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Triggs impressive as he battles for spot

There is only so much to glean from pitchers' outings in the early going of spring. The evaluation process hurries along, though, when their workloads are increased, and there was plenty to draw from A's rotation candidate Andrew Triggs' latest outing Wednesday.
Via Athletics.com
12 hours ago

Vogt's two-hit day leads A's to victory

Andrew Triggs is fighting for a spot in the Oakland rotation and he enhanced those chances by allowing two runs over five innings during a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
Via Athletics.com
13 hours ago

Liam Hendriks: Elite Relief Pitcher

Through the first half of 2016 Liam Hendriks carried a 6.00 ERA and allowed a .354 wOBA (.354 is a solidly above average mark, for a hitter) — how can he be elite? In the second half he decreased his ERA by nearly four full runs and his wOBA by 101 points. Unlucky doesn’t even begin to describe his first half results. Several things improved for Hendriks in the second half...
Via Athletics Nation
17 hours ago

Doctor clears Gray to throw ahead of schedule

A's ace Sonny Gray has been cleared to resume throwing just two weeks after being diagnosed with a moderate strain of the lat muscle on the right side of his back.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Checking in on the A’s Spring Training battles

Who is likely to make the Opening Day roster? Spring Training is a little past its halfway point, and the roster picture is starting to come into view. With injuries and roster cuts abound, we can take a more accurate guess at who will start the season on the 25-man roster. Here’s how the positional battles have broken down thus far. The pitching staff Just two short months...
Via Athletics Nation
3 days ago

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Fifth round of cuts puts roster at 40

The Oakland A’s reassigned five players to Triple-A on Sunday afternoon. They began spring training with 70 players in MLB camp, but this new round of cuts brings that number down to 40 — of course, it needs to be 25 by Opening Day. Here are the five players reassigned on Sunday, including two minor league veterans and three top prospects (number in parentheses is the prospect’s...
Via Athletics Nation
3 days ago

A's Jake Smolinski has surgery, will wear sling for 4 weeks

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics outfielder Jake Smolinski had surgery on his right shoulder and will be in a sling for the next four weeks. The team said Smolinski had an arthroscopic procedure Thursday in Scottsdale to repair his labrum and remove a bursa. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the bone and surrounding tissue. Smolinski appeared...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners release hilarious bat-flip commercial, feud with A’s on Twitter

If there were a World Series of digital marketing, the Seattle Mariners would have a dynasty by now.The Mariners have long had one of the most engaging social media presences in sports, and their annual commercials (Remember Larry Bernandez?) are unfailingly amusing.But Seattle might have one-upped itself this year.On Wednesday, the Mariners tweeted out four 30-second ads, and while...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s to lower beer prices at the Coliseum

The Oakland A’s aren’t expected to do much of anything this season, which means the fan experience at the horrendously awful Oakland Coliseum becomes that much more important to keep the turnstiles spinning. So, as any bad team might do, the A’s are lowering beer prices this season.New team President Dave Kaval has done as much as possible to embrace the fan base and inject...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Has Changed His Mind

Have you seen what Yonder Alonso is doing this spring? You might not recognize it. If he qualified, his .421/.560/.789 line would the third-best in baseball. While it’s easy to dismiss a spring fling from an established player, this player spent the offseason thinking differently. Now he’s moving differently at the plate, too. First, let’s look at a typical swing of Alonso’s...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Here are the six players you’ll be most surprised to see in the World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic is underway, and so far it has been a lot of fun. Team Israel began 3-0 to advance to the next pool, Cuba and Japan cruised as they typically do, the Dominican Republic looked unstoppable in a win over Canada and the United States won on a walk-off Friday.One of the many pleasures of the WBC is checking in on players you once knew and loved whom you haven’t...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A's manager Bob Melvin departs Arizona for personal matter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has left spring training to tend to a personal matter. A timetable for Melvin's return to Arizona was unclear, the club said Friday. Bench coach Mark Kotsay will manage the A's during Melvin's absence. The 55-year-old Melvin is beginning his fifth season managing Oakland after previous managerial stints with Seattle and Arizona. .
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics' Sonny Gray to begin season on disabled list

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list with a lat strain and has been shut down from throwing for the next three weeks. The team made the announcement Thursday, and general manager David Forst said there's no timetable for the right-hander beyond the preliminary stretch. This is a big blow to the A's and Gray, who was eager...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Sonny Gray to miss first three weeks of regular season

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, A’s pitcher Sonny Gray will be out for the first three weeks of the regular season. Slusser announced on Twitter Thursday the delay was due to a lat strain. The 2015 All-Star was once talked about as a possible Cy Young Award winner during the same season when he posted a 3.08 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 208 innings.Since...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Jesse Hahn Get His Groove Back?

You might have forgotten about Jesse Hahn, but I assure you he is alive and well and competing for a spot in the Oakland rotation this spring. Elbow issues cut his 2015 season short, and a shoulder strain and performance inconsistency limited him to 46 innings with the A’s last season when he posted a 5.63 FIP and an ugly 2% K-BB% mark. It was a lost year for Hahn. But Hahn was...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About Oakland’s Sean Manaea

Oakland A’s fans didn’t have many reasons to be optimistic in 2016. The team’s playoff odds peaked at 20%… on April 3rd. As the season wore on, Sonny Gray‘s ERA rose almost as high as the home runs against him flew. The team’s 69-93 final record was the icing on the cake. Sean Manaea provided one bright spot. Acquired from Kansas City in 2015 in exchange for Ben Zobrist...
Via Fangraphs
February 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/10: Football season ends just in time for baseball to begin

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and happy Friday to everyone. Welcome to YB's Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for John Wick to come get us.Happy birthday to Greg Norman, Mark Spitz, John Calipari, Ty Law, Lance Berkman, Mike Ribeiro and Alex Gordon. On this date in 1968, Peggy Fleming won the...
Via Yardbarker
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
February 06, 2017  |  Discuss
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