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Friday, 20-Jul-2012 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Crawford in BoSox lineup for 1st time this season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Roy Oswalt threw one curveball clocked at 57 mph. His fastball hit 91.
In vintage Oswalt style, the right-hander used his wide-ranging repertoire to baffle Oakland's batters and beat the Athletics for the first time, leading the Texas Rangers to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night.
Oswalt worked ahead and painted the corners the like pitcher of old at age 34.
''That's me, that's my game,'' Oswalt said. ''I'm the same pitcher I've been the last 12 years.''
Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre each hit solo home runs for Texas.
Elvis Andrus, Craig Gentry and Mike Napoli hit RBI singles off Bartolo Colon (6- for the AL West-leading Rangers, who snapped the A's four-game winning streak and avenged a June loss to Colon in the Coliseum.
Oswalt (3-1) struck out six and didn't walk anyone in 6 1-3 innings, retiring 15 of the final 17 hitters he faced in his fifth start of the year and first against the A's. The crafty right-hander had never beaten Oakland in two previous outings, including a loss at the Coliseum on June 7, 2002.
This time, he did it by mixing speeds and pitches to keep Oakland's hitters off balance. He struck out Seth Smith to end the sixth on a 71 mph off-speed offering.
While Oswalt would have liked to finish the seventh, he knows he is making progress with every appearance since signing a minor league deal May 29 before his call up on June 22.
''I'm getting close. I feel better,'' he said. ''The hitters have 300 at-bats behind them and have seen a lot of pitchers, and I'm trying to get up to speed.''
The Rangers won for the fifth time in six games but just the third time in their last seven road contests.
Hamilton struck out three times before connecting for his 28th home run to lead off the eighth. He added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The All-Star slugger kept his average right at .300, and hasn't dipped below that mark all season - though he did briefly during the game.
''I hadn't really paid attention to it. I knew I was going down the last month to month and a half,'' Hamilton said. ''I'm not really panicking at all.''
Josh Reddick homered for the A's, who had some momentum after a three-game sweep at Minnesota only to come home and face the two-time reigning AL champions. Oakland missed an opportunity with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Reddick didn't consider Oswalt's night all that special even though the A's managed just three hits against the veteran pitcher.
''I don't feel like he was very good. I felt like we had a lot of swing and misses,'' Reddick said. ''We had a pretty good go at him. We saw a lot of pitches early. Just bad swings in front of the ball. I don't feel like his stuff was very far out there.''
Colon, who tossed eight scoreless innings to beat the Rangers on June 6 in the Coliseum, was tagged for eight hits and four runs in seven innings. He remained winless in three starts since coming off the disabled list from a strained oblique muscle. He fell to 2-6 at home this season and hasn't won in four outings since June 12 at Colorado.

Thursday, 19-Jul-2012 03:22 Email | Share | | Bookmark
No decision yet on charges against Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was seen weaving from lane to lane on Interstate 880 in the Oakland, Calif., area on Saturday morning, leading to his arrest for investigation of DUI.
An incident report released by the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday described Lynch driving a Ford Econoline van and having two near collisions with two other vehicles driving in adjacent lanes.
Authorities say Lynch was pulled over around 3:20 a.m. PDT Saturday in Emeryville and showed signs of intoxication. After multiple field sobriety tests, Lynch was arrested and booked into jail, where he was cited and later released. Lynch took a chemical test.
Teresa Drenick, director of communications for the Alameda County district attorney's office, said Lynch was scheduled for an Aug. 14 preliminary court appearance and that any decision on charging Lynch will be made by then.
Drenick said the office has yet to receive the police report from the CHP.
The Seahawks said in a statement late Monday that the team is ''aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information.''
Lynch's agent didn't immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Lynch signed a four-year contract in March that will keep him in a Seattle uniform for the prime of his NFL career. The contract is worth $31 million, including a guaranteed $18 million. Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Lynch came to Seattle during the 2010 season in a trade with Buffalo and after his career with the Bills stalled. Lynch ran into problems off the field in Buffalo, but stayed clear of trouble with the Seahawks until now.
He pleaded guilty in March 2009 to a misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and three years' probation, and was suspended three games by the league for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
That was Lynch's second run-in with the law following a hit-and run-accident in Buffalo in May 2008. In the earlier incident, he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted to driving away after striking a woman with his car near Buffalo's downtown bar district.

Thursday, 5-Jul-2012 03:29 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Crawford in BoSox lineup for 1st time this season

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford started in left against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night after missing the entire season with left wrist and elbow injuries.
The Red Sox activated Crawford off the 60-day disabled list before the game and designated utility player Brent Lillibridge for assignment.
Batting second, Crawford singled up the middle in the first inning and later scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
Signed to a $142 million, seven-year contract before last season, the 30-year old Crawford had a disappointing 2011. He hit a career-worst .255 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs, and finished with just 18 stolen bases after swiping 47 in 2010 and 60 the year before that.
''Just happy to be back out there,'' he said before the Red Sox took the field for batting practice. ''I'm excited about playing. It's been a while. I'm just happy that I can play a big league game. I'm a little nervous.''
Crawford had wrist surgery in January and was hoping to be ready for opening day, but suffered a few setbacks and didn't begin his first rehab assignment until late June.
Crawford was especially happy to be batting near the top of the order, in a spot vacated with Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list. Last season, Crawford mostly hit in the lower-third of the order.
''I'm definitely excited about it,'' he said. ''No secret I like hitting at the top.''
And he figures he can run more hitting up high.
''Up there I can run as much as I want,'' he said. ''Last year I was limited.''
In 2011, Crawford started out batting third in the lineup but was moved down to primarily seventh after he got off to a poor start, batting just .204 with one homer and six RBIs in April. Now he feels he's got something to prove because of his struggles.
''I'm a big part of a puzzle that's supposed to win a championship,'' he said.

Friday, 2-Mar-2012 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Padres send Mikolas to minors, recall RHP Vincent

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Padres have optioned reliever Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Tucson and recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from their top farm club.
The team announced the moves Monday before playing theHouston Astros.
Mikolas made 15 appearances for San Diego, going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. The right-hander began the season with Tucson before making his debut for the Padres on May 5 in Miami.
Vincent is in his second stint with the Padres this season. He had appeared in four games for San Diego, all in relief. He earned his first major league win June 28 in Houston and had allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings.


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