If there is to be a rematch of the 1989 Bay Bridge World Series this year, it might be almost as big of a mismatch as the last one if the last four days are any gauge.
The A’s of 25 years ago swept the Giants in four fairly lopsided games. This year’s model only managed to take three of four in the annual home-and-home, but the lasting imprint was that of Oakland domination following a 6-1 victory Thursday at AT&T Park behind Scott Kazmir.
In the three of the four games, the A’s limited the Giants to one or zero runs. The aggregate score for the series was 19-8. They defeated San Francisco’s All-Star ace Madison Bumgarner in one game, and in the finale, beat up on one of their own former favorites, Tim Hudson.
Kazmir (11-3) was once again brilliant, throwing seven shutout innings.
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“It’s almost been a playoff atmosphere the past four games. It gets you pumped for the series,” he said.
The A’s have won seven of eight and 11 of 15 in matching an Oakland franchise-best 58 wins after 92 games.
• Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday’s All-Star game, and Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon. Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 million ballots and Sale 6.7 million, Major League Baseball said Thursday.
• Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. Tanaka, who went on the disabled list on Wednesday, saw three doctors in Seattle, who all made the diagnosis. The Yankees hope Tanaka can return after six weeks of rehab but did not rule out the possibility of season-ending Tommy John surgery.
• Angels starter C.J. Wilson was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a right ankle sprain, providing an extended break that could be beneficial for the struggling lefty.
• The Philadelphia Phillies have purchased outfielder Grady Sizemore’s contract from Class AAA. Sizemore, an Everett native, will join the team for a three-game series against Washington before the All-Star break. Sizemore was a three-time All-Star for Cleveland from 2006-08. He began this season as Boston’s starting center fielder before being released on June 18.
• Wrigley Field took a step in the direction of every major-league baseball park in the country Thursday when a city commission unanimously approved a major expansion of planned renovations including several more electronic signs and erecting a JumboTron in the iconic home of the Chicago Cubs.
• St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.
• Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to miss six weeks after he has surgery on Friday to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb.
• Left fielder Carl Crawford has been reinstated from the DL by the Dodgers after missing 40 games because of a sprained left ankle.