Tyler Clippard RP OAK 7 days ago

Clippard locked down his fourth save, throwing a scoreless ninth with two saves on Monday.

After a one-save April due mostly to a lack of opportunities, Clippard has three saves in May and has only been scored upon in one May outing. With Sean Doolittle on a rehab assignment, it is possible Clippard's days as closer are coming to an end, although it is not yet clear if the A's will slot Doolittle in as the closer right away upon his return.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Clippard recorded his third save on Tuesday night, recording five outs in a one-run game against the Twins.

Clippard earned this save, entering the game with a one run lead and men on first and third with one out. He allowed no runners in his 1.2 innings and struck out two. Clippard has only had four save opportunities through the first month with the A's and has converted three of them. He will remain the closer for the A's until Sean Doolittle returns from injury, but it is not yet known if the A's will put Doolittle in the closer role immediately upon his return.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 3 weeks ago

Clippard picked up his second save with a clean ninth inning as Oakland defeated Texas 7-5 on Friday night.

The A's haven't afforded him many save chances, but the outstanding set-up man will continue to get the ball in the ninth inning until Sean Doolittle returns from the disabled list later this month.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 1 month ago

Clippard blew the save and took the loss on Sunday, allowing two earned runs over 1.1 innings.

Clippard entered the game in the eighth inning and got out of a jam, but then blew the save in the ninth allowing a two-run double to Evan Gattis. Clipprd was hurt by a poor decision by Brett Lawrie on a ground ball that should have been an out, but allowed the double to Gattis on his own. This was only the second save opportunity Clippard has had this year and he was not able to convert it. He will hold down the role until Sean Doolittle returns from injury, likely in mid to late May.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 1 month ago

Clippard walked a pair of batters, but navigated through a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his first save of the season.

Working with the buffer of a three-run lead, Clippard walked Erick Aybar before he struck out C.J. Cron. After Chris Iannetta flew out, Johnny Giavotella drew a walk before Clippard got Kole Calhoun to fly out to left field to end the game. Clippard will hold the closer's role for the A's until Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is ready to return from the disabled list, and he'll likely see more save opportunities in the coming weeks after a number of lopsided games has prevented him from finishing close games in the early weeks of the season.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 1 month ago

Clippard took the loss on Sunday after entering the game with a tie score and allowing a solo homer to Nelson Cruz.

Clippard is serving as the A's closer while Sean Doolittle rehabs his shoulder, but the A's have not provided him with a save opportunity through the first seven games.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 2 months ago

A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed Friday that Clippard will start the season as the team's closer, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Clippard was the obvious favorite, with Sean Doolittle (shoulder) out until late April or early May. Once Doolittle is ready, Clippard will likely get most of his work in the seventh or eighth inning.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 3 months ago

Clippard agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.Clippard will likely begin the season as the Athletics closer as Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. It's unclear exactly how long Doolittle will be on the shelf, but Clippard may not have solid footing in the role with both Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Cook available as well. However, it appears that Clippard remains the frontrunner at this point to hold the position, and if Doolittle suffers a setback or can't return to form, he could have more save opportunities than initially expected.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 4 months ago

With Sean Doolittle (shoulder) not expected to be ready to start the season, Clippard appears in line to open 2015 as the A's closer.

The A's acquisition of Clippard last week is looking all the more important in light of Friday's news regarding Doolittle. While a firm timetable for Doolittle's return has not been set, he has been diagnosed with a slight rotator cuff tear and the expectation is that his recovery will push into the regular season. It appears Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012, is the frontrunner for save opportunities, ahead of the likes of Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Cook.

Tyler Clippard RP OAK 4 months ago

Clippard has been traded to the Athletics pending a physical, Jon Heyman reports.

Clippard has been one of the most consistently good relievers in baseball in his career, and a fan favorite in D.C. He will move on to an Oakland bullpen where he could slot in as the set-up man over Ryan Cook. If something happens to Sean Doolittle, Clippard also has closing experience from 2012.