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Yankees Acquire Left-Hander Jeff Francis From Oakland Athletics

It didn’t take long for the New York Yankees to acquire much-needed pitching help. A day after right-hander Masahiro Tanaka learned he had a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and possibly could need Tommy John surgery, New York traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Jeff Francis for a player to be named later. Francis was recently designated for assignment by the...
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yankees News: Jeff Francis acquired for cash considerations

Here he comes to save the day, that means Jeff Francis is on his waayy...from the denver postThat's right, the day after we all learned that Masahiro Tanaka has a partial tear in his throwing-UCL, the Yankees went out and bought themselves a nice warm body.Jerry Crasnick broke the big trade news,The #Yankees have acquired pitcher Jeff Francis from the #athletics in a trade, source...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Two big series’ on tap this weekend for AL West

  Josh Donaldson – Photo Credit – Duluoz Cats   One last series before the All-Star break.  Every team has one final series before getting a couple of days off to relax and recharge. Well, unless you’re the Oakland Athletics and you are sending 7 players to the All-Star game. The A’s showed why they are the best team in the league, as they will be sending Josh Donaldson...
Via Hot Stove MLB
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Thursday, July 10th: Renato Nunez’s Grand Slam and a Rare Triple Play Help Ports Win while Arnold Leon K’s 13 in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Modesto Nuts       2 Stockton Ports  7 WP – Bowman 2-6 / 5.58 HR – Nunez (21), Healy (11) Farmhand Of The Game: Designated Hitter Renato Nunez (Grand Slam) Designated hitter Renato Nunez had the big blast for Stockton on Thursday night, slugging his second...
Via Athletics Farm
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Athletics Injury Update: Jason Hammel says he's fine after severe thumb cramp

The Oakland A's lost to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. Even with the loss, the A's are 57-34, three and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Jason Hammel made his first start for the A's since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. He allowed two earned runs, six hits and three strikeouts over five innings...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday, July 9th: Matt Olson’s 25th HR & 4 RBIs Help Ports Win while Cats Come Out Victorious in Tommy Milone’s First Start

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Matt Olson (HR / Double / 4 RBIs)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Modesto Nuts      3 Stockton Ports  5 WP – Sanchez 3-0 / 3.12 HR – Olson (25), Walsh (1) Farmhand Of The Game: First Baseman Matt Olson (Home Run / Double / 4 RBIs) Slugger Matt Olson carried the day for Stockton on Wednesday night. The big first baseman...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: The last wrinkle in the starting rotation

The Oakland A’s have made some major changes to their starting rotation recently which included the addition of Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. However, when a pitcher is added, another is ultimately taken away. In order to make room for Samardzija  and Hammel, the Athletics designated Brad Mills and Tommy Milone for assignment. Tommy Milone Sending Mills...
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Jeff Samardzija Will Wear NL Jersey in the AL Dugout at the All-Star Game

Recently traded pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be forced to wear an NL jersey at the All-Star Game next week. After being dealt from the Cubs to the A’s one day before all-star rosters were announced, the dominating pitcher was left in a pickle. After receiving hideous run-support with the Cubbies (Samardzija had zero wins in his first ten starts despite a microscopic 1.46 ERA),...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Could The Athletics Finally Move...???

((HT: KPIX-TV))When MLB Commissioner Bud Selig jumps in and actually tells the Oakland Athletics that they can get up and move if there's no new deal put together with the Oakland Coliseum board- that's huge news...And, of course, it's put in the headlines at the same time as the A's made a great deal for starting pitching and are off to one of the best starts in...
Via Online Sports Guys
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Hunter Pence blocked from catching foul ball by cop

Your browser does not support iframes.San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was accidentally blocked on his attempt to catch a foul fly ball near the bullpen by an Oakland police officer who couldn't get out of the way.In the bottom of the fourth, A's batter Stephen Vogt hit a fly ball towards the Giants bullpen in foul territory near right field. The Oakland cop...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija Trade Increases Pressure on Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’ A’s to Cash In and ‘Win Now’

It was only a matter of time before former Cubs P Jeff Samardzija was to be dealt. Having recently refused to sign a contract extension with the Cubs, his days in the Windy City were numbered. All that was in question was his destination. Unexpectedly, the move happened well before July 31—on Friday night, to be exact—as the Oakland Athletics swooped in and nabbed both Samardzija...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics fueled by baseball’s best starting rotation

Already armed with one of the American League’s best starting rotations, the Oakland Athletics dramatically improved their chances for a deep run in the playoffs on Saturday when they shipped a trio of promising young prospects to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. In a single transaction, Oakland took arguably the top two starting...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija ruled ineligible for All-Star Game due to trade

Hey now, Jeff Samardzija’s an All-Star. But he can’t get his game on and go play. And yes, I really am using this scenario as an excuse to open a blog post with Smash Mouth lyrics, because I’m dropping the gauntlet on the rest of the blogosphere’s lack of awesome writing skills. C’mon, internet. I dare you to try and up the ante with some Sugar Ray or something. Anyway...
Via Rumors and Rants
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's fan struggles with Jeff Samardzija's name on sign (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.An Oakland Athletics fan brought a sign to Sunday's game against Toronto which showed the difficulty they had with spelling the name of the team's newly acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija.The sign showed four misspellings of Samardzija's name crossed out before finally settling on the nickname "SHARK".The fans got...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Analyzing the Jeff Samardzija trade

The Oakland A’s are considered by many to be favorites to contend for the World Series title in the American League but their acquisition of starting pitcher, Jeff Samardzija from Chicago may make the difference between another early exit in the playoffs and a deep run into October. Oakland’s pitching staff was already one of the league’s best despite lacking a bonafide ace...
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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