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8/21/2014 | Past, present A's come together for charity golf event

Ryan Cook could not care less about golf. To the A's reliever, baseball is the only sport that matters. The rest are just for fun. But Cook was happy to spend an off-day on the links, and he jumped at the opportunity to attend Thursday's A's Community Fund Golf Classic, sponsored by Chevron and Grant Thornton LLP.

8/20/2014 | Angels, A's set to battle for first place in AL West

The first-place Halos and second-place A's will clash in a three-game series beginning on Friday at Coliseum, with each remaining meeting between the clubs crucial to how the postseason picture will take shape down the stretch.

8/20/2014 | Shark struggles for scuffling A's against Mets

The A's will begin their weekend series against the Angels on Friday without sole possession of first place in the American League West after an 8-5 loss against the Mets on Wednesday at Coliseum.

8/20/2014 | Back stiffness keeps Norris from going full speed

A's catcher Derek Norris has been experiencing back stiffness, and he was not in Wednesday's starting lineup against the Mets in advance of Thursday's off-day.

8/20/2014 | A's call on Samardzija for finale with Mets

After Daniel Murphy rested during the Mets' loss to Oakland on Tuesday, New York will have one of its best weapons back against A's starter Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. The Mets will counter with righty Zack Wheeler, who hasn't lost since June 25.

8/20/2014 | A's snap five-game skid, keep pace with Angels

The A's returned to the Coliseum on Tuesday in search of some answers. They had lost five straight games and seven of their last eight. They had been struggling offensively. And, most importantly, they had slipped behind the Angels in the AL West. But home cooking is often a good remedy for these A's, as was the case in the first of two meetings with the Mets. Oakland won, 6-2, and while it was hardly an offensive eruption for the team that has scored the most runs in baseball, it was a step in the right direction.

8/19/2014 | Selig touches on A's stadium issue

Commissioner Bud Selig made a little bet with himself as he was flying to his last regular-season appearance at the home of the A's, figuring that the team's long quest for a new ballpark would be the first topic of discussion with the media.

8/19/2014 | A's to skip Hammel in rotation against Angels

With off-days this week on Monday and Thursday, the A's have decided to skip Jason Hammel's start originally scheduled for Friday against the Angels. Hammel is expected to rejoin the rotation during the following series in Houston.

8/19/2014 | Melvin grateful to Selig for helping him get started

Commissioner Bud Selig spent much of his time at the Coliseum on Tuesday fielding questions about the A's thorny stadium situation. Little light was shed on the issue -- but perhaps more was learned about manager Bob Melvin's relationship with the Commissioner: Selig helped Melvin get his first post-playing career job.

8/18/2014 | Cespedes reflects on deal sending him to Red Sox

Yoenis Cespedes has made a fast friend in David Ortiz. The slugging pair is cozied up to the batting cage on a recent evening at Fenway Park, where Cespedes will celebrate his first home run at his new address just hours later -- a screaming shot over the Green Monster.

8/18/2014 | A's, Tigers seeing what major moves cost

The A's and Tigers, it seemed, were destined to win their divisions and destined to ride their elite rotations to the best records in the league and another October showdown after the clubs made major trades before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

8/17/2014 | A's turn to Kazmir to get back into win column

Oakland will try to forget its nightmarish road trip when it opens a critical five-game homestand with the Mets on Tuesday, kicking off a brief two-game series at Coliseum. Scott Kazmir gets the start for the A's, while Dillon Gee will take the hill for New York.

8/17/2014 | Gentry cleared to begin rehab assignment

Outfielder Craig Gentry (fractured right hand) is set to begin a rehab assignment after experiencing no issues while taking batting practice in Sacramento on Saturday.

8/17/2014 | A's staying upbeat despite recent stretch

Following Oakland's loss to Atlanta on Saturday night -- the club's fourth straight defeat and its sixth in seven games -- Athletics manager Bob Melvin simply said, "We haven't really been through a tough stretch all year."

8/17/2014 | Lester takes first A's loss as Braves complete sweep

Not even another solid performance by the newly acquired Jon Lester could lift the A's from the doldrums as their season-worst losing streak reached five with a 4-3 loss to the Braves on Sunday night at Turner Field.

8/16/2014 | Chavez prepared to help A's in any role

In his first real opportunity as a regular member of a starting rotation, Jesse Chavez gave the A's the best work of his career. He compiled a 3.44 ERA in 21 turns in the rotation, notching eight victories and 11 quality starts.

8/16/2014 | Injured A's trio continues to make progress

Jed Lowrie took some grounders at Turner Field on Friday in an effort to stay in baseball shape after going on the disabled list, but he took precaution not to put any pressure on his fractured right index finger.

8/16/2014 | Expectations nothing new for talented A's squad

The outside perspective on the Oakland Athletics has changed. But how much have the A's actually changed? Not that long ago, the A's were North America's best-bet underdogs. Other teams got the preseason publicity. The Oakland club simply won two straight AL West titles.

8/16/2014 | Southpaw showdown set between Lester, Minor

Jon Lester, who is undefeated since joining the A's, will try to propel Oakland back into sole possession of first place when he squares off against Mike Minor and the Braves on Sunday night.

8/16/2014 | Gray off his game as A's fall into first-place tie

Sonny Gray suffered his fourth straight loss and so did the A's, as the starter set and the team matched a season-worst skid in a 4-3 loss to the Braves on Saturday night in front of 40,760 fans at Turner Field. With the Angels beating the Rangers, the A's are now locked in a tie with Los Angeles atop the AL West.

8/15/2014 | Call overturned after Braves challenge vs. A's

The Atlanta Braves used video review to overturn a safe call on a pickoff play and short-circuit an Oakland A's rally in the first inning Friday night.

8/15/2014 | O'Flaherty thrilled to see old Braves teammates

Craig Kimbrel, Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters gave the Braves one of the most feared bullpen trios in baseball from 2011-12. "O'Ventbrel" compiled a 1.64 ERA in 413 combined appearances in two full seasons as teammates.

8/15/2014 | Gray, Teheran set to square off in marquee matchup

Young stud right-handers Sonny Gray and Julio Teheran will square off at Turner Field on Saturday for the middle of three games between the A's and Braves.

8/15/2014 | Hammel falters as Braves power past A's

Jason Hammel's struggles since joining the A's continued as he gave up three home runs in a 7-2 loss to the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.

8/15/2014 | Lowrie goes on DL as expected, Parrino recalled

The Athletics placed infielder Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a fractured right index finger and recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

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