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All-Star Game 2018: Blake Treinen is back in Washington, this time as a closer with the A's

Treinen played parts of four seasons with the Nationals before being traded away last year

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Could the Oakland A’s Move Brett Anderson to the ‘Pen?

I had relatively high hopes for Brett Anderson this season when news broke of his return to Oakland. The talents has almost always been there, but the durability has not. After a handful of games started and a stint on the DL I think it’s clear that both skill and health have eluded Anderson this season.

Over the weekend the case was made for a new approach that might lead to a transformation similar to that of Rich Hill. I don’t fully see the potential there for that much of a leap....

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First-time All-Star Jed Lowrie might be the feel-good story of the Midsummer Classic

One of the best players on the hottest team in baseball couldn't possible be happier

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Random Musings At The All-Star Break

First of all, I need to tell you that right now, I’m sitting in my brother’s kitchen in Philadelphia listening to a parrot sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as only a parrot can interpret it. Imagine dropping acid and then renting The Wizard of Oz and you’re most of the way there. This is a family that gets a turkey every Thanksgiving, names it and lets it wander around the house for a week, and then eats ham.

In other news, I think I hate parrots.

They say “90% of success is...

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Elephant Rumblings: A’s Look to Add For Playoff Push, Machado Expected to be Dealt This Week

A’s Coverage: Game #97: An Exemplary Win... Slusser: After taking Giants’ series, A’s charge into break in position to add players... Shea: A’s, Giants’ prospects Jesus Luzardo, Heliot Ramos flourish at Futures Game... Lee: Canha sorry (not sorry) after bat flip, emotion... Brown: How Jed Lowrie made himself into an All-Star at age 34... MLB News: MLB Home Run Derby: Time, TV, participants, weather... Calcaterra: Why the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny... AP: Futures Game a showcase...

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A’s Farm Report: Prospect Talk with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson

I spoke with A’s special assistant Grady Fuson a little earlier in the month about some of the top prospects in the A’s system. Some of you may have seen that interview on my Athletics Farm site, but for those of you who might have missed it, I thought I’d feature a portion of it here this week. You can find our conversation about a number of the A’s top prospects below. And you can find our complete conversation, which also covers pitchers Brian Howard, Parker Dunshee, Logan Shore,...

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6 Best things from the A’s-Giants series in San Francisco

The first half of the 2018 Bay Bridge Interleague Series is in the books.

The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants are slated to play six games this season, with a three-game set at each team’s park. The first half of that schedule is now complete, with the S.F. games done and the Oakland section coming next week after the All-Star break. Let’s look back at the best parts of this rivalry series so far, in no particular order.

1. The A’s won!

First and foremost, the most important...

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Prospect watch: Jesus Luzardo starts All-Star Futures Game

The lefty phenom threw two innings in the midsummer showcase.

The MLB All-Star Game is approaching on Tuesday, but before that comes the minor league showcase known as the Futures Game. One side is made up of prospects from the U.S., and they play against the World Team consisting of international youngsters. Every club sends one or two minor leaguers to participate.

This summer the Oakland A’s were set to send two players to the game, but catcher Sean Murphy missed out due to injury —...

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Torrey Hart

A’s week in Twitter: Canha’s not sorry, Piscotty’s #2Hotty, and more!

Stephen Piscotty hit absolutely out of his mind, and it wasn’t close to the biggest thing to happen in the online world.

What. A. Week. Stephen Piscotty hit absolutely out of his mind, and it wasn’t close to the biggest thing to happen in the online world. That honor goes to Mark Canha, whose bat flip and ensuing “sorry not sorry” comments essentially melted the MLB Twittersverse. What a time to be alive.

Bask in this glory:

??The swing??

??The stare??

????The flip????...

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Bullpen of the Week: A's

Led by closer Blake Treinen, the A's earned MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford for the period of July 9-15.

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Mark Canha’s bat flip is all of us

Canha’s celebration was the perfect symbol for a resurgent A’s fanbase.

Every contending baseball season brings with it some iconic moments, and the 2018 Oakland A’s got one of theirs on Saturday. Trailing in the 7th inning, Mark Canha entered as a pinch-hitter and launched a two-run homer, taking the lead and serving as the eventual game-winner. He was pumped.

Mark Canha used OBLITERATE. (It's super effective!) #BayFlip pic.twitter.com/uUJwW93Nwf

— Oakland Athletics ??...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game #97: An Exemplary Win

Thanks to a strong, albeit short, start from Sean Manaea, and a flurry of singles, the A’s take two out of three from the Giants in San Francisco, and have won twenty of twenty five going into the All Star break. The team is on an absolute roll, and thanks to a loss to the Seattle Mariners, the A’s are now just three games back of a playoff spot. Should be an exciting second half!

A’s win 6-2. The team has to win either two of the next three games, or simply win the final game of the...

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Dani Baker-Gillman

Game Thread #97: Athletics at Giants

The final game of the first half of the season has arrived. It is safe to say that the green and gold have succeeded expectations so far this year, whether most of the baseball world has realized it or not, and the team is refreshingly in the playoff hunt. The team’s success owes a rather sizeable thanks to Jed Lowrie and Blake Treinen, two guys who are more than likely going to be standing on the playing field during Tuesday’s All Star Game.

A’s ace Sean Manaea is seeking to end his...

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The Oakland A’s might have another Rich Hill candidate

The line wasn’t pretty, but on Saturday night Brett Anderson showed signs of a new approach that could be successful for the lefty.

Rich Hill is fondly remembered as one of the A’s best buy-low free agent signings of the past few years. In 2015, the 35 year-old fought his way from independent ball to the Major Leagues where he made four dominant starts for the Boston Red Sox. He turned this into a one year, $6 million contract with Oakland where he would make 14 more great starts before...

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Athletics even the series with a 4-3 win

The Morning After: The A’s rebounded nicely from an opening series loss to take game 2 against the Giants in a 4-3 fashion.  The box score rarely tells the whole story so let’s get to it. Brett Anderson’s final line was 8 hits, 3 earned over 3.1 innings.  Anderson tossed 54 pitches, 33 of them […] Athletics even the series with a 4-3 win - White Cleat Beat - White Cleat Beat - An Oakland Athletics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jeremy F. Koo

Game #96: Canha get a home run?! A’s 4, Giants 3

Oakland’s first pinch hit home run in over two years came from Mark Canha, and it put the A’s ahead for good in San Francisco.

Revisit tonight’s game thread excitement here.

The Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Mark Canha’s seventh-inning pinch-hit two-run home run. Both starting pitchers—Brett Anderson for the A’s and Jeff Samardzija for the Giants—struggled and were out of the game early, but Oakland’s bullpen shut down San Francisco’s hitters,...

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Jeremy F. Koo

Game Thread #96: A’s at Giants (2)

Both starting pitchers are out of the game with the A’s trailing 3-2 after six. Rally thread! (Here’s the opening thread, if you’re wondering.)

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Casilla DFA'd after 15 years in Bay Area

Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, who has spent the entirety of his 15-year career in the Bay Area, was designated for assignment ahead of the A's second meeting with the Giants on Saturday.

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Jeremy F. Koo

Game Thread #96: A’s at Giants

Game Two of the Bay Bridge Series!

With the good half of the bullpen rested in Friday’s contest and the mop-up half cycled out, the Oakland A’s (53-42) look to even up the Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants (50-42). Tonight, former and current A’s legend Brett Anderson takes the mound against former A’s legend Jeff Samardzija.

Anderson gave up just three hits in five scoreless innings against the Indians last week, but it took him 96 pitches despite just three...

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Alex Hall

A’s DFA Santiago Casilla, call up J.B. Wendelken

Franklin Barreto also comes up after Jed Lowrie’s minor injury.

The Oakland A’s shuffled their bullpen on Saturday with the announcement of several moves. The biggest news is that Santiago Casilla was designated for assignment, and right-hander J.B. Wendelken was called up to take his spot on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters. In addition, reliever Ryan Dull was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, and infielder Franklin Barreto was called up to replace him. Finally, starter Daniel Mengden...

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