After a dismal start, the A’s have moved into contention for a wild-card berth after winning 21 of their past 34 games.
The A’s are 43-43 and just 2½ games out of the second wild-card spot as they begin the second half with a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins, who have also played better in recent weeks.
The Twins are 26-23 since May 16, but their 36-49 overall record has them 11 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. Read More
In his first full season in Major League Baseball, the A’s Ryan Cook has established himself as one of the top relievers in baseball.
Now, the right-hander can add All-Star to his résumé.
Cook was named as Oakland’s lone American League All-Star representative on Sunday. Read More
The A’s underwent major changes in the offseason, and life in 2012 begins without much of last year’s roster, including former All-Star pitchers Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey.“It’s tough,” A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki said at a FanFest event at Oracle Arena on Sunday. “It’s not just the fact that they’re leaving; it’s the fact that you build relationships with these players and you become close to them. ... It’s kind of a surreal feeling.” Read More