Valencia's 2-run HR lifts Athletics over Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Friday night. Josh Reddick opened the eighth with a single off reliever Danny Farquhar (1-8). Valencia, who had three hits, followed with his career-high 17th homer deep into the left-center field bleachers. Aaron Brooks (3-4), who gave up two runs and...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Doolittle ecstatic about saving Zito's (probable) last MLB start

The Oakland Athletics were in full-on 'spoiler' mode on Wednesday, capitalizing on four errors by the Los Angeles Angels to the tune of seven unearned runs en route to an 8-7 victory that threw a wrench in the Halos' hunt for a postseason spot.The Angels fell a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the second Wild Card spot in the AL after closer Sean Doolittle was able to navigate...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's end Angels' 7-game win streak in dramatic fashion, 8-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Stephen Vogt hit a tiebreaking, two-run single during Oakland's four-run rally in the seventh inning, and the Athletics hung on to stop the Los Angeles Angels' seven-game winning streak with an 8-7 victory Wednesday night. Sean Doolittle got pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill to ground out with Mike Trout on third base to end it, completing a five-out save in a wild...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Report 23.0

  Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Sean Doolittle has taken over the reins of the closer gig for the Athletics after struggling  Full Article »
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Tweaks Got Sean Doolittle to Chapter Three

The first time Sean Doolittle‘s career almost ended, he still owned a first baseman’s glove. The second time his career almost ended, he was clutching his throwing shoulder and wondering why he couldn’t crack 90 mph on the radar gun. During his second comeback, often he wondered why he was “pitching with the break on” as he put it last week. A tweak to his repertoire and...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Doolittle's return to form a nice development for A's

The Oakland Athletics are looking for positives as the season's final few weeks tick away. They're mired in last place and have had a monumentally frustrating season, but the recent work from relieve Sean Doolittle has been a bright spot.A left shoulder strain derailed Doolittle's first comeback attempt in late May, and he only recently made it back to the mound. On Friday night...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Doolittle dazzles for A's in perfect inning of work vs. Diamondbacks

After lefty Sean Doolittle navigated the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon with ease, striking out Arizona Diamondbacks hitters Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock and preserving the Oakland Athletics' 4-3 lead, his manager was impressed.  2015's been a rough go for Doolittle, who is still easing his way back into the bullpen mix for Bob Melvin's A's as they look ahead to next season...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Next role for A's Pomeranz: Closer?

The Oakland Athletics are expected to get All-Star closer Sean Doolittle back from the disabled list soon. He's essentially spent the entire season on the shelf dealing with a shoulder strain and recovery from an off-season surgery, save for one inning of work in May. When he returns, it's expected he will resume his role as the A's closer. However, as John Hickey of Inside the...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin: One or two more rehab appearances for Doolittle before A's return

The Oakland Athletics are proceeding very carefully with 2014 All-Star reliever Sean Doolittle. Though the lefty is close to returning to the A's after missing almost three months with a shoulder strain, they aren't in a hurry to get him back on the mound. This makes sense given the A's tremendous difficulties this season and their last-place stance in the AL West. On Monday, manager...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolittle's resilience a big reason his A's return could be imminent

The Oakland Athletics could be getting star reliever Sean Doolittle back later this week.That's the expectation after Doolittle, limited to just one inning of work this season due to a shoulder strain, dazzled in a rehab appearance for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on Sunday.According to CSN Bay Area, Doolittle pitched a 'flawless' frame in which he struck out all three hitters he...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolittle eyes rehab stint after simulated game wows A's teammates

Reliever Sean Doolittle threw a simulated game on Tuesday for the Oakland Athletics, and things went well.  The lefty, still working his way back from a shoulder strain that has limited him to just one inning of work this season, threw 27 pitches at Coliseum, facing right-handed teammates Josh Phegley and Mark Canha. Canha relayed a scouting report regarding Doolittle's 'stuff...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Doolittle, Melvin upbeat after strong bullpen session

Sean Doolittle recently vowed to make it back to the pitching mound for the Oakland Athletics in 2015, despite shoulder issues that have limited him to just one inning of work this season. It would appear that his proclamation may have a chance of happening, especially after his 'impressive' bullpen session on Thursday at Coliseum. Considering he's passed the time away from...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Sean Doolittle uses car's secret compartment to stash burritos

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle was kind enough to demonstrate on Monday the best and tastiest usage for a car's secret compartment: burrito holder. Watch and learn: All that's left for GMC to do is equip its burrito stashing vehicles with a guacamole compartment. [H/T SB Nation] Follow The Buzzer on Facebook
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rehabbing Doolittle vows to pitch again for A's this season

Recent updates on Oakland Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle had him making progress from a left shoulder strain, but not progress that could specifically put him on track for a return to duty soon.  However, the 2014 All-Star left-hander is extremely confident that he'll get back on the mound again this season. With the next step in his rehab work throwing a few flat-ground sessions...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Crisp, Doolittle making progress in rehab efforts for A's

Part of the reason the Oakland Athletics are performing below preseason expectations this season could be due to the absences of outfielder Coco Crisp and reliever Sean Doolittle. Both players, key contributors to the club when healthy, have had injury-ravaged 2015 seasons. As Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee updated on Friday, however, both are doing relatively well in their...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sean Doolittle gets cup check from teammate

Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle pitched in just one game this season and has been on the disabled list since. Missing that much time can certainly take a player’s focus away, which is probably why Doolittle was caught posing in the dugout like Mike Honcho on Thursday night. Doolittle was standing with one leg up...Read More
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Is baseball ready for an openly gay player? Coliseum prepares for the Athletics’ LGBT Pride Night. The Athletics had an LGBT Pride event Wednesday night, and the night was peppered with love for many people that haven’t always felt comfortable at the ballpark. Opera Singer Breanna Sinclaire, the first trans singer accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s master’s program according […]
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

A's activate, option Griffin - Doolittle set to miss more time

The Oakland Athletics made a roster move on Saturday that has ramifications for the team's pitching staff: right-hander A.J. Griffin was activated from the 60-day disabled list and reliever Sean Doolittle was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day D.L. Griffin, returning from 2014 Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. A's manager...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolittle frustrated as shoulder strain sends him back to D.L.

Oakland Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is back on the shelf after experiencing more shoulder pain. The left-hander just made his 2015 debut on Wednesday afternoon, pitching one clean inning and feeling 'awesome' afterwards...but later that night he felt what he described as a 'stabbing pain' in his shoulder. After team doctors evaluated him once again, the A's placed him on the...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

A's closer Sean Doolittle returns to DL with another shoulder strain

  Two days after making his first appearance of the season, Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. ''It's another muscle, almost under the armpit, that he strained,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said before Saturday's game with the New York Yankees. ''It will be a couple of weeks of inactivity before he picks up a...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolitte returns to DL with shoulder injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Doolittle was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28, with a strained left shoulder before Saturday's game with the New York Yankees. The A's recalled right-hander Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville. Doolittle opened the season on the disabled list after missing spring training with a strained left rotator...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Four injured A's take steps toward getting back on the field

A group of Oakland Athletics saddled with varying degrees of injuries all made a bit of progress this week, the same week the A's welcomed Sean Doolittle back into the bullpen.Joe Stiglich of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area summed up the injury roundup with a rundown of each player's situation. Specifically: Lefty Sean O'Flaherty, dealing with a strained shoulder, made his first rehab...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Doolittle upbeat after 'awesome' season debut on Wednesday

Oakland A's reliever Sean Doolittle made his first appearance of the season on Wednesday, tossing a shutout inning and picking up two strikeouts in the process. It was not the usual flame-throwing Doolittle that took the mound however; his fastball barely reached 90 MPH and he relied more on his secondary pitches. Coming back from off-season rotator cuff surgery, that might ordinarily...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolittle not concerned about 'role' in A's bullpen right now

As expected, the Oakland A's reinstated reliever Sean Doolittle from the disabled list on Tuesday. The lefty didn't get into Tuesday night's game with the Detroit Tigers, but he's now eligible to pitch for the first time in 2015 after undergoing shoulder surgery during spring training. Recent word had the A's planning to use him in a more 'relaxed' role as he eases his way back into...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: A's to activate Sean Doolittle from D.L. on Tuesday

The Oakland A's have been without All-Star closer Sean Doolittle so far in 2015, but that will all end this week: the club is expected to activate Doolittle from the disabled list on Tuesday.Jane Lee of reported the news on Monday, as manager Bob Melvin informed the media of the team's plans prior to their Memorial Day contest against the Detroit Tigers.As expected, the A...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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