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Oakland's new Young Guns
They've done this kind of work together before -- in Midland, Texas, to be precise. Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Vin Mazzaro and Josh Outman all pitched together in Double-A, and back then they'd shut down the RoughRiders and Missions and Hooks and Travelers and Drillers.
That was last summer.
Now they shut down the Angels and Orioles and Rangers and White Sox and Rays (since May 24, Oakland's starters are 9-3 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP), and during the games, you can see Cahill and the others huddled together in the Oakland Athletics' dugout, like chicks gathered under a heat lamp, chatting cheerily and sharing their experiences. And right now, it's all good for Oakland's Young Guns rotation. On Sunday, it was Mazzaro's turn to dominate, Susan Slusser writes, and over the past six games, Oakland's starters -- including the grizzly 25-year-old Dallas Braden -- have a 1.12 ERA.
A natural competition has developed among them, Cahill acknowledged before Mazzaro's start -- there is a feeling of wanting to make sure that you're not the guy who drops the baton. "We're helping each other, but it's not so much pitching-wise," said Cahill. "It's more with trying to get comfortable around [the big leagues]. I guess all we try to do is remind each other that it's the same game."
They are so young that earlier this year, Cahill and Anderson couldn't find a place to rent in Walnut Creek, a suburb of Oakland, because no landlords wanted to hand keys over to a couple of 21-year-olds. Cahill figures that the renters envisioned a bunch of parties. So, in the end, Cahill wound up getting a place in San Francisco, right across from AT&T Park. "When we play the Giants, I'll be able to just walk across the street," he said. Cahill will probably run, considering how well the Athletics are playing and pitching these days.
The success of Oakland's Young Guns is increasing the likelihood that Matt Holliday will remain with the Athletics, writes Scott Ostler.
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it's been fun!and congrats to bobby crosby and his wife on the birth of their first child tyler!