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.
June 22, 2007 |
First the Cleveland Indians, then the Dodgers, now the Oakland Athletics. For the third time in four years, a team dumped Milton Bradley. The A's designated Bradley for assignment Thursday, one day after they activated the oft-troubled outfielder from the disabled list. "Ultimately, there was going to be a playing-time issue," General Manager Billy Beane said.
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 |
Frank Thomas wasn't angry after Friday's game, but the Oakland designated hitter did think Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers threw at him on purpose in the first inning, when Thomas was hit in the hip by an 0-and-2 fastball. "Kenny has pinpoint control, and I was way off the plate," said Thomas, who is 0 for 10 in the series. "He was just trying to frustrate me. It was 0-2, it was a good time to come way in. I looked at him like I knew what it was all about. I saw him hit Alex Rodriguez last week.