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A's Pitcher Still in Danger After Line Drive Hits Him

Brandon McCarthy had brain surgery this week

(Newser) - The Oakland A's are in the thick of a playoff race, but players have a way more pressing situation to keep an eye on: A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy is in the hospital recovering from brain surgery after getting hit on the head by a line drive Wednesday. McCarthy... More »

Cy Young Winner Bartolo Colon Caught Doping

A's pitcher suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone

(Newser) - Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games today after testing positive for testosterone. Major League Baseball made the announcement one week after All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants received a 50-game suspension following a positive test for... More »

Moneyball Hits It Out of the Park

Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill star in baseball flick

(Newser) - Moneyball is a big hit with critics, even if its premise—a film about baseball statistics—might sound boring at first. Here’s what they say about the film, which stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill:
  • Built on a "sharp, sleek script," Moneyball "takes all this seemingly
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Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game for A's

Oakland ace tosses majors' 19th perfecto

(Newser) - Dallas Braden pitched the Athletics' first perfect game in 42 years and just the 19th in major league history today, dazzling the majors' hottest team in recording a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to... More »

Yankees Pull Off Triple Play

It's teams first in more than 60 years

(Newser) - The Yankees lost last night, but not before pulling off one of the rarer feats in baseball: the triple play. With two men on and nobody out in the sixth, Kurt Suzuki hit a grounder to Alex Rodriguez, who coolly stepped on the bag and fired it to second, where... More »

Top Prospect Quits Baseball for Priesthood

Longtime scout's take on Grant Desme: 'Oh my God! Holy smokes!'

(Newser) - One of the top outfield prospects in the Oakland Athletics organization is giving up his shot at fame and fortune to enter the Catholic priesthood—a decision that got this reaction from one longtime scout: “Oh my God! Holy smokes!” “Baseball is a good thing, but that... More »

Tejada Charged With Lying in Steroid Probe

(Newser) - Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has been charged with lying to congressional staffers involved in the inquiry into steroids use in baseball, the Washington Post reports. Federal prosecutors say Tejada’s accounts of conversations with teammate Adam Piatt in 2003, while both played for the Oakland Athletics, are contradicted by... More »

Mariners Hire Baseball's First Asian-American Manager

Don Wakamatsu, 45, works way up through Rangers, Athletics organization

(Newser) - Don Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American manager of a major league baseball team, AP reports, hired today by the Seattle Mariners. Wakamatsu, 45, played catcher, mainly in the minors, before coaching stints with Texas and Oakland. The Oregon native—who says he knows just a little Japanese—inherits a Mariners... More »

Health Care Should Be More Like Baseball

We need better statistics to make sound judgments

(Newser) - If the US health care industry were a baseball team, it’d be “a hidebound, tradition-based ball club that chases after aging sluggers,” write Billy Beane, John Kerry, and Newt Gingrich in the New York Times. The US spends egregiously on health care but gets little in return,... More »

MLB's Midterm Report Cards

Rays at the head of the class—Rockies, Marlins at the back

(Newser) - Report card time! Here’s how the rambunctious kids of MLB are doing so far, in Yahoo Sports’ Steven Henson’s estimation. A students—Rays, Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, White Sox Particular kudos go to the Rays, the poor kid who went to the head of the class. B students—... More »

Kotsay's Double Gives Braves Win Over A's

(Newser) - Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night for their eighth straight home victory. The loss was a season-high fourth in a row for the A's, who have dropped six of... More »

Indians Sweep A's, Scoreless Streak Ends

Laffey permits unearned run, little else as Cleveland stays hot

(Newser) - An unearned run against Aaron Laffey caused by his own throwing error ended the scoreless streak by Cleveland Indians' starters at 44 1-3 innings but didn't interrupt their string of dominant outings. Laffey pitched the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep. More »

Sabathia, Tribe Shut Out A's 2-0

(Newser) - C.C. Sabathia pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 in the Cleveland Indians' major league-leading seventh shutout, a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Sabathia (3-5) extended the scoreless streak of Indians starters to 43 1-3 innings since Friday. He tied his season high for strikeouts,... More »

Indians Pitch Fourth Shutout in Seven Games

Tribe starters push scoreless streak to 34 innings in 4-0 win

(Newser) - Paul Byrd and two Cleveland relievers combined for the Indians' fourth shutout in seven games with a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. Byrd (2-3) allowed five hits over 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven without a walk. The right-hander extended the Indians' scoreless streak to 34 innings... More »

Brown's 4 RBI Power A's Past Rangers

Texas' five-game winning streak goes by the boards

(Newser) - Emil Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 12-6, ending the Rangers' season-best five-game winning streak Sunday. Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 1,695 RBIs, tying him with Cal Ripken for 21st all-time, while Mark Ellis... More »

Ellis' Walk-Off in 10th Pushes A's Over O's

(Newser) - Mark Ellis broke out of his offensive funk in a big way. Ellis hit the first game-ending home run of his career with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for a three-game sweep and their fourth... More »

Brown, Duchscherer Lead A's Past O's

(Newser) - Justin Duchscherer is showing he's healthy again. Duchscherer won his second straight start in his third outing since coming off the disabled list and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight victory. Emil Brown gave the A's a quick lead with a... More »

Brown Singles in Winning For A's in 10th Inning

Orioles drops third straight despite ninth-inning comeback

(Newser) - Emil Brown singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 last night. With two outs, Daric Barton singled against Jim Johnson (0-1), and Frank Thomas followed with a walk to set up Brown's third hit of the game. Joey Devine... More »

Cust Leads Athetics Over Rangers

(Newser) - Jack Cust's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 victory over Texas yesterday, ending the Rangers' four-game winning streak. Santiago Casilla (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh for the win, and has yet to allow a run this season. Rangers' starter Scott Feldman (0-1) gave... More »

Rangers Win Second Straight

Minor-League call-up shuts down A's

(Newser) - A.J. Murray made the most of his chance in the Texas starting rotation, allowing two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings a day after being called up from the minors to help the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 last night. David Murphy hit a three-run homer and Chris... More »

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