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5 Things The A's Must Do This Offseason

The A’s season ended in disappointing fashion last night, falling 9-8 in 12 innings in a one-game wildcard playoff in Kansas City. Oakland had the best record in baseball at the All-Star Break, but went ten games under .500 in the second half of the season while sputtering into the playoffs. 526 more words

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Orioles Add Alejandro De Aza, Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar

In a pair of late night trades, the Orioles have acquired Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox and both Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox.  773 more words

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The Jim Johnson Effect

During the off season, the Oakland Athletics parted ways with their fan favorite closer, Grant Balfour. With the closer role needing to be filled, the A’s made a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, sending Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later (David Freitas) for Jim Johnson. 575 more words

Detroit's Jim Johnson experiment is already failing

The Detroit Tigers picked up Jim Johnson just 5 days after the Oakland Athletics released him August 1. The Tigers could stand to take the risk on the former closer, turned hardly used reliever with Oakland paying the rest of his $10 million salary. 220 more words

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Tigers Call up Jim Johnson

Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of former closer Jim Johnson and will likely pitch in the bullpen as a relief pitcher and won’t close. Johnson’s injury may very well be a reaction to the recent injury of Joakim Soria. 206 more words

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‘The Tears of a Tiger’

The Mariners had more hits than Motown on Sunday afternoon. The M’s (67-56) dominated the Tigers (66-56) winning 8-1, scoring early and often, on route to the series win. 611 more words

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Tigers Call Up Reliever Jim Johnson, Demote Mercedes

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of former All-Star pitcher Jim Johnson and optioned reliever Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo after their 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. 122 more words

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