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A's spring training Day 38: Alonso's offense comes to life
A's first baseman Yonder Alonso is known as a gap hitter. Against the Brewers, he showed his power stroke to continue an impressive spring.
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Graveman takes to leadership role while Gray is sidelined
Kendall Graveman has improved his mental preparation and his physical conditioning since coming over in the Josh Donaldson trade...
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A's name Kendall Graveman 2017 Opening Day starter
With Sonny Gray injured, Kendall Graveman is the veteran presence in the rotation and coming off the best 2016 season of any Oakland starter.
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Team USA dominates Puerto Rico to win 2017 World Baseball Classic
Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and the rest of Team USA are champions after taking down Puerto Rico in LA to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
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A's spring training Day 37: Triggs strengthens his bid for rotation spot
After having an undefined role last season when up in the bigs, Andrew Triggs has positioned himself to pitch every fifth day for the A's.
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Mailbag: How would Raiders' move affect A's ballpark search?
With the Raiders likely on their way to Vegas, is the Coliseum site now the top option for the A's? Joe Stiglich dives into that possibility.
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Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid World Baseball Classic fever
As the World Baseball Classic heads to the championship game, blondes are having more fun and all of Puerto Rico wants in on the action.
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A's spring training Day 36: Montas is bullpen possibility for Melvin
The A's won't know exactly how their bullpen lines up until next week, but Frankie Montas is making himself into an option...
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A's ace Gray cleared to throw, but return date unknown
Two weeks after suffering a strained lat muscle, A's starter Sonny Gray was cleared to resume throwing Tuesday, but no timetable was set.
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Rickey Henderson
Rickey: No one has my skill set, but Hamilton could challenge steal record
Since he hung up the white cleats, A's Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson hasn't seen anyone that compares. But he is holding out hope for Reds speedster Billy Hamilton...
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The A's Insider Podcast: Rickey Henderson
Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson sits down with Joe Stiglich on The A's Insider Podcast to discuss his work as a special instructor during A's spring training, his memories of the 1989 World Series team, and...
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Puerto Rico edges Netherlands in 11th to reach World Baseball Classic final
A sacrifice fly with the bases loaded propelled Puerto Rico to win over the Dutch and the World Baseball Classic final...
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A's spring training Day 35: Canha hoping to get tested in center field
Injuries limited Mark Canha last season and this Spring, he's hoping to prove his worth to the Oakland Athletics and earn a roster spot...
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Healy fired up to receive his Texas League championship ring
When the Midland Rockhounds of the Texas League are honored Monday night, no one will have a bigger smile than Ryon Healy...
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A's spring training Day 34: Rockies rough up Hahn for seven runs
Jesse Hahn has been solid battling for a spot in the A's rotation. On Sunday, he took a step backwards against the Rockies.
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A's star prospect 'Lazarito' adjusting to American baseball, culture
He's been compared to Bo Jackson and Yoenis Cespedes. At 17, Lazaro Armenteros wants to learn the culture of America on and off the field first.
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Daniel Gossett positions himself as rotation option for A's
Daniel Gossett won't break camp with the A's. But Bob Melvin hinted that the 2014 second-round pick is first in line if Oakland needs an arm.
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A's spring training Day 33: Melvin considers Barreto 'big league ready'
The A's optioned Franklin Barreto on Friday, but Bob Melvin believes it's only a matter of time before the top prospect is playing in Oakland.
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Strong favorite to start opener, Graveman makes quick work of Padres
With Sonny Gray sidelined, Kendall Graveman is the likely favorite to start Opening Night, and he reinforced his case Saturday vs the Padres.
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Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf joins A's in 2017 team commercials
What would it be like to have Bob Melvin in the mayor's chair? That and much more is coming this season via the A's commercials...
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A's spring training Day 32: Bigger crowds could mean no tarps at Coliseum
It's going to be up to the fans whether the third deck tarps at the Coliseum will finally see their last days...
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Beane: A's won't add pitching to cover for Gray's injury
Citing a lack of fertility in the maket, Billy Beane said the A's will look in-house to fill the void left by their former ace's latest ailment...
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What they're saying: Happy Saint Patrick's Day
The Giants, A's, Warriors, 49ers and Hunter Pence all took to social media on Friday...
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Melvin praises A's top prospect Barreto: 'Not much this guy can't do'
The middle infielder is now hitting .480 in 15 games, doing nothing to dispel the speculation of when he might get his first major league call-up.
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A's spring training Day 31: Pinder will get a look in the outfield
The A’s think highly of Chad Pinder’s bat and are trying to pave an easier path to a full-time spot in the majors...
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Ratto Stories: Kaval doing best to re-cast A's as cool kids
Reducing beer prices at the Coliseum is Dave Kaval's latest attempt to rebrand the A's, who appear to be the last team standing in Oakland.
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A's, Mariners engage in Twitter battle stemming from 'Happy Felix Day'
With spring training dragging on, the A's and Mariners added some excitement on Wednesday with an extensive Twitter battle.
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Five A's players who have made biggest impressions in spring
The A's are halfway through their 2017 Cactus League schedule. Insider Joe Stiglich lays out five players who have made a name for themselves.
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Nationals release former A's All-Star catcher
Former A's catcher Derek Norris is officially a free agent as the Nationals released the veteran Wednesday morning...
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A's spring training Day 29: Given green light, Doolittle's debut goes smoothly
Three weeks into spring training, Sean Doolittle has finally been given the green light, and the lefty made his Cactus League debut Tuesday.
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Seth Smith dowsed by beer
Kaval introduces new Coliseum food, lowered beer prices
In his latest attempt to makeover the product, A's team president Dave Kaval unveiled new food items and announced lower beer prices for 2017.
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Notes: Smolinski set for surgery on right shoulder
Jake Smolinski arrived at spring training seemingly with the inside track to be the fifth outfielder should Oakland keep five on its roster...
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Angela Sun will bring fresh perspective to A's home telecasts
Angela Sun joins the A’s broadcast team during a time of increased optimism surrounding the franchise’s future...
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A's spring training Day 28: Hahn stating his case for rotation spot
After falling on hard times in 2016, Jesse Hahn is providing reason to rejoin the A's rotation in 2017 with strong numbers this spring.
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Khris Davis working hard to improve his throwing in left
While he acknowledges he’s never going to develop a cannon, Khris Davis knows there is room for improvement that can make a difference...
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Brugman sent down, De Aza impressing in outfield battle
Jaycob Brugman's demotion points to the strong impression Alejandro De Aza has made in his bid to make the club as an extra outfielder...
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Posey crushes deep blast, Crawford stays hot as USA advances in WBC
Buster Posey drove in three runs and Brandon Crawford continued to look in midseason form in Team USA's blowout win over Canada to advance in the WBC.
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A's spring training Day 27: Casilla shaky but Oakland wins sixth in a row
Santiago Casilla's spring debut back with the A's didn't go smoothly, but the team is continuing to find ways to win in Arizona...
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A's 2017 Preview: Vogt shares Goal No. 1 for playoff return
A's catcher Stephen Vogt sits down with Brodie Brazil to discuss a possible new stadium, how to get back to the playoffs and being one of the leaders in the clubhouse.
Plouffe ready for change, excited to prove himself with A's
Trevor Plouffe opens up about leaving the Twins and finding a new home with the A's in 2017.
A's 2017 Preview: Comparing current team to 2012 roster
In 2012, the upstart A's surprised analysts by making the playoffs. Can the 2017 team follow suit and do the same thing? Shooty Babbitt identifies players on the current team that remind him of guys on the...
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Mariners trade ambidextrous ex-A's reliever to Phillies
Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous reliever who spent time with the A's in 2015, was trade by the Mariners to the Phillies on Sunday.
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CSN California to air 147 A's games during 2017 season
As the A's get set to open the 2017 season, CSN California announced on Sunday that 147 of 162 games will be carried on the network.
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Notes: Melvin back in camp after death of mother; A's reassign nine
Bob Melvin was back in Mesa two days after the passing of his mother, and he praised his coaches for keeping things running in his absence.
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Report: Nationals place former A's catcher on waivers
Derek Norris' time with the Washington Nationals appears to be up as the team has reportedly put him on waivers.
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Team USA blows late lead on Cruz's crushing three-run homer
With one swing of the bat, Nelson Cruz shook Marlins Park as the Dominican Republic roared back for a huge comeback over Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
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A's spring training Day 26: Doolittle finds changeup, hosts military veterans
As Sean Doolittle continues to feel healthy, the lefty had reasons to smile about much more than baseball on Saturday in Arizona.
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Versatile on the mound, Triggs could be key man to A's rotation
Now that Sonny Gray's sidelined to start the season, Andrew Triggs' role may only blossom and the even-keeled arm is ready for any situation.
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Team USA wins their World Baseball Classic opener with walk-off in extras
Team USA battled all the way into extra innings, but found a way to take down Colombia in their World Baseball Classic opener.
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Cardinals, Pirates to play in inaugural MLB Little League Classic
In a way to integrate youth baseball with big leaguers, Major League Baseball announced its plans for the MLB Little League Classic...
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Sonny Gray will start season on disabled list because of lat strain
It's a significant blow to a club that was hoping to wipe the slate clean after injuries decimated the pitching staff throughout last season...
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Healy homers, Graveman goes three scoreless in A's 7-0 win over Italy
Kendall Graveman and Jesse Hahn combined for six shutout innings while Ryon Healy homered in the A's 7-0 win over Italy on Wednesday.
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Minor leaguers wage suit against MLB recertified as a class action
Minor league baseball players are taking MLB to federal court in San Francisco as they are allegedly making less than minimum wage...
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Gray battered for seven runs, but A's beat D'backs 21-13
Sonny Gray didn't have a good outing Tuesday, but the A's offense did as they piled up 21 runs in a win over the D'backs in Scottsdale.
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A's spring training Day 20: Brugman hopes versatility gives him edge
The A's competition for the fifth outfielder is a crowded one. And one newcomer to big league camp is doing all he can stand out...
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Casilla joins A's, but where does he fit in the bullpen?
Nearly three weeks after pitchers and catchers reported, Santiago Casilla arrived to A's spring training. But, what's his role?
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A's spring training Day 19: Manaea's command deserts him vs Indians
Just a couple days after Buster Posey was marveling at Sean Manaea's changeup, the pitch abandoned the A's starter on Saturday vs the Indians.
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Doolittle ditches experiment and goes back to old changeup
The old is now new again for Sean Doolittle as he continues his 2017 regular season preparations over in Mesa...
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Notes: Joyce may settle in as A's No. 3 hitter
Matt Joyce's Spring swing is making Bob Melvin's job a little easier over in Mesa...
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A's spring training Day 18: Graveman's pickoff proving deadly
The ground-ball outs were an encouraging sign for Kendall Graveman, but it was an out recorded in a different fashion that also earned notice Friday afternoon...
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Down on the Farm: 10 A's prospects to watch in 2017
Between trade acquisitions and draft picks, the A's boast a glut of prospects. Here are ten names all A's fans need to know...
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Cotton thrilled to receive some tips from 'Flash' Gordon
Jharel Cotton's goal is to hone his 12-to-6 curveball. Enter Tom Gordon, who fooled hitters with the same pitch over a 21-year career...
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The A's Insider Podcast
The A's Insider Podcast: RHP Jharel Cotton
A's pitching prospect Jharel Cotton joins Joe Stiglich on The A's Insider Podcast to discuss what pitches he's working on, his work with Tom "Flash" Gordon this offseason, moving to America from the...
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Casilla to report to A's on Sunday; Axford withdraws from WBC
The A’s bullpen will finally be with its full cast by the end of the weekend, as Santiago Casilla is expected to arrive stateside.
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A's spring training Day 17: Hahn shines in win over Rangers
A's right-hander Jesse Hahn took a step forward on Thursday as he vies for a spot in Oakland's starting rotation...
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Brawl between Canada, Mexico in '13 WBC still sticks with Axford
A's reliever John Axford is ready to suit up for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. And, he'll never forget his last stint with the team.
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Notes: New replay rules pose challenge; A's get green light on bases
MLB teams will have less time to determine whether or not they want to review a play this season, but the onus to be faster won't fall on Bob Melvin...
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A's spring training Day 16: Gray dialed in during exhibition debut
It might only be spring training, but Sonny Gray's outing Wednesday was huge for himself and the A's as an oraganization...
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Melvin ponders where Semien fits best in A's batting order
Marcus Semien provides the A’s a luxury as a shortstop with great home run power, but where does he belong in the batting order?
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A's spring training Day 15: Cotton, teammates pile up K's
A's pitchers had it going Tuesday in Mesa as youngsters Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk led a 14-strikeout barrage against the Indians.
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A's C Maxwell forms bond coaching at Phoenix-area high school
Bruce Maxwell is still trying to earn a big league job. But that didn't stop the A's catcher from offering his services to a Phoenix-area high school.
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Notes: Key A's relievers gear up for exhibition debuts
Similar to last season, the A’s have held back with some of their relievers in an effort to keep their arms fresh...
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A's spring training Day 14: A one-sided Cactus League rivalry
Ownage over the Giants in spring training isn't important in the big picture. But for Bob Melvin, the eight-game winning streak is significant.
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Despite uncertain role in 2017, Healy will be 'happy camper'
Ryon Healy appeared to do enough in 2016 to cement a starting spot in 2017. But he doesn't have a set role right now. And he's fine with that.
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After all the confusion, Axford pleased 'Moonlight' won Best Picture
Not until he got home and saw a text from his agent did John Axford know that “Moonlight” wound up winning. That actually sat well with the pitcher.
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A's spring training Day13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix
In a surprise move, the A's handed the ball to prospect Daniel Gossett on Sunday and the young right-hander took advantage of the opportunity.
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A’s reliever, movie buff Axford makes 2017 Oscars predictions
A's reliever John Axford is not your casual movie fan. The eight-year MLB veteran offered his predictions for the 2017 Academy Awards...
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Notes: A's OF Smolinski sidelined by sore right shoulder
Jake Smolinski played a big role for the A's down the stretch in 2016, but an injury may hinder his chances to make the squad to start 2017.
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Sonny Gray 2017 spring portrait
A's Gray won't pitch in WBC due to insurance company issue
Sonny Gray was slated to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, but he won't after an insurance carrier decided not to cover him.
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Hahn hit with tough luck, A's lose 2017 spring training opener
Jesse Hahn allowed three runs in the A's first spring training game of the year, but he was certainly hit with some rough bounces.
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Stiglich: A's offense outshines loss in 2017 spring opener
Insider Joe Stiglich breaks down the A's 4-3 loss to the Cubs to open their 2017 spring training schedule.
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Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more
New A's outfielder Rajai Davis nearly kept the Cubs' World Series curse alive with one swing of the bat last year, and Jason Heyward certainly hasn't forgot about it.
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A's spring training Day 12: Joyce, Chapman homer vs Cubs
The A's new right fielder and their power-hitting prospect both went deep Saturday in their spring loss to the Cubs...
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Hendriks cites travel, readiness as reasons he withdrew from WBC
Liam Hendriks had his heart set on representing Australia in the WBC. But on Saturday, the A's reliever explained why he decided to bowed out.
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Mailbag: Will A's find Healy regular playing time?
Last season, Ryon Healy made waves as a rookie. But, with a restructured roster, will he be an everyday player for the A's this season?
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A's spring training Day 11: Doolittle eager for Casilla to arrive
A's reliever Santiago Casilla is still in the Dominican Republic trying to finish paperwork and arrive in spring training...
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Versatility could help Wendle in crowded A's infield
Joey Wendle made a strong impression in September during his first call-up, and he’ll fight to make the A’s infield roster decision a tough one...
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Rajai Davis hitting leadoff in A's exhibition opener Saturday
Bob Melvin announced his lineup for Saturday’s exhibition opener vs the Cubs. At least the top of the order has an Opening Day look to it...
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A's spring training Day 10: Canha doubles off Gray in intrasquad game
The A's played two intrasquad games Thursday and a healthy Mark Canha certainly made Bob Melvin happy out in Arizona...
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Patience is A's motto with touted 3B prospect Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman is back for his second spring, a year wiser having discovered what it takes to navigate the peaks and valleys...
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A's spring training Day 9: Alcantara trying to add new wrinkle
A's young right-hander Raul Alcantara is toying with a new pitch in spring training as he hopes to make the starting rotation...
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Pros and cons of A's potential stadium sites
Insider Joe Stiglich examines the selling points and drawbacks for all four sites being considered for the Oakland A's new stadium…
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MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks
The intentional walk is getting a total makeover, for better or worse. One thing is for certain, no more wild pitches...
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Melvin happy that pace-of-play rules changes didn't go further
Pitchers no longer will have to toss four pitches outside the strike zone for an intentional walk. Managers will simply signal from the dugout...
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A's spring training Day 8: Top pick AJ Puk attracts a crowd
The A’s are excited about 2016 top pick A.J. Puk, that much was apparent by the crowd the lefty attracted for his first “live” bullpen session Tuesday.
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Kaval: A's must 'swing for the fences' in choosing ballpark site
Dave Kaval and the A’s have narrowed it down to four locations in Oakland to build a privately financed ballpark...
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The A's Insider Podcast: Dave Kaval talks stadium sites
A's president Dave Kaval shared some detailed thoughts on all of the potential sites the A’s are considering...
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A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere
Adam Rosales' versatility makes him a valuable piece. It also makes his spring training eventful and anything but routine...
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A's spring training Day 6: Davis savors winter in Oakland
Acquired via trade last offseason, A's 42-homer man Khris Davis is turning Oakland into his new adopted home already...
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Kaval: A's 'grinding out' search for new ballpark site
A's president Dave Kaval updates the latest on the A's search for a new ballpark.
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BART, transportation among issues A's tackling in ballpark search
Team president Dave Kaval continued to open up about his desires for a new A's ballpark and four possible spots to make one...
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A's slugger Khris Davis bows out of World Baseball Classic
Khris Davis was set for a busy spring suiting up for the A's and Team Mexico. But, he's decided to focus on just one team...
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A's spring training Day 5: Rainfall makes for short workout
The A's spring training workout Saturday was over just after 10:30 a.m. thanks to some unfriendly Arizona weather...
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