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Chris Bassitt shares awesome inspirational post after return from facial injury

Bassitt was hit by a line drive during his start against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 17.

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Game #153: A’s swept at home by Mariners

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Blown save, 6-5 loss

Welp.

The Oakland A’s lost again on Thursday, completing a four-game sweep by the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum. The A’s took a lead this time but blew it in the 6th inning, ending in a 6-5 defeat.

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It couldn’t get much more deflating. After three quiet losses the past three nights, Oakland looked like they might finally have a good day and salvage the finale. All-Star...

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Game Thread #153: A’s vs. Mariners

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Bassitt returns!

The postseason is pretty much out of reach for the Oakland A’s, though mathematically it’s not officially over yet. They now have less than 1% odds of grabbing a Wild Card.

But today is a good day, because Chris Bassitt is back! Less than six weeks ago he was hit in the head by a line drive that fractured his cheek, and the thought of him pitching again this year was far from everybody’s minds as he was carted to the...

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A’s injuries: Mike Fiers and Daulton Jefferies unlikely to return this season

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Both pitchers probably out for the rest of 2021

The Oakland A’s pitching staff got a huge boost on Thursday, as All-Star starter Chris Bassitt was activated from the 10-day injured list. Less than six weeks after being struck in the head by a line drive that fractured his cheek and required surgery, Bassitt is back in action in the majors.

However, two other pitchers probably won’t make it back to Oakland this season.

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Game #152: A’s lose third straight, fall behind Mariners in standings

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Wild Card race continues slipping away

That might be it for the Oakland A’s in 2021.

The A’s lost quietly to the Seattle Mariners yet again on Wednesday, by a 4-1 score at the Coliseum.

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Entering this week, Oakland still had a slim chance to compete for a Wild Card, but they’d need a big performance against the Mariners. Instead they’ve lost three straight to their division rival,...

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No current discussions between Mets, Billy Beane

There’s already been plenty of speculation regarding the Mets’ search for a president of baseball operations.

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Game Thread #152: A’s vs. Mariners

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Gotta win

The Oakland A’s postseason odds are down to 2% or lower. They needed a big performance this week in their four-game series against the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum, but instead they dropped the first two contests. They now stand three games out of the Second Wild Card with 11 to go.

On Wednesday, the A’s look to Cole Irvin on the mound. The lefty was quality in each of his last two starts, but he hasn’t had any success against the...

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Chris Bassitt will start for A’s on Thursday

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Incredible recovery after a scary injury

Less than six weeks after a line drive hit him in the face and fractured his cheek, Chris Bassitt is officially returning to action.

Bassitt will start for the Oakland A’s on Thursday, first reported by Matt Kawahara of the S.F. Chronicle.

The All-Star right-hander was hit by the liner on Aug. 17, and had surgery a week later for a displaced tripod fracture. Luckily he avoided injuries...

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A's All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt to start Thursday for first time since getting hit in head

Bassitt was part of a terrifying scene on Aug. 17 when a 100 mph comeback line drive drilled him in the head.

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Game #151: A’s lose to Mariners again

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A’s have lost 10 times in 14 tries against Seattle

The Oakland A’s still can’t solve the Seattle Mariners.

The A’s lost to the Mariners on Tuesday for the 10th time in 14 tries this season. Tonight it was a 5-2 defeat in which Oakland blasted two solo homers but went hitless with runners in scoring position, the second straight evening they’ve gone quietly against Seattle at the Coliseum.

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Game Thread #151: A’s vs. Mariners

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Start a new win streak tonight!

The winning streak is over, so that means it’s time to start a new one. The Oakland A’s had won five in a row, but Monday night they lost the opener of a four-game home series against the Seattle Mariners. They’ll give it another go Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

The A’s call on Paul Blackburn for the start. The right-hander earned a win in his last outing, tossing five innings of two-run ball against the Royals....

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A’s option Miguel Romero to Triple-A

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Making room for new reliever Michael Feliz

The Oakland A’s claimed a reliever off waivers on Monday, which meant they’d need to send someone else down to clear space on the 28-man roster when their new arm arrived. That follow-up move came on Tuesday.

The A’s optioned reliever Miguel Romero to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced.

Romero was called up two weeks ago, but he never got into a game. This was his first trip to...

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Chris Bassitt might return this week

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Right-hander has thrown several times since facial surgery

The Oakland A’s can use all the help they can get during a tight postseason race, and they might get a boost that none of us dared to hope for a month ago.

Pitcher Chris Bassitt threw another bullpen session on Monday, and if all continues to go well then there’s a “good chance he can play in a game sometime this week,” reports Shayna Rubin of the Mercury...

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All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt could return to Athletics this week

A return to the field for Bassitt would make for a feel-good moment. The baseball world took a collective gasp when Bassitt was struck in the face by a 100 mph line-drive back on Aug. 17.

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Game #150: A’s snap streak in quiet loss to Mariners

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Still can’t figure out the Mariners

The Oakland A’s have struggled against the division rival Seattle Mariners this season, and that continued on Monday in the opener of a new series at the Coliseum.

The A’s went quietly in a 4-2 loss to the Mariners, snapping a five-game winning streak during a tight postseason race. Seattle has won nine of 13 meetings between the two clubs, and eight of those nine victories came by just one or two runs.

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A’s must figure out AL West rivals to keep postseason hopes afloat

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It’s all Mariners and Astros the rest of the season

The Oakland A’s are teetering on the edge of the 2021 postseason race, but they aren’t quite out of it yet. With 13 games to go, they’re only two behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the Second Wild Card, and only two in the loss column behind the Boston Red Sox for the First Wild Card.

However, those final 13 games all come against a pair of opponents who have given the A’s tons...

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Game Thread #150: A’s vs. Mariners

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Opening a pivotal 4-game series at the Coliseum

The Oakland A’s are clinging to 2021 postseason hopes, and they’ve won five games in a row. But now they’ll face a tough test in the Seattle Mariners, a fellow Wild Card contender who has beaten the A’s in 8-of-12 meetings this year.

For what it’s worth, that record might be closer than it appears. Three of the losses were charged to Lou Trivino, twice when he blew a save and again...

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A’s won all 3 times they faced Pitcher Shohei Ohtani this year

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Ohtani was great, but the A’s outdueled him each time

Most likely, Shohei Ohtani will win the American League MVP this year.

The Los Angeles Angels star has been one of the two or three best hitters in the AL, and his 44 homers rank third in the majors. Meanwhile he’s also been one of the best starting pitchers in the league, with a 3.28 ERA that puts him comfortably in the Top 10, powered by a ton of strikeouts. It’s a combination of...

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A’s claim reliever Michael Feliz off waivers

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Feliz pitched for 3 other MLB teams this year

With their bullpen in a late-season slump, the Oakland A’s picked up a new arm on Monday.

The A’s announced that they claimed right-hander Michael Feliz off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

To make room for Feliz on the 40-man roster, catcher Aramis Garcia was designated for assignment. Feliz is out of minor league options so he’ll also need to be added to the active 28-man roster, meaning another...

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Athletics Suddenly Right Back In Wild Card Race

The race for the Wild Card spots in the American League is, as of late September, still wide open, and there is one team in particular that isn’t being talked about enough: the Oakland Athletics.

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