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Drew Pomeranz held the Rockies scoreless over six innings in Monday's start.

The lefty allowed only two hits and a walk while punching out six batters. The effort will likely help Pomeranz officially notch the No. 5 spot in the Athletics' starting rotation. In 17 2/3 innings this spring, Pomeranz has allowed four earned runs in 14 hits and eight walks while striking out 25.
Mar 30 - 7:49 PM

Billy Burns went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Monday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

Burns raised his MLB spring-leading hits total to 27, and his average to .403 (in 67 at-bats) with the effort. He's making about as good a case for inclusion on the Athletics' 25-man roster as possible.
Mar 30 - 7:45 PM

Brett Lawrie walked, swatted a pair of home runs, and drove in four runs in four trips to the plate on Monday against the Rockies.

Lawrie ripped a solo home run to left in the fifth inning against Ryan Arrowood, then added a three-run shot in the sixth off of LaTroy Hawkins. He now has four dingers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .244 average (10-for-41). Lawrie is hoping to rack up in excess of 500 at-bats this season, which would be a first in the majors for him.
Mar 30 - 7:42 PM

Coco Crisp (elbow) will not play the field during an appearance in a minor league game Tuesday.

The A's are protecting Crisp's elbow, so they'll only have him take some at-bats so he doesn't have to do any throwing. The club is still hoping to have him ready for Opening Day, but they're playing Crisp in minor league contests just in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move.
Mar 30 - 7:20 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.

He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
Mar 29 - 9:38 PM

Kendall Graveman was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, hurling 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

The 24-year-old allowed just three hits on the afternoon while punching out three. He has had an unbelievable spring, registering a 0.42 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. While nothing has been made official, he's considered a favorite to land one of the final spots in the Athletics' Opening Day rotation and a very intriguing target in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 29 - 9:35 PM

Athletics reassigned INF Andy Parino, C Luke Carlin and 1B Max Muncy to minor league camp.

The 29-year-old Parrino hit just .196 (9-for-46) with 11 strikeouts in Cactus League play. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth for the A's. Carlin is expected to return to big league camp on Tuesday where he'll catch for Barry Zito.
Mar 29 - 6:55 PM

Athletics optioned OF Alex Hassan to Triple-A Nashville.

Hassan is healthy now after finally recovering from a hamstring injury, but he'll begin the season at Triple-A. A waiver claim last month, the 27-year-old made a nice impression with his eight hits in 18 at-bats this spring.
Mar 29 - 3:05 PM

Josh Reddick (oblique) will play five innings in a minor league game Sunday.

Reddick won't be ready for Opening Day but continues to move in the right direction as he recovers from a straight oblique. The A's figure to backdate a DL move with him, so Reddick could miss minimal time.
Mar 29 - 1:14 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Chris Bassitt to Triple-A Nashville.

Bassitt had a shot to win the final spot in the A's rotation but really struggled this spring, posting an 8.78 ERA across 13 1/3 innings. He still has a chance to spend a good amount of time in the majors this season.
Mar 29 - 12:18 PM

Alex Hassan (hamstring) went 2-for-2 Saturday in his return to action.

Hassan had been on the shelf for over two weeks with a strained hamstring. He's not expected to make the Opening Day roster.
Mar 29 - 10:47 AM

Scott Kazmir was terrific in Saturday's start against the White Sox, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Kazmir relented only two hits and two walks while striking out four in the outing. He's been nearly unhittable in three starts spanning 12 innings so far this spring, yielding just one run on six hits and four walks with 14 strikeouts. The lefty delivered for the A's last season, finishing with a 3.55 ERA in 190 1/3 innings and could have significant fantasy value if he can repeat the performance this year.
Mar 28 - 7:49 PM

Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw 20 pitches, hitting 92 miles per hour, in a simulated game Saturday.

Parker and Athletics manager Bob Melvin seemed very pleased with the outing. Parker is aiming for a mid-season return from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 28 - 7:47 PM

Billy Burns went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Saturday's Cactus League match-up with the White Sox.

It marked his seventh multi-hit game of the spring. The performance brought his average up to .381 (24-for-63). He was caught stealing, lowering his success rate to 66.7% (4-for-6). If he winds up on the Athletics' bench, he could rack up the steals very quickly, giving him some limited fantasy value.
Mar 28 - 7:46 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
Mar 28 - 12:16 PM


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