Bush promoted to hitting coach as A's fill out staff

Emerson new bullpen coach; Jensen to assist Bush, teach catchers

Bush promoted to hitting coach as A's fill out staff

OAKLAND -- The A's have promoted from within to fill out their 2015 coaching staff. Notably, Darren Bush has been chosen to replace Chili Davis as hitting coach after serving as the club's bullpen coach the past two seasons.

Scott Emerson will fill that role, his first Major League coaching assignment following more than a decade as a pitching coach and instructor in the A's Minor League system, and Marcus Jensen will work dually as an assistant hitting coach and catching coach on manager Bob Melvin's revamped staff.

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Donaldson represents A's with three GIBBY nominations

Third baseman cited for defense, two-run walk-off homer

Donaldson represents A's with three GIBBY nominations

The A's have racked up nine nominations for this year's MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, including rented ace Jon Lester for Starting Pitcher of the Year and All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson for Defensive Player of the Year.

And for a third year in a row, Bob Melvin is among the nominees for Manager of the Year.

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Jim Callis

Determined Robertson leads A's prospects in AFL

Determined Robertson leads A's prospects in AFL

Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson have been linked since the Athletics selected them early in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Oakland made the high school shortstops their first two picks, Russell 11th overall and Robertson 34th.

They played together during their first pro summer before the A's split them up so they both could play shortstop on a regular basis. Russell quickly established himself as one of the best prospects in baseball and looked like he'd be Oakland's shortstop of the future, with Robertson eventually having to find a new position. But that outlook changed in July, when the A's made Russell the centerpiece of the trade that brought Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel over from the Cubs.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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A's prospect Robertson is AFL Player of Week

Shortstop hit .556 with eight RBIs in four-game stretch for Solar Sox

A's prospect Robertson is AFL Player of Week

MESA, Ariz. -- Daniel Robertson looked across the clubhouse at the Chicago Cubs' year-old Spring Training palace and saw Addison Russell.

"It's kind of strange, seeing him in a Cubs uniform," Robertson said.

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A's Olson named to AFL Fall Stars roster

Rosters for annual AFL event include 14 prospects from Top 100 rankings

A's Olson named to AFL Fall Stars roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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

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Aldrete rejoins Melvin to be A's bench coach

Aldrete rejoins Melvin to be A's bench coach

A's manager Bob Melvin is reuniting with longtime pal and peer Mike Aldrete, who was named Oakland's new bench coach on Monday, replacing Chip Hale.

Aldrete, who recently finished his third season as bench coach with St. Louis, previously coached on Melvin's staffs in Seattle and Arizona. He had a year remaining on his contract with the Cardinals, but in taking over for Hale, the new manager of the D-Backs, he gets to return to a familiar place.

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Moss' right hip surgery a success

A's say 31-year-old is expected to be at full strength for 2015 season

Moss' right hip surgery a success

The A's Brandon Moss underwent successful right hip surgery this week, according to the team, and is expected to be at full strength by the start of the 2015 season.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville on Tuesday, involved repairing a torn labrum and additional clean-up work to alleviate the impingement in Moss' hip.

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Donaldson battling division foes for Gold Glove Award

Third baseman aims to claim defensive hardware after All-Star season

Donaldson battling division foes for Gold Glove Award

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has been named one of three American League finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award at his position.

As announced Thursday, Donaldson is in competition with a pair of division opponents in Texas' Adrian Beltre, a four-time Gold Glove winner, and Seattle's Kyle Seager for the defensive honor, which is based on 75 percent by voting from AL managers and coaches and 25 percent by defensive metrics.

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Robertson, Olson, Powell star as Solar Sox top Saguaros

Robertson, Olson, Powell star as Solar Sox top Saguaros

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A trio of Athletics prospects gave Oakland fans a glimpse of the future on Saturday as they led the Mesa Solar Sox to a comfortable 14-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.

All selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Daniel Robertson (34th overall), Matt Olson (47th overall) and Boog Powell (20th round) combined to go 11-for-16 with seven RBIs. The trio also drew a pair of walks, stole a base and scored six runs.

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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.

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Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

Red Sox hire Davis as hitting coach

Chili Davis, Oakland's hitting coach the last three seasons, has been hired to the same position by the Boston Red Sox. The club made the deal official on Thursday.

The Red Sox are believed to have agreed to a multiyear contract with Davis, who had also been courted by the Yankees and Rangers for their vacant hitting coach jobs.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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A's prospect Powell goes yard in AFL action

Mesa gets back on track in Fall League action behind long ball, solid mound effort

A's prospect Powell goes yard in AFL action

SURPRISE -- After dropping each of their past two Arizona Fall League games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 victory over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.

The Solar Sox, who have won both matchups against the Javelinas this season, powered their way to victory with four extra-base hits.

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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.

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Meeting with young A's fan a treat for Vogt

Catcher hangs out with 11-year-old who made special request via letter

Meeting with young A's fan a treat for Vogt

LAKE FOREST, Calif. -- Harrison Gomes had already made Stephen Vogt's day. On Monday, it was Vogt's turn to return the favor.

Vogt met with Gomes -- who penned a September letter to Oakland general manager Billy Beane that asked the A's to play "extra hard" on his birthday -- on Monday evening, playing catch, lobbing balls to hit, signing autographs and taking photos at Quakes Baseball Academy in Orange County.

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Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MDeFranks. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moss, Vogt scheduled for surgery this month

Both are expected to be ready for start of 2015 season

Moss, Vogt scheduled for surgery this month

OAKLAND -- The A's Brandon Moss (right hip) and Stephen Vogt (right foot) are scheduled for surgery within the next two weeks, the club announced Wednesday. Both are expected to be ready by the start of the 2015 season.

Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Jung will repair a plantar plate tear in Vogt's foot, which kept him away from catching duties for the majority of the season. The surgery is slated for Tuesday.

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A's 2014 proves to be a tale of two seasons

A's 2014 proves to be a tale of two seasons

OAKLAND -- The 2014 A's so often resembled a bulkier version of the green and gold club that prematurely bowed out of the postseason in consecutive seasons. They had a rotation built for October and a lineup thought deep enough to support it, two fundamental weapons that were going to get them in and out of the first round alive.

But they didn't even get so far this time, suffering that same unsettling heartache a week earlier at the conclusion of a 12-inning escapade with the Royals in a Wild Card Game for the ages -- the kind of haunting loss that makes the rest of postseason play barely watchable.

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A's prospect Olson powers Mesa to first victory

A's prospect Olson powers Mesa to first victory

Matt Olson's 37 home runs during the regular season with Class A Advanced Stockton ranked third in the Minor Leagues. So it was no surprise when he bashed two homers Saturday night for Mesa, becoming the first player this season in the Arizona Fall League to record a multi-homer game.

Olson's home runs powered Mesa to a 6-3 victory against Peoria. The victory snapped the Solar Sox's three-game losing streak to open the season.

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

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Lowrie leads A's free-agent crop

Oakland has decision to make at shortstop position along with other impending FAs

Lowrie leads A's free-agent crop

OAKLAND -- The A's could lose as many as eight free agents this winter -- chief among them Jed Lowrie, with no everyday big league shortstop waiting in the wings.

For so long, the plan was for Addison Russell to take the reins at this position upon Lowrie's expected departure, but that was washed away when he was traded to the Cubs in the deal that gave the A's Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. That leaves top prospect Daniel Robertson, who won't be ready until at least 2016, and Andy Parrino, who, though defensively sound, has yet to prove he can hit at the Major League level.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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

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Beane defends trades after A's postseason exit

GM asserts Oakland's Wild Card appearance tied to acquiring Lester

Beane defends trades after A's postseason exit

OAKLAND -- A's general manager Billy Beane is standing behind both of his July blockbuster trades, particularly the one that gave him 12 Jon Lester starts. This, he's adamant about. There's less certainty what his next move will be.

Following another early exit from the postseason, after a frenzied 12-inning loss to the Royals in Tuesday's winner-take-all American League Wild Card Game, the A's now must calculate just how much that window of opportunity for competing remains open.

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Athletics' season ends in Wild Card heartbreak

Moss homers twice to build four-run lead, but Royals win in 12

Athletics' season ends in Wild Card heartbreak

KANSAS CITY -- Nearly five hours of grueling, gritty, great baseball was played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, the type of postseason game that will be talked for a long time. The A's, though, losers of a 9-8 thriller to the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game, will feel it for a long time, that familiar heartache that has attached itself to every one of their playoff series under general manager Billy Beane.

Oakland has reached the postseason eight times since the start of 2000, advancing as far as the AL Championship Series just once, and never beyond it. Another AL Division Series was at least in sight, following a five-run sixth inning that erased a 3-2 deficit, but the Royals, playing in the postseason for the first time in nearly 30 years, fought back to the soundtrack of a deafening crowd to tie the game and, ultimately, win it in the bottom of the 12th.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Big-picture view of A's quite amazing

Despite painful knockout punch, Oakland club a perennial contender

Big-picture view of A's quite amazing

If we can remove ourselves from the reality of the way it ended, we can take a moment to reflect on the A-mazement of a ballclub ranking 29th, 27th and 25th the last three years in Opening Day payroll making the postseason in each of those years.

If Oakland fans can divorce themselves from the disappointment of Tuesday night's Wild Card result in Kansas City, maybe they'll take comfort in the way a club that lost two-fifths of its starting rotation in Spring Training somehow stayed ahead of the curve in the season's first half and ran out to the best record in baseball for a significant percentage of the season.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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No regrets, Dunn eyes retirement

A's veteran slugger isn't called on in first postseason game

No regrets, Dunn eyes retirement

KANSAS CITY -- Beyond the obvious sorrow clouding yet another A's postseason gone wrong on Tuesday night in the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium was sincere disappointment for a man who waited 14 seasons to get there and exited it without a single at-bat.

Adam Dunn, on a postseason roster for the first time in his career, watched the American League Wild Card Game from the bench, not once stepping on the field in the A's 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Royals. Now, he plans to retire.

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

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A's bullpen picks wrong time for rough night

A's bullpen picks wrong time for rough night

KANSAS CITY -- Words were hard to come by and emotions were heavy for A's closer Sean Doolittle, whose voice trailed off a couple of times on Tuesday night after an American League Wild Card Game vs. the Royals that was every bit as demoralizing for the Oakland bullpen as it was a thriller for both teams.

How does one explain one of the best-performing bullpens in the AL not being able to hold not just one but two late-game leads in a 9-8 defeat in 12 innings?

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Moss' record-setting night isn't enough for A's

DH homers twice, sets club mark with five RBIs in AL Wild Card Game

Moss' record-setting night isn't enough for A's

KANSAS CITY -- Amid a deafening Kauffman Stadium crowd overjoyed with seeing the Royals' first postseason appearance in 29 years, A's designated hitter Brandon Moss did all he could to spoil their American League Wild Card party.

Even though Moss twice gave the A's a lead with two huge home runs for a team postseason record five RBIs, it wasn't enough to advance Oakland to the next round, as the Royals refused to lay down before finally ending the A's season with a 9-8 defeat in 12 innings.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hero of past Octobers, Lester comes up short

Ace lacks dominant stuff in first postseason since midseason trade to A's

Hero of past Octobers, Lester comes up short

KANSAS CITY -- When the A's went for it all by making the huge Trade Deadline deal to get Jon Lester from the Red Sox on July 31, they felt the left-handed ace was just the perfect guy they could send to the mound for any do-or-die game in the postseason.

When that time came on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card Game, Lester fell short with his worst outing of his short tenure for Oakland. He allowed a postseason career-high six earned runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings during a 9-8 A's loss to the Royals in 12 innings.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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KC's historic comeback and other crazy stats

KC's historic comeback and other crazy stats

The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire season's worth of twists and turns.

After the drama unfolded and the dust settled, we were left with some remarkable stats to help tell the story.

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Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Crisp exits in 11th inning with hamstring injury

A's center fielder unable to finish AL Wild Card Game vs. Royals

Crisp exits in 11th inning with hamstring injury

KANSAS CITY -- A's center fielder Coco Crisp came out of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game against the Royals just prior to the bottom of the 11th inning with a right hamstring injury.

Crisp appeared to be favoring his right leg on a swing he took during an at-bat in the top of the inning with the game tied at 7. He struck out.

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Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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A's Soto leaves Wild Card Game with injured thumb

A's Soto leaves Wild Card Game with injured thumb

KANSAS CITY -- A's catcher Geovany Soto was forced to exit Tuesday night's 9-8 loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game in the bottom of the third inning because of a left thumb injury.

In the bottom of the first, Soto applied a tag with his glove hand on Eric Hosmer as he attempted to steal home for the third out. Soto batted in the second inning and was called out on strikes.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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A's escape first inning with pick-off play

Lester catches Butler off first base; Hosmer thrown out at home

KANSAS CITY -- The American League Wild Card Game got off to a confusing start, as the Royals ran into an out in the first inning.

Billy Butler drove in Kansas City's first run with a single in the first, but he also contributed to the third out of the inning when he wandered too far off first base with two outs and Eric Hosmer at third. Hosmer responded to Butler's rundown by breaking to home plate, where he was thrown out. At the time, the Athletics led, 2-1.

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Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Elbow pain keeps O'Flaherty off A's WC roster

Elbow pain keeps O'Flaherty off A's WC roster

KANSAS CITY -- A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty was forced off the roster for Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game because of ongoing discomfort in his surgically repaired left elbow.

The southpaw, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, has been dealing with the issue for nearly two weeks. O'Flaherty last pitched in a game on Sept. 20, and although he threw to hitters on Monday, he "didn't love the way the ball was coming out of his hand," said manager Bob Melvin, "so it just didn't seem prudent to put him on the playoff roster right now."

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