HOUSTON — Brett Anderson bent over to stuff some things into his suitcase, stood up and bumped his head into the open door at the top of his locker.
It was a fitting end to an up-and-down day for Oakland's starting pitcher who got a win against Houston, but also deflected two Astros hits off his left thumb and wrist and needed X-rays after the game.
"It doesn't feel great," Anderson said of his wrist. "I got a couple other places on my body that doesn't feel good now either with my head now and my wrist." Read More
OAKLAND — As right fielder Josh Reddick went hitless in his first three games, his Twitter feed became jammed with superstitious A’s fans asking him to shave his mountain man beard.
The beard’s here to stay, Reddick said Thursday after crushing a two-run home run in the first inning and driving in four runs in Oakland’s 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum. Read More
SAN JOSE — Saying he hopes to keep the matter out of the courts, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has requested a meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the Oakland A's pursuit of a San Jose ballpark.
Reed's letter asking for the sit-down — sent on Tuesday — said a meeting would also help "resolve any lingering issues about our commitment to having the A's home plate be located in San Jose," the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/12el71k). Read More
OAKLAND — Michael Morse hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, Hisashi Iwakuma followed up Felix Hernandez's gem with an impressive outing of his own, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Tuesday night.Iwakuma struck out seven and didn't walk a batter as the Mariners won their second consecutive game against Oakland to begin the season. He gave up a leadoff homer by Yoenis Cespedes to the deepest part of center field in the second inning, then quickly regrouped and retired 15 of his final 16 hitters. Read More
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out eight on opening day in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract in February, and the Mariners beat the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Monday night.
King Felix surrendered one walk while pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit until John Jaso doubled to left-center with one out in the fourth, only a couple of hours after the pitcher gifted his former backstop with a Rolex watch for catching his perfect game in August against the Rays. Read More
OAKLAND, Calif. — His usual carefree self, Felix Hernandez danced in the visitors clubhouse to his techno "house music" Sunday.
It's fitting that Hernandez will make his season debut and first outing since landing a $175 million, seven-year contract against the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle ace always faces them to start, or so it seems to the A's.
"A lot," Hernandez said with a smile. "I've faced the A's a lot." Read More
Spring training revealed that the 2013 A’s will be much like last season’s division-winning club in at least one respect: There is great depth, and even greater versatility.
Will the A’s ability to run numerous players out at numerous positions, mixing and matching at will, translate into another postseason run? The roster potentially is even better than last year’s, with the additions of Chris Young and Jed Lowrie, but like 2012, the real key for Oakland will be pitching, and the A’s remains a major team strength. Read More
Back in the early 2000s, when the A’s were bursting back onto the scene as a relevant force in big-league ball, general manager Billy Beane — considered at the time a merely great young baseball mind — adopted a mantra of sorts in response to queries regarding his teams’ exceptional camaraderie.
“Chemistry,” Beane would say, “is a by-product of winning.” Read More
The Giants played their first game at AT&T Park on Thursday since Game 2 of last year’s World Series, reigniting the exhibition Bay Bridge Series with a 7-3 loss to the A’s.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum began the game well, striking out four in his first three innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the third. He departed the game with two outs and two on in the fifth before A’s outfielder Josh Reddick homered to right off reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Read More