The hottest lineup in the American League went cold for three days against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Roberto Hernandez pitched six effective innings Sunday for his first win since he was known as Fausto Carmona, and the Rays completed a sweep of the A’s with an 8-1 victory.
The A’s, who still lead the league in run production, batted .179 without a home run and scored only four runs in the three-game series. 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
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
Center fielder Coco Crisp strutted back into the Bay Area with puffed-up hair and a retro-style beard. Red-headed right fielder Josh Reddick slicked back his locks and added even more inches to his bushy beard as part of an ongoing competition. General manager Billy Beane still had his hair combed clean but picked “a terrible time,” he said, for a sun spot to be removed from his nose.
The A’s are back, and with plenty of new looks. Read More
Ideally, Jim Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball.
Just as Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Coco Crisp of Oakland did on the field for Monday’s workout day ahead of their teams’ Game 3 in the AL division series Tuesday. The Tigers lead 2-0 and are one win from advancing to a second straight AL championship series. Read More
It only took the A’s 162 games to grab sole possession of first place in the AL West.
The A’s completed one of the most incredible turnarounds in the history of Major League Baseball when they nabbed the division crown from the Texas Rangers earlier this week.
In doing so, the A’s became only the third division winner since the advent of the World Series 109 years ago to spend just a single day in first place. Read More
The A’s have won so many games in walk-off fashion they almost expect it of themselves when a game is tied in the late innings.
And once again the A’s saved their best for last on Sunday after falling behind 4-0 early in the game.
The hero of the game was Coco Crisp, whose game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th lifted Oakland to a 4-3 win, completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees. Read More
As the A’s swept the Yankees last weekend with their MLB-leading 11th walk-off win, I was convinced the best move Billy Beane can make at the trade deadline next week is staying put and rolling with the players he already has on the roster. Read More
It was only fitting that Josh Reddick, who has quickly become a fan-favorite, got the game-winning hit for the A’s.Reddick’s double in the bottom of the 13th scored Jemile Weeks from first base as the A’s outlasted the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Read More
Vin Mazzaro was once penciled in as part of future A’s rotations.
He was a 2005 third-round pick of Oakland and in the rotation in 2009-2010, making 35 starts, but he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David DeJesus after the 2010 season.
Mazzaro beat the A’s 2-0 on Sunday, holding them to four singles in six innings, while walking three and striking out three. Read More