Semien provides offense as A's sweep Tigers

Semien provides offense as A's sweep Tigers

DETROIT -- Marcus Semien's three RBIs supported seven scoreless innings from Daniel Mengden, sending the A's to their second series sweep of the Tigers at Comerica Park in three years with a 3-2 win Wednesday afternoon.

Oakland has won four in a row and 11 of its last 14. The Athletics have also won five in a row against the Tigers after dropping their season series opener in Oakland back in May.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the A's on Wednesday.

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Mengden twirls second straight gem for A's

Rookie's confidence brimming after extending scoreless innings streak to 16

Mengden twirls second straight gem for A's

DETROIT -- Daniel Mengden delivered seven innings of scoreless ball in Oakland's 3-2 win at Comerica Park on Wednesday, stretching his current streak to 16 innings without allowing a run.

Mengden's shutdown performance comes on the heels of his first career shutout last time out in Philadelphia, also the Athletics' first this season.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's, Graveman open last homestand vs. Texas

A's, Graveman open last homestand vs. Texas

The Athletics will begin their final homestand of the season on Friday with a three-game set against American League West-rival Texas.

Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) takes the mound for the A's after having his last start cut short due to a rain delay in Philadelphia. Graveman is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this season.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Olson stretches home run streak to 5 games

Slugger sets A's rookie record for consecutive games with a long ball, now 1 shy of tying club mark

Olson stretches home run streak to 5 games

DETROIT -- Another day, another Matt Olson home run. The 23-year-old first baseman has now homered in five straight games after his second-inning shot off Chad Bell in the A's 9-8 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

His five-game streak broke the franchise's rookie record for most consecutive games with a home run, and pulls him within one long ball of Frank Thomas' overall franchise record of six games, set back in 2006.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lowrie's slam caps A's comeback vs. Tigers

Lowrie's slam caps A's comeback vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Jed Lowrie's eighth-inning grand slam led the A's back from a four-run deficit and decided a back-and-forth affair as Oakland outslugged the Tigers for a 9-8 win Tuesday at Comerica Park.

"When you're scoring as many runs as we are and grinding out at-bats like we do, we feel like we're never out of it," Lowrie said.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Tuesday.

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Cotton still has a chance to make his next start

Cotton still has a chance to make his next start

DETROIT -- Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Jharel Cotton could be in line to make his next start after he was scratched with a groin injury just minutes before his scheduled start Monday in Detroit.

"He went out and played catch today, and was probably a little better than I thought he'd be, so we'll see how he is leading up to his next start," Melvin said. "We do have an extra day off, so I think there's probably an outside chance he can make it."

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jon Paul Morosi

For A's rookie Olson, success started at home

Georgia native has taken MLB by storm with record-breaking power

For A's rookie Olson, success started at home

DETROIT -- Lee Olson's fifth-grade classroom in Lilburn, Ga., is filled with baseball fans.

Matt Olson fans, to be more specific.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Olson hits No. 22, homers in 4th straight game

Olson hits No. 22, homers in 4th straight game

DETROIT -- Athletics rookie Matt Olson has homered in four consecutive games after hitting a two-run shot in the third inning for his 22nd of the season in Monday's 8-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Olson hit homers in each of the Athletics' three games at Philadelphia over the weekend before extending his streak Monday on a Buck Farmer fastball up in the zone. The A's franchise record is six consecutive games with a home run, set by Frank Thomas in 2006.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis manages to hit foul ball twice

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Davis manages to hit foul ball twice

You've probably seen a Major Leaguer manage to hit the same pitch twice with one swing before. Usually it happens all in the same motion, like this ricochet from Eric Hosmer earlier this year.

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A's offense keeps rolling in win over Tigers

A's offense keeps rolling in win over Tigers

DETROIT -- Marcus Semien scored three times -- twice on Jed Lowrie RBIs -- and Matt Olson added his fourth homer in as many games, sending the Athletics to an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Monday at Comerica Park.

Lowrie doubled in Semien in the first inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to plate the shortstop again in the third as part of a four-run inning off Tigers starter Buck Farmer, punctuated by Olson's two-run homer. A bases-loaded walk from Artie Lewicki to Lowrie in the third scored Bruce Maxwell to help put the game away.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Monday.

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Davis returns from paternity leave

Davis returns from paternity leave

DETROIT -- Slugger Khris Davis rejoined the Athletics ahead of Monday's game at Comerica Park after missing four games on paternity leave for the birth of his son.

Davis entered Monday one home run shy of becoming the second player in franchise history to have back-to-back 40-homer seasons, and the first to do so since the club moved to Oakland in 1968. 

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wendle thrills family, friends with grand slam

In rare start, second baseman makes most of opportunity

Wendle thrills family, friends with grand slam

PHILADELPHIA -- Before Sunday's game at Citizens Bank Park, A's manager Bob Melvin brushed off any thoughts of concern over rookie Joey Wendle's start at second base against the Phillies.

"He'll be fine," Melvin said. "I know it's not just another game, but he'll be fine."

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Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the A's on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's hit 3 HRs, including slam, in win vs. Phils

A's hit 3 HRs, including slam, in win vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The homecoming of Athletics second baseman Joey Wendle spoiled the comeback of Phillies right-hander Henderson Alvarez at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday.

Wendle, who went to Avon Grove High School outside Philadelphia and attended West Chester University, hit a two-out grand slam in the top of the sixth inning that put his team ahead for good in Oakland's 6-3 win.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Sunday.

Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the A's on Sunday.

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Midland wins 4th straight Texas League title

Athletics' No. 30 prospect hurls six scoreless frames after rough postseason starts

Midland wins 4th straight Texas League title

The Midland RockHounds are champions once again.

The Athletics' Double-A affiliate won the Texas League for the fourth consecutive season with a 1-0 win in a pitchers' duel over Tulsa on Sunday night.

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

The Phillie Phanatic gave Ray Fosse a kiss

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The Phillie Phanatic gave Ray Fosse a kiss

The Phillie Phanatic typically earns his keep by keeping fans entertained with his antics at the ballpark -- both on the field and in the stands. Perhaps because of the rain during Saturday's 5-3 win over the A's, the Phanatic took his act to the A's broadcast booth where he had some fun with broadcaster Ray Fosse.

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A's 'pen falters after rain delay in loss to Phils

A's 'pen falters after rain delay in loss to Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Catcher Jorge Alfaro's two-out, two-run homer with the score tied in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Athletics on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

For the second day in a row, Oakland took an early lead with a Matt Olson two-run homer, this one against Phillies starter Ben Lively in the second. But the game was interrupted by rain after one pitch was thrown in the bottom of the third, forcing both managers to go to their bullpens early when play resumed after a delay of an hour and 46 minutes.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Saturday.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the A's on Saturday.

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A's, Phils' Pivetta engage in rain-delay standoff

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A's, Phils' Pivetta engage in rain-delay standoff

It was an hour and 46-minute rain delay that caused a stir of events when the Phillies topped the A's, 5-3, on Saturday night. Yes, there was water everywhere, that goes without saying, but Nick Pivetta took it upon himself to brave the rain and turn it into a friendly standoff.

Pivetta sat in the dugout while most of his teammates took shelter in the clubhouse. In his winter hat, he sat under a torn-up trash bag, in addition to the one he was wearing. He was not on this journey alone though -- he had the support of Freddy Galvis (who was prepared with a paper cup) and Jorge Alfaro. He did his best to stay dry, but he had some competition … the A's.

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Mengden's big night vs. PHI: 1st shutout, 1st hit

Mengden's big night vs. PHI: 1st shutout, 1st hit

PHILADELPHIA -- A's right-hander Daniel Mengden's quirky windup kept the Phillies' bats off balance and silent Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Mengden enjoyed the best start of his 18-start career, pitching his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory. It is the A's first shutout since Aug. 19, 2016, when Kendall Graveman tossed a two-hitter against the White Sox in Chicago. Mengden allowed just two hits and struck out seven, largely in part because he alters his time to the plate from the windup to mess with the hitter's timing. Certain attributes of the Phillies hitters made this exponentially more effective.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the A's on Friday.

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Olson showing off his power and potential

Rookie first baseman has been on a tear since August callup

Olson showing off his power and potential

PHILADELPHIA -- While the baseball world remains infatuated with the exploits of Phillies rookie first baseman Rhys Hoskins, the Oakland A's have a first-year first-base phenom of their own in Matt Olson, who introduced himself to Philadelphia in a big way early in Friday's 4-0 win over the Phillies.

In the blink of an eye, Olson dismantled a center-cut two-seamer from Mark Leiter, sending it screaming off the bat at 109.4 mph, according to Statcast™, and into the farthest rows of the second deck in right field at Citizens Bank Park. Not many balls go there.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the A's on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Neuse's blast gives Midland Game 4 win

Neuse's blast gives Midland Game 4 win

Sheldon Neuse came up huge for Double-A Midland in a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of the Texas League finals on Saturday night.

Neuse, the Athletics' No. 14 prospect, only had one hit in the game, but it was a vital one -- a three-run homer as the RockHounds forced a decisive Game 5 with the win.

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

Inbox: Will Athletics bring Lowrie back?

Beat reporter Jane Lee fields A's fans' questions

Inbox: Will Athletics bring Lowrie back?

Jed Lowrie has always been consistent in Oakland. Can we expect to see him back next year?
-- Erik C., Antioch, Calif.

I suspect the answer is yes. Lowrie has been so consistently productive this year that it seems the A's are planning on picking up his club option for the 2018 season, even with their top prospect, Franklin Barreto, ready to take over second-base duties. No A's hitter has been more reliable than Lowrie over the course of this year, and he's also looked better defensively.

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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.

Pinder could be A's permanent right fielder

Drafted as an infielder, versatile rookie flourishing in outfield

Pinder could be A's permanent right fielder

BOSTON -- During a time when so much noise has been made about Chad Pinder's versatility, sparking conversation about his Ben Zobrist-esque qualities, the A's rookie may quietly be finding a permanent home in right field.

Pinder made his fifth consecutive start at the position in Thursday's 6-2 loss at Fenway Park and his 22nd in 27 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 30.

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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 prospects keep Midland alive in playoffs

A's prospects keep Midland alive in playoffs

Jorge Mateo tripled and scored a run and Sheldon Neuse collected two hits to back a strong outing by Heath Fillmyer and help Double-A Midland stay alive with 2-0 win over Tulsa in Game 3 of the Texas League finals.

Starting in a must-win game after Midland dropped the first two games of the series, Fillmyer, Oakland's No. 19 prospect, allowed just three hits en route to completing five scoreless innings. The 23-year-old right-hander threw 49 of his 84 pitches for strikes as he issued three walks, hit one batter and struck out four.

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

Gossett, A's come up short vs. Sox

Gossett, A's come up short vs. Sox

BOSTON -- Andrew Benintendi hit lasers all day and Drew Pomeranz turned in yet another strong performance in his breakout season, lifting the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the A's on getaway Thursday at Fenway Park.

Benintendi went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA) cruised (six innings, one run, five strikeouts) while moving into a tie for the American League lead in wins, while counterpart Daniel Gossett took the loss after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

Howe recalls '02 A's streak, what could've been

Howe recalls '02 A's streak, what could've been

For Art Howe, the memories are bittersweet. It was 15 years ago that Howe managed the A's to a then-American League-record 20 consecutive wins. That record was surpassed when the Indians won their 21st consecutive game on Wednesday afternoon, 5-3, over the Tigers.

"It's history now," Howe said of the Athletics' place in history. "I guess it's true. Records are made to be broken."

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's select site, reveal plans for new ballpark

Privately financed park would sit between Lake Merritt and I-880

A's select site, reveal plans for new ballpark

BOSTON -- The A's have handpicked land near Oakland's Laney College as the site they'd like to build a privately financed new stadium, with the goal of breaking ground in 2021 and playing ball in 2023.

The site won out over the current Coliseum lot and a spot at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, ending long speculation. The A's have played at the Coliseum since 1968, and rebuilding on the same space seemingly would have been the safest choice and easiest to execute.

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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 back Cotton early, even series at Fenway

A's back Cotton early, even series at Fenway

BOSTON -- This time, Doug Fister couldn't stop the bleeding in the first inning. And this time, the righty's struggles carried later into the outing.

The result for the Red Sox was a 7-3 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday night at Fenway Park that reduced Boston's lead over the Yankees to three games in the American League East with 17 games left.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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

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Neuse, Schrock stay hot for Midland

Neuse, Schrock stay hot for Midland

The Tulsa Drillers slugged their way to another playoff victory on Wednesday, as Drew Jackson and Matt Beaty collected a combined five hits, including three extra-base hits, in a 5-4 win over Midland in Game 2 of the Texas League finals.

Jackson, the Dodgers No. 18 prospect, hit a triple and collected multiple hits for a second straight night, finishing 2-for-5 with a double and one run scored as Tulsa improved to 2-0 in the best-of-five series. The 24-year-old shortstop is hitting .320 through seven games in the postseason, and he leads all hitters with 10 RBIs.

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

A's will host a game free to all fans in 2018

Promotion coincides on date of Coliseum's 50th anniversary

A's will host a game free to all fans in 2018

The 2018 regular-season schedule, released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday, features a free A's game for all fans at the Coliseum.

A's 2018 schedule

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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.