MESA, Ariz. — Announced as the A’s Opening Day starter before the game, Brett Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings Thursday in Oakland’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The 25-year-old left-hander, 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts last year after he recovered from elbow surgery, will be opposed by the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez in the April 1 matchup at Oakland.
Anderson said manager Bob Melvin gave him the news a day earlier. Read More
PHOENIX — Jemile Weeks refuses to point fingers or make excuses. The face responsible for his sub-par sophomore season is the one he sees in the mirror every morning.
The second baseman is now trying to regain his starting role with the A’s. There are plenty of candidates in the infield. Read More
Scott Sizemore was supposed to be Oakland’s starting third baseman last year. Instead, he had to sit and watch as the A’s had one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history without him.
Sizemore tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of spring training last year and missed the entire season. This year, he is back, fully healthy — and now locked in a battle for the second base job. Read More
TEMPE, Ariz. — This early in spring training, the A’s want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.
Especially on a chilly afternoon with temperatures in the upper 50s.
Chris Young doubled home a run before leaving with a leg cramp in Oakland’s 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
Seth Smith had two RBIs and Coco Crisp added a pair of hits for the A’s in a game that took 3 hours, 44 minutes. Read More
PHOENIX — Four years after he joined the A’s, Michael Ynoa still has never pitched above Class A.
Signed by Oakland for $4.25 million when he was 16, Ynoa has been limited to 17 professional games because of elbow problems.
Now on the 40-man roster of the A’s, the 21-year-old right-hander reported to spring training Thursday after missing the opening week because of chicken pox.
“For one week it was bad,” Ynoa said. Read More
The South Florida clinic that has rocked the baseball world this spring reportedly has five more professional baseball players as its clients. Read More
PHOENIX — Bartolo Colon knew he had failed a drug test for about six weeks before he got hit with a 50-game suspension last season. He made several starts for the A’s while knowing he probably wouldn’t participate in the pennant race.
“I continued to pitch, but my mind wasn’t good,” he said. Read More
There are tough acts to follow, and there are unbelievably tough acts to follow.Merely tough was the task of hitting the stage to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards show in the immediate wake of Justin Timberlake’s massively hyped, Jay-Z-enhanced return to the music business. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy does not wish to be known as that player who got hit in the head.
At least for now, though, it’s an identity he can’t escape. When last seen in a major league baseball game Sept. 5, the right-hander — then with the A’s — was struck in the head by a vicious line drive. Read More
PHOENIX — Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.
The new face of the A’s infield, and an old, familiar one. Read More