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Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, right, is congratulated by Mark Canha after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Slugging first baseman Matt Olson receives $5M, 1-year deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:54 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Slugging first baseman Matt Olson reached agreement Wednesday on a $5 million guaranteed contract for the 2021 season, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal includes award bonuses. Olson, 26, batted .195 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs playing all 60 games for the AL West champion A's...

Oakland Athletics' Mike Minor pitches against the Seattle Mariners' during the fifth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Royals sign lefty starter Mike Minor to 2 year, $18M deal

Dec. 2, 2020 11:32 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Left-hander Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have finalized an $18 million, two-year deal, reuniting the 32-year-old starter with the club that helped him revive his career. Kansas City announced the signing Monday, bringing in the 2019 All-Star to boost a rotation that leaned...

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pinder ($2,275,000), Smith ($705,000) reach deals with A's

Dec. 1, 2020 7:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Utilityman Chad Pinder reached a $2,275,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics a day before Wednesday's deadline for teams to offer deals to unsigned players on their rosters. In addition, right-hander Burch Smith agreed to a $705,000, one-year deal. Pinder returned from a...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and took his place alongside baseball's greats. That started to change the past few seasons. And he simply couldn't resist the opportunity the Chicago White Sox gave him. La Russa,...

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 2-1 in Game 5 of a baseball AL Division Series, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rays-Yankees get most viewers during Division Series

Oct. 16, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees drew the five-most watched games of the Division Series, boosted by prime-time start times. Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win in Game 5 on Oct. 9 was the most-watched game of the round, averaging 3,723,000 viewers on TBS, the network said Friday. Among the...

The Houston Astros watch the top of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Astros' big bats go silent in ALCS opener loss to Tampa Bay

Oct. 12, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After the Houston Astros bashed the ball all over Dodger Stadium for the past week, they found it a whole lot harder to slug when they moved a couple of hours down the coast for the AL Championship Series. Tampa Bay limited the Astros' star-studded lineup to nine hits — but just one...

Robert Eenhoorn, CEO of soccer club AZ Alkmaar, stands inside AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, Sept. 30, 2020. Despite a small budget, Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar has a knack for identifying and developing young talent and then selling them for big profits, all while competing with top teams like Ajax. (AP Photo/Ken Maguire)

Dutch double play: Soccer club, Billy Beane team up

Oct. 9, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

ALKMAAR, Netherlands (AP) — Like Billy Beane, Robert Eenhoorn knows all about baseball expectations. The Dutchman was a high draft pick who never made it big on the field — losing his job, in fact, to none other than Derek Jeter. And like Beane did with the Oakland Athletics, Eenhoorn oversees a...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. signals as he walks to the mound to change pitchers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Good guy Dusty Baker guides reviled Houston Astros into ALCS

Oct. 9, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there’s a universally recognized good guy among the generally reviled Houston Astros, it’s Dusty Baker. At 71, he’s the first manager to lead five different franchises to the postseason, but is still chasing his first World Series title at the helm. The Astros...

Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson, left, walks to the dugout after striking out against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. At right is Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A's take step in playoffs, fall short of World Series goal

Oct. 9, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics took the next step in the playoffs at last but still fell short of their ultimate goal. They won the AL West to reach a postseason series following two straight years of losing in the one-game wild card round. Oakland lost the opener of its best-of-three...

Houston Astros' George Springer, left, celebrates with Carlos Correa after the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS

Oct. 9, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years after a sign-stealing scheme propelled the Astros to their first championship, Houston's star-studded lineup did little during the regular season to quiet criticism it could only hit when cheating. Back in the postseason, they're banging away as well as ever — no...