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Coco Crisp, CF10/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Tuesday night's AL Wild Card game with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. TBS reported it could possibly be cramps. Crisp tried to play center in the bottom of the inning but decided to take himself out. Whether it is a strain or just cramps, it doesn't matter since Oakland has been eliminated.
Jon Lester, SP10/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Jon Lester allowed six runs over seven 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in the loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card game on Tuesday.
Insight: Lester settled in after a rocky start that led to three Kansas City runs in the first three innings. Manager Bob Melvin likely stuck with Lester for too long as the Royals rallied in the eigth inning. Easy to second guess now. Lester was charged with three runs in the eighth, two of which scored after he exited. This was likely his last game for Oakland as Lester is a free agent this winter.
Sean Doolittle, RP10/1/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle allowed a run in the ninth to blow a save in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Doolittle did all he could but was not able to prevent the Royals from scratching out a run to tie. Pinch-hitter Josh Willingham hit a bloop single to start the inning. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson took second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly. Doolittle stayed in the game to pitch a scoreless 10th.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B10/1/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Adam Dunn admitted that despite the extra-inning loss in the American League Wild Card game to the Royals on Tuesday that his career is still likely over.
Insight: Dunn plans to retire after playing 14 seasons in the league. Dunn had the longest active streak without a playoff appearance, which stood at 2,001 career games. He did not make an appearance in the game Tuesday, but Dunn told MLB.com he does not hold any regrets. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for." The 34-year-old is 35th all-time with 462 home runs.
Brandon Moss, LF10/1/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss hit two home runs in Tuesday's Wild Card game loss to the Royals.
Insight: Moss hit a two-run homer to start the high-scoring affair in the top of the first and then gave the A's a 5-3 lead on a three-run shot to dead center in the sixth. Oakland tacked on two more runs to go up 7-3, but the Athletics were unable to hold the lead. Oakland led again 8-7 in the 12th but allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning as the Athletics officially capped off their season collapse.
Jon Lester, SP9/30/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester is a career 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 1.043 WHIP in 13 postseason games.
Insight: Lester went undefeated against the Royals in three meetings this season, going 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 1.161 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 IP.
Coco Crisp, CF9/30/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .125 batter (3-for-24) versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base to be effective and this one has a problem against Shields, so shouldn't be used in fantasy lineups. Crisp batted .248 this season with nine homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs and 19 steals.
Josh Reddick, RFHot9/30/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is a lifetime .318 hitter with three home runs and a 1.182 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Reddick managed just 363 at-bats this season, but did hit 12 homers with a respectable .763 OPS. He finished the regular season with three consecutive multi-hit games and should be a viable fantasy option in this favorable matchup.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/29/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson told Comcast SportsNet California that his left knee feels more stable than it did a few days ago.
Insight: Donaldson did not run very much on Monday, but he is expected to be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Royals in the AL Wild Card game. His knee has been an issue for the second half of the season, but Donaldson has still been able to hit .280 over that time. His power, however, seems to have been effected as he has just nine homers since the break.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/28/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in the season finale against the Rangers.
Insight: Lowrie provided some much needed insurance with his two RBI in the ninth inning to extend the Athletics lead to 4-0. Overall however, Lowrie had a down season compared to his numbers last year. He hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI this season.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/28/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: It was unclear whether Donaldson would even start as the third baseman banged both his knees on Friday. Donaldson did not look to good running the bases Saturday, but his production at the plate was not effected. He hit a solo bomb in the first and added two singles. Donaldson is batting .257 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Brandon Moss, LF9/25/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Rangers.
Insight: Moss missed Wednesday's game with torn cartilage in his hip, which will require surgery. Moss, however, is going to try and play through it until the end of the season. Moss is batting fifth and playing left field on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/25/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (foot) is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a home run against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Lowrie went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the loss against the Angels on Wednesday. Lowrie is batting .245 with 37 extra-base hits, 46 RBI and 58 runs this year.
Brandon Moss, LF9/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss was not in the lineup on Wednesday due to a hip injury that will require offseason surgury according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Moss, however, will play through the injury until the Athletics are eliminated. Moss took a cortisone shot to help deal with the pain.
Jon Lester, SP9/24/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester takes loss Wednesday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Lester gave up five runs (three earned) over seven innings, while striking out seven Angels. He is now 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA on the year.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/24/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career 1-for-11 (.091) with four strikeouts against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Donaldson's big home run total of the first half (20) has dissipated (8), but he's hitting for a higher average (.276) and a better OPS (.840) in the 61 games since the break. This is a poor matchup, however.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/22/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (foot) is in Monday's lineup against the Angels.
Insight: Lowrie took a pitch in the foot on Sunday and eventually left the game. He is going to try and give it a go on Monday and will bat sixth against C.J. Wilson.
Drew Pomeranz, SP9/20/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz pitched well through five innings against the Phillies.
Insight: He allowed only one hit, two walks, and no runs on only 86 pitches. Pomeranz is not a great fantasy option, as he continues to make spot starts, but has produced a nice 2.35 ERA this season.
Eric Sogard, SS9/20/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .667 hitter (8-for-12) against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: This might is one of the few times in his career that fantasy owners should pay attention to the career .235 hitter with seven lifetime home runs on his five-year resume.
Stephen Vogt, OF9/19/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is back in the lineup Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: It will be his first start in two weeks. Vogt was out over that time with a sprained left ankle. The Athletics hope he will bring the lineup some much needed offense.
Sonny Gray, SP9/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits as the Rangers defeated the Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: If there was ever a time when Oakland needed a big start, it was Thursday. With the victory, Texas completed a sweep of the playoff hopeful Oakland Athletics. Since Aug. 1, Gray is a bismol 1-5 with a 4.42 ERA.
Sonny Gray, SP9/18/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray pitched a complete-game shutout against the Rangers Sunday, clinching the final wild card spot in the American League.
Insight: Gray carried the Athletics on Sunday. He gave up just six hits, struck out five and walked none in the second complete game of his career. Gray finishes 2014 at 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA. Gray should only get better in 2015.
Josh Reddick, RF9/18/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the starting lineup on Thursday due to a sore neck and ankle.
Insight: An MRI revealed that Reddick has no structural damage to his ankle. He is considered day-to-day.
Stephen Vogt, OF9/18/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Thursday against Texas.
Insight: Vogt hasn't started in over two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, but when he reached base, manager Bob Melvin lifted him for Billy Burns. There seems to be no timetable for Vogt's return.
Coco Crisp, CFCold9/14/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is a career .167 batter versus Mariners pitcher Chris Young.
Insight: Crisp is 1-for-11 in his last three games. If possible, leave him out of your lineup on Sunday.
Sean Doolittle, RP9/12/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin should put him right back into the closer's role. He's amassed 20 saves (blown three) with a 2.28 ERA and .705 WHIP.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/11/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 on Thursday in the loss against the White Sox.
Insight: Lowrie has extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 12-for-30 (.400) over that stretch. He is batting .249 with 36 extra-base hits and 45 RBI this year.
Scott Kazmir, SP9/11/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir allowed one earned run in a complete game loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Kazmir arguably had his best start since May. He threw 76 strikes out of 113 pitches, allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. Unfortunately, Kazmir allowed a solo home run to shortstop Marcus Semien for the only run of the game. Kazmir is 14-8 with a 3.32 ERA this season.
John Jaso, C9/10/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso has not passed his concussion tests and is not available Wednesday.
Insight: Jaso was apparently told by the doctor to stop all baseball activities which means he'll be out for a significant amount of time. He's got a .265 batting average with nine homers and 40 RBI.
Craig Gentry, OF9/10/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Craig Gentry is likely out for a few days after a collision at first base left him with a concussion.
Insight: Gentry is not much of a fantasy asset, though he does have 20 steals in 232 at-bats. But with it comes no power and a .254 batting average.
Josh Reddick, RF9/7/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 1-for-11 against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: It's likely that Reddick won't be in the starting lineup as he's just a .174 hitter versus lefties and a .283 hitter against right-handers this season. Avoid this matchup.
Nate Freiman, 1B9/7/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: A's first baseman Nate Freiman is 6-for-11 (.545) with four extra-base hits versus Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: The 27-year-old doesn't play every day, but should be in the lineup for this favorable matchup. He's batting .233 with four homers and 12 RBI in 60 at-bats this season.
Coco Crisp, CF9/6/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 in the Oakland come-from-behind victory, 4-3, over the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: Crisp also stole two bases. Crisp is starting to heat up as the lead off hitter for Oakland, which is just what the Athletics need. Crisp is 7-for-21 in his last five games. The center fielder is batting .256 with nine home runs and 45 RBI this year.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/6/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to lift Oakland past Houston, 4-3.
Insight: Lowrie has had his struggles this season, but it must have felt good for him and the A's to overcome a two-run deficit in the ninth to comeback and win. Lowrie is batting .242 with 35 extra-base hits, 43 RBI and 54 runs.
Josh Donaldson, 3B9/5/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career 6-for-13 (.462) with five extra-base hits against Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: It was a rough series for Donaldson against Seattle, going 1-for-17, but perhaps he can restart in this favorable matchup. He's batting .255 with a career-high 26 HR and 89 RBI.
Coco Crisp, CF9/2/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Athletics are hoping center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will return to the lineup by this weekend according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp received more injections into his neck on Tuesday. Fantasy owners might have to look elsewhere for center field production. Even if Crisp is healthy by the weekend, expect the Athletics to bring him back slowly.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B9/1/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in his first game with the Athletics Monday.
Insight: The White Sox traded Dunn to the A's Sunday. The 34-year-old, who plans to retire after the season, has never played in the playoffs so he should be energized by the deal.
Jed Lowrie, SS9/1/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) has been activated from the disabled list
Insight: He's already admitted he isn't 100 percent, but after missing three weeks he's going to try to play. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. It's probably best to avoid him for a while until we see how well he can swing a bat.
Scott Kazmir, SPCold8/31/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir gave up six runs, failing to get out of the second inning, on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Things just keep getting worse for Kazmir. In his last two starts, both to the Angels, Kazmir has allowed 13 runs in four and 1/3 innings. In three innings last week, he yielded 10 hits while it was four walks that doomed him in one and 1/3 innings on Sunday. Kazmir has still had an good season with a record of 14-7, 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Fantasy owners just remember when his ERA was 2.38 in July.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/31/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: It was a rough series for Oakland, who the Angels swept in four games. The offense went 29 consecutive innings without a run. The A's are 19-22 since the All-Star break and five game back of the Angels going into September. Donaldson, however, has been the one bright spot on offense, hitting 12-for-24 in his last seven games.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B8/31/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn has been traded to the Oakland A's.
Insight: Dunn is hitting .220/.340/.433 with 20 HR and54 RBI this year. The A's have been looking for offense almost since the instant they traded Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. We will have to see if Dunn is the answer.
Coco Crisp, CF8/30/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: The oft-injured outfielder hurt his shoulder running into the wall Friday night and will head back to the bench. He's batting .254 with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 61 runs scored, but he's been in and out of the lineup in the second half due to inuries. Sam Fuld will leadoff and Craig Gentry will cover center field.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/29/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Insight: Lowrie is expected to play in Triple-A over the weekend and if all goes well, rejoin the big league club on Tuesday when rosters expand. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson homered and doubled in the series opener with the Angels Thursday night. His batting average is down almost 50 points from last season, but he's providing power (26 HR) for the A's and fantasy owners.
Sean Doolittle, RP8/28/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has not resumed baseball activities.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin did say his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, will be ready to pitch again when the 15 days are over.
Josh Reddick, RF8/28/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 3-for-21 without an extra-base hit against Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: It's likely that Reddick won't be in the starting lineup as he's just a .181 hitter versus lefties and a .289 hitter against right-handers this season.
Eric Sogard, SS8/27/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) with three extra-base hits against Houston starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Sogard doesn't provide much offense to the A's lineup, so it probably isn't worth rolling the dice with his guy on Wednesday. He is hitting .218 with one home run and 17 RBI this year in 90 games. If you need a spot start from a free agent second baseman, Sogard is your guy for Wednesday.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/25/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is back in the lineup for Monday after missing Sunday due to a sore knee.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup Sunday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but had to wait another day. He's already set a career high in home runs and needs nine more RBI to set another career mark.
Drew Pomeranz, SP8/25/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics Drew Pomeranz will get a rare start Wednesday as the team lines up their best starters for the return series with the Angels.
Insight: Pomeranz lost his starting role when the A's went out an picked up a few "aces" in trade, but could be worth a one-time start against the Astros' offense.
Derek Norris, CHot8/25/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is a career 5-for-7 (.714) against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Norris is still producing solid numbers for a guy with catcher eligibility. He's batting .284 with 10 HR, 47 RBI and a .827 OPS and with this favorable matchup is a must start.
Scott Kazmir, SPCold8/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir had one of his worst starts of the season Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Kazmir allowed seven runs on 10 hits in three innings. The left-hander has had a rough month, giving up 20 runs on 36 hits with a 16/7 K/BB in 28 2/3 innings (6.28 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
John Jaso, CCold8/24/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso will be placed on the disabled list Monday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Oakland's acquisition of Geovany Soto on Sunday makes more sense now. Jaso is dealing with concussion symptoms from taking a foul tip off his mask two weeks ago.
Josh Donaldson, 3B 8/24/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday night against the Angels.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but he'll have a precautionary MRI on his sore knee.
Sean Doolittle, RP 8/24/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right intercostal muscle, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. The strain is not believed to be serious.
Insight: Manager Bob Melvin said he'll use matchups to determine who gets save chances while Doolittle is out, with Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Eric O'Flaherty in the mix. Doolittle has a 2.28 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, 80 Ks and just five walks in 55 1/3 innings. His 16 K/BB ranks third all time among pitchers with at least 50 innings.
Josh Donaldson, 3BCold8/24/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson couldn't have picked a worse time to go cold, batting just .154 (2-for-13) over the past four games as the A's battle the Angels for the division lead. Sit him on Sunday.
John Jaso, CCold8/24/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is a career 1-for-17 (.059) against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Jaso's numbers have fallen off a cliff in August. After batting .323 in July, he's hitting just .152 in 15 games this month and should certainly be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Coco Crisp, CF8/23/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .161 with one homer, 11 RBI, 10 runs, zero steals and a .526 OPS since the All-Star break.
Insight: While he's gone 6-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI in his last four games, including 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot Friday night, he's 5-for-34 (.147) against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. That combined with his slump since the All-Star break makes him an undesirable option Saturday.
Sonny Gray, SP 8/23/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray won his first start since July 26 Friday against the Angels. He went 8 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
Insight: Gray went 0-4 with a 4.94 ERA in his first four starts of August after sweeping through July with a 5-0 record and a 1.03 ERA in five starts. The right-hander is up to 171 innings this season, but wearing down shouldn't be a concern. He threw 152 innings in the minors in 2012 and 182 1/3 innings combined between the minors and majors last year.
Josh Reddick, RF 8/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: With lefty Hector Santiago starting for Los Angeles, Reddick will take a seat. He's gone 29-for-96 (.302) with eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 13 RBI and just six strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list on July 22.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/22/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting against them, so the A's have Jonny Gomes, Nate Freiman, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry starting in place of John Jaso, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Vogt. Vogt has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with a double, three homers and eight RBI over his last 11 games and is hitting .322 with an .852 OPS on the year.
Brandon Moss, LF8/22/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus the Angels.
Insight: The Angels are starting a left-hander so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. Just called up Craig Gentry will start in left field with Nate Freiman at 1B.
Josh Donaldson, 3B 8/20/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: It's his first day out of the lineup since July 3. He's gone 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts in his last five games, so he could use the rest. The A's want him at full strength for this weekend's crucial series against the Angels.
Derek Norris, C8/20/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Wednesday due to a back injury, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: The Athletics start three players with catching experience -- Norris, John Jaso, Stephen Vogt -- every day, so they can afford to sit Norris. The back injury isn't affecting him while catching, just while running the bases.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/16/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 11-for-30 with three homers and eight RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: Vogt was 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's bounced back nicely. He went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Braves and is hitting .323 with eight dingers and 31 RBI in 198 at-bats.
John Jaso, CCold8/16/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday at Atlanta.
Insight: Jaso is hitting .264 with nine homers, 39 RBI and a .771 OPS on the year, but he's just 5-for-39 (.128) in August.
Derek Norris, C8/16/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Saturday at Atlanta.
Insight: Norris has gone 2-for-18 (.111) with six Ks in his last five games. With Julio Teheran on the mound for the Braves and no DH available, lefty-swinging John Jaso will start behind the plate.
Dan Straily, SP8/16/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: The Cubs have called up Dan Straily to start Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Chicago picked up Straily from Oakland in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. He led the minors in strikeouts two years ago but had a 4.93 ERA and a 2.11 HR/9 in 38 1/3 innings with the A's this season. The Cubs hope he'll mimic the turnaround of Jake Arrieta, another former prospect who was picked up on the cheap and has turned into a dominant starter this year.
John Jaso, C8/15/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Friday at Atlanta.
Insight: The game is in Atlanta, which means no DH, and lefty Alex Wood is starting. Jaso has just 24 at-bats against lefties all year. Derek Norris is behind the plate for Oakland.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot8/15/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Friday against the Braves
Insight: The game is in Atlanta so the A's can't use a DH and left-hander Alex Wood is on the mound so Oakland has a righty-heavy lineup. Jonny Gomes is starting in left field and Nate Freiman is at first base. Vogt has gone 10-for-26 with two homers, six RBI and six runs in his last seven games after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6.
Brandon Moss, LF8/15/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/14/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) played Wednesday, but is expected to go on the disabled list.
Insight: Lowrie (.238, 5 HR, 42 RBI) tried, but the broken finger effected his hitting and throwing. Lowrie has not been able to reproduce last season's solid numbers (.290, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 80 runs). The A's are going to call up Andy Parrino.
Coco Crisp, CF8/14/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is just 3-for-21 (.143) against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: As is frequently the case with Crisp, keeping on the field and healthy is a problem. When playing he's been reasonably productive with a .260 batting average, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals over 89 games. This matchup should be avoided.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/13/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Lowrie has a fractured right index finger, but he's going to try to play through it. He hasn't had a good season at the plate and the injury won't help him turn things around.
Brandon Moss, LF8/13/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Kansas City is starting left-hander Jason Vargas so Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers in 78 at-bats, but manager Bob Melvin is going with Sam Fuld in left field, Nate Freiman at first base and lefty-killer Jonny Gomes at DH.
Stephen Vogt, OF8/13/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Left-hander Jason Vargas is throwing for Kansas City, so Vogt will get a night off. He's hitting .316 with eight doubles, seven homers, 29 RBI and an .838 OPS in 190 at-bats this season but just .219 with a homer and a .680 OPS against southpaws.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/12/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has gone 25-for-76 (.329) with seven doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and just four strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Reddick has rediscovered his stroke from the first half of 2012 after struggling from the 2012 All-Star break right up until this June. Whatever he worked on while he was on the DL with a knee injury has yielded excellent results.
Stephen Vogt, OF 8/12/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 7-for-22 with two homers and six RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Vogt watched his average drop from .361 to .315 after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's turned it around at the plate.
Brandon Moss, LF8/12/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Moss had been slumping, going 6-for-52 (.115) with 20 Ks in 14 games from July 25 to Aug. 10 before going 5-for-7 with four RBI the last two games. He's still in search of his first homer since July 24.
Josh Donaldson, 3BHot8/12/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and three runs Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Donaldson went 16-for-111 (.144) with two home runs in 28 games from June 7 to July 9, but he's rebounded to go 32-for-101 (.317) with seven doubles, six homers and 21 RBI in 28 games since then.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/12/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie's MRI revealed a fractured right index finger, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie intends to keep playing through the injury. He hasn't had a good season at the plate and the injury won't help him turn things around.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/8/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) is in the lineup Friday, according to John Hickey of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie was out of the starting lineup the last three games due to a bruised finger. His .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/6/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has gone 20-for-53 (.378) with five doubles, four homers and 10 RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Shockingly, he's struck out just three times in that stretch. Reddick went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI Wednesday against the Rays.
Stephen Vogt, OFCold8/6/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 0-for-21 in his last six games.
Insight: Vogt was hitting .361 after going 2-for-5 on July 28, but his slump has dropped him to .315 on the season. He has catching eligibility so he's worth holding for now.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/6/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) is not in the lineup for the second straight game Wednesday.
Insight: Lowrie is dealing with a bruised finger. His .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI. Eric Sogard is starting at shortstop again.
Derek Norris, C8/6/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics catcher Derek Norris is not in the lineup Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Norris has hit .264 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 29 games (24 starts). John Jaso is behind the plate and Stephen Vogt is DHing Wednesday.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/5/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is in the lineup Tuesday as the DH.
Insight: Crisp pinch hit Monday, but he hasn't started since July 26 due to a nagging neck injury. He's expected to be back in center field Wednesday, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, so he must be feeling better.
Jed Lowrie, SS8/5/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a bruised finger, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lowrie's .290 average, 15 homers and 75 RBI last season made him a strong option at shortstop for fantasy owners, but he's followed up that campaign with a .245 average, five homers and 42 RBI.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (.274, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 51 runs) is out again Monday. He hasn't played since July 26.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury didn't go away even though the team gave him frequent days off. Crisp hit in the batting cage prior to Sunday's game and Bob Melvin was encouraged by the session.
Josh Reddick, RF8/4/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick blasted a pair of home runs Sunday but has an extremely unfavorable matchup Monday.
Insight: Reddick is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Rays hurler Alex Cobb with five strikeous. Still, he's batting .390 with four homers and seven RBI in the 12 games since his return from the disabled list.
Josh Reddick, RFHot8/3/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick blasted a pair of home runs Sunday doing all the A's scoring.
Insight: Reddick is batting .390 with four homers and seven RBI in the 12 games since his return from the disabled list. That's hot by any standard.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/3/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (.274, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 51 runs) is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though he's tries to play through it. He hasn't played since July 26.
Jon Lester, SP8/2/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland left-hander Jon Lester didn't pitch great, but it was good enough to secure his 11th win of the season.
Insight: Lester (11-7, 2.59 ERA) gave up nine hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings en route to the victory.
Coco Crisp, CFCold8/2/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) has still not returned from his next problem.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though he's tries to play through it. According to Sussan Slusser there are no plans for him to go on the disabled list at this time.
Brandon Moss, 1B8/2/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Moss is a top-10 RBI guy this season (72) to go along with 23 homers.
Josh Donaldson, 3B8/2/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-18 against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Donaldson batting average isn't very good, but he's still hitting for power and is just one home run shy of last season's total of 24 homers. However, with his protection, Yoenis Cespedes now playing in Boston, we will see if opposing pitchers keep throwing Donaldson strikes.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold8/1/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Athletics have moved Jesse Chavez to the bullpen.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez was chosen to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appeared to be wearing down. He lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold7/31/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: The Athletics deadline-day trade for Jon Lester could cost Jesse Chavez his spot in the rotation.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez is still expected to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appears to be wearing down. He's lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
Jon Lester, SPHot7/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: In a blockbuster move, the Red Sox have traded left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. He'll join one of the top teams in baseball and get to pitch in one of the best pitcher's parks. He's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox, but they'll have to offer more than the $70 million over four years they proposed during spring training. Either Jason Hammel or Jesse Chavez will lose their spot in Oakland's rotation as a result of the trade.
Josh Donaldson, 3B7/30/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson accounted for Oakland's only run against Houston's Dallas Keuchel Wednesday with his 23rd home run of the season.
Insight: Donaldson has looked very good lately, hitting .305 with four home runs, 13 RBI and seven Ks in his last 15 games. The third baseman hit .144 with two home runs, 13 RBI and 24 Ks in 28 games from Jun 7 to July 9 and has been trying to get his batting average back up.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/29/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will be held out until at least Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp's MRI showed "no changes."
Stephen Vogt, OFHot7/28/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt had a double and a solo homer Monday at Houston.
Insight: Vogt has been an everyday player throughout this month, first due to Josh Reddick's knee injury and now because he's just too hot to take out. He's hit .361 with five home runs, 23 RBI and a .931 OPS in 147 at-bats and is a must-add due to his catcher eligibility.
Jesse Chavez, SPCold7/28/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez allowed six earned runs on five hits (3 HR) in 5 1/3 innings Monday at Houston.
Insight: Chavez had allowed just one homer in his previous 46 1/3 innings. He's recorded a 5.51 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in his last six starts.
Billy Burns, LF7/28/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have called up low-level outfield prospect Billy Burns from Double-A.
Insight: Coco Crisp hasn't been able to shake a neck injury and Craig Gentry went on the DL Monday with a broken hand. Burns has hit .250 with one home run, a .662 OPS and 51 steals in 91 games for Double-A Midland this season.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/27/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to Oakland to have his neck examined, according to Joe Stiglich of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. He missed two of the past three games and won't be with the team for the three-game series that begins Monday at Houston.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/27/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago and he's been out of the lineup in two of the past three days.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/26/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp missed Friday, but is back in his customary leadoff spot for Saturday's contest.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/25/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp has received frequent days off since he hurt his neck a couple months ago. He's batted just .115 (3-for-26) over his last seven games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Cespedes sprained his thumb Wednesday after hitting two homers and driving in five runs earlier in the game. Fantasy owners should consider it a stroke of luck that he had to miss just one game.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/25/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year Thursday and has a favorable matchup Friday against Texas starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Moss is 6-for-12 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI in their matchups. He's a top-10 RBI guy this season to go along with 23 homers. Start him.
Eric Sogard, SS7/25/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .700 hitter (7-for-10) against Rangers starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: This might be the only time in his career that fantasy owners should pay attention to the career .231 hitter with six home runs on his five-year resume.
Brandon Moss, 1BHot7/24/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss' grand slam gave the A's a commanding 8-1 lead against Houston
Insight: It is Moss' third grand slam of the season and 23 homer of the year. His 71 RBI has him solidly in the top-10.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/24/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/24/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of home runs Wednesday night, but exited the game with a sprained right thumb, according to Oakland beat writer Susan Slusser.
Insight: Cespedes injured himself on a swing. He's batting .254 with 16 HR and 61 RBI this season and the high-scoring Oakland lineup is likely to suffer a bit if he has to sit. Call him day-to-day.
Coco Crisp, CFCold7/23/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp has gone 2-for-17 since the All-Star break, but he has a good matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp is 4-for-12 (.333) against Houston's Brad Peacock, and all four hits went for extra bases (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR).
Josh Reddick, RF7/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He's batting just .229 with four homers and 24 RBI.
Tommy Milone, SP 7/21/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the team to trade him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are not eager to move him because he may be needed as a replacement later this season. Milone has an ERA of 2.96 at O.co Coliseum and 4.52 on the road in his career, so a trade could hurt his fantasy value depending on where he lands.
Stephen Vogt, OFHot7/20/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has hit .364 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .931 OPS in 118 at-bats this season. He went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a walk Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Vogt, who has catcher eligibility, has been in the starting lineup every day in right field or at first base due to Josh Reddick's knee injury. The A's may find a way to keep his bat in the lineup even when Reddick returns.
Sonny Gray, SPHot7/20/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray improved to 4-0 in July Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Gray (11-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a 0.95 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP this month.
John Jaso, C7/19/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/DH John Jaso is out of the lineup Satday against Baltimore
Insight: The 30-year-old has hit .274 with seven homers, 29RBI and an .799 OPS this season.
Coco Crisp, CF7/18/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp (ankle, neck) is back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Crisp missed the last four games before the All-Star break due to an ankle injury. He's also been dealing with recurring neck issues for a couple months.
Yoenis Cespedes, LFCold7/13/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has gone 3-for-45 (.067) in July.
Insight: Cespedes entered the month with a .273 average, 38 extra-base hits (14 HR), 55 RBI and an .823 OPS, but after going 0-for-4 Sunday he'll go into the All-Star break hitting .246 with a .741 OPS.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/13/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Moss is tied for fifth in baseball with 21 home runs and he also has 66 RBI.
Sonny Gray, SPHot7/13/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray has gone 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in July.
Insight: Gray allowed one unearned run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings Sunday at Seattle to win his 10th game of the season. The right-hander has bounced back nicely from recording a 5.50 ERA over six starts from May 27 to June 28.
Drew Pomeranz, SP7/13/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have activated Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A.
Insight: Pomeranz' temper cost him a spot in the rotation. He broke his right hand when he punched a chair on June 16 after allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, and Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel while Pomeranz was on the DL. The A's may look to trade him or Tommy Milone for a second baseman.
Coco Crisp, CF7/13/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: He's been dealing with an ankle issue and will miss his fourth straight game.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/12/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is 8-for-18 (.444) with three long balls against Seattle right-hander Hisahi Iwakuma.
Insight: Cespedes is batting .252 with 14 HR and 56 RBI and should break his career highs in both categories.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7/11/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: According to beat writer Susan Slusser, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes looked like he needed a day off.
Josh Donaldson, 3B7/10/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson slammed his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Donaldson has struggled after a good start, but the home runs have never slowed. He'll easily top last year's total of 24, but he'll be hard-pressed to match last season's .301 batting average or .883 OPS.
Scott Kazmir, SPHot7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir continues to dazzle on the mound, throwing a three-hit, no run, seven-inning effort against the Giants Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kazmir raised his reconrd to 11-3 with a stunning 2.38 ERA. He has to be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the first half of 2014.
Coco Crisp, CF7/10/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp is out of the lineup Thursday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's batting .291 with seven homers, 31 RBI, 47 runs and 16 steals this season. Often injured, this appears to be a routine day off.
Josh Reddick, RF7/8/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (knee) could begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Reddick spent three weeks on the disabled list in June after hyperextending his right knee and he lasted just four games before straining the same knee on June 28. He'll be back following the All-Star break but shouldn't be on any fantasy teams.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/7/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (ankle) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) left Friday's game with a sprained left ankle, but his MRI revealed no structural damage and he only missed two games.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had an MRI on his sore left ankle which revealed no structural damage, according to Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) isn't healing quickly and the team was obviously concerned. He still may miss more time.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Brandon Moss will have an MRI on his sore left ankle.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) isn't healing quickly and the team is obviously concerned. This doesn't bode well for fantasy owners, but we await results of the test.
Brandon Moss, 1B7/6/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said first baseman Brandon Moss is questionable for Sunday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Moss (19 HR, 62 RBI) never made it out of the batter's box after grounding into an inning-ending double play in the eighth inning Friday and didn't play Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.
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.
Jim Johnson, RP4/24/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Athletics closer Jim Johnson has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Johnson was making big dollars and is a rare Billy Beane bad decision. Johnson was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA and 2.06 WHIP. Despite the horrible numbers it wasn't that long ago that he was a top closer and someone will likely take a chance on him.
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.


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