The Oakland Athletics played beautifully in every facet of their 10-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants at HoHoKam Stadium on Monday. More games like that in the regular season this year, please.
We're just 20 days away from Opening Night between Sonny Gray and Chris Sale. Plenty of features in today's headlines as well as rotation trouble on the horizon for the Los Angeles Angels.
New reliever Liam Hendriks wants to help A’s and animals | San Francisco Chronicle
Susan Slusser profiles new A's Australian reliever Liam Hendriks and his love of animals and Australian Rules Football.
A’s Mark Canha is ready to take his chances | San Francisco Chronicle
With Mark Canha back in games after resting a sore back, he'll be coming into a crowded roster, writes John Shea. Canha isn't worried about it because his goal is to become "the best player in the world."
Phil Pohl goes from Cooperstown to A’s as bullpen catcher | The Sacramento Bee
One of the fresh young faces in A’s camp this spring already has a major-league job sewn up and comes with Hall of Fame credentials.
A's prospect Richie Martin answers questions | MLB.com
Jim Callis talks to Richie Martin about how his first big league camp went. He was optioned out to the minor league side last Sunday.
Infielders form the core of A's farm system | MLB.com
Jim Callis talks to A's farm director Keith Lieppman, Who says of the infield group domination Oakland's top 10 prospect lists, "Whether they go up later in the year or up in 2017, we have a crop of guys in Double-A and Triple-A who are all going to have an opportunity to make the A's competitive in the future."
Recovering Ballplayer Vol. 2: The Ballad of John Jaso | VICE
Fernando Perez interviews his former minor league roommate, John Jaso, about the sorts of things he tried to play through as Jaso dealt with concussion symptoms in Oakland:
I was just expecting to shake it off like you would if you just took one or two and the next inning I go out to catch and I literally couldn't see the ball coming out of A.J. Griffin's (the pitcher's) hand. I wouldn't see the ball until it was like halfway to me.
On the beat
Game on for Sonny Gray; A’s beat Giants 10-3 | San Francisco Chronicle
MESA, Ariz. – Sonny Gray doesn't like to treat spring training games like spring training games.
A's spring training Day 23: Gray in total command | CSN Bay Area
MESA, Ariz. – Sonny Gray was in sharp form Monday night, and his teammates fell in line right behind him in the A’s 10-3 rout of the Giants.
Oakland A's ace Sonny Gray goes 4-plus innings in slow buildup | Bay Area News Group
Stephen Vogt made his first start behind the plate this spring and he said "it was awesome to get out there for the first time."
A's have crowded outfield | Bay Area News Group
A quick scan of the A's roster will tell you they have three starting center fielders. Any time you do the roster math, Sam Fuld looks like the odd man out if Coco Crisp is going to be in to spell Billy Burns from time to time.
Rickey Henderson instructs Athletics at camp | MLB.com
Doug Miller reports on Rickey Henderson coming into camp. On Billy Burns, he says "I'm just a little concerned about his takeoff. The rest of it, he's good at. He's got the speed to make up for that little mistake in his takeoff, but I want him to improve in his takeoff."
Rickey Henderson gives A’s Billy Burns Hall of Fame guidance | San Francisco Chronicle
More comments from Rickey on Billy Burns' jump in John Shea's piece on Rickey Henderson, "A lot of times, [Burns is] standing up when he wants to take off, and he drops his front leg back and uses that leg to push off. I think he should use his back leg a little bit more, let his front leg get out front." If you watched Monday night's game, you saw Burns make just that mistake on his successful steal of second base.
A's Bruce Maxwell catching attention | MLB.com
Bruce Maxwell has performed above Bob Melvin's expectations on both sides of the ball. He'll be playing for Team Germany later this week in their World Baseball Classic qualifier in Mexicali, Mexico.
A's teammates support Jarrod Parker | MLB.com
After his re-fractured medial epicondyle was diagnosed, Doug Miller found a somber A's clubhouse. He writes, "Melvin said the team was feeling it in the dugout even during Friday's game against the Reds, and they were still feeling it Saturday morning in the clubhouse in Hohokam Stadium."
Josh Reddick Has Been the Anti-Willie Bloomquist | FanGraphs Baseball
Yeah, Josh Reddick has been unclutch, the most unclutch player since 1974. Whether it's random noise or something fundamental to Reddick's state of being, it's something that has happened, and here's how a non-context neutral formulation of WAR might adjust his contributions downward.
Baseball Prospectus | Life at the Margins: Not Fade Away
Rian Watt talks to John Baker about leaving the game before you want to, and how suddenly it happens. For Jarrod Parker, "It must be hard to want to play, but be unable to. And it must be that much harder in the springtime, when your friends are getting ready to play baseball—the only thing you’ve ever known. It’s not personal, of course, but it’s not pretty either. And it’s happening right now."
Pebble Hunting: Should Have Taken Trout | Baseball Prospectus
"What’s amazing is that [the Angels] haven’t just figuratively wasted Mike Trout; his existence on their team has literally been a total waste, at least by the standards of postseason success. The Angels missed three postseasons with him, and the one that they went to was (by our overly simplistic math) not dependent on him at all."
Angels' left-hander C.J. Wilson is out indefinitely because of shoulder issue | LA Times
Hey remember how the Angels made a bullpen start every five days for like the last six weeks of 2014? What if they have to do that the entire year?
In case you missed it here at Athletics Nation
Oakland A's claim RHP Andrew Triggs from Orioles, place Jarrod Parker on 60-day DL
The Oakland Athletics have claimed right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs off release waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. To clear space for Triggs on the 40-man roster, the A's placed Jarrod Parker on the 60-day disabled list.
AN Podcast Ep. 9: Eyeball Scout report from Oakland A's Cactus League
Nico gives us the rundown on some of the most interesting names in Oakland's spring training camp.
Oakland A's make 1st roster cuts: Renato Nunez, Rangel Ravelo, Raul Alcantara optioned to minor leagues
First round draft pick Richie Martin was among four non-roster players reassigned to minor league camp.
Oakland A's spring training television & radio schedule: March 14-20
How to watch or listen to Athletics spring training games online. What radio station are Oakland A's spring training games on? What is the broadcast schedule for Oakland A's games?
Five moments to get you pumped for 2016: #3 | Athletics Nation
Josh Hamilton drops an easy pop fly and rolls out the red carpet for the A's to take the AL West.
AN Exclusive: Sean Manaea On His Future And His Heritage | Athletics Nation
An exclusive interview with Sean Manaea about his first spring outing and what his American Samoa heritage means to him.
2016 AL West preview: Seattle Mariners hope to improve under new management | Athletics Nation
The Mariners are banking on marginal upgrades across the board combined with a return to form for key contributors.
Oakland A's roster cuts: Joey Wendle and two relievers optioned to minor league spring training | Athletics Nation
The Athletics continued to trim their roster, dropping three players ahead of Monday night's contest against the San Francisco Giants.
Oakland A's 2016 Community Prospect List: The Final Top 30 List! | Athletics Nation
We ranked the Top 30 A's prospects via crowdsource votes. Here is the final list entering the season.