Matt Chapman

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Against the odds and despite the injuries, Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants are in the hunt

The number surprised even Bruce Bochy, who was seated atop the dugout…

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)
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)
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis walks out of the cage after taking batting practice on May 29, 2018. (Photo: Ryan Gorcey / San Francisco Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis ‘champing at the bit’ to return, will likely be in lineup Thursday

OAKLAND -- Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis had a bounce in…

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis walks out of the cage after taking batting practice on May 29, 2018. (Photo: Ryan Gorcey / San Francisco Examiner)
Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: A’s use five double plays to get past Seattle on bullpen day

OAKLAND — If double plays are a pitcher’s best friend, the Oakland…

Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)
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)
Brett Anderson, seen here in his last stint with the A's, got the hard-luck no-decision on Wednesday.

Oakland Athletics: Bullpen saves the day again in shortened Brett Anderson Start; Josh Lucas comes up big and Dustin Fowler homers

For the second consecutive night, the Oakland Athletics lost their starting pitcher…

Brett Anderson, seen here in his last stint with the A's, got the hard-luck no-decision on Wednesday.
Khris Davis and Matt Chapman celebrate after Davis hit his 27th home run of the season in 2017. Davis began hitting on the field on Sunday, as he rehabs a strained groin. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Bullpen holds the line after early Andrew Triggs exit as A’s take opener in Toronto

For a second straight night, the Oakland Athletics ran up the pitch…

Khris Davis and Matt Chapman celebrate after Davis hit his 27th home run of the season in 2017. Davis began hitting on the field on Sunday, as he rehabs a strained groin. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here on August 1, 2017, is turning into an ace.  (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: It’s time to adopt the A’s

Entering Wednesday, the Bay Area’s two baseball teams were separated by just…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here on August 1, 2017, is turning into an ace.  (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)
It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

State of the Sports Union: April brings it all

We are hitting my favorite spot in the calendar. With the rancid…

It may be too early to worry about the Giants' offensive woes, but the front office built a team that can’t afford a slow start. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Buster Posey. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Giants plan to take cautious tact with Buster Posey, Evan Longoria this week

Face of the franchise Buster Posey won’t be catching in any spring…

Buster Posey. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Jharel Cotton, seen here in May, delivered five scoreless innings on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s and Cotton sweep past Rangers, win 7th in a row

OAKLAND — Thanks to a five-run fifth inning and a sharp outing…

Jharel Cotton, seen here in May, delivered five scoreless innings on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Matt Chapman, seen here September 6, struggled in the field on Thursday and is headed for an MRI. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s use unusual rally, long ball to sweep past Astros

OAKLAND — Thanks to a bizarre sixth-inning rally and a quartet of…

Matt Chapman, seen here September 6, struggled in the field on Thursday and is headed for an MRI. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton

A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton

OAKLAND — With the Oakland A’s clinging to a 4-3 advantage in…

A’s sweep Rangers behind 9-K day from Cotton
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (49) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Young bats back Graveman as A’s drop O’s

OAKLAND — Four months and five days after Kendall Graveman collected his…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (49) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

If the A’s are ever going to be good, it’s going to be because of these guys

OAKLAND — When Matt Olson arrived in the Coliseum clubhouse at the…

Matt Chapman, seen here in August of 2017, is the best defender in the American League. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Khris Davis walk-off home run gives A’s 5-3 win over Indians

Khris Davis walk-off home run gives A’s 5-3 win over Indians

OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman entered Saturday’s matchup with…

Khris Davis walk-off home run gives A’s 5-3 win over Indians