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A's medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs

Triggs will undergo thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs will have thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, which will be performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

Triggs, 27, was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA (24 er, 41.1 ip) with 43 strikeouts in nine starts with Oakland this season. He began the season in the A's rotation before going on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation on May 18. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 13. He made one rehab appearance with Stockton during the postseason on Sept. 5 vs. Visalia. This is the second season in a row that he has ended the year on the disabled list after suffering a strained left hip in 2017.

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Chad Pinder to receive Dave Stewart Community Service Award on Thursday

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

Oakland A's utility man Chad Pinder has been named the recipient of the 2018 Dave Stewart Community Service Award, the team announced today. Stewart will present Pinder with the award prior to the game on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a special on-field ceremony. The Dave Stewart Community Service Award is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. 

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. Even through the busy MLB schedule, Pinder visits the school and its students every month -- frequently with teammates he encourages to join. During his visits, he brings A's goodies and joins students for reading time, games -- like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. To provide further support for the school and its students, Pinder has started a fundraising page. Fans can make a donation at gofundme.com/chadpinder.  

In addition, Pinder is a constant at A's community events, participating in events like Game Night, which raised more than $90,000 for the Oakland A's Community Fund; hospital visits to deliver Starlight Gowns to pediatric cancer patients; and distributing shoes, backpacks, T-shirts and A's hats to kids from the M. Robinson Baker YMCA.

The award originated in 1996 in honor of Stewart's many years of community service in the Bay Area. Throughout the years, Stewart has been involved in many non-profit organizations, including the Oakland Boys & Girls Club and Team-Up for Youth, a program that supports healthy development for young people living in low-income communities through after-school sports and physical activity programs. 

Previous winners of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award include: Ernie Young (1996), Scott Spiezio (1997), Tom Candiotti (1998), Art Howe (1999), Jason Giambi (2000), Terrence Long (2001), Tim Hudson (2002), Scott Hatteberg (2003), Eric Chavez (2004), Barry Zito (2005), Mark Kotsay (2006), Mark Ellis (2007), Dana Eveland (2008), Dallas Braden and Kurt Suzuki (2009), Craig Breslow (2010), Josh Willingham (2011), Jonny Gomes (2012), Sean Doolittle (2013), Jed Lowrie (2014), Stephen Vogt (2015, 2016), and Liam Hendriks (2017). 

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A's announce partnership with Las Vegas 51s

The 51s will be Oakland's Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020

The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has come to terms on a player development contract with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League through the 2020 season.

"It is an incredibly exciting time to partner with the Las Vegas 51s," said Athletics Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. "Their ownership group is committed to providing a first-class environment for our players, which includes the grand opening of the Las Vegas Ballpark for the inaugural season of our affiliation. We're looking forward to working closely with Don Logan and his staff as we both work towards putting a championship club on the field."

The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has come to terms on a player development contract with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League through the 2020 season.

"It is an incredibly exciting time to partner with the Las Vegas 51s," said Athletics Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. "Their ownership group is committed to providing a first-class environment for our players, which includes the grand opening of the Las Vegas Ballpark for the inaugural season of our affiliation. We're looking forward to working closely with Don Logan and his staff as we both work towards putting a championship club on the field."

"We are excited to have the Oakland A's as our new Major League affiliate," 51s President/COO Don Logan said. "I have known Billy Beane for a long time and consider him a friend. The relationship with the A's goes back to the 1990's when they played regular season games in Las Vegas (1996). The A's have enjoyed great success at the Triple-A level with their minor league system which has been second to none. The new PDC will provide a tremendous environment for the players with the state-of-the-art amenities that will enhance player development with the indoor hitting cages, mounds and workout areas in the Las Vegas Ballpark. The proximity with the Bay Area to Las Vegas will also provide the opportunity to move players much easier regarding the roster transactions from the Triple-A to the Major League level. McCarran International Airport has non-stop flights to the numerous PCL markets, as well as the big cities, that enables our team to have the best travel in the 16-team league. This will be a great situation for our fans to watch top prospects in the A's system as well as players on Major League rehabilitation assignments showcase their talents in the Las Vegas Ballpark."

The 51s will be moving in to Las Vegas Ballpark, a brand new facility in the Downtown Summerlin area in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to serving as the 10,000-person capacity home to Las Vegas' Triple-A baseball team, the Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, nonprofit and sporting events.

Since moving to Oakland, the A's have been affiliated at the Triple-A level with Nashville (2015-18), Sacramento (2000-14), Vancouver (1999), Edmonton (1995-1998), Tacoma (1981-1994), Ogden (1979-80), Vancouver (1978), San Jose (1977), Tucson (1973-76), Iowa (1969-72) and Vancouver (1968).

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Oakland Athletics homestand highlights

Los Angeles Angels (Sept. 18-20) & Minnesota Twins (Sept. 21-23)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 | 7:05 P.M.

CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: Fans will enjoy free parking, courtesy of Chevy.  

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18 | 7:05 P.M.

CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: Fans will enjoy free parking, courtesy of Chevy.  

SHARKS/A'S SCARF: Fans with a special ticket will receive a Bay Area Unite: Sharks/A's scarf. Former Sharks player Jonathan Cheechoo will throw the ceremonial first pitch. 

A'S VOLUNTEER TEAM: The A's Volunteer Team will go to the Oakland Zoo from 9 a.m. to noon to take part in a habitat restoration and enhancement project.  

A'S AMIGOS: Kids from the Unity Council will meet with an A's Spanish-speaking player during a pregame field visit. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 | 7:05 P.M.

CAL VS STANFORD NIGHT: The A's will host Cal vs Stanford night at the Coliseum. Fans with a special ticket will receive a cobranded A's hat.

ESPORTS TOURNAMENT: Beginning at 6 p.m., the A's will host a special eSports showcase event between Cal and Stanford eSports teams in Shibe Park Tavern. The teams will compete in two tournaments, including League of Legends and Overwatch. The SF Shock Overwatch team will join the eSports tournament and will be available for autographs and photos. A portion of every Cal vs Stanford Night special ticket will be donated to the Women in Gaming initiative.

GREEN STAMPEDE: The A's will welcome the Green Stampede Homework Club to the Colisem for the final time this season. Students will watch batting practice from the field. Through Green Stampede, elementary school students visit the ballpark to receive help with their homewrk from tutors and aides and then stay for the game.

VOLUNTEER TEAM APPRECIATION: The A's will host members of the A's Volunteer Team and recognize them ingame. 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 | 12:35 P.M.

DAVE STEWART AWARD: A's utility man Chad Pinder will receive the 2018 Dave Stewart Award for Community Service, which is given annually to an A's player in recognition of charitable contributions throughout Northern California and across the nation. Dave Stewart will present Pinder with the award during an on-field, pregame ceremony.  

OAKLAND COLISEUM GOLDEN EMPLOYEES: Prior to the start of the game, the A's will recognize five Oakland Coliseum staff members who have worked at the facility for 50 years. Each "Oakland Coliseum Golden Employee" will be presented with a plaque and custom jersey. 

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 | 7:05 P.M.

STATE OF THE A'S: A's Access members will hear from Billy Beane, David Forst, Dave Kaval, and Chris Giles during the exclusive State of the A's event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Eastside Club.

SEAN MANAEA BOBBLEHEAD: 15,000 fans will receive a Sean Manaea no-hitter bobblehead giveaway, courtesy of NBC Sports California.

PORTUGUESE HERITAGE NIGHT: The A's will celebrate Portuguese Heritage Night at the ballpark. Fans with a special ticket will receive an A's Portuguese Heritage Stomper bobblehead and access to a pregame party in Championship Plaza.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND: As part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Chevron ExtraMile, fans will be randomly selected throughout the game to receive prizes like A's memorabilia, a 2019 suite, an iPad, gift cards, and more. 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 | 6:05 P.M.

EQUIPMENT DRIVE: The A's are teaming up with Pitch In For Baseball to host an equipment drive at the Coliseum. Fans who bring new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to C Gate, D Gate or the BART Plaza Entrance will receive two free tickets to that night's game. All equipment will go to the Oakland Athletic League.

JERSEYS OFF THEIR BACKS: Forty lucky fans will receive the jersey off an A's player following the game.

POSTGAME FIREWORKS: Following the game, fans are invited to the outfield grass to enjoy a 50th anniversary season fireworks display, as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by Chevron ExtraMile. 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 | 1:05 P.M.

SEASON TICKET MEMBER PARADE: Season Ticket Members will enjoy a parade on the field prior to the game.

KIDS APPRECIATION DAY: To cap off Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by Chevron ExtraMile, A's will celebrate Kids Appreciation Day. Kids will be randomly selected throughout the game to win prizes like A's memorabilia, an electric scooter, a bicycle, and more.

A'S PLAYERS FAVORITE THINGS BASKETS: The A's Wives will auction off baskets of their husbands' and partners' favorite things behind Sec. 121. Proceeds will benefit Camp Reel Stories. 

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A's Reinstate LHP Brett Anderson from the Disabled List

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's reinstated left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced today.

Anderson was 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA and .276 opponents batting average in 13 starts when he was placed on the DL Aug. 28 with a strained left forearm. It was his second stint on the DL this year as he was also out from May 19 to July 7 with a strained right shoulder. He is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA and .221 opponents batting average in seven starts since the All-Star Break after going 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA and .356 opponents average in six starts before the break. Anderson has walked just 12 batters in 65.0 innings overall and his average of 1.66 walks per nine innings is the lowest of his career.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's reinstated left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced today.

Anderson was 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA and .276 opponents batting average in 13 starts when he was placed on the DL Aug. 28 with a strained left forearm. It was his second stint on the DL this year as he was also out from May 19 to July 7 with a strained right shoulder. He is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA and .221 opponents batting average in seven starts since the All-Star Break after going 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA and .356 opponents average in six starts before the break. Anderson has walked just 12 batters in 65.0 innings overall and his average of 1.66 walks per nine innings is the lowest of his career.

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A's medical update on left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea

Manaea will undergo surgery on Sept. 19 at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea:

Manaea will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on Sept. 19. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea:

Manaea will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on Sept. 19. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The club will provide further details after the surgery has been completed.

Manaea, 26, was 12-9 with one complete game and a 3.59 ERA (64 ER, 160.2 IP) with 108 strikeouts in 27 starts for Oakland this season. His 3.59 ERA is a career best, he tied a career high in wins (12 in 2017) and set a new high for innings (158.2 in 2017). At the time of his placement on the disabled list, he was tied for second in the American League in games started, ninth in innings pitched and sixth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.79).

On April 21 against Boston, he tossed the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history and the 12th in Athletics history and was named American League Co-Player of the Week for the week of April 16-22 along with Manny Machado.

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A's promote Suzanne Alvarez to Director of New Ballpark Sales

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have promoted Suzi Alvarez to Director of New Ballpark Sales, the club announced today. Alvarez will be responsible for managing and leading a newly created premium sales unit and the team's new ballpark sales efforts. Her new role begins November 1.

"Since joining the A's during the 2017 season, Suzi has been instrumental in several key initiatives, including organization-wide strategic planning and our membership product evolution, which resulted in the wildly successful 2018 launch of A's Access," said Oakland A's COO Chris Giles. "Suzi will oversee our premium products in the Coliseum and our new ballpark sales efforts once they begin next year."

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have promoted Suzi Alvarez to Director of New Ballpark Sales, the club announced today. Alvarez will be responsible for managing and leading a newly created premium sales unit and the team's new ballpark sales efforts. Her new role begins November 1.

"Since joining the A's during the 2017 season, Suzi has been instrumental in several key initiatives, including organization-wide strategic planning and our membership product evolution, which resulted in the wildly successful 2018 launch of A's Access," said Oakland A's COO Chris Giles. "Suzi will oversee our premium products in the Coliseum and our new ballpark sales efforts once they begin next year."

Alvarez joined the A's in 2017 as Manager of Strategy and Business Operations. Prior to joining the club, she was Director of Brand Marketing at Chat Sports, leading marketing strategy, business development, and sponsorship sales for Chat Sports' national event series. She gained additional experience at JP Morgan Chase & Co. and e-commerce startup Bloomspot, Inc., acquired by Chase Digital in 2013. A Philadelphia, PA native, Alvarez has a BA from Stanford University.

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A's Recall RHP Ryan Dull, OF Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull and outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today.

Dull joins the A's for the sixth time this year and has a 5.31 ERA and .273 opponents batting average in 22 relief appearances. He was recalled most recently Aug. 28, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on Aug. 29 at Houston and was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 30. Dull pitched once for the Sounds following his option on Sept. 1 (1.2 ip, 1 h, 1 so) and is 3-2 with a save and a 3.54 ERA in 23 outings overall at Triple-A.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull and outfielder Nick Martini from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today.

Dull joins the A's for the sixth time this year and has a 5.31 ERA and .273 opponents batting average in 22 relief appearances. He was recalled most recently Aug. 28, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings on Aug. 29 at Houston and was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 30. Dull pitched once for the Sounds following his option on Sept. 1 (1.2 ip, 1 h, 1 so) and is 3-2 with a save and a 3.54 ERA in 23 outings overall at Triple-A.

Martini is batting .257 with 12 RBI over three stints with the Oakland. He batted .275 in 34 games during his most recent stint from July 7 to Aug. 29. Martini went 0-for-10 with two walks in three games with Nashville following his Aug. 30 option and batted .297 with six home runs, 40 RBI and a .406 on-base percentage in 76 games overall.

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A's recall RHP Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville

The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today.

Bassitt joins the A's for the seventh time this year and is 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA in seven starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts over his last two stints after going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts over his first four. Bassitt was most recently called up on Aug. 26 and allowed a run on four hits in 4.2 innings in a start and no decision that day at Minnesota before being sent back to Nashville the next day. He is 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games, 14 starts, with the Sounds, including 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA over his last eight games.

The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today.

Bassitt joins the A's for the seventh time this year and is 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA in seven starts. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts over his last two stints after going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts over his first four. Bassitt was most recently called up on Aug. 26 and allowed a run on four hits in 4.2 innings in a start and no decision that day at Minnesota before being sent back to Nashville the next day. He is 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games, 14 starts, with the Sounds, including 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA over his last eight games.

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A's outright C Bruce Maxwell to Nashville

The Oakland A's announced today that catcher Bruce Maxwell has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. Maxwell was designated for assignment on Saturday when roster expanded.

Maxwell batted .182 with a home run and six RBI in 18 games with Oakland before he was optioned to Nashville June 7. He hit .219 with a home run and 17 RBI in 51 games with the Sounds.

The Oakland A's announced today that catcher Bruce Maxwell has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. Maxwell was designated for assignment on Saturday when roster expanded.

Maxwell batted .182 with a home run and six RBI in 18 games with Oakland before he was optioned to Nashville June 7. He hit .219 with a home run and 17 RBI in 51 games with the Sounds.

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A's fans can tweet then swing to win a 2019 A's Access membership

Oakland A's fans will have a chance to take a swing to win an A's Access membership for the 2019 season during the team's "Hacks for Access" social promotion. Fans who engage with specific messages from the A's Twitter (@athletics) or Facebook (facebook.com/athletics) accounts will be entered into a drawing to take batting practice on the field on Thursday, Sept. 13. Any fan who hits a home run will win a pair of 2019 A's Access memberships. 

Fans will be asked to retweet a specific "Hacks for Access" message on Twitter or comment on a specific Facebook post to be considered to participate. Twenty-five winners will be randomly selected from each platform. The 50 winners will be invited to the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. to take three swings from home plate. 

Oakland A's fans will have a chance to take a swing to win an A's Access membership for the 2019 season during the team's "Hacks for Access" social promotion. Fans who engage with specific messages from the A's Twitter (@athletics) or Facebook (facebook.com/athletics) accounts will be entered into a drawing to take batting practice on the field on Thursday, Sept. 13. Any fan who hits a home run will win a pair of 2019 A's Access memberships. 

Fans will be asked to retweet a specific "Hacks for Access" message on Twitter or comment on a specific Facebook post to be considered to participate. Twenty-five winners will be randomly selected from each platform. The 50 winners will be invited to the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. to take three swings from home plate. 

The Oakland A's recently launched A's Access, which provides all members general admission access to every 2019 regular season home game, a reserved seat plan, and significant benefits that are exclusive to members. Members will receive 50 percent off concessions, 25 percent off merchandise, and parking benefits, as well as an allotment of seat upgrade credits for games not included in their reserved ticket plan. A's Access also includes a flexible new payment plan, a 12-month option that auto renews each year. Fans who purchase 2019 A's Access by Sept. 17 will have the first opportunity to purchase 2018 postseason tickets, including a "Pay As We Play" option. For more information on A's Access, visit athletics.com/2019.

"Hacks for Access" runs until Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:59 p.m. PT. One entry per person. More information will be available on the team's Twitter and Facebook platforms. Official rules are available at athletics.com. 

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A's outright LHP Danny Coulombe to Nashville

The Oakland A's outrighted left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. Coulombe was designated for assignment on Monday when the A's acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from Milwaukee.

Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville Sept. 1 for his fourth stint with the A's this year and allowed a hit without retiring a batter in his only outing last Saturday against Seattle. He was 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA and .279 opponents batting average in 27 relief appearances with Oakland overall.

The Oakland A's outrighted left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. Coulombe was designated for assignment on Monday when the A's acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from Milwaukee.

Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville Sept. 1 for his fourth stint with the A's this year and allowed a hit without retiring a batter in his only outing last Saturday against Seattle. He was 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA and .279 opponents batting average in 27 relief appearances with Oakland overall.

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Chad Pinder named A's nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball announced that Chad Pinder was named the Athletics 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. He will be recognized on the field prior to the start of Friday's 7:05 p.m. game versus the Texas Rangers.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. 

Major League Baseball announced that Chad Pinder was named the Athletics 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. He will be recognized on the field prior to the start of Friday's 7:05 p.m. game versus the Texas Rangers.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. 

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, Sept. 5th marks the 17th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. 

Pinder is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. Since joining the Oakland Athletics and making his Major League debut with the team in 2016, he has worked to make a positive impact throughout Oakland and the East Bay. 

"Chad's passion for giving back started while he was an undergrad at Virginia Tech and has deepened through his professional career," said A's President Dave Kaval. "His commitment to the children at the School of Imagination makes him a true hero in our community. We are proud he is representing the Athletics for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award."

"It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award," said Pinder. "Giving back to the community is an important part of what we do as neighbors and friends, and I'm fortunate to be able to work with such a wonderful group of kids at the School of Imagination. Roberto Clemente was a shining example of what we can accomplish by getting involved in our community, and I am proud to help amplify his legacy throughout Oakland and the East Bay."

Pinder and his fiancée Taylor have teamed up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, California. Founded in 2011, the school is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by offering groundbreaking early-childhood education programs, cutting-edge intervention services, and a full-inclusion preschool that empowers special needs children to excel along with their typical peers. The School of Imagination gives all children the foundation for success in learning and life. 

Even through the busy Major League Baseball schedule, Pinder is dedicated to visiting the school and its students every month. He has become a friendly and familiar friend to the students at the School of Imagination. During his visits, Pinder - along with teammates he encourages to join him - bring A's goodies and joins the students for reading time, games - like dress-up and toy dinosaurs, and recess on the playground. 

During the 2018 season, he coordinated to have the School of Imagination serve as the A's Nonprofit Partner of the Game. This allowed fans to learn about the school and its work with young children and make donations directly to the organization. He also held a pregame autograph session, with all proceeds benefitting the School of Imagination. 

Pinder is also a constant at A's community events, participating in events like Game Night which raised more than $90,000 for the A's Community Fund; hospital visits to deliver Starlight Gowns to pediatric cancer patients; and distributing shoes, backpacks, T-shirts and A's hats to kids from the M. Robinson Baker YMCA.

His passion for giving back to the community is nothing new, however. While a student-athlete at Virginia Tech, Chad was inspired by the baseball program's "19 Ways" program. The players-led campaign challenged the members of the baseball team to find 19 events during the academic year that helped make a difference in the community. The program provided student-athletes with an unbelievable opportunity to make a difference for the less fortunate. In the past, the 19 Ways program has allowed Virginia Tech to bring awareness to great causes, raise money for those in need, and brighten someone's day.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans to vote from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, Sept. 5, until Tuesday, Sept. 18. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21. 

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

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Oakland A's team up with Nickelodeon and After-School All-Stars for Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday

The Oakland A's have teamed up with Nickelodeon and the After-School All-Stars to host a Worldwide Day of Play event in A Lot at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oakland marks the fifth stop of Nickelodeon's summer-long play campaign -- a multi-city tour that celebrates all the ways kids love to play -- and the first ever stop in the Bay Area.  

The slime-filled event will feature Nickelodeon-themed games and activities, including an inflatable obstacle course, Nick bowling, a slime booth, costumed characters, a Nick radio dance party, and more. The event is free and open to all fans with a game ticket. 

The Oakland A's have teamed up with Nickelodeon and the After-School All-Stars to host a Worldwide Day of Play event in A Lot at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oakland marks the fifth stop of Nickelodeon's summer-long play campaign -- a multi-city tour that celebrates all the ways kids love to play -- and the first ever stop in the Bay Area.  

The slime-filled event will feature Nickelodeon-themed games and activities, including an inflatable obstacle course, Nick bowling, a slime booth, costumed characters, a Nick radio dance party, and more. The event is free and open to all fans with a game ticket. 

Additionally, prior to the 1:05 p.m. game versus the New York Yankees, kids from After-School All-Stars Bay Area's after-school programs will participate in an on-field parade. One of the program's scholars will throw out the ceremonial first pitch with SpongeBob. 

Worldwide Day of Play is part of Nickelodeon's ongoing health and wellness efforts and continues the network's legacy of promoting positive messages to its kid audience. On Sept. 29, Nickelodeon will celebrate its 15th annual Worldwide Day of Play, when the network will use its platforms to encourage kids to go outside and play. 

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A's acquire RHP Aaron Brooks from Milwaukee for cash considerations

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's have acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe for assignment.

Brooks has spent the entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he went 9-4 with a 3.35 ERA and .263 opponents batting average in 26 games, including 15 starts. He went 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts in August and was selected by Milwaukee Aug. 30 before being designated for assignment Sept. 1 without appearing in a game. The 28-year-old right-hander was originally drafted by Kansas City and was traded to Oakland with Sean Manaea for Ben Zobrist on July 28, 2015. Brooks last pitched in the majors with the A's in 2015, going 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts. He is 3-5 with an 8.38 ERA in 15 games, 10 starts, in two seasons in the majors.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's have acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A's designated left-handed pitcher Danny Coulombe for assignment.

Brooks has spent the entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he went 9-4 with a 3.35 ERA and .263 opponents batting average in 26 games, including 15 starts. He went 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts in August and was selected by Milwaukee Aug. 30 before being designated for assignment Sept. 1 without appearing in a game. The 28-year-old right-hander was originally drafted by Kansas City and was traded to Oakland with Sean Manaea for Ben Zobrist on July 28, 2015. Brooks last pitched in the majors with the A's in 2015, going 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts. He is 3-5 with an 8.38 ERA in 15 games, 10 starts, in two seasons in the majors.

Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville Sept. 1 for his fourth stint with the A's this year and allowed a hit without retiring a batter in his only outing on Saturday. He was 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA and .279 opponents batting average in 27 relief appearances with Oakland overall.

The complete 2018 and career statistics for Brooks follow:

BROOKS

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Colorado Springs (AAA)

9

4

3.35

26

15

1

0

0

99.1

100

40

37

28

74

MAJORS

3

5

8.38

15

10

0

0

0

58.0

85

54

54

17

40

Oakland Athletics