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A’s injuries: Moreland hamstring, Puk and Pinder updates

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Some good news, and some more waiting

The Oakland A’s have already overcome a few minor injuries early in the 2021 season, as Sean Murphy, Ramon Laureano, and Matt Olson each missed a few games but are now back in the lineup and playing well.

However, another hitter is now taking a brief turn on the bench. DH Mitch Moreland was out of the lineup Friday due to “a little hamstring issue,” reports Shayna Rubin of the Mercury News. The lefty was...

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Game #10: A’s get back on track with first series win

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The slow start is over

The slow start to 2021 is officially over.

Sure, the Oakland A’s aren’t done climbing all the way out of the hole they dug in the standings, still holding a 3-7 record and a spot in the AL West cellar. But after dropping their first six contests, they’ve now won three of the next four, all against top-notch opponents.

The latest triumph was a comfortable 7-3 win over the Houston Astros, earning the A’s their first series win of...

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Jed Lowrie Alleges Mets Didn't Allow Him to Get Knee Surgery in 2020

Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie claimed the New York Mets prohibited him from getting surgery to address a knee fat pad impingement from 2019,...

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A’s don’t have an expensive new closer after all

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Trevor Rosenthal will miss at least half the season. Where does that leave the bullpen?

The Oakland A’s don’t always pay big bucks for a proven closer, but they did this winter. They dropped $11 million on Trevor Rosenthal, which was so much that they don’t even really have it — they put it on the proverbial credit card and will pay it off...

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Game Thread #10: A's at Astros

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Going for a series win!

The Oakland A’s finally beat the Houston Astros, in their sixth try! Click here to read all about it in our game recap. Now the green-and-gold will aim for their first series win of the year, as they begin to dig out from a wretched start to the season.

On the mound is Frankie Montas. The right-hander got blasted by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week and was pulled in the 3rd inning, allowing seven runs in the end. Over the...

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Game #9: A’s lineup finally breaks out in win over Astros

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Oakland doubles its homer total, in 9th game of season

The Oakland A’s scored only 19 runs in their first eight games of the season, but they weren’t swinging as badly as that output made it seem. They proved it on Friday.

The A’s hammered the ball from start to finish and doubled their homer total for the entire season, en route to a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros that wasn’t anywhere near as close as the final appears.

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Game Thread #9: A’s at Astros (2)

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Rally Thread!

We’ve got a ballgame! The A’s and Astros are tied 1-1 after four innings. Heading to the top of the 5th, let’s start a ...

RALLY THREAD!

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Game Thread #9: A's at Astros

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Sixth time the charm against Houston?

The Oakland A’s have lost their first five meetings with the AL West division rival Houston Astros so far this season, and they’ll go for their sixth try on Friday.

This time it’ll be Sean Manaea on the mound for Oakland. The lefty faced Houston once already and got knocked around for five runs without getting out of the 5th inning, including homers by lefty batters Kyle Tucker and Jason Castro, though Castro...

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How bad is A’s season-opening slump at the plate?

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19 runs in 8 games. Fluke or problem?

The Oakland A’s have played eight games so far in the 2021 season, and they’ve scored a total of 19 runs. Their 2.38 per-game average is the worst in the majors. Once they put up five, and once four, but otherwise every game has fallen between one and three runs. That’s not going to be enough.

However, eight games doesn’t tell you much in baseball. It’s...

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A’s Finding It Hard To Win With Half The Plate

Make THEM flinch, not US. | Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Fixing what ails a big league team is not easy, and anyone who tells you otherwise should be sent packing. However the Eyeball Scout has to observations to put forth today, and they have a certain symmetry.

For the A’s to take an important step forward, their hitters need to reclaim the outer half of the plate while their pitchers need to reclaim the inner half.

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It has been noted that the A’s hitters are being...

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Game #8: A’s still can’t figure out Astros

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Now 0-5 against Houston

The Oakland A’s aren’t winless anymore, but they still have a slump to bust out of at the plate.

The A’s found themselves back in the loss column Thursday with a 6-2 defeat, and in the process missed their first chance to exact revenge against a Houston Astros club who already swept Oakland once this year.

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For eight innings the A’s...

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Game Thread #8: A’s at Astros (2)

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RALLY THREAD!

It’s been another tough game against the Astros. The A’s haven’t scored yet, but Houston has, and it’s 6-0 entering the top of the 8th.

Time for a ...

RALLY THREAD!

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Game Thread #8: A's at Astros

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Looking for that second win!

The 1-6 Oakland A's look to build a winning streak against the Houston Astros!

The A's launch their first road trip of 2021 with a trip to Houston to face their top division rival. It's a chance for quick revenge after the Astros swept Oakland at the Coliseum to open the season, in humiliatingly thorough fashion over four blowout games.

The A's turn to Cole Irvin to make his second start. The lefty got roughed up by Houston in his...

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A’s place A.J. Puk on injured list, call up Deolis Guerra

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The hits just keep on coming

The hits just keep coming for the 2021 Oakland A’s.

Athletics Nation hadn’t even finished celebrating the first win of the season after six straight losses before the next piece of bad news came in. The A’s placed top pitching prospect A.J. Puk on the 10-day injured list with a strained left biceps, the team announced.

To take his place, reliever Deolis Guerra was called up from the alternate site. Guerra wasn’t on...

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A’s first win of 2021 was led by the players who were struggling most

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The win was a relief, but it was even more exciting because of who drove it

Even when the Oakland A’s opened the 2021 season with six straight losses, they at least had a few things go right. There are a lot of players on a baseball team, and a 9-2 loss still means somebody drove in a pair of runs and some pitchers got enough outs to end the game, or else it would still be going.

Indeed, the A’s roster wasn’t full of...

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A's place lefty A.J. Puk on 10-day IL, move Trevor Rosenthal to 60-day IL

Puk continues his run of injury issues, while Rosenthal is expected to miss a few months.

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Are A’s Partying Like It’s 2005?

Elvis has left the infield! | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The A’s have had so many bizarre seasons from 2001, where they started to 2-10 on their way to winning over a hundred games to 2002, when they rattled off 20 consecutive wins to 2012 when they came out of nowhere to stun the Texas Rangers and win the AL West.

But as the ebb and flow of strange seasons go, the 2005 campaign is up there with the best of them. Yesterday, the A’s were on the verge of starting 0-7. How close? If Matt...

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Seth Brown delivers in 2021 season debut

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He didn’t make the Opening Day roster, but he helped get the A’s first win of the year.

The Oakland A’s needed somebody to step up, and Seth Brown had been waiting long enough that he wasn’t going to miss the call.

Brown earned an MLB debut at the end of 2019 and played well, helping the team down the stretch and even getting an at-bat in the Wild Card Game against the Rays. But 2020 was a lost summer, with no chance to play in the canceled minors, and he...

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Ramon Laureano illustrates value of an extra 90 feet in A’s first win of 2021

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Taking every base they could is one reason the A’s won Wednesday

The 2021 Oakland A’s finally won a game on Wednesday, and Ramon Laureano was a big reason why.

In big-picture terms, the center fielder accounted for one of the A’s four runs all by himself, and then contributed to the 10th-inning rally that won the game on a walk-off. But really what he did was put on a clinic in the value of taking an extra base whenever you can.

In the 4th...

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Game #7: A’s win! Moreland walk-off avoids worst start in franchise history

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The 2021 A’s are finally on the board!

The Oakland A’s finally won a game!

They needed seven tries, taking them within two outs of the worst start in all of franchise history, but the 2021 A’s finally snapped out of their funk and began competing. The result was a 10-inning, comeback, walk-off, 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.

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The A’s opened the day with an 0-6 record,...

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