Hitting coach fired after A's falter in AL West

Posted: June 01, 2003

Oakland A's hitting coach Thad Bosley was fired yesterday after returning to Oakland, Calif., for a meeting with general manager Billy Beane.

Dave Hudgens was picked as the interim hitting coach - and Hudgens is the one the A's reassigned to move Bosley from first-base coach to hitting coach after the 1999 season.

Bosley, the Athletics' hitting coach since 2000, was quoted last week saying he expected to be fired.

The A's are five games behind first-place Seattle in the AL West and entered yesterday's game hitting .257, 11th in the league.

Pittsburgh's Kenny Lofton went hitless in five at-bats in a 4-3 win at St. Louis to end his hitting streak at 26 games.

Lofton tied Boston's Nomar Garciaparra for the longest hitting streak in the majors this season. Garciaparra's streak was ended by the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Lofton set the team record for a hit streak by a lefthanded batter with two hits in Friday night's 7-3 win over the Cardinals. Charlie Grimm had set that record in 1923.

He fell one game short of tying Jimmy Williams' franchise record set in 1899. Danny O'Connell was the last Pirate with a 26-game hitting streak in 1953.

The New York Mets placed lefthander Mike Stanton on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left knee and recalled lefty Mike Bacsik from triple-A Norfolk.

Stanton is 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 23 relief appearances. Bacsik was 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA for the Tides.

St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jim Edmonds proved a quick healer, returning to the lineup after missing only two starts with bruised ribs.

The Cardinals lost both games without Edmonds, who was batting .299 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs.

The Houston Astros activated righthander Roy Oswalt from the 15-day disabled list and sent reliever Brandon Puffer to triple-A New Orleans. Oswalt, 3-4 with a 3.68 ERA in nine games, had been on the DL with a strained right groin. He started last night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

The Atlanta Braves, who failed to hit a homer against the New York Mets yesterday, ended May with 55 home runs. That tied the New York Giants (July 1947) and St. Louis Cardinals (April 2000) for the most in any month by a National League team. The major-league record for homers in a month is 58, by Baltimore (May 1987) and Seattle (May 1999).

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