It's been an eventful 24 hours in A's land.
Most importantly, the A's got off the schneid and broke their 10-game losing streak last night -- and against A's-killer Kenny Rogers and Braden-killer Magglio Ordonez, no less.
Erstwhile closer Huston Street did not clear waivers (not, surprisingly, recently deposed Seattle GM Bill Bavasi did) and, according to Slusser, Huston will likely be staying put ... although the groundwork may be in place for a postseason deal.
Brad Ziegler got his first MLB save last night in Street's stead, while extending his scoreless-inning streak. While I'm as excited for Ziggy as the next guy, saves get a big MEH from me -- so long as Geren keeps using Ziggy in the highest-leverage situations and lets him keep pitching for reasonable amounts of multiple innings.
Today, the A's try to get a positive streak started. The Tattered Remnant of the Hudson Trade gets the start for the A's, while Armando Galarraga takes the mound for the Tigers.
It still remains to be seen whether Jack Cust and Ryan Sweeney are in game condition (each has an injured finger), and whether the A's make a move to replenish the bench.
08/09/08 4:05 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Detroit Tigers|
|Ryan Sweeney - RF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Mark Ellis - 2B||Placido Polanco - 2B|
|Frank Thomas - DH||Marcus Thames - LF|
|Carlos Gonzalez - CF||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Jack Cust - LF||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Bobby Crosby - SS||Gary Sheffield - DH|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Ryan Raburn - 3B|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Edgar Renteria - SS|
|Jack Hannahan - 3B||Brandon Inge - C|