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Nashville new home for Athletics' Triple-A team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Oakland Athletics moved their Triple-A minor league affiliate to Nashville on Thursday. The A's and the Pacific Coast League's Nashville Sounds announced Thursday they have agreed to terms on a four-year player development contract that runs through the 2018 season. The Sounds' new stadium, First Tennessee Park, is scheduled to open next season...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The fading Oakland A’s

Once upon a time, the Oakland A’s held the AL West lead for a total of 119 days this season. Now they are battling for a Wild Card spot and have a 4-11 record for September. The Oakland A’s were once postseason favorites and now fans are worried that they will not make the postseason at all. With the team unraveling at the seams, it is as though nothing can save them from utter...
Via isportsweb.com
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ninth-Inning Collapse Sends Oakland Athletics to 6-1 Defeat

Wednesday was a bad night for Sean Doolittle. After Jeff Samardzija worked eight scoreless frames and racked up 10 punchouts, the closer served up five runs in the ninth, as the Oakland Athletics slumped to a 6-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. The A’s record stands at 83-68, as the club drops into a tie with the Kansas City Royals for the top wild-card spot. Samardzija dismantled...
Via BaySportsNet
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on Kazmir’s Rant: ‘He’s Speaking From The Heart’

A day after Scott Kazmir sounded off on his Oakland Athletics teammates, manager Bob Melvin weighed in with his take on the left-hander’s comments. “Well, look, Kaz is an emotional guy. After games a lot of times emotions run high. Sometimes you say some things whether or not you regret them later or not, but he’s speaking from the heart. Following the club’s 6-3 loss on...
Via BaySportsNet
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt, Craig Gentry

The Oakland Athletics (83-67) are hoping that left-handed utility player Stephen Vogt will be able to return to the team from a left sprained ankle before the season is over.  However, it is unknown when Craig Gentry will return from suffering concussion symptoms.Sports Injury Alert reported Sept 5 that Vogt slid hard into second base in the fifth inning of the game on September...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Do the Oakland Athletics Have Enough Pitching?

The Oakland Athletics got off to a very strong start, and on August 9 they had a four game lead on the Anaheim Angels. Their 72-44 record was the best in baseball, and after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they had recently traded for ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. From that point, the A’s have a woeful 11-22 record. While...
Via Baseball News Source
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who is the real Brandon Moss?

Just as he was a key contributor in the Oakland A’s early season success, slugger Brandon Moss has been a major factor in their late season collapse.  Regardless of whether the A’s are able to hold on and make the playoffs, a major question for the team to address going forward is; who is the real Brandon Moss? The power trio of Moss, Josh Donaldson and the long since departed...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Wins AL Player Of The Week Honors

(FenwayNation Photo)Why can't we get players like that? Jon Lester—he of the Oakland A's—won the American League Player Of The Week for the period ending on Sunday, September 14th. In two starts over that span, the former (and possibly) future Red Sox ace went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings pitched last week, the big lefty struck out 15 batters. He is almost single...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A's adjust rotation, line up Gray for season finale

The A’s have adjusted their rotation coming out of their final day off of the season Monday. Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray will pitch Tuesday-Thursday in a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. That flip-flops Kazmir and Samardzija in the rotation, as Samardzija had been pitching in front of Kazmir. It also pushes Jason Hammel back in the rotation and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s most hindering player injuries

The Oakland A’s have been riddled with injuries for some time now. It seems as though just as someone gets better, another Athletic incurs a multi-day injury. For a team who likes have a deep bench in order to mix and match their players, it has become harder and harder for them to customize lineups as players fall to concussions, strained hamstrings, and back spasms. But which...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Collapse as Team stops Playing ‘Moneyball’

By Anthony Weber The Oakland Athletics were in control of the American League West for much of the season, as the team was well on their way to having the league’s best overall record.  Then the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane decided to play the Yankee way instead of the Moneyball way. As of July 5th, the Athletics had an MLB best 54-33 record, several days later the Athletics...
Via Beyond The Spread
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Craig Gentry exits with concussion

Craig Gentry suffered yet another injury on Tuesday night when he was involved in a collision on the basepaths that left him with a concussion. Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports that the Oakland Athletics center fielder crashed head-first into the shoulder of Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez as he raced to cover first base and field a throw from pitcher John Danks...
Via MLB Injury News
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-teammates hook up Adam Dunn with cool gift

As Oakland Athletics DH Adam Dunn enters the final month of his career (and potential first playoff appearance, although that is getting more cloudy by the day), his impact on the game and teammates is beginning to be apparent.  Known for an easy-going style (and mashing the ball), he was popular with teammates and fans alike.  Two former teammates of the Chicago White Sox took...
Via Reading Between The Seams
8 days ago  |  Discuss

What is wrong with Sonny Gray?

We could go on for days in order to determine just what is wrong with the Oakland Athletics (hint: it has nothing to do with Yoenis Cespedes). They’re freefalling through the ranks of the American League and now will be lucky to grab a wild card, with a division title that looked like a lock just a couple of months ago now almost completely out of the question. In the midst of...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Dunn weirdly consistent, hits HR in first game with A's

Adam Dunn is a peculiar beast…and I mean that in the most positive of ways. The 34-year-old slugger was dealt Sunday by the Chicago White Sox to the Oakland A’s and, because people like a story, all the talk became about how he would end his streak of 1977 games (and counting) without a playoff appearance. What’s missing is Dunn’s consistency. And, no, I’m not talking about...
Via Hall of Very Good
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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