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Sunday, July 27th: Hiro Nakajima Homers to Help Hounds Win while Drew Pomeranz Is Solid in Sacramento’s Extra-Innings Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Third Baseman Hiro Nakajima (Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  11 Corpus Christi Hooks        3 WP – Granier 6-4 / 3.67 HR – Matthes (8), Nakajima (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Third Baseman Hiro Nakajima (Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs) Hitting in the cleanup spot, third baseman Hiro Nakajima...
Via Athletics Farm
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Coco Crisp out, will have sore neck examined

Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has left his team in Texas to travel back to Oakland to have his sore neck examined. He sat out Sunday for the second time in the last three games. MLB.com's Athletics beat writer Jane Lee reported the news after the Athletics' 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.http://t.co/pI4nnP8owG has learned Crisp will not travel w/ team...
Via Sports Injury Alert
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Alberto Callaspo rehab result

The Oakland A's continue to hold off the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Following a 5-1 victory on Saturday against the Texas Rangers, the A's improved to 64-39 on the season. Leading the league in runs scored and third in pitching, the A's are running on all cylinders. But there is an extra piece of the puzzle who could return as soon as today, as Alberto...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, July 26th: Kent Matthes Has Huge Night in Hounds Win while A’s Infielder Alberto Callaspo Makes Rehab Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  10 Corpus Christi Hooks        4 WP – Long 9-6 / 3.36 HR – Matthes 2 (7) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (2 Home Runs / 9 RBIs) Outfielder Kent Matthes had a huge night for the Hounds, hitting a 3-run homer in the 2nd...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso pulled with knee irritation

After crushing a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the Oakland A's 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, catcher John Jaso left in the eighth inning with a "twinge" in his left knee, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group (video here and below). Jaso, who is hitting .285/.362/.459 (OPS+ 131) with seven homers and 33 RBI, could play Sunday. He was replaced...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Are the A’s done?

The Oakland A’s made one of the biggest trades so far this season when they exchanged their top prospects for Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.  This trade strengthened an already strong starting rotation and many would think that the A’s would be done pursuing anymore trades this season. However, the A’s are not done. With less than a week left...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Yoenis Cespedes, Kyle Blanks, Stephen Vogt

Oakland Athletics slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is recovering from injury and made his return on Friday. Key role players Kyle Blanks and Stephen Vogt are also recovering from injuries as reported by Jane Lee from MLB.com.#452687498 / gettyimages.comYoenis CespedesThe Cuban slugger's right thumb sprain kept him out of the lineup on Thursday. On Friday, the team welcomed...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, July 25th: Chad Pinder & Matt Olson Homer to Help Ports Win while A’s Acquire Former 1st-Rounder Deck McGuire for Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Lancaster JetHawks  5 Stockton Ports         7 WP – Sanchez 5-1 / 3.64 HR- Olson (29), Pinder (12) Farmhand Of The Game: Second Baseman Chad Pinder (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs) Stockton jumped out to an early lead on Friday when second baseman...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Trade: Oakland acquires Blue Jays' former first round pick Deck McGuire

The Oakland Athletics acquired starting pitcher Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays today.  Shi Davidi of Sportsnet had the news:#BlueJays trade Deck McGuire to #Athletics for cash considerations. Brad Mills clears waivers and will report to Buffalo— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 25, 2014#470670857 / gettyimages.comMcGuire was the Blue Jays' first round pick & eleventh...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with ball that reads ‘Thanks for paying my salary’ (pic)

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the last laugh in response to a heckler’s taunts during an off-day as his teammates faced the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. Apparently tired of the heckler but nevertheless engaging him — we’re assuming it was a man, although it could have been a woman (doubtful) […] The post Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark McGwire-Jose Canseco Beef is Very Much Alive, Heated and Not Ending Anytime Soon

Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco will not be vacationing in Cabo together anytime soon, or probably ever. The much-publicized non-relationship between the two former Oakland Athletics teammates is not repairing itself despite repeated attempts at reconciliation by Canseco. Unless you’re living under a rock, McGwire is still fussy after Canseco released his tell-all book in 2005,...
Via Next Impulse Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 24th: Tommy Milone Earns 1st Win for Sacramento while Daric Barton Drives in 3 and Evan Scribner Gets Recalled by A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Sacramento River Cats  13 El Paso Chihuahuas            2 WP – Milone 1-0 / 5.40 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Tommy Milone (6 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 8 K / Win) After enduring a rough outing his last time out, former A’s LHP...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson Designated For Assignment By Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics News: Oakland DFA's Jim Johnson

The Oakland Athletics finally designated reliever Jim Johnson for assignment on Thursday. The former Orioles closer has struggled mightily this season in the A's bullpen, putting up a 6.92 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched. In his most recent game against the Houston Astros, Johnson entered in the eighth inning and failed to record even one out. He gave up three runs on four hits...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Designate Jim Johnson For Assignment

As expected, the A’s made a move prior to the game on Wednesday to bolster their recently taxed bullpen. The Athletics recalled Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento and designated former closer Jim Johnson for assignment. Scribner, 29, is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and .243 opponents batting average in 31 games with Sacramento this season. He pitched 1.1 innings with the A’s on the...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Markie Throws Awful First Pitch At Athletics-Astros Game (Video)

Biz Markie visited O.co Coliseum for Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, throwing out a first pitch that fans likely won’t forget. Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name ‘Biz Markie,’ didn’t skip the ball to home plate, but the southpaw might have thrown the slowest first pitch do date. Your browser does not support iframes. The...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A Side Benefit of the Jeff Samardzija Blockbuster

I learned of the Jeff Samardzija trade at an Independence Day house party. That’s how long ago that deal took place, and most people have moved on. They’ve turned their attention to potential trades. We analyzed the Oakland-Chicago deal rather thoroughly, first with Mike Petriello, then with Tony Blengino. It seems like there shouldn’t be a whole […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Exclusive: Skipper Ryan Christenson Gives the Lowdown on the A’s Top Prospects at Stockton

Many A’s fans might remember Ryan Christenson from his days patrolling the Oakland outfield from 1998 through 2001. But he may have an even more important job now, as he’s been entrusted with overseeing some of the A’s top prospects currently playing for the Ports in Stockton. Four of the A’s top five picks from the 2012 draft and three of the team’s top four picks from...
Via Athletics Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson: Addition-By-Subtraction The Best Option for the A’s

Although you could argue that perhaps the time has already passed, there is no arguing now that Jim Johnson’s time in Oakland needs to have come to an end with his last outing last night against the Houston Astros. Johnson, traded for to be the closer to replace the popular Grant Balfour, came to Oakland with a very impressive 101 saves over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He has recorded...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Callaspo could be activated from DL by Sunday

Second baseman Alberto Callaspo is getting closer to coming off the disabled list, with A’s manager Bob Melvin suggesting he might be activated as early as Sunday. Recovering from a strained right hamstring, Callaspo took batting practice and fielded grounders before Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros, as did first baseman Kyle Blanks, who is covering from a torn calf...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Biz Markie throws out first pitch at A's game

Nobody beats the Biz, except at throwing.
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Jeff Samardzija has ‘no hard feelings’ for Cubs

Sitting in a clubhouse that has hosted more raw sewage than playoff celebrations during his career, Jeff Samardzija can finally breathe. “It’s fun, man. It’s great,” the former Cubs pitcher says of the new surroundings in Oakland. “It’s exciting.” If that says something about the pennant race he suddenly joined and the motley-looking group of young A’s teammates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Updates: Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss, Alberto Callaspo

The Oakland Athletics won Wednesday nights game 9-7 against the Houston Astros thanks to Yoenis Cespedes, who hit two home runs, however; he left the game due to a sprained right thumb when he had an awkward fall at the plate in the fifth inning. Brandon Moss spun while tagging speedy Jose Altuve in the eighth and he seemed to be in pain but he did not come out reported by Susan...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes day to day with sprained thumb

Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high five RBIs before leaving with a sprained thumb during Wednesday night’s 9-7 victory over the Houston Astros. X-rays were negative and Cespedes is considered day to day. The left fielder went down as he hit a check-swing groundout in the fifth inning.  Manager Bob Melvin said that Cespedes hurt his...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark McGwire Done With Jose Canseco, Drives Canseco To Twitter Meltdown

There once was a time when Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco were close friends. In fact, they were like brothers — or “Bash Brothers” as they were called in their days with the Oakland Athletics. Canseco then infamously accused McGwire of being a steroid user in Canseco’s 2005 book, allegations that helped bring  McGwire’s baseball world crashing down. McGwire eventually...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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