A's Insider notes: History vs. the Angels


A's Insider notes: History vs. the Angels

Paul Gutierrez
Our A's Insider takes a look at the A's 14-0 domination of the visiting Angels in the second and final game of the short series Tuesday night.Gio and the Bats: While it may sound like a boy band, it simply describes the A's attack of the Los Angeles Angels on this rain-soaked evening. Sure, the game was delayed 42 minutes, but the end was inevitable. On the evening his mentor, Dallas Braden, underwent surgery in New York to repair a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder, Gio Gonzalez simply dominated the Angels, allowing one hit in seven shutout innings while striking out seven and walking one. The left-hander threw 93 pitches - his final pitch was a 93-mph heater - and he was backed up by an offensive explosion not seen this season. The A's had season highs in runs (14) and hits (15), with Mark Ellis and Coco Crisp contributing three hits apiece. Ellis also had four RBI. According to A's historian David Feldman, the 14 runs scored tied the Oakland record for most runs without a home run.
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More history made: Per Feldman, the 14-0 shutout of the Angels is the A's largest-ever margin of victory over their SoCal rivals. It is also the third largest such victory in Oakland history, behind a 16-0 defeat of the Giants on June 26, 2005 and a 15-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 30, 2001.
Back in first place: For the first time since June 3, 2010, the A's have a share of first place in the American League West. Granted, they are in a tie with Texas, and the Angels are only 12 of one game behind. Still, it's an achievement for an up-and-coming club looking to latch on to any positive momentum. At 22-20, the A's are two games over .500 for only the second time this season. Oh yeah, the team the A's were tied for first with last June? The eventual American League champion Rangers.A big-league debut: Right-hander Trystan Magnuson, called up from triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday, made his major league debut in the ninth inning, and the big right-hander threw a scoreless inning. He gave up a lead-off single to Jeff Mathis on his first pitch but after a couple of fielder's choice outs, he struck out Hank Conger to end the game.Bailey update: Closer Andrew Bailey, on the disabled list since sprint training with a strained right (pitching) forearm, completed his second extended spring training minor league stint in Phoenix Tuesday morning. The right-hander threw 19 pitches in one inning and did not allow a hit. He walked two and struck out one. Manager Bob Geren said Bailey's fastball registered between 92 and 94 mph and that he used all of his pitches. Bailey said he felt good and hoped to start a full-fledged minor league rehab assignment soon.

Raiders fourth-round OL refutes pre-draft rumors: 'I'm not legally blind'


Raiders fourth-round OL refutes pre-draft rumors: 'I'm not legally blind'

ALAMEDA – Florida offensive tackle David Sharpe spent part of his pre-draft process dispelling rumors that he was legally blind in his right eye. The report came out this spring, and Sharpe denied it quickly.

The information reappeared Saturday morning, when NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock mentioned it shortly after the Raiders drafted Sharpe No. 129 overall. The draft analyst said Sharpe might be restricted to the offensive line’s left side.

Sharpe said that isn’t the case. He can play left or right tackle. And his vision is just fine, thank you very much.

“I’m not blind. I’m not legally blind,” Sharpe said. “The information is false, all of it is false. I just had a little cataract removal when I was younger and I’ve been battling that since I was young. But it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything. I’m not blind.”

Sharpe said his right eye is a little blurrier than the left, but it doesn’t impact his play in any way.

The 6-foot-6, 343-pound blocker was projected to go in the first three rounds, but fell to the fourth. He wasn’t upset about an issue that was a non-issue.

“It doesn’t really make me mad,” Sharpe said. “I just brush it off. It was just false and I addressed it.”

The Raiders had some inside info on Sharpe’s play. Head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback, and vouched for Sharpe’s effectiveness before Oakland made the official selection.

“He actually texted me this morning and said his dad called him and asked about me,” Sharpe said. “There was a little hint there, so that was cool.”