A's Braden seeking 2nd, 3rd opinions on shoulder


A's Braden seeking 2nd, 3rd opinions on shoulder

May 7, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO

Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

A's left-handed starter Dallas Braden, on the disabled list since April 18 with what has been diagnosed as stiffness in his throwing shoulder, will seek both a second and third opinion early next week, according to the team.Braden, 27, will visit Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday before meeting with Mets physician David Altchek on Tuesday in New York City.

The author of the 19th Perfect Game in MLB history, against Tampa Bay last Mother's Day, last pitched on April 17 and appeared distraught after beating Detroit with a five-inning, 67-pitch outing in which he gave up one run, three hits, struck out five and walked two.He was initially examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on April 20 and was diagnosed with inflammation but no structural damage. Braden attempted to play catch for the first time since suffering the injury on Monday but had to shut it down early in a session general manager Billy Beane called "so-so." He was then re-examined by Yocum on Wednesday and when no answer to Braden's satisfaction came, he decided upon second and third opinions.It is the fourth time in Braden's career he has been on the disabled list.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table


Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'


Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.