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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Aug 2, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

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Giants 2, Phillies 1: A few days ago Jonathan Papelbon watched his team lose another game and said “I definitely didn’t come here for this.” Well, they didn’t show up at the ballpark yesterday expecting Papelbon to give up four singles and blow the lead. Again. Cole Hamels‘ eight shutout innings were for naught and the Phillies continue to sink.

Rangers 7, Diamondbacks 1: Yu Darvish was not messing around. He struck out 14 in seven innings — and 10 of the first 13 batters he faced — while shutting out the snakes and allowing only five hits. He has 10 games of double digit strikeouts this season.

Cardinals 13, Pirates 0: Well, I suppose five-game sweeps are hard to come by. The Cardinals scored a baker’s dozen without the aid of a homer. Just a big conga line around the base paths, chasing Charlie Morton and pounding Jeanmar Gomez. Pittsburgh still has the division lead, but the Cards head on to Cincy with at least a bit of pride restored.

Orioles 6, Astros 3: Bud Norris just got traded away from Houston on Wednesday and here he is beating them on Thursday. What a fine how-do-you-do. Chris Davis homered again. “Glad to see he’s back on the ‘roids after a few days off,” said half of the Internet.

Marlins 3, Mets 0: Tom Koehler is not as famous as Matt Harvey but he was better than him on this day. Six shutout innings for the Marlins’ starter. All three of the Marlins runs came in the sixth off a clearly tiring Harvey. Miami has taken 10 of 15 from New York this season.

Indians 6, White Sox 1: Two homers for Ryan Raburn and a continuation of the Tribe’s surge. I called them as a surprise wild card contender before the season began. I had no idea that they’d hang this close to the Tigers into August. After the Marlins this weekend they get four against the Tigers at home. This is gonna be good.

Royals 7, Twins 2: The Royals are just as hot as the Indians, if not hotter. But they’re not gaining ground given how good both Cleveland and Detroit are doing. Still, this is giving hope to Royals fans. Royals fans have had hope before. For the past 25 years or so it’s always been dashed. But I suppose it’s better than nothing. Well, at least if you’re not a big Shawshank fan, then you may disagree.

Red Sox 8, Mariners 7: Whoa. Just your everyday six-run bottom of the ninth to give the home team the win when they started the frame down 7-2. Tom Wilhelmsen and Oliver Perez provided the kerosene and match, respectively. They had better sleep with one eye open for the next few nights as Felix Hernandez — whose one-run in seven innings performance was wasted — would probably like to kill everyone in Seattle’s bullpen these days.

Braves 11, Rockies 2: Well, Atlanta didn’t put up a six-spot in any inning for the first time this series, but they still beat the tar out of the Rockies. Really, this may have  been the biggest beatdown in any series by any team in the majors this year. Colorado was outscored 40-13 in the four-game set. Two homers for Justin Upton. Eleven strikeouts for Julio Teheran.

Dodgers 6, Cubs 4: Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo each homered twice for the Cubs, but they only had five hits in all and that’s just not enough. Yasiel Puig hit a two-run shot in the ninth. The Dodgers had to be tired as they didn’t get to their hotel in Chicago until 7:30 yesterday morning, but I guess beating the Cubs doesn’t require full energy these days.

Angels 8, Blue Jays 2: Bet a lot of people thought this would be an ALCS matchup. Oh well. The Angels had a four-run first inning, fueled by a Mark Trumbo homer. J.B. Shuck drove in three. On the bright side for Toronto, the loser of this series gets The 2013 Under Achiever Award, so they’re in the lead now. Wondering what that award looks like. Maybe a trophy with a little Christian Slater figurine on top?

  1. cur68 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    That Christian Slater thing was cold, man. Real cold. Too bad it’s true.

    • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:36 AM

      Get thee to the airport!

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Finally at the gate. The US Border people are suspicious of my 1812 change. Any reminder of the counter invasion makes them cry. Poor things. Perhaps if I dose them with maple syrup and seal blubber they’ll give me my belt and shoes back?

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Don’t let him in, border agents! Those Canucks can’t be trusted. They’ll burn our White House and steal the women.

      • cur68 - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        Its far, FAR to late for that, my dear….mhuhahahahahahaaaaaaa…

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        She’s not kidding, y’all should probably call in the Mounties too. Dude was already stealing our women before he even crossed the border.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        blue is using his NSA-monitored emails to assure that cur gets searched at the border on the way back.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      It is time for the Jays to drop Josh Johnson. I do not care if they DFA him, simply release him, or place him on the DL. Last season, he got better in the second half than the first half. This year, he has gotten worse as the year has gone on. It has to be discouraging to the other players to see Johnson pitch. He is also abusing the bullpen. It is ridiculous to expect the pen to continue to pitch 6 innings during his starts.

      After yesterday’s game, the Jays placed a hobbled Melky Cabrera on the DL and replaced him with relief pitcher Neil Waggoner. Because of overwork, The Jays have to have 8 pitchers in the pen. Fortunately, all 8 of them are very good.

      Since J. A. Happ is not yet ready to replace Johnson, it is time to give the ball to Marcus Stroman who has been lights out in his recent starts in Double A. Stroman was a first round draft pick out of Duke last season. Lets see if he is ready for MLB. He can’t be any worse than Johnson.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        Edit function; Wagner is the correct spelling not Waggoner.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        You leave Josh “1 win” Johnson alone!! He isn’t going anywhere and he was a center piece of the big trade that is now known as the Toronto heist!! Keep up the good work Josh!!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        I have some pity for Harry. Not only was Harry traumatized in his youth by a family of Blue Jays, but he also suffered a great personal indignity when a large flock of Canada Geese let it rip when flying over him.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        oh here we go with the 3rd grade bird jokes, this is pc’s way of saying the truth hurts so much I better try to change the subject FAST!!!

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        You leave Dirty “1 Note” Harry alone! What would the poor dumb schlub do without his weltschmerz? He’d actually have to think of another dead horse to beat – and would doubtless sprain a whole bunch of atrophied synapses in the process.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Of course you remember the song “Johnny One Note” by Rogers and Hart. Not one of my favorites.

        As far as Harry is concerned, I am sure that he will find another subject that interests him such as pork and beans.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        I was also thinking of the song “One Note Man” by the Youngbloods, on their debut eponymous album –

        I am a one note man
        I play it all I can
        In this life of mine, in this life of mine
        I play it all the time

        It’s an old southern folk motif. I doubt very much if they had Harry in mind in 1967 since they already had Harold Stassen’s presidential candidacy to work with if they craved ennui.

        Meanwhile, what is JJ’s problem, really? He is truly awful this year but I haven’t had a chance to watch any of his games. Velocity? Location? Both? Is he still trying to throw in the upper 90s instead of working on some other approach? Any indication that his elbow or shoulder issues are acting up on him again?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        The problem is not velocity. He still hits the mid 90’s. His pitches have either been off the plate or they have been very hittable. No indication of a problem with his elbow or shoulder. He does have tendinitis in one knee.

  2. aceshigh11 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    “…Papelbon to give up four singles and blow the lead…”

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      you say that now but a few years ago you probably owned 3 Papelbon shirts and were one of the people here who said he should be closer the all star game instead of Mo. HYPOCRITE!!!

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Poor dim Harry resorts to all caps when he realizes that nobody is paying any attention to him otherwise.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        First off, Harry, you might look up the meaning of the word “hypocrite.” You might find it enlightening.

        Second thing, you mean to say that we are always forced to like a player, even when he isn’t good anymore and mouths off about other people? It is possible to change one’s opinion of a person.

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        And here you go with your infantile trolling of other fan bases. Actually, that’s an insult to infants. There’s a whole lot of learning going behind that deceptively simple looking infant. You, not so much. I have tried to discern an iota of personality. A hint of pathos. All to no avail. I am done. I have come to my conclusion. You’re just an ass to be an ass. The worst part is that you’re not witty or funny. I could tolerate you if you were amusing. But no. You’re just a boring, repetitive simple minded ass.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        I am GOD on this board and the sooner you realize that the better it will be for you. Now someone get me a beer immediately!

  3. indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    I went to sleep early happily ensconced in the belief that the Rays had tied for first place thanks to the benevolence of the great and mighty King Felix. I wake up to WTF?! If Hernandez needs a look out and an alibi while he whacks his bullpen, I’m available.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      Woman, the first rule of bullpen-whacking is that you don’t put in writing your plan to bullpen-whack.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        i spend a lot of time in the bullpen – wanna? /stares

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        I didn’t say nuttin’.

      • sandpiperair - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        Baseball hasn’t had a good bullpen-whack since David Cone.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        Nah, philiac. You could get a Seattle lynch mob to do the work on that bullpen right now. Just incite them a little.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      The thumb harpie has earned a well deserved Canada Goose!

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        The thumb harpie can kiss my Dominican-American ass.

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        You’ll get really bad breath all over your ass, then. Wish for something else.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        A good fart would counter the effect of the bad breath.

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        My farts smell of roses and vanilla.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        /smells the air & ducks back into undergrowth

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Martin Luther recommended farting in the Devil’s face. Really. It’s not exactly up there with the writings of Augustine, Aquinas or Maimonides in the pantheon of great theological tracts, but it does have the virtue of brevity and metaphorical compression.

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        That Luther was just an earthy guy. A lot of his writings are quite crude and vulgar. I’ll bet he was fun at parties.

    • stex52 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Anyone wants to know why guys turn down offers from the Seattles and end up in the bigger programs can probably talk to King Felix. It’s not always about the money. Sometimes it’s knowing you have a chance of nailing down that win that you deserved. How many times has that happened to him this year?

      I’m sure Bud Norris knows the good side of that feeling today.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      So when exactly are the Rays going to start running away with the division like you insisted they would?

      • dondada10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Well not on an off day. That’s for sure.

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        /cough /gasp /choke

        When have I ever said, good sir, that my boys would run away with the division? Is your sarcasm font broken? Unclemo can back me. I predict a fight til the bitter end. My boys like to torture me, and sadist that I am, I love it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        All I know is ever since about the 3rd game of the Rays’ epic tear through the Quad-A non-starts Burgie has been talking a non-stop epic load of trash about how the Sawks aren’t even going to make the wildcard and the Rays were going to win the AL East. That’s what I remember.

        Never ask me to back you up right after you rip a giant bong hit like the one you obviously started that comment with.

      • indaburg - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Unclemo is full of shit!!!

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        hahahaha now that no one but aceshigh and burgie will ever know or see I have the following to say: Yes, in the immortal words of Flava-Flav “that’s a natural born lie.” Burgie is in every way the opposite of a trolly unreasonably cocky Sawks fan and in no way talked the kind of shit of which I accused her.

        Clearly I misquoted myself.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      bwahaha – printed a full retraction just like the papers – where no one will ever see it.

      Not down with this 1/2 game situation being over, it can’t be a perfect see-saw anymore until someone gets rained out or someone has an off day.

      • indaburg - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Well, we both lost last night. That works.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Not really – going up a half down a half up a half every night was the real see-saw – need odd #’s for that.

        I set aside my pig spear for a while – it appears the lady is unamused and wishes for me to settle down and subtract from the fastball.

      • indaburg - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Aw… no fun. But yeah, hang the spear on your wall. Good memories.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Well what can you do. As they say on every storage auction show when the gun won’t fire – ‘it’s a wall-hanger.’

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Tell Luke I still want to hang it on my wall tho.

  4. uyf1950 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    It would appear the Seattle Mariners Manager doesn’t know his left arm from his right arm at least when he wants to a new relief pitcher in the 9th inning.

  5. Innocent Bystander - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    As a Phillies hater I can’t decide which was more enjoyable: Watching Paps blow the game in the top of the 9th, or watching the Phils fail to tie it after having based loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 9th. Good inning all around.

    • natslady - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      It was fun. Won’t say it makes up for the Barves having the season we might have had, but it was fun.

      • greymares - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        if you can’t beat them, root for somebody else to do so.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      “As a Phillies hater I can’t decide which was more enjoyable”

      Whatever helps you sleep at night. We should be happy you’re not still reaching for mother’s teet I guess.

      • therealtrenches - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        How do we know for sure that he isn’t?

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Valid point. Or maybe he has a “mock teet woobie” thing going on.

  6. rockthered1286 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Did anybody see Chris Davis giving overly aggressive high fives after his homerun last night? Definitely ‘roid rage.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Davis seems to be over his mini slump.

    • jjschiller - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I wonder who is giving the thumbs down on this one? Overly earnest Chris Davis defenders? Or steroid crusaders who actually got the joke?

  7. jgillmeister - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Fact Check – Puig’s homer was a solo shot, not a 2 run HR

  8. janessa31888 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Go Tribe!!! Now to Florida to take on that team that crushed my hopes and dreams on that bitter night in 1997.
    I laid awake for hours weeping tears of disappointment. Being nine years old back then, it was extremely crushing.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    We were off again yesterday, which was annoying in that we are still behind in number of games played. It’s gonna be a grind from here on out to get caught up. We get like 5 days off in the next two months and one of our days is a double-header. We still need to make up another game then, I think, so we may lose one of those days off or have to add another day game. I dislike that our boys don’t get much down time going into the stretch. I hope they get hot as opposed to being worn out. That’s a lousy way to go into the post-season.

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      when i get hot i never get worn out /stares

  10. jrs45 - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Man the Tribe and Royals are on fire! That’s gonna be interesting going down the stretch.

  11. paperlions - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    The Tigers outscored the Astros 37-8 in a 4-game sweep; that was probably the biggest beatdown this year.

    Joe Kelly continues to be a rock as a 5th starter, going 5.2 scoreless. He’s giving up > 1 ER in only 1 start, with a 1.84 ERA and never failing to go at least 5.1 (despite transitioning out of the bullpen).

    • natslady - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Yeah, but the Astros don’t count.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        How about the Gnats? (16-2)

      • stex52 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Neither, it would appear, do the Nats this year.

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    It only took Josh “1 win” Johnson 67 pitches to get thru 2 1/3 innings, that’s not all that bad!! I heard gibbons seat is so hot that he leaves ass prints when he stands up in the dugout!!

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      It only took Poor Dim Harry another four or five column inches to trot out the only sound byte he has left in his head. I hear his cortex is so cold that he has visions of penguins when he stares off into space between bouts of exerting himself enough to bore the rest of us silly.

      Try writing about penguins, Harry.

  13. sdelmonte - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Great moments in scheduling: The Yankees fly to the west coast and play a two game series with the Dodgers. The Dodgers have to leave the second game (played at night) and race to the airport to play a game the next day in Chicago. The Yankees have the next day off. And are playing in San Diego tonight. Travel time by air: one hour, maybe.

    Something just ain’t right here.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      agreed both teams should have played lastnite and the dodgers\Yanks series should have been 3 games, who schedules 2 2 game series? total joke

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        Not nearly as big a joke as your spelling and punctuation, of course – but then, you did mention something besides Josh Johnson, so I guess we ought to be marginally grateful. What happened to shake another byte loose – bang your head on the jalousie window frame letting yourself out of your basement?

  14. Tyree Studio - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    The Royals are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s Royalized.

  15. spacemaker101 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Josh J. needs to come back to the NL..

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      More likely, he needs to have that shoulder checked again.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        and you probably need those hemmeroids checked again too I can tell they been flaring up on you again just by the crap you been writing today.

  16. sportsdrenched - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Royals fans have dealt with so much garbage baseball over the years…We’re not sure how to act with actual winning. If someone says “act like you’ve been there” to us. We would look at you with a blank stare.

    And, if you didn’t see Lorenzo Cain’s HR robbing catch, you need to get on that.

  17. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Well, the Mutts finally left Macondo after splitting the four game series with the Feesh. It felt like they had been here forever, and I’m sure they felt the same way. Matt Harvey ran out of gas after six innings (which followed a morning-long nude photo shoot in the Everglades with some of the pneumatotic dancers from the Clevelander where he lost a pint of blood to the mosquitoes and got his pythons confused a couple of times) and the Feesh chipped away at him, but the Mutts were not in the scoring vein anyway. Tom Koehler delivered a Jacob Turner quality start and the boolpen seems to have righted itself after its rickety work in the first two games of the series.

    Interesting beisbol returns to Macondo Banana Massacre Field this weekend, however, as the red hot Indians and their mascot, Chief Burning River, pay their biannual visit to Macondo Banana Massacre Field. Tonight’s peetching matchup is The Keed versus Ubaldo Jiminez. This ought to be good.

    Incidentally, the Feesh have begun flogging their new P/R theme, “Dive In,” with a photo of The Keed – who has more or less replaced the iron Giant as “the face of the franchise.” Well, to paraphrase Babe Ruth, he’s having a better year. Discriminating readers – ever alert! – will no doubt realize that this new catchphrase (get it? Feesh? catch phrase?) refers to the story about The Keed diving into the ocean to rescue his mother, who had been washed overboard as their band of Cuban refugees was trying to reach Mexico in their small boat. The Muhammad Ali thing didn’t work out too well, so now Scrooge McLoria is seeing if he can exploit a different kind of near-tragedy to hook a few more teecket buyers. You gotta give the guy credit for coming up with new ideas once in a while.

    As opposed, say, to Poor Deem Harry….

    • APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Nary a mention of Henderson Alvarez, who is shaping up to be a good Pancho to el Keed’s Cisco. Add Jacob Turner to the mix and OG, you have a 1-2-3 combo that has serious potential. Unfortunately, when I pull up the Marlins offensive page on ESPN Stats it’s like a Vegas nightmare: 30-30-30-30. That’s their team rank in every meaningful category. Dead last. Time for the staring lineup (sans Iron Giant) to take an overnight team building trip to python country?

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        And Nate Eovaldi. It will be a hell of a rotation.

        For a fifth place team.

  18. tmohr - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Nobody really cares, especially now that football training camp has started here in Chicago, but the White Sox are in full meltdown. Since reaching .500 on May 27, they have gone 16-42.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Keep that up, will ya?

  19. spudchukar - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    The Cards could give a rat’s ass about “restored pride”, but the win was a welcome relief. Nor do they care if they homer in the process. Hard to know where the offense went for a week, but fortunately the vacation was brief, as the Red Birds got contributions up and down the line-up.

    Joe Kelly has solidified his spot as the Cards #5 guy, with another outstanding performance. Plenty of room for optimism. Good news on Molina’s knee, and after the 3 game stint in Cincinnati, St. Louis comes home where they will play 32 of their last 52 and finish the season with series against Mil, Sea, Col, Mil, Was, and Chi.

    Lots of games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati before the favorable closing series, but with a healthy, rested Molina, I like our chances.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      August’s schedule is gonna’ be brutal. But yeah…32 of the last 52 at home and finishing the season with the schedule they have will help.

  20. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Very important series this weekend at the Mausoleum. The Rangers come to Oakland having taken 3 straight walk-off wins from the moribund Angels and now sit only 4 back of the Beloved A’s. The good news is that Darvish went yesterday. The thought of him in the big ballpark is too horrible to contemplate, especially since he seems not to be breaking down this year in the Texas heat.

    The A’s face Ogando, Garza and Holland. Getting Garza was important for the Rangers with so many of their pitchers with long-term injuries (Lewis, Harrison, Feliz). The A’s do well against mediocre right handers and that’s what the Rangers had been running out to the hill for most of the Summer. The A’s won’t see those guys this series.

    Instead, the A’s will try to run the pitch count up on Ogando and get him out early. He’s been effective but has only gone 7 once this year. That’ll be tougher against Garza, who routinely goes 7, but the A’s will try it anyway. Holland is exactly the kind of lefty who gives teh A’s fits, unless they can catch him on a day when his command isn’t there.

    The A’s have Milone, Parker, and Griffin, all grizzled vets of 1 year in the bigs. They also have the high sky Saturday and Sunday that has been giving visiting teams fits for years. The A’s have to avoid the sweep in this series, and hopefully can do better than that before the upcoming road trip against Cincy and the Jays.

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