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Sale Ties Own Record By Striking Out 10 Batters In 8th Straight Game

May 20, 2017 1:08 AM

Red Sox starter Chris Sale tied his own record by striking out at least 10 batters in an eighth straight game.

Sale reached the double-digit mark when he fanned the A's Josh Phegley to end the seventh inning Friday night. Sale had previously struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight games in 2015 when he pitched for the White Sox.

The only other pitcher in modern-era history with eight straight double-digit strikeout games is Pedro Martinez.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Ross Detwiler Opts Out Of Contract With Athletics

May 15, 2017 7:35 AM

The Oakland Athletics have released Ross Detwiler from his Minor League contract after he exercised his opt-out clause with the club.

Detwiler was acquired last summer from the Cleveland Indians. He posted a 6.14 ERA, 4.7 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 over 44 innings with the Athletics.

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Yonder Alonso Has Incorporated Front Leg Kick

May 12, 2017 7:48 AM

Yonder Alonso has enjoyed a burst in power thanks to a commitment to improving himself as a hitter.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about how he's trying to improve his launch angle. None of that's true," Oakland Athletics hitting coach Darren Bush said. "All he's trying to do is be in position and execute a good swing, and the by-product is the ball is going the way that it should."

Alonso began to have more success at the plate towards the end of last season, when he started incorporating a front leg kick to initiate his swing. Bush said the leg kick simply helps Alonso get into the position he needs to be in to start his swing.

"If you watch his video from last year and compare it to this year, last year he'd get his foot down early, and then he’d re-start and try to execute his swing. It's tough to do," Bush said. "This year, his leg kick is just on time. He's given himself time to read the pitch, he's given himself time to execute his swing. In my mind, he hasn't changed anything. The only thing he's changed is the position he's in before he executes his swing.

"He doesn't have a two-part swing. It's just one fluid swing."

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Athletics Send Jharel Cotton To Triple-A Nashville

May 11, 2017 4:37 PM

The Oakland Athletics have demoted Jharel Cotton to Triple-A Nashville.

Cotton has struggled this season after showing promise for the Oakland Athletics at the end of last year.

The A's acquired Cotton from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Josh Reddick and Rich Hill trade.

Cotton, 25, is 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA in seven starts this season.

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Josh Reddick Wanted To Sign Extension With A's

May 4, 2017 7:30 AM

Josh Reddick is very happy to be a member of the Houston Astros, but maintains that he had a strong desire to sign an extension with the Oakland Athletics before he was traded at last summer's deadline.

"Early on I thought there might have been a slim chance," Reddick told the A's Insider Podcast. ".... It was definitely somewhere I really wanted to make it happen. Once we realized the numbers weren't gonna line up, I think I knew deep down it wasn't gonna happen because I didn't hear back from them after I counter-offered what they offered me.

"You learn to live with it, you expect it from those guys. But I guess deep down I kind of had a special feeling they might have made an (exception) for me."

The Athletics never offered a deal of four years in length, which was important to Reddick.

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Oakland Prospect Casey Thomas Dies At 24

May 3, 2017 7:12 AM

Casey Thomas, a draft pick of the Oakland Athletics last year, has died unexpectedly at age 24.

Thomas was the son of Athletics scout Tom Thomas. He as in Phoenix for extended spring training.

"We are devastated to hear of this tragedy within the A's family," Billy Beane said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Tom and his family on their loss; Casey was a wonderful young man and teammate and will be missed by all in the A's organization."

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Sonny Gray To Begin Season On DL With Lat Strain

Mar 10, 2017 7:24 AM

Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list with a lat strain and has been shut down from throwing for the next three weeks.

The Oakland Athletics announced that there's no timetable for Gray beyond the preliminary stretch.

Gray has two stints on the DL last season and went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA on the heels of back-to-back 14-win campaigns.

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Sonny Gray Won't Pitch For Team USA

Feb 26, 2017 2:21 PM

Sonny Gray won't pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic after the Athletics right-hander was denied insurance coverage for the tournament, GM David Forst said Sunday.

Gray was placed on the disabled list last August with a strained right forearm and pitched only one inning after returning. Since he didn't pitch in more than 10 innings after August, Gray was an issue for the company that insures players for the event.

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A's To Name Field In Honor Of Rickey Henderson

Feb 7, 2017 7:19 AM

The Oakland Athletics have announced that the playing surface at Oakland Coliseum will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson, who the team called "the greatest Athletic of all time."

Rickey Henderson Field will be dedicated in a pregame ceremony before the team's April 3 opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Henderson will also serve as a special assistant to team president Dave Kaval this season.

"Rickey Henderson is the greatest Athletic of all time. It is fitting we honor and recognize his impact on our franchise by naming our playing field after him," Kaval said. "In addition to his current role on our baseball development staff, I am also excited he will be joining us in the front office to serve as a representative of Green and Gold baseball."

Henderson is the Athletics' all-time leader in runs scored (1,270), walks (1,227) and stolen bases (867). He set the modern-era record for stolen bases in a season in 1982, when he stole 130 for the A's.

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Khris Davis Wins Arbitration Hearing With Athletics

Feb 2, 2017 7:48 AM

Khris Davis was victorious in his arbitration hearing against the Oakland Athletics and will make $5 million in 2017.

The Athletics had submitted a figure of $4.65 million prior to the hearing.

Davis, 29, was acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers last offseason. He exploded with the A's, hitting .247/.307/.524 with a career-high 42 home runs.

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Santiago Casilla Returns To A's On Two-Year Deal
The A's could use Casilla as a late-inning options, including a possible role in the ninth inning.

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray
The Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

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Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Santiago Casilla
Santiago Casilla, 36, broke into the major leagues with the A's in 2004 and remained with the club through the 2009 season.

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Trevor Plouffe Agrees To Deal With Athletics
Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a contract with the Athletics, according to a source.

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Athletics Have Reached Out To Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo slugged a Major League-high 47 home runs in 2016.

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Athletics, Rajai Davis Agree Upon $6M Deal
Rajai Davis, 36, led the American League with 43 steals for the Indians last season.

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Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics
Before signing with the Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Athletics.

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Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

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M's, Marc Rzepczynski Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski posted a 2.64 ERA in 47 2/3 innings last year with the A's and Nationals.

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Athletics To Sign Matt Joyce
The Athletics will sign Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract.

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Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray
The Braves, who have already been linked to Chris Sale in reports, are also pursuing Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, according to sources.

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Athletics Open To Dealing Sonny Gray, Sean Doolittle
Sonny Gray, 27, is under contractual control for the next three seasons.

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M's Acquire Danny Valencia From A's
The Mariners have sent Minor League pitcher Paul Blackburn to the A's for Danny Valencia.

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Chip Hale Returns To A's As Third Base Coach
Chip Hale spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Diamondbacks.

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Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot
Mark McGwire joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December.

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A's Likely To Release Danny Valencia Before Season's End
Danny Valencia is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time this winter.

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A's Release Billy Butler
The A's have released Billy Butler with one year left on his contract.

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Sonny Gray Open To Long-Term Deal With Athletics
Sonny Gray is open to a long-term deal with the Athletics and has made that known to the club several times.

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Indians Agree To Acquire Coco Crisp From Athletics
Coco Crisp spent his first four seasons with the Indians.

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Report: Two A's Have Clubhouse Altercation
A's teammates Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in some sort of spat on Friday.

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