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A's closer-by-committee approach remains for now

With the closer-by-committee approach paying dividends, it stands to reason Oakland A’s reliever Jim Johnson won’t return to the closer’s role anytime soon even as he shows signs of improvement. Since Johnson was taken out of the ninth-inning role Thursday, the A’s are 3 for 3 in save opportunities, with right-hander Luke Gregerson nailing down two victories and lefty Sean...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Waiver Wired: Jesse Chavez Could make a Big Splash

Quick!!! Name the starting pitcher with a 0-0 record over three starts with an 11.0 K:BB,  a 1.35 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP who is owned in 36% of Yahoo! leagues and 71% of CBS leagues?  Give up? I present to you: Oakland Athletics 30 year old journeyman: Jesse Chavez (SP) If you were to [...]
Via RotoBaller
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson Comes Up Big In Extra Innings To Help Lift Athletics Over Angels

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Via Valley Bay News
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Donaldson, A's rally in 11th to beat Angels again

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout's tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Via FOXSports.com
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Startlingly Effective Jesse Chavez’s Repertoire, Illustrated

On April 9th at Minnesota, Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route to a single-game 1.79 xFIP (box). Yesterday (Monday), Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez — in this case, away at Anaheim — recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jaso Pinch-Hit Homers A’s To Come From Behind Victory Over Halos

It was a night for the Southern California local guys wearing green and gold to shine for the A’s. Jesse Chavez, from Fontana, about a  45 minute drive from Anaheim, turned in another brilliant pitching performance, lasting seven innings of two run (one earned run) ball. Chavez allowed four hits and struck out nine Angels’ batters without allowing a walk. The only earned run...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics' Coco Crisp has hamstring tightness

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has experienced a good start in 2014 when he's on the field, but various injuries have been preventing him from getting into any kind of groove. He returned to action on April 11 after missing three games with a wrist injury, but is now dealing with hamstring tightness.         Earl Bloom of MLB.com reported that Craig Gentry...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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John Jaso's pinch HR gives A's a victory

Some players, knowing they might pinch hit late in games, spend time watching video of relievers or taking some hacks in the cage, or just intently watching the opposing pitcher. John Jaso is not one of them - the A's catcher has a remarkably laid-back approach to big at-bats. On Monday night at Angel Stadium, he used that mellow vibe while hitting for Derek Norris in the ninth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Halo Headlines: Joe Blanton retires, Sean Burnett to resume throwing

The April 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Joe Blanton retires, Sean Burnett to resume throwing and much more… The Story: Joe Blanton is going to retire, probably. The Monkey Says: He hasn’t officially retired, but has left his Triple-A team. Whatever his status is, the Angels won’t get any money back, so he can do whatever he likes....
Via Monkey with a Halo
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John Jaso’s two-run blast pushes A’s past the Angels

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Via Valley Bay News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s: Scott Kazmir to make next scheduled start

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir expects to make his next scheduled start. On Sunday Kazmir left his start against Seattle with a sore triceps. He experienced similar issues during spring training. Kazmir will take Monday off but sohuld resume throwing shortly. Scott Kazmir says he feels great today. He's taking today off from throwing but still very much anticipates...
Via Tireball.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Athletics vs. Watch the Throne

Look, Ma! I made a hip-hop reference. Also, the Angels get their first crack at the two-time defending AL West champions. If things go well, they might even be able to very temporarily dethrone them. HISTORY LESSON These teams have literally faced each other hundreds of times over the decades, but the Angels haven’t led the all-time series since the mid-1970′s. But over the...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2 Roster Moves I Actually Made: Week 2

Crisp’s hair, for your amusement (Photo: http://latenightdebates.wordpress.com/) Week 2 — how fast it has come and gone. Even though you really shouldn’t be holding a magnifying glass to your team this early in the season, you most unavoidably are. It is basically impossible not to. Just remember how young this season is, and that as good as you think your team is right now...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's pitcher Scott Kazmir says triceps injury is very minor

The Oakland A's shut out the Seattle Mariners last night by the score of 3-0. The win improved the A's to 8-4 on the season, good for first place in the American League West. The A's got two late-inning home runs from Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson. Scott Kazmir allowed only two hits and struck out nine in six innings. But there was concern when Kazmir was...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton to Retire

After a 10 year career that included stops in Oakland, Philly, the Dodgers, and the Angels, former starting pitcher Joe Blanton will retire according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.Blanton, predominantly a ground ball pitcher throughout his career, began in Oakland in 2004. He spent 5 years in Oakland compiling a 47-46 record with a 4.25 ERA, striking out 431 over...
Via The MLB Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics-Angels Preview

In his first full season as a starting pitcher, Jesse Chavez has been a pleasant surprise for the Oakland Athletics.
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Joe Blanton retires from baseball

getty images Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. The right handed pitcher was released from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of spring training and later latched on with the Oakland Athletics. Assigned to Triple-A he has retired after two starts. Joe Blanton has retired. Had been pitching for A's AAA team. Yes, #Angels still owe him all of his contract. Since they released...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former 2008 World Champion Phillies Pitcher Joe Blanton Reportedly Retires

Wikipedia Commons The Phillies acquired starter Joe Blanton at the trade deadline in 2008. While many fans at the time wanted the Phillies to acquire Rich Harden instead, Blanton proved to be just what the Phillies needed to help put them over the hump and win a World Championship. According...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's score early, Gray dazzles in win over M's

The A’s did their offensive damage early Saturday night, and it turned out to be plenty for Sonny Gray. Gray turned in his best start of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on a chilly evening at Safeco Field. Oakland scored twice in the first and once in the third, then took a nap with the bats the rest of the way. Gray (2-0) made it stand, firing seven innings...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics designate Sam Fuld for assignment

The Athletics activated outfielder Craig Gentry from the 15-day disabled list today and designated outfielder Sam Fuld for assignment in order to clear a spot on active roster. Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays in December and latched on with the Athletics on a minor league deal. The 32-year-old made the Opening Day roster due after Gentry’s back injury and hit .200 (6-for-30...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Updates: Craig Gentry, Sam Fuld, Coco Crisp

The Oakland Athletics made a host of moves on Saturday afternoon, ahead of their evening tilt with the Seattle Mariners.  It was definitely good news to A's fans to hear about two valued bats returning to the team but it was also bittersweet as they said goodbye to another.  Let's go over all of their moves.Craig Gentry & Sam FuldGentry was behind everyone else in...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who should be the closer for the Oakland A’s?

Now that Jim Johnson is no longer the closer for the Oakland A’s, manager Bob Melvin is going to use a slew of relievers to close each game depending on the matchup. This will include Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle. These relievers are all reliable and consistent – something Johnson was not. But who should be the permanent closer for the Oakland A’s...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Foul Paul! 6 Early Risers and Fallers

Want your voice to be heard? Take 30 seconds and weigh in on our weekly Reader Survey! Even though it’s early in the season, there are still some trends starting to appear (like me contemplating throwing the remote through the TV while Jim Johnson is pitching). I can already tell this is going to be a long season. Follow the carnage that is Foul Paul! on Twitter @alcohpaulism...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's notes: Coco Crisp, Addison Russell, Craig Gentry, Stephen Vogt

Plenty of injury news has already come out of Oakland this season, from Jarrod Parker's season-ending surgery to A.J. Griffin's arm trouble. Here are updates on four more Athletics players who are dealing with injury issues:Coco CrispCrisp has been dealing with wrist inflammation, a problem he struggled with last year. On Monday he received a cortisone shot and he sat...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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