| Sep 15, 2012
| 10:55 PM
OAKLAND – If there’s one thing that separates the Oakland A’s and the Orioles, the American League’s two upstarts, it’s that the A’s young pitching has been a tick better this season.
On Saturday, in Oakland’s 5-...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 7:19 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins were cautiously optimistic heading into the All-Star break, thinking their best baseball of the season was ahead of them after a competitive road trip to Detroit and Texas.
Three games into the unofficial second...
| Apr 14, 2012
| 9:36 PM
The trade was made in January, and the debate about it raged on through the winter. But the Mariners figured the dividends would begin to kick in around tax time.
A quick audit following Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Oakland A's proved that the early...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 7:32 PM
The Detroit Tigers took game of their best of five American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics Saturday night in Detroit.
Justine Verlander pitched seven strong innings, striking out 11. Oakland's Coco Crisp hit a lead off home run...
| Oct 7, 2012
DETROIT — On the American League side of October, the handwriting is already on the wall.
This sets up to be a playoff showcase for home run hitters and Justin Verlander.
The Tigers' dominator is in a group of five guys who seem likely to be...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 8:33 PM
DETROIT — So there it is: baseball's biggest kiss-off.
They made a movie about the 2002 Athletics. This time around, somebody should write a blues song for them.
After they had won the second-most games in the American League this year, the A'...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 10:54 PM
The Oakland A's forced a Game 5 in the American League Divisional Series, topping the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in game four on Wednesday at Oakland Coliseum.
It seemed like the Tigers would be advancing to their second straight ALCS and have a rested Justin...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:25 PM
I'm playing hooky. It's Thursday around noon, and a column is due, but it's 1970 and I'm playing hooky.
I'm watching baseball. Gloriously sunny, rapturously dramatic, midweek playoff baseball. I'm sitting in my living room in the middle of the day...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 9:29 PM
For the first time in nearly seven years, the Orioles had a chance to go six games over .500 on Friday night. Instead, they received a middling performance from their de facto ace while their offense provided less pop than the plate umpire.
| May 24, 2012
| 8:36 AM
OAKLAND — Mike Scioscia won't declare that Ernesto Frieri is his new closer — he'd still like the option of using veteran left-hander Scott Downs at the end of games — but the Angels manager's actions and Frieri's performance suggest the...
| May 29, 2012
| 5:53 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Capps came to the mound for Minnesota with the familiar soundtrack of Metallica music and a round of boos.
Nobody at Target Field was cheering louder at the end than his teammates.
Justin Morneau’s tying double in the...