Saturday, July 12th: Drew Pomeranz Impresses in Rehab Start for River Cats while Hiro Nakajima Homers in Hounds Win and Andy Parrino Rejoins A’s Roster

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (4 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Reno Aces                          3 Sacramento River Cats  4 WP – Buschmann 6-4 / 4.46 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Drew Pomeranz (4 IP / 1 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 7 K) LHP Drew Pomeranz was impressive in his rehab start for the...
Via Athletics Farm
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Japanese infielder has uncertain place in A's organization

Hiroyuki Nakajima arrived at spring training Tuesday with none of the media fanfare that greeted the highly touted Japanese shortstop a year ago. Called over from the A's minor league complex in the morning as a replacement for injured Addison Russell, Nakajima was a late-inning substitution against the Padres. Nakajima was projected to be the A's starting shortstop in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: 49ers-Seahawks rivalry gets Taiwanese animation treatment

Those crazy Taiwanese animators are at it again. The latest topic to go under their bizarre and twisted microscope? The NFC Championship between the 49ers and Seahawks. Who knew they were such big fans in Taiwan? Between Colin Kaepernick vomiting green slime or sound waves coming from a woman’s breasts or a 49ers fan’s head exploding, we don’t know what to make of this madness...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics a dark horse for Japanese ace

At least one baseball executive believes that the Oakland Athletics are a strong candidate to sign Masahiro Tanaka, reports Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. "Watch out for Oakland," the executive told the Daily News. "They’ve got as much money as any team and they like doing these big international things." Oakland has made pushes for big-name imports...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What Is Hiroyuki Nakajima’s Future With The Oakland A’s?

When the Oakland A’s signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million deal in December 2012, most assumed he’d be a factor on Bob Melvin‘s team. However, Nakajima’s less-than-stellar spring numbers and a handful of injuries prevented him from making an appearance in an A’s uniform at any point during the season . He ended up playing in 90 games for...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

The Posting Process For Japanese Players Could Change

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are working on a new posting agreement, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. The new agreement could be in place by November 1st, which is this Friday, and could bring some slight changes to the posting process. Sherman notes that only one team will win the rights to negotiate with players, although it is possible that the...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Yoenis Céspedes selected as final Home Run Derby contestant

When the Home Run Derby participants were announced Monday evening there was one glaring omission–a fourth contestant for the American League side. On Tuesday, the final contestant was announced–Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Céspedes. As a player, Céspedes is known 
Via Sports-Glory
July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

RotoWire MLB Depth Charts Analysis

Another week, another trip around big league depth charts. Athletics 2B Starter: Grant Green Next: Eric Sogard, Jed Lowrie Minors: Jemile Weeks, Hiroyuki Nakajima Second base has been one of the major holes for the Athletics this season. The five players the A's have used there - Eric Sogard, Adam Rosales, Jed Lowrie, Andy Parrino, and Scott Sizemore - have combined...
Via Fox Sports
July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Is it time for Grant Green, Hiro Nakajima or Jemile Weeks to replace Adam Rosales in Oakland?

Despite losing three-of-four to the Texas Rangers, the Oakland A’s are still 11 games over .500 and a game up in first place in the American League West. If you tuned into the A’s postgame broadcast, though, you’d have thought the A’s were circling the drain along side the Houston Astros and that the sole responsibility fell on A’s shortstop/second-baseman Adam Rosales...
Via BaySportsNet
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Should the Oakland A’s be Buyers at the Trade Deadline?

Traditionally at this time of year, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane has been known to start wheelin’ and dealin’ guys before the July 31st trade deadline, but is that necessary this year? When the A’s started the season with a record of 12-4 there was little doubt as to what this team could do.  Sure, they had their struggles after a hot start, but what team doesn’t...
Via BaySportsNet
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Hiro Nakajima Knocking on the Door With Recent Strong Play

When the Oakland A’s reached into the international market and signed Japanese star shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima this past winter, they envisioned a player that would be starting at shortstop for them throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. A slow acclamation process to Major League play and a late spring injury temporarily delayed those plans for the A’s, but following a rehab...
Via BaySportsNet
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Assessing the A’s Infield Situation – is it Time for Grant Green or Hiroyuki Nakajima?

The A’s are playing well at the moment – they have a 29-23 record and are within striking distance of the first-place Texas Rangers in the A.L. West. They’ve managed to get off to a strong 2013 start utilizing a backup infield tandem of Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard – an area of the team’s roster that could (and should) be in line for an upgrade. Sogard impressed in Spring...
Via BaySportsNet
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Hiro Nakajima Suffers Setback in Sacramento Rehab Assignment

Sorry, A’s fans. Those of you who were anxiously awaiting Hiroyuki Nakajima’s long-anticipated debut in Oakland will have to wait a little longer. Nakajima’s rehab stint at AAA Sacramento hit a snag on Friday night when Nakajima pulled up limping into first base after hitting a single in the seventh inning of a 3-0 River Cats victory over the Las Vegas 51′s. Nakajima admitted...
Via BaySportsNet
May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Nakajima's Rehab Takes A Step Back

WEST SACRAMENTO - Hiroyuki Nakajima's rehab began on Friday with two hits, but he has suffered a set-back with his injured hamstring.
Via athletics.scout.com
May 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor Rejoins A’s, Chris Young To the DL, Hiro Nakajima Update

Following the A’s 2-0 shutout of the New York Yankees Friday evening, the A’s had no shortage of news regarding the status of their roster Saturday morning. Before we get to that though, A.J. Griffin was masterful in his seven innings of work. He allowed six hits and walked just one batter. Griffin struck out four batters. Sean Doolittle pitched an inning and two-thirds of shutout...
Via BaySportsNet
May 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Hiroyuki Nakajima to start season on DL for A's

Hiroyuki Nakajima will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.  As the Oakland A's finalized their roster moves, Nakajima was shifted from the 25-man roster to the DL.  He injured his hamstring last Tuesday.  While he could probably play, the A's want to be cautious. According to Rick Eymer of MLB.com, the A's had to trim their roster down to 25.  Do do...
Via MLB Injury News
March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Just Another Reason To Be Skeptical of Spring Stats

When FanGraphs was in Arizona earlier this spring, our merry band of nerds made our way to a Jarrod Parker vs Chris Sale afternoon tilt. The result on that 16th of March — an 11-5 win for the White Sox and bad performances from the two starting pitchers — was mostly unimportant to everyone in involved. But a few innings sitting behind the plate did provide some insights, including...
Via Fangraphs
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Team Previews: Oakland Athletics

Key Additions SIGNED/RESIGNED: Bartolo Colon (P), Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS), Hideki Okajima (P) TRADED FOR: Chris Young (CF), Andy Parrino (2B), Andrew Werner (P), John Jaso (C), Jed Lowrie (SS),  Fernando Rodriguez (P) Key Losses Brandon Inge (3B), Stephen Drew (SS), Jonny Gomes (OF/DH), Jeremy Accardo (P), Brandon...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Oakland Athletics Team Preview

The S an Francisco Giants may have taken home the World Series title, but they weren’t the only team in the Bay Area to grab our collective attention last year.  The Oakland A’s, of Catfish Hunter Bash Brothers Moneyball regular baseball fame, had a great year and, in combination with a Texas collapse, rallied to actually win the AL West in 2012. Let’s take a closer look...
Via Diamond Hoggers
February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring springs hopeful again for Oakland A’s

Billy-ball is back in Oakland. And, the movie “Moneyball” seems to make sense again, as the low budget A’s enter Spring Training the reigning winner of the division. As the world is finally making sense again, we welcome in the Spring – primarily focusing on four themes which surround the A’s this Spring: I. New Talent  A. Jaso Billy Beane has wanted youthful talent...
Via The Sports Blitz
February 16, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: Oakland Athletics

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. After a miraculous 2012 season, lots of fans are expecting the A's to come crashing back to reality in 2013...
Via The Outside Corner
February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Training preview with baseball scribe Jessica Kleinschmidt

Meet MLB scribe Jessica Kleinschmidt, who gives us the lowdown as pitchers and catchers report today. That’s right baseball season has alreaddy begun. You can follow Kleinschmidt on Twitter here I asked Jessica Kleinschmidt a few questions and here are her answers 1. I work for the federal government full time. On the side I write anywhere from two to five sports articles per...
Via The Sports Bank
February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Daily Notes: Five Notable Oliver Batting MLEs from 2012

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Five Notable Oliver Batting MLEs from 2012 2. Qs and As with Brian Cartwright, Proprietor of Oliver 3. Video: Cleveland Prospect Dorssys Paulino Five Notable Oliver Batting MLEs from 2012 Attentive readers — and entirely negligent ones, too, probably — will have noted by now that Dan...
Via Fangraphs
January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Getting ready for spring training with baseball scribe Jessica Kleinschmidt

Meet MLB scribe Jessica Kleinschmidt, who gives us the lowdown as we get closer to pitchers and catchers report. You can follow Kleinschmidt on Twitter here 1. I work for the federal government full time. On the side I write anywhere from two to five sports articles per week for eDraft.com on football (fantasy and NFL), MLB and anything else in between, I also help them with a radio...
Via The Sports Bank
January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Oakland A’s sign Hirojuki Nakajima

Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima finally realized his dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team after he opted to become a free agent and signed with the Oakland A’s. 2 years $6.5 million Vid courtesy of Next Media Animation Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to...
Via The Sports Bank
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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