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  1. Jon Heyman made some friends on the Oakland A’s

    May 30, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    oakland coliseum getty

    Given his preference for luxury items, it wasn’t terribly surprising when Jon Heyman tweeted this on Tuesday night:   This bought him a series of unhappy tweets from various Oakland A’s players. And some words from Bob Melvin. Since Heyman blocks me I can’t look at his Twitter replies, but I assume the A’s fans…

  2. The Kansas City Royals Power Hour

    May 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Kansas City Royals

    The Kansas City Royals did not hit a home run again on Tuesday — heck, they only managed two hits against the Cardinals, a hard double and soft single by Billy Butler — (update: they failed again on Wednesday) and so that means they have two home runs since May 15, both by 439-year-old Miguel…

  3. Mark Reynolds hit a home run a long way

    May 6, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians are pretty happy with their off-season signing of Mark Reynolds. The right-hander hit his 10th home run of the season tonight against Athletics starter Jarrod Parker, a solo shot well beyond the fence in left at Progressive Field. The homer was estimated at 460 feet. Reynolds entered the night hitting .296/.363/.622, turning out…

  4. Oakland’s Dan Straily strikes out 11, wins and then gets demoted

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dan Straily

    Dan Straily knew he was only a member of Oakland’s rotation because Bartolo Colon had a handful of games left on his 2012 PED suspension. So, it didn’t come as any surprise when he was optioned to Triple-A after striking out 11 Astros and picking up his third big-league victory Friday. Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com…

  5. 2013 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: How in the heck did the A’s do it in 2012, and can they…

  6. With scouts watching, Rick Porcello turns in gem

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Rick Porcello

    At least according to the numbers, Rick Porcello turned in one of the best outings of the spring so far Monday, striking out six in four scoreless innings against the Astros. The watchers were likely pretty impressed, too. With Porcello rumored to be available in trade talks, today’s performance came in front of a “ton”…

  7. A’s pick Brett Anderson as Opening Day starter

    Feb 28, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    In a move that signals just how well his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has gone, the A’s named Brett Anderson as their Opening Day starter. Anderson had elbow surgery in July of 2011 and returned in August of last season, throwing 35 innings with a 2.57 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio while looking…

  8. Mike Trout is unanimous AL Rookie of the Year winner

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    There’s plenty of room for debate when it comes to this year’s BBWAA awards, but there was one certainly; despite an historically awesome crop of competitors, Mike Trout would win American League Rookie of the Year honors in a landslide. The official announcement came Monday, with Trout claiming the top spot on all 28 ballots.…

  9. Athletics re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    UPDATE II: Slusser also hears that despite re-signing Colon, the A’s still have interest in bringing back Brandon McCarthy. UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colon will receive a $3 million base salary and could earn more with incentives. 4:37 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com,…

  10. Justin Verlander pitches Tigers past A’s and into ALCS

    Oct 12, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Way too much Justin Verlander. Detroit’s ace held down the A’s for the second time in five games Thursday, pitching a complete-game shutout and striking out 11 as the Tigers won 6-0 to move on to the ALCS. Verlander fanned 22 in his two starts, setting a new record for strikeouts in a Divisional Series.…

  11. ALDS Game 5 lineups: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 11, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Leyland Melvin AP

    It’s do-or-die time. Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Tigers and A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 9:37 p.m. ET: DETROIT TIGERS OAKLAND ATHLETICS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Coco Crisp, CF 2. Quintin Berry, LF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 4.…

  12. Tigers’ fortunes hinge on Justin Verlander

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander‘s Game 1 start against the A’s was easily the best of his postseason career. In allowing one run  over seven innings, he picked up his fourth win in nine starts and lowered his October ERA from 5.57 to 4.96. Now one wonders if he might need to be even better in Thursday’s decisive…

  13. A’s rally for three runs in the ninth, ALDS moves to Game 5

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    There’s something special about these Athletics. That became apparent throughout the 2012 regular season, and it continued on Wednesday night at Oakland’s O.Co Coliseum with the unlikely American League West champions facing elimination from the ALDS in front of a raucous sold-out home crowd. Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer surrendered just three hits and one (unearned) run…

  14. Jarrod Parker fumbles, Tigers take third-inning lead

    Oct 6, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    omar infante getty

    A’s starter Jarrod Parker nearly pitched his way around a one-out double from the Tigers’ Omar Infante in the bottom of the third inning of this ALDS Game 1, but the Oakland right-hander misplayed a Quintin Berry slow-roller near the first base bag and the potential third out turned into Detroit’s go-ahead score when Infante…

  15. Coco Crisp homers, Austin Jackson doubles as ALDS Game 1 gets underway in Detroit

    Oct 6, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    coco crisp getty

    The leadoff men are the stars so far in Game 1. Tigers ace Justin Verlander allowed a solo homer to Coco Crisp in the very top of the first inning, then issued a one-out walk to Yoenis Cespedes before escaping the frame with back-to-back strikeouts of Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. Verlander is no stranger…

  16. ALDS Game 1 lineups: Athletics vs. Tigers

    Oct 6, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander AP

    Here are the Athletics’ and Tigers’ lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS, which is set to begin around 6 p.m. ET: OAKLAND ATHLETICS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Coco Crisp, CF 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Stephen Drew, SS 2. Quintin Berry, LF 3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 4. Brandon Moss, 1B 4.…

  17. Brett Anderson on A’s roster for ALDS following oblique injury

    Oct 6, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    The Athletics have officially announced their roster for their series against the Tigers in the ALDS, which will begin tonight in Detroit. No big surprises in here, but Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com passes along word that Brett Anderson is indeed on the roster after straining his oblique during a start in Detroit on September 19.…

  18. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 6, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs. Oakland Athletics (94-68) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in Detroit: Jarrod Parker vs. Justin Verlander…

  19. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  20. A’s pick rookie Jarrod Parker to start Game 1 against Tigers

    Oct 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Fittingly for a team that has relied so heavily on rookie pitchers all season the A’s have picked the youngest starter on the staff, 23-year-old Jarrod Parker, to take the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Parker, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Trevor…

  21. Yankees claim AL East, home field; A’s to take on Tigers

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter

    By losing 4-1 to the Rays, the Orioles settled things in the American League playoff picture this evening. The Yankees will face the wild card winner, either the Orioles or Rangers, in one ALDS and the A’s will get the Tigers in the other. The Orioles will travel to Texas to play a one-game playoff…

  22. A’s ride the backs of Balfour, Cook, Doolittle

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    For the A’s, it’s as easy as B, C, D In sweeping the Rangers to win the AL West this week, the A’s had Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle pitch the final three innings of all three games. They didn’t go in that order — Balfour had the ninth, while the other two…

  23. Tweet of the Day: Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt want rings

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    I’m as sick of “Moneyball” mentions as anyone by now–A’s rookie Jarrod Parker was 14 years old when the book came out, after all–but this tweet from the movie’s co-star, Jonah Hill, was amusing: If the Oakland A’s go all the way this year Pitt and I better get rings. — Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) October…

  24. A’s beat Rangers to clinch berth, eliminate Angels, Rays from contention

    Oct 2, 2012, 1:24 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Coco Crisp slides safely into home to score a run after beating the tag of Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli during the fifth inning of their MLB baseball game in Oakland

    The A’s are going back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Behind rookie Jarrod Parker, Oakland beat Texas 4-3 on Monday to clinch at least a wild card berth and eliminate the Angels and Rays from the mix for postseason spots. With Detroit also winning tonight, it’s now set that the A’s,…

  25. Yankees edge A’s in 10, Orioles top Red Sox

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    The Yankees and Orioles kept rolling tonight, maintaining one game of separation in the AL East. The Yankees beat the A’s 2-1 in 10 innings on a Russell Martin home run. Rafael Soriano blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth by serving up a home run on a slider to Brandon Moss,…

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