Found July 18, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
San Diego Padres
Toronto Blue Jays
Thanks in part to the addition of the second Wild Card, the playoff picture in the American League is, at best cloudy, at worst completely and totally insane.
Through games of July 17th, 10 of the 14 AL team are .500 or better and within two games of the final Wild Card spot. That is going to make for a lot of tough decisions in those front offices as each GM makes their own respective decision on whether or not to go all-in at the deadline to try and nab that post-season berth.
There might be no team that has a tougher call to make than the suddenly red hot Oakland Athletics. With a meager payroll of just over $50 million and a roster full of youngsters and platoon players, the A's were not supposed to be in the playoff picture. Heck, most predicted they would be contending for the worst record in the American League. Yet here they stand a mere half game out.
What ever is super-famous, Hollywood-glorified general manager with an itchy trade trigger fin...
BEST OF MAXIM
Oakland is suddenly a hotbed of power. The A's, at or near the bottom of the league in homers each of the past four seasons, have 92 home runs this year, putting them in the middle of the pack. After 89 games last year, the same point of the season, Oakland had 47 homers. In each of the past two games, the A's have hit four homers -- including three in the second inning...
Outfielder Collin Cowgill was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the A's, who optioned him to Class AAA Sacramento. Cowgill injured his ankle trying to make a diving catch June 22. He was batting .271 with a home run and nine RBI in 32 games. He began a rehab assignment at Class A Stockton on July 9 and went 1-for-8 before being transferred to Sacramento on Thursday...
Dressed in a full-length bright yellow A's bathrobe, Josh Reddick snuck up on Brandon Hicks and planted a whipped cream pie in his teammate's face right there at his locker.
''How dare you avoid me!'' Reddick screamed.
''I sure wasn't expecting that one,'' Hicks said, grinning.
He should have been after he led off the bottom of the ninth...
Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with a towering home run to center for his first major league clout, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Hicks connected off Michael Kirkman (0-1) for Oakland's majors-leading ninth walkoff win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a game-ending homer for his first...
OAKLAND, Calif. -- If a game is tied for the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the ninth or later, chances are good, the team will celebrate in walk-off fashion. The A's surprising season continued Wednesday with another improbable win. Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major league home run, giving the A's a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with a towering home run to center for his first major league clout, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Hicks connected off Michael Kirkman (0-1) for Oakland's majors-leading ninth walkoff win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a game-ending...
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics' surprising season continued Wednesday with another improbable win. Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major league home run to deep right center, giving the A's a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers. It was Oakland's ninth walk-off victory of the year. Josh Reddick's hit a two-run double in the bottom...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Apropos of Little: Oakland’s Chris Carter
2. Notable MLB Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Apropos of Little: Oakland’s Chris Carter
What’s Probably Most Notable Today
What’s probably most notable today — so far as Official Baseballing News is concerned...
Hot News for GM Billy Beane
The Thursday Takeaway
Few general managers love to wheel and deal as much as the A’s Billy Beane, but charting the right course for this year’s team may prove a challenging task for the man who has been at the helm since October 1997.
Exactly one year ago today, the A’s were 43-55, and 11 days later, reliever Brad Ziegler was shipped to Arizona. On July 20, 2009, Oakland...