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3/28/2015 | 'Winning is important' for Melvin, even in spring

The A's are projected to have roughly 10 players new to the organization on their Opening Day roster, and manager Bob Melvin said it is key to let his team know the importance of playing well in any situation.


3/28/2015 | Utility man Ladendorf contends for Opening Day spot

Including the roster spot that could open with Josh Reddick likely headed to the disabled list to begin the season, it all adds up to the increasing possibility that Tyler Ladendorf makes an Opening Day roster for the first time in his career.


3/28/2015 | Kazmir's outstanding start backed by offensive surge

Billy Burns' four hits topped a 15-hit attack to support Scott Kazmir's scoreless start in a 10-4 Oakland victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Saturday.


3/27/2015 | Canha establishing knack for clutch, late-inning hits

Mark Canha has firmly established his knack for the big, late-inning hit. Just two days after clinching the go-ahead run with a two-run homer against the Brewers, the A's slugger provided a walk-off win over the Rangers, courtesy of a three-run shot.


3/27/2015 | Canha's walk-off three-run homer rallies A's past Rangers

The A's Mark Canha hit a three-run, walk-off homer against Rangers reliever Phil Klein in the ninth inning of Friday's game at Hohokam Stadium, sending Oakland to a 7-6 victory.


3/27/2015 | Clippard to fill in for Doolittle as A's closer

The goggle-wearing, funky-throwing Tyler Clippard will assume the role of interim A's closer in place of the injured Sean Doolittle at season's start. A's manager Bob Melvin made the announcement, expected for weeks, on Friday morning.


3/27/2015 | Despite progress, Reddick not expected for Opening Day

A's outfielder Josh Reddick is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, though making steady progress in his rehab from a right oblique strain.


3/27/2015 | Chavez shows ability to work out of jams

Back on the bump against the Giants on Thursday night after vacating camp for a day to welcome his third daughter, Dannie Rae, into the world, right-hander Jesse Chavez was thrown right into traffic, weaving his way in and out of several jams.


3/27/2015 | Sogard's tiebreaking triple carries A's past Giants

Eric Sogard's two-run triple snapped a sixth-inning tie and led the A's to a 6-4 Cactus League victory over the Giants on Thursday night.


3/26/2015 | Bean brings his message of inclusion to A's

Often mistaken for one another, Billy Beane and Billy Bean found themselves in the same clubhouse Thursday, just as they did 27 years ago when playing in the outfield together for Triple-A Toledo. This time, Beane, now Oakland's general manager, was introducing Bean in the A's clubhouse. Bean, bringing a message of inclusion for gay players in baseball, is on a speaking tour visiting only clubs that invite him.


3/26/2015 | Pleskoff: Slugger Canha offers A's power bat

Canha returns home with the Athletics. He attended Bellarmine College Prep where he was named the 2007 West Catholic Athletic League MVP. He hit .440 with 11 home runs as a senior. For his career he hit .415 with 23 doubles, three triples and 26 home runs. During his tenure, he was clearly the leader of his team.


3/26/2015 | Butler brings his quest for a World Series title to Bay Area

Last season ended oh so close for Billy Butler, as his Royals team came up 90 feet short of tying the Giants in Game 7 of the World Series. Now, Butler's ready for a new season in a new place, as he begins his first season in Oakland.


3/25/2015 | Red-hot Ike benefits from consistent approach

Ike Davis is having another strong spring at the plate, and the new A's first baseman hopes he can keep up his production during the regular season.


3/25/2015 | A's not concerned about down start by Gray

Sonny Gray was knocked around by the Brewers on Wednesday, but the A's Opening Day starter was told to forget about the outing as quickly as he left it.


3/25/2015 | While not at full strength, A's happy with bullpen

The A's will begin the regular season without the injured Sean Doolittle and the demoted Ryan Cook, yet top to bottom, the bullpen is loaded with assets.


3/25/2015 | Gray finds trouble against hot-hitting Brewers

Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff home run and logged RBIs in each of the first three innings as the Brewers knocked around A's Opening Day starter Sonny Gray on Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The game ended in a 9-9 tie after Oakland rallied for four runs in the ninth.


3/25/2015 | Comforts of home benefit Ike this spring

New Oakland A's first baseman Ike Davis has always appeared very comfortable at the plate during Spring Training.


3/25/2015 | A's hope Crisp will be ready by Opening Day

A's outfielder Coco Crisp was a late scratch from Tuesday's matchup with the Cubs because of ongoing right elbow soreness, and it was later revealed that he received a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain, which will keep him out of game action through the week.


3/24/2015 | Zito proving he belongs back in bigs, if not with A's

Though the A's likely won't have the room to carry Barry Zito when the regular season opens, the lefty continues to prove that he belongs on a big league roster somewhere.


3/24/2015 | A's option reliever Cook to Triple-A

Ryan Cook will look to continue sorting through mechanical issues, just not with the big league club. The struggling A's reliever was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, a day after he endured another rocky outing.


3/24/2015 | A's emerge from roster churn with tremendous pitching depth

After all of the roster turnover, the Oakland Athletics have emerged, once again, as usual, with a lot of Major League-quality pitching.


3/24/2015 | Vogt, Butler lead offensive barrage over Cubs

The A's busted out for 10 runs in the first three innings of Tuesday's 14-2 win over the Cubs at Hohokam Stadium, getting two-run home runs from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt along the way.


3/24/2015 | Pomeranz labors through hip tightness in shaky start

A's rotation candidate Drew Pomeranz, looking to impress the decision-makers in a start against the Cubs on Tuesday, instead labored through just 2 2/3 innings as a result of right hip tightness, he said.


3/24/2015 | Crisp to miss time after receiving cortisone shot

A's outfielder Coco Crisp was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs because of soreness in his right elbow, and he's expected to miss several more games after receiving a cortisone shot in the area.


3/23/2015 | Rocky spring performance continues for Cook

Ryan Cook's struggles were on display again Monday, furthering concern about the A's reliever, whose cumulative spring ERA sits at 16.88 following five outings.




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