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A’s Farm Report: Minor League News & Notes

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It’s time to catch up on some of the latest news and notes from around the A’s minor league system…

--LAS VEGAS AVIATORS--

-A pair of minor league Rule-5 pickups have proven to be two of the most productive hitters for Las Vegas this season. Outfielder Mark Payton recently slugged 6 home runs over a 3-game stretch and is currently sporting the second-best slugging percentage in the Pacific Coast League. Meanwhile, infielder...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Series #34: Athletics at Astros - Make or Break Series

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No pressure!

In what will assuredly be some of the most important games of the season, the A’s are travelling to Houston to play three games. The A’s are currently 6.5 games back of the Astros in the standings after splitting a hard-fought series against the Twins over the weekend, and the A’s are one game behind Cleveland and one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the competition for the second Wild Card spot. The Astros have just been beating up on the Texas...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: A’s lefty A.J. Puk promoted to Triple-A

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Slusser: Twins’ turn for late comeback win over A’s... Gallegos: Hendriks’ streak ends in walk-off defeat... Poindexter: A’s week in review — Intense games, playoff positioning, more home runs and some pitching vulnerability... ($) Slusser: Homer Bailey set for second A’s start; does his delivery seem familiar? Slusser: A’s Sean Manaea off to Vegas - and when he might pitch for Oakland... Lockard: Matt Olson’s...

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Fatrolf’s Sunday Sketches: Homer Bailey Gets a Baptism of Fire Edition

And, Khrush comes up clutch, but not with a crusher!

One does not simply ask the Baseball Muses for momentum to swing their way, or ask for luck really nice. It’s a grueling season of grit and sweat, believing in yourself even when outside forces laugh you off. It’s creating a masterpiece out of nothing, a portrait of success that will hang in the halls of baseball history. This year, the A’s are doing exactly that.

NEVER

GIVE

UP#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/FY8BjakPo7

— Oakland...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game #101: Dramatic Comeback Turned Dramatic Defeat

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Daniel Mengden has always pitched through stretches where he’s looked strong enough to merit a permanent spot in the rotation, but he has been too inconsistent to be warranted one. Whether he is starting the game or has an opener before him, it is impossible to tell which Mengden, the “good” or the “bad,” will be pitching until the game begins. With a big three game series against the Astros in Houston beginning tomorrow, it was imperative that in...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game Thread #101: Athletics at Twins (3)

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Game Thread #1 - Game Thread #2

The A’s just keep making this game more and more interesting! After trailing all day long, momentum appeared to shift in the fifth inning, when the A’s finally got on the board and slick defense started to keep the Twins off the board. In the top of the 7th, the A’s got closer still after Marcus Semien scored on a wild pitch.

It is 5-4 Twins entering the bottom of the seventh.

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game Thread #101: Athletics at Twins (2)

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Game Thread #1

Daniel Mengden battled his control for a little more than three innings pitched wherein he allowed four runs to score. After not allowing a single walk to his previous 80 batters faced, Mengden walked five Twins on the day, and 9 of 16 lefties he opposed reached base, including a home run to Max Kepler and three doubles. He has been replaced by Wei-Chung Wang, who got out of Mengden’s jam in the previous inning.

The A’s offense had been...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game Thread #101: Athletics at Twins

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Last night’s thriller was one of the A’s better wins of the season, as the A’s had a rare come from behind victory in the ninth to take a late lead, and Liam Hendriks worked out of some bad trouble in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. The win assured that the A’s won the season series, granting them home field in the playoffs should the two teams finish with the same record and meet in the postseason. In addition, the A’s have the...

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JToster

Game #100: Slugfest Ends on Two-Run Infield Single

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In a game initiated and controlled by home runs, the A’s ultimately prevailed on a hit-by-a-pitch, a double, and a botched two-run infield single.

The ballgame got off to a bang when Mitch Garver and Nelson Cruz launched a couple of dingers off Brett Anderson. Though that makes it seem like Brett was asking for trouble with bad pitches, neither pitch actually seemed that hittable. The first came off a sinker outside the far side of the strike zone, the...

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JToster

Game Thread #100: A’s at Twins (2)

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A’s took the lead with a pair of homers in the top of the 7th but lost it to a solo homer and a sac fly half an inning later. 8th inning, A’s down 4-3, Grossman up-to-bat.

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Game Thread #100: A’s at Twins

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The A’s and Twins split the first two games, with two more left to go. Today Oakland will face All-Star starter Jose Berrios.

Lineups:

RE-TURN OF THE CHAP! #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/MfjFPQUpDw

— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 20, 2019

Oh, it’s Saturday night, yeah!

Here’s how the squad lines up for another game against the A’s. https://t.co/vjOM1BjDpO #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/YE09RiL1GV

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 20,...

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Nico

“Freaky Friday” And Other Bon Mots

“Aussie an out at first base!” | Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

I remember reading the book “Freaky Friday” as a child, then enjoying the movie with Jamie Lee Curtis (she was on the screen, not next to me in the theater). The book, published in 1972, is a timeless concept where two people — in this case a mother and daughter — switch bodies and, as any promo will tell you, hilarity ensues.

The hook works whether it’s a mother and daughter, or Brian and Stewie...

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CatfishBunter

Game #99: Semien, A’s bullpen stellar in win vs. Twins

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Shortstop Marcus Semien went a single short of hitting cycle and the A’s bullpen was stellar across four innings as the Oakland Athletics (56-42) defeated the Minnesota Twins (59-37) by a score of 5-3 on this sweltering evening at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Click here for game thread #1

Click here for game thread #2

The A’s struck early. Leading off in the first inning, Marcus Semien opened the scoring straight away with a home run on a...

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CatfishBunter

Game Thread #99 (2): A’s at Twins

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One inning into a bullpen battle and the A’s are up 5-3! Gird thyselves, AN. Let’s go, Oakland!

Click here for original game thread.

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CatfishBunter

Game Thread #99: A’s at Twins

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Happy Friday, AN!

Tonight, the Oakland Athletics (55-42) look to bounce back from last night’s loss to the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins (59-36) in this second of a four game series at Target Field in Minneapolis. Chris Bassitt (6-4, 3.98 ERA) will face off against the Twins’ ace, Jake Odorizzi (11-4, 3.06 ERA). It’s a tough matchup on paper, but lest we forget: the A’s defeated Odorizzi on July 2nd in Oakland, knocking him out and scoring...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: A’s lefty Sean Manaea makes strong rehab start

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Slusser: Pinch-hit homer helps Twins terminate A’s winning streak... Gallegos: Fiers solid, but A’s streak ends on late HR... Slusser: Ankle sidelines A’s Matt Chapman; he hopes to play Friday... Fink: The A’s Deserve Your Attention, Again... Ostler: Matt Chapman’s a fiery leader for the Oakland A’s? Who knew? Best of AN: Schmidt: Game #98 — Bullpen Woes Push The Twins Ahead... Hall: Oakland A’s...

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Game Thread #98: Athletics at Twins (3)

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It’s rally time as the A’s enter the 8th down a run.

Go A’s!

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CodyFSchmidt

Game #98: Bullpen Woes Push The Twins Ahead

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What looked like a game that would keep the A’s momentum moving forward instead shifted in the seventh inning. The Twins took advantage of the A’s bullpen and their three late game homers put the game out of reach for the Athletics who lost 6-3.

***Revisit Game Thread 1 | Game Thread 2 | Game Thread 3 ***

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The game started lucky for the A’s as Marcus Semien hit a ball right to Luis Arraez, but he bobbled the ball, and missed his throw to first base,...

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CodyFSchmidt

Game Thread #98: Athletics at Twins (2)

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Through 5 things are still tied, with a new ump out behind the plate, hopefully the A’s will take the lead!

Go A’s!

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CodyFSchmidt

Game Thread #98: Athletics at Twins

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The Athletics head to Target Field to start off a four game set in the twin cities. It has only been 2 weeks since the A’s saw the Twins and since then the green and gold have only lost one game, while the Twins went 4-4 in that same span.

Kyle Gibson is starting for the home team. The longtime Twin bested the A’s in his start two weeks ago, but since then has only pitched 4.2 innings. One start was an opening appearance on short rest, but the righty...

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