Braden gets some perfect game bling

Had a couple days off, so we’ll get the blog back cranking again, though there wasn’t a lot to report in A’s land this morning … There was a brief, informal ceremony in the clubhouse as A’s co-owner Lew Wolff presented Dallas Braden with a diamond ring commemorating his perfect game (Braden also received a diamond pendant to give to his grandmother). “Keep it up,” Wolff said. “Can you do two in one year?” Braden’s response afterward: “I told him I don’t have that club in my bag.”

–Joey Devine played catch and said his elbow felt really good a day after he threw a 20-pitch simulated game. It’s pretty easy to forget about Devine, isn’t it? The guy’s been such a big storyline over the past two springs, but injuries have basically robbed him of two seasons. But I have a feeling you’ll be reading about him again when February rolls around. How good would it have been to have a healthy Devine in the ‘pen when Michael Wuertz was struggling early in the season and then when Andrew Bailey went down? That’s a big “if,” I realize, but it’s something to ponder …

Today’s lineups:
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Kouzmanoff 3B, Cust DH, Ellis 2B, Larish LF, Davis RF, Powell C, Pennington SS; Mazzaro RHP.
Angels — Callaspo 3B, Kendrick 2B, Abreu LF, Hunter RF, Matsui DH, Napoli 1B, Aybar SS, Mathis C, Willits CF; Santana RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • One less thing Braden has to worry about when it’s time to pop the question.