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The 2018 Oakland Athletics are not a playoff team. But they are closer to a postseason berth than the AL West cellar.
Sean Manaea struggled through his worst start of the season Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
Behind Mengden, back-to-back first-inning homers from Davis and Olson, and some clutch late-inning at-bats, the A's top the O's.
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.
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.
Certain levels of fanfare come with the title of "Japanese Babe Ruth." Shohei Ohtani brought it all to Oakland over the weekend.
Daniel Mengden battled for 5-2/3 innings, but his six runs surrendered were too many for the A's to overcome.
Marcus Semien sent most of the nearly-30,000 home happy when he slapped an 11th-inning walkoff single to center.
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.
"Opportunistic" is one word that can be used to describe the Athletics' 2017 season.
Mark Canha sent Oakland fans home happy one final time in 2017 with a walkoff blast in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mariners again denied the Athletics a chance at their first winning month since April 2016.
The Mariners sent the previously overpowering Oakland pitchers reeling with a seven-run outburst.
After Saturday's doubleheader, Oakland and Houston Sunday afternoon seemed to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock for their bats.
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.
Jharel "Squeaky" Cotton was squeaky clean in Sunday's series-sweeping, 4-2 win over Texas.
Topping the order for seventh time this season, Marcus "Mahkus" Semien collected two hits and drew a walk, scoring two runs.
Kansas City overcame two late A's runs by pushing across the deciding 13th run of the game in the ninth.
Cam Gallagher is anything but a power hitter. In seven minor league seasons, Gallagher had hit 26 home runs — never more than five in a year.
So, it’s only fitting — given the way Jharel Cotton‘s season has…
Baltimore handed Sean Manaea a third-consecutive poor start, knocking the lefty out before the vendor popcorn finished popping.
As Oakland's diminished postseason hopes fade into the ether, the Athletics enjoyed success in their own personal world series.
The A's with a 8-5 win Monday, and San Francisco fell deeper into its franchise-worst hole.
As the Athletics continue their tumble down the rabbit hole of stagnation, Chapman has emerged as the latest beacon of a nearing baseball wonderland.
Bob Melvin pulled the plug on his young starter after just 76 pitches. In hindsight the move may have been a bit premature.
The Oakland Athletics have spent much of the 2017 season living and dying by the home run. Wednesday was a completely different story.
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.
It took Sonny Gray a while to settle in. But when he did, he blew by Cleveland, carrying Oakland to a 5-0 win.
The Oakland Athletics got a third-straight outstanding performance from their starting pitcher. None of them netted a win.
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.
In their third attempt at a series sweep this season, the A's once again came up short.