// Oakland Athletics

Beckett Shuts Down A’s, Sox Win 8-3

Take John Smoltz, subtract 15 years, and what do you get?  Josh Beckett, of course.  The ace was in the place last night, striking out 10 Athletics through seven innings of work for his 12th win of the season.  Beckett frequently looked completely dominant, particularly in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Oakland offense […]

A’s Come Back to Town as Red Sox Try to Warm Up

The Red Sox won their first series of the second half and stayed 2.5 games back of the Yankees in the East. However, the bats still have not woken up entirely and the pitching is still not as consistent as they had hoped it would be. The A’s return to Boston, without Matt Holliday, for the […]

Nomar Returns, Sox to Send Five to All-Star Game

This past week saw some exciting events from the All-Star selections to return of a Fenway favorite for the first time in nearly five years. The Red Sox had a complete homestand this week as they finished their series against the Mariners and had visits from the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. The […]

Tim Wakefield: An All-Star for the Rest of Us

Let’s get one thing straight right off the top, shall we? Using traditional criteria, Tim Wakefield did not necessarily deserve to be in the All-Star Game. Sure, he is tied for the American League lead with 10 wins, but we all know that wins are one of the most over-rated statistics in baseball, if not […]

Sox Win Slightly More Interesting Than “House” Rerun

About the only excitement in last night’s Red Sox win over the A’s was Jonathan Papelbon striking out the side in the ninth for this 21st save. Other than that, the 5-2 victory was a ho-hum affair. Josh Beckett was not particularly sharp, but he still managed to hold Oakland to two runs in 6 […]

A’s Win in Nomar’s Return

The A’s made it a nice homecoming for Nomar Garciaparra in his big return to Fenway. Oakland made it look easy, controlling every aspect of the game en route to a 6-0 win. Rookie pitcher Brett Anderson pitched a complete game and held the Red Sox to only two hits, a single each to Jason […]

Nomar Garciaparra, A’s Visit Fenway

Nomar Garciaparra returns to Fenway Park for the first time since 2004, now with his third team since leaving Boston in the deadline deal. The Red Sox visited Wrigley Field in 2005, but Nomar was hurt (shocking!) and they were in Oakland earlier this season when Garciaparra went 1-4 in a start and walked in a pinch hit […]

Red Sox Sweep Orioles to Win First Series of Season

Boston’s second week picked up just as the first left off, dropping two of three this time against the A’s. However, the Red Sox emphatically won their first series of the season with a sweep, four games no less, of the Orioles at Fenway. In recent years, there has been no better cure to Red […]

Wakefield Flirts With No-Hitter, Sox Win 8-2

Tim Wakefield took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon, but the 42-year-old knuckleballer was not able to make history. He did however earn the complete game victory when the Sox needed most in an 8-2 win. He would’ve been the second-oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter next to Nolan […]

A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings

Adding to the growing list of reasons to radically change the World Baseball Classic, Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was horrible in his second start of the season. To make matters worse, Dice-K left the game after just one inning due to arm fatigue. The Sox hitters built a 3-0 first inning lead, but Dice-K gave […]

Nomar Helps A’s Beat Red Sox

Nomar Garciaparra last played for the Red Sox in July 2004 before he was traded to the Cubs in a four-way deal that brought Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz…and eventually a World Series Title to Boston. From August 2004-April 2009, Nomar had never faced his former team, until Monday night. The former Red Sox All-Star […]

Nomar to Return with A’s

Desperately in need of a right-handed batter that hits well against left-handed pitching, the Oakland A’s signed former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to a one-year deal. Garciaparra, 35, was reportedly contemplating retirement. In his injury-riddled 12-year career, Nomar has played over 140 games just five times. Nomar was a mainstay at short for the […]

TGIF: Matt Holliday to Oakland

It was reported several days ago that the Oakland A’s acquired LF Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies. In order to land one of the best hitters in all of baseball, the A’s had to give up SP Greg Smith, OF Carlos Gonzalez, and CL Huston Street. Holliday has been one of the biggest offensive threats […]

Red Sox Move on without Manny Ramirez

What a week!  We had a sweep at the hands of the Angels before they added Mark Teixeira (I know he played in the finale, but the Angels won five of the six games in the past couple weeks without him).  The Manny Ramirez saga played itself out with Jason Bay coming to Boston and immediately […]

View from the Monster 7-28

The Red Sox have continued to struggle coming out of the All Star Break while Tampa Bay is tepid and the Yankees are hot.  This has tightened the division into a three-team race and the Yankees have made the run I have been expecting.  The Yankees even filled in some of their biggest holes in […]