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The Athletics have been patiently waiting for All-Star Jed Lowrie to awaken from his second-half slumber.
In what was an oddly low-scoring series through the first two games, the A’s proved they can win with less just as effectively as they can with more.
As contenders continue to fold around them, the Athletics continue to climb up the American League playoff ladder.
If you weren't one of the 146,290 fans who were in attendance at the Oakland Coliseum over the weekend, you missed a lot.
When the Athletics traded for Jeurys Familia, games like Sunday's were exactly what they had in mind.
After about three hours of baseball, what was left of the 56,310 at the Oakland Coliseum got their first real bit of excitement.
Stephen Piscotty stayed as hot as an Independence Day firecracker Sunday, finishing the first half on a nine-game hitting streak.
Jed Lowrie will almost certainly be named an injury replacement in the coming days, joining Blake Treinen in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.
It's hard to imagine Matt Chapman improving defensively, but that has become quite feasible.
Though he continues to search at the plate after a right hand injury, Matt Chapman has made his return very visible in the field.
When Edwin Jackson tossed six one-run innings in Detroit, he became the 12th Athletics pitcher to make a start this season.
Cleveland unleashed a late-inning rally over the A's en route to a 15-3 stomping Sunday afternoon.
His second cortisone shot in just about four months, this time higher in the thumb in the joint near the wrist, has left Chapman pain-free.
Despite a laborious first two innings, Paul Blackburn settled down to retire 14 of 15 en route to a 3-1 Oakland win.
For the first time in four days, the Athletics offense found the scoreboard first Saturday afternoon.
Matt Chapman has been struggling with lingering pain in his right hand since the end of the 2017 season.
The Athletics continued their early-season tumble down the AL West rabbit hole Friday night.
The Astros jumped on starter Frankie Montas and the Athletics early. And in the same way they had done all series, they never let up.
Evan Gattis tagged Daniel Mengden with a three-run homer and two-run double to hand the A's a 6-3 loss.
Since 2016, Khris Davis has swatted 102 home runs, more than any other major leaguer in that time. He is in search of his first ASG nod.
Chris Bassitt held the Royals to three hits and one run, but on this Saturday afternoon, that wasn't good enough to beat Danny Duffy.
Over six innings, Paul Blackburn held Kansas City to three hits while coaxing 12 ground-ball outs.
After mustering just one hit Wednesday night and three runs in the previous three game, the A's got the offense going.
With their entire roster slumping, the Oakland offense is hardly in position to overcome a three-run deficit.
For the third time in four starts, Trevor Cahill was absolutely overwhelming at home.
Frankie Montas, recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, did his best to match Daniel Mengden's Saturday gem.
It wasn't pretty. But with a 4-3 victory Thursday afternoon, the Athletics brought to a close their five-game home losing streak.
Davis, who leads the A's and is among baseball's top 10 in home runs and RBIs, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
The A's couldn't navigate the cold, wet, Seattle-like weather at the Oakland Coliseum Tuesday night, falling 3-2 in 10 innings.
Nothing played as significant a role in the A's recently completed 7-3 road trip as the bullpen.
Daniel Mengden was given the chance to start the ninth Tuesday night but was unable to finish.
It's difficult for a pitcher to make thirteen starts without a win. It's even harder to make all of those starts at home.
Through seven games this season, Oakland starters have finished six innings just twice. Both of those starts have been delivered by the left arm of Sean Manaea.
Chad Pinder may have the athleticism to play all nine positions in a single MLB game. The A's might have wished he had Tuesday night.
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.