Athletics Rumors & News

  • Martin's 2-run shot gives M's walk-off win over A's

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Immediately after making contact, Seattle Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin turned toward the home dugout and barked out a celebratory howl as he flipped his bat. And just like that, the Mariners' impressive start to the 2016 season had its signature moment. "As soon as..." May 25

  • Hill silences Mariners bats in A's 5-0 win

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- During a season that hasn't always seen the Oakland A's play up to the competition, one thing that manager Bob Melvin can count on has been the competitive fire of left-handed starter Rich Hill. The 36-year-old veteran was at the top of his game again Monday night, when he threw..." May 24

  • Gardner's speed helps Yankees finish four-game sweep

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- You know you're on a roll when even your baserunning is making a difference. Brett Gardner scored all the way from second base on an infield hit with two outs in the sixth inning, and Starlin Castro followed with another run-scoring single, as the New York Yankees rallied..." May 22

  • A’s place All-Star Sonny Gray on their crammed DL

    San Francisco Chronicle "Throughout his poor start to the 2016 season, Sonny Gray and the A’s have insisted that the team ace is healthy, but after yet another disappointing outing on Friday, Oakland placed Gray on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right trapezius muscle. “We just made a decision to try to knock..." May 22

  • Yankees' dugout victimized by plumbing issues at Oakland Coliseum

    ESPN "There were plumbing issues in the visitors dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees. Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping..." May 22

  • Yankees top A's to move out of last place

    The Sports Xchange "For the first time in nearly a month, the New York Yankees are not a last place team. Now the Yankees are setting their sights higher. Getting a strong outing from Masahiro Tanaka and putting together a four-run inning can only help a recovery from a disappointing start. The..." May 21

  • Sabathia hits milestone in return as Yankees rout A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- New York got a much-needed win and an encouraging start from left-hander CC Sabathia in his first game back from the disabled list Friday. Oakland, meanwhile, was reeling from the loss of injured right fielder Josh Reddick (thumb) and needed a comeback performance from ace..." May 21

  • Coco Crisp selling house with own baseball diamond

    Wall Street Journal "Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is asking $9.995 million for his Rancho Mirage, Calif. property, which has its own baseball diamond, according to listing agents Rachelle Rosten and Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group. Located outside Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, the roughly..." May 21

  • Nova, Yankees shut down Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- All of a sudden, the New York Yankees have too many pitchers. And the Oakland Athletics don't have a right fielder. That was the conclusion Thursday night after right-hander Ivan Nova pitched the Yankees to a 4-1 victory in a game that saw the A's lose Josh Reddick..." May 20

  • Giants, A's would sign Steph Curry

    San Francisco Chronicle "He was a top-of-the-order hitter. Effective with two strikes. No power. Mostly a middle infielder and center fielder. Never a pitcher like his dad. Back in the day, Stephen Curry played baseball. Then he became a teenager and devoted his life to basketball. Now Curry is the envy of..." May 20

  • Josh Reddick Suffers Fractured Left Thumb

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left tonight’s game with what has been diagnosed as a fractured left thumb, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports (Twitter links). He’ll need to be checked by a specialist before any course of action or timetable can be established, but it looks to be a big blow for the..." May 20

  • Davis homers again as A's sweep Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Khris Davis is getting used to his new home, and the Oakland A's are the beneficiaries. Davis homered for the fourth time in two days Wednesday, and the A's completed their first home sweep of the season with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers to cap a three-game series..." May 18

  • Davis' walk-off grand slam lifts A's past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland A's left fielder Khris Davis already had two solo home runs on the night when he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday. The A's trailed the Texas Rangers 5-4, but Davis turned his two-homer night into a..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Manaea collects first win as A's down Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- After giving up eight runs and lasting only 2 2/3 innings in a blowout loss at Boston on May 10, Oakland A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea decided it was time for a new look and a fresh start. Manaea got his first hair cut in a year, going from wild man to clean-cut,..." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Valencia's three homers lead A's past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Given the week that Steve Geltz and Danny Valencia have had, it was a predictable outcome. Valencia, who already had four home runs this weekend and two Sunday, got a third home run with two outs in the ninth, giving the A's a comeback 7-6 win over the Rays at..." May 15

  • Rays' Andriese goes distance for shutout win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Andriese had five stints in the majors as a rookie last season, shuttling between the Tampa Bay Rays and Triple-A Durham, between spot starts and the bullpen. So when he got the call for his season debut last weekend, his goal was to stay in the bigs. Two starts..." May 14

  • Valencia powers A's past Rays

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Danny Valencia had his first two home runs of the season, but his biggest play in the Oakland Athletics' 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays came in the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run at the plate. Evan Longoria ripped a line drive, but Valencia,..." May 13

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Red Sox bomb A's again, complete sweep

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- John Farrell referred to his Boston Red Sox lineup as "a relentless group" after the Red Sox finished off a dazzling three-game demolition of the Oakland Athletics with a 13-3 win on Wednesday night. The Boston manager wasn't about to get any arguments from Oakland counterpart Bob..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Red Sox flex muscles again, rout Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON --- It took longer than anticipated, but the Boston Red Sox are finally getting the offensive production they paid for. After addressing their offensive shortcomings with the signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval two off-seasons ago, the Red Sox underwent an unexpected power..." May 10

  • Hot-handed Bradley leads Red Sox past A's

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON – Jackie Bradley Jr. is on another one of his hot streaks. "Similar in the aspect of hitting the ball hard, feeling comfortable going the other way, pulling the ball if need be and I'm just trying to go up there with a good approach," the Red Sox center fielder said after driving in..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • A’s place Mark Canha, Liam Hendriks on DL, bring up three players

    San Francisco Chronicle "Their big-league roster depleted by injuries, a doubleheader and poor starting pitching performances, the A’s brought up three players from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Reliever Andrew Triggs, who has two perfect outings in three stints with Oakland, is back, along with utility player Tyler..." May 10

  • Orioles OF Adam Jones got struck out by the A's backup catcher

    Fox Sports "The Oakland Athletics had a rough go of it on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Their offense was stagnant and the pitching was even worse. So in the bottom of the eighth inning, the A's tried something new. Backup catcher Josh Phegley strolled out to the mound to record the final two..." May 09

  • Machado powers Orioles over A's

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- As the boisterous crowd at Camden Yards chanted his name, Manny Machado climbed to the top of the Baltimore Orioles' dugout steps and tipped his cap for a curtain call. The moment was even more special for the All-Star third baseman with his mother watching from the stands...." May 08

  • Jimenez helps Orioles earn split with Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Ubaldo Jimenez showed the type of control and command on Saturday that the Baltimore Orioles hoped for when they signed him two years ago. Chris Davis hit a two-run homer and Jimenez threw eight strong innings as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland A's 5-2 to split a..." May 07

  • Chris Bassitt To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics righty Chris Bassitt is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, the club announced (h/t to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, on Twitter). That had seemed the likely result, though player and team were holding out hope of avoiding a full replacement of his ulnar collateral..." May 05

  • Lee's two homers help Mariners beat A's

    The Sports Xchange "By Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie first baseman Dae Ho-Lee's first home run of the game gave the Seattle Mariners hope they could climb out of an 8-4 hole. His second home run gave them the lead for good. Lee had the first multi-homer game of his..." May 04

  • Mariners bash three homers, blow out A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners never had much success against Oakland A's ace Sonny Gray prior to Tuesday's game at the Oakland Coliseum. Gray was 4-1 with 2.14 ERA in nine career starts vs. Seattle. This time, the Mariners struck back. Leonys Martin launched a two-run homer..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Seattle relievers shut down A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners' bullpen was a huge question mark when the season began. Now it is unquestionably one of the team's biggest strengths. Relievers Vidal Nuno, Nick Vincent, Joel Peralta and Steve Cishek combined to blank the Oakland A's on no hits over the final three..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Altuve sparks Astros past A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Altuve jump-started the offense and Doug Fister and the defense took care of the rest. The result is a happy flight home. Fister took a shutout into the seventh, Altuve hit a home run and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 after losing five of six...." May 01

  • Hahn, Athletics shut down Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jesse Hahn struggled through spring training and was sent to the minors to work things out. On Saturday, he displayed he did that. Hahn pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first start with the Oakland Athletics and Billy Burns provided just enough offense to help..." April 30

  • Alfonso's walk-off homer pushes Athletics past Astros

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yonder Alfonso might have been floating through empty space for all he knew. Alfonso connected on his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Pat Neshek to lift the Oakland Athletics past the Houston Astros 7-4 on Friday night...." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Reddick Not Aware Of Any Significant Extension Talks With A’s

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick tells MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that he’s not aware of any substantive extension talks that took place between his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, and the team during Spring Training. That doesn’t mean no talks took place at all, though, as Reddick told..." April 28

  • Martinez carries Tigers past Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez made his manager look awfully smart on Wednesday. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tweaked his lineup, elevating Martinez to the No. 2 spot for the first time in his career and dropping LF Justin Upton to No. 5. Both had been struggling at the plate. Martinez..." April 27

  • Athletics to call up top prospect Sean Manaea

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s plan to promote top prospect Sean Manaea, a 24-year-old left-hander acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, to start Friday at the Coliseum, according to multiple sources. Manaea is putting up sensation numbers at Triple-A Nashville, where he has allowed 16 hits, three runs..." April 27

  • A's minor-leaguer Sean Murphy dies at 27

    Fox Sports "Pitcher Sean Murphy, who spent six years in the Oakland A's farm system, passed away unexpectedly in Arizona on Monday at the age of 27, the organization announced. "The A's are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy," Athletics EVP of baseball operations said in a statement. "Our..." April 26

  • Cabrera blasts two homers as Tigers defeat Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera's opposite-field power reappeared and the Detroit Tigers' offense awakened with him. Cabrera broke out of a slump with four hits, including a pair of home runs, and Jordan Zimmermann won for the fourth time in as many starts as the Tigers topped the Oakland..." April 25

  • Hutchison helps Blue Jays defeat Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison made the most of his chance. Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make a spot start Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win in a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon Hutchison, who was..." April 24

  • Jays' offense heat up in win over A's

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- It has been a struggle for the Toronto Blue Jays' offense to regain that fearsome form it had last season. Manager John Gibbons hopes that the 9-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday afternoon was the start of a return to that form. In producing their highest run..." April 23

  • Athletics stay perfect on road with win over Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Oakland Athletics are road warriors. They are undefeated in seven road games this season after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to six games, the first two at home. "It was no secret that we struggled the first seven..." April 22

  • Hill pitches Athletics past Yankees

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- There was a lot for the Oakland Athletics to enjoy about Rich Hill's performance Thursday night. Perhaps nothing highlighted it like the way he pitched to Carlos Beltran. Hill struck out 10 in six innings and fanned Beltran three times as the Athletics completed a..." April 21