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The Oakland A’s patchwork rotation has been surprisingly effective

The Oakland A’s starting rotation fell apart in 2016, and it dragged the whole season down with it. This was always a risk entering the year, and unfortunately we drew something resembling the Darkest Timeline -- Sonny Gray was bad, Rich Hill got traded, and pretty much everyone else got hurt. The current rotation includes a middle reliever, a midseason waiver wire pickup, and...
Via Athletics Nation
1 hour ago

Updating the Oakland A’s depth chart and prospect list

The Oakland A’s minor league system has gone through a lot of changes throughout the course of the 2016 season. Each level of the farm saw several top performers promoted, and the big league club featured 10 MLB debuts — and that’s before we get to September call-ups once the rosters expand next week. There have also been several high-profile additions, via trades, the draft...
Via Athletics Nation
3 hours ago

A's reinstate Butler from DL, option Alcantara

Oakland reinstated Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list Monday, the first day he was eligible. Infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Class A Stockton in a corresponding move.
Via Athletics.com
7 hours ago

Triggs earns first win as Athletics power past Cardinals 7-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Andrew Triggs earned his first win and Stephen Vogt and Khris Davis homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Triggs (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits, walked none and struck out eight in six innings. Jaime Garcia (10-10) gave up a three-run homer to Vogt with two out in the third and a two-run shot to...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics rally for 2 runs in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Khris Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied for two runs, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night. The Cardinals fell to 1-8 in interleague games at Busch Stadium this season. Oakland trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Davis singled with one out against Matt Bowman (2-5) and Ryon Healy doubled, extending...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Triggs looks for first career win vs. Cards

Andrew Triggs, who tossed six scoreless innings the last time out against the Indians, faces the Cardinals in the series finale Sunday. St. Louis will counter with Jaime Garcia, who will look for his fourth victory this month.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

A's catcher Josh Phegley is resting comfortably in a Bay Area hospital after receiving treatment for synovitis in his right knee.
Via Athletics.com
2 days ago

Khris Davis and Others Who Have Pressed Before

Khris Davis has maintained excellent exit velocity all year, and has 33 home runs to his name, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t pressed at times with his new team. His walk rate is less than half what it used to be, and his swinging-strike rate is up nearly 20%. The Oakland outfielder admitted that his decision on when to swing hasn’t been at its finest this year. “I was...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet the new and improved Kendall Graveman

Just over a week ago, and just days after having spoken with the Hall of Fame pitcher and childhood idol Greg Maddux, Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman had a performance worthy of the Hall of Famer. It was big news in the baseball world when Graveman, who’s had his ups and downs since stepping into the big […] The post Meet the new and improved Kendall Graveman appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Projecting Max Schrock, the Return for Marc Rzepczynski

A 13th-round pick last year, infielder Max Schrock — received by Oakland today from Washington in exchange for left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski — has made something of a name for himself by putting up strong offensive numbers in the lower levels. He’s hitting .333 between two levels of A-ball this season, largely due to an 8% strikeout rate. That’s encouraging coming...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Compelling Reason To Remain a Fan

The Oakland Athletics are in the midst of a disaster. With that in mind, the pertinent question is, “Why stay an A’s Fan?” The so-called re-tooling was mired by injury and low performance for the Oakland Athletics. The biggest stars like Sonny Gray are scuffling, and things got so bad that Billy Butler and Danny Valencia […] Oakland Athletics: Compelling Reason To Remain...
Via Swingin' A's
4 days ago

Benching Coco Crisp Is A Reasonable Move For The Athletics

A week ago, Coco Crisp came out publicly about his feelings on being consistently benched by the A's. Crisp was reasonably upset that he wasn't being given regular playing time, and took to the media to let his thoughts be known."I'm extremely hurt, the way things are being handled," said Crisp, who did not play in Monday's 5-2 loss at Texas. "I'm not calling anyone names, but this...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

For the A’s Jake Smolinski, the fun starts in center field

Jake Smolinski has been putting on a defensive show in center since getting the chance from the A’s. Jake Smolinski can’t fly, but as he showed Tuesday night in the Coliseum, he can put on a good impression. He did it in the eighth inning Tuesday, racing into the right center field gap to chase down a rocket off the bat of pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall. It was, to say the least...
Via Inside the A's
5 days ago

Ryan Dull trying to rediscover his focus in grueling season

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stephen Vogt, is trying to fight his way out of an August skid. When reliever Ryan Dull began the season by not allowing any of the first 36 base runners he inherited to score, the A’s right-hander knew that kind of unprecedented success wasn’t going to last forever. Six of the last 10 inherited runners he’s faced have scored. And the season...
Via Inside the A's
5 days ago

A's teammates reportedly fight over sponsorship

Billy Butler was unavailable to play over the weekend after suffering complications following his fight with teammate Danny Valencia. Now we have an idea of what led to the fight. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the two Oakland A’s teammates fought on Friday night after Butler made some comments to a product rep about the cleats Valencia wears. The...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Butler, A's teammate injured after altercation

Billy Butler and Danny Valencia got into an altercation which was bad enough that it caused Butler to miss the past two games against the Chicago White Sox, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser reports Butler was injured after an incident on Friday night involving Valencia, his Oakland Athletics teammate. The Athletics’ designated hitter has been...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Manaea, Checking Them Off

If you want to know the most insidious part of my job, it’s deciding what to write about when. Some of the decisions aren’t that crafty — sometimes I have to sit on a Kenta Maeda interview because August just wrote him up, for example. Other times, it’s a small move, like publishing a piece about a pitcher on the day he pitches instead of the day before. But there are times...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp: A’s are being ‘shady’ by benching me

Coco Crisp believes the Oakland A’s are intentionally keeping him on the bench in order to avoid his vesting option for next season kicking in, and you can imagine how the veteran feels about it. After he did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, Crisp could no longer remain silent. “I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” he told Susan Slusser...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray may be out for year with forearm issue

Not long ago, Sonny Gray was one of baseball’s brightest young pitchers. He has endured something of a lost season in 2016, however, and that season may have already come to an end. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Gray still isn’t throwing and may not return before season’s end. Sonny Gray is still shut down from throwing. No telling if he'll be able to pitch again this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the Oakland Athletics that have played in at least 3 All-Star Games

18 players in the history of the Oakland Athletics franchise (including the time spent in Philadelphia) have appeared in three or more All-Star Games while with the team. How many of these All-Star A's can you name? Clue: Number of All-Star Games-Position/Years active with team
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics update: Montas, Cotton, and Holmes

The 2016 trade deadline is history, and the Oakland Athletics sold Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. However, the A’s brought in three new players. They are pitchers Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes. At the Aug. 1 deadline, the Oakland Athletics moved veteran outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oakland A’s coach suspended for spying on players with hidden camera

Oakland Athletics strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques has been suspended for planting a hidden camera in the team’s weight room at O.co Coliseum, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Henriques reportedly admitted to installing the camera, and claims to have used it to “observe players working out and rehabilitating injuries while the team traveled”: An Oakland...
Via The Comeback
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A’s strength trainer planted hidden cameras to spy on players in weight room

Oakland A’s strength trainer, Michael Henriques, was recently suspended by the club after having been caught using a hidden camera to spy on the team. This information came out on Friday, via Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, who reports the club had an independent investigator come in, and that MLB “including its Department of Investigations, and the Players Association” monitored...
Via Sportsnaut
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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