A's won't let slump redirect their focus — or their fun

OAKLAND, Calif. — The season-high losing streak was over. The A's were back at 23 games over .500. Coco Crisp, who'd been batting .130 in the month of August, delivered the three-run, bases-clearing double that was more than enough offense to lift Oakland over the New York Mets, 6-2. But the pervasive calm in the locker room afterward Tuesday night was less about steely...
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Fantasy Baseball Strategy, Are You An Idiot or a Winner?

If you’re reading the title of my piece and take it to mean that if you finish in second you’re an idiot, then you are just the type of person who needs to read it. What the title is referring to is the need to make those final trades in order to secure victory. There are still many leagues who’s trading deadline has not passed, as they subscribe to the same theory as MLB....
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: A bullpen of rock solid relievers

Sean Doolittle On Friday, the Oakland A’s bullpen recorded their 28 ⅔ consecutive scoreless inning pitched. With closer Sean Doolittle leading the pack, this Athletics’ bullpen has been rock solid throughout July and the beginning of August. Their success has gone pretty much unnoticed since many have been focused on the starstudded starting rotation. However, their triumphs...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

After fast start, A's hold on against Twins

Another ho-hum, the-A's-beat-the-Twins-again night at the Coliseum turned decidedly not ho-hum Friday. Oakland carried a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning, but needed some excellent work by the bullpen to pull out a 6-5 decision. After Luke Gregerson worked a three-up, three-down eighth, Sean Doolittle allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, then set down the next three hitters...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake McGee (RP, TB) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Jake McGee is the new Sean Doolittle, and by that I mean he’s the new “most dominant closer who also doesn’t walk anyone, ever, for real”.  Don’t believe me?  Consider this: since taking over the closer role for the Rays on June 27th, McGee has pitched 17 innings, during which […]
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dawn of the Planet of the A’s

The Oakland A's have been the team to beat in the first half of 2014. They own the best record the majors, their offense, which is comprised of a ragtag bunch of misfits from the other side of the tracks, ranks second among all teams in RBIs and total bases. They lead the league in ERA and WHIP, and they just upgraded their rotation with the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

A's P welcomes Shark to Oakland with funny joke

Jeff Samardzija playing football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2006 (Credit: US Air Force) Former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was traded to the Oakland A’s last night along with Jason Hammel. Current Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle welcomed Samardzija to Oakland with excitement and a good joke via Twitter today: Excited to see Samardzija back on a football field —...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A's prevail over Blue Jays despite protesting game after crazy second-inning play

Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery. For the A's, they got just what they hoped for in a return home Thursday after their most recent trip concluded with a three-game sweep in Detroit. It helps, of course, that the A's played in front of 32,913 adoring fans and had ace Sonny Gray at the ready to outduel Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In the end,...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New goal for the Oakland A’s: avoid the Detroit Tigers

Credit: Detroit Tigers Facebook Sometimes a team just has your number. That’s clearly the case between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers. The recent three-game series is the latest example and probably reaffirmed, if not ensured the A’s of a new goal alongside winning the World Series: avoid the Tigers at all costs. The first game of the series; the last day of June...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Tigers’ Rajai Davis stuns A’s with 9th inning walk-off grand slam

Your browser does not support iframes. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the 9th, Rajai Davis capped off what was initially a pretty cool night when it came to the offense with a walk-off grand slam via Athletics closer Sean Doolittle. Let’s also not forget that the table setters in front of Davis came from […]
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Rajai Davis stuns A’s with 9th inning walk-off grand slam

Your browser does not support iframes. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the 9th, Rajai Davis capped off what was initially a pretty cool night when it came to the offense with a walk-off grand slam via Athletics closer Sean Doolittle. Let’s also not forget that the table setters in front of Davis came from the bottom of the lineup as Castellanos and Avila reached on singles while...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

How About A Grand Slam Game-Winner...???

((HT:, please...The A's closer Sean Doolittle met the Tigers Rajai DavisYour browser does not support iframes.
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rajai Davis hits walk off grand slam

We felt it all the way down in our plums, calling Billy Zane’s grand salami time moments before it happened like Nostradamus probably did many years ago. Rajai ******* Davis. Sean Doolittle entered the appearance with a 0.59 WHIP and only one walk issued over 39 innings of work. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and walked Austin Jackson, who was 0-for-his-last...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 2014.79 Postgame: Tigers 5, Athletics 4.

That ending was like a never-ending buffet for a diehard’s soul. Austin Jackson’s nine pitch walk was Sean Doolittle’s second walk issued this year. Doolittle had only allowed 1 walk against 56 strikeouts in 39 IPs this year. Those are video game numbers. Then Rajai Davis stepped up, and took a curve for a ball. Then this. (I tried to embed the video, but couldn’t figure...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Rajai Davis hits walk-off grand slam to beat A’s

Sean Doolittle has been nearly lights out all season this year for the Oakland A’s, but Rajai Davis didn’t care on Monday night. With a 1-1 tie and bases loaded, Davis took a 1-0 count to deep left field, and his walk-off grand slam led the Tigers to the win. Follow Mike Pendleton on Twitter […]
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Lose 5-4 in Detroit Following Walk-Off Grand Slam by Rajai Davis

All it took was one hanging slider. The Oakland Athletics dropped Game 1 of the series to the Detroit Tigers after Rajai Davis deposited a game-winning grand slam into the seats in left field. Closer Sean Doolittle surrendered the decisive shot on a slider that never slid. The club now falls to 51-31 following the loss. Left-hander Scott Kazmir worked 5.1 innings and allowed just...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Davis has game-winning grand slam for Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (2-2) was given a three-run lead to work with in the ninth, but only managed one out. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila started the inning with singles. Eugenio Suarez struck out...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers’ Rajai Davis Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam vs. A’s

Down three runs heading into the bottom of the 9th inning during Monday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Rajai Davis saved the day for Detroit. With bases loaded and one out, Davis launched one just over the left field fence off Sean Doolittle. The Tigers were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World […] The post Tigers’ Rajai Davis Hits Walk-Off Grand...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 14 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re refusing to trade Jeff Samardzija, flipping Pedro Alvarez, and giving Jake McGee the title he deserves. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few lesser-known, lesser-considered, or lesser...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak snapped at 26 2/3

Entering Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Athletics closer Sean Doolittle hadn’t allowed a run in over two months. Doolittle gave up four to the Astros in abysmal performance on April 26. The Marlins ended Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak at 26 2/3. In the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton ripped a one-out double, then promptly scored on Casey McGehee‘s single...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A's beat Marlins 7-6 in 14 innings

Veteran left-hander Jeff Francis was the last man standing in the A's bullpen but nonetheless was asked to preserve a next-to-impossible situation in the 14th inning Saturday -- bases loaded, one out and a one-run lead. He did it to perfection, getting a strikeout and a game-ending fly ball to close out the A's 7-6 win over the Miami Marlins. "It's a tough situation...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins fight back to tie game but fall in 14th

MIAMI (AP) -- Josh Donaldson's two-out RBI single scored the go-ahead run from second base in the 14th inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Saturday. For the second game in a row, the Athletics won despite squandering a 4-0 lead. They also overcame a blown save by Sean Doolittle, whose streak of 26 2-3 innings ended when Miami scored the tying run in the...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Closer Report: Sean Doolittle, Joe Nathan, Huston Street

Each and every week FFLockerRoom will be here to update you on what might be going on in the bullpens around Major League Baseball. This report could potentially highlight closers on their last legs (and therefore ones you may want to sell quickly) as well as recognizing the set up men that might be on the verge of taking over the role (and therefore should be scooped up if on the...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle Dominating in Oakland A’s Pen

The Oakland Athletics have been the best team in baseball so far, and closer Sean Doolittle has helped to solidify the bullpen. Doolittle has an incredible 50/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has nailed down 10 saves in 11 chances since taking over in the closer role. Meanwhile, the A’s have a commanding lead in the AL West and have the best run differential in baseball by almost...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle: Throwing High, Hard and Historic

You know the Sean Doolittle backstory by now, most certainly. The short version for those just joining us is that Doolittle was a first-round pick in the 2007 draft as a first baseman, made it all the way to Triple-A in 2009, then missed more than two years with knee and wrist injuries before converting to the […]
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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