Oakland A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman was a tough-luck loser last night, falling to the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 despite surrendering just two runs in six innings. At least he got a cool highlight out of the night, thanks to an unassisted double play in the bottom of the fifth.
Oakland A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton threw seven shutout innings in Monday’s 2-0 win over the Royals, striking out six and giving up two hits and three walks. The 25-year-old’s offspeed stuff was saucy.
If you’re fed up with hearing about the Oakland Athletics’ half-assed quest to find a new stadium, MLB and the MLBPA want you to know they’re right there with you. A stipulation in the new collective bargaining agreement reclassifies the Athletics as a major-market team, which does away with the exception they were…
Fox Sports cameras afforded Rays infielder Steve Pearce no privacy during Tampa Bay’s typical loss tonight to the A’s. In Pearce’s defense, Rays players have struggled with that bathroom door in the past.
Draymond Green, a two-bit Kevin Garnett impersonator who plays for the Golden State Warriors, can’t be in the arena for tonight’s Game 5 because of his suspension for punching LeBron’s dick. But he will be close by.
Sean Murphy, a pitcher in the Oakland A’s minor league system since 2010, died in Arizona on Monday. He was 27.
Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle is a huge Star Wars fan. His girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, is maybe not quite so big a fan. But she is a fantastic sport.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his big-league debut tonight at Fenway, and pitched a nearly perfect sixth inning—retiring Brock Holt with his left arm, seen above, and then after allowing a single inducing a Mike Napoli double play with his right (which you can watch below).
A woman at tonight’s Athletics-Red Sox game left on a stretcher when she was reportedly hit in the face with a bat shard during Brett Lawrie’s plate appearance in the second inning. The game was delayed so medical staff could tend to her.
Switch-hitters are a dime a dozen in the MLB, but when it comes to switch-pitching, it’s a different story. For the first time in 20 years, an ambidextrous hurler will take the mound, as 29-year old right/left-handed reliever Pat Venditte was called up by the Oakland Athletics this morning.
Stephen Vogt attempts to swat away the ball en route to being tagged for the final out of the game against the White Sox.
Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie had an efficient game Tuesday night, in the worst way. He struck out four times—all swinging—on 12 pitches.
Now that Josh Donaldson has left the Athletics, we can go to the next step: juicy stories about internal discord leaking to the media. This particular story describes a big argument between Donaldson and general manager Billy Beane.
The Oakland Athletics are in the postseason, and the superhero underwear-clad Josh Reddick is very, very happy about it. (The full, sacktastic version is below.)