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  1. Brett Anderson throws off mound for first time post surgery

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

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    Brett Anderson is starting to make real progress. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Oakland left-hander threw off a mound on Saturday afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He threw a total of 20 pitches — all fastballs — without feeling any sort of abnormal pain…

  2. Reason for optimism with Tim Lincecum?

    Jun 23, 2012, 11:06 AM EST

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    The Giants continue to exhibit patience with Tim Lincecum, despite his season-long struggles. While he still owns a 6.07 ERA and remains winless since April 28, he at least showed some signs of turning things around last night against the Athletics. Lincecum was on the ropes in the first inning, giving up three runs on…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes hits walkoff homer; A’s sweep Dodgers

    Jun 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

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    An ugly series for the Dodgers had an especially ugly ending Thursday, with Yoenis Cespedes hitting a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the A’s a sweep in Oakland. Josh Lindblom, one of the NL’s best setup men this season, had a terrible ninth today. He walked Coco Crisp to start…

  4. Any takers for Kurt Suzuki?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

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    A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki was a hot property two years ago. Young, productive and able to withstand an exceptionally heavy workload behind the plate, his name came up in plenty of rumors, even though there was nothing to suggest the A’s wanted to deal him. And they didn’t, a fact they now surely regret. On…

  5. A’s call up catching prospect Derek Norris for MLB debut

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

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    Derek Norris, the catching prospect acquired from the Nationals as part of the offseason swap for Gio Gonzalez, has been called up by the A’s and is making his big-league debut behind the plate today. Norris is one of the more interesting prospects in baseball, as he’s been very productive in the minors despite low…

  6. Yoenis Cespedes back in A’s lineup Wednesday night

    Jun 20, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

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    According to the Oakland Athletics’ official Twitter feed, Yoenis Cespedes is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. Cespedes has played in just one game since June 7 due to a strained hamstring and wasn’t able to make it past the second inning in that affair. He’s serving as the A’s designated…

  7. Bartolo Colon “pretty certain” to go on DL with sore oblique

    Jun 20, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

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    Bartolo Colon has shown little improvement since leaving Sunday’s start with a strained oblique muscle, causing manager Bob Melvin to say yesterday that the veteran right-hander is “pretty certain” to be placed on the disabled list. Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Colon was examined by a doctor yesterday and no…

  8. Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig defects, goes to Mexico in search of free agency

    Jun 19, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

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    Already this year Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler have landed $36 million and $30 million contracts after defecting from Cuba and another highly touted player is hoping to follow in their footsteps. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old outfielder Yasel Puig defected from Cuba and “is in the process of establishing residency in Mexico.”…

  9. Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

    Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

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    Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday. Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league…

  10. Red Sox place Ryan Sweeney on DL with foot injury

    Jun 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Ryan Sweeney is the latest Red Sox outfielder to hit the disabled list, joining Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Cody Ross, and Jason Repko on the shelf after initially playing through a foot injury. Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that Sweeney has an “irritation in the sesamoid bone in his left foot” and rather than letting…

  11. Bartolo Colon leaves start with strained oblique

    Jun 17, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

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    If you’ve ever wondered whether Bartolo Colon has oblique muscles, well, now we know for sure. Colon injured his in the third inning fielding a sac bunt Sunday against the Padres. He left after a short discussion with the trainer and was replaced by Pedro Figueroa. Coming off back-to-back wins, Colon entered the day 6-6…

  12. After five years, Johnny Cueto finally has an extra-base hit

    Jun 17, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

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    Reds starter Johnny Cueto delivered a ground rule double in the third inning Sunday, giving him his first extra-base hit in his 217th major league at-bat. Cueto entered the day with a lifetime .088/.124/.088 line and four RBI in 216 at-bats. He was 2-for-24 with 10 strikeouts this season. Apparently, the rare need for him…

  13. The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

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    This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram. The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request. This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

  15. Big news! The Tigers recall Ryan Raburn, put Drew Smyly on the DL

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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    Some shuffling in Detroit today as the Tigers called up Ryan Raburn from Toledo and put pitcher Drew Smyly on the disabled list due to his gross, gross gross blister. Sure, Tigers fans will say all kinds of things about the Raburn thing because he seems to have replaced Brandon Inge as The Irrational Focus…

  16. Ben Sheets is making a comeback

    Jun 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Arm injuries wrecked Ben Sheets‘ career and the four-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the majors since July of 2010, but he’s still just 33 years old and is apparently making a comeback. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Sheets threw for scouts yesterday in Louisiana and the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, and Angels were…

  17. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

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    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  18. Yoenis Cespedes aggravates strained hamstring on groundout

    Jun 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EST

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    A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was in the Oakland starting lineup on Wednesday for the first time in five days. But now he’s likely headed to the disabled list. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Cespedes re-aggravated the left hamstring strain that he suffered last Thursday on a groundout to first base in the second inning of Wednesday night’s…

  19. MRI on Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder rules out major damage

    Jun 13, 2012, 8:54 PM EST

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    The A’s sent Brandon McCarthy back to the Bay Area on Tuesday to get an MRI on his right shoulder. The results are in, and the news is positive. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, structural damage has been ruled out and Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is optimistic that the 28-year-old right-hander won’t need another…

  20. Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:23 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history. A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4. The grand slam crown…

  21. Brandon McCarthy scratched Wednesday with sore shoulder

    Jun 12, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

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    Bad news here for the A’s and Brandon McCarthy. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the 28-year-old right-hander has been scratched from his scheduled Wednesday start against the Rockies due to lingering soreness in his throwing shoulder. McCarthy is headed back to the Bay Area for an MRI and seems likely to be placed on the…

  22. 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…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes expects to avoid second DL trip

    Jun 8, 2012, 6:35 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    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…

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