Chris Bassitt allows five hits, no walks and strikes out six over seven shutout innings for the Athletics against the Mariners
Posted: September 26, 2020, 4:05 am
Even as Oakland’s postseason pitching plans remain murky, the final weekend’s starters are set, with Brentwood’s Paul Blackburn making his return to the big-league roster for a start Saturday. Blackburn, who has spent the entire season at the A’s alternate site in San Jose, will pitch the second game of a doubleheader against Seattle, with Mike Minor starting the first game at the Coliseum.
Posted: September 26, 2020, 2:50 am
The current offensive struggles have been pretty much team-wide (Sean Murphy aside) and for the past 11 games, but it’s not as if the A’s ever really hit lights out consistently even before that. Oakland’s . average going into Friday’s game is the fifth lowest in the majors, and the league average is .
Posted: September 25, 2020, 9:58 pm
Closer Liam Hendriks said it doesn’t really matter who the Oakland A’s play in the first round of the American League playoffs. Hendriks sure made it sound, though, like he’d rather face the Houston Astros than the Cleveland Indians. The West Division-leading A’s will likely finish as the second or third seed in the American League and face either Cleveland or Houston in the best-of-three first round that starts Sept.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 7:14 pm
RHP James Kaprielian Jesús Luzardo was scheduled to start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader but he pitched three innings of relief on Thursday to give the A’s more flexibility to set their postseason rotation. If he had pitched on Saturday, he likely wouldn’t have been able to make a start during the A’s first round series. It’s likely they’ll turn to their bullpen on Saturday with James Kaprielian a candidate for bulk innings in the first game and Mike Minor starting the second game.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 7:00 pm
Heading into play on Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays sit in the top seed in the American League and are slated to play the 8th seeded team during the first round on Tuesday, September 29th; a best of three game series. The Rays hold the top spot with a two game lead over the Minnesota Twins and a 2.5 game lead over the Oakland Athletics; the Rays will clinch the top spot with a victory and an Oakland Athletics defeat.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 6:29 pm
The Oakland A’s placed relief pitcher J.B. Wendelken on the injured list Thursday, the team announced. To take his spot on the roster, fellow pitcher James Kaprielian was recalled. The reason for Wendelken’s IL trip was not disclosed by the team, which is unusual since most injuries are explained right away.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 6:18 pm
The Dodgers clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason, but most players won’t be living at home even for the wild-card round.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 5:46 pm
With the future of Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen murky as Sandy Alderson is poised to take over the team president role if Steve Cohen is approved as owner, a key Oakland Athletics executive is being linked to the GM job in Queens.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 5:27 pm
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a big 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night to take the three-game set at Dodger Stadium. As has been the case a lot recently, the Dodgers got on the scoreboard first with a run in the first inning. Mookie Betts and Justin Turner both singled, and then Will Smith connected on a base hit of his own to drive home the run.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 2:25 pm
If I looked back a couple months ago, forty was a number we were kind of shooting for,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Buehler allowed one hit in four innings, struck out six and walked one in his first career appearance against the A’s. His fastball, he had it going,” Oakland leadoff hitter Tommy La Stella said.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 9:45 am
Oakland has hit 67 home runs as a team this season. Matt Olson leads them with 14, averaging one every 14.1 at-bats. The Mariners are 18-18 against teams from the AL West.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 8:03 am
Ramón Laureano runs back to the center-field wall and leaps to catch Max Muncy’s fly ball for the second out in the bottom of the 1st
Posted: September 25, 2020, 2:28 am
The Yankees have just four games left to play in the regular season before the playoffs begin next week. Their Wild Card Round opponent has not been set yet as seeded is still very close in this final stretch of games.
Posted: September 24, 2020, 3:57 pm
Condensed Game: Ramón Laureano hit a two-run, go-ahead home run in the 9th to lead the Athletics to a 6-4 win over the Dodgers
Posted: September 24, 2020, 5:22 am
Dodgers pitcher Dustin May has relied on inducing groundballs, rather than strikeouts, which could be risky in the postseason.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 8:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager had three hits, including one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, as the Dodgers clinched the National League’s top postseason seed and eighth straight West title Tuesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 7:38 am
Atlanta’s 11-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Truist Park ensured the Braves sealed another NL East crown.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 5:41 am
The Dodgers secured an eighth straight National League West Division title as well as the NL’s top playoff seed with a 7-2 win over the Oakland A’s.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 4:59 am
Dodgers win eighth straight NL West title. Braves, Cubs and Indians punch tickets to MLB postseason.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 4:59 am
Two players have tested positive and three came into contact with them.
Posted: September 22, 2020, 10:18 pm
The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United will have some fans at home games in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, beginning with the Falcons’ home game against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 11. Team and stadium officials announced the decision to allow a limited number of fans, based on the recent decline in COVID-19 cases in Georgia, among other factors. The teams will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials and say they reserve the right to go back to playing without fans should conditions in the pandemic change.
Posted: September 22, 2020, 9:20 pm
Dave Shovein discusses Aroldis Chapman’s appeal getting pushed back, the A’s clinching and an impressive night for Alejandro Kirk in Tuesday’s Dose. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: September 22, 2020, 6:40 am
The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, ending its three-year reign as division champion and making the A’s the first team in the majors to lock up a division crown in this pandemic-shortened season. Oakland was off Monday before opening an interleague series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Posted: September 22, 2020, 5:05 am
Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam, Chadwick Tromp and Darin Ruf added two-run homers, and the San Francisco Giants prevented the Oakland Athletics from clinching the AL West title at home with a 14-2 victory Sunday. The Giants earned their first win in six tries during this year’s Bay Bridge Series and go into the season’s final week chasing a playoff spot. ”Look, we seem to be a team that responds pretty well,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Posted: September 21, 2020, 12:45 am
The Minnesota Twins are in the postseason for the third time in four seasons.
Posted: September 20, 2020, 4:27 am