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  • joined Feb 11, 2008
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As of Jan. 17, 2012, I am no longer a "product" of AN or the SBN sites. This is my choice based on moderation changes on AN I do not agree with, plus a catering more to advertisers and view counts over good posters and quality content.

Further, I was banned without warning or notification for refusing to accept being told I could not talk in AN's off-topic "Lounge" about another longstanding member's silent removal as a moderator. That is fine with me as I think it proves an important point about AN's new direction.

Another longstanding member, PaulThomas, was also banned without use of the previously established flag/strike system after writing a post critical of the rules change. It was worded firmly but honestly and written with civility. That post was quickly removed. This is the new direction of AN, where no dissension is allowed any longer. That is the new business model.

All traces of my own content (photos, analysis, etc.) that were unrelated to gameday threads and frontpage posts have been removed by me. I am sorry to those who enjoyed any of it, but I no longer feel it belongs on AN. People who know me know where they can find some of it elsewhere.

Goodbye and good luck. The Kraut is still Free.

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Open Thread: Game 99 - A's at Red Sox

Quick note on Trevor Cahill from last night. The homer he allowed was his 21st of the season. Last year Greg Smith gave up the most of any Oakland pitcher, also 21. Brett Anderson is not quite...

It's a Strickout-fest in Beantown; A's go down swinging (and looking)

Boston's Josh Beckett fanned 10 A's over 7+ innings as the Red Sox defeated Oakland in the opener of a four-game series, 8-3.

Open Thread: Game 98 - A's at Red Sox (cont)

The good news: the A's have a pair of runs against Beckett. The bad news: the Red Sox have a few more. After 7 it's 8-2 Red Sox thanks to a pop-up that found the right spot for a pair of runs.

Open Thread: Game 98 - A's at Red Sox (cont)

Beckett is dealing. Cahill is not. 5-0 Boston after 4, which looks insurmountable tonight.

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Open Thread: Game 98 - A's at Red Sox

Fresh off dropping three of four to the Yankees, the A's (41-56) follow up with another four-game set in Boston (57-40), not the most pleasant road trip imaginable but at least they're out of the...

Cuddyer's Revenge: Twins win in 10, 3-2

Michael Cuddyer's two-out triple in the 10th inning was the difference as the Minnesota Twins rebounded from a bad loss with a 3-2 victory against the Oakland A's.

Open Extra Innings Thread: Game 92 - A's vs. Twins (cont)

No change since the last one. Time for free baseball.

Open Thread: Game 92 - A's vs. Twins (cont)

This has nothing to do with making a new thread when the A's come to bat but if they score here I'll take full credit for it. 2-2 going to the bottom of the sixth.

Open Thread: Game 92 - A's vs. Twins (cont)

Braden's getting into and out of trouble and a Kennedy grounder gives the A's the lead before a Cabrera single plates another run. 2-0 A's after three as Hairston just misses a homer.

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Open Thread: Game 92 - A's vs. Twins

Last night is going to be one of those "where were you?" things.  I confess I went on to watch other things when they gave up 12 runs in the first three innings, but I kept tabs by checking the...

Beckett has little trouble with A's as the order of things is restored (Red Sox win)

Josh Beckett returned to form with 6.2 solid innings as the Boston Red Sox handled the Oakland A's, 5-2.

Open Thread: Game 82 - A's at Boston (cont)

5-2 Boston at the end of seven.

Open Thread: Game 82 - A's at Boston (cont)

Dana Eveland has been as hittable as ever and couldn't get out of the third without coughing up more runs. He was only getting the one start anyway but he didn't do himself any favors if the team...

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Open Thread: Game 82 - A's at Boston

The A's capped off the official halfway point of their season with a memorable game in Fenway Park last night but they're going to need many more like that one if they're going to improve upon a...

Hammel, Rockies Humble A's, 4-2

Jason Hammel and the Colorado Rockies had little trouble with the Oakland A's, winning 4-2 Friday night. It was their 18th victory in the last 21 games.

Open Thread: Game 72 - A's vs. Rockies (cont)

Sloppy defense? Check. Bad offense? Check. Breaks not going our way? Check. Typical A's game so far? Check. Dallas Braden fails to avoid the big inning this time. Halfway through and the A's are in...

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Open Thread: Game 72 - A's vs. Rockies

As the Colorado Rockies come down to earth (literally - look at the altitude in Denver!) A's fans hope for the same thing on the field over the next three days. Given their struggles in interleague...

Heartbreak City: A's waste comeback as Dodgers win in extras, 5-4

Matt Kemp's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland A's, who blew a 4-2 lead taken in the 8th.

Open Thread: Game 63 - A's at Dodgers (cont)

Good things and bad things in the last couple innings. Hoping for more good now.

Open Thread: Game 63 - A's at Dodgers (cont)

The inevitable runs have scored and they came from the wrong team. 2-0 Dodgers going to the 7th. Let's not get shut out, please.

Open Thread: Game 63 - A's at Dodgers (cont)

The score is cero-null as we head to the fifth. Participants in tonight's thread have learned how to count from one to three in various languages. Where else can you talk about a baseball game and...

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Open Thread: Game 63 - A's at Dodgers

It didn't take long for the polish of that 7-game winning streak to wear off, did it?  After splitting a four-game set with the Twins (an accomplishment for Minnesota, given their road record) and...

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Open Thread: Game 35 - A's at Rays

I'm back home after signing final documents for my new house in Elk Grove and I didn't see a gameday thread yet so, uh, here you go. The A's open a four-game series in the Trop with Sean Gallagher...

A's are Louxers again in another snoozefest

The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A's 5-3 behind Shane Loux, who had little trouble with the A's offense.

Open Thread: Game 24 - A's vs. Angels (cont)

Rally-killing double plays bite. 2-1 Angels after 2.

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Open Thread: Game 24 - A's vs. Angels

Things have been pretty rough in A's-land during their latest stretch against AL West teams. To recap so far:* a split in Texas that probably should have been two wins, plus a rainout * dropping...

A's lose four, then the game

The Oakland A's lost four players due to injury, then lost the game to the Texas Rangers 5-4.

Open Thread: Game 18 - A's at Rangers (cont)

Can we not have any more injuries, please? Anderson is gone. Looked like a blister. Bailey is all over the place, walking in a run before a blooper, of all things in Texas, scored a pair. All of a...

Open Thread: Game 18 - A's at Rangers (cont)

Bad news: not three innings into the game, half the infield (Garciaparra, Ellis) is out due to leg injuries. Good news: the A's are getting people on base against Millwood. Bad news: Giambi just...

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