It was very pleasant reading the International Herald Tribune every day (except Sundays) over our vacation, and watching the A’s get closer and closer to .500, and finally reach it. (It would have been nice if they’d given baseball a bit more space in their sports section, though; ah well.)
And then we got home, and the annoying all-star break hit. Sigh. But that’s over now, and wow, what a game for Rich Harden. I’m not surprised to see him throw a shutout, but a two-hitter where he was perfect through seven innings is great, and an 81-pitch complete game is stunning.
I still don’t think they’re going to make the playoffs, but I’m a lot less confident of that than I was. (Ditto for the Indians.)
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