The Oakland Athletics are checking out the possibility of building a new stadium on the same site of their current home. The A’s announced Friday that architectural consultant 360 Architecture will evaluate design options for a new ballpark which would keep the team in Oakland. Team owner Lew Wolff has been stymied in his efforts to get a new stadium. At one point Wolff tried to get approval to move the A’s 30 miles south to Fremont but met resistance by the San Francisco Giants who claim territorial rights.

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Angels right-hander Garrett Richards sustained a torn patellar tendon in his left knee during a nasty tumble Wednesday night and will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Richards’ knee buckled when he was covering first base during a game against the Boston Red Sox. The loss of Richards is a big blow for the first-place Angels in their bid to win the American League West title and reach the postseason. Richards, having an ace-like season with a 13-4 record and a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts, went down in a heap covering first base in a game against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park and suffered what manager Mike Scioscia called at the time “a significant injury.”

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(Adds Padres-Dodgers game) Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Angels 8, Red Sox 3 The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox, but lost 13-game winner Garrett Richards to what appeared to be a serious knee injury. In winning their third straight game, the Angels wiped out a 3-0 deficit and scored five runs in the fifth inning while their bullpen shut down the Red Sox. The win, their fifth in six games on a road trip, moved Los Angeles (75-50) a game and a half ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

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Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he has been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on his use of chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Schilling discussed details on WEEI-FM in Boston on Wednesday. The former Red Sox right-hander announced in February that he had cancer but hadn’t disclosed what kind. None of it was enough to ever make me quit.” Schilling revealed the type of cancer two months after Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54 of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco.

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Struggling right-hander Jason Hammel’s turn in the rotation will be skipped Friday when the A’s open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s have an off day Thursday, which allowed manager Bob Melvin to skip his No. 5 starter and line up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir for the weekend. “I see a lot of positives,” Hammel said Tuesday before the Athletics’ 6-2 victory against the New York Mets. Hammel will rejoin the rotation next week during Oakland’s three-game series at Houston, which begins Monday.

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Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him ”frustrated.” The Oakland Athletics still don’t have the new ballpark he says he believes they desperately need. Selig praised all parties after the A’s recently reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority to stay at the rundown Coliseum. Whether the A’s are able to one day build a new stadium at the current Coliseum site or elsewhere in Oakland, Selig will support the team’s ideas. ”I’ve always said the local club, they know their market best.” Sitting next to fraternity brother and longtime friend, A’s owner Lew Wolff, Selig acknowledged the criticisms of Oakland’s ballpark situation while saying, ”It’s complicated, it’s very complicated.” Earlier this year, the City of San Jose appealed a judge’s decision throwing out a key argument in its lawsuit against Major League Baseball over the A’s plans to relocate to San Jose, where the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights.

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BOSTON — C.J. Wilson and four relievers combined on a nine-hitter, and the Los Angeles Angels took over sole possession of first place for the first time since Opening Day 2013 with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

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Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Monday: – - – - SOCCER Premier League Burnley v Chelsea (1900) Premier League new boys welcome Chelsea to Turf Moor BURNLEY, England – Burnley have been handed a tough baptism on their return to the top flight when Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea visit Turf Moor for their opening game of the new Premier League season. …

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