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
Ervin Santana pitched 7²⁄³ superb innings while Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored as the host Los Angeles Angels earned a split of the two-game series, beating the A’s 4-0 on Tuesday.
Albert Pujols recorded three hits and two RBIs for the Angels, who bounced back after being shut out for a major league-high eighth time Monday. Read More
Despite a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, the A’s had every reason to feel good afterward.
The team received a big scare prior to first pitch Wednesday when rookie center fielder Yoenis Cespedes was held out of the lineup for a second day in a row because of soreness in his left hand.
But X-rays showed the injury to be a muscle strain in the back of his hand and, as a result, he will be day-to-day. Read More
Issue: Is the bug back?
Analysis: Oakland’s thrilling victory Tuesday was the type that, under normal circumstances, could be a “propeller” win.
You know, the type so uplifting that it propels a team toward a ripping-good-fun run of baseball, maybe even taking an early season underdog into a summer of surprising contention. Read More
In baseball, it was pointed out correctly, if not grammatically proper, by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: You don’t know nothing. Or did you think Barry Zito would be a savior after Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain would be, not disasters, but at least disappointments? Read More
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. 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. 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. 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. Read More
Issue: Speed at the top
Analysis: It’s nice that the A’s, who clearly lack the type of power with which you typically associate American League success, have enough burners to stack the top of their batting order with players who, in theory, can help negate that lack by flooding the bases and putting a different brand of pressure on pitchers. Read More