Shore part of next wave of A's big leaguers

Shore part of next wave of A's big leaguers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The A's dipped into the Minors for a starter Tuesday, electing right-hander Logan Shore -- their second-round Draft pick last year -- to handle a star-studded Angels lineup.

Shore managed just fine, striking out two batters in the opening frame, including Mike Trout, and three overall in a four-inning outing. He allowed just one run on two hits in the A's 14-3 loss.

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A's get impressive start from Shore

A's get impressive start from Shore

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yunel Escobar and Martin Maldonado hit their first home runs of the spring as the Angels beat the A's, 14-3, in the penultimate Cactus League game for both squads Tuesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Escobar crushed a two-run shot off Liam Hendriks to power a five-run outburst in the fifth. The Angels also scored five runs in the sixth, highlighted by Maldonado's three-run homer off Grant Holmes.

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Inbox: What's Opening Day lineup?

Beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions

Inbox: What's Opening Day lineup?

As Spring Training continues to wind down, we decided to take this opportunity to answer some questions from fans in an A's Opening Day inbox.

How do you envision the Opening Night batting order?
--Richard D., Tucson, Ariz.

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Shore among top prospect performers

Shore among top prospect performers

Mets' No. 5 prospect Robert Gsellman, who is likely to earn a spot in the Mets' rotation, put together another strong start as he continues to impress in Spring Training. Matt Adams tagged Gsellman for a three-run homer, but otherwise the right-hander was lights out.

The 23-year-old struck out six and gave up three runs on five hits in six innings, putting his Spring Training ERA at 2.31 through 23 1/3 innings.

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A's outfield takes shape with release of De Aza

A's outfield takes shape with release of De Aza

MESA, Ariz. -- Veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza, who was enjoying a productive spring with the A's, has opted out of his Minor League contract in favor of free agency.

De Aza, 32, was being considered by the A's for the fifth outfielder spot, but there's a strong possibility they will keep just four to open the season and will choose to carry eight relievers. Should they opt for a fifth outfielder, however, Jaff Decker will likely fill that role.

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Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray could be in high demand at Deadline

Righty looking for bounceback season after injury-plagued 2016

Gray could be in high demand at Deadline

MESA, Ariz. -- Though the A's will begin the season without a healthy Sonny Gray, they intend to have his services available for the majority of the season.

Gray's potential impact is significant, and its effects two-fold: Should the right-hander perform in ace-like fashion, following an injury-plagued down season in 2016, a slew of other teams will want his services, too.

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Chapman among top prospect performers

Mancini, Mullins combine for big day offensively

Chapman among top prospect performers

Orioles prospects Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins combined to go 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Baltimore's 11-9 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Mancini, the Orioles' No. 5 prospect, scored two runs and drove in two more, while Mullins, who replaced Mancini in the eighth inning, drove in two runs as well.

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Triggs struggles with control against Royals

Triggs struggles with control against Royals

MESA, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas, Paulo Orlando, Brandon Moss and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals, who tagged A's No. 4 starter Andrew Triggs for eight runs in a 10-3 victory behind an impressive Jason Vargas at Hohokam Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Triggs allowed three of the homers, and eight hits overall, in just 3 2/3 innings in his second-to-last tuneup before his scheduled April 6 season debut against the Angels. The right-hander also walked a pair of batters and unleashed a wild pitch.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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Canseco, Braden, Stewart join broadcast team

Canseco, Braden, Stewart join broadcast team

MESA, Ariz. -- Jose Canseco is coming to a TV near you.

Canseco will join former Oakland pitchers Dave Stewart and Dallas Braden as studio analysts for the A's Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows on NBC Sports California this season, the network announced Monday.

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A's statement on Raiders' approved move

A's statement on Raiders' approved move

The A's released the following statement regarding the NFL's Oakland Raiders' approved move to Las Vegas on Monday:

"We understand the Raiders' need for a new stadium. Oakland is an incredible sports town and we would be sorry to see them leave. We commend the city's and county's efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland. [Mayor Libby Schaaf] and her team have worked incredibly hard to save the franchise. We are focused on, and excited about, our efforts to build a new ballpark in Oakland and look forward to announcing a location this year."

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Cotton K's 7 Brewers; Maxwell homers twice

Cotton K's 7 Brewers; Maxwell homers twice

PHOENIX -- Brewers starter Matt Garza, who has been trying to incorporate more offspeed pitches this spring, allowed five runs over 2 1/3 innings an 11-1 loss to the A's on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Jharel Cotton, the A's No. 3 starter in their Opening Day rotation and No. 6 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, threw 5 2/3 strong innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The lone run he surrendered came via a solo home run from Ryan Braun, his second of the spring.

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A's option Hahn to Triple-A; OD rotation set

Triggs, Alcantara to fill final staff spots

A's option Hahn to Triple-A; OD rotation set

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's optioned Jesse Hahn to Triple-A on Sunday morning, leaving Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara to fill out their Opening Day rotation.

"Both these guys get an opportunity they never had before," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

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Detwiler opts out; Maxwell sent to Minors

Detwiler opts out; Maxwell sent to Minors

MARYVALE, Ariz. -- Veteran lefty Ross Detwiler became a free agent Sunday after opting out of his Minor League deal with the A's.

Detwiler made it known early in camp that he would exercise his opt-out clause if he wasn't going to make the A's Opening Day roster, a scenario that played out as expected. Detwiler was considered a longshot from the outset, and an impressive start to Cactus League play was dwarfed by recent struggles.

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Davis homers, but rally falls short vs. Reds

Davis homers, but rally falls short vs. Reds

MESA, Ariz. -- The Reds rallied for two runs against A's lefty Sean Doolittle in the seventh inning to break a tie en route to an 11-6 split-squad victory on Saturday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium.

Stuart Turner's RBI triple highlighted the frame, which also featured back-to-back doubles by Leon Landry and Sebastian Elizalde. Turner, a Rule 5 pick in competition for a roster spot, finished with two hits.

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Rough outings for A's Hahn, Manaea

Rough outings for A's Hahn, Manaea

MESA, Ariz. -- A's starters had a rough go of it in split-squad action Saturday, though it could only be of consequence for one of them.

Left-hander Sean Manaea easily shook off his struggles following his second-to-last outing ahead of his season debut as the club's No. 2 starter. But right-hander Jesse Hahn, in battle for a rotation job, doesn't have that luxury.

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Chapman hits HR, Hahn struggles in loss to L.A.

Chapman hits HR, Hahn struggles in loss to L.A.

PHOENIX -- Andrew Toles slugged a grand slam and Justin Turner followed for back-to-back shots against Jesse Hahn as the Dodgers erased a four-run deficit for a 10-6 win over an Oakland A's split squad on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

The A's had taken a 4-0 lead off Dodgers starter Rich Hill with a three-run homer by Matt Chapman in the first inning and a bases-loaded walk by Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. Hill was charged with those four runs in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks. Hill's spring ERA is 8.03.

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Graveman in control, Healy hits fifth HR in A's win

Graveman in control, Healy hits fifth HR in A's win

MESA, Ariz. -- The hot-hitting A's busted out for five runs in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the White Sox at Hohokam Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Trevor Plouffe, Mark Canha and Chris Parmelee notched RBI hits in the opening frame, and Ryon Healy connected for a two-run homer in the second for his fifth of the spring, as Oakland pounded a White Sox bullpen that was saddled with pitching duties in place of injured starter Carlos Rodon, who was scratched from the start.

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Vogt's adjusted approach paying off at plate

Veteran hitter trying to be more selective after expanding zone in '16

Vogt's adjusted approach paying off at plate

MESA, Ariz. -- Stephen Vogt stepped to the plate in the first inning Friday afternoon with two runners on base. Earlier in the day, the A's catcher spoke about his habitual approach in such situations last season: "It was more like, 'Hey, we gotta drive both of these guys in,' rather than, 'Hey, let's walk and let the pitcher work.'"

"Everybody kind of got expanded out of their zone." Vogt said, "and I think that's something we've all talked about as a group. Get on base for the next guy."

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Khris Davis out; Armenteros to join travel squad

Outfield injuries will give prospect Lazaro Armenteros Majors at-bats

Khris Davis out; Armenteros to join travel squad

MESA, Ariz. -- A's outfielder Khris Davis is being held out of game action for a few days because of a minor right quad issue, manager Bob Melvin said Friday.

Davis, who was last seen in a game Wednesday, will return to exhibition play no sooner than Sunday.

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A's hand Opening Night start to Graveman

With Gray on the mend, right-hander to be followed by Manaea, Cotton

A's hand Opening Night start to Graveman

MESA, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman has been called on to make the first Opening Day start of his career, a gesture he considers a "very humbling honor."

After A's manager Bob Melvin delivered the news to Graveman on Thursday morning, the pitcher had a message of his own. 

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Alonso homers twice as A's erupt for 15 runs

Alonso homers twice as A's erupt for 15 runs

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's counted off four home runs against Brewers Opening Day starter Junior Guerra, including two from Yonder Alonso, in a 15-5 slugfest at Hohokam Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Alonso's first homer, a two-run blast to right field, was part of a five-run second inning that also included a home run from infield prospect Max Schrock. Then, Trevor Plouffe and Alonso hit back-to-back homers in the third, giving Alonso four long balls this spring -- more than half of his 2016 regular-season total (seven).

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Vogt's two-hit day leads A's to victory

Vogt's two-hit day leads A's to victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Triggs is fighting for a spot in the Oakland rotation and he enhanced those chances by allowing two runs over five innings during a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

Triggs allowed three hits in five-plus innings, striking out four. The first run scored by the White Sox came via a fifth-inning home run from Yolmer Sanchez, who figures to earn one of the team's bench spots, as well as compete for more regular playing time at second base. He added a ninth-inning triple.

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Montas among top prospect performers

Montas among top prospect performers

J.D. Davis is heating up at the perfect time. As the season draws near, hits are coming in bunches for the Astros' No. 13 prospect.

The 23-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of Spring Training, in Houston's 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

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A's celebrating 50th season with Spirit Week

A's celebrating 50th season with Spirit Week

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The A's want your Giants caps.

No, really. They're willing to give fans a new green and gold cap in exchange for their East Bay loyalty.

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Alonso, Plouffe lead A's offense vs. Mariners

Alonso, Plouffe lead A's offense vs. Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe continued their strong springs for the A's with two hits and two RBIs each as Oakland topped the Mariners, 8-5, on Tuesday despite a productive return by Robinson Cano from the World Baseball Classic.

Cano went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBIs in his first game back from his stint with the Dominican Republic, but a Seattle lineup that looked much like its projected Opening Day nine couldn't keep up with a 14-hit night by the A's.

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Doctor clears Gray to throw ahead of schedule

Despite latest MRI results, A's ace not expected to return before late April

Doctor clears Gray to throw ahead of schedule

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A's ace Sonny Gray has been cleared to resume throwing just two weeks after being diagnosed with a moderate strain of the lat muscle on the right side of his back.

The right-hander wasn't expected to be able to pick up a baseball again until the three-week mark, but he was given the green light by Dr. Anthony Romeo in Chicago on Monday after undergoing another MRI exam.

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A's relievers willing to be flexible in late innings

A's relievers willing to be flexible in late innings

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A's manager Bob Melvin is in the early stages of plotting out his bullpen configuration, a process that could potentially be ongoing through the season.

Melvin has several closing options on the table and may not necessarily single out just one ahead of Opening Day, noting Tuesday that it will likely be a fluid situation. The players involved, he said, are on board with just about anything.

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Chapman forms friendship with Davis in A's camp

Both A's sluggers attended Cal State Fullerton

Chapman forms friendship with Davis in A's camp

MESA, Ariz. -- Matt Chapman could hardly contain his excitement. Khris Davis hardly knew who the kid was. The meeting proved memorable for both.

"He told me he went to [Cal State] Fullerton, and that kind of took my breath away," recalled Davis, a fellow Titan. "It was pretty cool to have this kid come up to me, really excited to be in big league camp."

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Davis drives in two; Manaea tosses five innings

Davis drives in two; Manaea tosses five innings

MESA, Ariz. -- Chris Owings collected two hits, including a triple, and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a go-ahead, two-run single to lead the D-backs to a 10-6 victory over the A's at Hohokam Stadium on Monday night.

Kevin Cron hit a two-run homer in the seventh, then added an RBI single during the D-backs' five-run, eighth-inning rally. Sergio Alcantara padded the lead with a two-run single in the ninth.

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