In preparation for Interleague series in Cincinnati and Milwaukee, A's starting pitchers took batting practice on the field before Oakland's game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the O.co Coliseum. Pitchers say they enjoy the novelty of hitting in National League parks.
Before the A's play the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Oakland manager Bob Melvin discusses how outfielder Billy Butler has handled his role as a platoon player this season. Butler, a career .289 hitter, has been an everyday player most of his career but has started just 14 games this season and is batting .224 with no home runs.
Before the A's and Mariners played at the O.co Coliseum on Tuesday night, May 3, 2016, Oakland manager Bob Melvin talks with reporters about his team's aggressiveness at the plate this season and Wednesday's pitching match up between A's rookie Sean Manaea and Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
The Oakland A's gave away a gnome figurine of reliever Sean Doolittle before their Saturday, April 30, 2016, game against the Houston Astros. The gnome shows Doolittle wearing a Metallica shirt and plays a clip of the band's song "For Whom the Bell Tolls," which Doolittle uses as his entrance music.