When you watch the A’s for any reasonable span of games, you get used to the fact that Grant Balfour doesn’t work particularly fast.
Sunday’s 27-minute, 37-pitch bottom of the ninth inning effort was unusual, even for Balfour.
He gave up a walk, an RBI double, then two more walks to load the bases before Jose Reyes grounded to second baseman Alberto Callaspo for the game’s final out.
“I was horrible today,’’ Balfour said. “I got the job done, but the guys were great.’’
When Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey steps on the mound for the Blue Jays Wednesday, he says it will be special.
That’s because he’ll be pitching against the A’s Bartolo Colon.
Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner while pitching for the New York Mets, has been pitching in the Major Leagues off and on since 2001, most of that in the American League.
Colon, who has pitched in the big leagues since 1997, also has spent the bulk of his time in the American League.
But for all of that, this will be just the second time they’ve pitched in the same game.