It was a blister for Hahn. #Athletics
San Francisco Chronicle "Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base in the seventh inning Friday was still the primary topic of conversation before Saturday’s game at Kauffman Stadium — and then Lawrie was drilled by a 99 mph fastball from Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Ventura was ejected..." April 19
MLB.com "Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses. On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while..." April 19
Kansas City Star "The Oakland A’s at Kauffman Stadium, a sellout crowd and even a Salvador Perez knock down the left-field line. An April regular-season game or a September playoff game? It wasn’t a Wild Card Game, but the Royals’ 6-4 victory on Friday was wild, complete with a scary moment for Royals shortstop..." April 18
Houston Chronicle "If Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel were to pitch the same number of innings in a season, which one would you rather have on your team? In Wednesday’s 6-1 Astros win over the A’s, the case for and against McHugh’s style of pitching was made in one dazzling but short outing at Minute Maid..." April 16
CSN Bay Area "Billy Butler extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to center in his first at-bat Wednesday night, setting an Oakland record for longest hitting streak to start an A’s career. Butler was tied with Alfredo Griffin, who hit in nine straight from April 9-17, 1985. " April 16
San Francisco Chronicle "After an awful first start for Oakland on Thursday, Kendall Graveman did a nice about-face Tuesday. The rookie right-hander, obtained in the Josh Donaldson deal with Toronto, earned his first big-league win, working 51/3 scoreless innings at Minute Maid Park. And for the first time this season,..." April 15
San Francisco Chronicle "Three of the A’s new players homered Monday night at Minute Maid Park in increasing waves of damage. •Third baseman Brett Lawrie smoked a shot off the wall in deep left-center leading off the second inning. •Shortstop Marcus Semien broke the small video board above the Crawford Boxes in left..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Seattle Times "Nothing has been simple for the Mariners in the early days of the 2015 season. Take for example Sunday afternoon’s 8-7 extra-innings win over the Oakland A’s. Sure manager Lloyd McClendon summed up the victory by saying, “It’s a great day for the Mariners.” But the fatigue in his smile..." April 13
#Athletics reinstate Josh Reddick from the disabled list; option Tyler Ladendorf to Triple-A Nashville
San Francisco Chronicle "When fan John Martinez returned Mark Canha’s first big-league home-run ball on Friday, the 23-year-old Hawaii resident requested only a photo with the A’s rookie first baseman-outfielder. “He was just really cool,” said Canha, who also tweeted his thanks to Martinez. Did Canha sign anything..." April 12
Seattle Times "The idea of a must-win situation in the fifth game of the season is laughable, considering so much can and will happen in the remaining 157 games. But having lost three straight and being pasted and shut out on Friday night, 12-0, and letting Saturday’s game slip away would have been a kick to..." April 12
Reddick will play again for Stockton today and be activated tomorrow.
Jarrod Parker will throw Monday in extended spring game on way back from Tommy John surgery .
San Francisco Chronicle "The Rule 5 guy rules. “He’s the best hitter ever, isn’t he?” Drew Pomeranz said of Mark Canha, who had three more hits Friday night, including his first big-league home run, to help the A’s demolish the Mariners 12-0. Canha’s response to Pomeranz’s boast: “Nice guy. ... It’s three games...." April 11
A.J. Griffin and Sean Nolin will throw to hitters tomorrow.
Reddick initially targeted to return from DL tomorrow but expect return to be Sunday. #athletics face lefty tomorrow.
Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley is a twisted individual. We have seen him blow up on fans, umpires and managers and heard disturbing stories about his history of domestic abuse with the late Monique Bradley, but apparently most people don’t know the half of it. A lengthy Sports Illustrated..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Nick Martinez dazzled in his season debut, allowing only four singles in seven scoreless innings to a lineup that had scored 10 runs a night earlier. After Oakland put runners at first and second with one out in the seventh, Martinez quickly got two flyouts to end his day. ... The A’s scored in..." April 10
CSN Bay Area "The A’s threw a welcome party Wednesday night, and the newcomers to their lineup made themselves right at home. Four players in the lineup were playing their first games in an A’s uniform, and all contributed to the fun in a 10-0 throttling of the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum. First baseman..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
CSN Bay Area "All signs suggest that right-hander Jarrod Parker is progressing well toward game readiness, and A’s outfielder Josh Reddick won’t argue against it. Reddick, on the mend from an oblique injury, was one of the hitters to dig in against Parker in an afternoon simulated game at the Coliseum...." April 08
Dallas Morning News "The arms: RHP Colby Lewis, who induced only seven ground balls in all of 2014, got two in the first five innings Tuesday. … Lewis has gone at least six innings in 11 of his 14 starts since last year’s All-Star break. … Lewis has a career 2.78 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) as an opponent in Oakland...." April 08
Larry Brown Sports "Lawrie shows us how many times he plans to strike out next game. The Golden Sombrero is a wonderful baseball term used to describe a player who strikes out four times in four at-bats during a game. Wearing the sombrero for a spell is a sure embarrassment to a player, but Brett Lawrie somehow..." April 08
Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics will sign Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross to a contract after he clears waivers on Wednesday, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It is presently unknown whether Ross will be placed on the 40-man roster, or if this is a minor league contract,..." April 08
San Francisco Chronicle "Oakland’s string of stinker openers ended Monday in eye-popping fashion, with Sonny Gray holding Texas hitless through seven innings. Gray’s bid to join Hall of Famer Bob Feller as the only men to throw no-hitters on Opening Day ended in the eighth, when Ryan Rua led off the inning with a..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
Officially there's no timetable. But Sean Doolittle says his shoulder's stronger than it's ever been. Might miss "month or month & a half."
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
The Perm is gone. minor-league LH Rudy Owens has indeed been traded to #Dodgers, asst. GM David Forst says.
Barry Zito officially reassigned to the Minors.
Reddick doing well w/rehab. Melvin says he's on track right now to come off DL next Saturday when eligible. #Athletics
Parker will next pitch in intrasquad game with Single A Stockton next week. Melvin said he might bounce around when pitching in minors.
The #Athletics announce that Coco Crisp underwent successful right elbow arthroscopic surgery in SF.
Sporting News "The A's may be without left fielder and leadoff man Coco Crisp for the first two months of the 2015 season. Crisp needs surgery on his right (throwing) elbow and could miss up to eight weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported late Wednesday. Slusser reported the surgery is..." April 02
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
Athletics Nation "It's looking like the competition between Tyler Ladendorf and Billy Burns is no competition at all for opening day. Hedging against a potential trip to the disabled list, the Oakland Athletics had Coco Crisp play in a minor league game contest today. Good thing. Crisp has not played in a..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
Melvin says Crisp will only hit in minor league game. Believes Coco can still make Opening Day if able to play inning or 2 Wed, then vs SF
RF Josh Reddick will play 5 innings in a minor league game today #Athletics
Chris Bassitt has been sent down.
Jarrod Parker threw 20 pitches in a sim game, hit 92 on the radar gun, #Athletics mgr Bob Melvin very pumped about that.
Nate Freiman says he is feeling a lot better lately after some aggressive treatment for his back strain. Still not doing baseball activity.
Melvin says Crisp targeted for game on Tuesday. If he isn't ready by then it's possible he will be a DL candidate. But Tues sounds likely.
Oakland Tribune "The A's aren't counting on right fielder Josh Reddick to be healthy enough to start the season on the active roster. Reddick, who is scheduled to play in a minor league game Sunday, will need more at-bats to be on top of his game, manager Bob Melvin said." March 27
Bleacher Report "The Oakland Athletics 2015 season is upon us, with not too much changing during spring training. A few players were injured, a few others stood out, and some who were expected to do well floundered. All three of these occurrences should switch a thing or two up, but overall, the team is who we..." March 26
CSN Bay Area "The A’s optioned struggling reliever Ryan Cook to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, a surprising move with Oakland still more than a week away from breaking spring camp. Cook has been a bullpen mainstay since coming to the A’s via trade before the 2012 season and making the All-Star team that..." March 25