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Rogers Dominant as Tigers Take 3-0 Lead

October 13, 2006

Three games into the ALCS and it’s quite evident that the Oakland Athletics are overmatched by the Detroit Tigers. Not only do the Tigers have a 3-0 lead in the series, but Detroit is beating Oakland at it’s own game — defense and pitching. Kenny Rogers entered the 2006 postseason winless in 9 playoff starts, […]

Tigers Inge Past A’s in Game 1

October 10, 2006

The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics both had plenty of momentum entering their American League Championship Series showdown. The A’s were coming off an impressive sweep of the Minnesota Twins in their ALDS. The Tigers were streaking, having won three straight to oust the New York Yankees in their ALDS. When two teams with tons […]

Oakland Sweeps Defenseless Twins

October 7, 2006

We all knew coming into the ALDS between the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins that it would be a tough battle decided by pitching. Very few people could have predicted that the A’s would sweep the Twins. Just think about what that entailed… The A’s win 2 games at the Metrodome where Oakland has consistently […]

A’s Put the HURT on Twins in Game 1

October 3, 2006

The 2006 MLB postseason got off to an exciting start today, with the Oakland Athletics facing the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome.  The pitching matchup was intriguing, as both teams sent their ace lefties to the mound, with Barry Zito taking the hill for Oakland and Johan Santana countering for the Twins.  For awhile, this […]

Oakland Shows Its Mojo Against ChiSox — The Many Faces of Ozzie Guillen

September 17, 2006

Ozzie Guillen was content coming into the Oakland series… The Chicago White Sox arrived in Oakland on Friday knowing they needed to play well, and preferably win the series against the Athletics.  They came out of Friday’s 4-2 loss trying to make improvements and come back with two good games over the weekend.  When Oakland took […]

A’s Offensive Woes — Fact or Fiction?

September 9, 2006

Jay Payton is batting .407 in September and has a 10-game hitting streak A lot of baseball experts have been wondering recently about how the Oakland Athletics put together winning season after winning season with limited offensive production.  It’s true that the A’s don’t have many huge bats in their lineup, and they can’t boast very […]

Swisher SLAMS 30th Homerun

September 8, 2006

Nick Swisher’s 30th HR was a towering Slam to rightfield For the 54th time in Major League history, a switch hitter has hit 30 Homeruns in a season.  With a very awkward ratio of 25HR lefthanded and 5HR righthanded, that slugger is the A’s Nick Swisher.  In his sophomore season, the 25-year-old Swisher is batting […]

Zito Comes Within 6 Outs of No-No

August 25, 2006

  Barry Zito almost recorded the first no-hitter since 2004 Since becoming a member of the Oakland Athletics, Barry Zito has been a terrific starting pitcher, and very much the ace of the A’s pitching staff.  Before 2005, he was teamed with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, in the A’s amazing 1-2-3 starting rotation punch.  […]

Street Problems In Oakland and Everyday Trouble in Cincy

August 20, 2006

Just as the Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds began working toward solidifying their playoff spots — the AL West title for Oakland and the NL Wildcard for Cincinnati — they were both dealt a major blow.  During the early part of the season, Oakland and Cincinnati both had bullpen issues.  For Oakland, the issue was […]

Billy Beane and A’s Prove Pitching Beats Hitting

August 14, 2006

                The motto for Athletics Nation, the fan club for the A’s, is “In Billy We Trust”, and with good reason. Over the nine years that he has been in control of the A’s, Billy Beane has put together teams that win each and every year, with a budget that is miniscule compared to that of other […]