A's pondering dealing, keeping Hill, Reddick

A's pondering dealing, keeping Hill, Reddick

CLEVELAND -- The A's are suddenly streaking. Having taken two of three from the first-place Rangers in Arlington this past week, they've claimed four straight series wins, seemingly emerging as late bloomers just ahead of Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 1 p.m. PT.

On Wednesday night, after his club picked up its ninth win in 13 games since the All-Star break, A's manager Bob Melvin noted, "I know there's some time left, but we haven't moved anybody. We're playing better baseball, and that certainly gives pause for thought."

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

New faces emerge in A's Top 30 Prospects list

New faces emerge in A's Top 30 Prospects list

OAKLAND -- The A's were active at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, dealing Ben Zobrist and Scott Kazmir in separate deals for prospects, and they could very well pursue a similar strategy in the coming days. And if this season has shown anything, those types of future pieces can quickly become fixtures of the present. 

Amid injuries and ineffectiveness to others, Sean Manaea, Oakland's top preseason prospect, found a spot in the rotation by the end of April, and after being called up on July 15, Ryon Healy is the team's starting third baseman following a strong 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game showing. Righty Daniel Mengden enjoyed a promising start to his career before a recent slide led to a demotion Monday, and lefty Dillon Overton makes another spot start Saturday against the Indians.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis homers twice as A's rally in Texas

Davis homers twice as A's rally in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Khris Davis and Coco Crisp each belted two-run homers off Rangers reliever Matt Bush in the eighth inning to send the A's to a 6-4 win in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The A's, who totaled three homers for the second straight night, have won all four of their series since the All-Star break, while the American League West-leading Rangers have won just one.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's continue second-half surge

A's continue second-half surge

ARLINGTON -- The A's are playing their best baseball of the season, just in time for the Trade Deadline.

Having secured their second straight win over the Rangers on Wednesday night by a 6-4 margin, the A's have claimed four consecutive series victories since the All-Star break, going 9-4 in that span.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Overton will start for A's Saturday in Cleveland

Overton will start for A's Saturday in Cleveland

ARLINGTON -- The A's plan to bring back left-hander Dillon Overton on Saturday for a start in Cleveland.

Overton, the organization's No. 9 prospect, will be embarking on his third stint with the A's this season and fourth big league start. He compiled an 8.40 ERA in his first three, pitching to mixed results.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fresh off complete game, Graveman faces Tribe

Fresh off complete game, Graveman faces Tribe

The Indians and Athletics will begin a three-game set when a pair of 25-year-old right-handers take the mound Friday night, as Trevor Bauer of Cleveland and Kendall Graveman of Oakland are slated to start at Progressive Field.

Bauer (7-4, 3.65 ERA) will be making his 16th start in the series opener. He is coming off a 5-1 loss to Baltimore in which he allowed five earned runs on five hits -- including two homers -- over four innings. He struck out five and walked four.

More

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick, A's back Gray with power vs. Texas

Reddick, A's back Gray with power vs. Texas

ARLINGTON -- The A's powered their way to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night, using home runs from Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien to even a three-game series at Globe Life Park.

Reddick, who launched a two-run homer in the fourth on the heels of Crisp's leadoff shot, drove in another run in the fifth to finish with three RBIs in support of starter Sonny Gray. The A's right-hander went six innings, allowing all three of his runs in the fifth on a pair of home runs -- first a solo shot by Joey Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect who was promoted ahead of the game, and then a two-run homer off the bat of Mitch Moreland.

More

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Good sign as Gray battles through rough spot

Good sign as Gray battles through rough spot

ARLINGTON -- Sonny Gray's latest outing, much like his season, was a mixed bag.

More good than bad defined this one, though, and that hasn't always been the case for the A's right-hander, who claimed just his fifth win of the season in a 6-3 A's victory in Texas on Tuesday.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Barreto, Graves among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Barreto, Graves among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

More

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's send out Mengden; Hill possibly near return

A's send out Mengden; Hill possibly near return

ARLINGTON -- Daniel Mengden's big league career was put on pause Tuesday, with the A's electing to option the struggling right-hander to Triple-A Nashville.

Mengden's rise to the Majors was swift, and he performed admirably upon his June callup before faltering of late. He posted a 2.81 ERA in his first four starts but had a 9.00 ERA in his last five.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Valencia's big night for naught as A's fall

Valencia's big night for naught as A's fall

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off two-run home run against A's closer Ryan Madson in the ninth inning Monday evening, sending the Rangers to a thrilling 7-6 series-opening victory at Globe Life Park.

It was the second homer of the night for Beltre, who lined the first pitch he saw from Madson into the left-center field seats with two outs to bring home pinch-runner Ryan Rua following Nomar Mazara's one-out single. Beltre, who owns nine career walk-off home runs, also homered in the seventh agaisnt John Axford to cut Oakland's lead to one run.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for for MLB.com based in Arlington.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Madson too reliant on fastball vs. Beltre

Madson too reliant on fastball vs. Beltre

ARLINGTON -- The key ingredient that was fueling a streaking A's club went missing in the confines of Globe Life Park on Monday evening.

Solid pitching is what helped the A's secure a 7-3 ledger out of the break; it's also what halted their three-game winning streak, with Ryan Madson serving up a walk-off, two-run homer to Texas' Adrian Beltre in the ninth inning of a disheartening 7-6 loss.

More

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Still no timetable for Hill's return

Still no timetable for Hill's return

ARLINGTON -- The A's are still without a return date for left-hander Rich Hill, whose lingering blister could greatly impact the club's chances of dealing him ahead of the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline.

Hill would presumably have to make a start by the end of the weekend for interested clubs to comfortably make an offer for his services, but the veteran has yet to even throw a bullpen session without the protective tape that accompanied him during a 30-pitch side session Sunday.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nunez among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Nunez among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

More

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Butler's blast lifts A's past Rays in series win

Butler's blast lifts A's past Rays in series win

OAKLAND -- Billy Butler's solo home run in the eighth proved to be the difference in the A's 3-2 win over the Rays Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

After losing the first game of the four-game series, the A's (45-54) won the final three over the Rays (38-60), taking the lead in the eighth inning or later of each win. They've won three consecutive series for the first time since 2014, and are 7-3 since the All-Star break.

More

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hahn finds groove, flashes confidence in return

Hahn finds groove, flashes confidence in return

OAKLAND -- Jesse Hahn delivered his strongest start of the season, throwing a season-high 7 2/3 innings in Oakland's 3-2 win over the Rays Sunday.

Hahn scattered four hits and was charged with one run, blending a powerful sinker with an arcing curveball that kept Rays batters off-balance for much of the game. He came within an out of his third win of the season, but Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer off Ryan Dull, who had relieved Hahn, to tie it in the top of the eighth.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crisp scratched from lineup with sore neck

A's option Alcantara, recall Hahn to start series finale

Crisp scratched from lineup with sore neck

OAKLAND -- The A's scratched Coco Crisp from Sunday's starting lineup because of neck soreness and had earlier optioned reserve infielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A, leaving them shorthanded ahead of their series finale against the Rays.

Alcantara was sent down to make room for Sunday starter Jesse Hahn. Crisp, who collided with the wall in center field Saturday against Tampa Bay but remained in the game, woke up this morning with a stiff neck. The 36-year-old has dealt with neck injuries each of the last two seasons.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis reflects on Griffey, days as M's batboy

'He looked so happy to play the game,' A's OF says of HOF inductee

Davis reflects on Griffey, days as M's batboy

OAKLAND -- Ken Griffey Jr will officially be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, commemorating an exceptional career spanning 22 seasons that earned him the highest percentage of votes in the history of players entering the Hall.

A's outfielder Khris Davis said he had the privilege of taking in a small portion of that career up close, and took time Saturday to reflect on one of his "all-time favorite players."

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healy plays hero as A's stage another stunner

'He went up there with fire in his eyes,' Melvin says of rookie's HR

Healy plays hero as A's stage another stunner

OAKLAND -- The A's are making a habit of rallying for dramatic wins, and rookie Ryon Healy found himself at the center of yet another walk-off win Sunday night, driving a homer to lift the A's to a 4-3 win over the Rays.

Healy's homer capped a three-run rally that began when Jake Smolinski belted a two-run homer to left field two batters earlier, tying the game against Rays closer Alex Colome. The win came one day after Oakland delivered a 1-0 walk-off in the 13th inning Friday against the Rays, and marks their third such win in five games.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

OAKLAND -- Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy homered in the ninth to hand Alex Colome his first blown save of the season as the A's stunned the Rays with a 4-3 win Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the A's third walk-off win in five games. 

"I don't think there's anything more fun than walk-off wins in baseball," said Healy, who was called up last Friday. "The fact we've been able to have so many in my short eight-day career just makes winning that much better." 

More

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's call up Maxwell, place Vogt on family leave

A's call up Maxwell, place Vogt on family leave

OAKLAND -- The A's placed catcher Stephen Vogt on the family medical leave list Saturday and called up catcher Bruce Maxwell to take his place, transferring reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

Vogt is dealing with a family medical emergency, manager Bob Melvin said, but the team expects him to return in three days. Players placed on the medical leave list can be away from the team between three and seven days.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Dominant' Manaea delivers career-best start

'Everything was just working today,' A's starter says of 8-frame gem

'Dominant' Manaea delivers career-best start

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with Sean Manaea in the eighth inning of Friday's 1-0, 13-inning win over the Rays, even with his pitch count rising and the go-ahead run, Kevin Kiermaier, standing at third base.

Melvin would've been justified in turning the game over to reliever Ryan Dull, who stood ready in the bullpen and has allowed only 2-of-39 inherited runners to score this season. But Manaea had twirled his way to this point, delivering the best start of his career, and Melvin let him see it through.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's reward Manaea, walk off vs. Rays in 13th

A's reward Manaea, walk off vs. Rays in 13th

OAKLAND -- Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea were at their best Friday night. And the pair did what Major League starters do when they're at the top of their game, they posted zeroes, lots of zeroes.

Ultimately, each came away with a no-decision despite matching up with eight scoreless innings and not a walk between them in the A's 1-0 win in 13 innings at the Oakland Coliseum. The loss snapped the Rays' three-game winning streak.

More

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Semien sees 96-game starting streak end

A's shortstop was hitless in last 8 at-bats with 4 K's

Semien sees 96-game starting streak end

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien wasn't in Friday's starting lineup, ending his streak of 96 straight games started, but kept his consecutive games played streak alive, entering as a defensive substitute in the ninth inning of a 13-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays. Semien went 0-for-2 and turned a double play. He's now played in 99 straight games dating back to last year.

After a conversation with Washington and an evaluation of Semien's recent stretch, Melvin decided the shortstop finally needed a day off, but did note he could possibly enter Friday's game in a late-inning role if necessary. Semien replaced Arismendy Alcantara after Danny Valencia pinch-hit for Alcantara in the ninth.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Watch Bassitt's dog surf during Bark at the Park

|
Watch Bassitt's dog surf during Bark at the Park

Bark at the Park Night is arguably one of the best promotions of the baseball season. Where else can you see pups sitting in the stands dressed to the nines in whatever (usually ill-fitting) team garb their owners could find?

It's also, apparently, an opportunity for dogs to go surfing in the parking lot, which happened before the A's hosted the Rays at the Coliseum on Friday night.

Continue Reading on Cut4

Smolinski homers, but 4-run frame sinks A's

Smolinski homers, but 4-run frame sinks A's

OAKLAND -- The hot-hitting Rays took batting practice off of Sonny Gray, tagging the struggling A's starter for nine hits in a 7-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

Gray was responsible for all seven runs in just five innings, surrendering solo home runs to Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson ahead of a four-run attack in the fifth -- featuring five consecutive hits to open the frame -- that put the Rays ahead for good. They've plated 28 runs in their last three games.

More

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's showcase science of baseball at STEM clinic

A's showcase science of baseball at STEM clinic

OAKLAND -- A's pitcher Kendall Graveman knew he needed to select a major by the end of his sophomore year at Mississippi State, and leaned toward pursuing business until his father, Gary, suggested something else.

"He said 'Hey, try engineering and give it a shot, we can always change directions,'" Graveman said.

More

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's bats can't break through in loss to Astros

A's bats can't break through in loss to Astros

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Doug Fister strung together seven scoreless innings to help the Astros avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the A's with a commanding 7-0 win at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

"Doug was at his best," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought he did a great job of getting through their lineup and continuing to put up zeros while we hung there. We let them hang in there a little bit by not separating in the game, but Doug Fister was really, really good."

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walk-off win masks Crisp's baserunning gaffe

Walk-off win masks Crisp's baserunning gaffe

OAKLAND -- A wacky sequence of events unfolded at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, all of them adding up to a walk-off, broken-bat single from Josh Reddick.

The A's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Astros featured mighty fight, and a dose of awkwardness.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's rally in 9th, walk off in 10 vs. Astros

A's rally in 9th, walk off in 10 vs. Astros

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick hit a walk-off single against Astros reliever Tony Sipp in the 10th inning, spoiling a four-hit night from Jose Altuve and helping the A's secure a series-clinching 4-3 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The A's tied the game in the ninth inning against Houston closer Will Harris, getting back-to-back doubles from Stephen Vogt and Coco Crisp, who was tagged out on the basepaths on the play for the second out to help the Astros send the game into extras.

More

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.