Jose Altuve homered, Joe Musgrove and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-0 on Monday night.
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A's fall in Power Rankings
The Athletics dropped one spot after an up-and-down week in which they managed to take a series from the AL Central-leading Indians. Power Rankings (Week 21)
A's finally find interleague road success
The Athletics beat the Cardinals 7-4 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday. That marks the first time since 2005 that Oakland won a road series against an interleague opponent that qualified for the playoffs in the previous season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. The series in 2005 was at Atlanta.
Gray proves looks can deceive
Sonny Gray, 26, has been a staple in Oakland's rotation since a midseason call-up in 2013. Gray's youthful appearance may fade with the stress that his down year (5.74 ERA) has likely caused. Baby-faced big leaguers
Daniel Coulombe knows how to deliver
Coulombe knows how to take care of business, as he's one of the fastest left-handers to the plate in the majors. Is he No. 1? Baseball Info Solutions provides the answer. Measuring baseball skills (Insider)
Rookie Andrew Triggs earned his first win and Stephen Vogt and Khris Davis homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Lineup: Athletics (56-73) at Cardinals (68-60)
- 1. Jake Smolinski, CF (R)
- 2. Marcus Semien, SS (R)
- 3. Danny Valencia, 1B (R)
- 4. Khris Davis, LF (R)
- 5. Ryon Healy, 3B (R)
- 6. Stephen Vogt, C (L)
- 7. Brett Eibner, RF (R)
- 8. Chad Pinder, 2B (R)
- 9. Andrew Triggs, RHP Daily lineups
Khris Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied for two runs, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night.
Friday's longest home runs
Adrian Beltre's 445-foot home run was his longest in three years and also the longest of the day. Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin, Yonder Alonso and Rickie Weeks Jr. round out the list of long balls.
Jedd Gyorko homered and Luke Weaver pitched six strong innings to earn his first major league win as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Friday night.
If the Athletics ever end up leaving Oakland, it wouldn't be the team's first move. The franchise already has left behind legacies of success in Philadelphia and frivolity in Kansas City.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
zep-CHIN-ski. That's how you pronounce the last name of reliever Marc Rzepczynski, whom the Nats acquired from the A's today in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The 30-year old southpaw joins a Washington pen whose 3.28 ERA leads the NL, but lacks lefty options with vet Oliver Perez struggling and rookie Sammy Solis sidelined (shoulder). In 56 games with Oakland, zep-CHIN-ski posted a 3.00 ERA, but his 14.2% walk rate was the highest among AL relievers (min. 30 IP).
How do Athletics rank in intangibles?
Ryon Healy has impressed since being called up to the majors, but low speed and poor plate discipline leave a lot to be desired. And is Billy Butler baseball's worst baserunner? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
What even was the O.co Coliseum?
With the White Sox soon to be playing at Guaranteed Rate Field, David Schoenfield took a look back at other bad ballpark names. From 2011-15, the home of the A's was named O.co Coliseum. What the park was named after for those four years was never really clear. Bad ballpark names
Billy Butler on Wednesday apologized for his role in a clubhouse fight with A's teammate Danny Valencia, calling the incident "something that could have been prevented on both sides."
Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become Oakland's first 10-game winner this season, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to win the series.
Jimmie Foxx excelled on a struggling squad
Foxx hit .346 in 1935, finishing tied for the MLB lead with 36 home runs. He also led the major leagues in slugging (.636) and led the AL in OPS (1.096). Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Athletics finished 58-91, the worst record in the AL and second-worst in the majors. Great players on bad teams
Khris Davis providing big power to A's
Davis hit his 33rd home run of the season on Tuesday. That's the most by an Athletics player in a single year since Jack Cust in 2008 (also 33), ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Tuesday's longest home runs
Justin Ruggiano isn't known for hitting long home runs, but he did just that against the Cardinals. Meanwhile, notable sluggers like Chris and Khris Davis also went deep on Tuesday.
Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
A fight in which A's DH Billy Butler suffered a concussion Friday reportedly began over derisive words Butler said about teammate Danny Valencia while an equipment rep was in the clubhouse.
Sean Doolittle's DL stint extended
Doolittle (shoulder strain) will have his rehab assignment drawn out a bit longer after mixed results from the mound. "He just doesn't feel like it's coming out of his hand the way he would like and we're not in a rush with him, either," manager Bob Melvin said. SF Gate
Athletics hold steady in Power Rankings
The A's are in the midst of a bad season, and it's only getting worse (2-8 in their last 10 games). At least Kendall Graveman has been a bright spot in his last 13 starts. Week 20 Power Rankings
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