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Listen: Barry Zito talks resilience and comeback attempt on FOX Sports Radio

The Oakland Athletics signed veteran Barry Zito to a minor-league deal before spring training, as the 37-year-old lefty wanted to give his career one more attempt after effectively taking the 2014 season off. Though he's pitched quite well for the A's Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds in 2015, he hasn't yet been called up by the A's, in part due to their strong starting pitching...
Via Fox Sports
11 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, July 5th: Angel Duno Impresses in AZL A’s Win while 2015 Draft Picks Richie Martin, Steven Pallares & Kyle Friedrichs Lead Vermont to Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Angel Duno (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win)   ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season) AZL Angels  2 AZL A’s       3 WP – Duno 2-1 / 2.70 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Angel Duno (5 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) 21-year-old Venezuelan RHP Angel Duno turned in another strong start on Sunday, allowing just 1 hit while...
Via Athletics Farm
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Are Willing To Overpay For Ben Zobrist

Updating this previous report that the Mets and Oakland A’s were discussing a deal for Ben Zobrist, comes a new report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. When Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup, he was referring to Zobrist the Post reports. However, it now appears that the switch hitting Zobrist has now –...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, July 4th: Jake Smolinski’s Big Bat Helps Sounds Win in Extras while Joel Seddon K’s 8 to Win 6th for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Outfielder Jake Smolinski (Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Nashville Sounds      7 Round Rock Express  4 WP – Cook 4-1 / 3.96 HR – Pridie (9), Smolinski (6), Muncy (2), Viciedo (1) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Jake Smolinski (Home Run / 2 Doubles / 2 RBIs) 26-year-old outfielder Jake Smolinski...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Ben Zobrist

Recently, New York writer Joel Sherman reported that New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is willing to overpay for the Oakland A’s Ben Zobrist. The problem is that the A’s are starting to win games, finally looking to overcome the title of unluckiest team in baseball. It’s a tricky situation that seems to happen every year. The team that is clearly expected to sell goes on a winning...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Friday, July 3rd: Barry Zito Impresses in Sounds Victory while Dillon Overton Wins Hounds Debut & Matt Chapman Hits 14th HR for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Colorado Springs Sky Sox  1 Nashville Sounds              2 WP – Otero 1-0 / 1.23 HR – Smolinski (5) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Barry Zito (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K) LHP Barry Zito delivered an impressive start for the Sounds on...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is a Josh Reddick Trade Too Crazy of an Idea for the Angels?

So there I was, just hanging out, painting the seats to a dining room set that is being turned into patio furniture, when I decided to take a break and check out Twitter. This is a regular thing for me, and it is fun to see what new and exciting news is going to lead to the end of civilization as we know it. At least, that’s how the doomsdayers put it, and most of their ranting...
Via Monkey with a Halo
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: LA Ace With An Oakland Goody

When is a remake not a remake? No, this isn't a riddle. I'm seriously curious how 'Anaconda' was considered a new 'song'. Sure, Nicki Minaj provided some new...um...lyrics? Is cackling after saying 'uluhdisfadazz' considered lyrics? Neither here nor there for my original question, I guess so really, taking the exact same beat from a previous rap song while even sampling lyrics...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Sean Doolittle gets cup check from teammate

Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle pitched in just one game this season and has been on the disabled list since. Missing that much time can certainly take a player’s focus away, which is probably why Doolittle was caught posing in the dugout like Mike Honcho on Thursday night. Doolittle was standing with one leg up...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir twirls gem

On Thursday night, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher, Scott Kazmir, put his best stuff on display against the Seattle Mariners. Facing the Mariners for the first time in 2015, Kazmir threw eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits and no walks while striking out seven. Kazmir lowered his season earned run average to 2.56 and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) to 1.12. Kazmir...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler's first triple since 2012 delights A's teammates

To put things lightly, Oakland Athletics slugger Billy Butler isn't exactly known for his speed on the bases. As a result, Butler's triple in the second inning of the A's win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon delighted his teammates since that sort of thing doesn't happen very often. It was the fifth triple of Butler's career and his first since 2012 - and it required...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Overshadowed by last week’s series of momentous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Major League Baseball recently filed a brief with the Court urging it to reject an appeal by the city of San Jose, California in the on-going dispute over the future home of the Oakland Athletics. As I noted at the time San […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Simplicity of Josh Reddick’s Improvement

Not every breakout comes with a complicated story. Sometimes it’s super simple. Sometimes, as Josh Reddick put it, a player just comes to “a recognition.” For Reddick, it was recognition born of who he is. He became better by becoming more like himself. Look down at his numbers, and it seems as straight forward as […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Reddick, Burns take cover as seagulls swarm O.co Coliseum outfield - watch

Anyone who's ever been to a baseball game in the Bay Area knows that sooner or later, the birds will show up. In a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic The Birds (set in the Bay Area, unsurprisingly), a flock of seagulls took over the O.co Coliseum outfield on Monday night during the Oakland Athletics' game with the Colorado Rockies.The timing of the birds' trip...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

The Oakland A’s don’t want to move him, and he doesn’t want to be moved, but a trade of Scott Kazmir appears imminent. With the A’s struggling at 34-44 and Kazmir being in the last year of his two season contract, it would be unlike Billy Beane to keep Kazmir rather than receive maximum value with a trade. Kazmir’s value couldn’t be much higher than it is now. Normally...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Suddenly, Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane is not looking so bad for the Josh Donaldson trade

Maybe we all should have given Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane the benefit of the doubt. After all, how many Major League GMs have had a movie made about them? Beane took considerable heat for trading third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, as well as two other minor leaguers in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 12: Lawrie’s Resurgence

Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK Verdict: Buy While he may not be making A’s fans forget about Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie has managed to scrap his way to fantasy relevance. In the past 30 days, according to the ESPN player rater, Lawrie has been the fifth best second baseman. At first glance, the combination of Lawrie’s BABIP and 26.4 K% points to a whole lot of regression coming...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Out With the Old, In With the Pulled Pork

Since May 1st, Billy Butler has hit .230/.289/.298 over the span of 47 games for the Oakland Athletics.  He has played a grand total of 2 games this season at first base, meaning he has had one priority, and that is to hit the baseball. He has under whelmed. There was much scuttle  after the 2014 season when General Manager Dayton Moore chose to opt out of the contract...
Via Royals Blue
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics aren’t out of the hunt yet

Although the Oakland Athletics are currently in last place in the American League West Division standings, they are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. They have a 17-11 record dating back to May 23 and have won six of their last eight games. Oakland has been on fire recently mainly because of a surging offense and dominant starting pitching. In the last eight games,...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s are baseball’s least fortunate team

On Friday the Oakland A’s suffered yet another loss, dropping their record to 29-41 on the year. It’s hard to believe that this is the same team that went to the playoffs in each of the last three years. Sure Billy Beane traded several key players, Josh Donaldson being the biggest, and perhaps the players are still demoralized by their absolutely terrible playoff loss last...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is baseball ready for an openly gay player?

O.co Coliseum prepares for the Athletics’ LGBT Pride Night. The Athletics had an LGBT Pride event Wednesday night, and the night was peppered with love for many people that haven’t always felt comfortable at the ballpark. Opera Singer Breanna Sinclaire, the first trans singer accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s master’s program according […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s switch-pitcher Pat Venditte placed on DL

Baseball fans hoping to catch The Pat Venditte Show will have to wait at least another two weeks to do so. The Oakland A’s on Friday placed Venditte, the first switch-pitcher to appear in the majors in 20 years, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. The 29-year-old Venditte made headlines last Friday when he threw with both arms in a scoreless two-inning...
Via NESN.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Fan struck by broken bat in Boston expected to survive

Fans take risks by attending games, and much to the dismay of all of us, Tonya Carpenter experienced that danger first-hand on Friday night when a broken bat struck her in the head. Fortunately and thankfully, she is expected to survive what are considered life-threatening injuries, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN. The message was brief, yet direct. The report said...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vanditte pitches left and right handed in same inning

Your browser does not support iframes. On Friday, the A’s called up Pat Venditte from Triple-A. Ordinarily, a roster move involving a relief pitcher wouldn’t necessarily be of note. This one, however, was. Venditte is ambidextrous and can effectively pitch both left-handed and right-handed. He did so on Friday. Venditte entered Oakland’s game against the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox fan injured by broken bat, taken off in a stretcher

A scary situation occurred at Fenway Park in Boston as the Red Sox were hosting the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. A fan was struck by a broken bat in the top of the second inning and was forced from the stands in a stretcher. A video by Deadspin, which we will not embed here due to its graphic nature, shows the bloodied woman screeching in pain as she is being wheeled off in...
Via Sportsnaut
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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