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With the 2014 season coming to an end, the front office will soon turn their heads to the off-season. Regardless of the A's success in the 2014 season, some key additions will need to be made for a competitive 2015 team.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought his team had a real chance to make a move on the Orioles in the American League East race coming back from the All-Star break. The Blue Jays were four games out of first place, but they were facing three struggling teams, two at home, while the Orioles had to start on the West Coast with the Oakland Athletics , the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners .
The A's will begin exploring new locations for their Triple-A franchise after being told by Major League Baseball on Monday that the Sacramento River Cats had filed to end their affiliation with the team. Sacramento majority owner Sue Savage and her son, club president/general manager Jeff Savage, have made it clear in the last four months they would like to have an affiliation with the San Francisco Giants.
After emerging as the best team in baseball over the first half, the Oakland Athletics have been free-falling throughout August and September. While much of the blame can be attributed to the A's suddenly feeble offense, Oakland's normally reliable bullpen faltered with closer Sean Doolittle on the disabled list, costing the team a few wins in the process.
Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez celebrates with third baseman Marcus Semien after defeating the Minnesota Twins in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Last week the Chicago White Sox made life a little tougher on the Oakland Athletics by winning three of four games against them at US Cellular Field, as the A's are currently fighting for a postseason spot.
Sep 14, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Adam Dunn and Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp celebrate after Crisp scored a run off a RBI double hit by Oakland Athletics left fielder Sam Fuld during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports Return? How could two wins be a return, Jason? Well, consecutive wins had not been managed by the Oakland Athletics since August 22-23 against the Angels.
The Oakland A's have been riddled with injuries for some time now. It seems as though just as someone gets better, another Athletic incurs a multi-day injury.
The Athletics will send Scott Kazmir , Jeff Samardzija , and Sonny Gray to the hill in that order to face the Texas Rangers between September 16-18. Kazmir and Samardzija are swapping places in the rotation, and Sonny Gray moves ahead of Jason Hammel.
Oakland won consecutive games for the first time in three weeks and more importantly stretched its lead in the AL wild card race. The A's now hold a 1½ game advantage over Kansas City and a 2½ game lead over the Mariners.
The Oakland Athletics will try to win their first series in five tries today as they face the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. First pitch is at 1:10 PM Pacific Time.
In the "whatever can go wrong will go wrong" category, we take you to A's first baseman Brandon Moss' at-bat in the 10th inning with the bases loaded Saturday night. Moss was looking for something, anything to get the go-ahead run in from third base.
Aug 17, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young warms up before the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports I was looking forward to posting today's gameday preview.
Santiago is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA in eight starts and two relief appearances since the Midsummer Classic and a big reason why the Angels currently have the best record in the majors at 93-55 and an 11-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division. Santiago was again solid on Tuesday in Texas, as he held the woeful Rangers to a run and five hits over five innings to run his record to 5-7, while lowering his ERA to 3.38.
Injured A's catcher Geovany Soto is expected to miss the remainder of the Mariners series and rest through Monday's off-day. Soto experienced back spasms in the third inning of Friday's loss and was feeling only slightly better Saturday following an uncomfortable, restless night.
Jed Lowrie drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to force in the tiebreaking run and lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney came on in the 10th and walked Coco Crisp to open the inning.
Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano rounds the bases against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 06:24 am
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