The A’s finally get back into the win column

Josh Donaldson – Photo Credit – Keith Allison   After going through their worst stretch of the season — losing 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8 overall, the Oakland Athletics found themselves as winners again last night, with a 6-2 win over the New York Mets. A four-run 4th inning — most of a damage done by a three-run bases clearing triple by center fielder Coco Crisp was...
Via Hot Stove MLB
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

On the Surging Chris Carter

Chris Carter, as of this writing, has hit 28 home runs this season. That’s more than Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, David Ortiz and Jose Bautista. Only Nelson Cruz, Jose Abreu, and Giancarlo Stanton have more. Carter has always had a power stroke, so perhaps this isn’t a great surprise. But he’s only one dinger off […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's answer back with 11-3 win over Royals

The A’s went retro Tuesday night, turning the clock back offensively and delivering the kind of smack down that was a common place over the first half of the season. They hammered out a season-high 20 hits and routed the Kansas City Royals 11-3 at Kauffman Stadium, and there were lots of reasons to smile for manager Bob Melvin as he scanned the box score. Perhaps the most encouraging...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Vargas still trying to find edge after surgery

Having cooled off the Kansas City Royals for the moment, the Oakland Athletics now hope Scott Kazmir can get back on track. Plagued by one poor inning in each of his last two outings, the All-Star left-hander tries to avoid losing a fourth straight start to the Royals on Wednesday night. Josh Donaldson homered twice and had four RBIs and Brandon Moss added four hits as Oakland (73...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester leads Athletics past Royals, 11-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jon Lester pitched six strong innings and Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 11-3 Tuesday night, snapping the Royals' eight-game losing streak. Lester (13-7) has won all three of his start since the A's acquired him in July 31 trade for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester struck out...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A's and the injury side of the Lester-Céspedes trade

Early on Thursday, the Oakland A's traded Yoenis Céspedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. The move gives the A's a fearsome top four of Lester, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija and they are clearly setting up a rotation that they feel can win the World Series.Many feel Oakland gave up too much and have left their offense lacking without...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week ending July 20th

I was just going to do a “recap of the first half of walk offs” this Monday…but there were so many walk offs this weekend that couldn’t be ignored. Thus, we’ll have a traditional most exciting walk offs of the week feature this week, covering a three-day period that was chock-full of action. July 18th, Orioles vs Athletics Baltimore was cruising along until the ninth inning…and...
Via The Outside Corner
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones Lets Run Score After Losing Track Of Outs In Inning (Video)

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has one of the best throwing arms in Major League Baseball. So when Oakland Athletics batter Josh Donaldson hit a shallow line drive in Jones’ direction with runners on first and third and one out, everyone expected a close play at the plate with the runner tagging from third. Everybody except for Adam Jones, that is. Your browser does...
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Adam Jones loses track of outs, allows run to score

Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletic’s each owe Adam Jones a thank you card, and you can see why courtesy of the above video. Check out Orioles’ center fielder Adam Jones lose track of outs and after catching Donaldson’s fly ball and casually jog in towards the dugout while Cespedes scored on a tag-up from third. The Oakland A’s ended up beating the Orioles...
Via Next Impulse Sports
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: second half preview

Despite having Major League Baseball’s best record and the most wins (59) at the All-Star break since the 2006 Tigers, the Oakland A’s only enjoy a tight 1.5 game lead over the Anaheim Angels, leaving no room for error for the ball club in the second half. There are three key factors in the Oakland A’s holding off the Angels in the second half to claim their third divisional...
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Celebrate 1989 World Series 25-Year Reunion, Then Lose 8-4 to Orioles

It was all good feelings heading into Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. The A’s were still riding high off their walk-off homer from All Star third baseman Josh Donaldson a night earlier, and were host to a packed house of A’s fans ready to celebrate their team’s last World Series Championship. An on-field reunion saw fan favorites Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco, Dennis Eckersley, Dave Stewart Talk 1989 A’s, Reunion Weekend

Prior to Friday night’s thrilling walkoff win by Josh Donaldson and the Oakland A’s, members of the 1989 World Champion A’s roster took part in a media session, answering questions about the reunion weekend, their careers, reflections about the game and other topics. Among those participating included Jose Canseco, Dave Stewart, Dave Henderson, Carney Lansford, Mike Moore,...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Donaldson Walks Off Against the Orioles

You couldn’t have written a better script in the Oakland Athletics first series against the Baltimore Orioles since the whole Josh Donaldson/Manny Machado incident back in June.  In the first post All-Star break game for each division-leading club, drama was high. Machado, who was booed throughout the game, put Baltimore up 4-2 against new A’s ace Jeff Samardzija with a two...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: A's give Josh Donaldson the works after walk-off homer

Oh, those wacky Major League Baseball players....And if you are the Oakland A's, well, there's lots to celebrate. The A's hit the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and had a ton of guys play in the All-Star game.Including 3B Josh Donaldson, who got the proverbial 2nd half of the season off to a rousing start.Donaldson smacked a first pitch, bottom of the...
Via Online Sports Guys
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

A's beat Orioles on Donaldson's walk-off homer

Since Josh Donaldson's lengthy offensive struggles began in Baltimore six weeks ago with the Manny Machado series, Friday night's walk-off homer against the Orioles might have brought him full circle. With the A's down by two runs in the ninth, Donaldson tied into the first pitch he saw from Orioles lefty Zach Britton and crushed a three-run homer, good for a 5-4 victory...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Saturday: July 19, 2014

Did you soak it in last night when baseball finally got back to our living rooms or at the ballpark? I know I did. And it was a fairly good day. Heck, any day of a baseball season where I am in the black is a good day. I needed a walk-off by Josh Donaldson and a bullpen meltdown by the Orioles, but I'll take it.That's the one problem with doing this and also by playing...
Via The Flagrant Fan
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson’s Post All-Star Forecast

The Oakland Athletics are hardly atop their division despite being 23 games above .500 at the all-star break.  Arguably the three best teams in the AL are sitting in that division between the Athletics, Angels, and Mariners.  The Mariners aren’t flashy but their pitching has been surreal.  The Angels and Athletics are extremely fun to watch.  The Athletics are backed by their...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Questions Surrounding the Oakland A’s in the Second Half

In the midst of the All-Star break, most of the MLB is enjoying a few days off to rest up for the second half of the season.  Don’t tell that to the Oakland A’s.  They are sending seven players to the All-Star game with left-fielder Yoenis Cespedes and third-baseman Josh Donaldson performing double-duty as they represented the green and gold in the Home Run Derby. Sitting...
Via TopSportsReport
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB's most underpaid players

We all believe we do not get paid enough to do our job. That’s just human nature. We have gone over the most overpaid players in the MLB in a previous article. We now wanted to take a look at the other side of the fence. The guys who should be getting more commas in their paychecks. The league minimum in the Bigs is $500,000. I would be happy sitting on that kind of cash, however...
Via Sportsnaut
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Every one of Yoenis Cespedes's 30 HR Derby blasts

Yoenis Cespedes successfully defended his Home Run Derby crown at Target Field on Monday night, and he put on quite a show. While smashing 30 homers of the course of the evening, Cespedes defeated teammate Josh Donaldson in a first round swing off, knocked off Adam Jones of the Orioles in the second round, toppled AL captain Jose Bautista in the third round, and trampled the upset...
Via The Outside Corner
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Gillette Home Run Derby Challenges Players to Hit Flexball Razor Targets for Charity

Gillette announced that the participants of the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby will have an added incentive to aim for: achieving maximum contact by hitting one of two LED #FlexBall razor targets out in left-center and right-center field.  If hit, it triggers an additional $300,000 donation and could push the final charitable donation of the event to be the highest ever donation...
Via Total Sports Blog
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Two big series’ on tap this weekend for AL West

  Josh Donaldson – Photo Credit – Duluoz Cats   One last series before the All-Star break.  Every team has one final series before getting a couple of days off to relax and recharge. Well, unless you’re the Oakland Athletics and you are sending 7 players to the All-Star game. The A’s showed why they are the best team in the league, as they will be sending Josh Donaldson...
Via Hot Stove MLB
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson, Justin Morneau Added To Final Home Run Derby Roster

The captains of the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby in Minnesota have finalized their rosters for the competition. National League shortstop Troy Tulowitzki added his Colorado Rockies teammate Justin Morneau — who has 13 homers this year — to the already impressive lineup that includes Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and Todd Frazier. American League captain Jose Bautista named third...
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A's 3B Josh Donaldson went up, over, under and through the tarp for 2 amazing catches

Oakland A's third baseman Josh Donaldson with not one but two sensational diving catches on, over, and through the tarp against the Blue Jays yesterday.Your browser does not support iframes.The A's downed Toronto, 4-2.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija ‘ecstatic’ to be in Oakland

Oakland Athletics new right-hander Jeff Samardzija said general manager Billy Beane asked him Friday if he would be able to start in Oakland on Sunday. “Billy asked me how I felt,” said Samardzija, via “I was supposed to pitch today, so I’m a day past my due date to pitch. I’m chomping at the bit. I don’t think there’s any better way to get acclimated than...
Via Sports-Glory
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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