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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
18 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, April 16th: Michael Soto & Matt Olson HRs Help Ports & Hounds Win while Nashville Comes Up Short and Snappers Drop a Pair

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Visalia Rawhide   3 Stockton Ports   4 WP – Seddon 1-1 / 3.38 HR – Soto (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Third Baseman Michael Soto (Home Run / 3 RBIs) Third baseman Michael Soto smacked a 2-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 1st to put the Ports on...
Via Athletics Farm
19 hours 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday, April 15th: Franklin Barreto Helps Ports Split Twinbill while Sounds Lose Barry Zito’s Second Start in Extras

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Shortstop Franklin Barreto (2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) GAME #2 Stockton Ports         7 Lancaster JetHawks  3 WP – Joseph 1-0 / 0.00 Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Franklin Barreto (2 for 4 / Triple / 3 RBIs) With two on, two outs and the game tied in the top of the 5th, shortstop Franklin Barreto...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday, April 14th: Billy Burns Brings in Winning Run in 10th for Nashville while Daniel Gossett Loses in Debut for Beloit

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Billy Burns (4 for 5 / Triple / GWRBI / 2 Stolen Bases)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Nashville Sounds          7 Oklahoma City Dodgers  6 WP – Smith 1-0 / 2.25 Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Billy Burns (4 for 5 / Triple / GWRBI / 2 Stolen Bases) Outfielder Billy Burns had a big day for Nashville on Tuesday...
Via Athletics Farm
2 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
3 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Draftkings: Nice Price For A Luxurious DFS Kazmir Sweater

Does your lady like the finer things in life? When she says 'lets go out to dinner' does she mean 'lets pull out a second mortgage on the house for a really tiny steak and snooty service?'. Well, first things first, dump her. I'm no Love Guru, but I do know when one of my good people is getting played. We're all about bros before L.J. Hoes around here so don't say we didn't warn...
Via Razzball
4 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. pic.twitter.com/7l9W97RrEL — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) April 12, 2015 The post Josh Reddick Has a Doppelgänger appeared first on Hall of Very Good.
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Are the Oakland Atheltics?

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Athletics started the 2015 MLB season with a 4 game series split with the Texas Rangers, at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.  Game 1 was an 8-0 beat down of the Rangers, which started off with a bang.  Ben Zobrist hit a 2 run homer off Yovani Gallardo in the 1st inning, his first AB after being acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 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
7 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
8 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie strikes out four times on just 12 pitches (VIDEO)

The Texas Rangers pitchers made short order of Brett Lawrie's plate appearances Tuesday night. Really short.The Oakland A's third baseman had a night he'd probably rather forget after striking out four times on just 12 pitches. That's right — 12 pitches. Meaning four times he strolled to the plate and each time he headed back to the dugout after three straight pitches. And...
Via The Other Paper
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Mark Canha

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 10-0 last night, behind a dominate pitching performance from Scott Kazmir, and 4 RBI from Mark Canha.  Kazmir one hit the Rangers over seven innings, striking out 10.  Canha hit 5th in the lineup, behind Billy Butler, filling in for Ike Davis at 1B with lefty Ross Detwiller on the mound.  With Davis...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
8 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
9 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Gray Tosses A Gem

In Episode 170, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) are back to discuss fantasy baseball action and answer some listener questions. Topics include: Sonny Gray’s gem and season outlook Why we are already bailing on Masahiro Tanaka Whether Angel Pagan makes for a nice waiver wire grab An underrated group of A’s hitters Some thoughts on...
Via Baseball Professor
9 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
9 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...
Via isportsweb.com
10 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...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s set Opening Day roster

The Oakland Athletics have set their 2015 Opening Day roster. While returning starters Jesse Chavez, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Drew Pomeranz made the cut, Barry Zito did not. Barry Zito did not land a spot on the Oakland A’s Opening Day roster. Zito delivered inconsistent performances in his Spring Training appearances. In his first two appearances on March 5 and March 10...
Via isportsweb.com
12 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
12 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
15 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...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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