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Thursday, June 10, 2004
Nomar returns, but Red Sox lose to Padres. (Yahoo!)

In first at last. "For the third consecutive night, Oakland manhandled the Reds' pitching staff, this time reeling off a 17-8 victory with Damian Miller supplying a grand slam. At the same time, Anaheim dropped its second in a row to Milwaukee, leaving the A's alone in first place in the AL West for the first time since April 23." (SF Gate)

A's hitting their stride. Rob Neyer: "June the 9th, 2004. It might be a date that means nothing at all. Or it might be the date on which the Oakland Athletics grabbed first place for good." (

Back to first! "A particularly happy note for the offense, at least for me, is that Bobby Crosby has really been turning it up lately. He had a slow start, as you might expect, being a newbie to MLB, trying to play a tough defensive position on a contending team, but he's raised his batting average to .258, which has brough his OBP to .316 and his nine homers and eleven doubles add up to a .472 slugging percentage. How many major league shortstops, 24-years old or not, have a .214 ISO? He's still not walking nearly as much as his minor-league records indicated he would, but maybe that'll come now that the other aspects of his offense are coming around." (Beaneball)

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