September 6, 2007 |
Joe Saunders threw 102 pitches Wednesday afternoon. Take away two of them, and maybe the Angels left-hander throws six or seven shutout innings. Baseball can be an unforgiving game, though, and Oakland made Saunders pay dearly for those mistakes, a fastball that Mark Ellis cranked over the left-center field wall for a three-run home run in the fourth inning and a changeup that Donnie Murphy lined over the short left-field wall for a solo shot in the seventh.
August 6, 2007 |
OAKLAND -- John Lackey's 95-mph fastballs might have seemed lukewarm compared with the heat with which the right-hander scorched the Oakland Athletics in the clubhouse after the Angels' 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon at McAfee Coliseum. Miffed that Oakland ace Dan Haren had thrown a pitch behind the back of slugger Vladimir Guerrero in the first inning -- prompting plate umpire C.B.
June 26, 2007 |
C.C. Sabathia's pager was inundated all day with text messages from trash-talking friends in California. They were telling him that he was going to lose again to the Oakland Athletics. He sent them a nasty reply. Sabathia joined Boston's Josh Beckett as the only 11-game winners in the major leagues and finally beat his hometown team again, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the A's on Monday night.
October 15, 2006 |
Milton Bradley made a name for himself this season. A good one, for a change. After two tumultuous years with the Dodgers, in which he clashed with teammates, fans and the media and had run-ins with the law, Bradley capped a relatively calm, event-free and productive season with the Oakland Athletics by thriving amid the pressure of the American League Championship Series. Bradley, acquired from the Dodgers last December, was clearly the best player on the field for the A's, batting .
October 14, 2006 |
Anyone have a cell number for St. Jude? At this point, only the patron saint of lost causes might be able to save the Oakland Athletics, who are in danger of being blown out of the American League Championship Series.
October 13, 2006 |
As a media throng closed in on Ivan Rodriguez on Wednesday night, the Detroit catcher, exhausted after an American League Championship Series Game 2 victory over Oakland, plopped down in his chair to conduct his post-game interviews. "Excuse me, excuse me," interrupted a teammate thrusting a large cup of icy Gatorade through the notepads and tape recorders to Rodriguez, who grabbed it as he would a life preserver. Owner of the helping hand? Kenny Rogers.