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
CSN Chicago "Before six days ago, Tyler Flowers never had a multi-home run game in his career. But the White Sox catcher followed up last week’s performance in Minneapolis with two solo homers in Monday night’s 5-4 stunner over the Oakland A’s in 12 innings at U.S. Cellular Field. Three innings after he..." September 09
CSN Chicago "What else is Jeff Samardzija supposed to say? The dude has no idea what’s going to happen after the 2015 season. He’s trying to win a World Series ring with the Oakland A’s now. But he rolled with the question when someone asked if there’s at least a thought he could someday come back to..." September 09
Houston Chronicle "Sunday was the Astros’ most benevolent win of the season. Their 4-3 victory over the Athletics was turned on a two-run, come-from-behind rally in the top of the ninth inning, and it guaranteed the Astros (63-80) won’t bring home 100 losses for a fourth straight season. The 63-win milestone..." September 08
Punto still not running at 100 percent. Until he can do that, he'll continue rehabbing.
San Francisco Chronicle "Walk-off pie was on the menu at the Coliseum for the first time in a long time. For more than a month, the A's have struggled and struggled, and it looked as if it might be more of the same Saturday against the Astros, who held a two-run lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth. That's..." September 07
Doolittle threw a 20-pitch bullpen from flat ground without any issues this morning. He'll go to Chicago with team.
Houston Chronicle "Those who follow the Astros online may have seen Chris Carter called “Trogdor” at some point. It’s a reference to an online animated cartoon series, Homestar Runner, and a dragon by that name that does what one expects of a dragon: breathe fire and destroy things. The nickname dates to Carter’s..." September 06
CSN Bay Area "Stephen Vogt suffered a sprained left ankle in Wednesday’s loss to Seattle, and it appears the A’s first baseman will miss the start of this weekend’s series against Houston. Vogt caught his spikes in the ground and rolled his ankle as he slid into second base trying to break up a double play..." September 04
Seattle Times "Felix Hernandez was, well, Felix Hernandez again and when he’s like that the Mariners don’t lose very often, particularly to the Oakland Athletics. In what could also be a possible pitching preview of the American League wild-card game if the Mariners were to secure a playoff spot, Hernandez..." September 04
Dunn on retirement: “Obviously, things have changed now. I owe it to myself to put that on the back burner for at least a couple months.”
Adam Dunn just homered in his first at-bat with Oakland.
Melvin says Doolittle is doing sock throws, won't rule him coming off DL when eligible next week.
L.A. Daily News "The force of the “sweep, sweep, sweep” chant grew louder and more boisterous from the capacity crowd at Angels Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the ninth inning, as the Angels closed out an emphatic four-game sweep of the rival Oakland A’s. There was no mistaking the magnitude of the game and..." September 01
CBSSports.com "In a series that saw the Oakland Athletics outscored 18-4 by the Los Angeles Angels, the A's were swept in four games and fell to five games back in the AL West. Not surprisingly, A's skipper Bob Melvin was none-too-happy after Sunday's 8-1 loss. Via sfgate.com: “It was embarrassing,..." September 01
CBSSports.com "The Chicago White Sox have traded slugger Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics for minor-league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, the A's announced Sunday. Dunn, 34, is hitting .220/.340/.433 (117 OPS+) with 20 homers in 435 plate appearances this season. The two-time All-Star has 460 career homers and his..." September 01
Adam Dunn says he will retire after this season !
L.A. Daily News "Angels manager Mike Scioscia knew he wasn’t going to use his starting pitcher very long Saturday, so he pulled out the old “bullpen game” card. And history was made. After three beautifully pitched innings by starter Cory Rasmus, the Angels paraded seven relief pitchers in front of the Oakland..." August 31
Hardball Talk "As I noted earlier, Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer last night despite a fantastic effort from Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp, who actually had the ball in his glove for a beat before it was jarred loose on his collision with the outfield fence. Crisp hit the ground hard..." August 30
L.A. Daily News "With Garrett Richards out for the season, some might say Jered Weaver is the ace of the Angels’ starting rotation. Others might say it’s rookie Matt Shoemaker (13-4, 3.33 ERA), whose record and ERA were both better than those of Weaver (14-7, 3.72 ERA) ahead of Friday. But there is a lot to be..." August 30
A's drop protest, say in statement they determined "the call in question was a judgment call and not worthy of pursuing further."