December 2, 2013 |
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.
October 1, 2013 |
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.
September 25, 2013 |
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.
September 23, 2013 |
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.
September 21, 2013 |
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.
September 18, 2013 |
OAKLAND - The Oakland Athletics' need for a new stadium was highlighted again Tuesday night when a sewage backup from a bathroom adjacent to the A's dugout forced players and coaches to watch the final three innings of their 2-1 walk-off win over the Angels from the top step. The problem wasn't as severe as the massive sewage backup that spilled into both clubhouses in June, forcing players from the A's and Seattle Mariners to shower in the Oakland Raiders' locker room at O.co Coliseum.