The Guangzhou A's?
With San Francisco preventing the Athletics from building a new ballpark in San Jose, which is part of Giants territory, ever-decisive commissioner Bud Selig is leaving it up to Oakland owner Lew Wolff to decide whether to consider additional sites for a new ballpark for the A's. That leaves open the possibility of a move outside the Bay Area.
"They could be all over the world," Selig said after a quarterly owners meeting Thursday.
The mind boggles for a much-traveled franchise that got its start at the Columbia Avenue Grounds on what is now Cecil B. Moore Avenue back in 1901, before heading to Shibe Park and Kansas City and the Bay. Could it be Paris? Sydney? Tokyo? Africa? China?
Playoffs, we're talking playoffs
The do-or-die one-game, wild-card playoffs will be Oct. 5, with a nationally televised doubleheader on TBS, Newsday reports. Owners also approved a first-round 2-3 format, with the home-field advantage on the back end of the series. But that is likely to change for 2013. Of course.
In the Clemens trial . . . zzzzzz
Here's the play-by-play for the Roger Clemens perjury trial in Washington: Using combative questioning, Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin rattled trainer Brian McNamee, the key government witness, getting the pitcher's accuser to admit he 'lied twice" to investigators looking into use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. But Hardin failed to undermine the trainer's claim that he injected Clemens with steroids and HGH. The judge, Reggie Walton, said Hardin is "confusing everybody." (Hey, he's a lawyer - that's his job.) Jurors complained over the trial's slow pace.
For the love of the game
Former Lehigh Valley IronPig favorite Rich Thompson, 33, a career minor-leaguer now getting his second chance after an eight-year gap since his last major-league stint, finally got his first start and first hit with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Thompson, 33, started in left and stroked an RBI single to center off Boston's Felix Doubront in the fourth inning. We have to figure it was worth the wait. Sure made our day.
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This article contains information from the AP.