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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14 days ago  |  Discuss

A's host first Pride Night, earn rave reviews for their efforts

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics held their very first Pride Night, a night of inclusion meant to show support for the LGBT community in the Bay Area.On-hand for the festivities were Sidney Burke, brother of former major leaguer Glenn Burke, the first MLB player to come out as gay, and Breanna Sinclair, a transgender singer who delivered a rendition of the National Anthem. Also...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Glenn Burke's family at game as A's honor him on Pride Night

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, though Carol Williams knows how much it would have meant to her brother to be honored in his old ballpark as baseball's first openly gay player. Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's openly gay ambassador for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Doolittle and girlfriend transform apartment into 'Warriors Ground' for NBA Finals

The Oakland Athletics are quite fond of their Coliseum Complex neighbors, the Golden State Warriors.With the Warriors in the midst of a tense battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, A's closer Sean Doolittle has taken it upon himself (along with his girlfriend Eireann) to transform their apartment in the Bay Area into 'Warriors Ground'. The Warriors' Twitter account...
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17 days ago  |  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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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the A’s Should Sell at the Trade Deadline

There are still four months left in the 2015 MLB season but it would take a serious turnaround for the Oakland A’s to be serious contenders this year.  After reshaping the roster in the offseason the Green and Gold were poised to make a run for a fourth consecutive postseason appearance but the season has not gone as planned. Oakland has been over 10 games below .500 for quite...
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18 days ago  |  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

MLB Quick Hits: A's to activate closer Doolittle

A's closer Sean Doolittle, who has been on the DL all season with a shoulder strain, will be activated in time for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. Doolittle's velocity has reportedly been down during rehab outings, and the A's say he'll pitch in some non-save situations early on. However, Doolittle is owned in just 60.7 percent of leagues, and should start getting...
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May 26, 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

Pitching, offense, defense back on track for Oakland A’s

Baseball fans need to hold their horses before counting the Oakland A’s out of the season. With the team improving on the mound, on the field and in the batter’s box, the season is far from over. For just the second time this season, the A’s have won back-to-back games. 2015 has been a year of bitter disappointment for Bay Area sports aficionados looking to see Oakland...
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A's expected to ease Doolittle back into bullpen mix upon return

The Oakland A's are looking forward to getting closer Sean Doolittle back sometime during their upcoming homestand, which begins on Memorial Day against the Detroit Tigers. The lefty began his minor league rehab outings recently, working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery designed to fix a rotator cuff issue. As Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reported, manager Bob Melvin...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Thursday, May 14th: Kyle Finnegan & Tim Atherton Pitch Ports & Hounds to Victory while Sean Nolin & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) High Desert Mavericks  2 Stockton Ports             5 WP – Finnegan 2-2 / 4.17 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Kyle Finnegan (6 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win) Starter Kyle Finnegan turned in an impressive start for Stockton on Thursday...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle beginning minor league rehab Thursday as A's return nears

Oakland A's closer Sean Doolittle, sidelined all season so far because of a slight tear in his rotator cuff, is making a big stride today: he'll pitch in a minor league game with Single-A Stockton on Thursday. Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area notes that this is likely the 'final step' in Doolittle's rehab before he's able to rejoin the A's.  When he does return, it will likely come...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Doolittle discusses timeline for rejoining A's bullpen in new chat

The Oakland A's have begun their 2015 season as a bit of an up-and-down team. At 8-12, they've been largely inconsistent thus far on both sides of the field - on the mound and at the plate. One of the potential reasons they've had some struggles could have to do with the absence of All-Star closer Sean Doolittle, who is still recovering from an offeason rotator cuff tear that has...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Desperately Need Sean Doolittle to Return

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle winds up in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) For all the criticism Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics receive for those unconventional, inexplicably effective practices, critics and fans can usually agree on one thing: Oakland’s bullpen...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Stephen Vogt the real 'face' of the Oakland A's?

Sean Doolittle has a funky beard and mid-90s velocity. Sonny Gray has a youthful demeanor and ace material on the mound. Coco Crisp, when healthy, is a force atop the lineup and used to have his own signature dance. And yet, is gritty catcher Stephen Vogt the TRUE 'face' of the Oakland A's? That's what Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated suggests in a new column that really does paint...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin Says Still No Timetable For Doolittle But Return to Mound ‘Close’

There’s still no official timetable for Sean Doolittle, as the All-Star closer works his way back from a shoulder injury. “Don’t know until he gets on the mound yet,” said manager Bob Melvin on Sunday morning before the Oakland Athletics took on the Seattle Mariners. “I think we’re getting close as far as that goes.” Melvin did offer a hint for when Doolittle’s return...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle's girlfriend Eireann Dolan supports gay fans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Eireann Dolan had no idea she would inspire a movement just by offering her support to the gay community. Specifically to youth who might be struggling with who they are. She sure is making her mother proud, and her father, too. The moment Dolan read that the Oakland Athletics will host Pride Night in June to celebrate and host members of the lesbian, gay bisexual...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle: Rehabbing a Shoulder

The least interesting thing about recovering from a shoulder injury might be trying to figure out how it happened. It happened, and life has to move on. In Sean Doolittle‘s case, it might — might! — have happened while he was taking anti-inflammatories for his oblique late last year, meaning the pain was “slightly masked” […]
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

  The Oakland A’s are hosting their first LGBT Pride Night this year, and not all season ticket holders want to go. Luckily, the girlfriend of A’s closer Sean Doolittle came up with the perfect solution.   Eireann Dolan, who has two moms who are diehard Oakland fans, wrote in a blog post last Friday that although she “was saddened to read some of the replies...
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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