Oakland Athletics Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Ben Zobrist, 2B7/5/2015 9:26:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist had both RBI in the, 2-0, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Zobrist was 1-for-3, picking up the two RBI with a single in the first and then a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Zobrist is hitting .261 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 34 runs in 176 at-bats this year.
Kendall Graveman, RPHot7/4/2015 6:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman won a hard-earned victory outdueling King Felix for his sixth win against four losses.
Insight: Graveman went seven shut out innings, yielding five hits. He is now 6-4 with a 3.16 ERA.
Sean Doolittle, RP7/1/2015 10:21:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle told the San Francisco Chronicle he expects to start playing catch toward the end of next week.
Insight: Doolittle is still recovering from a strained left shoulder. He returned from the injury to make one appearance and then immediately went back on the disabled list in May. Doolittle will be out until at least late July.
Jesse Hahn, RP7/1/2015 7:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jesse Hahn allowed just one run on four hits in six innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Insight: Hahn went six strong innings, walking two and striking out six. He is 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings this season.
Billy Butler, DH7/1/2015 7:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler has a modest four-game hitting streak.
Insight: Butler went 2-for-3 with a triple versus the Rockies on Wednesday. Butler is 7-for-13 in the with four extra-base hits and four RBI in the last four games. For the season, he is slashing .259/.323/.376 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 282 at-bats.
Sonny Gray, SP6/30/2015 2:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray has been scratched from Tuesday's scheduled start.
Insight: Gray has been playing at a high level all season as his 9-3 record with a 2.09 ERA and 0.99 WHIP will atest. No word on the reason at this time. Chris Bassitt will be called up from the minors to make the start.
Sean Doolittle, RP6/30/2015 10:18:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle (shoulder) may not return this season.
Insight: His velocity was way down during his May 27 appearance and we've heard no progress in the last month. Tyler Clippard should be the closer for the foreseeable future.
Jesse Chavez, SP6/28/2015 8:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez allowed three runs during Sunday's loss versus Kansas City.
Insight: Chavez has been a victim of poor run support, as he owns a 3.02 ERA, yet is just 4-7 this season. On Sunday, Chavez allowed the three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings of work.
Josh Reddick, RF6/28/2015 2:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is hitting .320 in his career versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Reddick is 8-for-25 with three extra-base hits versus Guthrie. Reddick is hitting .287 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 261 at-bats this season.
Marcus Semien, 2B6/28/2015 1:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Semien is getting some rest. Eric Sogard will start at shortstop on Sunday.
Billy Burns, LFHot6/28/2015 1:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Brett Burns is back in the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Burns missed the last two games with a hip flexor injury. He is slashing .322/.363/.422 with 15 stolen bases in 226 plate appearance this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/27/2015 8:44:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings but took the loss on Saturday versus the Royals.
Insight: Kansas City beat Oakland, 3-2. Kazmir also struck out six and walked one in the loss. He is 4-5 with a 2.79 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings this season.
Billy Burns, LFHot6/27/2015 12:22:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Brett Burns is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: That's two days in a row, but we haven't heard of any injury. He is an early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .322 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 32 runs and 15 stolen bases.
Josh Reddick, RF6/25/2015 5:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick posted three RBI on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: The important thing is that Reddick has stayed healthy this season. He is batting .292 with 45 RBI overall.
Sonny Gray, SP6/25/2015 5:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray allowed three runs Thursday versus Texas.
Insight: Gray went six innings and posted a quality start. He gave up nine hits and one walk, while striking out seven. He has a 2.09 ERA this season.
Billy Burns, LFHot6/25/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: In case you haven't been paying attention, Athletics center fielder Brett Burns is putting together a very nice first half.
Insight: He is an early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .325 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 31 runs and 15 stolen bases. He's batting .400 this week.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/25/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is hitless in 10 at-bats against Texas starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Vogt is putting together an excellent season, hitting .301 with 13 homers and 53 RBI overall, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/24/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt had three hits and two RBI during Wednesday victory against the Rangers.
Insight: Vogt also scored two runs and is now hitting .301 with 13 homers and 53 RBI overall.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/24/2015 4:33:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Vogt missed Tuesday's game with an elbow issue, but that was cleaned up with a cortisone shot. He is not going to catch as he is slotted to play first base Wednesday, however, the important thing is he is in the lineup.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/24/2015 11:52:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist smacked a homer Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Zobrist was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He is slashing .419/.514/.903 with three homers and 10 RBI in his last nine games. Fantasy owners should definitely ride out this hot streak.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/21/2015 7:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir allowed just one run on six hits through 7 1/3 innings.
Insight: He struck out six and now has a 2.70 ERA. Kazmir evened his record to 4-4, but with that low an ERA, he should be much better.
Josh Reddick, RF6/21/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is a career .400 (6-fo-15) against Garrett Richards.
Insight: Unfortunately, Reddick has no homers and no RBI lifetime against Richards, but hopefully that will change on Sunday.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/20/2015 7:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt went 3-for-3 with an RBI during Saturday's win over the Angels.
Insight: Vogt also walked and is now batting .293 with 13 homers and 51 RBI this season.
Ike Davis, 1B6/19/2015 6:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Ike Davis has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Davis has missed over a month due to a strained left quad. He was slashing .282/.348/.427 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 103 at-bats before the injury.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/16/2015 6:44:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist smacked a homer Tuesday versus San Diego.
Insight: It was his lone hit in four at-bats, and Zobrist finished with two RBI. Zobrist is hitting just .227 with three homers and 18 RBI.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/16/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir allowed three runs Tuesday versus San Diego.
Insight: Kazmir went five innings and gave up five hits and one walk. He struck out six and now has a 2.96 ERA.
Marcus Semien, 2B6/16/2015 1:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics SS Marcus Semien is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for the struggling Semien. Eric Sogard will start in his place.
Brett Lawrie, 2B6/16/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie had three hits and two RBI in the, 9-1, victory over the Padres on Monday.
Insight: Lawrie singled in a run in the third and another in the fifth. Lawrie is hitting .279 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 233 at-bats this year.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/16/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt was 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in the, 9-1, victory over the Padres on Monday.
Insight: It was nice to see Vogt have a break out game because he came into the Monday hitting .079 in June. Vogt had an RBI-single in the third inning and then he hit a grand slam in the eighth. He is hitting .281 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 192 at-bats this season.
Eric Sogard, SS6/14/2015 7:03:00 PM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard had three RBI in the, 8-1, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Sogard had an RBI-single in the sixth and two-run double in the seventh. Sogard also scored a run in the sixth. He was 2-for-5 and is hitting .255 with seven extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 188 at-bats this year.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/14/2015 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist had three hits and scored three runs in the, 8-1, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Zobrist had two doubles and a single. He scored in the second, fourth and seven innings. Zobrist, however, is batting only .219 with 12 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 114 at-bats.
Sonny Gray, SP6/14/2015 6:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray allowed just one unearned run in the, 8-1, victory against the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Gray pitched 7 2/3 innings and yielded one run on five hits. He also struck out nine and walked none. Gray is 7-3 with a 1.60 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings this season.
Billy Butler, DH6/14/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Ben Zobrist is taking over the designated hitter spot to give the slumping Butler another day of rest.
Kendall Graveman, RP6/14/2015 9:35:00 AM
Description: Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman took a tough loss Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: Graveman through a complete game, yet it was in a losing effort. He allowed just one run on eight hits through the eight innings, and struck out sevene. He is now 3-3 with a 4.22 ERA.
Josh Reddick, RF6/13/2015 6:33:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Reddick is just 3-for-21 lifetime against C.J. Wilson, so Oakland will give him the night off. Sam Fuld will start in right.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/11/2015 7:01:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir pitched a gem against the Rangers on Thursday.
Insight: This was Kazmir's first victory since April 13. Kazmir allowed just one hit in eight innings, struck out six and walked just two. He is 3-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Kazmir can help owners in ERA and WHIP categories, but the victories will be few and far between.
Josh Reddick, RF6/11/2015 6:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer to put Thursday's game away against the Rangers.
Insight: Reddick capped off a six-run eighth inning as Oakland won, 7-0. Reddick was 2-for-4 with the home run, three RBI and a run. He is having a solid season, slashing .312/.385/.525 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 202 at-bats.
Sonny Gray, SP6/10/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray allowed two runs during Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.
Insight: Gray pitched six innings and gave up eight hits and one walk. He struck out six and is now 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA.
Josh Reddick, RF6/7/2015 5:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick had three hits and a run scored during Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.
Insight: He did not produce any runs, but the outing will help Reddick's average. He is batting .305 with eight homers and 32 RBI overall.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/7/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is not in the starting lineup on Sunday versus the Red Sox.
Insight: Zobrist is getting some rest. He is btting .207 with nine extra-base hits and 14 RBI in 87 at-bats this year.
Billy Burns, LF6/6/2015 8:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Brett Burns went 1-for-4 with an RBI-triple in the loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.
Insight: The hit extended Burns' 11-game hitting streak. He is an early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .318 with two home runs, eight RBI and 19 runs in 132 at-bats this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/5/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir did not make it out of the fifth inning on Friday versus Boston.
Insight: Kazmir allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and now owns a 3.14 ERA.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/5/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is getting the night off on Friday.
Insight: Vogt left Thursday's game with a cramp in his leg, and while it is not considered serious, Oakland is not taking any chances. He will likely be back in there on Saturday.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/5/2015 9:45:00 AM
Description: Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir (shoulder) should be ready to go for his scheduled start on Friday.
Insight: Kazmir is 2-3, but with an excellent 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 58 1/3 innings this season. he threw a bullpen session over the weekend and was cleared to return to the rotation.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/4/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt left Thursday's game in the ninth inning with an undisclosed injury. Update: Vogt's injury was just a cramp in his right leg.
Insight: Vogt chased a foul pop-up from his position at first, and appeared to come up lame. Stay tuned for more updates.
Stephen Vogt, OF6/4/2015 4:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt left Thursday's game in the ninth inning with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Vogt chased a foul pop-up from his position at first, and appeared to come up lame. Stay tuned for more updates.
Jesse Hahn, RP6/4/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn allowed just ine run during Thursday's victory over the Tigers.
Insight: Hahn went seven innings and gave up five hits and one walk. He struck out five and is now 3-5 with a 3.51 ERA.
Josh Reddick, RF6/3/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a homer on Wednesday evening.
Insight: Reddick has played very well this year. He is batting .301 with eight home runs and 32 RBI overall.
Sonny Gray, SP6/3/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray left Sunday pitched a gem Wednesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Gray did not allow a run on two hits and one walk over eight innings. He struck out seven and now owns a solid 1.65 ERA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/3/2015 3:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist does not have much success in his career versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Zobrist is 3-for-16 in his career, which is bad enough for a .188 average. Zobrist hit a grand slam on Tuesday, but it is hard to justify leaving him in the fantasy lineup for Wednesday.
Billy Burns, LF6/2/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Brett Burns went 2-for-5 with a RBI and run in the, 5-3, victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Burns singled in the Athletics' first run of the night in the seventh. He then scored on a grand slam in the same frame as Oakland took the, 5-3, lead. Burns is hitting .330, so he is a great option if owners need batting average, but he has very little power. He has seven extra-base hits and four RBI in 115 at-bats.
Ben Zobrist, 2B6/2/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam in the, 5-3, victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Zobrist only had one hit, but it was the most important of the game as he went deep with the bases loaded in the seventh. The grand slam capped off a five-run frame, which is all Oakland needed. Zobrist is hitting .243 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 74 at-bats this season.
A.J. Griffin, SP6/2/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter A.J. Griffin (Tommy John surgery), threw a couple of 15-pitch similated innings last week and could have a rehab start in his near future.
Insight: Griffin has excellent career numbers in the short time he's been in the majors and the A's and fantasy owners hope he can return to that level. He's a career 21-11 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Drew Pomeranz, SP6/2/2015 11:12:00 AM
Description: Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz made his first rehab start on Sunday, going two innings in Single-A Stockton.
Insight: Pomeranz (shoulder) could return in late June if he doesn't suffer any setbacks. He put up excellent numbers in 2014 (5-4, 2.35 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) and the hope is he can return to that production level.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/31/2015 6:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt hit a home run and had three RBI in the, 3-0, victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
Insight: Vogt was 1-for-3 with a two-run bomb and a sacrifice fly. The catcher is having a tremendous season, hitting .322 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 149 at-bats.
Jesse Chavez, SP5/31/2015 6:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez pitched shutout innings in the, 3-0, victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
Insight: Chavez allowed seven hits in his eight frames, struck out six and walked none. He is just 2-5 this season, but Chavez has a 2.11 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. In his last 16 innings, Chavez has allowed just one unearned run, so fantasy owners should definitely look passed that 2-5 record when grading this right-hander.
Josh Reddick, RF5/31/2015 9:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick had a nice outing during Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Insight: Reddick went 3-for-4 with one RBI. He is hitting .305 with 31 RBI so far this season, and needs to be active everywhere.
Sean Doolittle, RP5/30/2015 6:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is back on the diabled list.
Insight: His velocity was way down during Wednesday's appearance, so no surprise here. Hopefully it will not take long for Doolittle to get healthy.
Sonny Gray, SP5/29/2015 9:52:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray left Sunday's game versus the Rays with a right ankle bruise, but after throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday should be ready for Friday's regularly scheduled start.
Insight: Gray is a fantasy stud with his 5-2 record, 1.77 ERA. 1.00 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 66 IP. make sure he's back in your starting rotation.
Billy Burns, LF5/29/2015 1:06:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Brett Burns started the Oakland comeback against the New York Yankees with a solo home run in the fifth on Thursday.
Insight: Burns hit the solo homer to put Oakland on the scoreboard. Four more runs over the next two frames erased the three-run deficit. Burns scored what turned into the game-winning run in the seventh as Oakland won, 5-4. Burns is hitting .302 with two home runs, 13 runs and three RBI in 96 at-bats this season.
Brett Lawrie, 2B5/29/2015 1:00:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a home run to help Oakland come back and beat the New York Yankees, 5-4, on Thursday.
Insight: After falling behind, 3-0, Lawrie hit a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game at three. He was 1-for-4 in the game. Lawrie is hitting .266 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 177 at-bats this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP5/28/2015 7:44:00 PM
Description: Oakland plans to skip starter Scott Kazmir's next start according to the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: The good news is Kazmir might return after that, so his shoulder might not be as bad as originally anticipated. Kazmir is 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 58 1/3 innings this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP5/27/2015 9:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir will have an MRI on his left shoulder Thursday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Kazmir left Wednesday's start versus the Tigers after three innings due to shoulder tightness. Check back on Thursday for updates.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/27/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt had two hits in the, 3-2, loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Vogt had a triple and a single, scoring one of the Athletics two runs. Vogt is slashing .319/.415/.607 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 135 at-bats this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP5/27/2015 5:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir left Wednesday's game with shoulder tightness according to Fox Sports Detroit.
Insight: Too bad because Kazmir didn't allow a run in three innings before departing on Wednesday. There is no word yet how serious the injury is.
Scott Kazmir, SP5/27/2015 4:34:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was lifted from Wednesday's game with an apparent injury.
Insight: Kazmir did not allow a hit through three innings before departing. Stay tuned for updates.
Marcus Semien, 2B5/27/2015 1:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics SS Marcus Semien is not in Wednesdays starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for the struggling Semien. Eric Sogard will start in his place.
Jesse Chavez, SP5/27/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez took a tough loss Tuesday versus Detroit.
Insight: Chavez went eight innings and allowed an unearned run on five hits and two walks. He struck out four and is now 1-5, but does have a solid 2.44 ERA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/26/2015 6:04:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is batting third in his return to the lineup.
Insight: He was activated Monday, but did not get into the game. Zobrist missed the past four weeks, but is now ready to roll.
Josh Reddick, RF5/26/2015 5:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the starting lineup versus the Tigers on Tuesday.
Insight: Reddick is likely just getting a day off. He is batting .314 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 153 at-bats this season.
Sean Doolittle, RP5/26/2015 5:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has been activated off the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Doolittle hasn't pitched this season due to a slight tear in his rotator cuff. He is expected to return to his closer role after a couple appearances. Doolittle is a great addition to any fantasy pitching staff.
Sonny Gray, SP5/26/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray left Sunday's game versus the Rays with a right ankle bruise, but manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that he expects Gray to make his next start.
Insight: Gray is a fantasy stud with his 5-2 record, 1.77 ERA. 1.00 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 66 IP.
Sean Doolittle, RP5/26/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Doolittle may do a little set up work, before returning to his closer's role. Tyler Clippard has been the closer for the first month of the season with a 0-2 record, 2.37 ERA, 1.158 WHIP, four saves and one blown save.
Brett Lawrie, 2B5/26/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Brett Lawrie has missed the last three games due to back tightness, but is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Lawrie is hitting a respectable .279 with two home runs, 19 RBI and 11 runs scored, but he's no Josh Donaldson, the guy he replaced.
Jesse Hahn, RP5/25/2015 7:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn pitched a complete game shutout Monday versus Detroit.
Insight: Heallowed just four hits and one walk in the game. hahn struck out five and is now 2-4 with a 3.69 ERA.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/25/2015 1:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) has been activated for Monday's game, but is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: He had been targeting May 25. Zobrist has always hit for a mediocre average, but still been productive for fantasy owners. Plus, he's a multi-position eligible player.
Sonny Gray, SP5/24/2015 3:26:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray left Sunday's game versus the Rays with a right ankle bruise according to Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Gray took a comeback off the ankle in the fourth. He stayed in through five, but he left after that. X-rays on the right ankle came back negative, so he should be able to make his next start. Gray threw five shutout innings on Sunday, so he is still in line for the victory.
Josh Reddick, RF5/24/2015 11:56:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is 0-for-11 in his career against Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez.
Insight: Reddick had two hits on Saturday, but overall he has been slumping a bit lately. With this matchup looming Sunday, it would be wise to find another outfielder option.
Josh Reddick, RF5/23/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick had two hits and a run in the, 5-0, victory over the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Reddick has been slumping a bite lately, so it was nice to see him get a multi-hit game. He is hitting .306 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 144 at-bats this season.
Kendall Graveman, RP5/23/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman had a great spot start against the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Oakland recalled Graveman from Triple-A to make the start on Saturday. He pitched six shutout innings versus the Rays. He allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two. Graveman, however, is not fantasy relevant with a 2-2 record and 6.04 ERA in 22 1/3 innings this season.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/23/2015 2:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is expected to be activated on Monday, according to A's beat writer John Hickey.
Insight: He had been targeting May 25. Zobrist has always hit for a mediocre average, but still been productive for fantasy owners. Plus, he's a multi-position eligible player.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/23/2015 12:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Tampa Bay.
Insight: Vogt appears to be getting the afternoon off after catching Friday night. Vogt is batting .309 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 123 at-bats this season. Josh Phegley will be behind the plate for Oakland.
Kendall Graveman, RP5/23/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Oakland recalled Kendall Graveman and he will make the start on Saturday for the A's.
Insight: Graveman has been ugly this season in four major league starts (1-2, 8.27 ERA 2.020 WHIP), but may have found his stride at Nashville. In four Triple-A starts he was 2-1 with a 1.849 ERA and 1.192 WHIP.
Coco Crisp, CF5/23/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to compressed discs in his neck.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with the neck injury. Considering he's 2-for-45 (.044) this season, he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Edward Mujica, RP5/22/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Oakland relief pitcher Edward Mujica suffered a fractured right thumb in Thursday's game and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Mujica had pitched in 16 games this season with a 2-1 record, 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, but has little fantasy value.
Coco Crisp, CF5/21/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck injury. Manager Bob Melvin said it is a similar to the nagging neck injury Crisp dealt with last season. Billy Burns will start in center with Sam Fuld in left field.
Sean Doolittle, RP5/21/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has made three minor league appearances as he makes his way back from his shoulder injury.
Insight: Doolittle is looking at an early June return and should eventuaslly return to his closer's role. If he's available in your league he's worth stashing.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/21/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) has been sent out on a rehab assignment.
Insight: He's hoping to return around May 25. Zobrist has always hit for a mediocre average, but still been productive for fantasy owners. Plus, he's a multi-position eligible player.
Jesse Hahn, RP5/20/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn allowed three runs Wednesday versus Houston.
Insight: He went six innings and gave up five hits and two walks. Hahn struck out six and now has a 4.43 ERA.
Coco Crisp, CF5/20/2015 12:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck injury. Manager Bob Melvin said it is a similar to the nagging neck injury Crisp dealt with last season according to Roto World. Craig Gentry will start in left field on Wednesday.
Josh Reddick, RF5/20/2015 12:17:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 1-for-11 in his career against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: Reddick is having a nice season, hitting .315 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 127 at-bats this season, but he probably should be avoided on Wednesday. Reddick has only reached base twice in 13 plate appearance versus Keuchel.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/20/2015 12:11:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: Vogt appears to be getting the afternoon off after catching Tuesday night. Vogt is batting .310 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 113 at-bats this season. Josh Phegley will be behind the plate for Oakland on Wednesday.
Ike Davis, 1B5/17/2015 1:29:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Ike Davis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He has strained left quad and the move is retroactive to May 14. Mark Canha and Max Muncy will continue to share time at first base.
Ike Davis, 1B5/16/2015 6:49:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Ike Davis is still out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: He hasn't started a game since suffering a quad strain on Monday. He is expected to be held out through Sunday.
Josh Reddick, RF5/16/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, walk, three RBI and a run on Friday versus the White Sox.
Insight: Reddick had a bases loaded triple in the fourth to five Oakland a, 4-2, lead, but Chicago won, 7-6. Reddick is hitting .339/.417/.589 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 112 at-bats this season.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/15/2015 5:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out on Friday versus the White Sox.
Insight: It appears to be just another day off for Vogt. He has been getting a lot of those lately, but there is no indication he is hurt. Vogt is slashing .337/.425/.673 in 101 at-bats this season.
Sonny Gray, SP5/13/2015 6:33:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray threw seven great innings, allowing just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks, but he did receive his first loss of the season.
Insight: Oakland couldn't score to support Gray's great start as they lost, 2-0. Gray is 4-1 with a 1.61 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 56 innings this season.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/13/2015 12:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out Wednesday.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Vogt. Josh Phegley will start at catcher.
Josh Reddick, RF5/13/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick had a four-hit night during Tuesday's win over Boston.
Insight: One of those hits was a homer, and he also had three RBI and two runs scored. Reddick is hitting .346 with six home runs and 25 RBI overall.
Ike Davis, 1B5/12/2015 6:31:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Ike Davis (quad) is out Tuesday.
Insight: He suffered the injury during Monday's game, but it is not thought a DL stint will be needed. Max Muncy will start at first base.
Jesse Chavez, SP5/10/2015 6:14:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez went 6 2/3 innings Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: Chavez gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Chavez has a solid 2.56 ERA overall.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/10/2015 1:28:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has returned to Sunday's starting lineup versus the Mariners.
Insight: Vogt is catching and batting fifth. He is 5-for-9 with a triple and home run in his career against Felix Hernandez.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/9/2015 6:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Vogt is just getting a day off. He is hitting .322/.415/.622 with seven home runs and 25 RBI this season.
Ike Davis, 1B5/7/2015 4:13:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Ike Davis smacked a homer Thursday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Davis had two hits in three at-bats, scored two runs, and had two RBI. He is now hitting .287 with two homers and 11 RBI this season.
Drew Pomeranz, SP5/7/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz took the loss Thursday against the Twins.
Insight: Pomeranz allowed six runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks. He struck out two over 4 1/3 innings of work and is now 1-3 with a 5.12 ERA.
Marcus Semien, 2B5/7/2015 12:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics SS Marcus Semien is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just routine rest. Semien has been a nice surprise, batting .283 with three homers, 12 RBI and 15 runs scored. Eric Sogard will start.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/7/2015 12:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Vogt is hitting .345 with seven home runs and 25 RBI this season, but he'll rest in the day game after a night game. He's been almost exclusively a catcher this season starting 25 games behind the plate and once at 1B.
Scott Kazmir, SP5/6/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed six runs Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Kazmir got through six innings and allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. He now has a 2.75 ERA this season.
Tyler Clippard, RP5/5/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland reliever Tyler Clippard went 1 2/3 innings for a save Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Insight: It was his third save and he posted two strikeouts. Clipppard will likely return to a set-up role once Sean Doolittle returns from injury.
Billy Butler, DH5/5/2015 10:58:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with one RBI on Tuesday night.
Insight: The RBI was big was Oakland defeated Minnesota 2-1. Butler is now hitting .267 with 13 RBI overall this season.
Jesse Chavez, SP5/5/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez picked up a win Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Chavez went 7 1/3 innings and gave up just one run on four hits and one walk. He struck out seven and is now 1-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/4/2015 11:37:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt was 3-for-5, hitting a grand slam in the, 8-7, loss to the Twins on Monday.
Insight: Vogt continues his ridiculous start, getting five RBI on Monday. He drove in the fifth run on a double in the ninth. He represented the tying run at second in the final frame, but he was unable to score. Vogt is hitting .372 with seven home runs and 25 RBI this season.
Sean Doolittle, RP5/4/2015 7:04:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is getting closer to returning according to
Insight: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Doolittle will throw two more bullpen sessions and then face hitters next Monday. Doolittle would be a nice addition to any fantasy team. Stash him on the fantasy DL if possible.
Ben Zobrist, 2B5/4/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) was playing catch this weekend.
Insight: He was riding a stationary bike the day after his April 28 arthroscopic knee surgery. Still, he's not expected back until June.
Jarrod Parker, SP5/4/2015 1:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery last March) pitched 4 1/2 innings Sunday in his third rehab outing.
Insight: The 26-year-old posted a 12-8 record in 2013 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.223 WHIP, but has been throught two TJ surgeries. He should be back later this month, though its still too early to know how much he can help fantasy owners.
Stephen Vogt, OF5/3/2015 6:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt hit a pair of bombs in the, 7-1, victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Vogt hit a solo shot in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh. This was Vogt's second multi-home run game of the season. He is hitting .356/.455/.671 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 73 at-bats this season.
Josh Reddick, RF5/3/2015 6:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the, 7-1, victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Reddick is hitting .391 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 69 at-bats this season.
Sonny Gray, SP5/3/2015 6:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray had a very peculiar outing on Sunday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Gray pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and allowed only two hits, but he also walked seven batters. He was able to get around all the walks with 10 strikeouts. Gray only came into the game with six walks in his first five starts, so this isn't a long-term concern. He is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA.
Josh Reddick, RF5/3/2015 9:23:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick posted four RBI Saturday versus Texas.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a three-run dinger and is now hitting .385 with three homers and 18 RBI overall.
Jarrod Parker, SP5/1/2015 8:48:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery last March) was sent to the minors for rehab.
Insight: The 26-year-old posted a 12-8 record in 2013 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.223 WHIP. If that pitchers is the one we see in the minors he could be of some value to fantasy owners.
Mark Canha, 1B4/30/2015 7:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Mark Canha was 3-for-4 with a home runs and three RBI in the, 6-5, loss to the Angels on Thursday.
Insight: Canha began the Oakland comeback with a two-run homer in the seventh and then drove in another run on a single in the ninth. At one point, the Athletics trailed, 6-0, but behind Canha, they nearly tied it in the ninth. Canha is hitting .279 with two home runs and 10 RBI.
Sonny Gray, SP4/29/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray went eight innings for a win Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Gray gave up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six. He is now 3-0 with a solid 1.98 ERA this season.
Drew Pomeranz, SP4/26/2015 6:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz allowed three earned runs Sunday versus Houston.
Insight: Pomeranz allowed five total runs on six hits ands three walks. He struck out four over five innings of work and now owns a 4.50 ERA this season.
Josh Reddick, RFHot4/25/2015 7:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run in the, 9-3, loss to the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: It could have been worse as Houston jumped up over Oakland, 8-0, to start the game. Reddick was the only Athletics batter who reached base twice, and he had two hits and reached four times. Redick is hitting.357 with one home run and seven RBI this season.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/25/2015 12:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) returned to the lineup on Friday, but apparently it didn't go well because he's been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's dealing with a knee injury. Surgery is a possibility. Eric Sogard will start in his place, but doesn't have much offensive ability.
Josh Reddick, RFHot4/25/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has a favorable matchup versus Houston starter Scott Feldman on Saturday.
Insight: Reddick, who is off to a fast start batting .325 this season, is 6-for-22 with three homers and two doubles against Feldman over their careers.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/24/2015 5:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) will return to the lineup on Friday.
Insight: It will be his first start since Sunday. He will start at the DH spot, but should be back int he field at some point this weekend.
Jesse Chavez, SP4/23/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez threw well Thursday against the Angels.
Insight: Chavez allowed one earned run on one hit and three walks while striking out four over six innings of work. He now owns an impressive 0.71 ERA this season.
Jesse Hahn, RP4/23/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn will miss his Thursday's scheduled start against the LA Angels due to a blister on the right middle finger.
Insight: Hahn has pitched well through his first three starts with a 1-1 record, 2.12 ERA and 0.941 WHIP, but he's only amassed five strikeouts in 17 innings. Jesse Chavez will get the spot start.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/23/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is expected to take batting practice and run the bases Thursday and could return as soon as Friday.
Insight: Zobrist needed a cortisone shot earlier in the week. He's batting .267 with one homer, eigth RBI and eight runs scored.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/22/2015 6:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Zobrist needed a cortisone shot and is expected to miss a few days. Stay tuned.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/22/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is 7-for-21 in his career versus Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Zobrist also has two doubles, triple and home run with four RBI against Weaver. Zobrist is hitting .267 with a home run and eight RBI in 45 at-bats.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/21/2015 10:11:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist was not in the lineup on Monday against the Angels and is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the LA Angels
Insight: Zobrist is dealing with soreness in his left knee and was given a cortisone shot so should miss a couple more days, according to Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/20/2015 6:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is not in the lineup on Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Zobrist left Sunday with soreness in his left knee. Consider him day-to-day.
Jesse Hahn, RP4/20/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Jesse Hahn is questionable for Thursday's scheduled start against the LA Angels due to a blister on the right middle finger.
Insight: Hahn has pitched well through his first three starts with a 1-1 record, 2.12 ERA and 0.941 WHIP, but he's only amassed five strikeouts in 17 innings and last season he was close to a strikeout-per-inning pitcher. Fantasy owners want that guy back.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/20/2015 11:23:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is questionable for Monday's game against the LA Angels due to a sore left knee.
Insight: Zobrist left late on Sunday and could get some time off, but it doesn't appear to be serious. He's not a high-average guy, but he's effective. He is batting .267 with one homer, eight RBI, eight runs and a stolen base.
Stephen Vogt, OF4/17/2015 11:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt hit two solo bombs on Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Athletics lost to the Royals, 6-4.
Insight: Vogt had three hits, two RBI and two runs in the loss. He is hitting .353 with three home runs ad eight RBI this season.
Josh Reddick, RF4/13/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Just off the disabled list, Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (oblique) is a favorable matchup versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Reddick, who went 2-for-5 in his season debut on Sunday, is 6-for-20 with three homers and two doubles against Feldman.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/13/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is just 1-for-13 versus Houston right-hander Scott Feldman.
Insight: Zobrist is batting just .250 this season, but has scored five times and knocked in four runs. So far he's played mostly in the outfield, but did start once at second base. We're hoping he continues to be multi-position eligible.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/12/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist does not have much success in his career against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Well, not many people have success off Hernandez, but Zobrist is just 4-for-31 with 11 strikeouts versus King Felix. If owners have a better option, sit Zobrist.
Sonny Gray, SPHot4/11/2015 7:59:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray followed up his near no-hit bid from Opening Day with another solid start on Saturday.
Insight: Gray pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned on six hits. He also struck out four and walked one. The Athletics bullpen, however, could not hold the lead for Gray, who received the no decision. Gray has a 0.59 ERA in his first two starts.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/11/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is a .462 hitter (6-for-13) with three doubles and a 1.222 OPS versus Seattle starter J.A, Happ.
Insight: Zobrist has a big Friday night with a pair of doubles and two runs scored so this matchup could help him stay hot.
Sam Fuld, LF4/8/2015 9:25:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld was 2-for-4 in the loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
Insight: Fuld scored the only run for Oakland in the, 3-1, loss. Fuld is really only an option in very deep leagues, but he is 4-for-8 to start the season.
John Jaso, C4/7/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Rays C/DH John Jaso will miss Tuesday's game against Baltimore due to a bruised left wrist.
Insight: Jaso injured it while sliding. He batted .264 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 307 at-bats last season. David DeJesus could get the start in his place.
Sonny Gray, SPHot4/7/2015 9:41:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray was un-hittable Monday night, going eight innings and yielding just one hit (Ryan Rua).
Insight: Gray had a hot start last season too, going 10-3 before the All-Star break before fading in the second half. Let's see if he can put a full season together this time. This is a great start.
Stephen Vogt, OF4/7/2015 9:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt started the season in fine fashion with a double, home run and three RBI.
Insight: Although he's batting seventh in the lineup, Vogt should still see about 200 more at-bats this season and could be a viable fantasy option with multi-position eligibility.
Ben Zobrist, 2B4/7/2015 9:35:00 AM
Description: Oakland infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist started in left field for the season opener.
Insight: Zobrist batted third and slammed a double and home run in a susscessful A's debut. We love him in that spot in the order and just hope he keeps his multi-position eligibility.
Ike Davis, 1B4/6/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Oakland's new first baseman Ike Davis would probably like to get his A's career off to a fast start, but that isn't likely against Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Davis is hitless in nine tries versus Gallardo with four strikeouts. Davis is still looking for the magic of 2012 (32 HR, 90 RBI), but he probably won't find it playing in pitcher-friendly Oakland. And certainly not in this unfavorable matchup.
Josh Reddick, RF3/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (oblique) is unlikely to ready for Opening Day.
Insight: He is trending in the right direction, but will likely miss the start of the season. However, Reddick should be back by the middle of April.
Tyler Clippard, RP3/27/2015 3:59:00 PM
Description: Oakland setup man,Tyler Clippard, will serve as closer until injured Sean Doolittle is ready to return, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Insight: We always expected as much. Clippard should rack up a few saves until Doolittle (shoulder) returns, probably in late April or early May. He had 32 saves in a closing role back in 2012 for the Nationals.
Sean Doolittle, RP3/25/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is expected to begin throwing this week according to MLB.com.
Insight: Doolittle is recovering from a small tear in his rotator cuff. Doolittle should return around the beginning of May.
Coco Crisp, CF3/24/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (soreness in arm) was scratched from Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Oakland is just being extra cautious with Crisp. He is not in danger of missing Opening Day, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Josh Reddick, RF3/24/2015 1:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, shut down for the two weeks due to a right oblique strain, has begun to work his way back, by soft tossing.
Insight: This type of injury can come back if not taken care of. He's obviously questionable to be ready for Opening Day.
Barry Zito, SP3/21/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Veteran lefthander Barry Zito, who signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's, may have pitched his way into the starting rotation this spring, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Zito won 15 games with the Giants as recently as 2012, but hasn't been a fantasy-worthy starter since leaving Oakland in 2006. He's pitched 11 2/3 inning this spring with a 3.09 ERA and a 9:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Sam Fuld, LF3/21/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld was nailed with a pitch on Friday, but X-rays on his jaw were negative.
Insight: Fuld is likely to be the A's fourth outfielder and he's only going to help fantasy owners in one category - steals. He can be left off your roster on draft day.
Ben Zobrist, 2B3/16/2015 4:39:00 PM
Description: Oakland infielder Ben Zobrist was scratched from Monday's contest with shoulder tightness.
Insight: The good news is that Zobrist told reporters he would be able to play if it were a regular season game. Zobrist will be fine for Opening Day.
Jarrod Parker, SP3/14/2015 1:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery last March) threw to five hitters in batting practice on Friday.
Insight: Parker is certainly progressing well in his rehab, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to return before mid-season. The 26-year-old posted a 12-8 record in 2013 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.223 WHIP.
Coco Crisp, CF3/9/2015 2:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Sunday's s Cactus League game after two innings due to a lower triceps strain.
Insight: We always worry when the injury-prone outfielder is sidelined. Hopefully this won't keep him out too ling. He batted a disappointing .246 last season with nine homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs and 19 steals. Fantasy owners want more than that from him.
Josh Reddick, RF3/7/2015 2:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will be shut down for the next two weeks due to a right oblique strain, according to A's beat reporter Jane Lee.
Insight: This type of injury can come back if not taken care of. There is plenty of time before the regular season, but keep an eye on his recovery if you are thinking of drafting him.
John Jaso, C3/7/2015 2:42:00 PM
Description: Rays C/DH John Jaso was forced from the game Saturday after being hit on the leg with a pitch.
Insight: Jaso has been diagnosed with just a bruise to his right leg and shouldn't miss too much action. He batted .264 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 307 at-bats last season.
Josh Reddick, RF3/6/2015 2:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has been scratched from Friday's Cactus League game due to a right oblique strain, according to A's beat reporter Jane Lee.
Insight: This type of injury can come back if not taken care of. There is plenty of time before the regular season, but keep an eye on his recovery if you are thinking of drafting him.
Marcus Semien, 2B3/4/2015 8:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics second baseman Marcus Semien drove in three more runs, going 2-for-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Semien is now 5-for-5 with a walk and six RBI in two games this spring. Maybe the Jeff Samardzija trade wasn't so lopsided. Semien will be the Athletics starting shortstop, and fantasy owners should consider taking him as a late-round flier.
Marcus Semien, 2B3/3/2015 8:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics second baseman Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs with four RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Giants in Spring Training.
Insight: Semien was 3-for-3 in the game, hitting the first home run off World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. His only blemish on the day was a caught stealing. All fantasy owners should keep an eye on Semien, who has an unique blend of speed and power.?
Barry Zito, SP2/17/2015 8:14:00 AM
Description: Veteran lefthander Barry Zito has signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's, the team he started with back in 2000.
Insight: Zito won 15 games with the Giants as recently as 2012, but hasn't been a fantasy-worthy starter since leaving Oakland in 2006. His best season for fantasy owners was 2002 when he went 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA, 1.134 WHIP, 205 Ks and won the AL Cy Young award. The soon-to-be 37-year-old can be ignored.
Tyler Clippard, RP2/12/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Oakland setup man,Tyler Clippard, signed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
Insight: Clippard could rack up a few saves until Doolittle (shoulder) can return, probably in late April or early May. He had 32 saves in a closing role back in 2012 for the Nationals. Even as a setup man he'll have some fantasy value with a great WHIP and a career of more strikeouts than innings pitched (209 vs. 179).
Tyler Clippard, RP1/25/2015 10:45:00 AM
Description: Newly acquired setup man,Tyler Clippard, could be the A's early season closer as Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder.
Insight: Clippard could rack up a few saves until Doolittle can return. He has 32 saves in a clsing role back in 2012 for the Nationals.
Sean Doolittle, RP1/25/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder, according to mlb.com's Jane Lee.
Insight: He is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Fortunately for the A's they acquired Tyler Clippard who is capable of closing.
Ben Zobrist, 2B1/10/2015 1:58:00 PM
Description: Infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar have been traded to Oakland.
Insight: The Rays will receive Daniel Robertson, John Jaso, and Boog Powell in return. Zobrist and Escobar should fit in nicely with Oakland.
Jon Lester, SP12/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
Description: The Chicago Cubs made perhaps the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason agreeing to a six-year, $155 million deal with Jon Lester according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Red Sox offered six-years, $135 million, so Lester went with the bigger contract. Perhaps Boston was hoping for a hometown discount because its unlikely the organization couldn't have offered him $155 million. Lester will be at the top of the Cubs rotation that includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel.
Stephen Vogt, OF10/8/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a tear in his plantar plate on October 14.
Insight: Vogt suffered the injury toward the end of the season and also played through a left ankle sprain in September. He will still be ready for spring training.
Coco Crisp, CF10/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. TBS reported it could possibly be cramps. Crisp tried to play center in the bottom of the inning but decided to take himself out. Whether it is a strain or just cramps, it doesn't matter since Oakland has been eliminated.
Jon Lester, SP10/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
Sean Doolittle, RP10/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed a run in the ninth to blow a save in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Doolittle did all he could but was not able to prevent the Royals from scratching out a run to tie. Pinch-hitter Josh Willingham hit a bloop single to start the inning. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson took second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly. Doolittle stayed in the game to pitch a scoreless 10th.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B10/1/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Adam Dunn admitted that despite the extra-inning loss in the American League Wild Card game to the Royals on Tuesday that his career is still likely over.
Insight: Dunn plans to retire after playing 14 seasons in the league. Dunn had the longest active streak without a playoff appearance, which stood at 2,001 career games. He did not make an appearance in the game Tuesday, but Dunn told MLB.com he does not hold any regrets. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for." The 34-year-old is 35th all-time with 462 home runs.
Brandon Moss, LF10/1/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit two home runs in Tuesday's Wild Card game loss to the Royals.
Insight: Moss hit a two-run homer to start the high-scoring affair in the top of the first and then gave the A's a 5-3 lead on a three-run shot to dead center in the sixth. Oakland tacked on two more runs to go up 7-3, but the Athletics were unable to hold the lead. Oakland led again 8-7 in the 12th but allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics officially capped off their season collapse.
Jon Lester, SP9/30/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester is a career 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 13 postseason games.
Insight: Lester went undefeated against the Royals in three meetings this season, going 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.161 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 IP.
Coco Crisp, CF9/30/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .125 batter (3-for-24) versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base to be effective and this one has a problem against Shields, so shouldn't be used in fantasy lineups. Crisp batted .248 this season with nine homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs and 19 steals.
Josh Reddick, RFHot9/30/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is a lifetime .318 hitter with three home runs and a 1.182 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Reddick managed just 363 at-bats this season, but did hit 12 homers with a respectable .763 OPS. He finished the regular season with three consecutive multi-hit games and should be a viable fantasy option in this favorable matchup.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/29/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told Comcast SportsNet California that his left knee feels more stable than it did a few days ago.
Insight: Donaldson did not run very much on Monday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Royals in the AL Wild Card game. His knee has been an issue for the second half of the season, but Donaldson has still been able to hit .280 over that time. His power, however, seems to have been effected as he has just nine homers since the break.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/28/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in the season finale against the Rangers.
Insight: Lowrie provided some much needed insurance with his two RBI in the ninth inning to extend the Athletics lead to 4-0. Overall however, Lowrie had a down season compared to his numbers last year. He hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI this season.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/28/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: It was unclear whether Donaldson would even start as the third baseman banged both his knees on Friday. Donaldson did not look to good running the bases Saturday, but his production at the plate was not effected. He hit a solo bomb in the first and added two singles. Donaldson is batting .257 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Brandon Moss, LF9/25/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Moss missed Wednesday's game with torn cartilage in his hip, which will require surgery. Moss, however, is going to try and play through it until the end of the season. Moss is batting fifth and playing left field on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/25/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (foot) is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a home run against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Lowrie went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the loss against the Angels on Wednesday. Lowrie is batting .245 with 37 extra-base hits, 46 RBI and 58 runs this year.
Brandon Moss, LF9/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss was not in the lineup on Wednesday due to a hip injury that will require offseason surgury according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Moss, however, will play through the injury until the Athletics are eliminated. Moss took a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain.
Jon Lester, SP9/24/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester takes loss Wednesday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Lester gave up five runs (three earned) over seven innings, while striking out seven Angels. He is now 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA on the year.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/24/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career 1-for-11 (.091) with four strikeouts against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Donaldson's big home run total of the first half (20) has dissipated (8), but he's hitting for a higher average (.276) and a better OPS (.840) in the 61 games since the break. This is a poor matchup, however.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/22/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (foot) is in Monday's lineup against the Angels.
Insight: Lowrie took a pitch in the foot on Sunday and eventually left the game. He is going to try and give it a go on Monday and will bat sixth against C.J. Wilson.
Drew Pomeranz, SP9/20/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz pitched well through five innings against the Phillies.
Insight: He allowed only one hit, two walks, and no runs on only 86 pitches. Pomeranz is not a great fantasy option, as he continues to make spot starts, but has produced a nice 2.35 ERA this season.
Eric Sogard, SS9/20/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .667 hitter (8-for-12) against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: This might is one of the few times in his career that fantasy owners should pay attention to the career .235 hitter with seven lifetime home runs on his five-year resume.
Stephen Vogt, OF9/19/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is back in the lineup Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: It will be his first start in two weeks. Vogt was out over that time with a sprained left ankle. The Athletics hope he will bring the lineup some much needed offense.
Sonny Gray, SP9/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits as the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: If there was ever a time when Oakland needed a big start, it was Thursday. With the victory, Texas completed a sweep of the playoff hopeful Oakland Athletics. Since Aug. 1, Gray is a bismol 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA.
Sonny Gray, SP9/18/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched a complete-game shutout against the Rangers Sunday, clinching the final wild card spot in the American League.
Insight: Gray carried the Athletics on Sunday. He gave up just six hits, struck out five and walked none in the second complete game of his career. Gray finishes 2014 at 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA. Gray should only get better in 2015.
Josh Reddick, RF9/18/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the starting lineup on Thursday due to a sore neck and ankle.
Insight: An MRI revealed that Reddick has no structural damage to his ankle. He is considered day-to-day.
Stephen Vogt, OF9/18/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Thursday against Texas.
Insight: Vogt hasn't started in over two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, but when he reached base, manager Bob Melvin lifted him for Billy Burns. There seems to be no timetable for Vogt's return.
Coco Crisp, CFCold9/14/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .167 batter versus Mariners pitcher Chris Young.
Insight: Crisp is 1-for-11 in his last three games. If possible, leave him out of your lineup on Sunday.
Sean Doolittle, RP9/12/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin should put him right back into the closer's role. He's amassed 20 saves (blown three) with a 2.28 ERA and .705 WHIP.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/11/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 on Thursday in the loss against the White Sox.
Insight: Lowrie has extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 12-for-30 (.400) over that stretch. He is batting .249 with 36 extra-base hits and 45 RBI this year.
Scott Kazmir, SP9/11/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed one earned run in a complete game loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Kazmir arguably had his best start since May. He threw 76 strikes out of 113 pitches, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. Unfortunately, Kazmir allowed a solo home run to shortstop Marcus Semien for the only run of the game. Kazmir is 14-8 with a 3.32 ERA this season.
John Jaso, C9/10/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso has not passed his concussion tests and is not available Wednesday.
Insight: Jaso was apparently told by the doctor to stop all baseball activities which means he'll be out for a significant amount of time. He's got a .265 batting average with nine homers and 40 RBI.
Craig Gentry, OF9/10/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Craig Gentry is likely out for a few days after a collision at first base left him with a concussion.
Insight: Gentry is not much of a fantasy asset, though he does have 20 steals in 232 at-bats. But with it comes no power and a .254 batting average.
Josh Reddick, RF9/7/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 1-for-11 against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: It's likely that Reddick won't be in the starting lineup as he's just a .174 hitter versus lefties and a .283 hitter against right-handers this season. Avoid this matchup.
Nate Freiman, 1B9/7/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: A's first baseman Nate Freiman is 6-for-11 (.545) with four extra-base hits versus Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: The 27-year-old doesn't play every day, but should be in the lineup for this favorable matchup. He's batting .233 with four homers and 12 RBI in 60 at-bats this season.
Coco Crisp, CF9/6/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 in the Oakland come-from-behind victory, 4-3, over the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: Crisp also stole two bases. Crisp is starting to heat up as the lead off hitter for Oakland, which is just what the Athletics need. Crisp is 7-for-21 in his last five games. The center fielder is batting .256 with nine home runs and 45 RBI this year.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/6/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oakland past Houston, 4-3.
Insight: Lowrie has had his struggles this season, but it must have felt good for him and the A's to overcome a two-run deficit in the ninth to comeback and win. Lowrie is batting .242 with 35 extra-base hits, 43 RBI and 54 runs.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/5/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career 6-for-13 (.462) with five extra-base hits against Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: It was a rough series for Donaldson against Seattle, going 1-for-17, but perhaps he can restart in this favorable matchup. He's batting .255 with a career-high 26 HR and 89 RBI.
Coco Crisp, CF9/2/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Athletics are hoping center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will return to the lineup by this weekend according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp received more injections into his neck on Tuesday. Fantasy owners might have to look elsewhere for center field production. Even if Crisp is healthy by the weekend, expect the Athletics to bring him back slowly.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B9/1/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in his first game with the Athletics Monday.
Insight: The White Sox traded Dunn to the A's Sunday. The 34-year-old, who plans to retire after the season, has never played in the playoffs so he should be energized by the deal.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/1/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) has been activated from the disabled list
Insight: He's already admitted he isn't 100 percent, but after missing three weeks he's going to try to play. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. It's probably best to avoid him for a while until we see how well he can swing a bat.
Scott Kazmir, SPCold8/31/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir gave up six runs, failing to get out of the second inning, on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Things just keep getting worse for Kazmir. In his last two starts, both to the Angels, Kazmir has allowed 13 runs in four and 1/3 innings. In three innings last week, he yielded 10 hits while it was four walks that doomed him in one and 1/3 innings on Sunday. Kazmir has still had an good season with a record of 14-7, 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Fantasy owners just remember when his ERA was 2.38 in July.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/31/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: It was a rough series for Oakland, who the Angels swept in four games. The offense went 29 consecutive innings without a run. The A's are 19-22 since the All-Star break and five game back of the Angels going into September. Donaldson, however, has been the one bright spot on offense, hitting 12-for-24 in his last seven games.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B8/31/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn has been traded to the Oakland A's.
Insight: Dunn is hitting .220/.340/.433 with 20 HR and54 RBI this year. The A's have been looking for offense almost since the instant they traded Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. We will have to see if Dunn is the answer.
Coco Crisp, CF8/30/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: The oft-injured outfielder hurt his shoulder running into the wall Friday night and will head back to the bench. He's batting .254 with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 61 runs scored, but he's been in and out of the lineup in the second half due to inuries. Sam Fuld will leadoff and Craig Gentry will cover center field.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/29/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Insight: Lowrie is expected to play in Triple-A over the weekend and if all goes well, rejoin the big league club on Tuesday when rosters expand. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson homered and doubled in the series opener with the Angels Thursday night. His batting average is down almost 50 points from last season, but he's providing power (26 HR) for the A's and fantasy owners.
Sean Doolittle, RP8/28/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has not resumed baseball activities.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin did say his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, will be ready to pitch again when the 15 days are over.
Josh Reddick, RF8/28/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 3-for-21 without an extra-base hit against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: It's likely that Reddick won't be in the starting lineup as he's just a .181 hitter versus lefties and a .289 hitter against right-handers this season.
Eric Sogard, SS8/27/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) with three extra-base hits against Houston starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Sogard doesn't provide much offense to the A's lineup, so it probably isn't worth rolling the dice with his guy on Wednesday. He is hitting .218 with one home run and 17 RBI this year in 90 games. If you need a spot start from a free agent second baseman, Sogard is your guy for Wednesday.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/25/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is back in the lineup for Monday after missing Sunday due to a sore knee.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup Sunday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but had to wait another day. He's already set a career high in home runs and needs nine more RBI to set another career mark.
Drew Pomeranz, SP8/25/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics Drew Pomeranz will get a rare start Wednesday as the team lines up their best starters for the return series with the Angels.
Insight: Pomeranz lost his starting role when the A's went out an picked up a few "aces" in trade, but could be worth a one-time start against the Astros' offense.
Derek Norris, CHot8/25/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is a career 5-for-7 (.714) against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Norris is still producing solid numbers for a guy with catcher eligibility. He's batting .284 with 10 HR, 47 RBI and a .827 OPS and with this favorable matchup is a must start.
Scott Kazmir, SPCold8/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir had one of his worst starts of the season Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Kazmir allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three innings. The left-hander has had a rough month, giving up 20 runs on 36 hits with a 16/7 K/BB in 28 2/3 innings (6.28 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
John Jaso, CCold8/24/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso will be placed on the disabled list Monday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Oakland's acquisition of Geovany Soto on Sunday makes more sense now. Jaso is dealing with concussion symptoms from taking a foul tip off his mask two weeks ago.
Josh Donaldson, 3B 8/24/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday night against the Angels.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but he'll have a precautionary MRI on his sore knee.
Sean Doolittle, RP 8/24/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. The strain is not believed to be serious.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin said he'll use matchups to determine who gets save chances while Doolittle is out, with Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Eric O'Flaherty in the mix. Doolittle has a 2.28 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, 80 Ks and just five walks in 55 1/3 innings. His 16 K/BB ranks third all time among pitchers with at least 50 innings.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold8/24/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson couldn't have picked a worse time to go cold, batting just .154 (2-for-13) over the past four games as the A's battle the Angels for the division lead. Sit him on Sunday.
John Jaso, CCold8/24/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is a career 1-for-17 (.059) against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Jaso's numbers have fallen off a cliff in August. After batting .323 in July, he's hitting just .152 in 15 games this month and should certainly be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Coco Crisp, CF8/23/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .161 with one homer, 11 RBI, 10 runs, zero steals and a .526 OPS since the All-Star break.
Insight: While he's gone 6-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI in his last four games, including 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot Friday night, he's 5-for-34 (.147) against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. That combined with his slump since the All-Star break makes him an undesirable option Saturday.
Sonny Gray, SP 8/23/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray won his first start since July 26 Friday against the Angels. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
Insight: Gray went 0-4 with a 4.94 ERA in his first four starts of August after sweeping through July with a 5-0 record and a 1.03 ERA in five starts. The right-hander is up to 171 innings this season, but wearing down shouldn't be a concern. He threw 152 innings in the minors in 2012 and 182 1/3 innings combined between the minors and majors last year.
Josh Reddick, RF 8/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: With lefty Hector Santiago starting for Los Angeles, Reddick will take a seat. He's gone 29-for-96 (.302) with eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 13 RBI and just six strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list on July 22.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/22/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting against them, so the A's have Jonny Gomes, Nate Freiman, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry starting in place of John Jaso, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Vogt. Vogt has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with a double, three homers and eight RBI over his last 11 games and is hitting .322 with an .852 OPS on the year.
Brandon Moss, LF8/22/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus the Angels.
Insight: The Angels are starting a left-hander so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. Just called up Craig Gentry will start in left field with Nate Freiman at 1B.
Josh Donaldson, 3B 8/20/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: It's his first day out of the lineup since July 3. He's gone 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts in his last five games, so he could use the rest. The A's want him at full strength for this weekend's crucial series against the Angels.
Derek Norris, C8/20/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Wednesday due to a back injury, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: The Athletics start three players with catching experience -- Norris, John Jaso, Stephen Vogt -- every day, so they can afford to sit Norris. The back injury isn't affecting him while catching, just while running the bases.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/16/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 11-for-30 with three homers and eight RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: Vogt was 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's bounced back nicely. He went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Braves and is hitting .323 with eight dingers and 31 RBI in 198 at-bats.
John Jaso, CCold8/16/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday at Atlanta.
Insight: Jaso is hitting .264 with nine homers, 39 RBI and a .771 OPS on the year, but he's just 5-for-39 (.128) in August.
Derek Norris, C8/16/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Saturday at Atlanta.
Insight: Norris has gone 2-for-18 (.111) with six Ks in his last five games. With Julio Teheran on the mound for the Braves and no DH available, lefty-swinging John Jaso will start behind the plate.
Dan Straily, SP8/16/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: The Cubs have called up Dan Straily to start Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Chicago picked up Straily from Oakland in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. He led the minors in strikeouts two years ago but had a 4.93 ERA and a 2.11 HR/9 in 38 1/3 innings with the A's this season. The Cubs hope he'll mimic the turnaround of Jake Arrieta, another former prospect who was picked up on the cheap and has turned into a dominant starter this year.
John Jaso, C8/15/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Friday at Atlanta.
Insight: The game is in Atlanta, which means no DH, and lefty Alex Wood is starting. Jaso has just 24 at-bats against lefties all year. Derek Norris is behind the plate for Oakland.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/15/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Friday against the Braves
Insight: The game is in Atlanta so the A's can't use a DH and left-hander Alex Wood is on the mound so Oakland has a righty-heavy lineup. Jonny Gomes is starting in left field and Nate Freiman is at first base. Vogt has gone 10-for-26 with two homers, six RBI and six runs in his last seven games after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6.
Brandon Moss, LF8/15/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/14/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) played Wednesday, but is expected to go on the disabled list.
Insight: Lowrie (.238, 5 HR, 42 RBI) tried, but the broken finger effected his hitting and throwing. Lowrie has not been able to reproduce last season's solid numbers (.290, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 80 runs). The A's are going to call up Andy Parrino.
Coco Crisp, CF8/14/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is just 3-for-21 (.143) against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: As is frequently the case with Crisp, keeping on the field and healthy is a problem. When playing he's been reasonably productive with a .260 batting average, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals over 89 games. This matchup should be avoided.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/13/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Lowrie has a fractured right index finger, but he's going to try to play through it. He hasn't had a good season at the plate and the injury won't help him turn things around.
Brandon Moss, LF8/13/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Kansas City is starting left-hander Jason Vargas so Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers in 78 at-bats, but manager Bob Melvin is going with Sam Fuld in left field, Nate Freiman at first base and lefty-killer Jonny Gomes at DH.
Stephen Vogt, OF8/13/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Left-hander Jason Vargas is throwing for Kansas City, so Vogt will get a night off. He's hitting .316 with eight doubles, seven homers, 29 RBI and an .838 OPS in 190 at-bats this season but just .219 with a homer and a .680 OPS against southpaws.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/12/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has gone 25-for-76 (.329) with seven doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and just four strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Reddick has rediscovered his stroke from the first half of 2012 after struggling from the 2012 All-Star break right up until this June. Whatever he worked on while he was on the DL with a knee injury has yielded excellent results.
Stephen Vogt, OF 8/12/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 7-for-22 with two homers and six RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Vogt watched his average drop from .361 to .315 after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's turned it around at the plate.
Brandon Moss, LF8/12/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Moss had been slumping, going 6-for-52 (.115) with 20 Ks in 14 games from July 25 to Aug. 10 before going 5-for-7 with four RBI the last two games. He's still in search of his first homer since July 24.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot8/12/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and three runs Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Donaldson went 16-for-111 (.144) with two home runs in 28 games from June 7 to July 9, but he's rebounded to go 32-for-101 (.317) with seven doubles, six homers and 21 RBI in 28 games since then.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/12/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie's MRI revealed a fractured right index finger, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie intends to keep playing through the injury. He hasn't had a good season at the plate and the injury won't help him turn things around.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/8/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) is in the lineup Friday, according to John Hickey of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie was out of the starting lineup the last three games due to a bruised finger. His .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/6/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has gone 20-for-53 (.378) with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Shockingly, he's struck out just three times in that stretch. Reddick went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI Wednesday against the Rays.
Stephen Vogt, OFCold8/6/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 0-for-21 in his last six games.
Insight: Vogt was hitting .361 after going 2-for-5 on July 28, but his slump has dropped him to .315 on the season. He has catching eligibility so he's worth holding for now.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/6/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) is not in the lineup for the second straight game Wednesday.
Insight: Lowrie is dealing with a bruised finger. His .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI. Eric Sogard is starting at shortstop again.
Derek Norris, C8/6/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Norris has hit .264 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 29 games (24 starts). John Jaso is behind the plate and Stephen Vogt is DHing Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/5/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is in the lineup Tuesday as the DH.
Insight: Crisp pinch hit Monday, but he hasn't started since July 26 due to a nagging neck injury. He's expected to be back in center field Wednesday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, so he must be feeling better.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/5/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a bruised finger, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie's .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (.274, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 51 runs) is out again Monday. He hasn't played since July 26.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury didn't go away even though the team gave him frequent days off. Crisp hit in the batting cage prior to Sunday's game and Bob Melvin was encouraged by the session.
Josh Reddick, RF8/4/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick blasted a pair of home runs Sunday but has an extremely unfavorable matchup Monday.
Insight: Reddick is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Rays hurler Alex Cobb with five strikeous. Still, he's batting .390 with four homers and seven RBI in the 12 games since his return from the disabled list.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/3/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick blasted a pair of home runs Sunday doing all the A's scoring.
Insight: Reddick is batting .390 with four homers and seven RBI in the 12 games since his return from the disabled list. That's hot by any standard.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/3/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (.274, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 51 runs) is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though he's tries to play through it. He hasn't played since July 26.
Jon Lester, SP8/2/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester didn't pitch great, but it was good enough to secure his 11th win of the season.
Insight: Lester (11-7, 2.59 ERA) gave up nine hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings en route to the victory.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/2/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) has still not returned from his next problem.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though he's tries to play through it. According to Sussan Slusser there are no plans for him to go on the disabled list at this time.
Brandon Moss, 1B8/2/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Moss is a top-10 RBI guy this season (72) to go along with 23 homers.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/2/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-18 against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Donaldson batting average isn't very good, but he's still hitting for power and is just one home run shy of last season's total of 24 homers. However, with his protection, Yoenis Cespedes now playing in Boston, we will see if opposing pitchers keep throwing Donaldson strikes.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold8/1/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Athletics have moved Jesse Chavez to the bullpen.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez was chosen to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appeared to be wearing down. He lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold7/31/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: The Athletics deadline-day trade for Jon Lester could cost Jesse Chavez his spot in the rotation.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez is still expected to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appears to be wearing down. He's lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: In a blockbuster move, the Red Sox have traded left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. He'll join one of the top teams in baseball and get to pitch in one of the best pitcher's parks. He's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox, but they'll have to offer more than the $70 million over four years they proposed during spring training. Either Jason Hammel or Jesse Chavez will lose their spot in Oakland's rotation as a result of the trade.
Josh Donaldson, 3B7/30/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson accounted for Oakland's only run against Houston's Dallas Keuchel Wednesday with his 23rd home run of the season.
Insight: Donaldson has looked very good lately, hitting .305 with four home runs, 13 RBI and seven Ks in his last 15 games. The third baseman hit .144 with two home runs, 13 RBI and 24 Ks in 28 games from Jun 7 to July 9 and has been trying to get his batting average back up.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/29/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will be held out until at least Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp's MRI showed "no changes."
Stephen Vogt, OFHot7/28/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt had a double and a solo homer Monday at Houston.
Insight: Vogt has been an everyday player throughout this month, first due to Josh Reddick's knee injury and now because he's just too hot to take out. He's hit .361 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .931 OPS in 147 at-bats and is a must-add due to his catcher eligibility.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold7/28/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez allowed six earned runs on five hits (3 HR) in 5 1/3 innings Monday at Houston.
Insight: Chavez had allowed just one homer in his previous 46 1/3 innings. He's recorded a 5.51 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in his last six starts.
Billy Burns, LF7/28/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have called up low-level outfield prospect Billy Burns from Double-A.
Insight: Coco Crisp hasn't been able to shake a neck injury and Craig Gentry went on the DL Monday with a broken hand. Burns has hit .250 with one home run, a .662 OPS and 51 steals in 91 games for Double-A Midland this season.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/27/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to Oakland to have his neck examined, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. He missed two of the past three games and won't be with the team for the three-game series that begins Monday at Houston.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/27/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago and he's been out of the lineup in two of the past three days.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp missed Friday, but is back in his customary leadoff spot for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/25/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Cespedes sprained his thumb Wednesday after hitting two homers and driving in five runs earlier in the game. Fantasy owners should consider it a stroke of luck that he had to miss just one game.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/25/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year Thursday and has a favorable matchup Friday against Texas starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Moss is 6-for-12 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI in their matchups. He's a top-10 RBI guy this season to go along with 23 homers. Start him.
Eric Sogard, SS7/25/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .700 hitter (7-for-10) against Rangers starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: This might be the only time in his career that fantasy owners should pay attention to the career .231 hitter with six home runs on his five-year resume.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot7/24/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss' grand slam gave the A's a commanding 8-1 lead against Houston
Insight: It is Moss' third grand slam of the season and 23 homer of the year. His 71 RBI has him solidly in the top-10.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/24/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/24/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb, according to Oakland beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/23/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has gone 2-for-17 since the All-Star break, but he has a good matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp is 4-for-12 (.333) against Houston's Brad Peacock, and all four hits went for extra bases (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR).
Josh Reddick, RF7/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He's batting just .229 with four homers and 24 RBI.
Tommy Milone, SP 7/21/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the team to trade him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are not eager to move him because he may be needed as a replacement later this season. Milone has an ERA of 2.96 at O.co Coliseum and 4.52 on the road in his career, so a trade could hurt his fantasy value depending on where he lands.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot7/20/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has hit .364 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .931 OPS in 118 at-bats this season. He went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a walk Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Vogt, who has catcher eligibility, has been in the starting lineup every day in right field or at first base due to Josh Reddick's knee injury. The A's may find a way to keep his bat in the lineup even when Reddick returns.
Sonny Gray, SPHot7/20/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray improved to 4-0 in July Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Gray (11-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a 0.95 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP this month.
John Jaso, C7/19/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Satday against Baltimore
Insight: The 30-year-old has hit .274 with seven homers, 29RBI and an .799 OPS this season.
Coco Crisp, CF7/18/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (ankle, neck) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp missed the last four games before the All-Star break due to an ankle injury. He's also been dealing with recurring neck issues for a couple months.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFCold7/13/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has gone 3-for-45 (.067) in July.
Insight: Cespedes entered the month with a .273 average, 38 extra-base hits (14 HR), 55 RBI and an .823 OPS, but after going 0-for-4 Sunday he'll go into the All-Star break hitting .246 with a .741 OPS.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/13/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Moss is tied for fifth in baseball with 21 home runs and he also has 66 RBI.
Sonny Gray, SPHot7/13/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray has gone 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in July.
Insight: Gray allowed one unearned run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings Sunday at Seattle to win his 10th game of the season. The right-hander has bounced back nicely from recording a 5.50 ERA over six starts from May 27 to June 28.
Drew Pomeranz, SP7/13/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have activated Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A.
Insight: Pomeranz' temper cost him a spot in the rotation. He broke his right hand when he punched a chair on June 16 after allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, and Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel while Pomeranz was on the DL. The A's may look to trade him or Tommy Milone for a second baseman.
Coco Crisp, CF7/13/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: He's been dealing with an ankle issue and will miss his fourth straight game.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/12/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is 8-for-18 (.444) with three long balls against Seattle right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma.
Insight: Cespedes is batting .252 with 14 HR and 56 RBI and should break his career highs in both categories.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/11/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: According to beat writer Susan Slusser, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes looked like he needed a day off.
Josh Donaldson, 3B7/10/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson slammed his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Donaldson has struggled after a good start, but the home runs have never slowed. He'll easily top last year's total of 24, but he'll be hard-pressed to match last season's .301 batting average or .883 OPS.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir continues to dazzle on the mound, throwing a three-hit, no run, seven-inning effort against the Giants Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kazmir raised his reconrd to 11-3 with a stunning 2.38 ERA. He has to be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the first half of 2014.
Coco Crisp, CF7/10/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Thursday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's batting .291 with seven homers, 31 RBI, 47 runs and 16 steals this season. Often injured, this appears to be a routine day off.
Josh Reddick, RF7/8/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) could begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He'll be back following the All-Star break but shouldn't be on any fantasy teams.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (ankle) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) left Friday's game with a sprained left ankle, but his MRI revealed no structural damage and he only missed two games.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had an MRI on his sore left ankle which revealed no structural damage, according to Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) isn't healing quickly and the team was obviously concerned. He still may miss more time.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Brandon Moss will have an MRI on his sore left ankle.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) isn't healing quickly and the team is obviously concerned. This doesn't bode well for fantasy owners, but we await results of the test.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Brandon Moss is questionable for Sunday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) never made it out of the batter's box after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning Friday and didn't play Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.

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