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March 19, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: Veteran utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr., who started the day with a .174 average, homered and doubled. Hairston said he was never concerned about his slow start. "Especially coming off hip surgery, I wanted to make sure I was healthy and ready for the season," Hairston said. ON THE MOUND: Chris Capuano started in place of Chad Billingsley, who was scratched with a bruised finger on his pitching hand. Capuano had his best performance of the spring, holding the Athletics to a run and five hits over 52/3 innings.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Joe Smith didn't mince his words late Tuesday night. The Angels right-hander came on to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning and faced five batters. All of them reached base, and four of them scored -- the turning point in a game the Oakland Athletics went on to win, 10-9, in 11 innings. “Man, I was horrible,” said Smith, who threw scoreless innings in each of his first six games. “I fell behind in counts. I had the first guy 0-and-2 and walked him -- that's a no-no.
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April 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
  The pesky Oakland Athletics come at you in waves, with their parade of young and talented starting pitchers, their endless stream of dominant relievers and their deep pool of no-name position players who do so many little things - and plenty of big things - right. The Angels, despite outspending the A's, $148 million to $60 million, and sporting a superstar-filled roster led by Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, have been no match so far this season.
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April 15, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Many players would be thrilled if even a few weeks of their career mirrored that of probable Hall of Fame member Albert Pujols, but David Freese might be following one part of the script a little too closely. Freese and Pujols have much in common. Both helped the St. Louis Cardinals win World Series titles before moving to Anaheim, Pujols signing with the Angels before 2012 and Freese arriving last off-season in a trade. Like Pujols, Freese is struggling in his first month with his new team.
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December 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber said Wednesday he has no interest in buying the Oakland Athletics. The East Bay Express reported Wednesday that Guber and his ownership partner in the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, lead an investment group exploring the possibility of buying the A's and building a ballpark in Oakland. "Absolutely not true," Guber told The Times. "100% not true. " Guber declined comment about whether Lacob might be interested but called it "categorically incorrect" to say he might be. "I have not had any conversations with the league or any of the owners about buying the team," Guber said.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Athletics 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels have won eight straight games and closed Cactus League play with a 17-10 record. Utility infield candidate Grant Green lined a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning and is hitting .360 (18 for 50) with 11 runs batted in. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run in the seventh, and Matt Long (.426) hit two sacrifice flies and a double. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson looked sharp in his final tuneup, giving up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two. His earned-run average is 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings.
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December 2, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
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June 21, 1991 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Chatsworth High standout Joel Wolfe, a junior outfielder from UCLA, has signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics. Wolfe, a third-round selection of the Athletics in the recent amateur baseball draft, signed a contract earlier this week and reported to the team's short-season Class-A affiliate in Medford, Ore., a member of the Northwest League. Once Wolfe made up his mind to accept the offer, it wasn't long before he was in uniform.
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July 1, 1990 | SUSAN FORNOFF, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
Oakland A's center fielder Dave Henderson has discovered the easiest fitness program imaginable. Says Henderson: "I just use a simple formula: hereditary genes." That's Henderson's way of saying, "I don't have to get fit. I'm never out of shape." He doesn't run, and he doesn't lift weights. He doesn't get fat, and he doesn't get flabby. They may be baseball's world champions, but most of the A's didn't inherit genes like Henderson's.
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October 19, 1988 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
Five pitches. What has taken the Dodger 170 games to create may have dissolved Tuesday night in 5 pitches. Five fastballs. That's all it took for the Oakland Athletics to safely flee, without a scratch, a Dodger bases-loaded, none-out tempest in the sixth inning. Five strikes. That's all the Dodgers will be seeing this morning as they read accounts of their 2-1 loss to the A's in Game 3 of the World Series Tuesday, a loss that cut their edge to 2 games to 1.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 6, Athletics 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels have won eight straight games and closed Cactus League play with a 17-10 record. Utility infield candidate Grant Green lined a two-run home run to left-center field in the seventh inning and is hitting .360 (18 for 50) with 11 runs batted in. Brennan Boesch hit a solo home run in the seventh, and Matt Long (.426) hit two sacrifice flies and a double. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson looked sharp in his final tuneup, giving up one unearned run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two. His earned-run average is 2.20 in 28 2/3 innings.
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March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - It was only a spring-training game, but it didn't matter. "It matters to me," Clayton Kershaw said. Kershaw was upset Monday after making his second exhibition-season start, which was even worse than his first. Facing the Oakland Athletics, he pitched two perfect innings, only to implode in the third, giving up three walks and two run-scoring singles. He was removed by Manager Don Mattingly before recording an out. "Physically, I feel great," Kershaw said.
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December 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber said Wednesday he has no interest in buying the Oakland Athletics. The East Bay Express reported Wednesday that Guber and his ownership partner in the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob, lead an investment group exploring the possibility of buying the A's and building a ballpark in Oakland. "Absolutely not true," Guber told The Times. "100% not true. " Guber declined comment about whether Lacob might be interested but called it "categorically incorrect" to say he might be. "I have not had any conversations with the league or any of the owners about buying the team," Guber said.
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December 2, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
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October 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND - It's that time of year again, when fans around the country tune into the baseball playoffs, see a bunch of unfamiliar green-and-gold-clad Oakland Athletics playing in a creaky, leaky stadium built for football and think, "What are you guys doing here?" It's OK. The A's, whose talent, grit and World Series aspirations far exceed their small-market limitations, are used to it. Respect them or not, know them or not, they've won two consecutive American League West titles on a shoe-string budget and open a division series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Oakland.
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September 25, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels packed their bags, Albert Pujols extended his hand to Mark Trumbo. "Take care. Finish strong," Pujols said. "I'll be in touch. " This was all wrong. Trumbo and the Angels were headed to Texas, to try to knock the Rangers out of the playoffs. Pujols was headed home, his season ended by injury in July. BOX SCORE: Angels 3, Oakland 1 Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto were headed to Texas too, neither one sure of whether he would be working for the Angels next week.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Their second consecutive division title secured Sunday, the Oakland Athletics have set their sights on the best record in the American League, which would assure home-field advantage throughout the post-season and a first-round series against the wild-card survivor instead of the Detroit Tigers. The A's took another step toward that goal Monday night with a 10-5 victory over the Angels that was powered in part by Jed Lowrie's three-run home run in the third inning, Brandon Moss' two-run shot in the fifth and Josh Donaldson's 56th multi-hit game.
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September 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once.
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