Billy Butler

Billy Butler was released from the Oakland A's on Sunday.. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s release Billy Butler

OAKLAND — Billy Butler was supposed to meet his wife in Kansas…

 

Billy Butler was released from the Oakland A's on Sunday.. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Red Sox thump A’s

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics gifted David Ortiz a Big Papi-sized bottle of…

 

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs, seen here pitching in 2016, is working his way back from the disabled list. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

A’s shutout as awful August rolls on

OAKLAND — Khris Davis fell over while trying to check his swing…

 

Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler (16) is greeted by Ryon Healy, right, after hitting a home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (/Eric Risberg/AP)

Butler home run in 8th helps A’s beat Rays 3-2

OAKLAND — With a little more playing time these past few days,…

Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler (16) is greeted by Ryon Healy, right, after hitting a home run off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (/Eric Risberg/AP)
Sean Manaea throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Manaea shows signs of settling into big-league role

OAKLAND — The afternoon almost unraveled for Sean Manaea in the sixth…

Sean Manaea throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)
Sean Manaea lasted just 2.2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A’s rookie suffers welcome-to-the-big-leagues start

BOSTON — Allowing a home run to the first batter he faced…

Sean Manaea lasted just 2.2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Sonny Gray lasted just two innings on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Gray threw 65 pitches and walked four during his brief start. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Sonny has grim outing, Tigers beat A’s

DETROIT — Sonny Gray’s control issues finally caught up with him. Gray…

Sonny Gray lasted just two innings on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Gray threw 65 pitches and walked four during his brief start. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Steve Kerr was unsure how to address one of the teams he played for versus the team he now coaches in Sunday’s pregame press conference in Oakland. They’re two of the best teams of all time, so that’s one of those good problems to have. (Ben Margot/AP)

Steve Kerr doesn’t know if Bulls or Warriors are ‘they’

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls…

Steve Kerr was unsure how to address one of the teams he played for versus the team he now coaches in Sunday’s pregame press conference in Oakland. They’re two of the best teams of all time, so that’s one of those good problems to have. (Ben Margot/AP)
Angel Pagan makes a catch on a fly ball by Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso during the third inning of an exhibition game on Thursday. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija waved thanks to his left fielder after he made the play. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Jeff Samardzija looks at home at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Samardzija retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a…

Angel Pagan makes a catch on a fly ball by Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso during the third inning of an exhibition game on Thursday. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija waved thanks to his left fielder after he made the play. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Billy Butler is confident his intense regimen all winter in Arizona will only benefit him early in spring training after he was limited last year at this time because of wrist injuries that didn’t allow him to swing a bat right away. (Andrew A. Nelles/2015 AP)

Athletics hitter hoping for comeback year

MESA, Ariz. — A grinning Billy Butler strolled into Oakland’s spring training…

Billy Butler is confident his intense regimen all winter in Arizona will only benefit him early in spring training after he was limited last year at this time because of wrist injuries that didn’t allow him to swing a bat right away. (Andrew A. Nelles/2015 AP)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Venditte works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A’s edge Dodgers 5-4 in 10

OAKLAND — Billy Butler hit an RBI double in the 10th inning…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Venditte works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Starter Jesse Chavez works against the San Diego Padres in the A's crushing 16-2 win Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Chavez strikes out 11 in A’s win over Padres

OAKLAND — Jesse Chavez struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings…

Starter Jesse Chavez works against the San Diego Padres in the A's crushing 16-2 win Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Mark J. Terrill/APThe A's Billy Butler

Butler homers in 5-run 7th as A's beat Angels

ANAHEIM — Sonny Gray outpitched Jered Weaver with seven innings of two-hit…

Mark J. Terrill/APThe A's Billy Butler
David J. Phillip/APA's starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz helped Oakland snap a four game losing streak Monday.

Butler's 3-run homer helps A's beat Astros 8-1

HOUSTON — Billy Butler hit a three-run homer and Marcus Semien and…

David J. Phillip/APA's starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz helped Oakland snap a four game losing streak Monday.
Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Josh Phegley hits during spring training baseball practice Wednesday

A's begin baseball's mandatory domestic violence training

MESA — Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with…

Darron Cummings/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Josh Phegley hits during spring training baseball practice Wednesday
Charlie Riedel/ap file photoBilly Butler signed with the A’s on Wednesday after helping the Royals get to the World Series last season for the first time in 29 years. The Royals beat the A’s in the playoffs.

Butler and A’s finalize $30 million, three-year deal

Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City…

Charlie Riedel/ap file photoBilly Butler signed with the A’s on Wednesday after helping the Royals get to the World Series last season for the first time in 29 years. The Royals beat the A’s in the playoffs.
Charlie Riedel/AP file photoBilly Butler has reportedly signed a three-year

A's reportedly have deal with ex-Royal Butler

OAKLAND -- Free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics…

Charlie Riedel/AP file photoBilly Butler has reportedly signed a three-year