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A’s offense goes kaput in another shutout loss

The A’s felt as if they’d finally found some firm footing with wins Sunday and Monday, scoring eight runs in each — only to be shut out Tuesday by Wade LeBlanc, who was unable to land a regular job in the Angels’ [Read entire story]

Crisp’s neck problems bring about swing adjustment

Crisp’s numbers have dipped since his injury; he is hitting .243 (17-for-70) in 17 games after missing five games with the neck problem — but hitting coach Chili Davis said that he likes what Crisp has been doing [Read entire story]

A’s open big lead, hang on to beat Angels 8-4

Facing the Angels, the team that swept four games from the A’s in Anaheim last month and wrested away the division title last week, Oakland scored early, often and against a left-handed starter in an 8-4 victory. The [Read entire story]

Defensive lapses cost A’s in 6-3 loss to Texas

Defensive breakdowns tinged Oakland’s 6-3 loss to Texas, one of the A’s worst nights in the field this season, from botched throws to insufficient back-up work to inattentiveness. Texas scored three runs in the [Read entire story]

A’s postseason outlook rises, falls with each game

“If they get into the postseason — and I think they will now — they’ll win the World Series,” said the scout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he’s employed by a rival club. A bold prediction [Read entire story]

A’s shuffle rotation for crucial games

SEATTLE — The A's announced that Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray will pitch against the Rangers this week. With Kansas City and Seattle right on Oakland’s tail in the wild-card race, there’s a good [Read entire story]

A’s lose to Mariners, barely hold on to wild-card lead

The A’s lost their designated hitter early on, forcing starter Jason Hammel to hit — and Hammel, a former National League pitcher, contributed to a rally with a bunt in the fourth inning that helped lead to a [Read entire story]

Doolittle sits for a spell

SEATTLE -Sean Doolittle is back in the A’s bullpen, but he remains on voodoo duty. “I’ve been trying voodoo and black magic in the bullpen to try to get us some runs, and it hasn’t really been working,” [Read entire story]

Shorthanded catching platoon hurting A’s

CHICAGO — One highly overlooked facet of the A's recent poor stretch is the impact of not having their three-headed catcher platoon available. The team's platoon system is a tricky beast, a delicate balance, and [Read entire story]

Error costly as A’s blow lead, fall to White Sox 2-1

The White Sox, helped enormously by an error by Oakland first baseman Nate Freiman in the eighth inning, got a two-out, two-run single from Avisail Garcia right after an intentional walk, all Chicago needed to beat the [Read entire story]

Michael Taylor was Cats’ meow

When the A’s traded minor-league outfielder Michael Taylor to the White Sox in June, Taylor left as Triple-A Sacramento’s all-time leader in games (511), at-bats (1,900), hits (521), and RBIs (325). Without Taylor [Read entire story]

Flowers’ homers doom A’s to 12-inning loss

On Monday, with Oakland struggling to produce some semblance of consistent offense, back-to-back homers by Josh Reddick (a two-run shot) and Jed Lowrie felt like a power bonanza. With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth [Read entire story]

Fewer miles next year

CHICAGO — Oakland’s terrific first half this season coincided with a rough travel schedule: five three-city trips that each included a leg outside the Pacific time zone, four of them in the Eastern time zone. [...] [Read entire story]