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Oakland Athletics

Stadium: O.co Coliseum | Manager: Bob Melvin
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Athletics.2447291463.22
AL West3rd2nd3rd2nd
American League 9th3rd6th2nd

Last Game

Mon, March 30
Colorado Rockies
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Oakland Athletics
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Pitching


Schedule

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Fri Mar 20
W 3 - 2LAD
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Fri Mar 20
W 3 - 2at COL
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Sat Mar 21
W 8 - 1CIN
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Sun Mar 22
L 4 - 3at CIN
Recap
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Mon Mar 23
L 8 - 3at CLE
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Tue Mar 24
W 14 - 2CHC
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Wed Mar 25
9 - 9at MIL
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Thu Mar 26
W 6 - 4at SF
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Fri Mar 27
W 7 - 6TEX
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Sat Mar 28
W 10 - 4at CHW
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Sun Mar 29
W 7 - 0MIL
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4:05 pm EDT
Today
W 11 - 2COL
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4:10 pm EDT
Tue Mar 31
MLB Network at LAA
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3:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 1
LAA
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10:15 pm EDT
Thu Apr 2
at SF
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10:15 pm EDT
Fri Apr 3
at SF
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4:05 pm EDT
Sat Apr 4
SF
10:05 pm EDT
Mon Apr 6
TEX
10:05 pm EDT
Tue Apr 7
TEX
10:05 pm EDT
Wed Apr 8
TEX

Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Oakland5-519-9
Los Angeles6-613-12
Houston3-410-10
Seattle6-411-15
Texas4-79-15
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Athletics' Billy Burns credits larger bat for spring hot streak
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Athletics outfielder Billy Burns is hitting .381 this spring and leads the Majors with 24 hits. 

Burns credits a change to a larger bat for the increased production. Minor league hitting coordinator Greg Sparks suggested the move, to a bat that was one ounce heavier and half an inch longer. He believed it would help improve the switch-hitting Burns' left-handed swing. 

"I was using a skinnier, more balanced model and now it’s a bigger barrel, heavier," Burns said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. "I choke up so I can handle it but have more oomph behind it. more force. Then we worked on the mental approach of attacking the baseball from the left side. Instead of being more passive and trying to go the other way, attack the ball."

Burns is hitting .432 from the left side of the plate this spring. 

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A's P Drew Pomeranz tosses six scoreless innings in win
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings during Monday's 11-2 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Pomeranz gave up only two hits and one walk while striking out six batters. 

"He pitched well. He pitched really good," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said of Pomeranz, via MLB.com. "He was hitting spots. His curveball was effective today, too. He has that big curveball. I've never faced him before. I saw the ball really well coming out of his hands."

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A's 3B Brett Lawrie homers twice in win over Rockies
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie hit two home runs in Monday's 11-2 blowout win over the Rockies. 

Lawrie's first home run was of the solo variety hit off of Ryan Arrowood. His second was a three-run shot off of LaTroy Hawkins in the sixth inning. This gives Lawrie four home runs in his last eight games. 

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Athletics OF Coco Crisp (elbow) cleared for minor-league action
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp (elbow) has been cleared to play in a minor-league game Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Crisp has been sidelined for a week with the injury, but manager Bob Melvin indicated that if Crisp can play in Wednesday's spring-training game while also seeing time during this weekend's exhibition series, he could still be ready for Opening Day. The outfielder is just 2 for 15 this spring.

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Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman posts another stellar performance
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman continues to impress this spring. Sunday, he went 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Manager Bob Melvin loves how the young pitcher has performed this spring, reports MLB.com.

"He doesn't blow you away, although you look at the radar gun and at times we've seen 93, 94 this spring," Melvin said. "But he's a pitcher; he's pretty cerebral in the way he does it.

"He reads swings very well. You know, it's late movement off the barrel of the bat, whether it's sink, whether it's cut, offspeed just enough. But he knows what he's doing and he's aware of what the hitters are trying to do against him."

Graveman has a minuscule 0.74 ERA in five starts this spring.

"There's a reason that he went from [Class] A-ball to the big leagues [in 2014 with Toronto], and then continued to pitch this well for us. It means he's real confident in what he's doing," Melvin said.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Donaldson , 3B.255
HRJosh Donaldson , 3B29
RBIJosh Donaldson , 3B98
OBPJosh Donaldson , 3B.342
SLGJosh Donaldson , 3B.456
RJosh Donaldson , 3B93
SBSam Fuld , CF21
WJon Lester , SP16
ERAJon Lester , SP2.46
WHIPJeff Samardzija , SP1.07
KJon Lester , SP220
SVSean Doolittle , RP22
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