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  1. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

  2. Yoenis Cespedes expects to avoid second DL trip

    Jun 8, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes suffered a strained left hamstring Thursday in his seventh game back from the disabled list, but he doesn’t think a return visit will be required, he told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Friday. Cespedes said he expects to miss the entire series against the Diamondbacks this weekend, but that he hopes…

  3. Manny Ramirez: “a gray-dreadlocked ineffective minor leaguer”

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    When is Manny Ramirez going to come to Oakland and help that offense? How about the 10th of never?  Here’s Ann Killion: Ramirez was presented as a changed soul, a man who wanted a second chance and a veteran who could be an important mentor to young players like Yoenis Cespedes. Instead, he’s just been…

  4. A’s players don’t like the timing of Kila Ka’aihue’s DFA

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    The Oakland Athletics designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment before yesterday’s game and called up Brandon Moss.  Oakland A’s players told Susan Slusser, however, that they weren’t happy with the timing of the move. Why? Because Ka’aihue’s wife is due to give birth to twins any day: “Everyone is in shock,” one player said. “Total horse” manure, said…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  6. Yoenis Cespedes leaves game with strained left hamstring

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    cespedes getty

    Oakland and Texas are playing a day game today. It just got underway a few minutes ago but it’s already been a bad one for Oakland: Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game early and the word has come back that it’s a strained left hamstring. It happened in the bottom of the first when…

  7. Billy Beane has no idea when Manny Ramirez might join A’s

    Jun 7, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    Manny Ramirez has been equal parts injured and ineffective at Triple-A, going 9-for-37 (.243) with zero extra-base hits while missing multiple games with leg soreness. He was eligible to return from a 50-game suspension last week, but the A’s quickly ruled that out and today general manager Billy Beane told Joe Stiglich of the San…

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

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  9. Bob Melvin: “It certainly didn’t break my heart” when Jarrod Parker lost his no-hitter

    Jun 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Monday night against the Rangers, eventually losing it on a Michael Young single with six outs to go, but manager Bob Melvin revealed that the A’s rookie wouldn’t have been allowed to complete the no-hitter anyway. Parker, who came back from Tommy John elbow surgery last…

  10. A’s conversion project Sean Doolittle makes the bigs

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    Sean Doolittle was drafted by the A’s in 2007. A first baseman, primarily, he has some flashes of good power — In 2008 he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs across two levels — but then injuries derailed him. A pitcher in college, the A’s figured they’d see if he could pitch again.…

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

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:04 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

    Giants 3, Cubs 2: A one run game in which the winning team scored one run when the losing team’s shortstop forgot that there was only one out and didn’t try to complete a would-be double play? Oh, Starlin.  Well, as they say, you can’t assume the double play. You can assume that your start…

  12. Jarrod Parker’s no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:28 AM EST

    Jarrod Parker AP

    UPDATE: Parker is done after eight shutout innings. He gave up just the one hit while throwing 69 out of 111 pitches for strikes and now owns a 2.40 ERA over his first eight starts with Oakland. If everything pans out the way the A’s hope, he’ll have many more chances at a no-no in…

  13. Punchless A’s get shutout for 11th time in 53 games

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Cliff Pennington

    It was Francisco Liriano on Thursday. Felipe Paulino did it Friday. And now Kansas City’s Vin Mazzaro is the latest pitcher to shut down the A’s, throwing six scoreless innings Sunday as the A’s were shut out for the 11th time this season. No team since 1918 had ever been shut out 11 times in…

  14. Athletics activate Brandon McCarthy, demote Daric Barton to Triple-A

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:45 PM EST

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    The Athletics made a pair of roster moves this morning, activating right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list while demoting first baseman Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento. McCarthy hasn’t pitched since May 17 due to a strained right shoulder. The 28-year-old has battled shoulder problems at various points during his career, but he managed…

  15. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is officially a free agent

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    cuba flag

    Let the bidding begin. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is now officially a free agent and can sign with any team. We haven’t heard much on Soler over the past couple of months, as he has been waiting to be cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets…

  16. A’s activate Yoenis Cespedes from disabled list

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    cespedes getty

    As expected, the A’s have activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list after he spent four weeks on the sidelines with a hand injury. Cespedes went 3-for-9 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment and Oakland cleared a spot for his return yesterday by demoting struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A. Prior to the injury…

  17. Bartolo Colon: huge Adele fan

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Susan Slusser has a column up about Bartolo Colon. About what makes him tick, how he’s still going despite seemingly being done a couple of years ago and … about his personality quirks. Was NOT expecting this one: He can be so surprising, in fact, that teammate Brandon McCarthy is keeping a book of unexpected…

  18. A’s demote struggling starter Tyson Ross to Triple-A

    May 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

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    Tyson Ross began the season with back-to-back Quality Starts, but he’s gone just 1-6 with a 7.34 ERA since then and yesterday’s ugly outing versus the last-place Twins was apparently the final straw, as the A’s demoted the 25-year-old right-hander to Triple-A. No corresponding roster move has been announced yet, but Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon…

  19. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper thinks you should shut up about pitch counts

    May 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Don Cooper

    Chris Sale throwing 115 pitches in his dominant, 15-strikeout start Monday has led to some talk about whether the White Sox were smart to let him stay in the game that long considering it was his ninth career start and came just weeks after temporarily shifting him to the bullpen amid elbow problems. White Sox…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  21. Brandon McCarthy on track to return to A’s Saturday

    May 29, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    brandon mccarthy

    Good news here for the 22-27 Athletics. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, right-hander Brandon McCarthy will be cleared to return to the A’s rotation on Saturday against the Royals if he makes it through a bullpen session Wednesday without feeling any abnormal pain or discomfort. McCarthy has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18…

  22. A’s rookie Ryan Cook’s 23-inning scoreless streak snapped

    May 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Coming into yesterday’s game A’s rookie Ryan Cook hadn’t allowed a run in 23 innings this season, but his scoreless streak ended when the Twins got to the 25-year-old right-hander for two runs in an eighth-inning comeback that snapped the streak and handed him a loss. And naturally the runs scored on a bloop double…

  23. Rays expected to add Hideki Matsui to roster tomorrow

    May 28, 2012, 11:25 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    While the Athletics plan to give Manny Ramirez more time in the minors to get tuned up for major league pitching, the Rays are going a different route with Hideki Matsui. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Matsui is expected to be added to the Rays’ roster tomorrow. It’s a bit of…

  24. Manny Ramirez will not join the Athletics when eligible Wednesday

    May 28, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    It turns out that Manny Ramirez will not join the Athletics when he’s eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension on Wednesday. The Athletics made the announcement earlier tonight, saying that Ramirez will “remain with Triple-A Sacramento for the time being and will be monitored on a day by day basis.” His 10-day rehab…

  25. Brandon Inge rejoins A’s after two weeks on disabled list

    May 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Brandon Inge Getty

    Brandon Inge is back with the A’s after missing 14 games with a groin injury, as Oakland activated the veteran third baseman from the disabled list and optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A. Inge signed with the A’s after being released by the Tigers and provided an unexpected spark for the lineup, smacking four homers and…

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