Chad Gaudin gave himself a pep talk in the tunnel between Oakland’s dugout and clubhouse after a shaky first inning. It worked. Gaudin struck out a career-high nine and was backed by Mark Ellis’ homer and Marco Scutaro’s three RBIs as the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Monday night. After walking and hitting Detroit’s
Put this down as one of the unexpected moments of home run king Barry Bonds’ historic season: a standing ovation in Pittsburgh, the town that once booed him mercilessly. Bonds, possibly playing his final game in his former home city, singled in three at-bats as the Giants lost the first game of a makeup doubleheader
Tim Wakefield flirted with a no-hitter and wound up giving the Boston Red Sox what they really needed: A victory — any victory — to stop their slide in the AL East. The Red Sox knuckleballer held Tampa Bay hitless into the seventh inning, and Julio Lugo helped out with three hits on Monday night
Placido Polanco of the Detroit Tigers set a major league record for second baseman by playing his 144th straight game without an error in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. “I have to really thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to be the second baseman and play every day,”
With his place in home run history secure, Barry Bonds says next season likely will be his last. Bonds previously talked about playing in 2008. On Monday, the San Francisco slugger looked toward retirement. “(Playing) after next year? I don’t know. I don’t think so,” he said. “I don’t think two years I can make.”
Darryl Strawberry is having more legal trouble. The government has filed a lawsuit against the troubled baseball star, seeking to collect nearly a half-million dollars in unpaid taxes. The complaint filed here Friday was years in the making. Strawberry was indicted in 1994 on federal tax evasion charges and pleaded guilty the following year.
Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, one day before undergoing season-ending surgery on his injured left shoulder. Gibbons, who has a torn labrum, will have an operation Tuesday in Cincinnati. The surgery will be performed by Cincinnati Reds medical director Dr.
The Oakland Athletics optioned left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled left-handed pitcher Dan Meyer on Monday. Braden (1-7) lasted just 1 2-3 innings Sunday, allowing eight runs and seven hits in an 11-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He hasn’t won since April 24 — his first major league start — and
Sports, not politics, will be Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.’s emphasis in his new role as a special envoy for the State Department. “This isn’t a political statement for me, necessarily,” Ripken said Monday after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice formally announced his appointment. “This is about the kids and planning baseball and
No matter the injuries, the Philadelphia Phillies are fighting hard to stay in the playoff chase. Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer to back another solid outing from Jamie Moyer, leading the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. Moyer (11-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3
The Minnesota Twins came into Angel Stadium struggling badly at the plate, so the last thing they needed was to face Los Angeles’ three best pitchers on consecutive days. Jered Weaver worked effectively into the eighth inning after equally impressive victories by Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey, and the AL West leaders got home runs
Eric Gagne sat in front of his locker, his head down and his shoulders sagging. He wasn’t the one who gave up the game-winning home run to Kevin Millar, yet the struggling reliever heaped all the blame for Boston’s latest defeat squarely upon himself. Again. Millar hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after