The news just keeps getting worse for Joey Devine.
The A’s right-hander will miss the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, the second time in his career he’s been forced to have the procedure. The recovery process is expected to take 12-18 months.
“In instances like this, you don’t even consider what it means to the club,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. “It’s all about him, right now. The frustration level and the sadness he’s going through ... having worked his way as diligently as he did to come back, it’s tough.” Read More
Opening Day may have officially been in Japan last week, but the A’s have their Stateside opener today against the Seattle Mariners and are glad to be back.“No one is going to have a tough time getting up for an opener here in Oakland,” manager Bob Melvin said. “This is the one you always have your calendar marked on that day.”But the Oakland opener will be different than it was a year ago.This time last year, there were high expectations and some thought the A’s had a chance to contend for a postseason spot. Read More
As the full-blown major league baseball season starts today, the Giants seem headed for consistent success while the A’s are still on the path to nowhere.It’s been a week of good news for the Giants. The Mission Rock development is a positive, not just for them, but for San Francisco. But the signing of Matt Cain to a long-term contract was the really good news for fans. Read More
The A’s finalized their roster Wednesday by sending pitcher Tyson Ross to Triple-A Sacramento. Ross was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA this spring, excluding a start in Japan when he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in four innings. The A’s now have 11 pitchers on their 25-man roster and don’t need a fifth starter until April 17. Graham Godfrey will open the year as the fourth starter behind Brandon McCarthy, Bartolo Colon and Tommy Milone. Read More
It took more than three hours, but the Giants and A’s officially finished their preseason schedule Wednesday with an 8-1 A’s victory at AT&T Park. With the Opening Day rosters settled before the game began, all that was left was getting more playing time before the regular season kicks off for the Giants on Friday. The A’s start their home schedule Friday, though they already played two regular-season games in Japan. Read More
Issue: ExpectationsAnalysis: Time for a reality check, although it’s probably not all that necessary: The A’s aren’t going to be very good this year. Nothing against Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon, who pitched extremely well in Japan, but if they’re your 1-2 punch atop the rotation in a division that features powerhouse lineups anchored by Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, you’re looking not at contention, but at a battle for .500 at best. Read More
OAKLAND — In his first appearance since signing his new five-year, $112.5 million contract, Matt Cain went five innings and allowed two runs as the Giants beat the A’s 3-2 in exhibition action.
Cain, who threw 78 pitches, scattered five hits and struck out six.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the fifth and Melky Cabrera on first, Pablo Sandoval hit a grounder sharply at Eric Sogard that skipped under his glove and into center field, allowing Cabrera to move to third.
Aubrey Huff drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice ground ball to second. Read More
OAKLAND — The disabled list for the A’s got a bit more crowded on Tuesday, adding to an already mounting group of casualties heading into the season.
First baseman Daric Barton was placed on the DL with a strained right shoulder retroactive on March 24. He joins a list that already included two of the team’s would-be starting pitchers: Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson.
And the news for Braden only got worse Tuesday. Read More
The Giants returned to AT&T Park to renew their cross-Bay rivalry with the A’s on Monday and rallied in the late innings for a 4-2 exhibition victory.
Outfielder Melky Cabrera made his first appearance at AT&T Park in a Giants uniform and didn’t hesitate to make an impression. He made a running catch in the first and singled in his first at-bat of the game. Cabrera later gave the Giants their first run of the game with a solo home run in the sixth and drove in an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI single. Read More
The annual preseason Battle of the Bay starts tonight at AT&T Park, and while in reality it’s merely the final dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season for both teams, it’s more the end of the annual age of innocence and the last chance to enjoy big-league baseball in its most pure form.
And don’t give me that “We already started the regular season” nonsense, A’s fans. The standings might say that, but nobody else does. The two-game series last week at the Tokyo Dome should have been called the “Sham in Japan.” Read More