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3/5/2015 | Switch-pitching Venditte continues to confound

Should Pat Venditte finally get a tour of the big leagues one day, after toiling in the Minors for years with his ambidextrous glove and switch-pitching ways, the unfamiliarity and sheer disbelief and wonder with which opponents greet him will gradually dissipate. For now, the A's pitcher will continue to perplex -- and sometimes confuse -- them.


3/5/2015 | Zito 'pretty impressive' in return to game action

A's comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs' Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn't dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.


3/5/2015 | Zito allows homer in A's duel with Cubs

The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in a split-squad game at Sloan Park in Chicago skipper Joe Maddon's first game at the helm. Barry Zito, 36, a non-roster invitee who is attempting a comeback after not pitching last season, retired the first five batters he faced, then hit Chris Coghlan with two outs in the Chicago second to set up Mike Olt's two-run homer.


3/5/2015 | Back strain could sideline Freiman for 2 weeks

A's first baseman Nate Freiman could miss up to two weeks of spring action because of a muscle strain in his back sustained from workouts, manager Bob Melvin said Thursday.


3/5/2015 | A's schedule Gray, Kazmir for Cactus debuts

A's rotation leaders Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, held out of the first week of exhibition games to get some extra rest, are scheduled to make their Cactus League debuts next week.


3/4/2015 | Chavez calms nerves in strong spring debut

Right-handers Jesse Chavez and Jesse Hahn, both strong bets to make the A's rotation barring disastrous springs, passed their first test in game action against the Giants on Wednesday.


3/4/2015 | Butler's illness gives Olson spring start vs. Giants

A's top prospect Matt Olson received a surprise start at designated hitter for a road matchup with the Giants on Wednesday, after Billy Butler was scratched because of a stomach ailment.


3/4/2015 | Semien, Reddick lead A's hitting attack vs. Giants

Marcus Semien maintained his torrid production, driving in three runs Wednesday to help pace the A's to a 9-2 victory over the Giants in a Cactus League exhibition.


3/4/2015 | A's Korach missing some spring broadcasts

Longtime A's radio announcer Ken Korach is expected to be sidelined for the early part of the club's spring broadcast schedule while rehabbing a left knee injury.


3/4/2015 | Crisp moving to left field in effort to stay healthy

In an effort to help Coco Crisp stay healthy, the A's have decided to move the oft-injured veteran from center field to left field. Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will form a platoon in center for the speed-centric A's.


3/3/2015 | Yes, A's and Mills can go ho-ho-home again

The A's returned to Mesa and a renovated Hohokam Stadium for their Cactus League opener on Tuesday, after spending 33 Spring Trainings in Phoenix.


3/3/2015 | A's optimistic about prospects acquired in Samardzija trade

The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.


3/3/2015 | Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each arm

A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.


3/3/2015 | Parker focusing on command as activity ramps up

Jarrod Parker isn't just going through the motions his second time through Tommy John rehab. The A's right-hander is putting into practice lessons he learned the first go-around.


3/3/2015 | New shortstop Semien homers twice in Cactus League debut

A's shortstop Marcus Semien made quite the first impression in green and gold, belting two home runs and finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the club's Cactus League opener against the Bay rival Giants at Hohokam Stadium on Tuesday.


3/2/2015 | With lineup set, A's ready for Cactus League opener

The A's first spring exhibition game on Tuesday will be no easy chore up against Madison Bumgarner. The good news is that Bumgarner is expected to pitch only one inning against the A's, who will counter with southpaw Brad Mills in their Cactus League opener at the renovated Hohokam Stadium.


3/1/2015 | Hassan duking it out to find home with A's

Alex Hassan blended right in on his first day in an A's uniform, walking twice in an intrasquad game with his new teammates. "Two walks, fits right in here," manager Bob Melvin quipped.


3/1/2015 | Melvin, A's to ease Crisp into game action

The oft-injured Coco Crisp will be eased into Cactus League games, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.


3/1/2015 | A's reconfigure infield after roster overhaul

The infield of the 2014 Athletics didn't last eight months. Gone are Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson, the team's best player. The primary second baseman, Eric Sogard, remains in camp in an anticipated utility role.