’ social media team remains undefeated.California Highway Patrol in Oakland relayed a report on Wednesday about a massive raccoon, so huge it was originally believed to be a kangaroo, being removed from a local interstate highway. In response to the report, the A’s tweeted out this hilarious inquiry about the animal’s availability: The 47-60 A’s are the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s investigating confrontation involving security guard, fan

The Oakland Athletics have issued a statement indicating an investigation is underway regarding a confrontation between a security guard and a female fan. The incident occurred during Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in the upper deck of Oakland Coliseum.Footage of the incident originally obtained via Twitter and later posted by NBC Bay Area shows a security guard...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Sonny Gray traded to Yankees

One of the biggest names on the trade market is on the move: The Athletics will certainly get a lot of young talent back there way. Gray is far from a rental. He has two more arbitration years left before becoming a free agent in 2020.At his best, Gray is a front-line starter. From 2013-2015, he was one of baseball’s best, accumulating a 2.88 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.36 FIP, with 419...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Getaway Day: Trade deadline edition – In, out or in-between?

A new week is upon us, and has brought the final torturous moments of the trade deadline along with it. As the Monday, 4:00 P.M. Eastern cut off time for open market trades draws nearer and nearer, the reality check that is the self-evaluation of where the year can really end up for many teams around the game is at a fever pitch.In honor of the constant phone checking, rumor milling...
Via Yardbarker
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics reportedly willing to keep Sonny Gray

The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees are reportedly locked in trade discussions involving pitcher Sonny Gray, but Oakland isn’t in desperation mode.According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Athletics and Yankees are struggling to match up on which prospects would go Oakland’s way — and A’s president Billy Beane has hinted that trading Gray doesn’t have to happen by...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

An Update on Yonder Alonso Prior to His Seemingly Inevitable Trade

Back in March, Yonder Alonso explained to Eno Sarris that his focus during the offseason was to more frequently launch batted balls into the air. “Did some mechanical things but also intent was important,” Alonso said in camp. “I’m trying to punish it more, get it in the air.” He agreed that aiming to put the ball in play in the air more was the major key for him this offseason...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Good Lord, Khris Davis

Khris Davis has elements of being a very good player. No matter what his reputation might be, he’s perfectly good at tracking down fly balls. He runs fairly well, all things considered, and he’s swinging at a career-low rate of pitches out of the zone. What’s most important, as you already know, is that Davis has power. Major power, big-time power, the kind of power that plays...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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