A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia

After wildfires destroy Loren Smith's home, club starts donation drive

A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia

In a touching moment on Friday, the Athletics helped replace memorabilia for a 9-year-old fan whose house was destroyed by Northern California wildfires.

Loren Smith, an avid A's fan, sent a letter to the club about how much he loved to watch Oakland games and how sad he was to lose his collection of baseball cards, jerseys and baseballs in the fire.

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Christenson joins A's staff as bench coach

The A's have named Ryan Christenson as bench coach under manager Bob Melvin for the 2018 season. Chip Hale, who was the club's third-base coach before moving to the bench coach role in June, will return as third-base coach.

Christenson, 43, has been managing in the A's farm system for the past five seasons. He managed the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 2017. Prior to that, he managed at Class A Beloit in 2013 and Class A Advanced Stockton in '14, and he led Double-A Midland to back-to-back Texas League titles in '15 and '16. Overall, Christenson's Minor League teams went 391-307 (.561).

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Chapman wows A's with top-notch defense

Chapman wows A's with top-notch defense

OAKLAND -- A's designated hitter Ryon Healy calls him "a living highlight reel." Right-hander Jharel Cotton couldn't decide on just one play that was his favorite.

Talk to anyone in the A's clubhouse, and they're all amazed by what Matt Chapman was able to do defensively at third base in slightly more than half a season's worth of games.

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Youth movement to continue for A's this winter

Rebuilding A's expected to be conservative with offseason deals

Youth movement to continue for A's this winter

OAKLAND -- The A's offseason is predominantly expected to be a continuation of a youth movement that started at midseason.

The team has a solid young core that includes Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder, Ryon Healy and Franklin Barreto -- hitters that made it one of the best offensive teams in the American League in the second half.

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A's Neuse blasts grand slam in AFL victory

A's Neuse blasts grand slam in AFL victory

MESA, Ariz. -- After being dealt to the A's by the Nationals in early 2017, Sheldon Neuse put his raw power on display at Class A and Double-A. He did more of the same on Wednesday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League.

Neuse, Oakland's No. 14 prospect, went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and four RBIs as he led Mesa to a 9-4 win over Scottsdale.

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Eddie Poe is a graduate journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Treinen has surgery to remove cyst from finger

Treinen has surgery to remove cyst from finger

Blake Treinen has undergone surgery to remove a cyst on the middle finger of his pitching hand, the A's announced Monday. Treinen, who is expected to make a full recovery in six weeks, underwent the procedure by Dr. McPherson Bell on Friday in Portland, Ore.

The surgery is considered minor and a precautionary measure worth taking for the right-hander now that the season is complete. He is expected to be fully healthy for Spring Training.

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Olson, Puk named Prospects of the Year

Olson, Puk named Prospects of the Year

OAKLAND -- Matt Olson finished with 24 home runs in his rookie season for the A's, making it easy to forget he spent the bulk of the 2017 campaign in the Minors.

"It's a number a lot of guys would take over 162," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

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A's spent 2017 rebuilding on, off field

Club unveiled plans for new ballpark, committed to prospects

A's spent 2017 rebuilding on, off field

OAKLAND -- The A's ushered in a youth movement in 2017, pivoting from plans to compete when it became clear that doing so would not be their reality. Consequently, several veterans exited via trade, allowing the club to prioritize playing time for many prospects.

Youthful energy revitalized these A's, who performed admirably in the second half to close out their third consecutive last-place season. Along the way, noteworthy happenings were bookmarked.

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Optimistic A's target bullpen help in offseason

Optimistic A's target bullpen help in offseason

OAKLAND -- Buoyed by an encouraging second half, the A's are heading into the offseason optimistic as ever.

Despite succumbing to a last-place division standing for a third straight year, the A's are thrilled with the direction of the club and will act accordingly this winter, hoping to build off a finish that featured 17 wins in their final 24 games.

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Davis' 43rd HR, Mengden's gem lift A's to win

Davis' 43rd HR, Mengden's gem lift A's to win

ARLINGTON -- Athletics outfielder Khris Davis had one more blast for the Rangers before the season was over.

Davis hit his 43rd home run in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon in the Athletics' 5-2 victory over the Rangers. The home run gave Davis a career high, one more than last season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Mengden a rotation candidate after strong finish

Right-hander was dominant after being recalled in September

Mengden a rotation candidate after strong finish

ARLINGTON -- A slew of contenders will be in play for next year's A's rotation as questions abound ahead of the spring season.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden, who capped a strong finish with seven scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-2 season-finale victory over the host Rangers, has done his part to be in the middle of that conversation.

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Draft order set; A's to pick 9th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; A's to pick 9th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Graveman helps out as clubhouse attendant

Graveman helps out as clubhouse attendant

ARLINGTON -- With Kendall Graveman's pitching services no longer needed this season, the A's right-hander picked up a part-time job during the club's final weekend of play at Globe Life Park.

Graveman, who made his final start of the regular season Wednesday, put himself to work as a clubhouse attendant, going so far as dressing the part.

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Joyce, Semien homer, but Gossett struggles

Joyce, Semien homer, but Gossett struggles

ARLINGTON -- Andrew Cashner earned his career-high 11th victory in helping pitch the Rangers to an 8-4 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Joey Gallo gave Cashner plenty of support with two home runs and three RBIs in the first three innings. He has 41 home runs on the season, third most in the American League. Gallo is one behind Oakland outfielder Khris Davis, who had two hits, including an RBI double, in this game.

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Nunez's first career HR not enough for A's

Nunez's first career HR not enough for A's

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run, and the Rangers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Athletics on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

The loss was only the Athletics' sixth in their last 22 games, and they are still 39-38 since July 3. But it cut short their attempt at catching the Rangers in the American League West standings, as they will finish in last place for the third straight year.

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Davis steamrolling in right direction for A's

Slugger showing a much more discerning eye at the plate

Davis steamrolling in right direction for A's

ARLINGTON -- As Khris Davis tries to minimize his strikeouts while maintaining his power numbers, the A's left fielder is quietly discovering baseball's other true outcome.

Davis had never drawn more than 44 walks in a season before this year. In Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rangers, he picked up his 72nd and 73rd free passes -- 31 more than he totaled in his first season in green and gold.

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A's, Melvin agree to extension through 2019

A's, Melvin agree to extension through 2019

ARLINGTON -- The A's will continue riding a youth movement under the helm of manager Bob Melvin, who has agreed to stay with the club through 2019 on a one-year extension.

Melvin's contract was set to expire after 2018, but his new deal keeps him in place alongside executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst for at least two more seasons. Beane and Forst's contracts also run through 2019.

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Chapman, Manaea push A's past Rangers

Chapman, Manaea push A's past Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The A's continued their recent mastery against the Rangers with a 4-1 victory in the opener of a four-game, season-ending series at Globe Life Park on Thursday night. Texas lost its seventh game in a row.

The A's have won seven straight games against the Rangers, their longest winning streak against them since a seven-game streak in 2005. Oakland is two games behind Texas for fourth place in the American League West.

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Manaea ends erratic season with stellar outing

Manaea ends erratic season with stellar outing

ARLINGTON -- A's left-hander Sean Manaea capped an erratic season in steady fashion, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Thursday night.

The strong performance, which featured six strikeouts and just three hits allowed, marked the end of Manaea's first full big league season. The six-month journey proved to be one of great growth for the southpaw, who learned not just from the struggles he endured, but from the way in which to handle them.

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Yes he Canha! HR walks A's off in home finale

Yes he Canha! HR walks A's off in home finale

OAKLAND -- Mark Canha hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the A's their 11th walk-off win of the season, a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.

Canha drilled a cutter from Mariners reliever Shae Simmons to left for his fifth homer of the season. The 11 walk-off wins are the second-most in all of baseball in 2017, only trailing the Orioles (12). The blast was also the eighth walk-off homer for the A's, one short of the Major League record for most in a single season, which is nine by the 1995 Indians.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Wednesday.

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Joyce sets personal best with 3-double day

At tail end of strong season, veteran outfielder hopes to return to Oakland in '18

Joyce sets personal best with 3-double day

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Matt Joyce capped off Oakland's home slate with a career day.

Joyce doubled three times -- a career high -- in the first four innings, scored once and knocked in one to help the A's take an early lead on Wednesday afternoon. Though the Mariners fought back to tie it, Oakland won, 6-5, on its 11th walk-off of the season.

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What do the Martian, Babe have in common?

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What do the Martian, Babe have in common?

The A's finished the home portion of their 2017 schedule with a walk-off 6-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday -- which meant it was time for the annual tradition known as rookie dress-up day.

As anybody who's seen some of the great dress-up days in recent memory can attest, the best or most inspired are the ones that cater to a player's name or accomplishments on the field. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that rookie slugger Matt Olson was given a Babe Ruth costume this time around for a photo-op with third baseman Matt Chapman.

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Hendriks, Lowrie win A's team awards

Reliever honored for community service; infielder named most inspirational player

Hendriks, Lowrie win A's team awards

OAKLAND -- The A's gave out their team awards this week during the final home series of the season.

Reliever Liam Hendriks received the Dave Stewart Community Service Award before Wednesday's game, given annually by the team to a player in recognition of their charitable efforts.

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Rare air: A's set Coliseum mark with 128 HRs

Rare air: A's set Coliseum mark with 128 HRs

OAKLAND -- Khris Davis continues to make the Coliseum look small, and his teammates have followed suit.

Davis belted his 42nd homer of the season in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners, matching the career mark he set last year. More than half -- 26 -- have been recorded within the confines of the cavernous Coliseum, helping the A's set a record.

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A's fall short after Semien, Davis go deep

A's fall short after Semien, Davis go deep

OAKLAND -- Two former A's -- Yonder Alonso and Danny Valencia -- provided big blasts to power the Mariners to a 6-3 win in Oakland on Tuesday night.

Valencia stepped to the plate with two on in the seventh against A's reliever Ryan Dull and drilled a fastball to center for a go-ahead three-run homer. After being traded from Oakland to Seattle last offseason, it's the second homer against the A's he's hit this season.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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Cotton scratched from final start vs. Rangers

A's rookie finishes campaign at 9-10 with 5.58 ERA

Cotton scratched from final start vs. Rangers

OAKLAND -- The A's won't see Jharel Cotton pitch again this season.

Instead of starting against the Rangers on Friday, the rookie right-hander will be limited to an extended bullpen session before his offseason begins. Cotton underwent an MRI on his pitching elbow Monday that came back clean.

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A's fan gets 2 foul balls on lucky bounce

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A's fan gets 2 foul balls on lucky bounce

Chance. So much in life happens due to chance. At the ballpark, the likelihood you'll wind up gifted with a souvenir foul ball on a given evening is pretty low -- thanks to physics, math, angles and math terms like those. In short: The odds aren't in your favor.

But don't tell that to this A's fan in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mariners (or Han Solo). 

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Gossett stung by HRs; A's streak ends vs. M's

Gossett stung by HRs; A's streak ends vs. M's

OAKLAND -- The Mariners cruised to a 7-1 series-opening victory on Monday night, slugging four home runs -- including two off the bat of Mitch Haniger -- to snap the A's seven-game winning streak.

Right-hander Felix Hernandez did his part with six strong innings, the lone damage being Marcus Semien's sixth-inning solo shot. Hernandez, making his third start off the disabled list after being sidelined for more than a month by a shoulder issue, allowed just one other hit.

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Maxwell reflects on whirlwind weekend

Maxwell reflects on whirlwind weekend

OAKLAND -- Catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeled during the national anthem again on Sunday.

As one would suspect, he has received a lot of feedback over the past 24 hours, both positive and negative.

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