Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien, seen here in April of 2018, made a crucial defensive play to save a run in a tie game on Sunday against Kansas City. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Marcus Semien saves a win for the A’s against the Kansas City Royals

OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea had pitched as brilliantly as he had since…

Marcus Semien, seen here in April of 2018, made a crucial defensive play to save a run in a tie game on Sunday against Kansas City. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis crushes two homers, Frankie Montas turns in a gem as A’s take the wood to Kansas City

OAKLAND -- Khris Davis lived up to his nickname when he “Khrush”-ed…

Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Andrew Triggs, seen here September 2, 2016, will undergo surgery. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: A’s rotation still a question mark with Paul Blackburn’s return

OAKLAND -- Through 62 games this season, the Oakland Athletics have had…

Andrew Triggs, seen here September 2, 2016, will undergo surgery. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Paul Blackburn earns a win in his first start back from injury

OAKLAND -- After Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, Oakland…

Paul Blackburn, seen here last July, wasn't able to get through the fifth on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marcus Semien. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Marcus Semien put on paternity leave

The Oakland Athletics will have to do without their starting shortstop for…

Marcus Semien. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: A’s drop extra-inning affair to Seattle Mariners

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have hit well on the road and…

Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: A’s finish sweep despite Khris Davis injury

It was one of those weekends where everything seemed to work out…

Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
The Oakland Athletics celebrate Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) hitting a grand slam home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: A’s can’t complete sweep in Boston

Even after allowing three runs in the bottom of the first and…

The Oakland Athletics celebrate Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) hitting a grand slam home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: Piscotty homers as A’s clinch series in Boston for first time since 2012

A few exorcised demons, a sentimental moment and a tight finish all…

Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)
Mark Canha, left, celebrates with Marcus Semien after the Athletics defeated the New York Yankees in 2016. The two Cal products combined to go 3-for-9 on Friday, with Semien driving in four. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Oakland Athletics: Yusmeiro Petit saves A’s bacon as Oakland pulls away from Yankees with the longball

The Oakland Athletics have been a far stronger offensive team on the…

Mark Canha, left, celebrates with Marcus Semien after the Athletics defeated the New York Yankees in 2016. The two Cal products combined to go 3-for-9 on Friday, with Semien driving in four. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants and A’s: Grading out the Bay Area’s baseball teams after the first month of the season

A common thread connects both Bay Area ball clubs: The Oakland A’s…

Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Against the New York Yankees, Dustin Fowler will bolster an A's offense that has so far leaned heavily on Jed Lowrie, seen here April 7, was the offensive hero during Tuesday night’s victory over the Texas Rangers. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Against the New York Yankees, Dustin Fowler will bolster an A's offense that has so far leaned heavily on Jed Lowrie, seen here April 7, was the offensive hero during Tuesday night’s victory over the Texas Rangers. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Mission High Bears are one of the fastest-rising baseball programs in the entire Bay Area. (Courtesy Dan Pino)

City baseball set for best postseason in years

One of the most prominent storylines in San Francisco sports over the…

The Mission High Bears are one of the fastest-rising baseball programs in the entire Bay Area. (Courtesy Dan Pino)
Oakland Athletics  Marcus Semien, seen here April 10, opened the floodgates for a a six-run ninth inning during Monday night's game. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

A’s obliterate Rangers in ninth

All of the hard-hit balls for outs and men left on base…

Oakland Athletics  Marcus Semien, seen here April 10, opened the floodgates for a a six-run ninth inning during Monday night's game. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Davis hits No. 42 but ex-A’s sink hosts

OAKLAND — In the penultimate home game of 2017, Khris Davis tied…

Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis (2) bats against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on September 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

A’s ride Daniel Mengden, Marcus Semien to sweep in Detroit

Considering their playoff history, it’s easy to assume that the Oakland Athletics…

Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
The Oakland Athletics watch as shortstop Marcus Semien (10) makes contact with a San Francisco Giants pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Fans of Giants, A’s finally find reason to engage with last-place teams in Bay Bridge series

OAKLAND — When Sean Manaea took the Coliseum mound on Tuesday night,…

The Oakland Athletics watch as shortstop Marcus Semien (10) makes contact with a San Francisco Giants pitch at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on August 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Athletics celebrate Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) hitting a grand slam home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Semien’s grand slam leads A’s past Giants

OAKLAND — Marcus Semien’s sixth-inning grand slam powered the Oakland A’s past…

The Oakland Athletics celebrate Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) hitting a grand slam home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jharel Cotton watches as Ben Revere rounds first base following a home run on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s place Jharel Cotton on DL, casting uncertainty on who will start Saturday

Jharel Cotton’s blister issues flared up again after Monday’s start against the…

Jharel Cotton watches as Ben Revere rounds first base following a home run on Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jesse Hahn.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Hahn sent to Triple-A, Blackburn sticking around for another start

OAKLAND — In advance of Sunday's matinee with the Atlanta Braves, the…

Jesse Hahn.  (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)