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Longtime A’s second baseman Mark Ellis retires

Mark Ellis, who spent nine of his 12 major-league seasons with the A’s, is retiring. All those great pitching staffs I played behind, I tried to do anything I could to help them win. In 2006 with Oakland, Ellis [Read entire story]

Sean Nolin eager to help new team after surgery

Sports hernia surgeries don’t usually keep athletes out a terribly long time, but in left-hander Sean Nolin’s case, he had torn muscles on both side of his groin and an abductor muscle repaired. Standard recovery [Read entire story]

Zito revamps motion in effort to make A’s rotation

Wearing No. 75, his hair long and shaggy again, Barry Zito looks much as he did during his A’s heyday a decade earlier. [...] following his first official throwing session with the A’s on Saturday, Zito, now 37, [Read entire story]

A’s rave about new Hohokam home

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “new” Hohokam Stadium is Friday, but the A’s were trickling in steadily much of the day Thursday, as pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp and many position players [Read entire story]

Barry Zito to sign a minor-league deal with Oakland A’s

Barry Zito, who spent the first seven years of his major-league career with the A’s and won the Cy Young award with the club in 2002, is returning to the team. The Chronicle learned Monday evening that Zito will [Read entire story]

Chavez could become part of A’s broadcast team

The A’s are in discussions to bring former third baseman Eric Chavez back — in the broadcast booth. The six-time Gold Glove winner, who retired last season and now is working as a special assistant in the Yankees [Read entire story]

Many new faces but same high expectations at A’s FanFest

FanFest often is a get-to-know-you event for the A’s players, given the frequent roster turnovers. “This is a straight-up orientation, right?” starter Scott Kazmir said with a grin, glancing around at all the [Read entire story]

Billy Butler set to sign a 3-year contract with A’s

The team late Tuesday confirmed only that there were talks ongoing with the free-agent designated hitter-first baseman but all indications were that a deal is in place pending a physical. According to Internet site [Read entire story]

Farhan Zaidi leaves A’s to become Dodgers’ general manager

Farhan Zaidi, one of the A’s two assistant general managers, will be introduced as the Dodgers’ general manager in a news conference scheduled for Thursday, The Chronicle confirmed Tuesday. Zaidi is the latest in a [Read entire story]

Royals faced tough pitching, grounders out of reach

Facing Bumgarner for the second time in a week proved to be no help at all, and the Royals now have a do-or-die situation awaiting them back home at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday after falling 5-0 in Game5 of the World [Read entire story]

Giants’ outpouring of runs keeps Royals’ Big 3 on bench

Up three runs in the third inning, all the Royals had to do, in theory, was hold things there — or at least keep a lead — through the sixth and let the killer K.C. relief trio take over. The Giants emerged with five [Read entire story]

Shields’ start is short, and not very sweet

Shields, the Royals’ right-hander, is going to need to do a lot of forgetting after giving up five runs in three-plus innings Tuesday in the Giants’ 7-1 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. Shields, [Read entire story]

Ned Yost’s Southern ways hide his Bay Area roots

A fun pop quiz for Royals players: Really?, asked Kansas City outfielder Josh Willingham, an Alabaman who spent a season playing for the A’s. Yost also has memories of the A’s championship teams of the 1970s — he [Read entire story]

Usually reliable Cardinals let down by defense again

For the second postgame session in as many days, a member of the Cardinals stood in front of his locker discussing defensive efforts that went awry. The Giants, always capitalizing on the slightest failure, scored three [Read entire story]

John Lackey, and maybe A.J. Pierzynski, await for Giants

Game 3 of the National League Championship Series will feature at least one and very likely two villains of the Giants’ past. John Lackey, who helped the Angels take the 2002 World Series against San Francisco, will [Read entire story]

Nationals could start Ryan Zimmerman in Game 3

Washington manager Matt Williams said during Sunday’s interview session that Zimmerman, who is recovering from a torn hamstring, could be a consideration to start. Zimmerman, one of the Nationals’ top right-handed [Read entire story]

Final accounting of A’s injuries

Had the A’s advanced past Tuesday’s American League wild-card game against the Royals, injuries would have claimed two more players. The A’s would have had to activate Bryan Anderson, a September call-up who got [Read entire story]

Expect Billy Beane & Co. to add new pieces to A’s jigsaw puzzle

Cycles are short for the Oakland A’s, general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday after the team’s excruciating 12-inning loss to the Royals in the American League wild-card game. [...] the feeling is that Beane and [Read entire story]

A’s lose 9-8 to Royals in 12 innings in AL wild-card game

[...] a 9-8 loss in 12 innings in the American League wild-card game pounded that home, especially with the team losing two players, catcher Geovany Soto and center fielder Coco Crisp, to injuries before the end of the [Read entire story]

A’s roster is manned by the walking wounded

Josh Donaldson stayed off his injured left leg Monday and said before Tuesday’s game that it was feeling a little better, though running the bases still probably wasn’t going to be great. Pinch runner Billy Burns [Read entire story]