Oakland Athletics

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

Schedule

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3:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 3
SF
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3:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 4
at SF
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3:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at CHC
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3:10 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
at ARI
*
3:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
LAA
*
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
CHW
*
4:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
at TEX
*
4:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
ARI
*
4:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
CLE
*
4:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
SEA
*
4:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
at KC
*
8:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
at CHC

Standings

AL
West
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Los Angeles86-5698-64
Oakland75-6788-74
Seattle78-6487-75
Houston65-7770-92
Texas57-8567-95
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Ike Davis still bothered by 2012 report accusing him of drinking issue
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

When the Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pirates last April, it put an end to a disappointing tenure in New York. Davis struggled to meet the expectations of being a former first-round pick, which is something he could live with.

Apparently, however, Davis couldn't live with a 2012 report citing the Mets were concerned about his nightlife habits. Davis had to encounter the topic when he met with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle after he was traded last year.

“Clint asked me about it when I first got over there,” Davis said, per the New York Daily News. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what to tell you, but a guy made up an article.’

“He was like, ‘I heard you’ve had issues.” And I was like, ‘Issues with what? I’ve never gotten in trouble. I’ve never gotten in a fight. I’ve never done anything to anyone. Yeah, I’ve gone out and had beers and stuff, but who hasn’t done that?’ I don’t know why I got singled out.”

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Davis at the end of last season he would squash any rumors regarding the issue, calling the report "ridiculous" after Davis proved to be a model teammate in 2014.

Even Athletics manager Bob Melviin said Davis’ reputation in the game is now sound and is glad to have him on the roster after Oakland picked him up in November.

Still, Davis remains bothered the accusations are connected to his tenure with the Mets.

“That’s really the only thing that I still have a dirty taste in my mouth about," he said. "Because everything else, you could see it in numbers. What, am I going to argue? I didn’t play well. But as far as calling me out for drinking problems, and being a bad influence -- that was a joke. It’s ridiculous. But you can use it as a learning experience: You can’t trust people.”

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Report: A's could get priced out of signing Cuban 2B Hector Olivera
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With the competition heating up to sign Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, it appears the chances of the Athletics signing him are dwindling, per InsideBayArea.com.

“It seems like the A’s are going to get priced out of the competition,’’ a source said. “There are teams out there that can simply outbid Oakland.’’

The Dodgers, Padres, Red Sox and Yankees all have interest in Olivera, according to the report. Olivera hit .323 with a .407 on-base percentage, .505 slugging percentage and .912 OPS over 10 seasons in Cuba.

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A's place Taylor Thompson on 60-day DL with shoulder issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have placed pitcher Taylor Thompson on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday with a shoulder strain, per the team's official website. The move made room for the addition of Chad Smith, who was claimed off waivers from Detroit.

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Athletics claim Chad Smith off waivers from Tigers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have claimed reliever Chad Smith from the Tigers, reports FOX Sports Detroit on Thursday. Smith, 25, was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday. He registered a 5.40 ERA in 10 relief outings last season.

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A's Melvin: Mark Canha is ahead of Nate Freiman for backup 1B gig
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that Mark Canha is ahead of Nate Freiman for the backup first baseman job, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. Melvin indicated a few days earlier that may see playing time in the outfield as well as at first base.

Canha was acquired after being selected by the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. He spent most of his playing time in the minors at first base. He slashed 303/.384/.505 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 465 at-bats with Triple-A New Orleans in 2014.

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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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