Wednesday, April 15th: Franklin Barreto Helps Ports Split Twinbill while Sounds Lose Barry Zito’s Second Start in Extras

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Franklin Barreto (2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) GAME #2 Stockton Ports         7 Lancaster JetHawks  3 WP – Joseph 1-0 / 0.00 Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Franklin Barreto (2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs) With two on, two outs and the game tied in the top of the 5th, shortstop Franklin Barreto...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, April 10th: Chad Pinder’s HR Is All Hounds Need while Ryan Cook Earns the Win in Barry Zito’s First Start for Nashville

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBI)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) NW Arkansas Naturals   2 Midland RockHounds   3 WP – Jensen 1-0 / 3.00 HR – Pinder (2) Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Chad Pinder (Home Run / 3 RBIs) Shortstop Chad Pinder provided all the offense the RockHounds would need when he hit a 3-run homer in the bottom...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s set Opening Day roster

The Oakland Athletics have set their 2015 Opening Day roster. While returning starters Jesse Chavez, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Drew Pomeranz made the cut, Barry Zito did not. Barry Zito did not land a spot on the Oakland A’s Opening Day roster. Zito delivered inconsistent performances in his Spring Training appearances. In his first two appearances on March 5 and March 10...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics’ Barry Zito Heading To Triple-A

The Oakland Athletics have announced that they have reassigned left-handed pitcher Barry Zito to the minor leagues. Zito has accepted his assignment and will report to the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate at Nashville. The 36-year-old was looking to make his comeback attempt with the team that drafted him ninth overall back in 1999, who he won a Cy Young award with back in 2002...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson

Long-time baseball man Grady Fuson served as the A’s scouting director from 1995 until 2001, when the team drafted such talented players as Eric Chavez, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Rich Harden. He left the A’s at the end of 2001 to become the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers and, after moving on to head up the Padres scouting department, Fuson...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Former $126 million man Zito fine with being sent to A's Triple-A team

OAKLAND, Calif. -- You bet, Barry Zito is accepting his assignment to Triple-A Nashville. The 36-year-old left-hander didn't work his way back from a year out of baseball only to stop his comeback bid now just because he didn't make the Oakland Athletics' opening-day roster. ''I didn't stay in shape for a year to come back here and go all in and go sit at home. Why should I rush...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Left-hander Barry Zito headed for Triple-A Nashville

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) You bet, Barry Zito is accepting his assignment to Triple-A Nashville. The 36-year-old lefty didn't work his way back from a year out of baseball only to stop his comeback bid now just because he didn't make the Oakland Athletics' opening-day roster. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday and said after the A's final exhibition...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Hudson throws 5 shutout innings, Giants beat A's 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tim Hudson tossed five shutout innings, then stuck around in the dugout long enough to watch old pal Barry Zito pitch a perfect inning of relief for the Oakland Athletics during the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory Saturday in the final spring tuneup for both teams. As Hudson pitched for the reigning World Series champion Giants, Zito warmed up in his original...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Trade Triple-A RHP Matt Buschmann to Tampa Bay to Make Way for Possible Addition of Barry Zito to Nashville Rotation

Could Barry Zito be Nashville bound? The A’s traded Triple-A RHP Matt Buschmann to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on Thursday. We’€™ve also learned that, though no final decision has been made yet, the A’€™s front office thinks it’s likely that non-roster pitcher Barry Zito will agree to join the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to start the season. And if that is indeed the case...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane Gave Zito a Shot Because He ‘Deserves It’

Billy Beane did Barry Zito a solid. As the Oakland Athletics Vice President and General Manager told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game, he brought Zito into camp because the vet “deserves it.” “So, bringing him in was first about giving him an opportunity—I’d spoken to him last year when he’d decided to take a year off and I knew he might do it—give him an opportunity because...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Seem to Have Starting Rotation Locked Down

View image | One of the biggest questions surrounding the Oakland A’s this spring was how the flurry of offseason moves would impact the starting rotation.  “The Shark” and Jon Lester are both out of town after being rentals in a season that was deemed World Series or bust and the Green and Gold were left with only the rising star Sonny Gray and the reborn...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Zito Keeps Dealing In Spite of Uncertain Future

For a guy who had just ripped off four scoreless innings, Barry Zito wasn’t exactly in a good mood. After his outing against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the lefty is now up to 11 consecutive innings without giving up a run. While standing at his locker with his cap on backwards and zero emotion on his face, Zito explained that he focuses on more than the final stat line. ...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Unlikely to Make A’s Roster

View image | Barry Zito signed with the Oakland A’s for a second go-around with the team who he broke into the majors with.  He returns after a mostly disappointing stint across the bay with the San Francisco Giants who gave him a record contract (at the time) with the hopes he would maintain his Cy Young form he had while in Oakland.  That wasn’t the case...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers split squads lose to A's, Rangers

During Sunday afternoon spring-training action, Oakland beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 and Texas also beat Milwaukee, by a 12-5 margin. Barry Zito, attempting a comeback at age 36 after a year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings in relief as the Oakland Athletics beat a Brewers split squad. In his second appearance of the spring, Zito allowed just one hit and...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Zito impresses as A's beat Brewers split squad 5-2

PHOENIX (AP) Barry Zito, attempting a comeback at age 36 after a year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings in relief as the Oakland Athletics beat a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 on Sunday. In his second appearance of the spring, Zito allowed just one hit and retired 11 of the 12 hitters he faced to end the game. Ryan Braun, who had offseason thumb surgery, went 0...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Gray, Zito combine for 5 innings in A's win vs Arizona

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Sonny Gray pitched into the third inning, Barry Zito went 2 2-3 innings and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in an exhibition game Tuesday. Jake Lamb hit a pair of home runs and Yasmany Tomas also homered for the Diamondbacks. Cody Ross added a pair of doubles and drove in a run. Trevor Cahill gave up a run and four hits over two innings...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Zito launches A's comeback with two innings vs. Cubs

  Joe Maddon gushed about the ballpark and the fans. He praised starter Travis Wood and said he liked the performance by his team. Surrounded by his family under a beautiful blue sky, the new manager of the Chicago Cubs sounded quite pleased with his first game of spring training. ''Just a really, really nice, wonderful first day,'' he said after a 2-2 tie against Barry Zito and...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Maddon makes debut with Cubs in spring tie with A's

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Manager Joe Maddon made his spring debut with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, a 2-2 tie against Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics. Travis Wood pitched two perfect innings for a split-squad of Cubs, and Mike Olt hit a two-run homer in the second inning. Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay over the winter and then agreed to take over the Cubs, who begin...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Mills, Chavez, Zito slated for Spring Training starts

Brad Mills Brad Mills, Jesse Chavez and Barry Zito are scheduled to start the first three games of Spring Training for the Oakland A’s. Mills will get the nod in Tuesday’s opener against the San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. During the 2014 regular season, Mills was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the A’s to the Toronto Blue Jays and back again to the A’s...
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Zito in Oakland, A Retrospective

For the first seven years of his major league career, Barry Zito was a superstar ace for the Oakland Athletics. After a seven year, $126 million stay in San Francisco and a one year hiatus from the sport, Zito is set to return to his former home on a minor league contract for the 2015 season. In what was a dramatic fall from grace, Zito’s career since signing with the Giants...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Zito reuintes with the Oakland A’s

Barry Zito Barry Zito is reuniting with the Oakland A’s after spending 2014 regaining his passion for baseball, according to the team’s site. As a non-roster invitee, Zito threw his first bullpen of camp on Friday – drawing a crowd of curious followers. Although he struggled during his time with the San Francisco Giants, he displayed positive signs during Friday’s bullpen...
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

At 36, lefty Barry Zito returns to work with Athletics

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Barry Zito did a lot of things during his year off from the major leagues in 2014. He worked out in Houston, got in some good surfing near his home in San Diego, spent a lot of quality family time with his wife and newborn son and even threw pitches into a portable net that he carried around to various public parks. One day, the left-hander who won the 2002 AL Cy...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

36 years later, Oakland Athletics back at HoHoKam

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Thirty-six years later, the Oakland Athletics are back at HoHoKam Stadium. After basing at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since 1984, the A's have returned to their former spring training home for spring training 2015, which starts Thursday. Oakland used the original HoHoKam Park from 1977-79, before it became the longtime spring home of the Cubs. Chicago's red and blue...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Zito, Scott Kazmir, and Magical Velocity Gains

Navigate to Ron Wolforth’s website and you’ll immediately see this. Normally I’m hesitant to engage with places that approach me like I’m watching the pitching equivalent of QVC at 4 a.m., but Ron Wolforth has the track record to make bold statements: he’s worked with Trevor Bauer since the first round pick was 14 years […]
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

10 MLB Players to be Excited About in 2015

It’s that time of year again. America’s favorite pastime is finally out of hibernation and spring training is right around the corner. Along with old faces in new cities, there are guys that won our hearts last season. Heck, there’s even one player who sat out all of last season that should excite a certain fan base. Here are 10 MLB players to be excited about in 2015. Pablo...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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