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Friday, April 24th: Zach Neal Wins Sounds Debut with Help from Max Muncy’s HR while Matt Olson’s HR Propels Hounds to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Oklahoma City Dodgers  1 Nashville Sounds          8 WP – Neal 1-0 / 1.80 HR – Muncy (1), Carrithers (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Zach Neal (5 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) Called up from Midland earlier in the day, RHP Zach...
Via Athletics Farm
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kazmir throws 7 scoreless innings in A's 5-4 loss to Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Scott Kazmir did everything he could to help the Oakland Athletics except swing the bat. Considering the A's recent offensive struggles, maybe an at-bat would have helped. Kazmir threw seven scoreless innings, but Houston starter Dallas Keuchel did him one better, going nine without giving up a run. Robbie Grossman singled in two runs in the 11th, and the Astros...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker Takes Huge Step In Tommy John Recovery

It’s been more than 13 months since Jarrod Parker tore the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his elbow for a second time, ending his hyped 2014 season before it could even start. At the time the injury had been a huge blow to both Jarrod, and the Oakland A’s who were expecting him to lead their rotation during the upcoming season. But thankfully he’s back now and on a rehab assignment...
Via Baseball Essential
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Vs. Astros: Live Game Post

Scott Kazmir opposes Dallas Keuchel in the first game of the weekend series between the Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum Friday evening. First pitch at 7:05PM. Check for updates. Not necessary to refresh screen, content will update automatically. by The post A’s Vs. Astros: Live Game Post appeared first on BaySportsNet.com.
Via BaySportsNet
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Vogt Picking Up Where He Left Off

Last season, Derek Norris and John Jaso took the bulk of the catching starts for Oakland, starting 140 of Oakland’s games at behind the plate. The duo performed well for the A’s and the 126 wRC+ by Oakland catchers ranked third in Major League Baseball behind only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. As the […]
Via Fangraphs
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bush League Yordano Ventura Needs To Be Taught A Lesson

Baseball has a funny way of policing itself, notorious for an unwritten code of ethics that if crossed usually results in a 95 mph message in the form of a baseball catapulted at you. The recent repeated bush-league actions of Kansas City Royals hurler Yordano Ventura need to be addressed in a big way by the opposition. The Royals have went from Cinderella darlings of the 2014 playoffs...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #16: One-hit wonder – Angels 2, Athletics 0

It was a one-hitter and a shutout for the Angels! The catch is that the Halos were the ones that got one-hit but also the ones that pitched the shutout. Yes, this juggernaut offense only mustered a single solitary hit against known pitching luminary Jesse Chavez. Fortunately for them, that one hit left the yard and none of the hits the A’s had did. A win is a win, I guess. Angels...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, April 23rd: Yairo Munoz Hits Game-Winning HR in Snappers’ Win while Jarrod Parker Loses Rehab Start for Stockton and Chris Bassitt Joins A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) Burlington Bees    2 Beloit Snappers  3 WP – Stull 1-0 / 2.84 HR – Munoz (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Yairo Munoz (2 for 4 / Home Run / GWRBI) With the game tied in the bottom of the 8th in Beloit, shortstop Yairo Munoz stepped to the plate and...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros-Athletics Preview

Once again shining in April, Scott Kazmir will try to help the Oakland Athletics regain their footing after an inconsistent road trip. Dallas Keuchel will try to get the Houston Astros back in the win column when two of the top left-handers in the majors face off in Friday night's series opener in Oakland. Kazmir (2-0, 1.33 ERA) is 6-0 with a 1.84 ERA in this month the last two seasons...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols called Royals to deny ‘bush league’ allegation

Albert Pujols called Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to clarify that he did not call the team “bush league.” The Royals had a tumultuous series with the Oakland A’s over the weekend that started with a takeout slide by Brett Lawrie on Friday night that injured Alcides Escobar. The Royals responded by having pitchers...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  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...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #15: Stolen Away – Athletics 9, Angels 2

Focus if you want on the bullpen meltdown (and I will tomorrow in Second Guessing Scioscia because, woof), but the real thing that killed the Angels in this game was the steals. Chris Iannetta just couldn’t throw anyone out and it cost them dearly. The first A’s run scored because Fuld stole his way into scoring position. There was another threat in the second because Semien...
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Billy Butler Proving to be Critical Addition for Oakland Athletics

Billy Butler has been an early season treat for the Oakland Athletics, solidifying the DH spot in the lineup and offering tremendous production. (Mandatory Credit: Ben Margot/AP Photo) 16 games into the season, Billy Butler has given the Oakland Athletics immense production. The 28-year-old DH is hitting .375 with three home runs and 12 RBIs through 16 games. “Country Breakfast”...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Answer Back in Anaheim

There were many moves Athletics general manager Billy Beane made in the off-season  that had several fans and members of the media scratching their heads. The head scratching continued during opening week, when the Athletics would come out and score a barrage of runs one game, then give up a barrage of the next. This trend continued Wednesday night. Following a 13 run victory on...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday, April 22nd: Michael Soto’s HR Helps Stockton Win while Nate Long Loses Nashville Debut and Arnold Leon Joins A’s

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Bakersfield Blaze  6 Stockton Ports     8 WP – Joseph 2-0 / 1.74 HR – Soto (2), Taylor (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs) With two on and two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, third baseman Michael Soto slugged...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stockton Ports v. Bakersfield Blaze Game Notes

In our efforts to branch out and cover as much baseball as we possibly can, I made the 45 minute trek down to Stockton, California, where I was fortunate enough to take in the Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Single-A affiliate) v. Bakersfield Blaze (Seattle Mariners Single-A affiliate) game, featuring some interesting prospects. First, I would like to give a big shout out and thank...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Butler homers in 5-run 7th as Athletics beat Angels

Sonny Gray outpitched Jered Weaver with seven innings of two-hit ball, and Billy Butler homered during a five-run seventh inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Gray (2-0) struck out seven, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third and retired his last 14 batters. The right-hander faced the Angels in three of his final...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler homers in 5-run 7th as A's beat Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The moment of truth for Sonny Gray came in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out. He passed that test against the meat of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup, and they couldn't touch him after that. Gray outpitched Jered Weaver with seven innings of two-hit ball, and Billy Butler homered during a five-run seventh inning that carried the Oakland Athletics...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's recall Arnold Leon from Triple-A for bullpen depth

Over the past week or so, the Oakland A's bullpen unit has been used heavily, so much so that first baseman Ike Davis pitched the eighth inning of Tuesday night's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, Oakland made a roster move on Wednesday, recalling pitcher Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville. The news was first announced by Bay Area sports journalist Manolo Hernandez...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s First Baseman Ike Davis Excels On The Mound In Loss To Angels

Ike Davis. Photo Credit: Mark Terrill/AP   Tuesday night the Oakland Athletics lost. They didn’t just lose to the Los Angeles Angels they got killed. The Angels won the game 14-1. It was even more evident that the A’s were having a bad night when their best pitcher ended up being first baseman Ike Davis. The Athletics had five hits, the Angels had 15. Billy Butler provided...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie blasts Royals fans for ‘antagonizing’ players

The series that the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals played over the weekend was as heated as it gets for mid-April. It all started Friday, when A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie took out Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a hard slide. Escobar called the play “dirty” after the game. Then on Saturday, Royals pitcher...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday, April 21st: Colin Walsh Drives in 3 to Help Chris Jensen Post his 3rd Win for Hounds while Joey Wendle Slugs his 3rd HR in Sounds’ Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Second Baseman Colin Walsh (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  9 Arkansas Travelers        3 WP – Jensen 3-0 / 3.06 HR – Oberacker (2) Farmhand Of The Game: Second Baseman Colin Walsh (3 for 4 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs) Second baseman Colin Walsh had another productive night at the plate...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Lose Big in Game 2 at the Big A

An overturned replay review and a flood of miscues in the field sent the Oakland Athletics tumbling to a 14-1 loss against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. The trouble started for Drew Pomeranz in the third inning. It looked like the squad had gotten out of the frame on a double-play ball off the bat of C.J. Cron, but the call at first was reversed after New York took a...
Via BaySportsNet
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Hahn to miss Thursday start due to blister, Chavez filling in

Oakland A's pitcher Jesse Hahn was dealing last Saturday, keeping the Kansas City Royals at bay until a blister forced him to leave the game in the sixth inning.On Monday, manager Bob Melvin told Joe Stiglich of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area that the blister is enough of an issue to cause Hahn to miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels.In his place...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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