Oakland Tribune "A's catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington state to begin six to eight weeks of recovery. Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday. Along the way, Jung removed scar tissue..." October 16
A's say Brandon Moss will have hip surgery Oct. 21. Stephen Vogt to undergo right foot surgery Oct. 14.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed righty Jorge De Leon off waivers from the Astros, the team announced on Twitter. To clear 40-man space, Oakland released Adam Dunn. Clearing Dunn from the roster was more a procedural mechanism than anything else at this point. The 34-year-old has indicated he is..." October 09
A's say Brandon Moss will have hip surgery Oct. 21. Stephen Vogt to undergo right foot surgery Oct. 14.
Source: #MNTwins have contacted Chip Hale, and the A's have granted permission. So expect his interview in the near future.
Hardball Talk "Brandon Moss was a big part of the Athletics’ offense both in the regular season, and in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals. In the one-game playoff, Moss homered twice and knocked in five runs, but it just wasn’t enough as the A’s were eventually the victims of a 12-inning, 9-8..." October 05
ESPN.com "Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as..." October 03
Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks' search for a new manager further widened on Thursday with the addition of three more potential candidates. The club asked for and was granted permission to interview Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy, according to..." October 03
San Francisco Chronicle "Cycles are short for the Oakland A’s, general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday after the team’s excruciating 12-inning loss to the Royals in the American League wild-card game. And the way Beane discussed the team’s closing window of opportunity before the trading deadline might suggest that he..." October 02
ESPN.com "Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as..." October 02
Hardball Talk "As part of a one-year, $3 million contract Nick Punto also got an option for 2015 that vested based on his days spent on the active roster. Punto told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he reached the magic number, so he’s now signed for $2.75 million." October 02
CSN Chicago "Will Jon Lester be this year’s Anibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka 2.0? The Lester-to-Chicago rumors started long before the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Oakland A’s late Tuesday night in a wild-card thriller. The speculation will only intensify now that Lester and the Cubs have all of..." October 02
Kansas City Star "They knew. They all knew, even before it was official. They had waited long enough. They would start their celebration early. Christian Colon pumped his fist before he even touched third base. The Royals leaped over the dugout railing before Salvador Perez even touched first. The sound of..." October 01
SI.com "Wednesday night's back and forth battle in the first game of the postseason caused a headache for beat writers trying to get their game stories finished on deadline, as evidenced by MLB.com publishing a story about the Kansas City Royals failed rally attempt despite the team's 9-8 victory. The..." October 01
Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
Sporting News "Of all the brutal moments the A’s suffered through after the All-Star break — and there were plenty of them as they stumbled through a 29-38 record in the second half — the final gasps of the 2014 season were the cruelest. Of that, there is little debate. The A’s owned most of their AL..." October 01
Hardball Talk "My favorite thing from after last night’s game was watching old dinosaur newspaper columnists dropping “Moneyball” zingers. They were great because they showed that (a) those guys never, ever read the book or at the very least didn’t understand it; and (b) they were so confident in the power of..." October 01
Melvin: "I have so much respect for Adam Dunn that it kills me he did not get into that game."
Yahoo! Sports "This probably wasn't how Adam Dunn imagined things would go. Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 as Oakland looked to add postseason power. It was going to be the slugger's first time in the playoffs in his 14-year career. He finished the regular..." October 01
NESN "Jon Lester probably expected to be in the playoffs this season, but he likely figured it would be with the Boston Red Sox. However, Boston’s miserable season paired with the fact that Lester will be a free agent this season led the team to ship the left-hander to the Oakland Athletics. Lester..." September 29
Wild card game set: A's vs. #Royals, Jon Lester vs. James Shields
Dallas Morning News "The Rangers will finish their regular season on Sunday with a meaningful game. Oakland needs a win over the Rangers or a Seattle loss to the Los Angeles Angels to get into the American League playoffs as the second wild card. The Rangers helped set up this scenario with a bullpen-driven 5-4..." September 28
Donaldson in lineup.
San Francisco Chronicle "He went down in a heap near third base and stayed down long enough to make his manager and teammates anxious, but All-Star Josh Donaldson showed how just hard the A’s are fighting, toughing out an injury to help his team inch right to the verge of a postseason berth. The All-Star third baseman..." September 27
Dallas Morning News "Beltre’s homer, off Luke Gregerson, kept Seattle’s playoff hopes alive. The Mariners won at Toronto and trail Oakland by two games in the race for a wild-card spot in the American League playoffs. Bogar would rather not see the Athletics celebrate a playoff spot on the Rangers’ field. If..." September 26
San Francisco Chronicle "As I reported in this morning’s paper, Brandon Moss was not available yesterday because of a hip injury that required a cortisone shot – and that will lead to offseason microfracture surgery, he told me. The shot did the trick, though: He’s in the lineup tonight at Texas. And Josh Reddick, 9..." September 25
San Francisco Gate "First baseman Brandon Moss was unavailable Wednesday with a right hip problem that will require offseason microfacture surgery, Moss told The Chronicle after the A’s loss to the Angels. “It was worse that we thought it would be,” said Moss, who had an MRI and a cortisone shot before the game...." September 25
Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: The A's scored four runs off reliever Mike Morin in the seventh to trim a 5-0 deficit to 5-4, Josh Reddick hitting a two-run double to left, Nick Punto an RBI triple to right-center and Coco Crisp an RBI single to left. But with two on and two outs, Jason Grilli struck out pinch-hitter..." September 25
CBSSports.com "Without a doubt, the dumbest second-half narrative is that Oakland's trade of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester derailed the A's. And there isn't even a second place. Lester pitches against the first-place Angels at Oakland Wednesday with a chance to put a virtual stranglehold on a playoff spot...." September 24
Los Angeles Times "The tangled web of an injury-plagued and struggling Angels rotation grew even more convoluted Tuesday night, but for a good reason. Veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc has thrust himself into the playoff picture. LeBlanc, filling in for the injured Matt Shoemaker, allowed five hits over 5 1/3..." September 24
Punto replaces Lowrie at SS for start of 5th. No word on Lowrie yet, but he did get hit in foot w/pitch in first AB. #Athletics
CSN Philly "Jerome Williams made history and the Phillies snapped out of their late-season funk with a 3-0 win over the Athletics on Saturday. Williams pitched seven scoreless innings to become the first pitcher in major league history to beat one team three times in the same season with three different..." September 21
San Francisco Chronicle "Jon Lester did what he usually does. Sean Doolittle did what he usually does — but what he didn’t do in his previous outing. Those two left-handers did most of the heavy lifting Friday night at the Coliseum, and they helped lift the A’s back to the top wild-card spot in the American..." September 20
#A's 9/18 Lineup 1. Crisp 2. Fuld 3. Donaldson 4. Dunn 5. Moss 6. Lowrie 7. Norris 8. Callaspo 9. Sogard
Hardball Talk "Musical chairs continues: it was announced today that the Oakland A’s have reached a four-year affiliate agreement with the Nashville Sounds. The Sounds have been the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate for the past decade. The A’s had been affiliated with Sacramento. Sacramento is becoming the Giants’..." September 18
Dallas Morning News "In a season full of embarrassment, the Rangers on Wednesday saved themselves from one final humiliation. And got a little bit of long overdue revenge in the act. With a big ninth inning, the Rangers beat Oakland 6-1, eliminated the A’s from a threepeat as AL West champs and removed the..." September 18
Dallas Morning News "The first time Nick Tepesch had a chance to back up his offense with a “shutdown inning” on Tuesday, he didn’t. But he survived well enough to get a second chance. And he didn’t repeat the same mistakes twice in a 6-3 win that extended the Rangers’ win streak to four games and pushed the A’s..." September 17
CSN Bay Area "Brandon Moss went the pro-active route in trying to end his home run drought, and it wasn’t getting him anywhere. The A’s slugger was going to the plate looking to jack the ball over the fence. Instead he only found more frustration. The dry spell finally ended when Moss connected off..." September 15
CSN Bay Area "The A’s have adjusted their rotation coming out of their final day off of the season Monday. Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray will pitch Tuesday-Thursday in a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. That flip-flops Kazmir and Samardzija in the rotation, as Samardzija had..." September 15
San Francisco Chronicle "On Saturday night at a packed, loud Safeco Field, the A’s faced their most frequent tormentor and the likelihood of slipping out of a playoff spot altogether. With a sense of unexpected drama that harked back to the 2012 A’s, though, Oakland hung tough with All-Star Felix Hernandez, then beat..." September 14
Seattle Post-Intelligencer "A little more than a month ago, Oakland's lead over the Seattle Mariners was double figures. After Friday night, the A's advantage is down to a half-game. "It's not ideal," Oakland outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "The boys are battling. There are 15 games left. We just have to do our best and..." September 13
CBSSports.com "The Oakland Athletics have activated All-Star closer Sean Doolittle from the disabled list, the club announced Friday. That means Doolittle will be available for the all-important three-game series in Seattle this weekend. Doolittle has been out since Aug. 23 due to an intercostal (ribcage..." September 12
CSN Chicago "Their record might not show it, but prior evidence and days like Thursday have Chris Sale believing the White Sox are trending upward. If their series against the Oakland A’s is to be taken as a sign, one the White Sox wrapped up with a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field, Sale could be on to..." September 12
Melvin fully expects Doolittle to come off DL tomorrow. Big for bullpen as whole, getting everyone back in usual roles.
Hardball Talk "Earlier this week A’s catcher/designated hitter John Jaso was believed to be on the verge of returning from an August concussion, albeit in a limited bench role, but now those plans have been scrapped. Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports that Jaso met Wednesday with a concussion specialist in..." September 11
CSN Chicago "Avisail Garcia singled in two runs late Wednesday night as the White Sox downed the Oakland A’s, 2-1, at U.S. Cellular Field. Following an intentional walk to Conor Gillaspie that loaded the bases with two outs, Garcia singled to center field to give the White Sox their first lead of the night...." September 11
Hardball Talk "A’s outfielder Craig Gentry suffered a concussion Tuesday night when he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez while trying to beat out a bunt single. Gentry walked off the field under his own power, but not before staying down on the ground for several minutes and being looked..." September 10
Hardball Talk "No matter what happens with the Wrigley Field renovations and the next TV contract, the Cubs will be in position to make a splash and sign Jon Lester to a megadeal. Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation..." September 10