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Kempin’ ain’t easy, but Tony’s gotta do it

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His OBP is crazy, his defense never lazy

His OBP is crazy, his defense never lazy. So many walks that strikes don’t phase him.

At some point, a hot streak crosses over the line into a breakout season, and Tony Kemp has to be getting close for the Oakland A’s. We’re nearly halfway through the 2021 campaign, and the utilityman is the second-most productive hitter in the first-place team’s lineup. He’s upped his walk rate from good to absurd between...

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A’s option Jesús Luzardo to Triple-A, call up Domingo Acevedo

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One pitcher’s struggles help create another’s career opportunity

Progress is not always perfectly linear, even for the best young pitchers.

The Oakland A’s optioned Jesús Luzardo to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, the team announced. The move comes after the left-hander struggled in a relief role this month.

The 23-year-old phenom opened the season in the starting rotation, but was knocked out for all of May by a freak hand injury. Upon...

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Sean Manaea: Dr. Bronx and Mr. Fenway

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A strange case of small-sample weirdness

It’s a strange case indeed. Two ballparks, both alike in everything from classic fame to absurd dimensions to daunting home tenants, and Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea has been an entirely different performer at each of them.

Manaea is having an excellent season so far. After years of shoulder issues, he’s got his velocity back and is looking like the All-Star-caliber starter we’d hoped for when he was...

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A’s Doing Great — And Could Be A Bit Smarter Sometimes

“Lou, the way you protected that 10-run lead made we want to bounce into a triple play!” | Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

You could do a lot worse, for sure. The A’s have a front office that turns pennies into contenders, a manager you hope will stay forever, and a first baseman with a Mensa level Baseball IQ. That being said, despite starting June 13-2 Oakland has had outbreaks of, if not a case of the stupids, at least a case of the chronically unwise. Some examples…

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Athletics Expected To Select Domingo Acevedo

The Athletics are planning to select the contract of reliever Domingo Acevedo, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). Oakland already has a vacancy on the 40-man roster, so they’ll only need to make an active roster move to accommodate his promotion.

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High-A Lansing: Jack Weisenburger, Aiden McIntyre lead breakout pitchers

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Tons of interesting new pitching names in High-A Lansing, and two already moved up to Double-A.

On Thursday we began our first check-in with the High-A Lansing Lugnuts, but there are so many interesting players to follow that the first post only covered the hitters. Now we can take a look at the pitching prospects.

Like Lansing’s hitting contingent, their pitching staff is short on high-profile names but long on fascinating...

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Game #73: A’s fall just short in 2-1 loss to Yankees

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An eminently winnable game, just out of reach

Argh.

The Oakland A’s had every chance to win on Sunday in the Bronx, but fell just short over and over in a 2-1 defeat by the New York Yankees. All the ingredients were there but nothing came at the right moment, and the green-and-gold leaves town with a frustrating series loss despite playing well all weekend.

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Game Thread #73: A’s at Yankees

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Rubber match!

The Oakland A’s and New York Yankees split their first two games in the Bronx, and they’ll play one more Sunday to decide the series.

The rubber match will feature Sean Manaea on the mound for Oakland. The left-hander has allowed a total of three runs over his last five starts combined, spanning 32? innings, and included within that was a shutout against the Mariners. He’s pitched at Yankee Stadium twice in his career,...

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Game #72: A’s finally slowed down by Yankees

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Bullpen has a rare blown save

The Oakland A’s are the hottest team in the majors right now, but no baseball team wins every day.

The A’s finally met their match on Saturday, falling 7-5 to the New York Yankees in a hard-fought affair. The loss snaps a seven-game win streak for Oakland, and evens their series at Yankee Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s rubber match.

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While the result didn’t go the A’s...

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A’s place Stephen Piscotty on injured list, call up Skye Bolt

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Wrist injury for the right fielder

The Oakland A’s have gotten a few players back from injury lately, but now a new name is heading to the shelf.

The A’s placed right fielder Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day injured list Saturday morning, the team announced. The diagnosis is a sprained left wrist, retroactive to June 16.

To take his place on the active roster, fellow outfielder Skye Bolt was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Piscotty has been...

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Game Thread #72: A’s at Yankees

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Good morning!

The Oakland A’s have the best record in the American League! At 44-27, they are ahead of the Central-leading White Sox by a half-game and the East-leading Rays by a full game. In the AL West they’re up by two over the Astros.

They’ll get another chance to add to that total on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, with a morning start time here in the Bay Area. The A’s won the series opener on Friday in New York, and now ace starter Chris Bassitt will...

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A’s place Stephen Piscotty on 10-day IL, recall Skye Bolt

Piscotty has suffered a wrist sprain. 

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A’s Place Stephen Piscotty On 10-Day Injured List, Recall Skye Bolt

The Athletics have placed Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day injured list because of a left wrist sprain, the team announced. Skye Bolt will be recalled to claim Piscotty’s roster spot.

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Game #71: Kap and Kemp lead A’s to victory in Yankee Stadium

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Solid pitching and timely use of the short RF porch

The New York Yankees drafted James Kaprielian in 2015, but in the summer of 2017 they traded him to the Oakland A’s amid a long injury recovery. Four years later, they paid for that decision.

Kaprielian pitched into the 6th inning and earned the victory in the A’s 5-3 win over the Yankees on Friday, in the classic tale of a former prospect beating the team that dealt him away....

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Matt Olson has taken a huge step forward at the plate

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He’s blowing past All-Star caliber on to MVP candidacy

In late April, we took a closer look at how Matt Olson was crushing the ball and also missing it less. The Oakland A’s first baseman was hitting for all of his usual power in the early going but had slashed his strikeout rate in half from the previous year, and by one-third from his career rate. A slugger with elite power who figures out how to stop whiffing is a superstar, even before...

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Game Thread #71: A’s at Yankees

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Road trip to the Big Apple!

The Oakland A’s are the hottest team in the majors, and they’re making their annual visit to the Big Apple to face the New York Yankees. The Yankees are not hot, having lost seven of their last 12 games.

Rookie pitcher James Kaprielian draws the start at Yankee Stadium, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the right-hander. After all, his first career start back in May came at Fenway Park and he tossed five solid...

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Pedro Pineda highlights FanGraphs 2021 A’s prospect list

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The 17-year-old OF jumps to No. 3 in the organization

Like most major baseball sources, every winter FanGraphs releases top prospect lists for every organization. However, this offseason they just ... skipped the A’s. They did 27 of the 30 teams! But never got around to ours. No worries, that’s par for the course in the national media and Oakland fans are used to the team being ignored even when they’re a reigning division...

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High-A Lansing: Diaz power, Millas breakout, Suddleson promoted, Schuemann steals

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Lots of new story lines on High-A Lansing Lugnuts

The 2021 minor league season is more than a month deep already, with four full-season Oakland A’s affiliates playing games. We already made our first check-in at Low-A Stockton, and now we move up one level to the High-A Lansing Lugnuts.

Lansing is short on big-name top prospects, but there are lots of sleepers to follow and some of them are already breaking out. From our preseason...

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2021 A’s are just as fun off the field as on it

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Golden trident, thumb game, eclairs, Tony Kemp, and more!

The 2021 Oakland A’s have been a lot of fun to watch so far.

They’re 43-27, their best start to a season since 1990, putting them in first place in their division. The lineup hits a bunch of dingers, and lately they’ve also learned to string together old-fashioned rallies. They play highlight defense every night, and their pitching staff has shut out the...

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Ramon Laureano robs a homer, hits a homer in return from injured list

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Classic Laser!

For the first two months of the 2021 season, Ramon Laureano played like an MVP candidate.

He was one of the Oakland A’s best hitters, he crushed dingers, he stole bases, he made highlight catches in the outfield, and of course his arm is so legendary that we call him Laser. The full superstar package was coming together.

Laureano: .257/.332/.503, 133 wRC+, 11 HR, 8.3% BB, 26.8% Ks, 8 SB, .368 xwOBA

However, the end of May brought a...

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