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Lincecum goes 5 innings but Giants lose 6-4 to Athletics

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run double that helped the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory Thursday night. Giants catcher Hector Sanchez drove in two runs and then left the game after getting hit in the throat area with a foul ball in the seventh. A's starter Jesse Chavez completed 3 2-3 innings...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Top San Francisco Giants 6-4

It was a big week for Jesse Chavez, as the right-hander’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third daughter on Tuesday. It was a big night for Chavez on Thursday, as the 31-year-old continues to make his pitch for the final rotation spot. The results were mixed for Chavez, as the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in Cactus-League edition of Bay Bridge baseball...
Via BaySportsNet
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Melvin: ‘Billy Burns is Better at Everything This Spring’

Unless something crazy happen between now and April 6, Billy Burns isn’t going to make the Opening Day roster. That’s no knock on the switch-hitting flyer—far from it—as Oakland Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin explained. “Billy Burns is better at everything this spring,” said Melvin. “He’s stronger—certainly left-handed. He’s pulling some balls.” Through 19...
Via BaySportsNet
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

After offseason of change, new-look A's expect to contend

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul. Even if that meant...
Via AP on Fox
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: How big of a fan are you?

With Opening Day of the 2015 season less than two weeks away, it is time for loyal fans to get their facts and information in line. However, many fans tend to lose sight of and forget about their favorite teams origin and all the great legends that played in years past. If you consider yourself to be a true Oakland A’s fan, you will not  be afraid to take this trivia quiz, as...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on Crisp: ‘It’s All About Him Being Ready for Opening Day’

Coco Crisp has endured a painful spring. On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics’ veteran leadoff man received a cortisone shot in his balky right elbow. “I could tell on his face yesterday when he was taking BP that he wasn’t too happy about it,” said manager Bob Melvin. Crisp was originally slated to play in the afternoon tilt against the Chicago Cubs, but Melvin decided to scratch...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The A’s Hottest Hitting Prospects This Spring

Billy Burns: The speedster is one of the A’s top hitters this spring. With the A’s reassigning seven players to their minor league camp this past weekend, including top prospect Matt Olson and second baseman Joe Wendle, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the team’s top young hitting prospects have been faring so far this spring. The A’s will be counting on...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Option Former All-Star Reliever Ryan Cook To Triple-A

Ryan Cook. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Oakland A’s former All-Star reliever Ryan Cook was sent to minor league camp Tuesday and will be starting the season at Triple-A Nashville. Cook has been struggling all spring despite reporting to camp healthier than he has been in recent years. He owns a 16.88 ERA after giving up three runs in just two innings of work on Monday. “I’m...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Names: Stuart Scott, Nick Peters, Dallas Braden

The late SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has been nominated for a Sports Emmy. In other news, former San Francisco Giants beat writer Nick Peters has died, and ESPN has agreed to an extension with MLB analyst Dallas Braden. Scott Nominated For Sports Emmy Late ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has been nominated for the best [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Zito Keeps Dealing In Spite of Uncertain Future

For a guy who had just ripped off four scoreless innings, Barry Zito wasn’t exactly in a good mood. After his outing against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the lefty is now up to 11 consecutive innings without giving up a run. While standing at his locker with his cap on backwards and zero emotion on his face, Zito explained that he focuses on more than the final stat line. ...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler, Vogt homer in A's 14-2 win over Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hit his ninth home run of the spring, but the Oakland Athletics roughed up a late-arriving Edwin Jackson in a 14-2 win over Chicago on Tuesday. Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt each hit two-run homers for Oakland. Jackson was scratched from his start when he drove to the A's old spring training home and then was stuck in traffic. He arrived...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on R.J. Alvarez: ‘Stuff Comes As Advertised’

R.J. Alvarez has had a clean spring. “Stuff comes as advertised,” said manager Bob Melvin of the right-hander who the Oakland Athletics added in an offseason swap with the San Diego Padres. The 23-year-old, who pitched in Double-A in 2014, has made a good first impression with his new employer during the Cactus League campaign. Alvarez has thrown six innings across six outings...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO – A’s coaches learn all about social media in new commercial

Your browser does not support iframes. Well done, Oakland A’s.  In this commercial spot, pitcher Sean Doolittle teaches his coaches all about social media.  It’s a pretty fun look at the weird and unique world full of hashtags, selfies, and more that we can become easily drowned in these days.  The best part?  The coaches pronounce GIF with a hard “G.”  I just became...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Thing Adam Dunn Was Surprisingly Great At

This morning, David Appelman announced some minor upgrades to the way we calculate WAR, including the addition of a factor for doubles plays grounded into. While the results aren’t dramatic, some players do tend to hit into more double plays than others, and those rally-killing ground balls do have a tangible harm on a team’s […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raisel Iglesias allows three runs in A's 8-1 win over Reds

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Jesse Hahn threw five shutout innings, Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 in spring training on Saturday. Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer in Oakland's third straight win. Marcus Semien doubled in a run, and Eric Sogard had two hits and an RBI. Cincinnati's Raisel Iglesias allowed three runs, all in the first...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Fuld OK after getting hit in jaw by throw

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld can smile now, even with swelling on the left side of his face. Back in the clubhouse a day after being hit in jaw by an errant throw during the Athletics' 3-2 victory over Colorado on Friday, Fuld was going over the options that will allow him to return to the field as soon as possible. A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday Fuld would...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s battle of the five man rotation

With opening day fast approaching, major league teams have begun to declare who will be their opening day starting pitcher. While this is a huge compliment to the individual pitcher, it does not give fans much information about what the starting rotation or overall bullpen will look like. Looking specifically at the Oakland A’s, for the second consecutive year, right hander Sonny...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

AZ Alkmaar hire Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane as club advisor

Billy Beane has maintained an interest in soccer for years and he now is set to take his first steps as a professional administrator in the global game. Beane joined AZ Alkmaar in an advisory role, the Dutch Eredivisie (first division) club announced Wednesday. Beane, who serves as the general manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics by day, will advise AZ in “areas...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Billy Butler To The A’s Makes Perfect Sense

This past offseason was one of the most tumultuous in recent memory in terms of player movement. A wave of GM turnover triggered roster implosions from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and particularly to San Diego. Domino effects roiled almost all 30 franchises, with only the Indians, Twins, Mets, Phillies and Giants not undergoing at least […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Oakland A’s had some high highs and some even lower lows last season. Even though they led the American League West for the first half of the season, they famously imploded in August. They were able to claw their way into the postseason AL Wild Card game, but ultimately lost the game to the Kansas City Royals. Last season was suppose to be the year the Athletics made it to...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Parker continues comeback, throws 30 pitches in simulated game

  Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker threw two innings of a simulated game and faced hitters for the second time this spring while continuing his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 30 pitches - 15 in each inning - and looked sharp as manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young looked on. He faced five batters, getting three fly...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Parker throws 30 pitches in simulated game

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker threw two innings of a simulated game and faced hitters for the second time this spring while continuing his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 30 pitches - 15 in each inning - and looked sharp as manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young looked on. He faced five batters, getting...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Oakland Athletics

Sonny Gray. Photo Credit: Thearon Henderson/Getty Images. OAKLAND ATHLETICS 2015 PREVIEW Last season the Oakland A’s held baseball’s best record for almost the entire first half of the regular season. Even after making big trades for pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel in early July and Jon Lester at the trade deadline, the A’s had one of the worst records in the second...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Unlikely to Make A’s Roster

View image | gettyimages.com Barry Zito signed with the Oakland A’s for a second go-around with the team who he broke into the majors with.  He returns after a mostly disappointing stint across the bay with the San Francisco Giants who gave him a record contract (at the time) with the hopes he would maintain his Cy Young form he had while in Oakland.  That wasn’t the case...
Via TopSportsReport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dutch soccer club hires Billy Beane as an adviser

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane will be doing some work with one of his other passions – soccer. Dutch club AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie has hired Beane as an adviser with an eye towards helping them compete in the top-rated Dutch league against competition like Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV Eindhoven. The Guardian has some of the relevant quotes. Alkmaar’s general director Robert...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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