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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 16, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT

    Night court

    I only watched a little baseball last night. Watched a lot of “Night Court” though.

  2. A’s remove $10 million pickup Jim Johnson from closer role

    Apr 10, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson A's

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane raised a lot of eyebrows this offseason when he acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles and paid him $10 million to serve as the A’s closer. And now, less than two weeks into the season, Johnson has already pitched himself out of the closer role.

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    I saw Captain America last night. It was way better than the first few innings of the Tigers-Dodgers game.

  4. Ryan Cook rejoins A’s after shoulder injury

    Apr 7, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Cook Getty

    Oakland has another option if closer Jim Johnson continues to struggle, activating Ryan Cook from the disabled list after the right-hander missed the first week of the season with a strained shoulder.

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kemp Ramirez

    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.55.08 PM

    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  8. A’s lose 10th straight opener, set major league record

    Apr 1, 2014, 1:45 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera, John Jaso

    Billy Beane’s %*$@ doesn’t work on Opening Day.

  9. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Is there enough pitching here to get the O’s back to the playoffs? The Orioles…

  10. 2014 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nate Freiman, Josh Donaldson, Adam Rosales, Jed Lowrie

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: Is there life without Jarrod Parker? The A’s rotation has been a strength over…

  11. A’s to place Ryan Cook, Craig Gentry on disabled list

    Mar 23, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The A’s are making some final Opening Day roster determinations Sunday in camp and announced to reporters that right-hander Ryan Cook and utility outfielder Craig Gentry are going to need season-opening stints on the 15-day disabled list. Cook was slowed this spring by shoulder inflammation but should be ready to join the A’s bullpen when…

  12. 2014 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Can the Phillies have all of their key players stay healthy for an entire…

  13. Camden Yards makes an appearance in the new season of “House of Cards”

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    House of Cards Reuters

    While catching up on the second season of Netflix original series “House of Cards” this past weekend, I saw a brief scene that takes place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. I’m not giving away any major plot points for those who haven’t seen it, but Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, is on…

  14. Orioles still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    Baltimore was linked to Ervin Santana before signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles are still interesting in added Santana too. Because they’ve already parted with their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the Orioles would only need to give up a second-round…

  15. Orioles are now willing to give up their pick to sign a pitcher

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    The Orioles have arguably had the worst off-season of any Major League team. They had the much-publicized contract snafus with closer Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin, backing out of contracts with both at the last minute. They traded closer Jim Johnson and, as some have stated, whiffed on the return. Most importantly, though, the…

  16. Tommy Hunter expected to take over closer role for Orioles

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

    Tommy Hunter Orioles

    Now that Fernando Rodney has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Mariners, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com writes that Tommy Hunter is expected to take over the closer role for the Orioles. Of course, that wasn’t the original plan. After the Orioles traded Jim Johnson to the Athletics in early December, they…

  17. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  18. A’s sign rehabbing reliever Eric O’Flaherty

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the A’s have continued to overhaul their bullpen by signing left-hander Eric O’Flaherty to a two-year, $7 million deal. O’Flaherty underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in July and likely won’t be game-ready before midseason, so it’s definitely a risky move. However, before blowing out his elbow he was an…

  19. Reds VP Bob Miller on the arbitration process: “It works poorly”

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    The Reds avoided arbitration with starter Mike Leake and relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon earlier today, but were not able to do so with starter Homer Bailey and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. As a guest on The C Dot Show earlier, Reds vice president Bob Miller (who handles the arbitration cases for the club)…

  20. Athletics and Jim Johnson agree to one-year, $10 million deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

    Jim Johnson AP

    The Athletics acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles last month and now they have have avoided arbitration with their new closer by agreeing to a one-year, $10 million contract. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was first to report the signing. Johnson made $6.5 million last season, so he’s seeing another big raise after…

  21. Tommy Hunter time? Orioles unlikely to sign a closer after botched Grant Balfour deal

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tommy Hunter Orioles

    When the Orioles’ contract with Grant Balfour fell apart over concerns about the health of his arm the assumption was that Baltimore would sign a different free agent to take over for Jim Johnson as closer. However, that hasn’t happened yet and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “are no…

  22. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  23. Orioles nearing a deal with closer Grant Balfour

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Grant Balfour was said to be close to signing with the Orioles a week ago and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are on the verge of a two-year deal. Balfour is 36 years old, but based on his performance as the A’s closer during the past two seasons he’s likely…

  24. White Sox decide closers exist to be cashed in

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rick Hahn

    It’s a world gone topsy-turvy, I tell you. Billy Beane’s Athletics are going to spend about $10 million on closer Jim Johnson next year, even though their bullpen would seem to be plenty good without him. Meanwhile, the White Sox are playing at Oakland’s old game, trading their closers as soon as they can manufacture…

  25. UPDATE: Orioles haven’t made offer to Nelson Cruz

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have been pretty quiet at this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but it sounds like that could change soon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have made offers to outfielder Nelson Cruz and closer Grant Balfour. No word on the specifics, but the thought is that they are willing to offer…

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