OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics first baseman Matt Olson underwent surgery on his right hand Friday after getting injured on a foul tip in his final at-bat during Thursday's 5-4, 12-inning loss...
Oakland Athletics season preview capsule
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hardly cares how many home runs he hits this year if he can slug the Oakland Athletics much deeper into the postseason.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis stepped up his rehab for a left calf strain and began running on the field Friday.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he expects Davis...
Rockies’ Arenado: State of free-agent market is ‘sad’
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The sluggish free-agent market the last two years has not scared Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who could be among the most prized players after this...
Chatting on the bases is good-natured, a learning experience
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — While playing for Texas, Jurickson Profar always learned something from new teammate Khris Davis when the Oakland slugger stopped at Profar's second base spot.
A’s Khris Davis would like to stay with A’s several years
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Major league home run leader Khris Davis would like a long-term deal from the Oakland Athletics that allows him to stay with the franchise for at least three more seasons.
Davis says desire for a multiyear contract won't consume as he prepares to open the season in Japan next month against the Seattle Mariners. He hopes to dazzle Japanese fans by hitting at least one home run.
A’s have high expectations as 1st full-squad workout begin
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Last spring, Dave Stewart and Rickey Henderson addressed the Oakland Athletics players before the first full-squad workout in spring training. A's manager Bob Melvin admitted to being a little superstitious and asked the pair of Oakland greats to speak again on Saturday.
Why not? The Athletics won 97 games last season and secured a wild-card berth. Melvin wanted to remind the players there's still work to do.
Khris Davis, slugging A’s look to build on playoff return
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis led the majors in home runs, led the Oakland Athletics back to the playoffs for the first time in four years then received a $6 million raise this offseason for a 2019 salary of $16.5 million.
Next up could be a long-term extension, if that is Davis' top priority. It might not be. He put personal accolades aside last season, more determined to get his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.
Slugger Davis, A’s reach agreement on $16.5M, 1-yr deal
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics slugger Khris Davis is getting a $6 million raise after leading the majors in home runs last season.
Davis reached agreement Friday with Oakland on a $16.5 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.
The A's also agreed Friday to one-year deals with left-hander Sean Manaea for $3.15 million, second baseman Jurickson Profar for $3.6 million and shortstop Marcus Semien for $5.9 million and outfielder Mark Canha for $2.05 million.
Buchter, Athletics agree to $1.4 million, 1-year contract
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.
Buchter more than doubled his 2018 salary of $555,000.
The team announced the deal Thursday, one day before salary figures are exchanged between arbitration-eligible players and their clubs.
Bob Melvin extension among A’s offseason priorities
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics plan to discuss a contract extension with manager Bob Melvin this offseason as well as possible new deals with home run leader Khris Davis and All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie.
Two days after the A's lost to the New York Yankees in a wild-card game, team officials began mapping out the framework for 2019 with hopes of capitalizing on the team's first playoff appearance in four years.
Khris Davis, slugging A’s hope to build off surprising year
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics surprised most everyone but themselves.
A young team that gained momentum with a strong September a year ago slugged its way right into the playoffs and onto the national radar by hanging tough in the difficult AL West this season.
Still, it all ended with the same result: a playoff defeat in an elimination game. After a 97-65 regular season, Oakland lost the wild-card game 7-2 to New York on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
A capsule look at the Athletics-Yankees playoff game
A look at the American League wild-card game between the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees:
Schedule: Wednesday, at New York, 8:08 p.m. EDT (TBS).
A’s head to AL wild-card game off 5-4 loss to Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are headed to the AL wild-card game off a late-inning loss that did nothing to shake their confidence.
Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth to help the Angels rally past the A's 5-4 on Sunday in Mike Scioscia's finale after 19 seasons as Los Angeles manager.
Khris Davis’ 48th homer powers Oakland past Angels, 5-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics' minds are already partly on the wild card playoff game looming in the Bronx.
They're still finishing up the regular season in Orange County with an attention to all the little details that could make a difference in the postseason.
Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th homer and the A's locked up their winningest season in 16 years with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
- Star TribuneAthletics hand Twins another walkoff loss, 7-6 in 10 inningsSeptember 22, 2018
Olson’s slam helps A’s top Mariners 9-3, close in on Yankees
SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he wasn't paying much attention to the out-of-town scoreboard at Safeco Field during his team's 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
No matter, Melvin and his team got the result they wanted.
Matt Olson hit a grand slam that capped a six-run fifth inning. Khris Davis added his major league-leading 47th home run and the A's moved closer in the AL wild-card race.
A’s clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3
SEATTLE (AP) — Champagne flowed in the clubhouse as players bopped around and screamed in a wild celebration after the Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years.
"It's a lot of fun," a soaked Khris Davis said. "We're just trying to enjoy the moment. It's a blast. We've been waiting for this day for a while. I feel so much excitement. It's just a dream come true."
Athletics clinch postseason spot; Yanks lose Hicks to injury
SEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Monday night behind Khris Davis' major league-leading 46th home run.
Jonathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman also homered for the A's, assured no worse than an AL wild card.
Khris Davis homers twice, including game-winner to lift A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis would enjoy nothing more than leading the big leagues in home runs and carrying the Oakland Athletics on a deep postseason run.
"It would be a nice achievement but first and foremost I want to get deep in the playoffs and get there," he said. "That means a lot more."
For now, he is slugging the A's one step closer to a playoff berth.
Davis hits slam in 9th but A’s again stumble, Rays win 5-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics missed out this weekend on gaining ground to host the AL wild-card game.
Khris Davis hit a grand slam in the ninth inning but the Athletics again came up short, beaten by the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Sunday.
"It was good to see on a day that looks like we're dragging a little bit or a little bit flat to be able to put up a four-spot like that," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
Davis hits 42nd homer, Athletics beat Rays 2-1 in 10 innings
ST .PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Khris Davis helped Oakland win another close one.
Davis led off the 10th inning with his major league-leading 42nd homer, and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night.
"I've always said he's one swing away from winning a game for you," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's developed a knack for hitting good pitching and hitting dramatic homers late in games."
Davis, Olson homer as A’s beat Rangers 8-6 to stay hot
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On a rare day when Matt Olson wasn't in the starting lineup, he still became a difference-maker.
Olson homered to drive in the go-ahead run, Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 41st home run and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.
Paxton comes off disabled list, pitches Mariners past A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Paxton knows he will be pitching in plenty of meaningful games during the stretch run, and now that he is healthy and back on the mound it provides a big boost for Seattle's playoff chances.
Paxton returned from the disabled list to strike out 10 batters over five innings, Ben Gamel hit a two-run double, and the Mariners held off the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Saturday night in a matchup of contenders with a knack for comebacks.
Slugging Khris Davis is big reason A’s are chasing playoffs
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis has become known as Oakland's other superstar "KD."
The Athletics slugger is having a special season right next door to where Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to a second straight NBA championship two months ago.
Davis is on such a home run streak, he has considered the idea he might hit 50.
It's right within reach at the pace he's on after two straight 40-homer years in his first two seasons with the Athletics.
Davis connects again for 38th home run, A’s blank Rangers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis is right on the cusp of a third straight 40-homer season and just reached 100 RBIs for the third time in as many years with the Athletics, and he is still aiming for far more.
The playoffs are the primary focus as he clears the fences at a remarkable rate.
Davis homered for the second straight night to back Brett Anderson's gem, and Oakland blanked the Texas Rangers again 6-0 Tuesday night.
Davis homers in jersey signed by fan, A’s top Rangers 9-0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a long home run after letting a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation sign his jersey, Ramon Laureano hit the first two homers of his career, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-0 on Monday night.
Davis homers in jersey signed by fan, A’s top Rangers 9-0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On a night they both homered — and Ramon Laureano for the first two times in his career — the rookie learned far more about teammate Khris Davis than just his ability to clear fences.
Davis' heart shined through as far as that 438-foot home run he hit sandwiched between Laureano's two longballs.
Khris Davis lets Make-A-Wish kid sign jersey, slugs long HR
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis asked a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey, then slugged a mighty home run for the Oakland Athletics in a 9-0 win against the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Athletics beat Astros 7-1 to move into tie for AL West lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.
Cahill sharp, A’s beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics were an average team two months ago, a dozen games behind the Houston Astros and closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top.
Well, look at the A's now.
Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Athletics kept up their unlikely turnaround, tying Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.
"It's been a nice run for sure," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
By now, the comeback A’s aren’t catching anybody by surprise
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — By now, most everyone in baseball realizes the Oakland Athletics are rarely out of it. Almost no deficit is too daunting for a rallying cry, which could be led by any number of sluggers in a loaded lineup.
Never before in his managerial career has Bob Melvin been around a club with such a knack for comebacks, for winning the close ones in the late innings despite what might seem insurmountable odds.
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.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — While the Oakland Athletics continue their long quest for a new stadium, Trevor Cahill and Khris Davis couldn't be more comfortable in the team's current home.
Cahill struck out 10 in six innings, Davis and Matt Chapman both homered for the second consecutive game and the A's beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 on Sunday to complete a season sweep.
Davis hits 30th home run to help A’s edge Tigers 2-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hadn't hit a home run in three days, an eternity for the Athletics slugger considering the roll he's been on since the All-Star break.
Matt Chapman's drought was a little longer but not by much.
The two went deep over a three-pitch span in the third inning, providing the offense in Oakland's 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
Davis hits 29th home run, A’s beat Blue Jays 6-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Unable to land a starter at the trade deadline, the Oakland Athletics got a big lift from one they already had and gave manager Bob Melvin a milestone victory.
They also moved one game closer to Seattle in the race for the AL wild card.
Trevor Cahill had six strikeouts in six innings, Khris Davis homered among his three hits, and the A's beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Tuesday night.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Several top teams in the National League are matched up against fellow playoff contenders. Arizona wraps up a four-game series at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs. Max Muncy and the Dodgers host Atlanta. And it's Milwaukee in San Francisco to face rookie Dereck Rodriguez. The son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA, and the Giants have won his last six starts.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oakland slugger Khris Davis has more homers than anyone in the majors since the start of the 2016 season. The Texas Rangers have seen way too many of them.
Davis homered two more times in Texas, including a towering two-run homer with two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, as the Athletics rallied again to beat the Rangers 6-5.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics kept up their power surge and took advantage of Texas' bullpen struggles to get a rare late-inning comeback win from an eight-run deficit.
Khris Davis' three-run homer in the 10th inning capped the Athletics' big rally in a 13-10 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland Athletics slugger Mark Canha grew up a Giants fan and felt bad about flipping his bat after hitting a home run at AT&T Park, to the point where the Northern California native took to Twitter to issue an apology.
Then he took it all back.
Canha's go-ahead home run in the seventh inning was the difference as Oakland continued its late-game success, rallying to beat San Francisco 4-3 on Saturday night.
Pinder, Davis lead Athletics to 8-3 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — After making a habit of late comebacks this season, the Oakland Athletics enjoyed building an early lead and holding onto it.
Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis added three RBIs as the A's jumped on Lance McCullers Jr. early and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
The A's lead the majors with 67 runs in the eighth inning or later and entering the game they'd scored the winning run in the eighth or later in nine of their last 21 wins.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis gave the Athletics an opportunity for another come-from-behind win. Stephen Piscotty completed the job.
Piscotty belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the 11th inning as Oakland rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon.
Piscotty’s 3 doubles lead A’s past Padres 4-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty was perfectly fine with Andy Green's decision to walk Matt Olson to load the bases ahead of him with no outs in the eighth inning.
He liked Green's move even more after hitting a go-ahead double to keep the plucky Athletics rolling along.
Piscotty doubled three times and had three RBIs, helping Oakland beat San Diego 4-2 on Wednesday.