Oakland A's

Oakland A's

Alcantara improves in A’s 3-2 loss to Mariners

Raul Alcantara got the A’s to the sixth inning tied with the Seattle Mariners, an improvement over his shaky debut last week. Oakland lost 3-2 when closer Ryan Madson allowed three consecutive hits in the ninth, including the go-ahead single by Seattle shortstop Ketel Marte.

Oakland A's

A's release discontented DH Billy Butler

While the A’s were breaking down their three-time playoff roster in the winter of 2014, they also made one conspicuous free-agent signing, inking Billy Butler for three years and $30 million with hopes he could help anchor their lineup as their designated hitter.

Videos

The Shift: Variations on a theme

A look at various infield shifts employed in recent Giants and A's games. MLB teams are shifting more than ever this season, posing a challenge to hitters.
Matt Kawahara The Sacramento Bee
The Shift: Variations on a theme 2:05

The Shift: Variations on a theme

A's pitchers get into swing of Interleague play 1:38

A's pitchers get into swing of Interleague play

A's manager Bob Melvin appreciates how Billy Butler has handled difficult situation 1:22

A's manager Bob Melvin appreciates how Billy Butler has handled difficult situation

A's manager Bob Melvin breaks down his aggressive lineup 1:25

A's manager Bob Melvin breaks down his aggressive lineup