Even pie thrower exhausted after 19-inning marathon
Oakland's 19-inning victory left everyone exhausted, even designated pie thrower Josh Reddick.
When Oakland's Brandon Moss homered in the 19th to end the A's marathon contest with the Angels, he became the first player since Seattle's Mike Cameron in 2000 to hit a walkoff homer in the 19th inning or later.
It was a weird night (and early morning), one that took 6 hours and 32 minutes to complete, longest in A's history by more than half an hour.
Among the oddities compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle:
• Brett Anderson was scratched from his start, then pitched 5-1/3 innings in relief. And then reinjured his ankle in the game and went on the disabled list. Coco Crisp also landed on the DL with a hamstring injury. Chris Young hurt his quad but remains active. Jed Lowrie tied an Oakland record with nine at-bats, but aggravated a neck injury and sat out the next game.
• Pitcher Jerry Blevins got his first big-league at-bat and struck out in the 18th. Outfielder Seth Smith was next in line to pitch if the game had continued.
• As with most walkoff heroes, Moss was splattered in the face with a cream pie during his postgame interview. The twist is that Moss shoved it in his own face after teammate Josh Reddick handed him the pie tin.
"Reddick was too tired to pie me, so yeah, I did pie myself," Moss said.
Some would call
Tampa Bay's David Price remains irked that he was fined $1,000 by MLB for his tweets critical of plate umpire Tom Hallion. Teammates Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore were also fined. Price has 154,533 Twitter followers on his @DAVIDprice14 account, and hinted that he might not be as cooperative with MLB officials from now on.
"As many times as MLB asks us to tweet stuff for them, I find it kind of funny," Price told the Tampa Bay Times. "But it's fine. I'll remember this next time they ask me to do something. I don't feel like we were in the wrong; we were mistreated."
Notes and quotes
• Rich Harden was once one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball, until arm injuries derailed his career.
Now Harden, who missed all of last season, is in the Twins' organization on a minor-league contract, working his way back from shoulder surgery. Harden, 31, had been throwing batting-practice sessions in Fort Myers, Fla., but was shut down after experiencing soreness. The Twins expect him to resume throwing soon.
"It's not unusual for a guy who is coming off of what he's coming off of to feel a little sore," Twins GM Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We aren't going to push him."
• The Rockies signed veteran Roy Oswalt to a minor-league contract to provide some veteran depth. But Oswalt struggled last year with the Rangers, putting up a 5.80 earned-run average in 17 appearances, including a 6.36 ERA in nine starts. He'll go to extended spring training, then AA Tulsa.
• Miguel Cabrera won the American League batting title in 2011 with a .344 average, then won it again last year at .330, part of his Triple Crown.
Cabrera entered Saturday hitting .368, putting himself in position to become the first right-handed hitter to win three straight batting crowns since Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby won six straight for the Cardinals from 1920-25.
• Cabrera's teammate, Prince Fielder, is likely the only major-leaguer who has Mozart's Requiem as his walk-up music. He said he became interested in classical music when he found out that new teammate Torii Hunter listens to classical music before games.
• The Cubs, at least, are identifying the right people. Last year, they went hard after Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, and this year they hotly pursued Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu. Unfortunately, they appear to have been the runners-up for both players, who made an immediate impact upon their new teams, the A's and Dodgers, respectively.
• The Indians used to be known for trading Cy Young Award winners. Now they're gaining a reputation for beating them.
They've defeated four of them this year, including two in the span of 48 hours last week. On Tuesday, they beat Roy Halladay, and on Wednesday the Indians hung a loss on their former pitcher, Cliff Lee.
Earlier this season, they got the better of the two reigning Cys, R.A. Dickey and Price. In those four wins, the Indians have outscored the opposition 36-3.