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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run in the fifth inning during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Offensive Onslaught Continues For A’s, Rout Giants 9-2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring, but Josh Reddick...

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A-Rod Will Bat 2nd As DH In Return To Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Alex Rodriguez is batting second in the starting lineup as the designated hitter in his return to the New York Yankees. In his first game action in 17 months, A-Rod is […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Pitcher Pat Venditte #74 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ambidextrous Pitcher Hopes To Find Spot With A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-1 to win Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants’ RHP Strickland: ‘ I Am Intense, Yet Very Relaxed’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Casey McGehee #14 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

McGehee’s Move To Giants A Homecoming

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Phegley #36 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first after hitting against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Phegley Hopes His Style Will Catch On With Oakland A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Eric Chavez #3 of the Oakland Athletics looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Longtime Fan Favorite Joining A’s Broadcast Crew

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is joining Oakland’s broadcast crew. Comcast SportsNet California made the announcement on Thursday. Chavez will work as a color commentator on 20 telecasts, starting April 24 when […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants flips the ball to second base for the start of a double play in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Confidence High For Young Giants Duo Entering 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Santiago Casilla #46 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after getting the final out in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants Closer Casilla Hit By Comebacker During BP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday. Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when […]

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Marcus Semien #5 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates his seventh inning grand slam home run with manager Robin Ventura while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 23,  2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Bay Area Native Could Be Starting A’s Shortstop

MESA, Ariz. (AP) In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. To fill the hole in their organization, the A’s acquired Marcus Semien […]

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-1 to win Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants’ RHP Strickland: ‘ I Am Intense, Yet Very Relaxed’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Casey McGehee #14 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

McGehee’s Move To Giants A Homecoming

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants flips the ball to second base for the start of a double play in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Confidence High For Young Giants Duo Entering 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Santiago Casilla #46 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after getting the final out in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants Closer Casilla Hit By Comebacker During BP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday. Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when […]

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Pitcher Pat Venditte #74 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ambidextrous Pitcher Hopes To Find Spot With A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Phegley #36 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first after hitting against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Phegley Hopes His Style Will Catch On With Oakland A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Eric Chavez #3 of the Oakland Athletics looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Longtime Fan Favorite Joining A’s Broadcast Crew

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is joining Oakland’s broadcast crew. Comcast SportsNet California made the announcement on Thursday. Chavez will work as a color commentator on 20 telecasts, starting April 24 when […]

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Marcus Semien #5 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates his seventh inning grand slam home run with manager Robin Ventura while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 23,  2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Bay Area Native Could Be Starting A’s Shortstop

MESA, Ariz. (AP) In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. To fill the hole in their organization, the A’s acquired Marcus Semien […]