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."
L.A. Daily News "Howie Kendrick appeared comfortable when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field off reliever Ryan Cook in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Albert Pujols with the winning run in the Angels’ 4-3 victory over the Oakland A’s before 41,056 at Angel Stadium. After Pujols led off with a walk, Josh..." August 29
#Athletics tweak rotation, Scott Kazmir goes on Sunday now and Jeff Samardzija goes on Saturday.
#Athletics closer Sean Doolittle. (intercostal) hasn't started baseball activity yet, but Bob Melvin said he's feeling much better.
San Jose Mercury News "The A's spent eight innings fumbling and bumbling their way to what seemed a sure loss, then regained the poise that has them fighting for the American League West lead with a huge three-run ninth inning, good for a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Now the A's (78-54) won't be more than a game..." August 28
San Francisco Chronicle "Drew Pomeranz is back with the A's for the first time since he broke his right hand punching a chair, and if he pitches well Wednesday, there's a chance he could stick with the club. Pomeranz had only one poor outing in his eight starts with Oakland in the first half. He is being called up..." August 27
Houston Chronicle "Chris Carter’s a relatively emotionless slugger, a trait that can bring him at times some undue criticism, suggestions he might not care. A slow exit from the batter’s box in the eighth inning was deserved flare Tuesday night. He crushed a 439-foot, go-ahead homer to left field as far as Minute..." August 27
CBSSports.com "Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar's claim on revocable waivers by Oakland has raised some concern in the Escobar camp, which apparently prefers he stay in Tampa Bay where he felt he had finally found a home. "I am very concerned with Yunel having been selected on waivers by Oakland," Escobar's..." August 25
The A's have just placed closer Sean Doolittle on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. They'll match up if it comes to it today.
Doolittle having MRI for pain in intercostal area. #Athletics
San Francisco Chronicle "Sean Doolittle secured the final three outs Saturday night and joined his teammates in their customary post-victory high-five line. That's a sight A's fans have come to expect and enjoy this season. Doolittle then retreated to the clubhouse, where trainers put him through a series of tests..." August 24
San Francisco Chronicle "Sam Fuld wandered into center field in the ninth inning Friday night as A's manager Bob Melvin changed pitchers. Fuld turned to fellow outfielders Coco Crisp and Craig Gentry and marveled at the loud, electric atmosphere. "I had never seen it like this," Fuld said. "It was fun." Fuld and his..." August 23
New York Daily News "Normally, Lucas Duda just carries a big stick and lets that do the talking for him. The Mets first baseman is an extremely quiet person who seems uncomfortable talking about himself. Wednesday, however, Duda not only carried the Mets with his bat, but made a big statement — for himself — as..." August 21
Athletics Nation "The A's really needed that. There isn't much to say, really. The simple act of getting back in the win column is far more valuable than a single game in the standings — there's just an air of success that penetrated the Coliseum tonight that had been lacking throughout the fanbase, the media,..." August 20
CBSSports.com "There have been a lot of nice things said by ace starter Jon Lester about the Red Sox since being traded to the Athletics, and that shouldn't be a surprise. There's no reason to think he didn't absolutely love his time in Boston, as he has said both before he left and since he has gone. Still,..." August 20
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For the second straight game – against the best team in baseball – the Braves’ bats supported a quality performance from their starting pitcher. On Saturday night, Julio Teheran was the beneficiary. The Braves supported their ace with just enough runs en route to a 4-3 victory over the A’s..." August 17
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Freddie Freeman said before Friday’s game that the Braves couldn’t wait any longer to get their offense going, that they had to start playing better now if they hoped to catch the Nationals. He talked the talk, then he and the Braves walked the walk, smashing four homers in a 7-2,..." August 16
USA Today "No one likes being the new guy. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, new Oakland A’s pitcher Jon Lester admitted he still needed help finding the O.co Coliseum every day. The temptation to make a “just follow the smell” joke here is impossible to resist, and I apologize. “Every day, I..." August 15
Kansas City Star "Throughout the wild ride to the top of the American League Central, the Royals have been front-runners, rarely accessing an extra gear to overcome a deficit. The pitching has overwhelmed opponents, and they’ve generated enough power and timely hits to take control of games early and cruise..." August 15
Hardball Talk "Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie initially hoped to play through a fractured right index finger, but now the A’s have placed him on the disabled list. Lowrie suffered the injury when he took a hard ground ball off his finger last week and went 1-for-11 at the plate while also feeling pain on most..." August 14
Royals Review "NEW WINNING STREAK One in a row! New streak! I'm also getting excited. Knowing the Kansas City sports scene (aside from Sporting), this is generally a bad thing to have happen to you, but it's probably time to just go with it. It was a predictably low scoring affair between two lefties..." August 14
MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14
CSN Bay Area "The A’s went retro Tuesday night, turning the clock back offensively and delivering the kind of smack down that was a common place over the first half of the season. They hammered out a season-high 20 hits and routed the Kansas City Royals 11-3 at Kauffman Stadium, and there were lots of..." August 13
Yahoo! Sports "Every start is worth another million, maybe more. Jon Lester doesn't think this way, because his parents, and the reality of beating cancer at 22 years old, taught him to savor the moment he's living and not the ones ahead. And yet baseball operates in a universe parallel to the one playing out in..." August 13
San Francisco Chronicle "Shortstop Jed Lowrie has a hairline fracture on the top of his right index finger, but he said he plans to keep playing through the injury because he wants to help the team. "I want to be out there," he said. "I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team win." Lowrie was injured Aug. 4..." August 13
SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13
San Francisco Chronicle "For the past three weeks, the A's hadn't scored in the first inning. A span of 17 games, and zilch in inning No. 1. On Saturday, Oakland faced right-hander Trevor May, making his major-league debut for the Twins, and May had trouble throwing strikes. That helped the A's break through the..." August 10
San Francisco Chronicle "Another ho-hum, the-A's-beat-the-Twins-again night at the Coliseum turned decidedly not ho-hum Friday. Oakland carried a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning, but needed some excellent work by the bullpen to pull out a 6-5 decision. After Luke Gregerson worked a three-up, three-down eighth, Sean..." August 09
Jed Lowrie (right index finger) back in #Athletics lineup at SS
San Francisco Chronicle "Jon Lester threw an imperfect game Thursday night, but it was plenty perfect for the A's. Oakland's newest starter, the ace of aces, made his second appearance since the stunning July 31 trade that sent Yoenis Céspedes to Boston and threw his first shutout since May 10, 2013, beating the Twins..." August 08
Tampa Bay Times "As manager Joe Maddon spoke of Wednesday's series finale in must-win terms, the recent trending certainly wasn't good, the Rays losing five of their past six and not looking good in doing so, and the matchup far from favorable, with struggling Jeremy Hellickson facing sizzling Sonny Gray. "The..." August 07
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07
San Francisco Chronicle "Jed Lowrie remained out of Oakland's lineup for a second game in a row with a bruised right index finger, but there is an excellent chance the shortstop will be back in action Thursday against the Twins. Lowrie said Wednesday that the swelling has subsided substantially and he planned to do a..." August 07
San Francisco Chronicle "While the fan base fretted that Oakland's offense was hurting without Yoenis Céspedes, the A's figured differently: The real catalyst for the lineup is Coco Crisp, out far too often the past month-plus with a neck injury. On Monday, Crisp pinch-hit in the late going, and the A's wound up..." August 06
USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers continue to try to improve in the bullpen. They made what appears to be a low-risk move Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers have signed relief pitcher Jim Johnson to a minor-league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. Johnson had 51 saves in 2012 and 50 in 2013..." August 05
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
It sounds as if #Athletics have decided against adding Scott Sizemore for now. He'd still be someone they'd have interest in for 2015.
Kansas City Star "For two hours, 16 minutes and 23 outs, James Shields silenced this riotous multisport relic. The fans at O.co Coliseum had not witnessed the Oakland Athletics lose a series here since May. With two outs in the eighth inning on Sunday, the flag-waving, drum-thumping masses here sensed their..." August 04