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Tommy Milone shut out the Kansas City Royals for eight innings, and then got in just enough trouble in the ninth to ensure that Grant Balfour would have a nice, easy save chance.
A save that will go down in Oakland history, too.
Balfour gave up a run-scoring single to Billy Butler before retiring the final two batters of the game Friday night, preserving the A's 6-3 victory and notching his 40th consecutive save to tie Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley's franchise record.
''You know, it's an accomplishment. Definitely,'' Balfour said. ''I don't like to look into it too much - I'm superstitious, obviously. But I never knew about this, and it's not something I set out to do. It just happened. I still have a lot of work to do.''
Balfour has 22 saves this season to match the mark that Eckersley set from Sept. 15, 1991-Aug. 7, 1992, this one helping the A's (51-36) win for the seventh time in their last nine games.
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by John Viril—
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by John Viril—
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tommy Milone carried a shutout into the ninth inning and Grant Balfour held on for the save, securing the Oakland Athletics' 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.Milone (8-7) was in complete control before Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer drove in runs with one out in the ninth. Balfour came on and gave up a run-scoring single to Billy...
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As reported by Dick Kaegel of MLB.com,
"Gordon has been undergoing an assessment since falling against the
bullpen fence in pursuit of a fly ball in the sixth inning of
The Oakland Athletics have been without left-handed starting
pitcher Brett Anderson since May due to a stress fracture in his right foot.
The southpaw is hoping to learn more about his return timeframe today, as he’s
slated to undergo a bone scan on his ailing foot, according to Jeff Kirshman of
The bone scan will help determine if Anderson is ready to
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