Nothing played as significant a role in the A's recently completed 7-3 road trip as the bullpen.
The 2018 Oakland Athletics are not a playoff team. But they are closer to a postseason berth than the AL West cellar.
Putting the ball in play against Cole didn't help the A's cause as they could muster just a single run, falling to the Astros 4-1.
After the April he had, being optioned was the best thing that could have happened to Kendall Graveman.
With cannabis still illegal in Massachusetts -- at least for a few more months -- the Red Sox rolled into to Oakland to smoke the (Kelly) Green.
After a five hour-and-48 minute slugfest, Matt Olson's two-out walkoff liner propelled the Athletics to a 12-11 14-inning victory.
In front of 46,028 fans on a free ticket night, the Athletics swamped the Chicago White Sox 10-2.
On the surface, it may not have been the obvious setup for a pitcher's duel: One starter a 20-year veteran who posted a 6.48 ERA last year; the other, a 29-year-old hurler coming off hip surgery.
Shohei Ohtani beat the Oakland A's in his first meaningful game in the states at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday
After an 11-inning, four-hour marathon Thursday it was like the A's and Angels were running on fatigued early-season legs Friday.
As is, Oakland is not a playoff team. It's also not a last-place team.
Dustin Fowler will wear the green and gold of the Oakland Athletics in 2018. He just won't be in them on opening weekend.
There wasn't supposed to be any major questions revolving around the Athletics infield this offseason.
Since he joined the Athletics in 2016, no American Leaguer has hit more home run than Khris Davis. Only four have driven in more runs.
The Oakland offense was the AL's 5th-highest scoring in the second half of 2017. It had the 8th-highest average, 5th-highest OBP and 2nd-most XBH.
A funny thing happened on the way to 87 losses.
Coming off a scratched start, lost to a groin strain, six days ago, Jharel Cotton made it though 5 scoreless frames Sunday before he was lifted.
After Saturday's doubleheader, Oakland and Houston Sunday afternoon seemed to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock for their bats.
With a 96-mph fastball, Charlie Morton blew away Matt Joyce for the second out in the second inning of Game 1 Saturday.
With the Athletics down 7-3 late in Friday's game, Marcus Semien's grand slam did more than tie it.
Almost as if a postseason berth lay in the balance, Oakland continues to battle.
Los Angeles overcame Oakland's three-homer fifth-inning to seize an 8-7, 10-inning victory.
A's will donate $1 from every ticket sold for next weekend's series against the Astros to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Jharel "Squeaky" Cotton was squeaky clean in Sunday's series-sweeping, 4-2 win over Texas.
Riding the red-hot bat of the AL's leader in two-base hits, the Athletics overcame an eighth-inning deficit to steal one from the Orioles.
The A's with a 8-5 win Monday, and San Francisco fell deeper into its franchise-worst hole.
Though it was merely three years ago, every member of the Athletics' most recent postseason run has now since departed Oakland.
Oakland Athletics starter Chris Smith hasn't won a big league game since June 24, 2008. His valiant effort Tuesday night wasn't enough.
The Oakland offense handed Sean Manaea an early lead, and the big lefty embraced the advantage.
Wednesday was all about breaking the norms for the Oakland Athletics.
The A's young roster is also peppered with veterans, many of whom boast high trade value.
The Oakland Athletics got a third-straight outstanding performance from their starting pitcher. None of them netted a win.
The Oakland Athletics could not have asked for more from Paul Blackburn making his major league debut.
Sonny Gray was lit up in the first, surrendering five hits, two walks and five runs to the Astros.
Oakland had "Celebration" on repeat after sweeping four from the Yankees. But the Astros changed the A's tune.
Though Aaron Judge has been showered with "MVP" for each at-bat, it was Ryon Healy who mashed a pair of long home runs Saturday.