Wow, I guess everyone stayed up late waiting for Vlad's homer to come down. So it's down to me to post the link dump before sundown (Eastern Time).
SuSlu reports on Calero's early-season problems (and yes, he had a short warm-up in Game 2, though he won't blame the Yuniesky blast on that).
Meanwhile, Paul Byrd, (he of the 4.32 career ERA and 1.313. career WHIP) was threatenting to throw a no-hitter yesterday. Luckily, the Baseball Gods, anxious to avoid the Apocalypse that would ensue from from that accomplishment, intervened and caused a snowstorm to cancel the game 1 strike before the no-hitter would have become official. Accusation of deliberate delays by our friendly rivals up north flew as thick as the snowflakes. Harbinger-of-the-End-Times and bad-luck starter Byrd was still hot after the game:Byrd, who did not allow a hit in his 4 2/3 innings, said he was so mad that he felt like throwing a chair across the locker room.
Unnamed sources say that the Rangers are expressing interest in trading for Byrd to shore up their bullpen.
A's' players continue to drop like flies (in front of Bobby Kielty). The Contra Costa Times headlined their injury update, "Bradley Scratched With Soreness in Right Side" -- when asked why the A's had scratched their CF's side when he had complained of soreness, not of itching, A's trainer Larry Davis refused to comment.
Bobby Crosby, of course, made it through the 7th before being put up on blocks by Service Department Manager Bob Geren. Geren wouldn't estimate when the Crozmobile might be up and running again:Manager Bob Geren was unable to shed much light on Crosby's injury after the game, but he noted that it wasn't in the same area that cost Crosby much of last season.
"He's obviously disappointed," Geren said, "but [lifting him was] more of a precautionary thing."
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