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The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.Upvote Share Tweet
World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each armMLB.com 22 hours agoA's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Mar 2 (yesterday)When free agent Billy Butler made the jump from the Kansas City Royals to the Oakland A's this winter — signing a three-year, $30 million deal — he wondered the same thing all players wonder when changing teams: Who has my uniform number, and how can I …Upvote Share Tweet
Competition heavy for three open spots on GiantsMLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)With Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Oakland A's, the Giants will begin conducting auditions for the few vacancies in their cast. The Giants will have exactly one relief spot up for grabs, and also could have as many as two roles available fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin, A's to ease Crisp into game actionMLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)The oft-injured Coco Crisp will be eased into Cactus League games, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.Upvote Share Tweet
Bumgarner slated for Giants Cactus League openerMadison Bumgarner, already named the Giants' Opening Night starter, also will begin San Francisco's Cactus League schedule by facing the Oakland A's on Tuesday in Mesa.Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin impressed by defense in intrasquad gameThe threat of rain didn't stop the A's from gathering for a four-inning intrasquad game at Fitch Park on Saturday morning. The defense greatly impressed manager Bob Melvin, and pace of play was an object of interest.Upvote Share Tweet
Newcomer Smith excited for fresh start with A'sAs if they don't have enough of them, the A's welcomed in another new face Saturday morning. Right-hander Chad Smith, claimed off waivers from Detroit on Thursday, arrived at Hohokam Stadium excited for his latest opportunity.Upvote Share Tweet
A's hold situational hitting competition at campMLB.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)As the A's continue to get ready for the 2015 season, they spent Friday working on situational hitting, doing so with a friendly competition.Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin excited about A's new infieldMLB.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)Odds are the Athletics will begin the 2015 season with a completely different infield than the one that began the 2014 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Change offers Canha opportunity to go homeMLB.com Feb 26 (6 days ago)Mark Canha always wanted to settle down in the Bay Area, where he grew up. The power-hitting outfielder/first baseman finally gets that chance this season with the A's.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Feb 26 (6 days ago)Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL's recent troubles.Upvote Share Tweet
Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37MLB.com Feb 25 (7 days ago)Second baseman Mark Ellis is retiring from baseball, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. The 37-year-old Ellis, a ninth-round selection of the Royals in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, played 12 years in the Majors with the A's, Rock…Upvote Share Tweet
McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion with DodgersMLB.com Feb 25Former A's Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, now reunited in the Dodgers rotation, have always had a lot in common off the field, and this season they're both looking to prove their durability and help Los Angeles in its quest for a World Series cham…Upvote Share Tweet
Twice-traded Alvarez eager to make mark with A'sMLB.com Feb 24R.J. Alvarez has already impressed the A's with his hard-throwing ways early in Spring Training, and the 23-year-old is eager to succeed in a competition for two open bullpen spots.Upvote Share Tweet
Chavez sets sights on A's rotationMLB.com Feb 23Ask around the A's clubhouse and the answer is seemingly unanimous: Jesse Chavez deserves a spot in the rotation again. The right-hander isn't so sure he's earned it, though, despite his incredible work last year.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Feb 22Fernando Rodriguez is nearing the two-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, and the celebration is already underway. After throwing a bullpen Sunday, the A's right-hander said his arm hasn't felt so strong since college.Upvote Share Tweet
New arrival Nolin starts road back to moundMLB.com Feb 21Sean Nolin, acquired from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson deal, threw from flat ground for the first time Saturday since offseason surgery, joining several other A's hurlers on the mend.Upvote Share Tweet
Melvin: A's 'excited' about having Zito in campMLB.com Feb 19A's manager Bob Melvin has penciled in Barry Zito for one Cactus League start. The comeback hopeful will have to earn a second, though.Upvote Share TweetThe A's signed left-hander Barry Zito to a one-year Minor League deal including an invitation to big league Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
A's, reliever Clippard agree to contract for 2015MLB.com Feb 11The A's and reliever Tyler Clippard have avoided an arbitration hearing, coming to terms on a one-year deal worth $8.3 million.Upvote Share Tweet
How Will Jason Giambi Be Remembered?Feb 16Jerry Crasnick reflects on the career and legacy of Jason Giambi, who announced his retirement from baseball Monday.
Greatest Dynasties In Baseball HistoryJan 26Cary Chow and David Schoenfield look at the greatest baseball dynasties and pick out where the current Giants fit on the list.
Buster's Blog: Athletics' Bustling OffseasonJan 15Buster Olney takes a look at the Athletics' offseason moves and what to expect this upcoming season.
Lester Talks DealDec 15Jon Lester discusses what went into his decision to sign a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.
How Marcus Mariota Will Adapt to the NFLMar 4Read Peter King’s profile on Marcus Mariota: He was nearly perfect in a Heisman-winning campaign last season. Nonetheless, no prospect is under more scrutiny right now than the Oregon quarterback Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The M…
ESPN NowMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed-asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks,...
Lionsgate Entertainment chairman Mark Rachesky to bid on Atlanta HawksMar 4Mark Rachesky, chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and a noted distressed asset investor, has emerged as the most recent bidder for the Atlanta Hawks, according to league sources.
The Truth About Marcus MariotaMar 4INDIANAPOLIS — With all due respect to pockmarked Jameis Winston, off-field landmine Dorial Green-Beckham and small-school (Hobart!) marvel Ali Marpet, Marcus Mariota has more coaches and scouts staying up nights watching video than anyone in the 2015 d…