Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, the former Cy Young award winner and two-time All-Star, won’t be around for Oakland’s surprising pennant push and news of his 50-game suspension stunned teammates who had come to rely on the popular and dependable veteran. Read More
A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks, who had an outstanding rookie season last year and was considered a cornerstone of the team, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, clearing a spot for newly acquired shortstop Stephen Drew.
Weeks hit .303 last season and was the A’s regular second baseman for most of this season. But he is hitting just .220 this year. Read More
The A’s added veteran shortstop Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade for minor-league infielder Sean Jamieson late Monday.
Drew, who missed 137 games with Arizona from July 21, 2011, through June 26 due to a fractured right ankle, was batting .193 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games since returning to the Diamondbacks. Read More
The A’s activated left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list on Monday, and he is scheduled to make his first major-league start of the season today against the Minnesota Twins.
Anderson had Tommy John surgery performed on his left elbow on July 14, 2011, and he has not pitched in a major-league game since June 5, 2011. Read More
OAKLAND — One day after celebrating the 10th anniversary of winning an American League-record 20 consecutive games, the A’s extended their current winning streak.Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and had a career-high-tying five RBIs, and Jarrod Parker pitched eight shutout innings, giving up six hits, as the A’s routed the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Sunday. Read More
The A’s were a league-best 19-5 in July, but have cooled somewhat this month, dropping six of 11 games in August to fall 6½ games back of Texas in the American League West. But Oakland still entered the week just a half-game back of the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card race as they prepare to open up a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals today. Read More
OAKLAND — The last-place Toronto Blue Jays were resilient this weekend, and they held their own against the surging A’s.Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run homer and Yunel Escobar’s two-run single were instrumental Sunday in the 6-5 win that allowed the Blue Jays to split the four-game series against the A’s.
Toronto’s Aaron Laffey (3-2) pitched six innings, allowing six hits and four runs for the win. Read More
The last time the Los Angeles Angels rolled into the Oakland Coliseum (May 21), they were eight games out of first with an 18-24 record and their pricey offseason acquisition, Albert Pujols, was struggling through the worst slump of his career, batting .211. The A’s, on the other hand, were in second place with a 21-21 record, despite injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon McCarthy and Coco Crisp. But few thought the anomaly would last. Read More
The A’s just might be the best story in baseball right now.
A club picked to finish last in the division by most experts is 14-2 in July after beating the New York Yankees in four consecutive games at the Coliseum — and winning each game by one run, including Sunday’s 5-4 win in 12 innings.
In fact, the A’s have won five one-run games in a row for the first time in franchise history, which started in 1901. Read More
Five blown saves in eight attempts? That’s not a trend. That’s just plain sucking. The Giants need to address the closer situation before the trade deadline, and they’d be wise to target Huston Street of the San Diego Padres. Read More