Oakland Athletics (57-42, second in the AL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (59-38, first in the AL Central)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Fiers has found his groove and it's been important for the inconsistent Oakland Athletics.
Fiers pitched six effective innings, Matt Olson and Khris Davis...
Cleveland Indians (20-18, second in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (19-22, fourth in the AL West)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The A's have had an entertaining homestand, with three walkoff wins and the majors' first no-hitter this season in a five-day span.
TORONTO (AP) — Brandon Drury started and ended the weekend with dramatic home runs.
Drury hit a tying three-run homer in the 11th inning, Justin Smoak following with a game-winning single...
HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros are a deep, veteran team, making it tough for bench players like Tony Kemp and Aledmys Diaz to get onto the field.
That pair was ready Sunday, sparking Houston to a...
Fiers, 3 A’s relievers shut down Red Sox for 1-0 win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramon Laureano didn't have time to think. Luckily, he had arm strength and adrenaline aplenty to help get the job done.
Barraclough, Nationals go to salary arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Barraclough and the Washington Nationals have gone to salary arbitration, with the reliever asking for $2 million and the team arguing for $1,725,000.
Arbitrators Jeanne Wood, Steven Wolf and Elizabeth Neumeier heard the case Thursday.
Barraclough was 1-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 61 games last season for Miami, which traded him to the Nationals last October. He had a $556,500 salary last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Reliever Ryan Tepera goes to arbitration with Blue Jays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Ryan Tepera has gone to salary arbitration with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tepera asked for $1.8 million during Wednesday's hearing and the team argued for $1,525,000.
A decision by arbitrators Mark Burstein, Howard Edelman and Edna Francis is expected Thursday.
Tepera, a 31-year-old right-hander, was 5-5 with a 3.62 ERA last year. He was on the disabled list between June 27 and July 15 with right elbow inflammation.
Pham goes to arbitration; Devenski avoids hearing
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Tommy Pham asked an arbitration panel for a raise from $570,100 to $4.1 million, and the Tampa Bay Rays argued for $3.5 million.
Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Andrew Strongin and Gil Vernon are expected to decide the case Tuesday, a day after hearing arguments.
Pham hit .275 with 21 homers and 63 RBIs for St. Louis and Tampa Bay, which acquired him on July 31. He batted .343 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 39 games for the Rays.
A’s closer Treinen wins arbitration case, to make $6.4M
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen will receive a $6.4 million salary for 2019 after winning his arbitration case.
Treinen's case was heard Friday. He asked arbitrators Steven Wolf, Allen Ponak and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.4 million, while Oakland offered $5.6 million. The pitcher's agent, Matt Sosnick, confirmed the deal Saturday in a text message.
Joakim Soria gets closer bonuses in deal with Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relief pitcher Joakim Soria gets $6.5 million this year and $8.5 million in 2020 as part of his $15 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.
Soria can earn bonuses of $250,000 each for 35 and 40 games finished as part of the deal announced Dec. 21.
He would get a $750,000 assignment bonus the first time he is traded.
Betts, deGrom, Treinen win Baseball Digest awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest.
Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets was picked as the pitcher of the year and Oakland closer Blake Treinen was selected as the top reliever.
The awards were announced Thursday. A 15-person panel including broadcaster Bob Costas, former team executive Jim Duquette and ex-player Eduardo Perez chose the winners.
Jackson only starting pitcher on A’s wild-card roster
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Jackson is the only starting pitcher included on the Oakland Athletics' roster for their AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be on the mound for the start of Wednesday night's game, and A's manager Bob Melvin would not say who will follow.
Herrmann homer lifts Mariners past A’s, gives Astros AL West
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann's two-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Seattle Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, clinching the AL West for Houston and leaving the Athletics with a wild-card matchup against the New York Yankees.
Seattle overcame an 8-5 eighth-inning deficit and dropped the A's 2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all matchup. Oakland had been 68-0 when leading after seven innings.
Canha homers as A’s gain ground on Yankees in wild-card race
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha homered and Matt Chapman hit an RBI double to back Trevor Cahill, leading the Oakland Athletics past the New York Yankees 6-3 on Monday in a matchup between two teams in the AL wild-card race.
The A's jumped on CC Sabathia early and pulled within 3 1/2 games of New York for the first wild card.
Rodney returns to Minnesota, now a key piece of Oakland pen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's Target Field was the perfect place for Fernando Rodney to perform his patented post-save celebrations , when the 41-year-old right-hander leans back to pretend he's pulling a bow and shoots an imaginary arrow high into the sky.
A’s bolster deep bullpen by acquiring Twins closer Rodney
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins.
The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland's stellar bullpen.
The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-handed Rodney has 325 career saves, 17th most in baseball history.
Fiers solid in debut as A’s top Dodgers 3-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Newly acquired Mike Fiers pitched 5 1/3 strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The A's broke a 2-2 in the eighth inning when Khris Davis hit a fielder's choice grounder off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (2-3), scoring Marcus Semien from third.
A’s acquire closer Jeurys Familia from Mets
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After three years of missing the playoffs and dealing away fan favorites like Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Sonny Gray, the Oakland Athletics are trying to steer themselves in the opposite direction.
They certainly took a significant step Saturday by acquiring New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia to bolster a bullpen that includes All-Star closer Blake Treinen.
A’s release veteran reliever Santiago Casilla
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have released veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, five days after he was designated for assignment.
The A's made the move Thursday.
Casilla is 42-31 with 144 career saves in 15 seasons, but has been up and down with the A's this year while having control issues. Used primarily in middle relief, the right-hander has a 3.16 ERA despite 20 walks and four hit batters in 31 1/3 innings. He turns 38 next week,
Success on the road lifts A’s into contention
The Oakland Athletics have played their way into contention by beating up on teams that are far from it.
Oakland enters the All-Star break having won 21 of its last 27, and the A's are only three games behind the second wild card. At 55-42, manager Bob Melvin's Athletics would have the second-best record in the National League if they were in it. Instead, they play in the AL West, where their impressive mark still leaves them eight games behind division-leading Houston.
Chapman’s homer in 8th lifts A’s past Royals 3-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien didn't have much time to think after making a diving stop on Salvador Perez's sharp grounder in the eighth inning. With Kansas City's Whit Merrifield off third base and breaking for home, the Oakland shortstop had no one choice but to throw to the plate.
It worked out perfectly for both Semien and the A's.
BOSTON (AP) — Sean Manaea beat the Boston Red Sox again in his first outing against them since pitching a no-hitter, and Khris Davis hit one of three solo homers by the Oakland Athletics in a 6-5 victory Monday night.
Matt Joyce and Matt Olson also went deep for the A's, who had lost five of six to the Astros and Yankees. Davis connected for his team-leading 12th home run as Oakland handed Rick Porcello his first loss of the season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Triggs found his rhythm and control, leading to his best outing of the season.
The 29-year-old right-hander allowed two hits over seven innings, Khris Davis and Matt Olson drove in runs and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat Baltimore 2-1 Sunday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six games.
"They're down, but they have an explosive offense and a great manager," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You just hope they stay down while they're here."
Red Sox lose consecutive games for 1st time this year
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off David Price with two outs in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Boston 4-1 on Sunday, to deal the Red Sox consecutive losses for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.
Boston had won its first six series before losing two of three at the Coliseum, where they were no-hit Saturday by Sean Manaea. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Blake Treinen and the Oakland Athletics' entire pitching staff were still smarting from their struggles against the Los Angeles Angels' powerful lineup this season.
The A's finally took control on the mound, and their lineup provided ample backup.
Marcus Semien had an early two-run single, Jed Lowrie homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Saturday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics got more than they expected in Andrew Triggs' first start since suffering a season-ending hip injury last June. The bullpen was pretty good, too.
Triggs pitched five effective innings, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the A's beat Texas 3-1 on Monday night, spoiling the Rangers debut of Bartolo Colon.
Oakland found closer in Treinen, part of bullpen revamp
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland found its closer in Blake Treinen last summer, and its bullpen transformation continued when it acquired offseason targets Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Buchter this winter.
For a team that had 25 blown saves, one short of the major league high, and converted only 58 percent of its save chances a year ago, it is another step forward.
"We feel like we're a lot better," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "and we feel like we have a deep bullpen, too.