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A Prescient Tim Anderson: “They Didn’t Do Their Homework”

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When I heard the quote from White Sox’ shortstop Tim Anderson, reacting to the A’s choice to start the hard throwing LHP Jesus Luzardo in game 1, with “They didn’t do their homework,” I thought “Ruh-roh, big mistake, Tim.”

First off, the A’s front office team is known as being extraordinarily studious and prepared. Suggesting that they didn’t do their homework is quite the insult....

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Athletics interested in re-signing Tommy La Stella

The Athletics are interested in re-signing Tommy La Stella, who has provided quality production for them at the plate in 2020.

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Wild Card Series, Game 1: A’s fall into old postseason habits in 4-1 loss

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We’ve seen this game before, in 2019

Here we go again.

The Oakland A’s played their first postseason game of 2020 on Tuesday, and it went eerily similar to the ones they played the last couple years. Fortunately, this time it’s a best-of-three series instead of a one-and-done disappointment.

The A’s lost 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the first-round Wild Card Series, on a day in which they seemed to be overmatched from start to finish. The...

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Game 1 Thread: A’s vs. White Sox (3)

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Rally Thread, Take 2

Lucas Giolito is throwing a perfect game. Through six innings, he’s been perfect. 18 up, 18 down. Were you worried about facing an ace-level pitcher that the A’s hadn’t seen all year? This has been the literal worst-case scenario so far in that regard.

But there are still three innings to go, 3-0 entering the bottom of the 7th, and Oakland’s signature is late comebacks. Can they pull off another? Perhaps they can with the help of...

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Game 1 Thread: A’s vs. White Sox (4)

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RALLY THREAD, TAKE 3

One last chance. It’s the 9th inning, and the A’s are on the board but still trailing 4-1. Now’s the time for that 9th-inning comeback they’re so good at against opposing bullpens. And whaddya know, a clutch grand slam would get the job done perfectly.

Let’s do this again, even louder and prouder. It’s time for another ...

RALLY THREAD!!!

*** Game Thread #1 | Game Thread #2 | Game Thread #3 ***

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Game 1 Thread: A’s vs. White Sox (2)

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Rally Thread!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the other team hit an early homer against the A’s starter. This time they waited all the way until the 2nd inning, but No. 7 hitter Adam Engel went yard against Jesús Luzardo. Then Jose Abreu hit one too in the 3rd. Meanwhile, the A’s are still searching for their first hit against Lucas Giolito.

It’s 3-0 entering the bottom of the 4th, so it’s time for a ...

RALLY THREAD!

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Game Thread: Game 1 vs. White Sox

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Wild Card Round, best-of-3

The playoffs are here! The Oakland A’s take on the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the best-of-three Wild Card Round, taking place at home at the Coliseum.

This is the first time these two teams have ever met in the postseason. It comes with the A’s as the No. 2 seed, as AL West division winners, and the White Sox as the first-ever No. 7 seed in the expanded bracket. Chicago tied for second place in the Central but...

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A’s announce roster for Wild Card Round

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28 players to face the Chicago White Sox

The 2020 MLB postseason begins in a couple hours, and the Oakland A’s have announced their roster for the first round.

The following 28 players will suit up for the best-of-three Wild Card Round against the Chicago White Sox, with all three games set at the Coliseum.

Pitchers Hitters Starters

Jesús Luzardo (L)
Chris Bassitt (R)
Sean Manaea (L)
Frankie Montas (R)
Mike Fiers (R)
Mike Minor (L)

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Athletics set Wild Card series roster

Jesus Luzardo will start Game 1 and Chris Bassitt is slated for Game 2.  No starter has been named for a potential Game 3.

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Elephant Rumblings: J.B. Wendelken will come off injured list for Wild Card Round

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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

The 2020 MLB postseason begins in a few hours! The Oakland A’s are matched up against the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-three first round, and Game 1 is at noon on ESPN.

Rosters will be announced shortly, and the A’s already got one player back from injury at the last minute when super-sub Chad Pinder returned from a strained hamstring on the final day of the regular season — and even...

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The dream and the nightmare of A’s playoff baseball

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Somewhere amidst the paralyzing fear, don’t forget to find that spark of joy

The playoffs once again approach, with that mix of nervousness, excitement, and, for an A’s fan, a healthy dose of agony or perhaps outright dread.

This is the time of year we as fans have been conditioned to freak out.

The Oakland A’s are fourth in playoff appearances this century, in all of baseball, with 11 including this year. Only the Yankees, Cardinals, and Dodgers...

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Chris Bassitt named AL Pitcher of the Month

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Hottest starter in the league

The Oakland A’s have the hottest starter in the American League, but it’s not who you might have guessed back in July when the season began. It’s not presumed ace Frankie Montas, nor last year’s playoff starter Sean Manaea, nor star rookie Jesús Luzardo, nor reliable veteran Mike Fiers. Rather, it’s a pitcher who arguably began the spring sixth on the team’s depth chart.

On Monday, Chris Bassitt was...

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How to watch Game 1: Time, TV schedule, online streaming

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A’s vs. White Sox in first round of 2020 postseason

The 2020 postseason has arrived! The Oakland A’s are in the tournament, as was fully expected at the outset of the summer, and they made it there with the No. 2 seed in the American League after winning the AL West handily. Their 36-24 record would work out like 97 wins in a normal full season, which is exactly how they finished the previous two years.

Their opponent in the first round will be the...

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Previewing the 2020-21 class of free-agent shortstops

A few household names are without contracts for 2021.

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Jesús Luzardo will start Game 1 of first round, Chris Bassitt in Game 2

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They’ll face Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel, respectively.

The Oakland A’s begin their 2020 postseason journey on Tuesday at the Coliseum, and now we know which pitchers will lead them against the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-three Wild Card Round.

The A’s will call on Jesús Luzardo to start Game 1, and Chris Bassitt to start Game 2, reports insider Martin Gallegos. Bassitt was also named September AL Pitcher of the Month on...

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A's activate reliever J.B. Wendelken from IL

Wendelken, 27, has quietly emerged as a key member of the Oakland relief corps.

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Athletics To Activate J.B. Wendelken

Athletics righty J.B. Wendelken will return from the injured list in time to be included on tomorrow’s postseason roster, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Elephant Rumblings: 2020 MLB postseason bracket set; which teams wouldn’t have made it in a normal year?

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MLB news roundup

Good morning, Athletics Nation!

We’ve reached the 2020 MLB postseason. The Oakland A’s are in, as the No. 2 seed in the American League, and they’ll host all three games of their Wild Card Round opening series against the Chicago White Sox. The first two are Tuesday and Wednesday at noon local time.

We’ll talk more about A’s vs. White Sox as the day goes on (already started...

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Tarp Catch: Jake Lamb is now officially an A’s third baseman

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Rite of passage for a 3B in the Coliseum’s expansive foul territory

Before the Oakland A’s final game of the regular season on Sunday, new third baseman Jake Lamb talked about how he hadn’t yet been tested in the Coliseum’s notoriously expansive foul territory. Per John Hickey of Sports Illustrated:

“I know how this works; I’m going to say I haven’t been tested about territory,” Lamb said Sunday morning in a video conference call. “And in...

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A’s finish with No. 2 seed, will face White Sox in first round of playoffs

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A’s vs. White Sox in the Wild Card Round

The 2020 MLB regular season is over, and the American League playoff bracket is set. It’s bigger than ever, with eight teams competing for a spot in the World Series against the NL champion, but the Oakland A’s have one of the top positions as the division winners of the AL West.

The A’s finish as the No. 2 seed in the AL, which lines them up to play the No. 7 seed Chicago White Sox, who finished third...

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