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.)
In the sixth inning at Turner Field last night, an idiot on the field brief(less)ly interrupted the game between the Braves and Athletics. He was really, really, incredibly nude.
In the fourth inning in Oakland, with runners on the corners, Mike Moustakas hit a liner to center field that was easily caught by Sam Fuld. Alex Gordon tried tagging up from third to score, but he did not account for Fuld's spinning, full-body throw and was nailed at home. It's almost graceful?
There are few occasions when you want to hear from your team's general manager. Usually, he's explaining why something went wrong, talking about how the team's trying not to suck, or saying goodbye as he's fired. The best times, though, are in free agency and at the trade deadline—unless your GM's Ruben Amaro—so…
Tony La Russa is one of six men who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Now that he's got his ticket punched, he thinks all the heavy hitters from the steroid era should be let in—but with an asterisk.
This never gets old.
The Orioles and Athletics have suddenly become a very exciting, potential postseason matchup. It first started getting some juice thanks to a weird feud between two guys who featured prominently in this game: Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado. In a June series in Baltimore, Machado got upset at what he felt was an …
Good news, Jeff Samardzija! You are now a starting pitcher for the Athletics, owners of the best record in baseball. It may smell like old, decaying, actual shit in Oakland, but that's just a modern plumbing problem, not an ancient, metaphorical one like your old home.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used MLB's instant replay in an unusual but clever decision in the top of the second of Thursday's game against the Athletics.
For the second time in two games, Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes gunned down a baserunner in spectacular fashion.