January 30, 2012 |
OAKLAND, CALIF. - For weeks the protests had waned, with only a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets for occasional marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall. Then came Saturday, which started peacefully enough - a midday rally at City Hall and a march. But hours later, the scene near the downtown area had dramatically deteriorated: clashes punctuated by rock and bottle throwing by protesters and volleys of tear gas from police, and a City Hall break-in that left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls and an American flag burned.
July 16, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Brandon Moss batted six times for the 2011 Phillies, a team that established a franchise standard with 102 wins. The Phillies offered Moss, then 28 and unspectacular, another minor-league contract. So, too, did Oakland. There was familiarity with the Phillies, who watched Moss bash 23 homers at triple-A Lehigh Valley. But the end, when John Bowker was afforded a better opportunity at a Phillies bench job than Moss, stung. "They had kind of shown I probably wasn't the guy they were looking for in the organization," Moss said.
December 28, 2013
SEASON The Eagles are ranked 12th in the NFL in run defense, allowing 107.5 yards per game (3.8 yards per carry) LAST SIX GAMES The Eagles have allowed at least 100 yards rushing in just two of their last 11 games, both wins (49-20 over Oakland, 24-16 over Washington). SOURCE: Pro-Football-Reference.com
December 12, 2011 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Aaron Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three full quarters' worth of work, Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team as Green Bay trounced Oakland, 46-16. The Packers ran their record to 13-0 with a near-perfect performance. Carson Palmer threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for the Raiders (7-6), who looked like anything but legitimate contenders in the AFC West.
January 16, 2012 |
LEFTHANDER Gio Gonzalez agreed to a 5-year, $42 million contract with the Washington Nationals yesterday, 3 weeks after he was acquired in a trade with Oakland. The deal includes options for 2 more years. It was the largest guaranteed contract for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the first time. Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 last season - a career high for wins - with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts and was selected to his first All-Star Game. He was acquired in a six-player deal with Oakland on Dec. 23. He made $420,000 last season.
October 10, 2011 |
HOUSTON - Coach Hue Jackson sank to his knees, buried his face in his hands and finally released the emotions he'd been holding back. The Oakland Raiders won the day after their maverick owner, Al Davis, died, beating the Houston Texans, 25-20, on Sunday behind Jason Campbell's two touchdown passes. Michael Huff intercepted Matt Schaub's pass in the end zone on the final play, and the Raiders ran to celebrate a bittersweet victory unlike any other in the storied history of the franchise.
October 3, 2012
The Yankees, Orioles, Rangers, and A's have wrapped up postseason spots. Now it's just a question of who takes the wild-card berths. New York has a one-game lead on Baltimore in the AL East. If the Yanks and O's are tied after Wednesday, they would play one game for the AL East title Thursday in Baltimore. The loser would play in the wild-card game. Oakland trailed Texas by one game for the AL West lead entering Tuesday's game. The A's still had a chance to win the division title.
October 6, 2012 |
DETROIT - One team has the reigning MVP and another player who just won the Triple Crown. The Oakland Athletics will try to counter all that by sending - who else? - a rookie to the mound. "We've been the 'David' all year," A's righthander Jarrod Parker said. "I think obviously it's a role and an image that we've kind of taken on and been able to embrace, and it's fun. " Parker will start against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the division series Saturday night.
October 9, 2012 |
IDEALLY, JIM Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball. Just as Detroit's Justin Verlander and Coco Crisp of Oakland did on the field for Monday's workout day ahead of their teams' Game 3 in the ALDS on Tuesday. The Tigers lead 2-0 and are one win from advancing to a second straight ALCS. Leyland insists reliever Al Alburquerque meant no ill-will toward the Athletics when he fielded Yoenis Cespedes' ninth-inning comebacker and quickly kissed the ball before throwing to first.
September 22, 2014 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - An Athletics fan circled the upper deck of the O.co Coliseum in the seventh inning of a scoreless game with a drum strapped to his waist. He banged it three times. Fans responded with a tepid cheer: "Let's go, Oakland. " These are anguished moments for an A's team with a tenuous postseason standing. They are numb to moments like Saturday's 3-0 Phillies win, in which Freddy Galvis, a diminutive shortstop, smashed an appetizing fastball to deep right. "Surprising power, at times, for a little guy," Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said.