In case you haven't seen it yet, Mykayla Herrera is a truly awesome fan.
News pertaining both to the AL West and AL contenders: Jose Veras has been traded to the Tigers. This doesn't bother me at all, partially because the Tigers still lack most of the pieces of a solid bullpen (they lack left-handed pitching), and partially because of this.
Here's some dialogue between managers and umpires. Lots of strong language involved. Unfortunately, Bob Melvin is not included in these.
It is officially panic time in Texas. I fail to see the logic behind making a move for Brian McCann, considering that they have A.J. Pierzynski. It would not shock me to see the Rangers pursue him in the offseason, though.
Scott Downs has been traded from Anaheim to Atlanta. One can look at this from a couple of different angles. If facing Scott Downs frightens you, you should be pleased to see him out of the AL West, and the AL altogether, for that matter. I'm surprised Detroit didn't push for him. That being said, Downs shouldn't scare you. It's unfortunate that the A's won't be able to face him again until the World Series.
#Athletics off Peavy, moving onto other pursuits - bullpen, middle IFer. Will dangle some of players they would have traded for Peavy.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2013
Here's a look at remarkable second-half surges. The 2012 run wasn't as shocking as some of these based on how the A's closed out the first half. It was more remarkable because of the payroll and expectations, or lack thereof, than anything else.
On this day a year ago, the A's lost a stinker to the Orioles. Rather than read about a dull, depressing loss, take a look at the other games from that series, including a game that sounds like an alcoholic nightmare from Texas that ended the right way.