Marc-ing his territory

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics shortstop, grew up in the Bay Area and loved baseball. Everyone in his family was a San Francisco Giants fan. Semien’s grandmother took him to those games, and he remembers watching Barry Bonds play ball at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) and saw Bonds’ 700th career home run. “Honestly, I’m happy…

Semien glad for family support in Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marcus Semien grew up in the Bay Area as a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan. Today, he is the starting shortstop for the Oakland A’s, and he couldn’t be any happier. Semien grew up in El Cerrito, California, and attended high school in Berkeley. He played many sports throughout his childhood, but…

Semien: ‘Just focus on today’

OAKLAND, Calif. — What went through Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien’s mind in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles last Tuesday when he hit that home run? “Before that at-bat they walked a guy to get to me… gave me a little bit of extra fire to do more,” Semien said in a recent pre-game interview with the…

A’s play strong, but fall in 10 to Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. —  On Aug. 8 in front of a crowd of about 16,000, AL West rivals the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros squared off in a game that would take an extra innings to solve. In a 10-inning game — which saw everything from home runs to exceptional defense — the Houston Astros ultimately came out…

Column: Marcus Semien in a change of atmosphere

OAKLAND, Calif.—Welcome to California, where people cheer louder when it rains than when Brett Lawrie hits a 447-foot bomb. An unimpressive season for the A’s thus far, sitting at the bottom of the AL table, things need to change. I sat down with Marcus Semien yesterday to talk to him about the tough season and what…

Nationals fans happy, but still want more

An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled pitcher Jordan Zimmermann’s name. Washington Nationals fans are enjoying their team’s recent hot streak, but many want the hometown team to take its success to a higher level and contend for the World Series. As of Friday, the Nats hold first place in the National League East by…