Happy Tuesday, AN!
The A's win a nail-biting, pepto-bismol-drinking, throw-up-a-little-from-all-the-stress game last night!
"That was a fun inning," said Street, who called the decision to pitch to Tejada, a right-handed hitter, over lefty Markakis "a no-brainer."
Thank you, Miggy, for swinging at that first pitch and grounding out to end that gave-me-an-ulcer inning!
If you didn't notice, we had two new faces, Dallas Braden and Danny Putnam, in the dugout last night because Harden and Bradley are back on the DL! Putnam had his major league debut last night and got his first major league hit and Braden will get his major league debut in a few hours! Let's hope he can continue this string of excellent starting pitching by the A's!
Here's some info on Braden (link):
Braden was a 24th-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, out of Stagg High in Stockton, Calif., and was named the A's Organization Pitcher of the Year in 2005 after going a combined 15-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 23 starts at Class A Stockton and Double-A Midland. He was limited by shoulder issues to 10 appearances in 2006. Fully recovered, he was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year.
After starting this season at Midland, where he went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts (12 innings, three runs, five hits, three walks, 13 strikeouts), Braden was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento and made one start there before getting the call to fly to Baltimore.
Since Harden is back on the disabled list AGAIN, there are talks about whether it would be better for Rich to be a closer.
The A's haven't reached that point yet, according to general manager Billy Beane.
"First, we want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go," Beane said. "We'd be disappointed (to convert Harden to relief) because he's such a great talent and he has the ability to be one of the best starters in the game.
And Rich's thoughts?
Harden had heard such talk, but, he said, "I don't think about that. I'm a starter."
And has anybody been wondering what the Athletics' ex-manager is up to??
Macha will be one of four rotating analysts on what Oakland A's radio host Marty Lurie calls the hardest-hitting studio show in all of baseball. The others are all former Red Sox: Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley and Dave McCarty.
Anyway, GO A's and GO BRADEN!!