Toronto Blue Jays

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin in August of 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Oakland Athletics: A’s claim Toronto reliever Carlos Ramirez off waivers

The Oakland Athletics have claimed right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramírez off of waivers…

 

Chad Pinder, center, awaits his turn to bat while Khris Davis, left, speaks with an assistant coach and manager Bob Melvin stands by. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Chad Pinder slugs grand slam as A’s clinch series in Toronto

Until the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee in Toronto, the Oakland Athletics…

 

Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso, seen here on March 30, has been struggling in the second half. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Athletics’ ability to hit, finish games remains to be found as Blue Jays complete sweep

The second half hasn’t been kind to three of the Oakland Athletics’…

 

Jharel Cotton. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Donaldson spoils A’s hopes for a sweep

OAKLAND — Josh Donaldson skied a 10th-inning home run beyond the left-center field…

Jharel Cotton. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Hahn delivers a win in return from DL

OAKLAND — Making his first start in two weeks, Jesse Hahn didn’t allow a…

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here Sept. 14, was sharp on Tuesday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Healy’s homers, Manaea’s gem carry A’s past Toronto

OAKLAND — Ryon Healy connected on 838 feet of home runs and Sean…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, seen here Sept. 14, was sharp on Tuesday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Hill, right, has his hand examined by a trainer in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays as Athletics catcher Matt McBride, left, watches on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Hill left the game in the first inning. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s lose to Blue Jays after blister forces Hill out in 1st

OAKLAND — Rich Hill didn’t last very long in what was supposed…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Hill, right, has his hand examined by a trainer in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays as Athletics catcher Matt McBride, left, watches on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Hill left the game in the first inning. (Ben Margot/AP)
Ryon Healy, right, is congratulated by Stephen Vogt after hitting a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey for his first major league hit. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s rookie homers in second major-league game

OAKLAND — Just two days into his major league career, Ryon Healy…

Ryon Healy, right, is congratulated by Stephen Vogt after hitting a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey for his first major league hit. (Ben Margot/AP)
Former Giants prospect Joe Biagini has had fun in his role with the Toronto Blue Jays. (John Raoux/AP)

Former Giants prospect a hit on and off the mound for Blue Jays

It took Joe Biagini – the former Giants prospect and current Toronto…

Former Giants prospect Joe Biagini has had fun in his role with the Toronto Blue Jays. (John Raoux/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown reacts after a called third strike thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. Toronto won 4-0. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Giants waste rare Matt Cain gem

AT&T PARK — Even before Matt Cain took the mound on Tuesday night,…

San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown reacts after a called third strike thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. Toronto won 4-0. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Edwin Encarnacion, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two run home run off the Giants' Jake Peavy in the third inning of Monday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Blue Jay takes ball off head, Toronto beats Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Saunders knows he is far from the first…

Edwin Encarnacion, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two run home run off the Giants' Jake Peavy in the third inning of Monday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)
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Reigning batting champion Dee Gordon joined the growing list of major leaguers…

This will be me, probably, in no time if cheating professional athletes would just send me their steroids. (Courtesy photo)
Will the Giants be celebrating another World Series championship in November? Only if their veterans can stay healthy. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Play Ball! Savvy Giants have enough for one last hurrah

The baseball season opens Monday, and you better take a good look…

Will the Giants be celebrating another World Series championship in November? Only if their veterans can stay healthy. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final defensive play in the Oakland Athletics' sweep of the Giants during the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series, has died. He was 56. The A's didn't provide a cause of death Friday in announcing Phillips' passing, which the club said occurred Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016,  in Arizona and was unexpected.(Jeff Robbins/1987 AP)

Former Athletics superutility Tony Phillips dead at 56

PHOENIX — Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final…

Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final defensive play in the Oakland Athletics' sweep of the Giants during the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series, has died. He was 56. The A's didn't provide a cause of death Friday in announcing Phillips' passing, which the club said occurred Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016,  in Arizona and was unexpected.(Jeff Robbins/1987 AP)
Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Toronto. (Chris Youn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blue Jays advance with wild win

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first trip to the…

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Toronto. (Chris Youn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Oakland's Ike Davis, left, celebrates after a review of a play at first base showed he was safe on an RBI single that drove in the game-winning run in the 10th  against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. (Ben Margot/AP)

Davis beats out infield single in 10th as A’s top Blue Jays

OAKLAND — Pinch-hitter Ike Davis beat out an infield single with two…

Oakland's Ike Davis, left, celebrates after a review of a play at first base showed he was safe on an RBI single that drove in the game-winning run in the 10th  against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. (Ben Margot/AP)
Al Behrman/AP file photoAfter being placed on the disabled list six times with the Blue Jays

New A’s 3B Lawrie ready to stay healthy

More than worrying about the daunting task of trying to replace All-Star…

Al Behrman/AP file photoAfter being placed on the disabled list six times with the Blue Jays
Ben Margot/apOakland Athletics’ Jeff Samardzija works against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday

Jeff Samardzija wins in Oakland A’s debut

OAKLAND — Jeff Samardzija arrived at the ballpark nearly five hours before…

Ben Margot/apOakland Athletics’ Jeff Samardzija works against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday
Kevin Jairaj/usa today sports file photoManager Bob Melvin has been a big part of the A's turnaround the past two years and the Oakland players are quick to give him praise.

A's fall apart late in loss to Blue Jays

OAKLAND — Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the top of…

Kevin Jairaj/usa today sports file photoManager Bob Melvin has been a big part of the A's turnaround the past two years and the Oakland players are quick to give him praise.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezOakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday

A’s bats fall silent against Toronto

OAKLAND — Dan Straily lost his third straight start since being called…

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezOakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily throws to the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday