A's Insider notes: No news good news for Braden?

May 10, 2011, 3:58 am
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No news on Braden - Dallas Braden was scheduled to meet with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews today in Pensacola, Fla., for a second opinion on his stiff left shoulder but there was no announcement coming from the A's in Arlington, Texas. In fact, there may not be any official news until following Braden's third opinion, with New York Mets physician David Altchek, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Still, the A's may not announce any findings until later in the week.
The Power of the Appeal - So was deemed Josh Willingham's three-run home run in the third inning by our A's analyst FernandoVia. Willingham, you'll recall, was slapped with a one-game suspension earlier in the day for bumping umpire Bill Miller on Saturday in Kansas City. But with his appeal of the penalty, the A's left fielder was able to play, much to the dismay of Texas starter C.J. Wilson. And, later, Rangers reliever Ryan Tucker, after Willingham's first-pitch, bases load single scored two. Willingham had five RBI.RECAP: Cahill, Willingham lead A's to 7-2 win in Texas
Kouz sitsagain - So struggling third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has a seeming breakthrough game Sunday with his first two-hit game since April 23, including a home run, and he, and his 4.75-million salary finds himself riding the bench in favor of Andy LaRoche. Wait, what? Simmer down. Manager Bob Geren explained before the game that LaRoche has had great success against lefties. In fact, LaRoche was hitting at a .421 clip against southpaws, which is what Texas starter C.J. Wilson is. LaRoche was 0-for-1 with two walks against Wilson.Darth 'Dactyl does the deed - Yes, it's too early to talk Cy Young. But is it too soon to start throwing All-Star Game start around? Trevor Cahill improved to 8-2 in his career against the Rangers, 3-0 in Texas. Perhaps more impressive, though, is this interesting nugget observed by A's radio man Vince Cotroneo - of Cahill's 52 innings pitched this season, 45 13 have been scoreless innings.GUTIERREZ: Too early for Cy Cahill talk, but not for All-Star start
A's over the hump, finally? - Four time before tonight the A's entered a game sitting one game over .500. Four times, they lost and fell back to .500. So having finally jumped a season-best two games over, could the, ahem, milestone serve as a springboard for the A's? They certainly hope so, though having beaten the defending American League champs four out of five times should also do wonders for confidence.

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