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Oakland A's, Chevron pledge $20,000 each to Carr Fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's will donate $20,000 to Carr Fire relief efforts, and Chevron has pledged to match the donation for a total of $40,000, the team announced today. The donations will go to CalFire, the Shasta Community Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

The fire that started on July 23 has ignited into the sixth-most destructive wildfire in state history, affecting nearly 134,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's will donate $20,000 to Carr Fire relief efforts, and Chevron has pledged to match the donation for a total of $40,000, the team announced today. The donations will go to CalFire, the Shasta Community Foundation, and the American Red Cross.

The fire that started on July 23 has ignited into the sixth-most destructive wildfire in state history, affecting nearly 134,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

"When our community was hit by another devastating fire, we knew we had to act immediately," said Catherine Aker, A's vice president of Communications and Community. "We are proud to make an even greater impact thanks to Chevon and their generous support of an additional $20,000. Time and time again, Chevron has proven their dedication to our community."

"As an almost 140-year old California company, our roots run deep in this state and we are especially saddened to see the toll these fires are taking. We are grateful for the firefighters and first responders working to keep our neighbors safe and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the fires," said Rhonda Morris, vice president of Human Resources at Chevron.

Fans who would like to donate to the fire victims can do so at gofundme.com/AthleticsCarrFire.

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Oakland A's to celebrate inaugural class for Athletics Hall of Fame

Class to be honored before Sept. 5 game

Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson; 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and former A's owner Charlie Finley will be enshrined in team history forever as members of the inaugural class of the Athletics Hall of Fame, the club announced today. The class will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when the team hosts the New York Yankees. 

"Our franchise is built on the history of legends. The Athletics Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the individuals who have shaped our identity and brought us success," said A's President Dave Kaval, "We are honored to celebrate Eck, Rollie, Rickey, Catfish, Reggie, Stew, and Finley as our inaugural class." 

Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson; 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and former A's owner Charlie Finley will be enshrined in team history forever as members of the inaugural class of the Athletics Hall of Fame, the club announced today. The class will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when the team hosts the New York Yankees. 

"Our franchise is built on the history of legends. The Athletics Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the individuals who have shaped our identity and brought us success," said A's President Dave Kaval, "We are honored to celebrate Eck, Rollie, Rickey, Catfish, Reggie, Stew, and Finley as our inaugural class." 

The game's most dominant closer of his time, Eckersley was born in Oakland and spent 12 seasons with the A's. Eck's powerful and precise pitching made him the only Major League pitcher with 100 saves and 100 complete games. He was a six-time All-Star (four with Oakland), a member of the 1989 World Series team, the American League MVP and Cy Young winner in 1992, and the two-time MLB saves leader in 1988 and 1992. He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.  

Fingers spent the first nine seasons of his 17-year Hall of Fame career with Oakland. Fans remember him for his trademark mustache and 341 career saves. During the A's dynasty years, Fingers won or saved eight World Series games. The right-hander was a seven-time All-Star (four-time All-Star with Oakland). He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. 

"Man of Steal" Henderson holds the all-time record for stolen bases. Also known as the "greatest leadoff hitter of all time," he scored more runs than any player in history and won the World Series with the A's in 1989. The 10-time All-Star (six with the A's) was the AL MVP in 1990 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.  

The first number the A's ever retired belongs to Catfish Hunter. With four consecutive 20-win seasons with Oakland, including a career-high 25 victories in 1974, he won the Cy Young Award that year. The eight-time All-Star (six with Oakland), threw the first perfect game in Oakland A's history on May 8, 1968. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. 

Jackson left his mark on the A's in more way than one. By the time he finished his career, he had 563 home runs and was named "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason. He earned World Series MVP honors when the A's won their second of three straight World Series titles in 1973. He was also named AL MVP that year after leading the league in runs, home runs, and RBI. Jackson was a 14-time All-Star (six with Oakland). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Stewart's famous "Death Stare" was nearly as merciless as his pitching. He won 20 games in four consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1990 and recorded two wins in the 1989 World Series, earning MVP honors in the A's sweep of the Giants. Stewart was an All-Star in 1989. The Oakland native takes great pride in his community and charitable involvement. In 1990, he was named Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award winner, honoring the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual's contribution to his team. To honor his commitment to the community, the A's created the Dave Stewart Community Award that annually recognizes an A's player for his charitable contributions in the Bay Area and nationwide. 

A man ahead of his time, Finley challenged baseball traditions and introduced a number of innovations to the game designed to make the fan experience more entertaining. The franchise's owner from 1961 to 1980, he moved the club from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and built the most dominant team of the early 1970s with three straight World Series titles.

Fans in attendance for the 7:05 p.m. matchup on Sept. 5 will receive an A's Hall of Fame giveaway item, courtesy of 7UP. To purchase tickets, visit athletics.com/athleticshof

The A's will annually induct a class into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Each class will be voted on by a committee. Members of the Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored with a display at the Coliseum in the future. 

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Oakland A's establish $100,000 Endowment for Peralta Community College Students

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's Community Fund has announced a $100,000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation that will support scholarships for Peralta Community College District students.

The Oakland Athletics Scholars Program (OASP) will provide four scholarships annually for students enrolled in a variety of disciplines including Business; Digital Media & Communications; Information Technology; Hospitality/Retail; and Environment & Sustainability. Students receiving the scholarship will also be eligible to be considered for internships with the team.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's Community Fund has announced a $100,000 endowment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation that will support scholarships for Peralta Community College District students.

The Oakland Athletics Scholars Program (OASP) will provide four scholarships annually for students enrolled in a variety of disciplines including Business; Digital Media & Communications; Information Technology; Hospitality/Retail; and Environment & Sustainability. Students receiving the scholarship will also be eligible to be considered for internships with the team.

"The Oakland A's financial commitment to the Peralta Colleges Foundation is another example of our positive impact in our community," said A's President Dave Kaval. "We are excited to support the Peralta Colleges Workforce Development programs for East Bay students."

"We are so excited for this partnership with the Oakland A's Community Fund," said Nikki Lasley, Interim Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation. "Current and future students will benefit tremendously from this generous gift, without which many would not be able to attend college at all."

The OASP scholarship application will be available in the fall and will be awarded in early 2019. Qualified students from all four Peralta Community Colleges - Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - are eligible to apply. For more information, visit peraltafoundation.org.

About the Oakland A's
The Oakland A's are committed to meeting the social, cultural, and educational needs of the community and accomplish this work through the team's community engagement initiatives and its charitable arm, the Oakland A's Community Fund. The A's take an innovative and dynamic approach to support education, promote youth sports, and provide economic opportunity in order to help make Oakland and the East Bay a more equitable and inclusive community. For more information on the club's community work, visit athletics.com.

About the Peralta Colleges Foundation
The Peralta Colleges Foundation is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that supports academic excellence and success throughout the Peralta Community College District by building partnerships in the region to raise funds for scholarships to committed students and financial support to the four colleges that comprise the district.

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RHP Chris Hatcher outrighted to Triple-A Nashville

Hatcher was designated for assignment on Aug. 10

Oakland A's right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 10 after the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney from Minnesota.

Hatcher, 33, was 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA (16 ER, 34.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances for Oakland this season. Since joining Oakland via trade on Aug. 15, 2017, he is 4-3 with one save and a 3.95 ERA (25 ER, 57.0 IP) with 48 strikeouts in 53 relief appearances.
 

Oakland A's right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 10 after the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney from Minnesota.

Hatcher, 33, was 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA (16 ER, 34.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances for Oakland this season. Since joining Oakland via trade on Aug. 15, 2017, he is 4-3 with one save and a 3.95 ERA (25 ER, 57.0 IP) with 48 strikeouts in 53 relief appearances.
 

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A's RHP Fernando Rodney joins club in Anaheim

To make room on the 40-man and 25-man roster, RHP Chris Hatcher has been DFA'd

Oakland A's right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney has joined the club in Anaheim. He was acquired from Minnesota yesterday in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Dakota Chalmers. To make room on the 40-man and 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher has been designated for assignment. Left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 6, has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

Rodney will wear #56 and be available for tonight's 7:07 pm game at the Los Angeles Angels.

Oakland A's right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney has joined the club in Anaheim. He was acquired from Minnesota yesterday in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Dakota Chalmers. To make room on the 40-man and 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher has been designated for assignment. Left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 6, has been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

Rodney will wear #56 and be available for tonight's 7:07 pm game at the Los Angeles Angels.

Rodney, 41, is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA (15 ER, 43.2 IP) with 50 strikeouts in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. He has averaged over 10.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season, and has averaged over 10.0 in five of the last six seasons (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). His 325 career saves are 17th on MLB all-time saves list. Since May 1st is 22-for-25 in save opps with a 2.50 ERA (10 ER, 36.0 IP) and a .224 opponent average (30-for-134) in 37 games.

In 16 Major League seasons, he is 47-65 with 325 saves in 397 save opportunities with a 3.70 ERA (355 ER, 864.2 IP) with 874 strikeouts with Detroit (2002-03, 2005-09), Los Angeles-AL (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), Chicago-NL (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016), Arizona (2017) and Minnesota (2018). 

Hatcher, 33, was 3-2 with a 4.24 ERA (16 ER, 34.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances for Oakland this season. Since joining Oakland via trade on Aug. 15, 2017, he is 4-3 with one save and a 3.95 ERA (25 ER, 57.0 IP) with 48 strikeouts in 53 relief appearances.

Bleich, 31, made his Major League debut with the A's this year and allowed two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings in two relief appearances during his stint with Oakland from July 13 to 21. He is 1-1 with a save and a 2.91 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville.

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Oakland Athletics homestand highlights

Seattle Mariners (Aug. 13-15), Houston Astros (Aug. 17-19), & Texas Rangers (Aug. 20-22)

TUESDAY, AUG. 14 | 7:05 P.M.

GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: Elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. After the students have finished their homework, they will be able to stay for the A's game.

TUESDAY, AUG. 14 | 7:05 P.M.

GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: Elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. After the students have finished their homework, they will be able to stay for the A's game.

AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT: The A's will host their annual Autism Awareness Night. Fans can receive a special discount when they purchase tickets at athletics.com/ autismawareness. A portion of special ticket proceeds will benefit the School of Imagination, a full-inclusion school in Dublin. The A's will host a "quiet section" seating area option.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17 | 7:05 P.M.

CHRIS HATCHER FIELD VISIT: A's pitcher Chris Hatcher will host a family from Operation Care and Comfort for a pregame field visit.

BILL KING SCHOLARSHIP: The A's will present a local undergraduate college student seeking a career in journalism or broadcasting with a $5,000 scholarship for tuition or school expenses. The A's Booster Club financially supports this annual scholarship in memory of A's legendary broadcaster Bill King.

GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: Elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. After the students have finished their homework, they will be able to stay for the A's game. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 18 | 1:05 P.M.

STREAK TEAM REUNION: The A's will honor the 2002 A's Streak Team with a pregame ceremony. Alumni from the Streak Team will be available to media in front of the home dugout following Bob Melvin's media availability. 

STREAK TEAM T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: 15,000 fans will receive a Streak Team T-shirt giveaway, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.

STREAK TEAM PHOTO SESSIONS: A's alumni from the Streak Team will take photos with fans prior to the game for a $20 donation to the Oakland A's Community Fund. 

SUNDAY, AUG. 19 | 1:05 P.M.

TAKE THE FIELD WITH THE A'S: Kids from North Oakland Little Leauge/South Oakland Litte League (NOLL/SOLL) will participate in Take the Field with the A's, presented by Bank of America, a program that gives youth baseball and softball teams the chance to live out their Major League dreams by joining A's players on the field during the national anthem.

YOGA DAY: The A's have teamed up with Lululemon to host Yoga Day at the Coliseum. Fans with a special ticket will participate in a yoga session on the field from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a pregame yoga mixer in The Treehouse.

CHAD PINDER FIELD VISIT: A's outfielder Chad Pinder will host families from School of Imagination for a pregame field visit.

MONDAY, AUG. 20 | 7:05 P.M.

JDRF WALK KICKOFF: The A's and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will host a private event to celebrate JDRF's upcoming One Walk, which will take place on Oct. 21 in San Ramon. Catherine Aker, A's vice president of Communications and Community, is serving as the Corporate Chair and A's Manager Bob Melvin is the Honorary Chair for the annual walk. A's pitcher Ryan Dull has a team participating in the One Walk.

MAKE-A-WISH DAY: The A's will host 12 kids from MakeA-Wish Bay Area for a day with the A's. The fun-filled day will include experiences like the Stomper Car ride, Take the Field with the A's, Play Ball announcer, Junior announcer, and Steal a Base. 

TUESDAY, AUG. 21 | 7:05 P.M.

GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: Elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. After the students have finished their homework, they can stay for the game.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE NIGHT: The A's will host their first Native American Heritage Night, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort. Fans with a special ticket, available at athletics.com/nativeamerican, will receive an exclusive Native American Heritage Night T-shirt, designed by local Native American artist Jesse Hernandez. 

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A's acquire RHP Fernando Rodney from Minnesota

Oakland sends Minor League RHP Dakota Chalmers to the Twins

The Oakland A's announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Dakota Chalmers.

Rodney, 41, is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA (15 ER, 43.2 IP) with 50 strikeouts in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. He has averaged over 10.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season, and has averaged over 10.0 in five of the last six seasons (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). His 325 career saves are 17th on MLB all-time saves list. Since May 1st is 22-for-25 in save opps with a 2.50 ERA (10 ER, 36.0 IP) and a .224 opponent average (30-for-134) in 37 games.

In 16 Major League seasons, he is 47-65 with 325 saves in 397 save opportunities with a 3.70 ERA (355 ER, 864.2 IP) with 874 strikeouts with Detroit (2002-03, 2005-09), Los Angeles-AL (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), Chicago-NL (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016), Arizona (2017) and Minnesota (2018).

Chalmers, 21, was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 5.0 IP) in two games, including one start with Single-A Beloit this season. In four minor league seasons in the Oakland organization, he is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA (55 ER, 121.1 IP) with 137 strikeouts in 38 games, including 30 starts. He was selected by Oakland in the 3rd round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA).

The Oakland A's announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney from Minnesota in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Dakota Chalmers.

Rodney, 41, is 3-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 ERA (15 ER, 43.2 IP) with 50 strikeouts in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. He has averaged over 10.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season, and has averaged over 10.0 in five of the last six seasons (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). His 325 career saves are 17th on MLB all-time saves list. Since May 1st is 22-for-25 in save opps with a 2.50 ERA (10 ER, 36.0 IP) and a .224 opponent average (30-for-134) in 37 games.

In 16 Major League seasons, he is 47-65 with 325 saves in 397 save opportunities with a 3.70 ERA (355 ER, 864.2 IP) with 874 strikeouts with Detroit (2002-03, 2005-09), Los Angeles-AL (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), Chicago-NL (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016), Arizona (2017) and Minnesota (2018).

Chalmers, 21, was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 5.0 IP) in two games, including one start with Single-A Beloit this season. In four minor league seasons in the Oakland organization, he is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA (55 ER, 121.1 IP) with 137 strikeouts in 38 games, including 30 starts. He was selected by Oakland in the 3rd round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of North Forsyth High School (Cumming, GA).

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A's announce Players' Weekend nicknames

Oakland, Calif. -- KD, SAUCE, CHI, TOM ACE, OLY, CHAPPY, MANAEALATOR. It might not be what you're used to seeing on the back of an A's jersey, but those are just the beginning for Players' Weekend that is scheduled for Aug. 24-26 when the team plays in Minnesota.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced this afternoon the return of "Players' Weekend" which is a player-focused event that will include the players wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designed inspired by young league uniforms. Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of their jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks, and bats.

Oakland, Calif. -- KD, SAUCE, CHI, TOM ACE, OLY, CHAPPY, MANAEALATOR. It might not be what you're used to seeing on the back of an A's jersey, but those are just the beginning for Players' Weekend that is scheduled for Aug. 24-26 when the team plays in Minnesota.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced this afternoon the return of "Players' Weekend" which is a player-focused event that will include the players wearing colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designed inspired by young league uniforms. Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of their jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks, and bats.

Players will wear specially designed uniforms created for the three games with jerseys by Majestic, caps by New Era and socks from Stance. Uniform images for each of the teams can be found here: Players' Weekend Caps and Players' Weekend Jerseys.

Each player will have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. In addition, each player will have the option to wear a t-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.

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A's extend player development contract with Short Season-A Vermont

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have announced that the club has extended its player development contract with Short Season-A Vermont of the New York-Penn League through the 2020 season. The Vermont Lake Monsters have been an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics organization since 2011.

"We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Vermont; Ray Pecor, Kyle Bostwick, and the entire organization have been incredible partners," said A's General Manager David Forst. "Our players feel welcomed in Burlington and it continues to be a great place for them to start their professional careers."

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics have announced that the club has extended its player development contract with Short Season-A Vermont of the New York-Penn League through the 2020 season. The Vermont Lake Monsters have been an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics organization since 2011.

"We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Vermont; Ray Pecor, Kyle Bostwick, and the entire organization have been incredible partners," said A's General Manager David Forst. "Our players feel welcomed in Burlington and it continues to be a great place for them to start their professional careers."

In the eight seasons as an Oakland A's affiliate, Vermont has captured two New York- Penn League Division titles (2011 & 2017) and has produced current Athletics Matt Olson, Chad Pinder and Lou Trivino. Since 1994, Vermont has shaped over 100 Major League players and nine players currently on the Athletics 40-man roster.

The Lake Monsters play their home games at 4,000-seat Centennial Field, located on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. Centennial Field is one of the oldest ballparks still in use in professional baseball, dating back to 1906. Vermont was first an affiliate of the Montreal Expos (1977-2004), followed by the Washington Nationals (2005-2010) before becoming a member of the A's.

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A's reinstate Pinder from the DL; Option Barreto, Dull and Wendelken

The Oakland A's reinstated infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitchers Ryan Dull and J.B. Wendelken and infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. Right-handed pitchers Shawn Kelley and Mike Fiers, who were acquired in trades on Sunday and Monday respectively, join the A's tonight.

Pinder was batting .259 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 71 games when he was placed on the 10-day DL July 29 retroactive to July 28 with a left elbow laceration. He has started games at six different positions, including 34 in left field, 10 at second base, four in right field, three at shortstop, three at third base and two in center field. Pinder was batting .342 with three home runs and six RBI over his final 14 games before the injury.

The Oakland A's reinstated infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitchers Ryan Dull and J.B. Wendelken and infielder Franklin Barreto to Triple-A Nashville, the club announced today. Right-handed pitchers Shawn Kelley and Mike Fiers, who were acquired in trades on Sunday and Monday respectively, join the A's tonight.

Pinder was batting .259 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 71 games when he was placed on the 10-day DL July 29 retroactive to July 28 with a left elbow laceration. He has started games at six different positions, including 34 in left field, 10 at second base, four in right field, three at shortstop, three at third base and two in center field. Pinder was batting .342 with three home runs and six RBI over his final 14 games before the injury.

Kelley was 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA and .215 opponents batting average in 35 relief appearances with Washington before he was designated for assignment last Wednesday. He walked just five batters in 32.1 innings for a .250 on-base percentage. The 34-year-old right-hander logged a 4.15 ERA over his first 21 appearances but then had a 0.64 ERA and .163 opponents batting average over his next 13 games before allowing three runs in his last outing a week ago today.

Fiers was 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA and .258 opponents batting average in 21 starts with Detroit. He has walked just 26 batters in 119.0 innings and his average of 1.97 walks per nine innings is ninth lowest in the American League. The 33-year-old right-hander has held the opposition to a .165 batting average with runners in scoring position, which is tied for third lowest in the AL. Fiers is 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA over his last 12 starts after going 4-3 with a 4.78 ERA over his first nine starts.

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A's Acquire RHP Mike Fiers from Detroit

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster the A's designated left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich for assignment.

Fiers was 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA and .258 opponents batting average in 21 starts with Detroit. He has walked just 26 batters in 119.0 innings and his average of 1.97 walks per nine innings is eighth lowest in the American League. The 33-year-old right-hander has held the opposition to a .165 batting average with runners in scoring position, which is tied for third lowest in the AL. Fiers is 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA over his last 12 starts after going 4-3 with a 4.78 ERA over his first nine starts.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster the A's designated left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich for assignment.

Fiers was 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA and .258 opponents batting average in 21 starts with Detroit. He has walked just 26 batters in 119.0 innings and his average of 1.97 walks per nine innings is eighth lowest in the American League. The 33-year-old right-hander has held the opposition to a .165 batting average with runners in scoring position, which is tied for third lowest in the AL. Fiers is 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA over his last 12 starts after going 4-3 with a 4.78 ERA over his first nine starts.

Fiers was originally selected by the Brewers in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft and has pitched for Milwaukee (2011-15), Houston (2015-17) and Detroit (2018) in eight seasons in the majors. He was dealt to the Astros at the trading deadline in 2015 and went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 10 games with Houston down the stretch, including a no-hitter on Aug. 21, 2015. Fiers signed with the Tigers as a free agent following the 2017 season and is 49-53 with a 4.06 ERA in 162 games, 144 starts, in his career.

Bleich made his Major League debut with the A's this year and allowed two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings in two relief appearances during his stint with Oakland from July 13 to 21. He is 1-1 with a save and a 2.91 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville.

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Oakland A's announce Chevron as Founding Partner of the Oakland A's Community Fund

Chevron is the first founding partner of the Oakland A's Community Fund, the team announced Thursday. As a founding partner, Chevron will play an integral role in the A's educational community efforts, providing the Oakland A's Community Fund with more support and resources to extend its reach in Oakland and the East Bay.

As part of the three-year partnership with the Oakland A's Community Fund, Chevron will also be the presenting partner of the A's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives, including Science of Baseball, a 15-lesson curriculum that will provide 40 teachers in its pilot season with training, materials, and programming to implement in their own classrooms.

Chevron is the first founding partner of the Oakland A's Community Fund, the team announced Thursday. As a founding partner, Chevron will play an integral role in the A's educational community efforts, providing the Oakland A's Community Fund with more support and resources to extend its reach in Oakland and the East Bay.

As part of the three-year partnership with the Oakland A's Community Fund, Chevron will also be the presenting partner of the A's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives, including Science of Baseball, a 15-lesson curriculum that will provide 40 teachers in its pilot season with training, materials, and programming to implement in their own classrooms.

The Oakland A's Community Fund takes an innovative and dynamic approach to support education, promote youth sports, and provide economic opportunity in order to help make Oakland and the East Bay a more equitable and inclusive community.

"We thank Chevron for their continued support of the Oakland A's Community Fund," said A's COO Chris Giles. "Chevron has consistently been a proud and active member of the communities they serve, and we are happy to join forces with them to make an even greater impact in Oakland and the East Bay."

"Inspiring young people about STEM through baseball is a great way to teach teamwork, creativity, and problem solving for real-life issues," said Rhonda Morris, Vice President of Human Resources at Chevron. "Our hope is that students think about how STEM can create a better future for themselves and do great things that benefit us all. We couldn't be prouder to partner with the Oakland A's to help bring this to life."

To learn more about the A's work in the community, visit athletics.com/community.

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A's medical update on right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett

Gossett underwent successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery today

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett:

Gossett underwent successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, TX. Gossett will return to Oakland on Friday evening and resume his rehab on Saturday.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett:

Gossett underwent successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, TX. Gossett will return to Oakland on Friday evening and resume his rehab on Saturday.

Gossett, 25, was 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA (14 er, 24.1 ip) with 12 strikeouts in five starts with Oakland this season in two stints in the Majors. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain on June 5th and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 21st. In seven games, including five starts with Triple-A Nashville, he was 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA (7 er, 38.2) with 42 strikeouts this season.

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Oakland A's cancel 2019 season ticket program

Team introduces A's Access; New approach to membership

The Oakland A's will no longer offer season tickets in the traditional format and will introduce A's Access, a new membership program for the 2019 season, the club announced today. A's Access 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. Access memberships will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 3.

"To better meet the evolving needs of our fans, we are changing our approach to membership. This flexible model is designed to serve both fans who want a more traditional reserved seat plan and those who desire a more flexible and social experience," said A's COO Chris Giles. 
 
Access 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 will also include a flexible new payment plan, a 12-month option that auto renews each year. Fans who purchase 2019 A's Access this season will have the first opportunity to purchase 2018 postseason tickets, including a "Pay As We Play" option.

The Oakland A's will no longer offer season tickets in the traditional format and will introduce A's Access, a new membership program for the 2019 season, the club announced today. A's Access 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. Access memberships will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 3.

"To better meet the evolving needs of our fans, we are changing our approach to membership. This flexible model is designed to serve both fans who want a more traditional reserved seat plan and those who desire a more flexible and social experience," said A's COO Chris Giles. 
 
Access 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 will also include a flexible new payment plan, a 12-month option that auto renews each year. Fans who purchase 2019 A's Access this season will have the first opportunity to purchase 2018 postseason tickets, including a "Pay As We Play" option.

"A's Access is the first program of its kind. From access to every game to special member concessions pricing, we're focused on maximizing the value proposition for members. We are inviting our fans to truly become members of the A's," said Giles.

Every A's Access membership includes a reserved ticket plan and all seat plans held by current season ticket members are available for renewal within the Access program. A's Access plans begin at $240. Member concession pricing includes $4 20-ounce domestic drafts, $3 hot dogs, and $2.50 16-ounce sodas.

A's Access will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. For more information, visit athletics.com/2019.

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Oakland recalls INF Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville

Infielder/Outfielder Chad Pinder placed on 10-day disabled list

DENVER, Colorado -- The Oakland A's recalled infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and placed infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow laceration (retro to July 28).

Pinder, 26, was hitting .259 (55-for-212) with 30 runs, nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and a .785 OPS in 71 games with Oakland. He has made appearances at second base (17 G, 10 GS), third base (9 G, 3, GS), shortstop (3 G, 3 GS), left field (41 G, 34 GS), center field (3 G, 2 GS) and right field (8 G, 4 GS). This is his second stint on the 10-day disabled list this season. Was on the disabled list April 6-16 with a hyperextended left knee.

DENVER, Colorado -- The Oakland A's recalled infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and placed infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow laceration (retro to July 28).

Pinder, 26, was hitting .259 (55-for-212) with 30 runs, nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and a .785 OPS in 71 games with Oakland. He has made appearances at second base (17 G, 10 GS), third base (9 G, 3, GS), shortstop (3 G, 3 GS), left field (41 G, 34 GS), center field (3 G, 2 GS) and right field (8 G, 4 GS). This is his second stint on the 10-day disabled list this season. Was on the disabled list April 6-16 with a hyperextended left knee.

Barreto, 22, is in his fifth stint with the A's this season. He was previously in the Majors April 7-16, May 23-June 1, June 16-July 3 and July 14-23. He's hitting .233 (47-for-202) with 38 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 30 runs batted in and a .462 slugging percentage with Triple-A Nashville. He is batting .214 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games overall with the A's this season.

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