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A new rivalry brews in pretty much the most eventful & exciting April series one can ask for

This weekend’s series vs. the Oakland A’s was something, eh? What was supposed to be the bittersweet return of Billy Butler to Kansas City, became an ugly, hate fueled series in the top of the seventh inning of the opening game Friday night. With the score tied at 4 after a Stephen Vogt’s second home run off of starter Jeremy Guthrie (the third solo shot of the night...
Via Royals Blue
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, April 19th: Kent Matthes Leads Sounds to Victory while Daniel Gossett Struggles in Snappers’ Loss and Ports Get Shut Out on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1 Nashville Sounds              2 WP – Bassitt 1-1 / 3.38 Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (Double / 2 RBIs) Outfielder Kent Matthes doubled in a pair of runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st to give the Sounds...
Via Athletics Farm
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Torched as Oakland Athletics Lose 2 of 3 in Heated Series

It got chippy at Kauffman Stadium. The Oakland Athletics dropped two of three in the club’s weekend set with the Kansas City Royals, as the bullpen continues to cough up late leads. But the story of the weekend was the series of bench clearing incidents and hit by pitches all sparked by a single slide. In Game 1 of on Friday night, Brett Lawrie got it started with a late and aggressive...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, April 18th: Beloit Wins Behind Brett Vertigan’s Big Bat while B.J. Boyd Homers in Stockton’s 11-Inning Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) Beloit Snappers        6 Clinton LumberKings  5 WP – Torres 1-1 / 3.18 Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Brett Vertigan (3 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs) Outfielder Brett Vertigan had a big night for Beloit, collecting 3 hits, including a double in the 7th...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For one, throwing at players is stupid...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s fall short in Billy Butler’s return to KC

The Oakland A’s arrived to take on the Kansas City Royals on Friday evening at a sold out Kauffman Stadium. There was no one with more emotions running wildly or bitter-sweet than Billy Butler, who spent more than a third of his life and practically his entire baseball career with the Royals. After a near sweep at home of the Houston Astros, the A’s had a day off before taking...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, April 17th: Max Muncy Helps Nashville Win Home Opener in Extras while Beloit Snaps 7-Game Skid & Midland Falls Despite Chad Pinder’s 3rd HR

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds First Baseman Max Muncy (Double / GWRBI / 2 Walks)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Colorado Springs Sky Sox  2 Nashville Sounds              3 WP – Cook 2-0 / 0.00 Farmhand Of The Game: First Baseman Max Muncy (Double / GWRBI / 2 Walks) Nashville first baseman Max Muncy had the biggest hit of the night on Friday when he...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Otero Stumbles As Oakland Athletics Fall 6-4 To Kansas City Royals

Another day, another bullpen collapse. The Oakalnd Athletics dropped the opening game of the club’s three-game series with the Kansas City Royals 6-4, as Dan Otero was tagged for two runs in the eighth inning. The starter Sonny Gray wasn’t exactly sharp either. The righ-hander ended up working six innings and allowing four runs on a career-high 11 hits. Gray struggled with an...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Wild Card Rematch – A’s at Royals

Billy Butler & Lorenzo Cain. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Friday will be the first time that the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals will meet since the dramatic back and forth, that was the 12-inning 2014 American League Wild Card playoff game. It will be a Wild Card rematch with a few differences. Once again the two teams will meet at the Royals’ home Kauffman...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler Hits Ball Out of Minute Maid Park

486 feet. Officially, that’s the longest home run ever hit at Minute Maid Park in Houston…a solo shot by Prince Fielder back in 2011. Billy Butler’s blast Monday night against the Astros might just have it beat. While the official distance hasn’t been tallied (yet), I’m guessing the Oakland A’s slugger’s bomb landed somewhere outside of Austin. And, yeah, before you...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Billy Butler Hits Baseball out of Minute Maid Park

New Oakland Athletics first baseman Billy Butler hit his first homer as a member of the team Monday night against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. But that’s so far from being the actual story here. Butler literally hit the ball out of the ballpark. No seriously, he did. The towering blast came off Astros starter Scott Feldman, who could do nothing more than just stand...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick Has a Doppelgänger

It’s said that everyone has a twin. Now, I’m not sure if Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick subscribes to that theory or not, but, c’mon, man…just turn around! Reddick batting as his twin is sitting behind home. — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) April 12, 2015 The post Josh Reddick Has a Doppelgänger appeared first on Hall of Very Good.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Marcus Semien Solve the Oakland A’s Shortstop Problem?

Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics charges in to make a play on a ground ball during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs in a preseason Cactus League game. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Jed Lowrie was the starting shortstop for the Oakland A’s in 2013 and 2014, but he wasn’t the shortstop for the A’s. His .249 BA, .321 OBP, and .355 SLG last season were...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A's rookie Canha channels 'Bull Durham' cliches in postgame interview

Oakland Athletics rookie first baseman Mark Canha made his MLB debut Wednesday night with a stellar 3 for 5 performance and four RBI. He also came to the big show prepared with lines memorized from "Bull Durham" to aid him with interviews. Asked about how his big night earned him a start in Thursday's game (video above), Canha responds, "I'm just trying to help the ball club and...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s rookie Mark Canha quotes Bull Durham in interview

Oakland Athletics rookie Mark Canha had himself a great major league debut on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, going 3/5 with two doubles and four RBI. In his post-game interview, Canha followed a script set up by Bull Durham to a tee. Mark Canha had 4 RBIs in his debut and dropped Bull Durham in his interview. So awesome. @JaneMLB A video posted by johnfergusonii (@johnfergusonii...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Explaining Brett Lawrie’s Shiny Gold Hat

Last night, Brett Lawrie went 0-for-4, making the game’s last out as the potential tying run. Worse, he had four strikeouts. Worse, he saw 12 pitches. It was the perfect golden sombrero, and, seldom am I given a more obvious article topic. Indeed, seldom is the Internet given a more obvious article topic, and this […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle: Rehabbing a Shoulder

The least interesting thing about recovering from a shoulder injury might be trying to figure out how it happened. It happened, and life has to move on. In Sean Doolittle‘s case, it might — might! — have happened while he was taking anti-inflammatories for his oblique late last year, meaning the pain was “slightly masked” […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie has embarrassingly bad game for A's

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 found a way to achieve the most embarrassing Golden Sombrero possible. In Tuesday’s Oakland...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s pitcher Sonny Gray does Opening Day the right way

Monday night was quite the night for sports fans, it was the official opening day for MLB baseball. However, the real deal and word on the street is about those boys in Oakland, the Athletics. With such hype during the season break continuing all throughout spring training, the A’s were most definitely a team to watch for- would it be a train wreck waiting to happen or a Billy...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s opening day observations

Sonny days are here in Oakland as Sonny Gray delivered an impressive Opening Day performance for the A’s. Here are my Opening Day observations: Sonny Gray had a no-hitter going into the top of the eighth inning. On an 0-2 count, Texas Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua roped a single to right field to end the no-no. Gray finished the night having allowed no runs, one hit, one walk...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Hope Big Offseason Moves Pay Off Soon

Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Brandon Moss #37 and Coco Crisp after an interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) At last year’s trade deadline, Billy Beane risked the future of the Oakland Athletics in order to win in 2014, a strategy that he had been hesitant to employ in past years. Now, with a decimated...
Via The Sports Journal
15 days ago  |  Discuss

With Coco Crisp Injury, Oakland’s Offense Gets Even Weaker

Last season the Oakland Athletics had four players qualify for the batting title and seven players take more than 400 plate appearances for the team. With Coco Crisp out for 6-8 weeks for elbow surgery, none of those seven players will be with the A’s when the season starts. The A’s hectic winter, including the […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp Likely to Begin Season on DL

Coco Crisp, the Oakland A’s usual leadoff hitter and catalyst, will more than likely start the regular season on the disabled list. (Mandatory Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s can’t catch a break when it comes to injury news. First, it was closer Sean Doolittle suffering a shoulder injury during the offseason. Next, it was Josh Reddick being unable to...
Via The Sports Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

  The Oakland A’s are hosting their first LGBT Pride Night this year, and not all season ticket holders want to go. Luckily, the girlfriend of A’s closer Sean Doolittle came up with the perfect solution.   Eireann Dolan, who has two moms who are diehard Oakland fans, wrote in a blog post last Friday that although she “was saddened to read some of the replies...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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