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BOSTON | Gamblers like their odds at MIT sports analytics conference

BOSTON (AP) — In the early years of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a couple hundred math whizzes gathered on the school’s campus hoping for a breakthrough that would make them the next Bill James. As the event and the field grew, they aspired to professional front office jobs, like Theo Epstein or Daryl … Continue reading BOSTON | Gamblers like their odds at MIT sports analytics conference

INDIANAPOLIS | Kyler Murray at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds at NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyler Murray may not show off his arm or his legs at the NFL scouting combine, but on Thursday he assuaged colossal concerns about his size. The Heisman Trophy-winning dual-threat quarterback and speedy outfielder from the University of Oklahoma checked in at just over 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds with a hand size, … Continue reading INDIANAPOLIS | Kyler Murray at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds at NFL combine

MESA, Ariz | Rain, rain, go away! 1st MLB spring training game washed out

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The spring training season started with a splash. Just not the kind fans hoped for. In the first major league exhibition game of the year, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics were rained out Thursday. The Mariners roughed up Jerry Blevins and led 5-0 in the middle of the second inning … Continue reading MESA, Ariz | Rain, rain, go away! 1st MLB spring training game washed out

FORT WORTH, Texas | Murray waits to measure up after picking NFL over baseball

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Now that Kyler Murray has decided to play in the NFL instead of reporting to spring training as a first-round draft pick by baseball’s Oakland Athletics, the questions can shift to the Heisman Trophy winner’s height. The former Oklahoma star says everyone will get their answer at the NFL combine … Continue reading FORT WORTH, Texas | Murray waits to measure up after picking NFL over baseball

Tim Tebow says he advised Kyler Murray to follow his heart

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy last year in his lone season as Oklahoma’s starting … Continue reading Tim Tebow says he advised Kyler Murray to follow his heart

OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics bring back righty Fiers on 2-year, $14M deal

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free agent right-hander Mike Fiers agreed to a two-year contract worth more than $14 million to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this offseason to help lead a young rotation. They brought him back less than a month after not tendering him a contract. Fiers … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics bring back righty Fiers on 2-year, $14M deal

OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics bring back righty starter Fiers on 2-year deal

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free agent right-hander Mike Fiers has agreed to a two-year contract to stay with the Oakland Athletics, who were determined to find an experienced starter this offseason to help lead a young rotation. And Oakland would like to add another starter, too, realizing it must provide depth given all the injuries last … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics bring back righty starter Fiers on 2-year deal

NORMAN, Okla. | Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

NORMAN, Okla.— Newly minted Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is apologizing for anti-gay tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago, when he was 14 and 15. The Oklahoma quarterback tweeted : “I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor … Continue reading NORMAN, Okla. | Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics identify location for modern new ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Oakland Athletics have found a location for their modern new ballpark, announcing plans to build near Jack London Square along the water. Team President Dave Kaval had hoped to finalize a site by the end of the year, and the A’s made the announcement Wednesday they had settled on the Howard Terminal … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Athletics identify location for modern new ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO | Batkid Miles Scott is healthy and thriving now cancer-free

SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco’s beloved Batkid is cancer-free and thriving. On the five-year anniversary of the day that then-5-year-old Miles Scott captured the hearts of millions by saving the day in San Francisco as “Batkid” — his Make-A-Wish Foundation dream accomplished at last — the fifth-grader is healthy and active. The Bay Area chapter of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Batkid Miles Scott is healthy and thriving now cancer-free

NEW YORK | Severino to start wild-card game for Yankees again

NEW YORK — Luis Severino will start the AL wild-card game for the New York Yankees against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a chance to make up for his awful outing in the winner-take-all matchup against Minnesota last year. “I think he’s equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Severino to start wild-card game for Yankees again

The Latest: Suzuki will be with Mariners in spring as player

The Latest on the Major League Baseball‘s final day heading into the postseason (all times Eastern): 7:15 p.m. Ichiro Suzuki will go to spring training next season with the Seattle Mariners as a player. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto says Suzuki will be in spring training with the Mariners in 2019 and hinted the veteran … Continue reading The Latest: Suzuki will be with Mariners in spring as player

ANAHEIM, Calif. | A’s head to AL wild-card game off 5-4 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif.— The Oakland Athletics are headed to the AL wild-card game off a late-inning loss that did nothing to shake their confidence. Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth to help the Angels rally past the A’s 5-4 on Sunday in Mike Scioscia‘s finale after 19 seasons as Los Angeles manager. … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif. | A’s head to AL wild-card game off 5-4 loss to Angels

BOSTON | Yankees tie HR mark, beat Red Sox 11-6, home for wild card

BOSTON— The New York Yankees clinched home-field advantage for the AL wild-card game on Friday night, hitting four homers to tie the major league single-season record and beat the Boston Red Sox 11-6. Reigning Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list Sept. 14, and Gary Sanchez, … Continue reading BOSTON | Yankees tie HR mark, beat Red Sox 11-6, home for wild card

OAKLAND, Calif. | Marcus Semien has 5 RBIs, A’s pound Angels 21-3

OAKLAND, Calif. — With a postseason berth within their sights, the Oakland Athletics are leaving nothing to chance. Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics hammered the Los Angeles Angels 21-3 on Thursday. The Athletics reduced their magic number for … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Marcus Semien has 5 RBIs, A’s pound Angels 21-3

BALTIMOR | A’s left-hander Manaea to undergo season-ending surgery

BALTIMORE— If the Oakland Athletics are to advance in October, they’ll have to do it without Sean Manaea. Manaea, who threw a no-hitter against Boston earlier this season, joined Oakland’s list of pitchers lost to season-ending surgery when the team announced Tuesday that the lefty was done for the year because of shoulder trouble. The … Continue reading BALTIMOR | A’s left-hander Manaea to undergo season-ending surgery

NORMAN, Okla. | Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21

NORMAN, Okla. — UCLA coach Chip Kelly believes his day against Oklahoma might have gone better with some help from the Oakland Athletics. The A’s selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. They signed him for nearly $5 million but allowed him to come back to … Continue reading NORMAN, Okla. | Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21

HOUSTON | White’s 9th inning shot powers Astros over A’s 5-4

HOUSTON  — After the Houston Astros wrapped up their season series with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, manager A.J. Hinch likened the last three games to a heavyweight title fight. His Astros won two of three to take the belt for now, but he knows that they’ll have to play well down the stretch to … Continue reading HOUSTON | White’s 9th inning shot powers Astros over A’s 5-4

HOUSTON | Bregman powers Astros to 6th straight win, 11-4 over A’s

HOUSTON — With their lineup at full strength for the first time in more than two months, the Houston Astros put on an offensive show against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. “When we’re healthy, we’re the best team in baseball,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. Bregman and Tyler White homered and drove in four … Continue reading HOUSTON | Bregman powers Astros to 6th straight win, 11-4 over A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. | Cahill sharp, A’s beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead

OAKLAND, Calif. — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday. Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Josh Phegley and Stephen Piscotty each hit two of Oakland’s team record-tying doubles … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Cahill sharp, A’s beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead

OAKLAND, Calif. | A’s bolster deep bullpen by acquiring Twins closer Rodney

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. The A’s sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland’s stellar bullpen. The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 46 relief appearances … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | A’s bolster deep bullpen by acquiring Twins closer Rodney

OAKLAND, Calif. | Laureano’s first major league hit in debut lifts A’s in 13

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ramon Laureano reached his hands out to each side and knew he had his first major league hit at last, a big one at that to end the game. Laureano somehow forced himself to relax with the game on the line and two outs in the 13th inning, having already failed at … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif. | Laureano’s first major league hit in debut lifts A’s in 13

Oklahoma QB competition twists with Murray’s MLB selection

Oklahoma‘s quarterback competition took an unexpected twist at the Major League Baseball draft. Kyler Murray, the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starter this year, was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. The speedy Murray has been a major league prospect since high school. He played … Continue reading Oklahoma QB competition twists with Murray’s MLB selection

OAKLAND, Calif | Piscotty felt ‘mom was with me’ during his return to A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Wherever he went on the field, Stephen Piscotty felt his mother’s presence. Two days after Gretchen Piscotty died from Lou Gehrig’s disease, her son was back at work for the Oakland Athletics. Full of sadness, but enveloped in love. “All day, I didn’t feel alone. I felt like someone was with … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif | Piscotty felt ‘mom was with me’ during his return to A’s

NEW YORK | Mariners, A’s to play next season’s MLB opener in Japan

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20 and 21, the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in Japan. Major League Baseball said Tuesday that Oakland will be the home team for both games. Both the Athletics and Mariners … Continue reading NEW YORK | Mariners, A’s to play next season’s MLB opener in Japan

ANAHEIM, Calif. | Angels’ Ohtani loses perfect game in 7th during home debut

ANAHEIM, Calif. | April 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters Sunday before Marcus Semien’s seventh-inning single broke up the two-way Japanese sensation’s bid for a perfect game in his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani had 11 strikeouts during the first six innings, striking out … Continue reading ANAHEIM, Calif. | Angels’ Ohtani loses perfect game in 7th during home debut