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A's Place Coco Crisp On DL With Cervical Strain

May 23, 2015 1:27 PM

The A's have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville, according to an ESPN.com report on Saturday.

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Athletics Considering Role For Ron Washington

May 20, 2015 5:05 PM

The Oakland Athletics are considering a reunion with coach Ron Washington, according to a report.

Oakland leads the Major Leagues in errors (43) by a wide margin. Washington, most recently manager of the Texas Rangers, is known as a terrific infield coach.

The Athletics have a full coaching stuff, so Washington would most likely come on as a special instructor.

The 63-year-old has been serving as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans this season.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Beane Preaches Patience With Struggling Athletics

May 19, 2015 4:44 PM

The Oakland Athletics have the worst record in the Major Leagues (14-26), but Billy Beane isn't panicking.

"Obviously, all this is disappointing, but given the amount of players we have on the disabled list, that's a problem," Beane said. "With the guys we have on the field, there are things that could go better; it's part of the process."

The Athletics have been depleted by injuries, but Beane isn't ready to overhaul the roster.

"I think we need to ride this thing out, get some players back," he said. "It's similar to the last time we talked 10 days ago. We got Coco [Crisp] back, but we've lost [Jarrod] Parker and [Ike] Davis. We're still looking to get [Sean] Doolittle and [Ben] Zobrist. We need to wait for guys to get back and hope that will help."

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King Felix Gets 2,000th K In Win Against A's

May 11, 2015 2:39 AM

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest player to reach 2,000 strikeouts in a 4-3 win against the A's on Sunday with a fifth-inning strikeout of leadoff hitter Sam Fuld.

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Jarrod Parker Suffers Potentially Serious Setback

May 9, 2015 2:35 PM

The Oakland Athletics suffered setbacks to two rehabbing starters, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.

Parker left a rehab outing at Triple-A Nashville with a potentially significant elbow injury; observers told The Chronicle that Parker was in “excruciating pain” and close to tears coming off the field.

“You cross your fingers, obviously, for Jarrod. I don’t even know what to say,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “For a guy who’s worked as hard as he has to get back, I really don’t have words for that. I just feel really bad for him.”

Griffin, like Parker recovering from Tommy John surgery, was shut down Thursday with shoulder soreness two innings into a three-inning simulated game at extended spring training in Arizona. 

Fans in attendance said that Parker went down in a heap on the mound, clutching his arm. The A’s said in a release that Parker left the game with an elbow injury but there would be no diagnosis until he has seen a doctor.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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A's Place Ben Zobrist On DL With Torn Knee Cartilage

Apr 25, 2015 4:50 PM

The A's placed infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with torn cartilage in his left knee.

"I'm disappointed. I just didn't feel like I could be the player that this team needs me to be in the condition I was trying to play in," Zobrist said. "So I got to get it cleaned up and get back out here as soon as possible."

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Ike Davis Throws Perfect Inning For A's

Apr 22, 2015 7:31 AM

Bob Melvin summoned Ike Davis to the mound in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and the first baseman delivered with a perfect eighth inning.

The Oakland Athletics suffered a 14-1 loss.

"We obviously didn't play a clean game," Melvin said. "We've been on the other side of blowouts this year, and it doesn't feel that great when you're on the side we were tonight. It was just a bad game all the way around. At least we got a little levity at the end there with Ike."

Davis, who had a 2.25 ERA at Arizona State, retired Collin Cowgill, C.J. Cron and Chris Iannetta on ground balls while throwing just nine pitches.

It was the first time the A's had a position player pitch since Frank Menechino on July 18, 2000, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

"It was interesting, for sure," Davis said. "I'm just glad I threw strikes and didn't have to throw too many pitches. I miss that part of the game, and I've always wanted to get back up there and see what I could do and if I could get outs. I was a little nervous. I didn't want to walk the house and look like a clown out there."

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More Bad Blood Between A's, Royals
The Royals overcame five ejections to beat the A's on Sunday afternoon.

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Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years
Jon Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Ross Heard From A's Almost Immediately After Release
A number of other clubs reached out to Cody Ross, but none seemed to be as good a fit as the Athletics.

Jane Lee/MLB

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Athletics To Sign Cody Ross
The Athletics will sign Cody Ross once he clears release waivers on Wednesday.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Barry Zito Accepts Assignment To Triple-A Nashville
A's manager Bob Melvin had never met Barry Zito before he signed a minor league contract this year.

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Crisp Reportedly Needs Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks
Coco Crisp will miss the start of the season because he needs surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow.

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Josh Reddick Won't Be Ready On Opening Day
An injured oblique will keep A's outfielder Josh Reddick from playing on Opening Day.

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Clayton Kershaw Survives Major Scare
Clayton Kershaw lost part of a tooth when hit by Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner on Friday.

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New Commissioner Says New A's Ballpark A Priority
MLB will continue to be involved but prefers to let the A's and the city of Oakland try to find a solution to the new stadium issue.

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Sonny Gray To Start A's Opener
Sonny Gray went 14-10 for the A's last season.

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's
Jim Harbaugh was in full uniform, wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback.

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A's Reddick Expected To Miss Opening Day
Josh Reddick will be out four to six weeks with a strained oblique.

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Oakland's Venditte Records Out With Each Arm
Pat Venditte signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics this spring after spending seven seasons in the Yankees organization.

Jane Lee/MLB

Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane
The Blue Jays and Athletics have agreed to a handful of trades in recent years.

Mike Bauman/MLB

Barry Zito To Return To A's
Barry Zito will receive a $1 million base salary if he makes the A's big league roster.

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Jason Giambi Announces Retirement
Jason Giambi, 44, announced his retirement through a statement given to the New York Daily News.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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