Grant Balfour was angry.
He had just given up a broken-bat single to Brett Gardner and thrown a wild pitch to Robinson Cano, moving the potential tying run to second base with two outs in the ninth inning.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin called for an intentional walk.
“I don’t make the decisions. He felt that was the decision to make. That’s not really for me to answer on this stuff,” the A’s closer said. Read More
PHOENIX — The game is supposed to be America’s national pastime, but the United States has not fared well in the World Baseball Classic.
Joe Torre is putting his manager’s uniform back on to lead Team USA in this year’s competition, but he cautions that there are reasons the U.S. has not won, or even made it to the title game, in the first two editions of the worldwide competition. Read More
There’s a chance the podium under the chandeliers in the gold-and-ivory-colored Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused.
With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, baseball writers may fail for only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary. Read More
Prince Fielder waved his arms franticly, gleefully calling off his teammates before catching the final out.From the moment Fielder signed his massive contract in January, an entire city had been waiting for a moment like this.
Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit’s starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL Championship Series. Read More
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night for a 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out postseason star Raul Ibanez for his second save in two games. Read More
Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers made the plays, benefited from an admitted missed call by an umpire and delivered during their few good opportunities at the plate.
The reward: a commanding 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series, and a trip home with their ace ready to start.Sanchez shut down a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter, and Detroit won without any drama this time, beating New York 3-0 Sunday. Read More
The ball soared off Alex Rodriguez’s bat in the bottom of the ninth, flying deeper and deeper to right field, threatening to tie the game for the New York Yankees.
As the A’s tracked the ball’s flight, the memories of the past two games could easily have flown through their heads.
Two nights before, Russell Martin sent the Yankees home with a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. Read More
It’s hard to flip on the radio these days without hearing the Los Angeles Dodgers being called the “Yankees of the West.”
I get it. With new ownership, the Dodgers are spending like Michael Jackson in an antique shop. But why are we so quick to compare Magic Johnson’s new pet project to the most successful franchise in the history of American professional sports? Read More
The A’s just might be the best story in baseball right now.
A club picked to finish last in the division by most experts is 14-2 in July after beating the New York Yankees in four consecutive games at the Coliseum — and winning each game by one run, including Sunday’s 5-4 win in 12 innings.
In fact, the A’s have won five one-run games in a row for the first time in franchise history, which started in 1901. Read More
The A’s have won so many games in walk-off fashion they almost expect it of themselves when a game is tied in the late innings.
And once again the A’s saved their best for last on Sunday after falling behind 4-0 early in the game.
The hero of the game was Coco Crisp, whose game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th lifted Oakland to a 4-3 win, completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees. Read More