TOKYO (AP) — Jay Bruce of the Seattle Mariners has gotten the first hit of the 2019 Major League Baseball season and Oakland's Stephen Piscotty has connected for the first home run.
Oakland Athletics season preview capsule
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
A’s looking at Robbie Grossman as potential leadoff man
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics will take a look at Robbie Grossman as a potential leadoff man when they open spring play.
The Athletics host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday as the...
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.
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 cut magic number to 1 with another walk-off win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty's alert baserunning helped the Oakland Athletics inch closer to their first playoff berth in four years.
Piscotty doubled leading off the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Trevor Hildenberger's bases-loaded wild pitch with two outs. The A's cut their magic number to clinch a spot in the postseason to one with their second straight walk-off win over the Minnesota Twins, 3-2 on Saturday night.
Marcus Semien has 5 RBIs, A’s pound Angels 21-3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a postseason berth within their sights, the Oakland Athletics are leaving nothing to chance.
Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics hammered the Los Angeles Angels 21-3 on Thursday.
The Athletics reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five. Since June 15, Oakland is a major league-best 58-25.
Bauers lifts Rays over A’s, who fail to close on Yanks
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Bauers spoiled the Oakland Athletics' chance to close some ground on the AL wild card-leading New York Yankees.
Bauers hit a three-run homer off Jeurys Familia in the eighth inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays slow the playoff-chasing Athletics with a 7-5 win Saturday night.
Athletics’ 6-game win streak ends with 5-3 loss to Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — Presented with an opportunity to make up ground in their playoff run, the Oakland Athletics were mounting a comeback against the Baltimore Orioles' shaky bullpen in the eighth inning of a tight game.
Mychal Givens would have none of it.
Givens put an end to the potential rally, and the Orioles snapped Oakland's six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Thursday night.
Laureano homers twice, Semien goes deep as A’s top Texas 8-4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics rookie Ramon Laureano has barely been in the majors for a month, and he's making quite an impression.
Laureano hit two home runs, Marcus Semien also went deep and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Friday night.
Oakland got its fourth win in five games overall and seventh in eight against Texas. The A's are 30-15 since the All-Star break.
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.
M’s Paxton hit by liner, replaced by Hernandez vs. A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Mariners ace James Paxton was replaced by Felix Hernandez in the first inning Tuesday night after being hit by a line drive on his pitching arm.
X-rays on Paxton's left arm were negative, and he was diagnosed with a forearm contusion.
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) — Jeurys Familia had a difficult time leaving New York, having spent his entire major league career with the Mets.
A win in his Oakland debut made the transition a little easier.
Familia pitched two scoreless innings, Marcus Semien scored from second base on Matt Chapman's infield chopper in the 10th, and the Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Sunday.
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.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When Paul Blackburn needed 47 pitches to make it through the first two innings, it didn't seem he would last long for the Oakland Athletics.
Then Blackburn found his groove and led the streaking A's to another win.
Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Oakland won its fifth straight game, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito was rolling, feeling as comfortable as he has all season. It was just what the White Sox needed.
Giolito pitched into the eighth inning before Xavier Cedeno worked out of a jam, and Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 6-4 Friday night to salvage a doubleheader split.
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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.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn couldn't wait for the postgame meal following his first start of the season. Jittery nerves kept the right-hander from eating beforehand, and he was anxious to dig in.
Matt Chapman doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to make a winner of Blackburn in his season debut, and Oakland beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Thursday night.
TORONTO (AP) — Daniel Mengden helped the surging Athletics finish off a sweep and gave Oakland's beleaguered bullpen a much-needed break.
Mengden allowed two hits over seven shutout innings to win his second straight start, a 9-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs, and Matt Chapman had three hits and a walk as Oakland swept a four-game road series for the first time since September 2016 at Kansas City.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20 and 21, the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in Japan.
Major League Baseball said Oakland will be the home team for both games. Both the Athletics and Mariners will play Japanese teams in exhibitions on March 17 and 18.
No consecutive no-hitters for Sean Manaea
HOUSTON (AP) — Oakland's Sean Manaea won't be pitching consecutive no-hitters.
Houston's Carlos Correa singled cleanly through the right side off the Athletics pitcher in the fourth inning on Friday night, ending Manaea's hitless streak at 14 innings.
A 26-year-old left-hander, Manaea pitched a no-hitter against Boston last Saturday.
The only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters was Cincinnati's Johnny Vander Meer against Brooklyn and the Boston Bees in June 1938.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Semien picks his spots to be aggressive. Leading off the ninth inning for the Oakland Athletics in a tie game was a perfect time.
Semien homered on the first pitch of the ninth, and the surging A's added five more runs after that in a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Oakland has a winning record for the first time since it won the season opener.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A's lefty Sean Manaea pitched the first no-hitter against Boston in 25 years, with an overturned call preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland's 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox.
Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland's first no-no since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2010.
Manaea got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to complete the first no-hitter versus the Red Sox since Seattle's Chris Bosio did it in 1993.
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) — Marcus Semien knew center field was wide open. He just had to put the ball there.
Semien did it, beating a five-man infield with one out in the 11th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 6-5 on opening day Thursday.
Boog Powell hit a one-out triple off Noe Ramirez (0-1) to start the winning rally. Matt Joyce was intentionally walked to bring up Semien, who delivered his first career game-ending RBI.
Shortstop Semien among 5 A’s to reach 1-year deals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shortstop Marcus Semien is one of five players who reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, receiving a hefty raise to $3,125,000 from $545,000.
Also Friday, right-hander Kendall Graveman asked for $2.6 million and the A's offered $2.36 million.
Slugger Khris Davis received a $10.5 million, one-year deal Wednesday.
Mengden throws 7 scoreless, A’s sweep Tigers with 3-2 win
DETROIT (AP) — Now that he's healthy, Daniel Mengden is showing his potential.
The Oakland right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Semien, Cotton send Athletics past sloppy Astros 3-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Marcus Semien wound up with a Little League home run when Houston kept throwing the ball away to help the Oakland Athletics avoid a sweep with a win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.
The play in the 3-2 victory reminded Semien of the last time he was involved in something similar — which actually was in Little League.
Lowrie’s double keys rally as A’s top Orioles 5-4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Matt Olson is a relative newcomer to the Oakland Athletics, though he's been up long enough to know that comebacks have become the team's trademark this season.
"That really is a knack that you can't replace," Olson said after their latest late-inning rally.
Jed Lowrie had two hits, including an RBI double in a decisive eighth inning, as the Athletics defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien's big swing ended a hectic and roster-changing day for the Athletics and sent the San Francisco Giants tumbling deeper into their season-long abyss.
Semien hit a grand slam off George Kontos in the sixth inning and Oakland held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 on Monday night, a few hours after shipping ace Sonny Gray to the New York Yankees in the second of two trades orchestrated by the A's front office.
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz's 300th career home run gave the struggling Seattle Mariners a lift when they needed it most.
Cruz drove in five runs, including his milestone homer, James Paxton allowed two hits over seven innings and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Friday night, snapping a four-game skid.
Cruz's three-run drive off Liam Hendricks put Seattle up 6-2 during a four-run eighth. Cruz also had RBI singles in the first and third to give him a big league-best 68 RBIs.
SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Blackburn made the Seattle Mariners pay for trading him away during the offseason.
Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning for his first major league victory and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Mariners 7-4 on Thursday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Kendall Graveman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday by Oakland with a strained right shoulder, and the Athletics also announced shortstop Marcus Semien will have wrist surgery.
The procedure on Semien's right wrist is scheduled for Tuesday and will include inserting a screw to help heal a broken bone. He was examined Monday in Los Angeles by Dr. Steve Shin, who evaluated MRI and CT scans that revealed a fracture to the scaphoid bone.
Combined projected WAR: 14.2Top five everyday players:-SS Marcus Semien (2.2 WAR)-C Stephen Vogt (2.0)-LF Khris Davis (1.8)-CF Rajai Davis (1.2)-3B Trevor Plouffe (1.2)The A's were back to their penny-pinching ways this offseason. Oakland signed Rajai Davis, Trevor Plouffe and Matt Joyce, all for average annual salaries of $6 million or less. Those three all figure to be among the team's six most productive hitters, with Joyce pegged at 1.0 WAR in 2017.
Projected record: 77-85Projected run differential: -37The A's feature a lineup filled with players projected to put up below-average results. Fangraphs sees Marcus Semien (2.2 WAR) as their most valuable everyday player, followed by Stephen Vorgt (2.0). The additions of Rajai Davis, Trevor Plouffe...