| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:28 PM
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away.
Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip.
Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 2:54 PM
September has been a cruel, frightening month for the Rangers and Rays, who held their ground in a terrific series last week at Tropicana Field. But all of the angst could wash away easily in October.
Since spring training, the Rays and Rangers have...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:26 PM
OAKLAND — The Angels can't come close to matching the Oakland Athletics in volume of talented young starting pitchers, but in Garrett Richards, they have an arm that can cut into the deficit.
Richards, mixing a 94-mph fastball with a sharp...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 10:35 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jarrod Parker’s strong outing wasn’t enough to help the Oakland Athletics extend their division lead.
Parker looked in control against Minnesota, but Josh Willingham homered twice -- once off Parker early, and again off...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:10 PM
Major League Baseball--Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, 11:30 a.m. (WGN); Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, 6 p.m. (ESPN); Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins, 7 p.m. (FXSP); Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Tigers (1): Victor Martinez has been a beast in the second half, hitting .371 with a .945 OPS. The Rays' Wil Myers (.385) is the only AL hitter with a higher average.
2. Dodgers (2): No wonder Don Mattingly...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Unless something changes dramatically, Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit will be making his 2013 debut this week in Boston, possibly starting Wednesday at Fenway Park against a right-hander.
On the disabled list all season after tearing a...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 3:42 PM
Another shaky start by Jerome Williams and three throwing errors led to a clunker of a game Sunday for the Angels, who lost to Oakland, 6-0, at Angel Stadium to fall 10 games behind the Athletics in the American League West.
Williams (5-6) was tagged...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 3:20 PM
OAKLAND -- A successful return to the rotation by Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Saturday was marred by a rare meltdown by reliever Scott Downs, who gave up a pinch-hit, two-run home run to Derek Norris in the seventh inning of a 3-1 loss to...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs to cap a big series for Oakland, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard also went deep and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Sunday.
A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Like many people, I regard advertising as a necessary evil — a serious annoyance at times, but nothing that causes any long-term pain for society.
Sometimes, however, it is something more sinister.
Two years ago, Brian Wilson sported a thick,...