ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The Startlingly Effective Jesse Chavez’s Repertoire, Illustrated

On April 9th at Minnesota, Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route to a single-game 1.79 xFIP (box). Yesterday (Monday), Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez — in this case, away at Anaheim — recorded a 9:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 26 batters over 7.0 innings, en route […]
Via Fangraphs
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Jaso Pinch-Hit Homers A’s To Come From Behind Victory Over Halos

It was a night for the Southern California local guys wearing green and gold to shine for the A’s. Jesse Chavez, from Fontana, about a  45 minute drive from Anaheim, turned in another brilliant pitching performance, lasting seven innings of two run (one earned run) ball. Chavez allowed four hits and struck out nine Angels’ batters without allowing a walk. The only earned run...
Via BaySportsNet
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Athletics' Coco Crisp has hamstring tightness

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has experienced a good start in 2014 when he's on the field, but various injuries have been preventing him from getting into any kind of groove. He returned to action on April 11 after missing three games with a wrist injury, but is now dealing with hamstring tightness.         Earl Bloom of MLB.com reported that Craig Gentry...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
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A’s: Scott Kazmir to make next scheduled start

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir expects to make his next scheduled start. On Sunday Kazmir left his start against Seattle with a sore triceps. He experienced similar issues during spring training. Kazmir will take Monday off but sohuld resume throwing shortly. Scott Kazmir says he feels great today. He's taking today off from throwing but still very much anticipates...
Via Tireball.com
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2 Roster Moves I Actually Made: Week 2

Crisp’s hair, for your amusement (Photo: http://latenightdebates.wordpress.com/) Week 2 — how fast it has come and gone. Even though you really shouldn’t be holding a magnifying glass to your team this early in the season, you most unavoidably are. It is basically impossible not to. Just remember how young this season is, and that as good as you think your team is right now...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's pitcher Scott Kazmir says triceps injury is very minor

The Oakland A's shut out the Seattle Mariners last night by the score of 3-0. The win improved the A's to 8-4 on the season, good for first place in the American League West. The A's got two late-inning home runs from Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson. Scott Kazmir allowed only two hits and struck out nine in six innings. But there was concern when Kazmir was...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton to Retire

After a 10 year career that included stops in Oakland, Philly, the Dodgers, and the Angels, former starting pitcher Joe Blanton will retire according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.Blanton, predominantly a ground ball pitcher throughout his career, began in Oakland in 2004. He spent 5 years in Oakland compiling a 47-46 record with a 4.25 ERA, striking out 431 over...
Via The MLB Nation
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Joe Blanton retires from baseball

getty images Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. The right handed pitcher was released from the Los Angeles Angels at the end of spring training and later latched on with the Oakland Athletics. Assigned to Triple-A he has retired after two starts. Joe Blanton has retired. Had been pitching for A's AAA team. Yes, #Angels still owe him all of his contract. Since they released...
Via Tireball.com
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Who should be the closer for the Oakland A’s?

Now that Jim Johnson is no longer the closer for the Oakland A’s, manager Bob Melvin is going to use a slew of relievers to close each game depending on the matchup. This will include Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle. These relievers are all reliable and consistent – something Johnson was not. But who should be the permanent closer for the Oakland A’s...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's notes: Coco Crisp, Addison Russell, Craig Gentry, Stephen Vogt

Plenty of injury news has already come out of Oakland this season, from Jarrod Parker's season-ending surgery to A.J. Griffin's arm trouble. Here are updates on four more Athletics players who are dealing with injury issues:Coco CrispCrisp has been dealing with wrist inflammation, a problem he struggled with last year. On Monday he received a cortisone shot and he sat...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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A’s Go To Committee Cause Johnson Looks Shi…Not Pretty

Hello, Total Fiasco, it's nice of you to join us. Can I just call you Total? You prefer your full name? Can I get you anything, Total Fiasco? Bullpens scrambling? Real baseball managers pulling their hair out? Fantasy managers wishing they had hair to pull out? How about I just give Jim Johnson the ball and step out of the way? That should be to your liking. While you...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is It Time To Dump Jim Johnson?

Yes Jim Johnson saved 101 games over the past two seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, but if you watched him pitch, most of the time it was never a clean save. Last season Johnson blew 9 saves and he's not off to a great start in 2014 with his new team, the Oakland Athletics.5 appearances, 3.1 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts. 18.90 ERA, 4.50 WHIP.The problem...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

$10 million should buy Jim Johnson some time, but Ryan Cook should be on your radar

New A’s closer Jim Johnson was yanked from a save opportunity on Wednesday afternoon after another ugly outing. It wasn’t pretty for Johnson in his most recent outing, nor has it been for much of his tenure with Oakland. Picking up one out along the way, Johnson yielded two runs on two hits and a pair of walks and the Twins were able to tie the game after his departure. Oakland...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Oakland A’s will make the playoffs

It has been said since the start of spring training that the Oakland A’s are going to win the American League West for the third year in a row this season. But why is it going to be so easy for them to win the AL West again and make the playoffs? With a well-rounded roster and a deep bullpen, the Athletics are almost destined to make the playoffs once more. Let’s take a look...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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