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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 12, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Just gonna warn you: this was written as cold medicine was taking effect, with wine — ill advised, I know — and while listening to the new xx album. Lots of heavy stuff here, not best for reason or, for that matter, the reading of box scores.  But we’ll soldier through because this is the…

  2. Now that, my friends, is a save

    Sep 12, 2012, 1:31 AM EDT

    Jerry Blevins

    Oakland’s Jerry Blevins replaced Grant Balfour in a 6-5 game with runners at the corners and no outs against the Angels on Tuesday night. He promptly struck out Kendrys Morales and induced a double-play ball from Howie Kendrick to give the A’s a win. The Angels were attempting to come back from 6-3 down in…

  3. Oakland’s Brandon Moss set to do something pretty unusual

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    After a terrific start for the A’s in June, Brandon Moss has been a part-time player these last couple of months. However, he’s still hitting for power, having delivered his 18th homer of the season Tuesday against the Angels. It came in just his 201st at-bat. With the A’s having 21 games left after tonight,…

  4. Brandon McCarthy discharged from hospital, joking about threesomes, still great at Twitter

    Sep 11, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    I guess the big news here is that Brandon McCarthy has apparently been discharged from the hospital six days after being hit in the head by a line drive, but the secondary story is that he continues to be fantastic at Twitter: WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK…

  5. Today in great Brandon McCarthy tweets

    Sep 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    More evidence that (thankfully) getting hit in the head by a line drive didn’t hurt Brandon McCarthy‘s sense of humor: Bad news: doc says I might be one of those people who posts motivational nonsense all day on Facebook now :( — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 11, 2012 This one is pretty good too, although…

  6. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 11, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios

    White Sox 6, Tigers 1: The offense continues to snooze. And the Tigers are getting so little respect that some clever wags out there are calling them the “Kittens.” That’s just sad, dude. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham did most of the damage for the Sox. Phillies 3, Marlins 1: Fifth straight for Philly, as…

  7. A’s recalling Jemile Weeks, Daric Barton from Triple-A

    Sep 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jemile Weeks

    Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento was knocked out of the Pacific Coast League playoffs yesterday, so the A’s have recalled Jemile Weeks and Daric Barton as part of September roster expansion. Weeks was demoted to Triple-A in mid-August after hitting just .220 in 113 games as the A’s starting second baseman. He batted .322 with…

  8. Remember that talk about pitcher helmets last year?

    Sep 10, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Pitcher helmet

    First, an update on Brandon McCarthy, via his wife: First walk!! Success- — Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) September 10, 2012 Jeez, Brandon. Walking right out of the gate? POUND THE ZONE! Seriously: great news that all of the parts seem to be working properly. Anyway, on to an article from this morning from Dustin Parkes about…

  9. Brandon McCarthy is out of the ICU. And is peeing a lot.

    Sep 10, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    brandon mccarthy ap

    Good news on the Brandon McCarthy recovery front: Good news about Brandon McCarthy: He is out of the intensive care unit, and continues to make progress in his recovery. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 10, 2012 McCarthy elaborates himself: @buster_espn he is also frequently peeing into a bucket located next to his bed — Brandon…

  10. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  11. Yankees earn split in Baltimore to remain atop AL East

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Orioles Britton rubs his face as he leaves the field in their MLB American League baseball game against the Yankees in Baltimore

    There was nothing settled in Baltimore this weekend: the Yankees crushed the Orioles 13-3 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series and maintain a one-game lead in the AL East. Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter homered in the rout. The Yankees took a 5-0 lead in a four-run fourth inning that included…

  12. B.J. Upton hits three homers in Rays’ shutout of Rangers

    Sep 9, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    It’s not too often a two-hit shutout gets overshadowed, but B.J. Upton did his best to secure the spotlight on Sunday, hitting three homers in the Rays’ 6-0 win over the Rangers. James Shields went the distance for the Rays, notching his second shutout of the season. He has eight in his career, six of…

  13. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy is back

    Sep 8, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    Brandon McCarthy still has a long road ahead of him in his recovery from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, but his sense of humor appears to be just fine. Those who follow McCarthy’s Twitter account saw this message early this morning: Nice to have you back. And with an “Arrested Development” reference, no…

  14. Brandon McCarthy is still in a “life-threatening” situation

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy AP

    Brandon McCarthy is showing signs of improvement two days after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from being struck by a line drive during a start against the Angels on Wednesday, but Athletics trainer Nick Paparesta said tonight that he’s still in a “life-threatening” situation. “Absolutely he is. It’s brain surgery,” Paparesta said.…

  15. A’s recall Dan Straily to fill in for Brandon McCarthy

    Sep 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    daniel straily

    Brandon McCarthy remains in the hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive Wednesday and the A’s have recalled right-hander Dan Straily from Triple-A to presumably take his spot in the rotation. Straily made his big-league debut back on August 3 and pitched well in three starts, throwing 17 innings with a…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  17. Brandon McCarthy had surgery for an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture

    Sep 6, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    mccarthy getty

    Scary news to pass along on Brandon McCarthy, who was hit in the head by a line drive during his start yesterday against the Angels. The Athletics just announced that McCarthy underwent a two-hour surgery last night after a CT scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He had another CT scan…

  18. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  19. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    The Question

    I haven’t done one of these in forever. Mostly because they were getting a little tired. Batman. Aquaman. Bourbon. Sure, those are things I love, hate and love, respectively, but a sameness crept in.  Hopefully now that some time has passed, this exercise will seem fresh again. Have at you! Q: I’ve always wondered how…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway: Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio…

  21. Brandon McCarthy is “conscious and doing well”

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    mccarthy getty

    There’s finally an update on the status of A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who departed his start Wednesday against the Angels after taking a well-struck Erick Aybar line drive off the side of his head. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that McCarthy is still conscious and “doing well” at Summit Hospital in Oakland. He’s going to stay…

  22. Brandon McCarthy hit in head by line drive, taken to hospital

    Sep 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2012-09-05 at 4.07.48 PM

    Scary moment in the A’s-Angels game, as Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was hit on the right side of his head by an Erick Aybar line drive. McCarthy immediately went down and his arms and legs seemed to go limp, but he remained conscious and sat up while talking to the training staff for several minutes…

  23. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  24. Astros decide to use six-man rotation for remainder of year

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    dallas keuchel getty

    Following in the Marlins’ footsteps, the Astros have decided to go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. Houston made the change in order to get rookie Dallas Keuchel regular starts down the stretch alongside Jordan Lyles, Fernando Abad, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, and Edgar Gonzalez. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco told Zachary…

  25. Another call for teams to vacate wins when a player gets a PED suspension

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    We dealt with this last month, but Jeff Miller of the OC Register goes there anyway. After lamenting that the Angels and Dodgers were victimized by the A’s and Giants due to the latters’ employment of Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, Miller thinks that something more needs to be done: The NCAA certainly wouldn’t permit…

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