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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.
Tommy Milone, SPHot7/5/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Tommy Milone shut out the Blue Jays over six innings Friday and his reward is a trip to Triple-A Sacramento.
Insight: He's a casualty of the trade with the Cubs which brought Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. Milone was 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA after his first five starts, but he's gone 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11. He'll be back.
Dan Straily, SP7/5/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Right-hander Dan Straily was sent to the Chicago Cubs as part of the deal to "rent" Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Insight: The 25-year-old Straily has talent and should make his way into the Cubs rotation.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/4/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Brandon Moss' sprained left ankle may only keep him out for a game or two, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Moss never made it out of the batter's box after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning Friday. Melvin said Moss lobbied to stay in Friday's game so the injury may not be serious, but his ankle also could swell up overnight and keep him out longer than expected.
Tommy Milone, SPHot7/4/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Tommy Milone shut out the Blue Jays over six innings Friday. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six in a no decision.
Insight: Milone was 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA after his first five starts, but he's gone 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11. The left-hander has a 2.74 ERA at O.co Coliseum and a 4.40 ERA on the road in 2014 (2.94 career ERA at O.co Coliseum, 4.52 ERA on the road).
Brandon Moss, 1B7/4/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Moss never made it out of the batter's box after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning Friday. He's been one of the top first basemen in fantasy this season. If Moss has to go on the disabled list, it would open up more at-bats for Nate Freiman at first base and Craig Gentry in right field.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/4/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss left Friday's game in the eighth inning after twisting his ankle, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Moss never made it out of the batter's box after grounding into an inning-ending double play. He went 0-for-4 Friday but has been one of the top first basemen in fantasy this season.
Coco Crisp, CFHot7/4/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is back in the lineup Friday against Toronto.
Insight: He has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts).
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold7/4/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is dealing with a stiff back, but is in Friday's lineup versus Toronto.
Insight: Donaldson sat out Wednesday and Thursday due to a stiff back. He was batting .280 with 17 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and a .925 OPS going into June 7, but he's declined to .245 with a .784 OPS during his brutal 13-for-88 (.148) slump. Now we know the reason for the drop in production.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold7/4/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is dealing with a stiff back.
Insight: Donaldson sat out Wednesday and Thursday due to a stiff back. He was batting .280 with 17 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and a .925 OPS going into June 7, but he's declined to .245 with a .784 OPS during his brutal 13-for-88 (.148) slump. Now we know the reason for the drop in production.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold7/3/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is dealing with a stiff back.
Insight: Donaldson also sat out Wednesday and apparently it wasn't just to get the struggling third baseman a day off. He was batting .280 with 17 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and a .925 OPS going into June 7, but he's declined to .245 with a .784 OPS during his brutal 13-for-88 (.148) slump.
Coco Crisp, CFHot7/3/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has limited Crisp to two hits in 22 career at-bats (.091), so the A's will give him a day off Thursday. He has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts).
Derek Norris, C7/3/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris isn't in the lineup Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Norris returned from a four-game absence Wednesday and went 2-for-4 after sitting out due to back pain, but Stephen Vogt is starting behind the plate Thursday.
Coco Crisp, CFHot7/3/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .367 with four homers, 15 RBI, 24 runs, 15 walks and four steals in his last 27 games (22 starts), but he's struggled against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Dickey has limited Crisp to two hits in 22 career at-bats (.091). While he's been red hot, he should be avoided if possible on Thursday.
Coco Crisp, CFHot7/2/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp batted .346 with three homers, 13 RBI and a .969 OPS in June and he's batting .292 with seven home runs, 29 RBI, 46 runs, 13 steals and an .840 OPS following Wednesday's game.
Insight: Crisp went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Wednesday at Detroit.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/2/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss had four hits, including a double and a homer, in four at-bats Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Moss has picked up multiple hits in four of his last six games. He's batting .274 with 19 homers, 62 RBI, 40 runs and an .893 OPS.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/2/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cespedes missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. He has 38 extra-base hits (14 HR) in 337 plate appearances this season (11.3 XBH%), a dramatic improvement over last season, when he had 51 in 574 (8.9 XBH%).
Derek Norris, C7/2/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris (back) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Norris left Friday's game with pain in his lower back and sat out the last four games. He's had a terrific season, hitting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a .915 OPS.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold7/1/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has gone 13-for-88 (.148) in his last 22 games.
Insight: Donaldson was batting .280 with 17 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and a .925 OPS going into June 7, but he's declined to .245 with a .784 OPS during his brutal slump.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/1/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's dealing with a hamstring issue hurt in Monday night's game. Cespedes has 38 extra-base hits (14 HR) in 308 at-bats this year, a dramatic improvement over last season's 51 in 529.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot6/30/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Oakland OF/C Stephen Vogt raised his average to .343 with three hits Monday at Detroit.
Insight: Vogt was in the everyday lineup often in June due to Josh Reddick's injury. Reddick went back on the disabled list Sunday and Kyle Blanks is also on it, so Vogt should continue to start. He has catcher eligibility and could be a good option in AL-only or two-catcher leagues.
Scott Kazmir, SP6/30/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have announced that Scott Kazmir is fine, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Kazmir appeared to grab at his right hip after throwing a pitch during the sixth inning Monday night. He stayed in for one more pitch but manager Bob Melvin removed him after that. He was at 99 pitches, so he was nearing his end anyway.
Derek Norris, C6/30/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin is hoping to have catcher Derek Norris back in the lineup by the end of the team's current series at Detroit, which ends Wednesday.
Insight: Norris left Friday's game with pain in his lower back. He could hardly walk the next day but can touch his toes and twist side to side without pain now.
Scott Kazmir, SP 6/30/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir left Monday's game with an apparent injury, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Kazmir appeared to grab at his right hip after throwing a pitch. He stayed in for one more pitch but manager Bob Melvin removed him after that. He was at 99 pitches, so he was nearing his end anyway.
Josh Reddick, RF6/30/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick's MRI revealed no structural damage in his right knee, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending his right knee on May 31 and he was placed back on it after straining the same knee Saturday.
Derek Norris, C6/30/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris (lower back tightness) is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Norris apparently did take a few swings and didn't reinjury himself, but he's not in the starting lineup. He has been a pleasant surprise this season, batting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a .915 OPS.
Coco Crisp, CF6/30/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game.
Insight: It appeared to simply be a day of rest for the oft-injured outfielder. He's batting .287 with a solid .827 OPS and 13 stolen bases after a hot June (.342 BA, .966 OPS).
Derek Norris, C6/30/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris left Friday's game with lower back tightness, didn't play Saturday or Sunday and is still questionable for Monday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Norris has been a pleasant surprise this season, batting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a .915 OPS. For a fantasy catcher, those are top-quality numbers.
Tommy Milone, SPHot6/29/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Tommy Milone won his sixth straight decision Sunday at Miami.
Insight: Milone was 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA on May 3; he's now 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. His fantasy value is limited to AL-only and 12-team mixed leagues because he has just 55 Ks in 90 1/3 innings.
Coco Crisp, CF6/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Sunday's starting lineup against Miami.
Insight: It appears to simply be a day of rest for the oft-injured outfielder. He's batting .287 with a solid .827 OPS and 13 stolen bases after a hot June (.342 BA, .966 OPS).
Derek Norris, C6/29/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris left Friday's game with lower back tightness, didn't play Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday. Update: Norris is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Norris has been a pleasant surprise this season, batting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a .915 OPS. For a fantasy catcher, those are top-quality numbers.
Josh Reddick, RF6/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left Saturday's game with a right knee strain and is expected to be placed on the disabled list, according to A's beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Reddick just spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending the same knee on May 31. It could end up being another "lost season" for Reddick.
Derek Norris, C6/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris left Friday's game with lower back tightness, didn't play Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday.
Insight: Norris has been a pleasant surprise this season, batting .304 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a .915 OPS. For a fantasy catcher, those are top-quality numbers.
Sonny Gray, SPCold6/28/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray has recorded a 5.50 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over his last six starts.
Insight: The A's gave him a 4-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound Saturday against the Marlins, but he gave up five runs over five innings and now has a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP this season.
Josh Reddick, RF6/28/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick left Saturday's game with a right knee strain, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Reddick just spent three weeks on the disabled list after hyperextending the same knee on May 31. He went 5-for-11 in four games since being activated but may have to go back on the DL.
Josh Reddick, RF6/27/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Josh Reddick led the A's with three hits Friday night against Miami.
Insight: Friday was Reddick's fourth three-hit game of the season. He's gone 4-for-10 since making his return from the disabled list earlier this week.
Derek Norris, C6/27/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris left Friday's game with lower back tightness. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: He went 1-for-2 before exiting. Stephen Vogt (.333, 2 HR, 11 RBI) has taken over for Norris behind the plate.
John Jaso, C6/27/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Friday against Miami.
Insight: Without the DH, Derek Norris or Jaso were the two players for one position so one of them had to sit. The 30-year-old has hit .275 with seven homers, 24 RBI and an .820 OPS this season.
Coco Crisp, CF6/25/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp cranked three hits including his sixth home run of the season Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: That brings Crisp's average to .290, which is the highest it's been since late April. Crisp is now hitting .358 for the month of June. He hit just .240 in May.
Craig Gentry, OF6/24/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Craig Gentry won't be available for the next few days after getting a cortisone shot in his knee. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Gentry has played well this year as the A's fourth outfielder, contributing a .287 average in 56 appearances. He's also tied for seventh in the AL with 15 steals.
Josh Reddick, RF6/24/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick (.214, 4 HR, 22 RBI) has been out since late May due to a hyperextended knee. In 237 games since the 2012 All-Star break, Reddick has batted .220 in 850 at-bats.
Derek Norris, C6/22/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris left Sunday's game after taking yet another backswing to the head, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Norris has been hit in the head by a backswing several times this season and also took a foul tip off his forearm Friday. Manager Bob Melvin said Norris doesn't have signs of a concussion but is going to the hospital for more tests.
Sonny Gray, SP6/22/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Sonny Gray's next start will be pushed back to Saturday. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He was supposed to start Tuesday against the Mets. Now left-hander Scott Kazmir (9-2, 2.08 ERA) will get the start instead. The A's are trying not to overwork their talented 24-year-old.
Alberto Callaspo, DH6/22/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Oakland DH Alberto Callaspo is only 2-for-13 against today's starting pitcher, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: That's certainly not encouraging. Neither is the fact that Callaspo is hitting just .235 in 51 June at bats.
Coco Crisp, CF6/22/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp won't be of much use to fantasy owners Sunday against Jon Lester.
Insight: Crisp's lifetime average against him is only .154. In other news, Oakland fans will be given Coco Crisp garden gnomes when they arrive at the ballpark today.
Jesse Chavez, SP6/21/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning Saturday against the Red Sox.
Insight: An unknown at the start of the year, Chavez (7 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K's) has developed into one of the most reliable starting pitchers in the American League. A wild pitch by Luke Gregorson in the eighth inning allowed Boston to tie the score at one, denying Chavez what would have been his seventh victory of the season.
Derek Norris, C6/21/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris could be available to pinch hit on Saturday.
Insight: Norris (.301, 8 HR, 34 RBI) was nailed on the forearm with a pitch Friday night and left the game. X-rays were negative, but he might need a day or two before he gets behind the plate.
John Jaso, C6/20/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Friday against he Red Sox.
Insight: Felix Doubront is starting for Boston and Jaso doesn't start against lefties. The 30-year-old has hit .272 with six homers, 23 RBI and an .807 OPS this season. Alberto Callaspo is starting as the DH.
Coco Crisp, CFHot6/20/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Crisp has batted .353 with two homers, three steals, 13 runs and a 1.031 OPS in June. He's been dealing with a neck injury for a few weeks and the A's have been giving him regular days off.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot6/19/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir (8-2) faced a struggling Boston Red Sox offense on Thursday and should be an excellent fantasy option.
Insight: Kazmir has posted a 2.05 ERA, a 0.977 WHIP and 72/20 K/BB in 88 innings. He leads the American League with a .206 batting average against. meanwhile the Red Sox are averaging just 3.86 rpg.
Sean Doolittle, RPHot6/18/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle has allowed just six baserunners (5 H, 1 BB) in his last 21 1/3 innings.
Insight: Doolittle (2.12 ERA, 0.62 WHIP) has struck out 33 batters in that span and has a 48/1 K/BB in 34 innings this season. He saved his ninth game of the year Wednesday against the Rangers.
Sonny Gray, SP 6/18/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray threw his best game since May 22 Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: Gray allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven over seven innings to win his seventh game of the year. The right-hander went 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in his last four starts.
Coco Crisp, CFHot6/18/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp will be given the day off Wednesday versus Texas. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: June has easily been Crisp's best month, as he's now hitting .354 with eight RBI since the start of the month. As is usually the case when Crisp sits, Craig Gentry (.278, 0 HR, 4 RBI) will take over in center field.
Derek Norris, CHot6/18/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris made his impact felt with five RBI Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Norris (.312, 8 HR, 34 RBI) was supposed to get the night off but manager Bob Melvin flipped the script by inserting him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth. He's been very productive lately, going 9-for-19 with eight RBI in his last four contests.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot6/18/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Oakland OF/C Stephen Vogt collected three hits in Tuesday's win over Texas.
Insight: Vogt, who is primarily a catcher, was making his fifth start in right field. He's done well since his promotion at the start of the month, hitting .359 over 39 at bats. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he may be sent back to the minors next week when Josh Reddick returns from a knee injury.
Drew Pomeranz, SP6/17/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have placed Drew Pomeranz on the disabled list with a broken right hand.
Insight: Pomeranz gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Monday against the Rangers and this adds injury to insult. The Athletics acquired Brad Mills from the Brewers for $1 (yes, a dollar) Tuesday and will add him to the rotation in place of Pomeranz. Mills was 4-2 with a 1.56 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 77 Ks in 75 innings with Triple-A Nashville.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/17/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .350 hitter with four homers and six RBI in 20 at-bats against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Moss (.267, 17 HR, 54 RBI) is putting up excellent power numbers. He's a must start in this favorable matchup, even against one of the league's best.
Josh Reddick, RF6/16/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Josh Reddick hopes to return when the A's begin their eight-game road trip on June 24th. SOURCE: John Hickey, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Reddick (.214, 4 HR, 22 RBI) will spend about a week rehabbing in Triple-A Sacramento before returning to the major leagues. So far, he's missed 13 games with a hyperextended knee.
George Kottaras, C6/16/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Catcher George Kottaras is a career .217 hitter, but is 4-for-9 this season with three homers in three starts.
Insight: Kottaras will make his fourth start Monday night. Based on his first three times behind the plate he might be worth a flier.
Derek Norris, C6/15/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris says he's all right after getting hit by a foul tip Sunday against New York. SOURCE: Joe Stiglich, Comcast Sportsnet California
Insight: The ball struck his left hand but the injury shouldn't prevent Norris (.305, 7 HR, 29 RBI) from competing Monday against Texas. A whopping 23 of Norris' 29 runs batted in this season have come against left-handers.
Derek Norris, C6/15/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: A's catcher Derek Norris had a monster game Sunday against New York.
Insight: He finished with three hits including a three-run homer in the opening inning. Norris has swung a hot bat all season with seven jacks and a .305 average through his first 151 at bats.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold6/15/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is hitless in his last 29 at-bats.
Insight: Donaldson had a .309 average, 10 homers, 26 RBI, 26 runs and a 1.090 OPS in 25 games from May 9 to June 6, but he's fallen into a brutal slump. He hasn't even reached base since June 6 and has watched his average and OPS drop 30 and 95 points, respectively, over his last seven games. Frustration started to boil over Saturday night and Donaldson was ejected prior to the top of the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot6/15/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir ran his record to 8-2 with six strong innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Insight: Kazmir's career looked to be finished following an injury in 2011 and while he had a solid comeback season in 2013 (10-9, 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) he didn't exactly flash ace potential. In 2014, however, he's recorded a 2.05 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and a 72/20 K/BB in 88 innings. He leads the American League with a .206 batting average against.
Alberto Callaspo, DH6/11/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: The Athletics will place DH Alberto Callaspo on the patenity list ahead of Friday's game against the Yankees. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He'll miss the entire series. Callaspo hasn't done much this year, hitting just .219 over 196 at bats. His absence won't affect many fantasy teams.
Coco Crisp, CF6/11/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Coco Crisp should be back in Oakland's lineup Wednesday against the Angels after sitting out yesterday, but he shouldn't be in fantasy lineups. He's just 9-for-54 (.167) with 10 Ks against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Crisp has played every other day for the past week while dealing with neck issues. He didn't start Tuesday but entered as a pinch hitter and ended up with four plate appearances in a 14-inning game.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold6/11/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has gone 0-for-19 with eight Ks in his last four games.
Insight: Donaldson was due for a cold streak after hitting .321 with 10 homers, 25 RBI, 22 runs and a 1.180 OPS from May 12 to June 6, but this is just brutal.
Coco Crisp, CF6/10/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp will get another day off Tuesday against the Angels. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Crisp (.268, 4 HR, 17 RBI) has played every other day for the past week while dealing with neck issues. His injury has opened up more at bats for backup center fielder Craig Gentry (.259, 0 HR, 3 RBI).
Derek Norris, C6/9/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris (head) said he feels fine and could play Monday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Norris left Sunday's game after being hit by a backswing from Manny Machado of the Orioles. He's not in the starting lineup but should be back Tuesday.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot6/9/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .412 hitter with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 17 at-bats against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards.
Insight: Moss (.279, 16 HR, 53 RBI) is seventh in all of baseball in home runs and tied for second in RBIs. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot6/8/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Not that the A's needed it, but Scott Kazmir was lights out Sunday versus the Orioles.
Insight: Oakland finished the game with 11 runs but that didn't stop Kazmir from having one of his best outings of the year (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 7 K's, 2 BB). The 30-year-old left-hander owns a 2.20 ERA in 13 appearances.
John Jaso, C6/8/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Oakland DH John Jaso had a productive outing Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Jaso's afternoon included an RBI groundout, a two-run double and an RBI single. He's had a good year so far, hitting .294 with six homers in 143 at bats.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/8/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss swatted his second career grand slam Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: Moss (.279, 16 HR, 53 RBI) has almost as many home runs as last year's MVPs Andrew McCutchen and Miguel Cabrera combined (18). The Athletics hold a five-game edge in the AL West with a little over a month until the All-Star break.
Derek Norris, C6/8/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris left Sunday's game after being hit in the head by Manny Machado's backswing.
Insight: The same thing happened to Tigers catcher Alex Avila the past week and he suffered a mild concussion. Norris has hit .290 with six homers, 26 RBI and an .882 OPS this season.
Coco Crisp, CF6/8/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: It's a scheduled day off. Yoenis Cespedes is starting in center field, Brandon Moss is in left field, Stephen Vogt is in right and Kyle Blanks is at first base against the Orioles.
Coco Crisp, CF6/7/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with a double, a solo homer and two runs Saturday at Baltimore.
Insight: Crisp likely won't come close to the career-high 22 home runs he hit last season, but he's still a good fantasy outfielder. He's hitting .274 with four home runs, 17 RBI, 30 runs, 11 steals and an .807 OPS.
Derek Norris, C6/7/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris will get Saturday off.
Insight: Norris has been a nice hitting fantasy catcher batting .292 with six homers, 26 RBI and a .881 OPS in 137 at bats. he should be back on Sunday.
Coco Crisp, CF6/7/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp didn't play Friday against Baltimore, but is in Saturday's starting lineup
Insight: He'll leadoff and play in center field. Clearly Crisp, who suffered a neck injury earlier this season, isn't 100 percent, but he did pinch hit Friday, so wasn't very far off from playing.
Coco Crisp, CF6/6/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp won't play Friday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He wasn't in the lineup Wednesday either. Clearly Crisp, who suffered a neck injury earlier this season, isn't 100 percent. Craig Gentry (.252, 0 HR, 3 RBI) could be an interesting fantasy piece if Crisp's injury lingers.
Drew Pomeranz, SP6/5/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Drew Pomeranz had the longest outing of his career Thursday against the Yankees.
Insight: Pomeranz threw seven innings and allowed two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and a walk. The 25-year-old left-hander has gone 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in six games since he joined the rotation, though he didn't last longer than 5 1/3 innings in the first five.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot6/4/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson homered for the sixth time in his last 10 games Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Donaldson has been a top-10 overall fantasy player this season. He's first in the majors with 50 runs, tied for fourth with 16 homers and tied for fifth with 49 RBI. He's also hitting .284 with a .926 OPS.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF6/4/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of solo homers Wednesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Cespedes has 30 extra-base hits (12 HR) in 232 plate appearances this year, a dramatic improvement over last season's 51 (26 HR) in 574.
Coco Crisp, CF6/4/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is getting the night off Wednesday against New York. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: Crisp (.256, 3 HR, 16 RBI) is on an eight-game hitting streak but he's only had two hits or more twice during the streak. Craig Gentry (.265, 0 HR, 3 RBI) is filling in at center field.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Brandon Moss sunk the Yankees by going deep twice Tuesday in a 5-2 A's victory.
Insight: His last long ball broke a 2-2 tie in the tenth inning. Moss is on pace for 42 HR this year, which would easily be a career-high. He's been the best player on an Oakland team that leads the AL West by five and a half games.
Josh Reddick, RF6/3/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He hyperextended his knee over the weekend. Reddick hit just .188 in May with a .583 OPS so this shouldn't affect many fantasy lineups.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/3/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss (calf) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Insight: He had missed the last two games with a strained calf. Moss has struggled against today's starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, managing only two hits and five strikeouts in 13 at bats.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/3/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss (calf) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Yankees according to Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: After missing the last two games with a strained right calf, the A's are hoping Moss (.276/.366/.568, 13 HR, 46 RBI) will be ready to play tonight. Historically, however, he has struggled against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, managing only two hits and five strikeouts in 13 at bats.
Josh Reddick, RF6/3/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is questionable for Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees after hyperextending his knee on Saturday.
Insight: Reddick shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup even if he's healthy as he's hitless in nine career at bats against today's starter, Hiroki Kuroda. It's possible Reddick (.214, 4 HR, 22 RBI) could require a stint on the disabled list.
Ryan Cook, RP6/1/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: The A's are expected to activate Ryan Cook from the disabled list Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Joe Stiglich, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: He's missed the past three weeks with a strained forearm. With Sean Doolittle closing, Cook (0-1, 2.92 ERA) is a fantasy non-factor.
Josh Reddick, RF6/1/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Sunday after hyperextending his knee Saturday.
Insight: Reddick hurt his knee when he banged into the wall while making a catch in the sixth inning. The outfielder hit just .188 in May after batting .253 in April.
Brandon Moss, 1B6/1/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss (calf) is not in the lineup Sunday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Moss is shooting for a return on Tuesday against the Yankees. He's dealing with a right calf strain.
Coco Crisp, CF6/1/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: In 50 at-bats versus Angels starter Jered Weaver, Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has managed just eight hits.
Insight: That's good for a .160 batting average. Make sure Crisp isn't in your lineup Sunday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF6/1/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a homer and five RBI Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: Cespedes has hit just .245 with a .301 on-base percentage this season, but he's slugging .500 because 28 of his 49 hits were of the extra-base variety (15 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR).
Coco Crisp, CF5/31/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is getting the night off Saturday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: A five-game hitting streak has brought Crisp's average up from .240 to .253. Craig Gentry (.261, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is taking Crisp's place in center field.
Brandon Moss, 1B5/31/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B Brandon Moss will miss Saturday's game because of a tight calf. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: The A's consider him day-to-day. Kyle Blanks (.269, 1 HR, 1 RBI) will get the start at first base Saturday in Moss' absence.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/29/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie is not in Thursday's starting lineup. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: He's been dealing with a strained neck/trap muscle. Lowrie has followed up a very productive 2013 season (.290, 15 HR, 75 RBI) with a mediocre year in 2014 (.241, 3 HR, 20 RBI). Nick Punto will make the start at shortstop but he's not worth owning in fantasy.
Sonny Gray, SPHot5/27/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: A's starter Sonny Gray has yet to give up more than three earned runs in any of his 10 starts this season.
Insight: In fact, since coming up in July of 2013 Gray has given up two earned runs or fewer in 17 of 22 outings. His season-long numbers show a 5-1 record with a 1.99 ERA and he's become the ace of the A's staff.
Tommy Milone, SPHot5/26/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Tommy Milone blanked Detroit in 6 2/3 innings Monday.
Insight: He's allowed three runs on 16 hits over 26 1/3 innings his last four starts (1.03 ERA). The Athletics' offense is crushing everyone and Milone is your best chance to get a pitcher attached to it with Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz all owned in more than 50 percent of leagues.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot5/26/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has belted eight home runs in May.
Insight: Moss is up to 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 27 runs and a .961 OPS this season and is one of fantasy's top first basemen at the moment. The A's lead baseball with an absurd +100 run differential.
Derek Norris, CHot5/26/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris hit a grand slam Monday against Detroit.
Insight: Norris has been one of the best hitting catchers in baseball this year, batting .316 with five dingers, 24 RBI and a .929 OPS in 137 plate appearances. With a 17/20 K/BB, he has a good shot at keeping his average above .300.
Tommy Milone, SPHot5/26/2014 8:54:00 AM
Description: Athletics lefty Tommy Milone may be just 2-3 on the season, but he's 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in his last three starts.
Insight: He'll face a Tigers team which has lost six of its last seven in a matchup against Drew Smyly.
John Jaso, C5/26/2014 6:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/DH John Jaso returned to pinch hit on Sunday.
Insight: Jaso has not started since Thursday due to general soreness. He has been a solid under-the-radar fantasy option this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .834 OPS.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot5/25/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson hit his 11th home run of the season Sunday at Toronto.
Insight: Donaldson may be baseball's best third baseman. He's fifth in baseball in WAR and has hit .268 with 41 runs, 36 RBI and an .869 OPS.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5/24/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes ripped three hits including his eighth home run of the season Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays.
Insight: Cespedes hadn't homered since May 9th. He's had an up and down month of May, batting .250 over 80 at bats. The 99 RBI Cespedes is on pace for would be a career-high.
John Jaso, C5/24/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/DH John Jaso is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Jaso is getting the day off due to general soreness. He has been a solid under-the-radar fantasy option this season, hitting .284 with four homers and an .841 OPS.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/24/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Although he missed a couple of games with a neck strain, this appears to be a regularly scheduled day off. Lowrie's numbers have been mediocre this season (.251, 3 HR, 18 RBI) after a very productive 2013 (.290, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 80 runs).
Coco Crisp, CF5/24/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey
Insight: Some guys can hit the knuckleball, some can't. Crisp appears to be in the latter group.
Sonny Gray, SP5/22/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: A's starter Sonny Gray pitched well in a no-decision Thursday against the Rays.
Insight: Gray (5-1, 1.99 ERA) let up only one run in eight innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .206 against the right-hander in 2014.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/22/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie returned to the lineup Thursday against the Rays. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He had been out with a neck strain. Lowrie's numbers have been so-so (.258, 3 HR, 18 RBI) but the league's lack of depth at shortstop makes him worth holding onto in fantasy.
Coco Crisp, CF5/22/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Crisp has been dealing with a sore neck but he's in the lineup and should be a viable fantasy option today.
Josh Reddick, RF5/22/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is hitless in 10 at-bats against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb with four strikeouts.
Insight: Reddick has yet to prove that he's of value to fantasy owners. He's batting just .224 with four home runs. He's really only been fantasy worthy in one season - 2012. Avoid him.
Coco Crisp, CF5/22/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Crisp has been dealing with a sore neck and didn't start on Wednesday, but if he's out there he's a viable fantasy option.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot5/21/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss homered for the 10th time this year Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Moss had Oakland's only hit but Oakland walked seven times and won 3-2.
Insight: Erik Bedard is the second lefty Moss has taken deep this season. He's gone 10-for-28 (.357) against southpaws this year after batting just .200 against them last season. Moss is among the RBI leaders with 40.
Coco Crisp, CF5/21/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp probably won't play Wednesday but if he does, he'll face a very tough matchup against Rays starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Crisp exited last night's game with a sore neck. He's just 1-for-18 against Bedard in his career. Manager Bob Melvin should have plenty of incentive to sit Crisp (.257, 3 HR, 13 RBI) on Wednesday.
Sean Doolittle, RPHot5/20/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Sean Doolittle earned his third save of the year with a scoreless inning Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Doolittle also walked his first batter all season, but it didn't matter. He has a 3.27 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and a 30/1 K/BB in 22 innings this season and appears to have taken over Oakland's closer role for now.
Drew Pomeranz, SPHot5/20/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: For the third straight time since he joined the rotation, Athletics lefty Drew Pomeranz threw five scoreless innings and won Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: The A's started Pomeranz out in the bullpen so they are watching his pitch count. His 89 pitches Tuesday were a season high. The 25-year-old former fifth-overall pick has a 0.94 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings this season and should be added in most leagues.
Coco Crisp, CF5/20/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp was replaced by Craig Gentry in the sixth inning Tuesday night. UPDATE: Crisp left with neck soreness.
Insight: Crisp was out of the lineup for seven games a week ago due to a strained neck, which he suffered when he crashed into the wall on May 7.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/20/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie left Sunday's game with a neck strain and is not in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Lowrie is considered day-to-day. Nick Punto will again take over at shortstop, but has little fantasy value with his .225 batting average, zero homers and six RBI.
Jeff Francis, SP5/18/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Oakland has claimed left-hander Jeff Francis off waivers. SOURCE: John Hickey, Oakland Tribune
Insight: He'll give the Athletics some depth but not much else. Francis has been bouncing from team to team the past few seasons and hasn't enjoyed a successful fantasy campaign since 2007 when he won a career-high 17 games for the Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5/18/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes plated five runs in Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Insight: That's a new career-high for the 28-year-old from Cuba. The surging A's have now won nine of ten and are leading the division by four games. Cespedes has gone 11-for-39 (.282) over that stretch.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot5/18/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: A's 1B/OF Brandon Moss reached base five times in Sunday's victory over Cleveland.
Insight: He was a home run shy of the cycle. The four runs Moss registered Sunday were a season-high. Moss has used a 13-for-26 hot streak to elevate his average from .273 to .301.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/18/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie left Sunday's game with a neck strain, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Lowrie is considered day-to-day. Nick Punto took over at shortstop Sunday at Cleveland.
Coco Crisp, CF5/18/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: In 11 career at-bats against Indians starter Justin Masterson, Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has hit two home runs.
Insight: Crisp has gone 4-for-11 (.364) against Masterson, who will start Sunday against Oakland.
John Jaso, C5/18/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics C/DH John Jaso has batted .313 with a 1.201 OPS in his career against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Jaso has been a solid under-the-radar fantasy option this season, hitting .284 with four homers and an .852 OPS in 95 at-bats. He's gone 5-for-16 with two doubles and two home runs against Masterson.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/18/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is just 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: For a 180-pound guy who plays in a huge ballpark, Lowrie hits far too many fly balls (50 percent FB rate). That's why he's only hitting .259 with a .279 BABIP even though he's lowered his K rate and raised his walk rate from last year. Avoid him Sunday against Masterson.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot5/17/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Oakland 1B/OF Brandon Moss has hit .321 with five homers and 15 RBI in May.
Insight: That's after he batted .264 with four home runs, 21 RBI and an .806 OPS in the first month of the season. A decreased strikeout rate (18.9 percent, down from 27.7 percent in 2013) has allowed Moss to hit for a higher average this season.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot5/17/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Scott Kazmir got himself tossed from Saturday's game in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Insight: He may have had a point, as he walked three batters in 1 1/3 innings after issuing just nine free passes in his first 51 1/3 this season. Still, it's disappointing for fantasy owners relying on Kazmir's production on Saturday.
Cliff Pennington, 2B5/17/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks backup shortstop Cliff Pennington will get the start on Saturday for Chris Owings. Owings is just getting the day off.
Insight: Lucky Pennington. His last start/at bat was May 11 and now he gets to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Derek Norris, CHot5/16/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris has a .449 on-base percentage in 107 plate appearances this season.
Insight: Norris is batting .359 and has walked 15 times. He's also blasted four homers and lowered his K rate from 23.1 percent last year to 12.1 percent in 2014.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot5/16/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has homered in each of his last three games.
Insight: Donaldson's batting average is down from last year (.266), but he has hit 10 homers, driven in 31 runs and scored 32.
Jed Lowrie, SS5/16/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Indians.
Insight: Lowrie is batting .266 with three homers on the year, but he has a solid 20/22 K/BB, 14 doubles and 24 runs scored.
Josh Reddick, RFHot5/16/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with two homers and six RBI Friday at Cleveland.
Insight: Reddick hit a grand slam in the second and a two-run shot in the seventh for Oakland. After starting out 4-for-41 (.098) with 15 Ks this season, Reddick has gone 26-for-86 (.302) with a double, three triples, four homers, 17 RBI and 15 Ks in his last 25 games.
Sonny Gray, SPHot5/16/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray tied a career high with nine strikeouts Friday at Cleveland.
Insight: Gray gave up a first-inning solo homer to Nick Swisher but finished six innings while allowing just two hits and the lone run. Gray has thrown a quality start in all nine appearances this season and is now 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Coco Crisp, CF5/16/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will play Friday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall following a leaping catch last Wednesday and missed the last seven games.
Josh Donaldson, 3B5/16/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is 5-for-11 against Cleveland starter Zach McAllister.
Insight: Donaldson's batting average is down from last season, but he's still providing fantasy owners with power - nine homers, 19 extra-base hits, .835 OPS.
Kyle Blanks, OF/1B5/15/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: The A's have acquired OF/1B Kyle Blanks from the Padres. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, San Diego Union Tribune
Insight: Blanks joins a crowded outfield that already includes Craig Gentry, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick. First base won't be an option for him either with Brandon Moss getting most of the starts there. Blanks has only logged ten at bats at the major league level this season.
Drew Pomeranz, SPHot5/14/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Drew Pomeranz threw five shutout innings for the second straight start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Pomeranz struck out eight and allowed just three hits and two walks. The 2010 No. 5 overall pick struggled with the Rockies but has found new life in Oakland. He has legitimate mixed league upside.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot5/14/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Oakland 1B/OF Brandon Moss launched two homers in Tuesday's 11-0 victory over the White Sox.
Insight: He's 9-for-22 (.409) with eight RBI over his last five games. Among major league first basemen, only Chicago's Jose Abreu (38 RBI) has driven in more runs than Moss (33) in 2014.
Coco Crisp, CF5/13/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) is feeling better but still won't play Tuesday, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall following a leaping catch last Wednesday. He's likely to miss Wednesday's game as well with Oakland having Thursday off.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold5/13/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the White Sox. Alberto Callaspo is starting in his place.
Insight: Donaldson is getting a routine day off. He hit his eighth homer of the season Monday but has batted .205 with a .629 OPS and 12 Ks in 49 plate appearances this month.
Coco Crisp, CF5/12/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall following a leaping catch Wednesday and coach Bob Melvin said he might miss the entire three-game series with the White Sox. He's batting .260 with three homers, 15 runs scored and seven steals.
Derek Norris, CHot5/11/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris had a monster afternoon Sunday versus the Nationals.
Insight: He launched two homers en route to a six-RBI game. His .385 average through 29 games is a huge improvement from last season when he hit just .246 across 264 at bats.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot5/11/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Scott Kazmir was unstoppable Sunday in a victory over Washington.
Insight: He held the Nats scoreless in seven innings of work. That lowers his ERA to 2.28, fourth-best in the American League. Though it probably won't last, the left-hander is on pace to win 21 games this season.
Coco Crisp, CF5/11/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall following a leaping catch Wednesday. He's batting .260 with three homers, 15 runs scored and seven steals.
Coco Crisp, CF5/9/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will have an MRI and is doubtful to play Saturday, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the outfield wall following a leaping catch Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, CF5/9/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) is not in the lineup Friday against Washington.
Insight: Crisp strained his neck when he crashed into the wall following a leaping catch Wednesday. Craig Gentry is starting in center field Friday.
Drew Pomeranz, SP5/9/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Drew Pomeranz will replace Dan Straily in the rotation. Straily (4.93 ERA) was demoted to Triple-A Friday.
Insight: Pomeranz is a former fifth-overall pick who struggled with the Rockies but has recorded a 1.45 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings this season with Oakland. He gave up just two hits and had a 5/0 K/BB in five innings in his first start of the season Wednesday. He's worth adding in most leagues.
Drew Pomeranz, SP5/7/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: A's left-hander Drew Pomeranz dominated Wednesday in his first start of the 2014 season.
Insight: He threw five scoreless innings in the second game of a day/night doubleheader. It's unknown if Pomeranz (2-1, 1.45 ERA) will be joining the rotation on a permanent basis or if he'll be heading back to the bullpen after today's start.
Coco Crisp, CF5/7/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp was diagnosed with a strained neck after crashing into the wall Wednesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: Craig Gentry (.296, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is starting in center for Game 2. Crisp is listed as day-to-day.
Coco Crisp, CF5/7/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp left Wednesday's game after crashing back-first into the outfield wall.
Insight: Crisp made a leaping catch on the run but may have suffered a whiplash injury when he smashed into the wall. He walked off the field under his own power after staying down for a few minutes.
Josh Reddick, RFCold5/7/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is back in the lineup Wednesday after sitting out two games with a sprained left ankle. However, he went 0-for-13 with five Ks in his last five games and is 4-for-30 against Seattle starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Reddick batted .410 (16-for-39) from April 18-29 after starting out 4-for-41 (.098), but he's back in a slump. Hernandez will start Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader and Erasmo Ramirez will get the ball for Game 2. Reddick is also 0-for-8 against Ramirez and shouldn't be in any lineups Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, CF5/7/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Like most of his teammates, Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp hasn't had success against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Crisp is 14-for-61 (.230) with 13 strikeouts against Hernandez, who is 17-7 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 215 career innings against the A's.
Josh Reddick, RFCold5/7/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick went 0-for-13 with five Ks in his last five games and will face Seattle's Felix Hernandez Wednesday.
Insight: Reddick batted .410 (16-for-39) from April 18-29 after starting out 4-for-41 (.098), but he's back in a slump. Hernandez has held him to four hits in 30 career at-bats (.133).
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold5/7/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has hit .242 with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts in his last nine games, and his matchup on Wednesday won't be a slump-buster.
Insight: Oakland will face Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, who has held Donaldson to three hits in 21 at-bats (.143) while striking him out eight times.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5/7/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes homered Tuesday night, but he's a career .185 hitter with zero round-trippers and 10 Ks against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez.
Insight: The A's will face Hernandez Wednesday afternoon, so avoid Cespedes.
Drew Pomeranz, SP5/6/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: According to Jane Lee of mlb.com, if the Athletics don't use left-hander Drew Pomeranz out of the bullpen Tuesday night, there's a good chance he'll start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Insight: The A's acquired Pomeranz, the 2010 fifth-overall pick, from Colorado as part of the Brett Anderson trade. The left-hander owns a career 2.97 ERA and 270 strikeouts in 242 2/3 innings in the minors but went 4-14 with a 5.20 ERA in 136 2/3 innings with the Rockies from 2011-13. He's allowed three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (1.98 ERA) this year and could replace Tommy Milone in the rotation if he has a good start on Wednesday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5/6/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will start Tuesday against the Mariners.
Insight: Cespedes has been in and out of the lineup since April 25 due to hamstring issues. He's hitting .257 with four homers, 18 RBI and a 20/14 K/BB (1.43) this season. He walked just 37 times and struck out 137 last year (3.7 K/BB).
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5/5/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will sit out Monday's game against the Mariners. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: He's been in and out of the lineup with hamstring issues for most of the last week. Brandon Moss (.260, 4 HR, 22 RBI) will get the start in left field.
Coco Crisp, CF5/4/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Don't expect Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp to have a big day Sunday versus John Lackey.
Insight: He's hitting .152 against Lackey in 33 previous at bats. Since 2011, Crisp is just 8-for-53 (.151) at Fenway Park with ten strikeouts.
Brandon Moss, 1BCold5/3/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: A's 1B Brandon Moss isn't starting Saturday's game against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Moss is hitting just .207 against left-handers over the last two seasons so sitting him today against Jon Lester (2-4, 3.10 ERA) makes a great deal of sense. Alberto Callaspo (.260, 3 HR, 15 RBI) will make his sixth start of the season at first base.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/30/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will start Wednesday's game versus Texas. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He'll serve as Oakland's designated hitter for the second night in a row. Cespedes (.247, 4 HR, 14 RBI) went 1-for-1 with two walks last night in his return from a hamstring injury but left the game early.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/30/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie won't start Wednesday against Texas. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: Lowrie hasn't missed a game all season so this is probably just a maintenance day. Nick Punto (.229, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will draw the start at shortstop for Oakland.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/29/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup Tuesday, as expected. He started as the DH.
Insight: Cespedes missed the previous four games with a hamstring strain. He brought a .247 average, four homers and 14 RBI into Tuesday's game. He's already walked 10 times and struck out 15 after posting a 137/37 K/BB last year.
Sonny Gray, SPHot4/29/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray threw his first career shutout Monday at Texas.
Insight: Gray outdueled Yu Darvish and held the Rangers to three hits. He has exceeded lofty expectations so far, going 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.
Josh Donaldson, 3B4/29/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career .400 hitter against Texas youngster Martin Perez with a homer and a 1.438 OPS.
Insight: It will be a classic matchup of two hot players. Donaldson is batting .325 with seven homers and 21 RBI over his last 20 games and the 23-year-old Perez is 4-0 this season with a league-leading 1.42 ERA and 0.921 WHIP.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/28/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: According to Jane Lee of mlb.com, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the plan is for Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) to start Tuesday.
Insight: Cespedes, who is dealing with a hamstring strain, did some running drills prior to Monday's game. He hasn't started since April 24.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/28/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will miss another game on Monday, his fourth in a row.
Insight: He's dealing with a hamstring strain. The A's are hoping Cespedes (.238, 4 HR, 14 RBI) will be able to avoid the disabled list, but at this point it might be better if they did, so they could add a player to the roster.
Josh Reddick, RFCold4/28/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has just one hit in 16 at-bats against Texas starter Yu Darvish with eight strikeouts
Insight: Reddick has done nothing for fantasy owners this season batting .222 with one home run and five RBI. It's beginning to look like 2012 (32 HR, 85 RBI) was a "career year" and nothing more.
Josh Donaldson, 3B4/28/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has begun to heat up, but is a career .188 hitter (3-for-16) , striking out half the time against Texas right-hander Yu Darvish.
Insight: Donaldson is batting .320 with a 1.113 OPS over the past 12 games, but has just three singles against Darvish.
Brandon Moss, 1B4/28/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .333 hitter with four homers against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Moss took Darvish deep just a week ago in a Darvish no-decision. He's batting .268 with four homers and 20 RBI. Moss has been playing in the outfield with Yoenis Cespedes sidelined by injury and is multi-position eligible (1B, OF) in most leagues.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/27/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes won't start Sunday versus the Astros. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: It's the third game he's missed with a hamstring strain. The A's are hoping Cespedes (.238, 4 HR, 14 RBI) will be able to avoid the disabled list.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/27/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doubtful for Sunday's game versus Houston. SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Cespedes has missed the last two games with a mild hamstring strain. His absence would likely mean another start in left field for Brandon Moss (.278, 4 HR, 20 RBI).
A.J. Griffin, SP4/25/2014 7:21:00 PM
Description: A source told Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com that Athletics starter A.J. Griffin will undergo Tommy John surgery sometime next week.
Insight: Griffin was shut down more than a month ago due to flexor tendinitis and still felt discomfort when he tried to throw recently. Griffin will become the second Oakland starter to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2014, joining Jarrod Parker.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/25/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is likely to miss a few days after injuring his left hamstring running out a ground ball on Thursday.
Insight: Hopefully it won't require a trip to the disabled list. Cespedes is batting .238 with four homers and 14 RBI.
Coco Crisp, CF4/25/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is a .400 hitter with four extra base hits in 10 at-bats against Houston starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Crisp is off to a fine start batting .304, 2 HR, 8 RBI and six steals through the first 16 games. He's become a solid fantasy option, coming off a 22-21 season a year ago.
Jim Johnson, RP 4/24/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: According to Jane Lee of mlb.com, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Jim Johnson could re-enter the ninth-inning mix with Luke Gregorson and Sean Doolittle
Insight: Johnson has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings with six Ks and a 1.05 WHIP since he was removed from the closer role. Johnson is making $10 million this season so fantasy owners should expect him to get the role back if he continues to pitch well.
A.J. Griffin, SP4/24/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter A.J. Griffin (elbow) started throwing this week but is still feeling discomfort, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Griffin was shut down more than a month ago due to flexor tendinitis, which is often a precursor to a UCL injury. He'll have a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot4/24/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has begun to heat up and looks like the hitter who exploded onto the scene last season.
Insight: Donaldson is batting .308 with a .945 OPS over the past dozen games after batting .194 over his first eight games. He was one of last season's most improved players batting .301 with 24 HR, 93 RBI and 89 runs scored. After a slow beginning it appears he back to being a top fantasy 3B.
Coco Crisp, CF4/23/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: The A's will rest center fielder Coco Crisp on Wednesday. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: Instead, Craig Gentry will lead-off and play center field. Crisp (.317, 2 HR, 7 RBI) has dealt with hamstring issues recently and may see more rest than usual until he's fully recovered.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes won't be available Monday night against Texas. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He bruised his heel yesterday in a win over Houston. Brandon Moss (.267, 2 HR, 15 RBI) will take over for Cespedes in left field.
Josh Reddick, RFCold4/21/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has just one hit in 14 at-bats against Texas starter Yu darvish.
Insight: He's also struck out eight times in those 14 at-bats which makes him a definite candidate for a seat on the bench.
Brandon Moss, 1B4/21/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .333 hitter with three homers against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Moss has just a couple of homers this season, but he is still driving in runs (15). He hit 30 homers last season with 87 RBI.
Josh Donaldson, 3B4/20/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson logged three hits in Sunday's win over Houston.
Insight: Donaldson just keeps plugging away. He's tied for third among major league third basemen with 13 RBI and is fifth among AL third basemen in batting average (.272). He should be starting in all fantasy leagues.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/20/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is done for the day after bruising his right heel Sunday versus Houston. SOURCE: John Hickey, Oakland Tribune
Insight: Cespedes went 0-for-2 before leaving in the sixth inning. Craig Gentry (.389, 0 HR, 1 RBI) has come on to play left field.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot4/19/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir hasn't walked a batter in three of his four starts this season.
Insight: Kazmir tossed eight innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits Saturday against Houston. He's 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP with his new team.
Josh Reddick, RF 4/19/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has gone 6-for-9 with a homer and three RBI over his last two games.
Insight: He was 4-for-41 prior to that. Going back to July 2012, Reddick has hit .214 with 164 Ks in his last 679 at-bats.
Coco Crisp, CF4/19/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Friday was his first start since Sunday. Hamstring and wrist issues have plagued Crisp (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 runs, 4 SB) throughout April and the team is likely just playing it cautiously.
Sean Doolittle, RP4/18/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: A's left-hander Sean Doolittle has agreed to a four-year contract extension.
Insight: Doolittle owns a 3.10 ERA in 122 relief appearances over the last three seasons. He's been part of Oakland's closer by committee this year.
Coco Crisp, CF4/18/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: It's his first start since Sunday. Hamstring and wrist issues have plagued Crisp (.292, 1 HR, 2 RBI) throughout April, though neither injury was serious enough to land him on the disabled list.
Coco Crisp, CF4/18/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is probable for Friday's game against Houston while dealing with a tight left hamstring issue.
Insight: Crisp has been out of the starting lineup since Sunday, but did pinch hit on Tuesday. He's batting .292 with a home run six runs scored and four stolen bases and provides a viable fantasy option.
Josh Reddick, RFCold4/16/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick will take a seat Wednesday versus the Angels. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: So much for that bounceback season. Reddick's nightmare 2013 campaign has carried over into 2014 (.098 AVG in 41 at bats). Don't expect the 27-year-old to turn things around anytime soon.
Coco Crisp, CF4/16/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp made a pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday but won't start Wednesday's game against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: A hamstring injury has kept Crisp out of the starting lineup since Sunday. While he's been out, Craig Gentry (.444, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has been starting in center field.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/16/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Lowrie is still hitting just .262 but his 6/15 K/BB and 27 percent line-drive rate suggest he's about to heat up.
Coco Crisp, CF4/15/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will sit out again Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he has now missed the first two of this week. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
Brandon Moss, 1B4/15/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .462 hitter with four extra base hits and a 1.423 OPS versus Angels starter Garrett Richards.
Insight: Moss hasn't started hitting the long ball yet (1 HR) but is batting .295 with 11 RBI this season. He didn't start on Monday as the A's gave Daric Barton a start, but should be ready to go Tuesday.
Scott Kazmir, SP4/14/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir (triceps) says he feels great and fully expects to make his next start, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Kazmir struck out nine over six scoreless innings Sunday but exited the game due to left triceps tightness. He dealt with the same issue in spring training.
Brandon Moss, 1B 4/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is getting a breather Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Daric Barton is starting at first with LHP Hector Santiago on the mound for Los Angeles. Moss has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .311 with one homer and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats this season.
Coco Crisp, CF4/14/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will not start Monday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he's out of the lineup again to start this week off. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.
Sean Doolittle, RP4/13/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty reliever Sean Doolittle picked up a save Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: Oakland went to Luke Gregerson for a two-out save Saturday after using Doolittle to set up, and on Sunday manager Bob Melvin reversed it and used Doolittle in the ninth because the Mariners had lefties Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders due up. Ryan Cook may also get a save chance here or there as part of Oakland's committee, which replaced the ineffective Jim Johnson.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot4/13/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has homered in three of the last four games.
Insight: His 15/1 K/BB is a little disconcerting, but he has three longballs, eight RBI and eight runs in 12 games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4/13/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes blasted a two-run home run Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes took a step back last year, going from a .292 average and an .861 OPS in 2012 to a .240 average and a .736 OPS in 2013. Through 12 games in 2014, he's batting .234 but has two home runs and nine RBI.
Scott Kazmir, SP4/13/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir has triceps tightness, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Kazmir struck out nine over six scoreless innings Sunday but exited the game. He dealt with the same issue in spring training but it isn't expected to hold him out of his next start.
Scott Kazmir, SP4/13/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir left Sunday's start after six innings due to an apparent arm injury.
Insight: Kazmir struck out nine over six scoreless innings but was spotted in the dugout talking to manager Bob Melvin and the team trainer while holding his left forearm during the seventh inning. A scout told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that Kazmir's velocity dropped in his last inning and he was wiggling his fingers a lot after one pitch.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/13/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie won't start Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Lowrie hasn't gotten it going yet this season, batting just .242 through 11 games. Nick Punto (.214, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will give it a try Sunday in the series finale.
Coco Crisp, CF4/12/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He missed three games with an inflamed wrist before returning as a pinch-hitter Friday against Seattle. Crisp enters tonight's action with a .250 average across 16 at bats this season.
Josh Reddick, RF4/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is out of the lineup again Friday.
Insight: Jane Lee of mlb.com reported earlier Friday that Reddick could be demoted following the activation of Craig Gentry (back) from the DL, but Reddick was spotted taking batting practice and is still on the roster. After hitting .226 last year, Reddick is off to a 3-for-29 start with 13 Ks. His 32-homer 2012 season seems like it was ages ago.
Coco Crisp, CF4/11/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Friday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp recently had a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his left wrist. Defensive specialist Sam Fuld has been starting in Crisp's place and hit a homer Thursday.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold4/11/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) with eight strikeouts against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Donaldson has not started out the season like last year, batting just .220 through the first nine games. Last season he was a huge fantasy surprise batting .314 in April, .330 in May and .303 in June before cooling off a bit. This unfavorable matchup isn't going to help.
Josh Donaldson, 3B4/10/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-22 over his first five games this season but he's 7-for-19 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and five runs over his last four.
Insight: Donaldson hit his first homer of the season Thursday at Minnesota. However, he also struck out two times and has a 13/1 K/BB in 41 at-bats. Donaldson's K/BB in 2013 was 110/76 and he batted .301 with 24 HRs and 93 RBI.
Jim Johnson, RPCold4/10/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Jim Johnson is out as the Oakland's closer. He had another rocky outing Wednesday afternoon, allowing two hits, two walks and two earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Insight: Luke Gregerson and Ryan Cook are the likely next in line for saves, but it appears to be a closer-by-committee until someone grabs the ring and runs with it.
Josh Reddick, RF4/10/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is out of the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Reddick is batting just .103 this spring with a league-leading or is that league worst 13 strikeouts. A day off may be what he needs. Brandon Moss will play in right field and Daric Barton at 1B.
Jim Johnson, RPCold4/9/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Jim Johnson had another rocky outing Wednesday afternoon, allowing two hits, two walks and two earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Insight: The Athletics had a 4-2 lead going into the ninth, but Johnson coughed it up. The only reason he didn't get a blown save is because the A's removed him when it was still 4-3, though the runners on base still belonged to him. He has walked six batters and allowed nine hits and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings this season. Luke Gregerson is likely next in line for saves.
Jesse Chavez, SPHot4/9/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jesse Chavez struck out nine and walked none over seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday afternoon at Minnesota.
Insight: The A's provided him with a four-run lead before he even threw a pitch and he was in line for the win but Jim Johnson had another ninth-inning meltdown. Chavez has picked up two no decisions this season but owns a 1.38 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 13/2 K/BB in 13 innings. He had a 2.22 ERA and a 25/6 K/BB in 28 1/3 innings this spring.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/9/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is back in the lineup after leaving Monday's game with a bruised leg. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He was taken out as a precaution and was never expected to miss any time. Fantasy owners like Lowrie (.286, 1 HR, 4 RBI) because he's eligible at both second base and shortstop.
Coco Crisp, CF4/9/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp will miss his second game in a row Wednesday versus Minnesota. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Crisp recently had a cortisone shot to relieve inflammation in his left wrist. Sam Fuld (.222, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will serve as Oakland's center fielder during Crisp's recovery.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/7/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie exited Monday's game with a bruised right leg. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: He was hit by a pitch. Don't be surprised if Lowrie (.286, 1 HR, 4 RBI) is back in the lineup for Oakland's next game Wednesday against the Twins.
Sam Fuld, LF4/7/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: A's outfielder Sam Fuld will start for Coco Crisp in center Monday afternoon against Minnesota.
Insight: Fuld has batted .308 through the first three games with a .973 OPS. He stole 20 bases once with Tampa Bay (2011), but has never proven to be an everyday player.
Coco Crisp, CF4/7/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Monday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Crisp has been dealing with a sore left wrist. He's getting on base with a 1.055 OPS so far after putting together a solid season in 2013, batting .261 with 22 HR, 66 RBI, 93 runs and 21 stolen bases.
Jed Lowrie, SS4/5/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie had two hits, including a solo homer, Saturday against King Felix and the Mariners.
Insight: Lowrie's homer broke up Hernandez' shutout in the ninth inning. The 29-year-old infielder hit a career-high .290 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, 80 runs and a .790 OPS last season. Lowrie never played more than 97 games in his first five years in the majors but played 154 last year.
Jim Johnson, RPCold4/3/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: A's closer Jim Johnson received a vote of confidence from manager Bob Melvin after Wednesday night's blown save, according to Susan Slusser of the sfgate.com.
Insight: Johnson has given up five runs in two appearances, taking a loss on Monday and blowing the save on Wednesday night. The truth is they have no other good options.
Scott Kazmir, SP4/2/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir held his former team, the Cleveland Indians, scoreless over 7 1/3 three-hit innings Wednesday afternoon in his A's debut. He walked none and struck out five.
Insight: After sitting out all but 1 2/3 innings in 2011 and all of 2012, Kazmir revived his career with the Indians last season. He went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP and 162 Ks in 158 innings and had a 3.06 ERA in his final 103 innings.
Jesse Chavez, RP4/1/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Oakland's Jesse Chavez was scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon against the Indians, but he has been pushed back to Thursday due to Tuesday's rainout. SOURCE: Jane Lee, mlb.com.
Insight: Tuesday's scheduled starter Scott Kazmir will pitch the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, and the Athletics will call someone up to start the second game. Chavez had a 2.22 ERA and a 25/6 K/BB over 28 1/3 innings this spring to win a spot in Oakland's rotation.
Sonny Gray, SP4/1/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Athletics Opening Day starter Sonny Gray took a comebacker off his ankle Monday, but manager Bob Melvin said the young hurler is fine, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Gray struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings Monday against the Indians but took a no decision. He had a 2.67 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 67 Ks in 64 innings as a rookie last year.
Sonny Gray, SP4/1/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Athletics young right-hander Sonny Gray was solid on Opening Day, though he ended up with a no-decision.
Insight: Gray went six innings, yielding five hits and no runs while striking out seven. He inherited the start when A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker went down with injuries. A lot is on the 24-year-old's shoulders, but he has the talent to be a team ace. Hopefully the A's will back him with a few runs next time out.
Joe Blanton, SP3/31/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Joe Blanton is returning to Oakland on a minor league contract. SOURCE: Matt Eddy, Baseball America
Insight: The Angels cut him about a week ago. Blanton hasn't posted an ERA lower than four since 2007. That came during his first stint with the A's.
Craig Gentry, OF3/23/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Oakland outfielder Craig Gentry will open the season on the disabled list. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: He's been slow to recover from a strained back. The A's are expecting him back in mid-April. Until then, Josh Reddick (.226, 12 HR, 56 RBI) will hold down the fort in right field.
Sonny Gray, SP3/23/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: The Athletics will go with Sonny Gray on Opening Day, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: The Athletics really had no other choice but to throw Gray into that spot. They lost Jarrod Parker to Tommy John surgery and will start the year with A.J. Griffin on the DL as well. Gray had a 3.42 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings at Triple-A last season and then went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 67 Ks in 64 innings. The right-hander has a plus fastball, an excellent curveball and also gets a ton of grounders. He should easily outperform his ADP this season.
Scott Kazmir, SP3/18/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir (triceps) will throw a bullpen session this week and return to the rotation Saturday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Kazmir was scratched from Monday's start with triceps tightness. The Athletics rotation has been hit hard by injuries in the past week with A.J. Griffin suffering an elbow injury and Jarrod Parker needing Tommy John surgery, so it's good to see that Kazmir's injury is minor.
Josh Donaldson, 3B3/18/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson will return to the lineup Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Donaldson left Sunday's lineup with minor tightness in his right calf.
Scott Kazmir, SP3/17/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Scott Kazmir was scratched from Monday's start due to left triceps tightness, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: It's been a bad few days for Oakland hurlers. The A's learned Monday that Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery, A.J. Griffin is expected to start the season on the DL due to elbow issues and now Kazmir is dealing with an injury. The good news is that Athletics assistant GM David Forst said Kazmir's injury is minor and he may start Tuesday.
Jarrod Parker, SP3/17/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday and miss the entire season, according to Jane Lee of mlb.com.
Insight: Parker met with Dr. James Andrews Monday to figure out the cause of his forearm tightness, and evidently he has a torn ligament. It's his second time undergoing the surgery. Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone will start the season in the rotation with Parker and A.J. Griffin (elbow) out.
Jarrod Parker, SP3/16/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Athletics don't believe Jarrod Parker (forearm) has any structural damage in his arm, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
Insight: Parker will meet with Dr. James Andrews Monday. He has one Tommy John surgery on his record, but hopefully this isn't that bad. He was 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 2013.
Josh Donaldson, 3B3/16/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson exited Sunday's game with right calf tightness, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: A's manager Bob Melvin said he doesn't think the injury is a big deal and that Donaldson should be in Tuesday's lineup.
A.J. Griffin, SP3/15/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: A.J. Griffin's elbow injury will keep him on the shelf for at least three weeks. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He's been diagnosed with flexor tendinitis. All signs point to Griffin beginning the year on the DL. Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.83 ERA last season) will probably take Griffin's place in the starting rotation.
Tommy Milone, SP3/14/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics lefty Tommy Milone has a good chance of beginning the season in the rotation following injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.
Insight: Milone had an unspectacular 3.92 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 263 strikeouts in 346 1/3 innings the last two seasons.
Jesse Chavez, RP3/14/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone are expected to begin the season in the Athletics rotation following injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Chavez has fired 12 2/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks this spring. He has a career 5.48 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 234 2/3 major league innings but posted a 3.92 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 55 K in 57 1/3 frames with Oakland last season.
A.J. Griffin, SP3/14/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter A.J. Griffin will see a doctor concerning an elbow injury, according to A's beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Griffin could end up missing the start of the season depending upon what the doctor sees. He's struggled this spring with a 10.38 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 8.2 IP. The A's pitching staff is hurting with both Griffin and Jarrod Parker sidelined.
Jarrod Parker, SP3/14/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker has been dealing with tightness in his right forearm and will visit Dr. James Andrews, according to A's beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: It's going to be a crowded waiting room in Dr. Andrews' office on Monday. Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen are also scheduled for that day. Parker has one Tommy John surgery on his record, but hopefully this isn't that bad. He was 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 2013.
Derek Norris, C3/10/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris will be out a few days longer to due a tightness in his back.
Insight: That's not good for a guy who has to squat for the next six months. Norris is expected to do the majority of the A's catching this season. He batted .246 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 264 at-bats last season.
Josh Reddick, RF3/6/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Reddick has started off 2-for-20 and this year he doesn't have a sprained wrist to blame for his struggles.
Josh Donaldson, 3B2/27/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is likely to hit second for Oakland this season, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Donaldson was the No. 2 hitter in 23 of his last 30 starts last season and hit .326 with four homers, 15 RBI, 21 runs and a 1.003 OPS in those games. He's coming off an excellent season in which he hit .301 with 24 homers, 94 RBI, 89 runs and an .883 OPS. He hit .290 with eight homers, 26 RBI and an .844 OPS in his final 47 games of 2012, so his breakout season wasn't unfounded. He's being undervalued in fantasy drafts, especially in yahoo.com leagues where his ADP is 90.
Craig Gentry, CF2/26/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Craig Gentry will be on the shelf for at least ten more days. He's been dealing with a strained lower back. SOURCE: John Hickey, Contra Costa Times
Insight: This won't help Gentry (.280, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 24 SB for Texas in 2013) in his quest to become Oakland's everyday right fielder. He's a late round flier at best.
Ryan Cook, RP2/15/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: A's righthander Ryan Cook is dealing with shoulder soreness and won't be able to pitch for at least the next week. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: Cook posted a sub-three ERA for the second year in a row in 2013. He'll be productive again in 2014, though we wouldn't expect him to see many save opportunities with Jim Johnson pitching the ninth inning.
Coco Crisp, CF2/7/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has agreed a two-year, $22.75 million contract extension.
Insight: Crisp put together a solid season in 2013, batting .261 with 22 HR, 66 RBI, 93 runs and 21 stolen bases. For Crisp, it's usually about staying healthy. Last year, he was able to play in 131 of Oakland's 162 regular season contests.
Sam Fuld, LF2/4/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: The A's have invited former Rays outfielder Sam Fuld to spring training. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: With Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp occupying left and center field respectively, Fuld's best chance to make the team will be as a right fielder. Even if Josh Reddick or Craig Gentry beats him out for the starting job, it's possible that Oakland will hold onto Fuld as a reserve, though he wouldn't have any fantasy value in that role.
Dallas Braden, SP1/14/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Former A's lefthander Dallas Braden is retiring from baseball. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Braden captivated the baseball world with his perfect game against the Rays in 2010. Since then, he's only logged eight victories and hasn't even pitched at the big league level since 2011. He'll retire with a 4.16 ERA in 94 Major League appearances.
Grant Balfour, RP12/20/2013 8:45:00 PM
Description: The Orioles' two-year deal with closer Grant Balfour has fallen through due to medical concerns, but the right-hander claims he is "100 percent fine," according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Balfour saved a career-high 38 games with the Athletics last season and has posted a sub-2.60 ERA in four straight seasons. The O's signed him to close after trading Jim Johnson to Balfour's old team in Oakland, but they backed out.
Craig Gentry, CF12/3/2013 9:32:00 PM
Description: The Rangers sent outfielder Craig Gentry to Oakland as part of a four-player swap. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Gentry was a solid platoon guy for Texas last season, batting .280 with 22 RBI in 246 at bats. The problem is the A's already have a guy like that in Seth Smith. Gentry is only going to see playing time if one of Oakland's starters (Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick) gets injured. Until that happens, he won't have any fantasy significance.
Jim Johnson, RP12/3/2013 7:48:00 PM
Description: The A's have acquired closer Jim Johnson in a trade with Baltimore.
Insight: The Orioles will receive second baseman Jemile Weeks. No player in the majors has more saves than Johnson over the last two seasons (101 saves in 113 chances). He's replacing Grant Balfour, who became a free agent after the season.
Bartolo Colon, SP12/2/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Now that the A's have signed lefthander Scott Kazmir, they're probably out of the running for Bartolo Colon. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: In an unusual move, Billy Beane opened up his pocket book and forked over $22 million for Kazmir, who figures to be a four or five starter at best. Given the team's tight budget, Colon is probably out of the equation. The 40-year-old had a resurgent season in 2013 and shouldn't have any difficulty securing a new contract.
Scott Kazmir, SP12/2/2013 3:16:00 PM
Description: The Oakland A's have agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with lefthander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP last season in Cleveland. He was especially good in September, going 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.214 WHIP in the season's final month.
Philip Humber, SP11/2/2013 9:01:00 PM
Description: The A's have signed former White Sox and Astros starter Philip Humber to a minor league contract. SOURCE: Matt Eddy, Baseball America
Insight: Humber owns a 16-23 record in 97 big league appearances. His best season came in 2011 when he went 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 28 games for the White Sox.
Josh Reddick, RF10/31/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick had wrist surgery on Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Reddick followed up his breakout 2012 campaign with a disappointing season in 2013 (.226, 12 HR, 56 RBI in 114 games). He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Josh Reddick, RF10/14/2013 3:27:00 PM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick is headed for surgery on his right wrist. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: Reddick followed up his breakout 2012 campaign with a disappointing season in 2013 (.226, 12 HR, 56 RBI in 114 games). It's possible the wrist injury contributed to his struggles. Reddick's power should return next season but we wouldn't expect him to hit better than .250 (.239 career average).
Sonny Gray, SP10/14/2013 3:23:00 PM
Description: Further testing on Sonny Gray's injured thumb revealed a torn UCL. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: The injury will require surgery. Gray is righthanded and the torn UCL is on his left thumb, so he won't have to worry about the injury affecting his mechanics. Gray (5-3, 2.67 ERA) had a strong rookie season and should be a nice fantasy option in 2014.
Jarrod Parker, SP10/11/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker has been dealing with tightness in his right elbow so he'll have an MRI, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Insight: Parker has one Tommy John surgery on his record, but manager Bob Melvin said this tightness is not to the same extent as that injury. The A's were eliminated from the postseason by the Tigers Thursday night.
Sonny Gray, SP10/11/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: A's rookie pitcher Sonny Gray suffered a broken left thumb after he was hit by Prince Fielder in the fifth inning of Thursday's game with Detroit, according to a CSNBayArea.com report.
Insight: It's his non-throwing hand, so he should be fine when spring training rolls around. Gray pitched very well down the stretch, going 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 10 regular season starts.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B10/10/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: The A's are switching things up at second base. After starting Eric Sogard at second in the first four games of the series, Alberto Callaspo will start there Thursday in Game 5 against Detroit. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: TBS' Keith Olbermann alluded to this on last night's Pirates/Cardinals broadcast so the move isn't completely out of left field. Callaspo is 1-for-3 in the series with a double while Sogard has gone 0-for-9 in ten plate appearances (one walk).
Josh Reddick, RF10/10/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick has had a tough season and it won't get any easier Thursday against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
Insight: Reddick is a .154 lifetime hitter versus Verlander, though he's done well against the rest of Detroit's pitching staff (.341 in 41 at bats). Verlander should be in it for the long haul (he pitched seven innings in Game 2) so it's tough to envision Reddick having any level of success in Game 5.
Sonny Gray, SPHot10/9/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: The A's will give rookie Sonny Gray a chance to be the hero Thursday night against the Tigers.
Insight: He'll get the ball for the decisive Game 5 a mere five days after limiting Detroit to four hits in a Game 2 no-decision (the A's would later win on a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth). Oakland's other option for Game 5 was Bartolo Colon, who will probably be available out of the bullpen should Gray get knocked out of the game early. The winner of Thursday's game will head to Fenway Park to play the Red Sox in the ALCS on Saturday.
Coco Crisp, CF10/8/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .400 hitter (6-for-15) against Detroit right-hander Doug Fister with a pair of triples and a 1.067 OPS.
Insight: Crisp is 3-for-9 with three walks and a pair of extra base hits in the first three games of the series. He's a must start.
Josh Reddick, RFCold10/7/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick is hitless in six at bats versus Game 3 starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: This has been a year to forget for Reddick who blasted 28 homers last season, but managed just 12 in 114 games this year. He's 1-for-7 in the series with Detroit and should be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Seth Smith, OF10/7/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Oakland DH Seth Smith is a career 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs and a 1.186 OPS against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Smith didn't do much this season batting .253 with eight homers and 40 RBI in 368 at-bats, but this is a favorable matchup. He went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Tigers.
Jarrod Parker, SP10/7/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker gets the tough assignment - starting Game 3 against Tigers in Detroit.
Insight: Parker faced the Tigers just once this season and it didn't turn out well for the right-hander. He pitched 3 1/3 innings back in April and gave up nine hits and eight earned runs.
Josh Reddick, RF10/5/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick went hitless in Monday's playoff opener and he faces another tough matchup with Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers on Saturday.
Insight: The Detroit righthander has limited Reddick to a .154 average in 13 career at bats. Reddick (.226, 12 HR, 56 RBI) regressed in a major way this year after a breakout 2012 campaign (.242, 32 HR, 85 RBI). We're guessing he won't be much of a factor in this series.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF10/4/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) was throwing on Thursday and is now expected to play left field in Friday's ALDS series opener against Detroit.
Insight: At worst, Cespedes would be the DH, so his bat will be in the lineup either way. The outfielder's September was his best month this season as he batted .314 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .907 OPS. He's 0-for-2 with two walks versus Tigers Game 1 starter Max Scherzer.
Sonny Gray, SP10/1/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics rookie pitcher Sonny Gray will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers.
Insight: The 23-year-old went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 64 innings this season. The A's have never been averse to throwing their young pitchers into the fire. Just last year, rookies Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin started for the team in the ALDS against Detroit. The Athletics will follow Bartolo Colon in Game 1 and Gray in Game 2 with Jarrod Parker in Game 3 and Dan Straily in Game 4.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot10/1/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Bartolo Colon will start Game 1 of the ALDS Friday against the Detroit Tigers. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Colon finished second in the American League with both a 2.65 ERA and 18 wins. In two starts against the Tigers this season, Colon threw 12 innings, allowed four runs on 15 hits and struck out six with no walks.
A.J. Griffin, SP10/1/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter A.J. Griffin will miss the ALDS against the Tigers due to an elbow injury, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: A's manager Bob Melvin said that Griffin has been dealing with elbow tendinitis for awhile and that it has been getting worse. The right-hander tossed an even 200 innings this year and while he allowed a major-league-high 36 home runs, Griffin went 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA, 171 strikeouts and a 1.13 WHIP. He hopes to return for the ALCS if the Athletics make it that far.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF10/1/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) took batting practice Tuesday and thinks he'll play Friday in Game 1 of the ALDS against Detroit, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Cespedes had his best month of the season in September despite battling a shoulder injury. He hit .314 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .907 OPS during the month and .240 with 26 homers, 80 RBI and a .737 OPS on the year.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/29/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will sit out Sunday's regular season finale because of a sore shoulder.
Insight: He'll have about three or four days to heal up before the A's host Detroit in the ALDS. Cespedes will finish the regular season with a career-high 26 HR in 135 games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/28/2013 8:59:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doubtful for Sunday's game against Texas. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He missed Saturday's game with a shoulder injury. Cespedes (.240, 26 HR, 80 RBI) has missed 26 games due to injury this season.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/28/2013 1:35:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cespedes left Friday's game after aggravating his shoulder injury on a swing. He'll probably miss Sunday's game as well.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot9/28/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss' lone hit Friday night was a three-run homer in the first inning off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Hernandez didn't give up any more runs after that. Moss has crushed 11 homers and driven in 30 runs while hitting .316/.416/.758 over his last 32 games and now has 29 homers, 84 RBI and an .854 OPS on the season.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot9/28/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Bartolo Colon struck out eight and allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in his final start of the regular season Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: The 40-year-old went 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his final four starts and won 18 games with six losses, a 2.65 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and a 1.37 BB/9 on the year. His performance really came out of nowhere after he went just 32-40 with a 4.38 ERA in 573 2/3 innings from 2006-12 and was suspended for PED use last season.
Nate Freiman, 1B9/27/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: A's first baseman Nate Freiman is questionable for Friday's game against the Seattle with a strained ab muscle.
Insight: The 26-year-old rookie is batting .275 with four homers and 24 RBI in 189 at-bats, but he's just a part-time guy and has little fantasy value.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot9/26/2013 12:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has batted .400 with five homers, 15 RBI, 19 runs and a 1.201 OPS over his last 20 games.
Insight: Donaldson only hit .245 with a .717 OPS in his first 42 games after the All-Star break, but his success over his last 20 has raised his second-half splits to .296/.396/.482.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/25/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is hitless in eight at bats versus Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: The 27-year-old Donaldson is in the midst of a breakout season and is hitting .305 with a career-high 24 HR and 92 RBI. This is a poor matchup, however, to be avoided.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFHot9/24/2013 1:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes tested his throwing shoulder on Monday and could start playing games in the outfield again.
Insight: For fantasy owners it doesn't really matter whether he plays the outfield or DH, just that his bat is in the lineup. His September (.338, 6 HR, 19 RBI) was the most productive month of the season.
Nate Freiman, 1B9/24/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: A's first baseman Nate Freiman is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Angels with a strained ab muscle.
Insight: The 26-year-old rookie is batting .275 with four homers and 24 RBI in 189 at-bats, but he's just a part-time guy and has little fantasy value.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFHot9/21/2013 9:32:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes went yard Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: Cespedes, who will likely DH for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury, went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in the game. September has been Cespedes' best month this season, as he has hit .361 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 18 games. He batted .237 or lower in each of the previous five months.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B9/21/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: Oakland second baseman Alberto Callaspo hit his ninth home run of the season, drove in three runs and had four hits in five at-bats Saturday versus the Twins.
Insight: Callaspo is hitting .277 with four homers and 18 RBI in 44 games with the Oakland Athletics. He hit .252 with five homers and 36 RBI in 86 games with the Angels prior to being traded.
Jarrod Parker, SP9/21/2013 9:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker improved to 12-7 with six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: Parker allowed just four hits and didn't walk a batter to bounce back from giving up seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings his last time out. The right-hander is 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 158 1/3 innings since starting out 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA.
Coco Crisp, CF9/21/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp was scratched from Saturday's lineup to protect him from, a wet field, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The A's and Twins experienced a lengthy rain delay and Oakland doesn't want to risk Crisp getting injured with October nearing.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot9/21/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: A's ace Bartolo Colon stayed hot by tossing six shutout innings Friday in a win over Minnesota.
Insight: The 40-year-old has been brilliant down the stretch. Over his three-game win streak, he's held opponents to one run in 20 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio over that span is 22 to three.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/20/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) is back in the lineup Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes (.243, 24 HR, 76 RBI) is serving as the DH Friday and is likely to do that going forward while he deals with a shoulder injury that required a cortisone shot.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/20/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes didn't play Thursday against Minnesota and is questionable for Friday's game against Minnesota after getting a cortisone shot.
Insight: Cespedes (.243, 24 HR, 76 RBI) is likely to DH instead of playing in the outfield for a few more days when he returns which the team hopes will be on Friday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/19/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes won't play Thursday against Minnesota. SOURCE: John Hickey, Contra Costa Times
Insight: Cespedes (.243, 24 HR, 76 RBI) received a cortisone injection in his shoulder earlier today. The A's are hoping to have him back for Friday's contest.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFHot9/17/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes' MRI revealed tendinitis but no tear in his right shoulder, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Insight: Cespedes will continue to play, mostly at DH. He's hitting .389 with three homers, 13 RBI and a 1.051 OPS in 14 games this month.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/16/2013 8:22:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie won't play Monday versus the Angels but if he makes it through batting practice tomorrow, he should be able to play on Tuesday. SOURCE: John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Lowrie has been battling hamstring tightness. Andy Parrino is filling in at shortstop on Monday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/16/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has returned to the starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes got dinged up over the weekend but he's feeling better and will bat cleanup Monday against Los Angeles. By now, fantasy owners know what to expect from Cespedes: big power numbers (21 HR) with a low contact rate (.241 AVG, 127 K's).
Jarrod Parker, SP9/16/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Oakland righthander Jarrod Parker will make the start Monday against the Angels.
Insight: He had his start pushed back a day because of an illness. The red-hot Parker (11-6, 3.55 ERA) hasn't lost a game since May 22nd.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/16/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: In his first season with more than 400 at-bats, Lowrie has produced solid numbers with a .284 batting average, 12 HR, 67 RBI and 70 runs scored.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/16/2013 12:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels due to right shoulder soreness.
Insight: Cespedes hurt himself diving for a ball in left field recently and will get an MRI on Monday. For the season he's batting .241 with 23 HR and 74 RBI, but his OPS has dropped from 861 last season to .738 this season.
Jarrod Parker, SP9/15/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: A's righthander Jarrod Parker will not be able to make his scheduled start Sunday against Texas. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He's battling the flu. Tommy Milone is making the emergency start in Parker's place.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/15/2013 2:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to right shoulder soreness, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Cespedes hurt himself diving for a ball in left field recently and it might be a while before he's pain-free. He'll undergo an MRI, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot9/14/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Bartolo Colon fired eight scoreless frames Saturday in a win over Texas.
Insight: Colon hit a rough patch right after the All-Star break but he's been brilliant since coming off the DL on August 29th. Over that span, he's 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings. The 16 wins Colon has collected this season are his most since 2005 when he won the Cy Young Award for Anaheim (21-8 that season).
Josh Reddick, RF9/14/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 1-for-11 with six strikeouts against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Reddick sprained his wrist back in April and has dealt with complications at several points this season. Aside from a two-game stretch on Aug. 9-10 when he hit five homers, Reddick has had a miserable season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/14/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: The 27-year-old Donaldson is in the midst of a breakout season and is hitting .301 with a career-high 22 HR and 87 RBI. This is a poor matchup, however, to be avoided.
Brett Anderson, SP9/14/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Oakland lefthander Brett Anderson left Friday's game against Texas due to back spasms.
Insight: The oft-injured Anderson, who missed about four months with a stress fracture in his right foot, had made 16 pitches and walked two batters before exiting. in his current relief role he has little fantasy value.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/13/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is 4-for-14 with three home runs versus lefty Derek Holland.
Insight: Cespedes had a huge second half last season and again this year posted better after the All-Star break numbers (.274, .781 OPS) than early season (.225, .713 OPS).
A.J. Griffin, SP9/12/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter A.J. Griffin ran his winning streak to four in a row Thursday against Minnesota.
Insight: He allowed just one run in seven innings (8 K's, 1 BB). Oddly enough, Griffin's ERA during the winning streak hasn't been that impressive (3.60 in 25 innings of work).
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/12/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp hit his ninth homer in his last 19 games Wednesday night.
Insight: Crisp has blown away his previous career high of 16 homers and now has 19. The outfielder averaged 7.3 home runs per season from 2006-12.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/12/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie drove in four runs Wednesday night at Minnesota.
Insight: Lowrie's two hits were a double and a homer. He has 43 two-base hits and 12 homers to go with 66 RBI and a .287/.343/.440 slash this season. The oft-injured shortstop has turned in a completely healthy season to this point, already exceeding his previous high in plate appearances by 210.
Josh Reddick, RF9/12/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (wrist) is back in the lineup Thursday after being activated from the DL Wednesday.
Insight: Reddick sprained his wrist back in April and has dealt with complications at several points this season. Aside from a two-game stretch on Aug. 9-10 when he hit five homers, Reddick has had a miserable season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Josh Reddick, RF9/11/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday despite being activated from the 15-day DL yesterday.
Insight: Reddick sprained his wrist back in April and has dealt with complications at several points this season. Aside from a two-game stretch on Aug. 9-10 when he hit five homers, Reddick has had a miserable season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Josh Reddick, RF9/10/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (wrist) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday despite being activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: Reddick sprained his wrist back in April and has dealt with complications at several points this season. Aside from a two-game stretch on Aug. 9-10 when he hit five homers, Reddick has had a miserable season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/7/2013 9:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie slugged a solo home run Saturday against Houston.
Insight: Lowrie only has 11 home runs this season, but fantasy owners shouldn't mind because he has played a career-high 136 games and hit .290 with 42 doubles, 62 RBI, 67 runs and a .786 OPS.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFHot9/7/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has picked up 11 hits and two home runs in 28 at-bats this month.
Insight: Cespedes entered September with a .226 average and a .704 OPS. He's up to .236 and .723 after this recent stretch. A strong final month will help his draft stock next season after a mostly miserable 2013.
Dan Straily, SPHot9/7/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Dan Straily two-hit the Astros over seven shutout innings Saturday night to win his ninth game of the season.
Insight: Straily has gone 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last three starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.56 to 4.15 in the process.
Grant Balfour, RP9/7/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: A's closer Grant Balfour threw 37 pitched on Friday night and manager Bob Melvin says he won't be used Saturday for sure and possibly Sunday as well.
Insight: Balfour is an All-Star who has posted a 0-3 record this season with 37 saves, a 2.59 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He's blown just two save attempts all year.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/7/2013 1:05:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crisp is in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak which has included four home runs. He has rarely displayed power like this over his entire career. He has hit .306 with a 1.077 OPS and eight homers over his last 20 games. Fantasy owners don't want him to have a day off right now, but unfortunately, it's not up to them.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/4/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: Crisp hasn't displayed power like this his entire career. He has hit .351 with three doubles, eight homers and 14 RBI over his last 14 games and has a career-high 18 longballs this season.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B9/4/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Alberto Callaspo seems like a smart fantasy play Wednesday against Texas.
Insight: That's because Callaspo is a .438 lifetime hitter versus Yu Darvish. He's hitting .323 over his last eight games.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/3/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (shin) is in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers after fouling a ball off his leg Monday.
Insight: That's good news because Crisp is 17-for-48 (.354) with seven homers in his last 12 games and a homer in his last three. This really came out of nowhere -- Crisp had hit .184 with two home runs and a .497 OPS in 45 games from June 18 to Aug. 19.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/3/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is questionable for Tuesday's game against Texas with a bruised right shin.
Insight: Crisp is 17-for-48 (.354) with seven homers in his last 12 games and a homer in his last three. This really came out of nowhere -- Crisp had hit .184 with two home runs and a .497 OPS in 45 games from June 18 to Aug. 19. It would be a shame if an injury slowed his streak.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF9/2/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has hit .243 with six homers since the All-Star break.
Insight: Those are disappointing results for a player who struggled in the first half but put on a great show in winning the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break and possesses All-Star potential. After going 2-for-4 with a round-tripper Monday, Cespedes is batting .231 with 21 homers, 62 RBI and a .716 OPS this season.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/2/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp went deep for the third straight game Monday against Texas.
Insight: Crisp is 17-for-48 (.354) with seven homers in his last 12 games. This really came out of nowhere -- Crisp had hit .184 with two home runs and a .497 OPS in 45 games from June 18 to Aug. 19.
Coco Crisp, CFHot9/2/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has homered in five out of his last ten games. However, it may be tough for him to keep that streak going Monday against Derek Holland.
Insight: Crisp has only managed two hits in 14 at bats against the lefthander. Crisp (.258, 16 HR, 48 RBI, 17 SB) and the A's are one game behind Texas for the AL West lead.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/2/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson could be in for a nice afternoon Monday against Texas.
Insight: Donaldson has always done well against lefthander Derek Holland (5-for-11 with a home run and two RBI). If you were one of the owners who took a flier on Donaldson in the late rounds last March, it's paying off big time. The 27-year-old is hitting .292 with a career-high 19 HR in 134 appearances in 2013.
A.J. Griffin, SP9/1/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: A's righthander A.J. Griffin was dominant against the Rays on Sunday.
Insight: Griffin held Tampa Bay to one run and five hits in seven innings of work. The seven strikeouts Griffin (12-9, 3.84 ERA) registered were his most since August 4th versus Texas. He'll take the mound again Friday versus Houston.
Josh Reddick, RF9/1/2013 2:52:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick said that he has had no pain in his wrist for the past day and a half and hopes to come off the DL when eligible. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Reddick sprained his wrist back in April and has dealt with complications at several points this season. Aside from a two-game stretch on Aug. 9-10 when he hit five homers, Reddick has had a miserable season. He can be avoided for the rest of the season.
Jarrod Parker, SPHot9/1/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter threw six quality starts and went 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in August.
Insight: Parker hasn't lost since May 22 and is 10-6 with a 3.59 ERA this season.
Sonny Gray, SP9/1/2013 8:38:00 AM
Description: Oakland starter Sonny Gray struck out seven batters and scattered five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the Rays Saturday night.
Insight: The 23-year-old had his worst start of the month his last time out, allowing six runs over 3 1/3 innings. He's 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 31 K in 31 innings since joining the rotation on Aug. 10. The 2011 first-round pick should be added in all formats.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot8/29/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: A's first baseman Brandon Moss bopped another homer Thursday in a loss to the Tigers.
Insight: It was the first baseman's seventh blast in his last ten contests. Moss still strikes out a lot (seven whiffs in his last five outings) but when he makes contact, he can really give that ball a ride. His 25 homers this year are a career-high.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/29/2013 7:33:00 PM
Description: A's righthander Bartolo Colon pitched well in his return from a strained groin Thursday against the Tigers (5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 K, 0 BB).
Insight: He would have picked up the win too, if not for Torii Hunter's game-winning homer in the ninth inning. Colon's numbers this year are a bit puzzling. Though he boasts a strong ERA (2.94 in 25 starts), opponents have actually hit pretty well against him (.270 AVG). Colon's next start is Tuesday against Texas.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot8/28/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Oakland first baseman Brandon Moss lit up the scoreboard Wednesday night against Detroit.
Insight: He finished the game with four hits, two homers and six RBI. Moss is in the midst of a giant power surge with six homers in his last nine contests. His batting average has risen by 14 points over that span (.238 to .252).
Tommy Milone, SP8/28/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: The Athletics sent lefthander Tommy Milone down to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.
Insight: They did it to make room on the roster for Brett Anderson. He'll be back up when the rosters expand to 40 at the start of September.
Brett Anderson, SP8/28/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland lefthander Brett Anderson has been activated from the 60-day DL.
Insight: Don't get too excited. The A's are using him as a reliever this time around. Anderson, who missed about four months with a stress fracture in his right foot, has only made one relief appearance in five seasons.
Coco Crisp, CFHot8/28/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .500 hitter against Detroit right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: Crisp is playing his best ball of the season, batting .450 this week and .306 over the past four week. He's produced that nice combination of speed (16 SB) and power (14 HR) that fantasy owners crave.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/27/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have confirmed that Bartolo Colon (groin) will start Thursday at Detroit, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Insight: Colon lost two straight starts and posted a 13.50 ERA prior to going on the disabled list with a groin injury, but he had gone 11-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 15 starts before that.
Coco Crisp, CFHot8/27/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .364 hitter (8-for-22) against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Crisp is on fire with three hits on Monday night and nine hits (three home runs) in his last 18 at-bats. Despite facing a Cy Young Award winner, Crisp is a must start on Tuesday.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/26/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland ace Bartolo Colon expects to return Thursday against Detroit. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Colon was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained groin. The 40-year-old righthander got off to an excellent start (12-3, 2.70 ERA before the All-Star break) but hasn't been able to keep it up in the second half (2-2, 4.23).
Josh Reddick, RF8/26/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: As expected, the A's have placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Reddick is out with a sprained wrist. Chris Young (.192, 11 HR, 34 RBI) will hold down the fort in right field while he's gone.
Josh Reddick, RF8/26/2013 11:12:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick aggravated his right wrist injury and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick (.213, 10 HR, 46 RBI) has been dealing with right wrist issues since he sprained it back in April. He has aggravated it twice this week.
Josh Reddick, RF8/25/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick aggravated his right wrist injury and had to leave Sunday's game.
Insight: Reddick has been dealing with right wrist issues since he sprained it back in April. He has aggravated it twice this week.
Jarrod Parker, SPHot8/25/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Going back to late May, Athletics starter Jarrod Parker has won eight straight decisions.
Insight: After starting out 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first seven starts, Parker is 9-1 with a 2.58 ERA over his last 19. His overall numbers -- 10-6, 3.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP -- are very similar to last season.
Jarrod Parker, SPHot8/24/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: A's righthander Jarrod Parker moved his record to 10-6 with a win Saturday at Baltimore (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K's).
Insight: He's 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA this month with 31 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings. Parker is only available in about 20 percent of leagues so you better hurry.
Josh Reddick, RF8/24/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (sprained his right wrist) is in the lineup for Saturday's game with Baltimore.
Insight: Reddick sprained the same wrist back in April and spent three weeks on the disabled list in May with discomfort. This time he missed just two games.
Coco Crisp, CF8/23/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp dismantled the Orioles Friday at Camden Yards.
Insight: Crisp provided four hits including his 12th home run of the season in the third inning. Before tonight, Crisp's last four-hit game came on June 3rd against Milwaukee.
Kurt Suzuki, C8/23/2013 2:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland has re-acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki in a trade with Washington.
Insight: He'll fill in while Derek Norris and John Jaso are out with injuries. Suzuki will be more useful to the A's than to fantasy owners with his .223 batting average and .595 OPS.
Josh Reddick, RF8/23/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick sprained his right wrist again Wednesday and is doubtful for Friday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Reddick sprained the same wrist back in April and spent three weeks on the disabled list in May with discomfort. We await MRI results. Chris Young would become the starting right fielder if Reddick has to miss an extended period of time.
A.J. Griffin, SP8/21/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter A.J. Griffin has allowed 12 homers over his last 41 2/3 innings (2.59 HR/9).
Insight: He somehow has managed to post a less-than-terrible 4.32 ERA in that span. He gave up two longballs and four earned runs over six innings Wednesday against the Mariners and has a 3.84 ERA despite carrying a 4.73 FIP.
Brandon Moss, 1B8/21/2013 7:57:00 PM
Description: With a solo home run Wednesday, Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss reached 20 homers for the second straight season.
Insight: It took him just 265 at-bats to hit 21 homers last season, but it has taken a little longer this year to reach 20. In 352 at-bats, Moss is hitting .241 with 56 RBI and a .782 OPS, down 172 points from 2012.
Coco Crisp, CF8/21/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp (wrist) went deep for the 11th time this season Wednesday afternoon against Seattle.
Insight: He hit a leadoff bomb off Hisashi Iwakuma. Crisp's wrist appears to be OK when hitting against right-handers, but the switch-hitter cannot bat right-handed without soreness and likely will sit against southpaws in the near future.
Josh Reddick, RF8/21/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick sprained his right wrist again Wednesday and will undergo an MRI, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Insight: Reddick sprained the same wrist back in April and spent three weeks on the disabled list in May with discomfort. Chris Young would become the starting right fielder if Reddick has to miss an extended period of time.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF8/21/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has a career .400 batting average with three homers against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Last year Cespedes had a huge second half with 14 HR and a .909 OPS in his final 75 games, but that hasn't materialized this time around. He's only been slightly improved over the first half posting a .240 batting average with five homers and 15 RBI in 26 games.
Derek Norris, C8/21/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris broke his left toe Tuesday, according to beat reporter Kate Longworth.
Insight: Norris is batting .232 this season with eight homers and 26 RBI so his fantasy value is minimal and starter John Jaso is already sidelined. With no other obvious options we await to see if he'll play through the injury or the team digs deep to find another catcher.
Coco Crisp, CF8/20/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp (wrist) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Insight: Crisp made his first start since Aug. 11 Monday night, but he's out Tuesday against lefty Joe Saunders because his wrist bothers him more when he's batting right-handed.
Coco Crisp, CF8/19/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp (wrist) is back in the starting lineup Monday night against Seattle.
Insight: Crisp has only had one at-bat since Aug. 11. He produced most of his numbers in April and has been slipping ever since.
Bartolo Colon, SPCold8/17/2013 7:14:00 PM
Description: The A's have placed starter Bartolo Colon on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Colon has been bothered by a strained left groin. That might explain why he's struggled over his past two outings (0-2, 13.50 ERA).
Coco Crisp, CF8/17/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is still out with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Instead, Yoenis Cespedes will get the start in center field Saturday against Cleveland. Crisp, who is hitting .249 in 95 games this season, last played on Tuesday.
Sonny Gray, SP8/15/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Sonny Gray captured his first big league victory Thursday versus Houston.
Insight: In just his second career start, Gray allowed only four hits in eight scoreless innings. He fanned nine of the 29 batters he faced. The 23-year-old's next start is scheduled for Tuesday against Seattle.
Nate Freiman, 1B8/15/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: A's first baseman Nate Freiman jolted four hits Thursday in a win over Houston.
Insight: Thursday was the first four-hit game of Freiman's career. The 26-year-old rookie has held his own in the big leagues so far. In 61 games, he's batting .286 with three homers and 22 RBI.
Jarrod Parker, SP8/15/2013 10:03:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA over his last three starts. He threw 8 1/3 innings and allowed one run on eight hits Wednesday against Houston to drop his ERA to 3.87.
Insight: Parker's HR/9 is up 0.61 from his rookie year, but he has only allowed 0.77 HR/9 over his last 105 2/3 innings and has a 2.73 ERA in that span.
Coco Crisp, CF8/14/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (wrist) will be limited to pinch-running for the next day or two after having a cortisone shot in his left wrist, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp will miss his third straight game Wednesday due to wrist discomfort and likely won't start until Saturday at the earliest. He's hitting just .205 since the All-Star break.
Coco Crisp, CF8/14/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (wrist) is still out of the lineup, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp will miss his third straight game Wednesday due to wrist discomfort. He's batting .249 with 58 runs scored, 16 steals and 10 homers, but most of his work was done pre-All-Star game. He's posted a .205 batting average since then.
Brett Anderson, SP8/13/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Brett Anderson (foot) is expected to return to the team as a reliever when he's ready to come off the disabled list, according to Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Kroner said that manager Bob Melvin "strongly suggested" Tuesday that Anderson would be used out of the bullpen. The lefty has been out since late April due to a sprained right ankle that developed into a right foot stress fracture.
Coco Crisp, CF8/13/2013 4:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Tuesday's starting lineup against Toronto due to a sore left wrist.
Insight: Crisp left Sunday's game with the injury. He's batting .249 with 58 runs scored, 16 steals and 10 homers, but most of his work was done pre-All-Star game. He's posted a .205 batting average since then.
Chris Young, CF8/13/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: Oakland outfielder Chris Young homered on Monday and should get another chance to start Tuesday (Coco Crisp injury) as he's got a favorable matchup against Houston's Jordan Lyles.
Insight: He's batting an ugly .196 this season, but might be worth a flier as he's 5-for-9 (.556) against Lyles.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B8/12/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: A's second baseman Alberto Callaspo broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the ninth inning Monday versus the Blue Jays.
Insight: Callaspo finished the game with two hits. He's batting .292 with four RBI since joining the A's at the trade deadline.
Dan Straily, SP8/12/2013 2:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Dan Straily will come away with a no-decision on Monday afternoon, but he pitched much better than he had in his previous three outings.
Insight: Straily allowed six hits and one earned run over 7 1/3 innings at Toronto. He's not a big strikeout guy and has limited fantasy value.
Coco Crisp, CF8/12/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Monday's starting lineup against Toronto due to a sore left wrist.
Insight: Crisp left Sunday's game and was unlikely to play on Monday. He's batting .249 with 58 runs scored, 16 steals and 10 homers, but most of his work was done pre-All-Star game. He's posted a .205 batting average since then.
Coco Crisp, CF8/12/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is doubtful for Monday's game against Toronto with a sore left wrist, according to beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Crisp left Sunday's game and is unlikely to play on Monday. He's batting .249 with 58 runs scored, 16 steals and 10 homers, but most of his work was done pre-All-Star game. He's posted a .205 batting average since then.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/11/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has hit just .133 in 15 career at-bats versus R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays.
Insight: Crisp has hit .290 in August after batting a pathetic .186 in July, but he shouldn't be started Sunday with Dickey on the mound.
Sonny Gray, RP8/10/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: In his first major league start Saturday, Athletics prospect Sonny Gray gave up two earned runs (four total) on four hits in six innings versus Toronto. He struck out five and walked three.
Insight: Gray, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, had a 3.42 ERA and a 118/39 K/BB in 118 1/3 innings with Triple-A Sacramento and is likely to remain in the rotation. The 23-year-old should be owned in all 12-team leagues.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/10/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick hit two more home runs and drove in three Saturday after swatting three homers Friday night.
Insight: The power surge has really come out of nowhere, as Reddick was hitless in his last 20 at-bats and had just five home runs all season prior to Friday's game.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/10/2013 2:08:00 PM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick had a monster night Friday against the Blue Jays and apparently woke up still smokin'.
Insight: Reddick swatted three homers and drove in five of Oakland's 14 runs on Friday and homered to right in his first at-bat on Saturday. For those keeping track that's four homers in his last five plate appearances.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/9/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie ripped four hits Friday in a blowout win over Toronto.
Insight: He finished with four RBI, his most in a game since April 15th against the Astros. Lowrie has been one of the league's most productive offensive shortstops in 2013. Friday's four-hit effort raised his average from .288 to .295.
Josh Reddick, RF8/9/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: A's right fielder Josh Reddick had a monster night Friday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Reddick swatted three homers and drove in five of Oakland's 14 runs. Friday was his first multi-home run game since September 27th versus Texas. Prior to tonight, Reddick had been hitless in his last 19 at bats.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B8/9/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Oakland infielder Alberto Callaspo is questionable for Friday's game against Toronto, though he said he expects to play.
Insight: He bruised his forearm on a play at the plate, but it wasn't anything serious. Callaspo has been splitting reps with Eric Sogard at second base since being acquired from the Angels at this year's trade deadline.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold8/7/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson's home run Wednesday afternoon against the Reds was his first since the All-Star break.
Insight: Donaldson came into Wednesday's game hitting .186 with one extra-base hit, zero RBI, 18 K and a .537 OPS in 17 games since the break. He batted .310 with 16 homers, 61 RBI and a .900 OPS before the Midsummer Classic.
Alberto Callaspo, 2B8/7/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland infielder Alberto Callaspo expects to play Friday against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.com
Insight: He bruised his forearm on a play at the plate but it wasn't anything serious. Callaspo has been splitting reps with Eric Sogard at second base since being acquired from the Angels at this year's trade deadline.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/7/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: Oakland starter Bartolo Colon had one of his worst outings of the season Wednesday against the Reds (2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB).
Insight: Colon (14-4, 2.75 ERA) can usually throw in the mid-90s but today his fastball never reached higher than 91. Manager Bob Melvin said a stomach bug may have had something to do with his struggles. Wednesday's loss ended a 15-game quality start streak for the veteran.
Alberto Callaspo, 3B8/7/2013 2:11:00 PM
Description: A's third baseman Alberto Callaspo left Wednesday afternoon's game with Cincinnati after hurting his left arm on a play at the plate.
Insight: With little power, no speed and a mediocre batting average, Callaspo has been a bad fantasy option, even for AL-only owners. This injury shouldn't change any fantasy lineups down the road.
Derek Norris, C8/7/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: Oakland catcher Derek Norris is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. Stephen Vogt will get the start.
Insight: Norris is batting just .217 this season with eight homers and 25 RBI so his fantasy value is minimal. Vogt hit well at Triple-A (.324, 13 HR, 58 RBI in 75 games), but has done very little in limited at-bats with the A's.
Seth Smith, OF8/7/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Oakland DH Seth Smith is a career 6-for-14 (.429) with three home runs and a 1.571 OPS against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Since leaving the thin Colorado air, Smith has done little to excite fantasy owners. He's batting .243 with a .728 OPS in 214 games with the A's, but this is a favorable matchup.
Dan Straily, SPCold8/6/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland pitcher Dan Straily failed to get out of the fifth inning Tuesday for the third straight start.
Insight: Straily allowed six hits and two earned runs over four innings at Cincinnati and has a 4.41 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP this season. Straily has been a disaster with men on base, stranding just 66.6 percent of his baserunners this season.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot8/5/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: According to a Ken Rosenthal report, Bartolo Colon will not be hit with any further suspension.
Insight: The 40-year-old has gone 14-3 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP this season after being suspended for 50 games last year.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFHot8/3/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes homered in his first at-bat against Matt Garza on Saturday, his second home run in five days - he's warming up.
Insight: This, after he went 25 games without reaching the seats. He's 9-for-24 (.375) over his last five games plus one at-bats. Time to hop on board the Cespedes train. Last year he had a huge second half with 14 HR and a .909 OPS in his final 75 games.
Seth Smith, OF8/3/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Oakland DH Seth Smith is a career 2-for-15 (.133) against Texas starter Matt Garza with five strikeouts.
Insight: Since leaving the thin Colorado air, Smith has done little to excite fantasy owners. He's batting .244 with a .729 OPS in 213 games with the A's. Look elsewhere for outfield help.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/3/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is just 2-for-17 (.118) against Texas right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Crisp started the season on fire (.283, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 24 runs, 8 SB, .943 OPS in April), but hasn't batted above .250 over the past two months. This matchup isn't likely to get him started.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold8/2/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: After an All-Star type first half, Oakland 3B Josh Donaldson has fallen apart in the 13 games since the "Summer Classic."
Insight: Talk about a cold streak. He's batting .196 with an ugly .557 OPS and 14 strikeouts. Remove Donaldson from your lineup until he finds his swing.
Josh Reddick, RF8/2/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (headaches) is probable for Friday's game against Texas.
Insight: Reddick has experienced a massive decline in numbers this season, especially in the power department. He hit 32 homers last year, but has just five this season with an ugly .636 OPS.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot7/30/2013 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to Yahoo! Sports, the players involved with Biogenesis who already have been suspended for positive tests in the past -- Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal and Melky Cabrera -- are likely to avoid another suspension.
Insight: Colon is the big fantasy name here. The 40-year-old has gone 14-3 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season after being suspended for 50 games last year.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold7/28/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Oakland 3B Josh Donaldson is 0-for-16 with 10 strikeouts over his last five games.
Insight: Talk about a cold streak. Remove Donaldson from your lineup for the time being.
Jed Lowrie, SS7/28/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie reached base four times Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI, two runs and two walks. He's inching back towards .300 after dropping to .283 following a 7-for-48 (.146) slump.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/28/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs Sunday.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 against the Angels after going 0-for-9 over the last two games. His average has been stuck in the low .200s all season.
Jed Lowrie, SS7/24/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie has been a .316 hitter with an .828 OPS while batting in the cleanup role in 2013.
Insight: Lowrie isn't the classic power hitter, but gets the job done. Still, we'd like to see Yoenis Cespedes batting cleanup and probably so would Josh Donaldson's owners who bats No. 3.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/24/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes didn't start Monday or Tuesday (he did pinch hit on Tuesday), but is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday afternoon's contest.
Insight: Cespedes won the Home Run Derby, but came up with a sore wrist which cost fantasy owners a handful of at-bats. He put up a monster second half last year with 14 homers, 46 RBI and a .909 OPS.


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