A’s manager Bob Melvin had a brief talk with his club after Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Twins, and he made it clear that the club needs to find the grit that they had earlier in the season, when Oakland was exceeding expectations.
“We’ve got to continue to play hard,” Melvin said. “We play hard, but we have to fight hard. There’s a difference.”During the A’s season-high eight-game losing streak, the team is batting .172, and Oakland has scored 12 runs, total. Read More
MINNEAPOLIS — Playing against his former team, Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham did it again Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours after clubbing a walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Willingham blasted another homer Wednesday to lead the Twins to a 4-0 win over the A’s.
The victory was the Twins’ first three-game sweep since taking down the San Diego Padres June 17-19 of last season. It also pushed Oakland’s losing streak to eight. Read More
Josh Willingham hit a walk-off, three-run homer off A’s closer Brian Fuentes to rally the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory Tuesday and send his former team to its seventh straight defeat.
Three A’s pitchers combined on a shutout until the ninth, when Jamey Carroll singled and Denard Span walked ahead of Willingham, who blasted a 1-0 sinker from Fuentes (2-1) into the Twins’ bullpen in left-center.
Willingham signed with the Twins in the offseason after he hit .246 with 29 home runs and 98 RBIs for the A’s last season. Read More
MINNEAPOLIS — The normally unflappable Ryan Cook had his worst outing of the season for the A’s on Monday, allowing a pair of runs in the eighth inning as the Minnesota Twins rallied for a 5-4 win Memorial Day.
Cook (1-1), who had not allowed an earned run this season in 21 appearances, gave up an infield single to Joe Mauer, walked Josh Willingham, then allowed a bloop double to Justin Morneau as the Twins snapped a five-game losing streak. Read More
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s comments last week about the A’s and their future contained nothing new, but that didn’t stop local media from exploding over it, on TV and radio and in newspapers. Everyone had an opinion.
Unfortunately, virtually all of those opinions ignored the facts. On KCBS radio, I heard somebody saying this issue had to be resolved because Major League Baseball was hemorrhaging money. Really. I guess he hadn’t heard that MLB profits are at an all-time high. Read More
The A’s are piling up so many injuries, manager Bob Melvin asked his trainer to take questions from reporters before Tuesday’s game. With seven players on the disabled list, Melvin is barraged with daily-status queries that even he’s not always capable of answering. Read More
OAKLAND — A struggling A’s offense followed up Tuesday’s one-hit performance by mustering only three base knocks in an extra-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
The Angels topped the A’s 3-1 at the Oakland Coliseum after Alberto Callaspo delivered a two-out double in the top of the 11th that brought a pair of tiebreaking runs across the plate.
“What did we have? One hit last night, three hits today — and one of them leaves the ballpark for the only run,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve just got to swing the bats better.” Read More
Issue: Manny’s potential impactAnalysis: Eligible to return to the big leagues with the A’s on Wednesday, though the team has hinted that could be pushed back, Manny Ramirez could make his Oakland debut on his 40th birthday and give Oakland a present in the form of a formidable bat, a positive presence in the clubhouse, and national attention the likes of which the team hasn’t gotten in years.Two out of three ain’t bad. Read More
Right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, the A’s announced Sunday.
The move is retroactive to May 18, the day after his last start.
The A’s replaced McCarthy on the roster by recalling right-hander Jim Miller.
McCarthy, who went on the DL for the seventh time in his career, has a 3-3 record with a 2.95 ERA in nine starts this season. Read More
The Oakland A’s salvaged the series finale against San Francisco on Sunday by scoring four times in the fourth inning to beat the Giants 6-2.
Collin Cowgill hit a two-run single, Josh Reddick homered and Bartolo Colon pitched five innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven for the win, as the Athletics ended an 11-game losing streak at AT&T Park dating back to June 2003. Read More