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Sunday, September 02, 2012

AL West race: September 1, 2012

TEX 78-54 [0-1 in SEPT]
OAK 75-57 [1-0 in SEPT] (3 GB)

MLB.com: Feldman’s rough first inning costly in loss

What cost Feldman was allowing the first five batters of the night to reach base. That led to four runs in the first inning and the Rangers could not quite catch up, falling to the Indians, 4-3, at Progressive Field.

MLB.com: Griffin flirts with perfection as A’s dominate Sox

But even with one run captured in the inning, Boston remained at a distance from the seemingly unstoppable A’s, who claimed their eighth consecutive victory with a 7-1 win while moving three games back of the first-place Rangers for the first time since April 14.

NTNgod Posted: September 02, 2012 at 12:05 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: al west, athletics, pennant race, rangers

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   1. Willie Mayspedes Posted: September 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM (#4224890)
Watch out Texas...

EDIT: Did anybody see that stolen base by Cespedes standing up?
   2. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: September 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM (#4224892)
Yeah! Cespedes has speed, but Doubront is also shite at holding runners on. I was at the game at Fenway this year where the A's stole third a bunch of times.
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM (#4224925)
EDIT: Did anybody see that stolen base by Cespedes standing up?

WHICH ONE
LOL
   4. Into the Void Posted: September 02, 2012 at 03:14 AM (#4224936)
How is Cespedes in the outfield? Does he have the speed for CF? How is his arm?
   5. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: September 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM (#4224937)
His arm is great. He is more of a corner guy than cf, though.
   6. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 02, 2012 at 04:11 AM (#4224940)
Yeah, he has a rocket arm and good wheels, but he's just inconsistent - doesn't take good routes, that kind of thing.
The A's have 2/3 of a GREAT defensive OF - the weak spots are Cespedes' instincts, and Crisp's noodle arm (when other teams routinely go first-to-third on a single to center, you have a problem).
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 02, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4224978)
Cespedes seems just fine in CF but terrible in LF for some reason. He plays deep, takes weird routes, misplays balls. It's the strangest thing I've ever seen. Also Brandon Inge is a great competitor and teammate. This is the 2nd time this year he's had a RBI 2B after a pretty bad shoulder injury. Now he'll need major surgery, and he still wants to PH before the surgery and stay with the team after it. I'm really impressed.
   8. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 02, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4224994)
Yeah, Inge has been a revelation though I think Donaldson was ready to take his place. I'm glad he'll stick with the team until the end. A's really need to finish off the Sox today as from here to October it gets tough. We were really fortunate to get the Indians and Sox when both teams have seemed to stopped competing.
   9. Spivey Posted: September 02, 2012 at 10:01 AM (#4224996)
############# OAKLAND
   10. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4225089)
############# OAKLAND

This!
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4225096)
I'm rooting for Oakland big time. If the Yankees can't win the pennant I want to see Oakland get it.
   12. Spivey Posted: September 02, 2012 at 02:12 PM (#4225102)
PROFAR!!!
   13. ajnrules Posted: September 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM (#4225108)
If Rangers can't beat the Indians then maybe they deserve to be Wild Card.
   14. BDC Posted: September 02, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4225126)
Nothing's particularly wrong with the Rangers, is the odd thing. They've won seven of their last eight series, all except for the one in New York where they at least salvaged the final game. They have split two in Cleveland this weekend and are leading 4-2 there today, sorry 5-2 since I started typing, sorry 6-2, cripes sake, stop hitting home runs long enough for me to make a simple BBTF comment, guys.

The amazing thing about this recent run is that Oakland will apparently never lose again.

Another HR, Rangers lead 7-2 now. I should just keep typing, they'll keep scoring.
   15. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: September 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM (#4225181)
It's strange to say this in the midst of an 8 game winning streak, but this is a big game for the A's today as no one else in the race is fading. This is going to be a nerve wracking last month.
   16. Greg K Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4225245)
It's strange to say this in the midst of an 8 game winning streak, but this is a big game for the A's today as no one else in the race is fading. This is going to be a nerve wracking last month.

Well at least today won't be nerve wracking. Have the Red Sox just given up? I see Matsuzaka got the start, so I guess the answer is "yes".
   17. ajnrules Posted: September 02, 2012 at 06:57 PM (#4225274)
Hey, if the A's can extend this streak to 20 games like they did in 2002 the Rangers would undoubtedly sprinkle in enough losses for the A's to take the division.

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