A week ago today, the rosters for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game were announced — and met with the usual hue and cry.
It’s such a tired act now. It’s trite. Cliché. Rote. All too predictable.Announce team. Brace for cries of favoritism, criticism of “the process,” and grumbling about snubs. Rinse. Repeat. Read More
When Tim Lincecum takes the hill today to face rising Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmerman, one pitcher will have a 5.60 ERA and the other a 2.77 ERA. Four months ago, all would assume it would be Lincecum boasting the better ERA. But that won’t be the case.
Lincecum has labored through the worst season of his career, but appears as if he’s possibly turned the corner. Read More
Travis Blackley tossed seven strong innings and Brandon Moss homered as the A’s avoided a four-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 3-1.
The A’s took the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Jemile Weeks reached on a fielder’s choice, took third on a double by Yoenis Cespedes and scored on a wild pitch by Yu Darvish (10-5). Moss then hit the first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field fence to pad Oakland’s margin. Read More
In his first full season in Major League Baseball, the A’s Ryan Cook has established himself as one of the top relievers in baseball.
Now, the right-hander can add All-Star to his résumé.
Cook was named as Oakland’s lone American League All-Star representative on Sunday. Read More
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to win his sixth consecutive decision as the A’s topped the Dodgers 3-0 at the Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday.
Seth Smith and Jonny Gomes had RBI singles in a three-run first inning to help Oakland win for the sixth time in seven games. Read More
Barry Zito’s impressive start to the season is quickly fading in the Giants’ rear-view mirror.
The 34-year-old left-hander had his worst start of the season on Tuesday, allowing a season-high eight earned runs in just 3¹⁄³ innings of the Giants’ 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on the road. Read More
Matt Cain’s perfect game not only established him as the Giants’ ace, but also gave him the opportunity to show all the baseball world, and beyond, how good he really is.
Cain has been an outstanding pitcher for some time, but he’s been overshadowed by Tim Lincecum, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. This year, though, Lincecum has struggled big time, and Cain has stepped up. Read More
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain threw the second perfect game of the season Tuesday, striking out a career-high 14 batters as the San Francisco Giants blanked the Houston Astros 10-0.
Cain's gem was challenged twice. In the top of the sixth, catcher Chris Snyder hit a flyball to deep left center that was caught by Melky Cabrera making a mini leap to prevent Snyder from getting an extra-base hit. Read More
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday there has been no resolution regarding the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose after both parties made presentations to Major League Baseball’s executive council on Wednesday, MLB.com reported. Read More
While Giants closer Brian Wilson has been joking that he’ll be ready to play in two weeks — though recovery from Tommy John surgery will have him out for the entire season — two other injured players are facing different paths back to the playing field.
Freddy Sanchez, however, had another setback in his recovery from a dislocated shoulder. The second baseman now has soreness in his lower back and will have an MRI. Read More