Athletics Rumors & News

  • A’s rally to topple Yankees 5-4

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Yankees made their inaugural 2015 visit to the Coliseum on Thursday night, with at least one predictable result. The crowd of 21,795 dutifully and persistently booed every time Alex Rodriguez strolled to the plate. Here’s the unexpected part: The A’s and Yankees engaged in a close game, and..." May 29

  • Kazmir avoids DL after MRI reveals no damage

    Athletics Nation "The A's dodged a bullet today, as Scott Kazmir will not be placed on the DL (for now) after his MRI revealed no damage. Per Jane Lee (below) and Susan Slusser, Kazmir may only miss one start due to a convenient day off on June 6th, which would otherwise be his next scheduled start. The A's can..." May 29

  • Patchwork pitching helps Tigers edge Athletics

    Detroit News "For about 15 hours beginning late Tuesday and extending into early Wednesday, the Tigers were like those TV chefs obliged to throw together a prize-winning meal using leftovers. That's not to say Tigers relievers are cold cuts. But it takes a collection of good ones to produce something upbeat..." May 28

  • Price stifles A's as Tigers eke out a victory

    Detroit News "When his team is scoring one run in 18 innings, a pitcher with an eye on winning had better pitch shutout baseball. David Price did. And, so too, did his mop-up help, as the Tigers got the most from the least Tuesday night in winning, 1-0, over the Oakland A's at O.co Coliseum, and putting a..." May 27

  • A's Jesse Hahn shuts out Tigers 4-0

    Oakland Tribune "The A's season finally has some signs of looking up, and Monday provided gentle reminders of the better days. Ken Korach's voice was back on the radio, Yoenis Cespedes roamed the Coliseum again, and the A's beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 for their first three-game winning streak since..." May 26

  • Athletics activate closer Sean Doolittle from disabled list

    SI.com "Oakland Athletics has activated closer Sean Doolittle from the disabled list, the team announced on Tuesday. Doolittle will not be immediately re-installed as the closer, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Monday, but will first pitch in a handful of non-save situations. Doolittle has not..." May 26

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    Oakland Athletics @Athletics

    #Athletics reinstate Ben Zobrist from the disabled list and option Craig Gentry to Nashville

  • Billy Burns’ 1st big-league homer helps A’s win again

    San Francisco Chronicle "Billy Burns belted the first pitch Sunday into the seats in right for his first big-league homer, such a stunning sight that his teammates couldn’t decide whether to give him the traditional silent treatment or hug him. That was the first of three home runs for the A’s at Tropicana Field in a..." May 25

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    LHP Joe Paterson, recently released by #Royals, hooks on with #Athletics on minor-league deal.

  • Yoenis Cespedes questions the Athletics’ personnel moves

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics are a very different team now than they were a year ago. In the offseason they lost Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Derek Norris, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and John Jaso and brought in Ike Davis, Ben Zobrist, Jesse Hahn, Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie and Marcus..." May 25

  • Gray takes shot off ankle; X-rays negative

    MLB.com "As Sonny Gray stood near his locker following the Athletics' 7-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, there was a mix of disappointment and relief. The right-hander was hit in the right ankle by a sharp grounder off the bat of Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning,..." May 25

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Melvin doesn't anticipate Gray missing a start.

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    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Right ankle contusion for #Athletics Sonny Gray

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    O'Flaherty and Griffin throwing bullpens tomorrow and O'Flaherty could go on rehab assignment soon. #Athletics

  • A’s closer Sean Doolittle’s return uncertain but could be soon

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sean Doolittle could return to the A’s bullpen on the next homestand, but his first outing or two won’t be in a save situation, manager Bob Melvin said Saturday. Doolittle has been out all season with a left shoulder strain and hasn’t topped 90 mph in any of his rehab outings. He is scheduled..." May 24

  • Gravemen, A's offense deliver win vs. Rays

    CSN Bay Area "With his A’s teammates trying to shake off their recent poor play, Kendall Graveman was looking to flush some bad memories of his own. In his first major league start in nearly a month, Graveman delivered the sharp, efficient outing that Oakland needed Saturday in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay...." May 24

  • Ben Zobrist on track to return from disabled list Monday

    Hardball Talk "Ben Zobrist reqired arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on April 28, but he’s set to rejoin the Athletics sooner than originally anticipated. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Zobrist is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday. The 33-year-old began..." May 23

  • Crisp headed to DL to clear roster spot for Graveman

    CSN Bay Area "A’s outfielder Coco Crisp will join the 15-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for pitcher Kendall Graveman, manager Bob Melvin announced Friday night. The move doesn’t come as a surprise since Crisp hasn’t played since leaving Tuesday’s game with neck soreness. Graveman officially will be..." May 23

  • A's call up Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville Sounds

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics selected the contract of infielder Andy Parrino from the Nashville Sounds after placing Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured thumb. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Ladendorf was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. As I suspected Friday,..." May 23

  • Middle relief comes through again in 5-2 Rays win over A's

    Tampa Tribune "One reason manager Kevin Cash is not quick to attach a nickname to the back of the Rays bullpen — aside from the fact he’s not the nicknaming type — is because to do so would ignore the contributions from some of the other big arms. Cash doesn’t want to slight guys like Brandon Gomes and Steve..." May 23

  • Billy Beane: "I'm not trading Vogt. Period"

    Hardball Talk "The struggling Athletics, at 14-29, are expected to sell as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, but GM Billy Beane is apprehensive to move catcher Stephen Vogt and starter Scott Kazmir. Per Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily, Beane’s plan was to hold onto Kazmir and make him a qualifying offer..." May 23

  • A’s Marcus Semien to be tutored by Ron Washington

    San Francisco Chronicle "Marcus Semien gets constant reminders about his defensive difficulties. “I look up on MLB Network, and the number of errors is flashed up there every 10 minutes,” said the A’s shortstop, who leads the majors with 16. “But you can’t let that get in your head. You just have to get better.” To..." May 22

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Coco Crisp says via Snapchat that he got "disheartening news' about his neck injury, but he did not provide details. #Athletics

  • Rays alone in first place after topping Oakland 3-0

    Tampa Tribune "Before manager Kevin Cash turned the game over to the bullpen Thursday night, before David DeJesus delivered another big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays, there was Alex Colome. His outing was short against the Oakland A’s, but it was pretty sweet. Cash called it a “bounce-back start.” Catcher..." May 22

  • Dallas Keuchel, Evan Gattis pace Astros to series win over A’s

    Houston Chronicle "As Dallas Keuchel gave his postgame briefing Wednesday afternoon, outfielders George Springer and Jake Marisnick donned luchador masks and playfully stood in the back of the media pack. If you didn’t know any better, you’d likely ask the same question most of the baseball world has been asking..." May 21

  • A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

    MLB.com "A's pitcher Jarrod Parker had successful surgery to clean up and repair the medial epicondyle fracture in his right elbow Tuesday. Parker's previously revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing, meaning the right-hander was able to avoid a third Tommy John surgery, which could've..." May 21

  • Hahn: `A’s need to find something in ourselves’ and soon

    San Francisco Gate "is is Jesse Hahn’s first full big league season, but you don’t need to be a 10-year veteran to know that this isn’t the way things are supposed to go. The A’s right-hander threw five strong innings in a start against Houston but wound up on the short end of a 6-1 loss to the Astros on what was..." May 21

  • Roberto Hernandez turns in yet another solid start as Astros top Athletics

    Houston Chronicle "The lights were dim, save for a small strobe sitting at the center of the Astros’ clubhouse, where a 400-watt steam machine pumped the room hazy and Benny Benassi’s dance remix of the top-40 song “Geronimo” thumped bass. Welcome to Club Astros at Minute Maid Park, where after Tuesday night’s..." May 20

  • A’s might turn to Washington to help shore up defense

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s, leading the major leagues in errors by a large margin, are considering reuniting with longtime infield coach Ron Washington, The Chronicle has learned. The A’s have made 43 errors, and shortstop Marcus Semien has committed 15 of them, putting him on pace for 59 this season. Washington..." May 20

  • A's Parker undergoes right elbow surgery

    CSN Bay Area "Oakland A’s right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker underwent right elbow surgery, the club announced Tuesday. The surgery was performed this afternoon by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Parker’s previous revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing and..." May 20

  • Oakland A’s avoid some usual pitfalls in 2-1 win at Houston

    San Francisco Chronicle "Poor defense and bad bullpen work cost the A’s in almost all of their ever-growing collection of one-run losses. On Monday at Minute Maid Park, it was terrific defense by Sam Fuld, in full Super Sam mode, and an excellent night by A’s relievers that nailed down a one-run win, 2-1 over the..." May 19

  • Scott Kazmir trade rumors abound, vultures circle

    Athletics Nation "The vultures are circling. Our fellow SB Nation team sites have noticed the A's are 14-26, with Over the Monster and DRaysBay already beginning their speculation about what they would have to give up to acquire starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who is in the final year of his two-year, $20 million..." May 19

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    Joe Stiglich @JoeStiglichCSN

    Zobrist ran bases well today to test knee. Melvin says he's scheduled to play 5 innings for Stockton on Tuesday. #Athletics

  • White Sox defense shines while A's make 4 errors

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox have experienced plenty of defensive pain this season, so they were happy to discuss an opposing team's struggles for a change Sunday. While the Sox offense capitalized on four Athletics errors during a 7-3 victory at O.co Coliseum, the Sox defense did its job to back up..." May 18

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    Mustache Socks @Athletics

    #Athletics place Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14; recall Craig Gentry from Nashville.

  • Danks, White Sox discover correct formula in win over Oakland

    CSN Chicago "When the White Sox score four runs, they’ve been awfully hard to beat this season. As their offense continues to heat up, the White Sox have recently found themselves in that position quite often. Avisail Garcia had three hits and John Danks pitched well after he yielded two early runs as the..." May 17

  • Milton Bradley to start serving 32-month jail sentence

    SI.com "In an emotional hearing inside a Los Angeles courtroom this week, former major league outfielder Milton Bradley was ordered to begin serving the 32-month jail sentence he received following his 2013 conviction on multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge..." May 17

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    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Sean Doolittle due to pitch on rehab assignment again Sunday. #Athletics

  • Carlos Rodon struggles, but five-run seventh lifts White Sox over A's

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox gave up an early lead, then rallied big and survived a wild final play to claim a 7-6 victory Friday against the A’s at Oakland Coliseum. After falling behind 6-2, the White Sox offense awoke in the seventh inning for five runs, all coming with two outs. Adam LaRoche and Avisail..." May 16

  • Small ball earns Red Sox a big win

    Boston Herald "Rickie Weeks drifted back into left field and camped under Mookie Betts’ fly ball, which was sinking toward his glove for a routine out in the ninth inning. Weeks needed to execute the perfect catch-and-throw to nail Brock Holt at home plate as the go-ahead run. And he dropped it. Another..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • A’s catcher Stephen Vogt’s story is one of perseverance, survival

    Hardball Talk "It’s easy to define Stephen Vogt’s career by the long road he took to get to the majors. He spent most of six years in the minor leagues, finally getting his first legitimate shot in the bigs with Oakland in 2013 at age 28. His story has been one of perseverance and survival. Right now, the..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Miley leads way as Red Sox win series finale in Oakland

    CSN New England "Baseball. Go figure. Oakland starter Sonny Gray was masterful, allowing just three hits while fanning nine in seven innings. Wade Miley, meanwhile, failed to retire the side in order in any of his seven innings, threw eight straight balls to the first two hitters he faced, and recorded just one..." May 14

  • A’s closer Sean Doolittle cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Hardball Talk "Sean Doolittle‘s recovery from a partially torn rotator cuff in his shoulder progressed to the point that the A’s closer has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Doolittle has spent the entire season on the disabled list and there’s no word yet on how long..." May 13

  • A's release OF Alex Hassan

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s released outfielder Alex Hassan, the club announced Tuesday. Hassan was designated for assignment last Friday. Hassan was claimed off waivers from Texas May 2 after the Rangers claimed him off waivers from Oakland April 9." May 13

  • A's snap skid thanks to Pomeranz, offense

    CSN Bay Area "The guys in the green and white uniforms Tuesday night sure didn’t resemble the 2015 A’s, which is the exact effect they were going for. Putting together the kind of dominant all-around performance that’s been mostly absent this season, the A’s extinguished their six-game losing streak with a..." May 13

  • Matt Barnes works late to earn first MLB victory

    Boston Herald "This wasn’t the way Matt Barnes dreamt he would earn his first big-league win. Then again, a week ago, Barnes was still a starting pitcher in Triple-A. Making his second relief appearance since getting recalled by the Red Sox last weekend, Barnes tossed two scoreless innings, including a..." May 12

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Zobrist taking BP tomorrow.