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Burns' aggressive first-pitch attack working quite well for A's

Oakland Athletics rookie outfielder Billy Burns is both an excellent lead-off hitter and one that is too impatient at the plate. Those who believe lead-off hitters should take as many pitches as possible might frown upon Burns' penchant for swinging at the first pitch.  However, Burns' ambush tactics are working. On Wednesday, he hit the very first pitch thrown by Seattle Mariners...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Burns catches sister's first pitch to continue tradition

Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns might not be the best athlete in his family. That title goes to his older sister, Abbey, a swimmer set to compete for the U.S. in the INAS Global Games in Quito, Equador."I can swim better than he can, but I can't run as fast as he can. It kind of equals out," Abbey told threw out the first pitch before Friday's game, caught by...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Athletics' Billy Burns leaves game with 'testicular contusion' (VIDEO)

Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns left Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants with what was officially called a testicular contusion.That's a black-and-blue nut to all us laymen. Leading off the fifth inning, Burns went down quickly after the Jake Peavy pitch below bounced off of the ground and hit him in the groin. Billy Burns left tonight's game with a "testicular...
Via The Other Paper
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Oakland Athletics OF Billy Burns Suffers a Most Unfortunate Injury--a Testicular Contusion

Oakland Athletics outfielder was having a decent game Friday night against the San Francisco Giants before an unfortunate bounce forced him out of the game with the kind of injury no guy ever wants to get--a testicular contusion. When he connected with the ball it went foul, bounced off the ground, and right back up to his family jewels.Ouch. Billy Burns made the most NUTS #JustRidiculous...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Burns talks speed, path to MLB, Rickey and more on 'MLB Central'

The Oakland Athletics have seen great things out of Billy Burns so far this season. He's collected more than 80 base hits and been a catalyst atop the lineup - in addition to making ridiculous defensive plays on a regular basis.  With the A's in New York to face the Yankees this week, Burns paid a visit to MLB Network's 'MLB Central' to chat with Matt Vasgersian, Eric Byrnes and...
Via Fox Sports
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Billy Burns Stop Switch-Hitting?

As hard as it might be to believe right now, Oakland front office asked center fielder Billy Burns to consider ending the switch-hitter experiment and bat solely from the right side when they acquired him. “It was presented as an idea, and it wasn’t something they wanted to do during the season,” Burns admitted, but […]
Via Fangraphs
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: Will Billy Burns’ Speed Play In the Majors?

The first-level explanation for Billy Burns‘ impressive numbers last month? Spring-training statistics are irrelevant at best, misleading at worst. You know this part. However much there might be a little signal in the stats, it tends to be overwhelmed by noise, so it’s best to just ignore the numbers entirely. But for weeks we’re given […]
Via Fangraphs
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Burns Is Not Just Another Fast Guy

A former 32nd-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2011, the aptly named speedster Billy Burns has been promoted from Double-A Midland to the Major Leagues. Taking the spot of Craig Gentry, who recently broke his hand, Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin has said that he expects Burns to start in center field against left-handed pitchers for the immediate future. Burns’ stay...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Prospect Scores on Sacrifice Fly From Second Base (Video)

Billy Burns lived up to his last name and then some on Tuesday. The 24-year-old speedster, who currently plays for the Oakland A’s Double-A affiliate Midland RockHounds, turned on the burners in the second inning against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to score on a sacrifice fly. A seemingly routine play, except for the fact that he scored from second base. Burns used his wheels...
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A's prospect Billy Burns scores on a sac fly ... from second base (VIDEO)

Billy Burns' name matches his play on the basepaths. The minor league outfielder stole 74 bases in 81 attempts while splitting time between Nationals' Class-A and Double-A affiliates last season. Burns was traded to the A's at the end of 2013 seems to be blazing a trail to the big leagues.The 24-year-old prospect — playing for the Midland Rockhounds —already has people comparing...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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