Catcher George Kottaras hit a second-deck homer to lead off the 10th inning and propel the A’s to a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, pulling the A’s within four games of the leaders in the American League West.
Kottaras homered to right field off Mark Lowe (0-2), maintaining the A’s two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card race. The Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Tuesday. Read More
Adrian Beltre hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and cranked a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Texas Rangers over the visiting A’s 5-4 in the opener of a key four-game series Monday. Read More
Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was released from Eden Medical Center on Monday with a concussion and a neck strain after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone from Pittsburgh defensive back Ryan Mundy.
After Heyward-Bey was hit, he then fell to the ground, essentially taking a second blow to the head. He was on the ground for several minutes before being strapped to a stretcher, driven off on a cart and then being sent to the hospital. Read More
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a banged-up defense when they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders today, but it may not matter. Oakland, led by first-year coach Dennis Allen, is off to another ugly start. The Raiders were gashed for 263 rushing yards in a 35-13 loss to the rebuilding Miami Dolphins last week after dropping their season opener to the San Diego Chargers 22-14.
The Raiders were inexplicably bad against a below-average Dolphins’ team last week. Read More
Don’t talk wild card or division title to Bob Melvin.
“All I’m trying to do is win as many games as I can,” the A’s manager said Thursday after his A’s came back to drub Detroit 12-4 to break a two-game slide by winning the final game of the series.
Oakland has made a living off other teams’ mistakes this year, while Detroit has spent the season trying to overcome its defensive deficiencies. Read More
Carson Palmer brings an AFC North rivalry to the West Coast on Sunday when the Raiders play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s doubtful Palmer will have any better understanding of an opposing defense than he does this week, given the 12 regular-season games since 2004 he has played against the Steelers while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Read More
Justin Verlander worked six scoreless innings and Miguel Cabrera drew closer to the American League Triple Crown with his 41st homer as the host Detroit Tigers defeated the A’s 6-2 on Wednesday.
Omar Infante doubled in a pair and scored during a three-run third inning and Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single for the Tigers, who pulled to within two games of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. The White Sox fell 3-0 to the Kansas City Royals. Read More
The Raiders’ goal of getting off to a running start in the 2012 season has hit a brick wall through two games.
Throughout training camp, coach Dennis Allen made no secret of his desire for the Raiders to be a run-first team, hiring Greg Knapp to install a West Coast-style offense with play-action and bootlegs that are designed to complement a zone-scheme running game. Read More
Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in six runs as the host Detroit Tigers survived Max Scherzer’s early exit and cruised past the A’s 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday. Read More
The reason the goal line looks so far away to the Raiders through two games is because it is.
With special teams struggling and the defense not forcing turnovers, there are precious few short-field opportunities for a team that fell to 0-2 with a 35-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
In six first-half possessions against Miami, the Raiders opened drives at the 16-, the 8-, the 7-, the 14-, the 18- and the 12-yard lines. Read More