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 AL West might not be the deepest division in baseball, but the contending teams sure make it one of the most interesting ones. 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
PHOENIX (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin was roughed up in his final spring training start, allowing six runs and 10 hits in five innings, and the Colorado Rockies lost 6-5 to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Nate Freiman hit a two-run double off the glove of Dexter Fowler in center field to put Oakland ahead in the fifth.Jeremy Barfield led off the A's three-run fourth with a homer off Chacin. Read More
PHOENIX — The A’s placed infielder Adam Rosales on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained muscle on the left side of his ribcage.
He will miss the early portion of the season for the defending AL West champions, who open the year Monday at home against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. Read More
PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Lohse is joining Milwaukee's pitching staff at just the right time. It appears the Brewers can use the help.Chris Young hit a grand slam and Josh Donaldson homered among his four hits as the Oakland Athletics backed Bartolo Colon with a big offensive performance in a 9-7 victory over Milwaukee on Monday.Brewers starter Chris Narveson served up Young's slam in the fourth. The left-hander allowed six runs on eight hits in 3 2-3 innings. Read More
PHOENIX — The A’s roughed up Los Angeles Dodgers starter Josh Beckett to the tune of seven runs on six hits in four innings of a 7-4 victory Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Sunday.
Beckett had strong efforts in his three previous spring starts, but the right-hander couldn’t get many of his pitches to work this time around.
“He couldn’t get the breaking ball over. That’s a big weapon for him,” Mattingly said. “It slows guys down.” Read More
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer and a triple for the Dodgers in a 7-1 victory over the A’s on Tuesday.
Puig, a 22-year-old Cuban, is hitting .500, a startling 23 for 46. The Dodgers see what everybody else sees. He’s star in the making. Read More
PHOENIX — Michael Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the A’s 6-5 on Monday.
Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead. Morse was reacquired from Washington as part of a three-way deal with the A’s during the offseason.
Dustin Ackley had an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley, hitting .321, added another run-scoring single in the eighth off Pat Neshek. Read More