You know what was the real story Monday? The A’s batters were very, very, very Detroit-appropriate.
Consider: In their 6-3 victory, the A’s outhit the best-hitting team in the American League, in its home ballpark. The A’s banged out 10 hits — including three home runs — to the Tigers’ seven hits, six of which were singles.
And this was no one-day fluke. During the A’s last visit here to Comerica Park, in August, they scored 34 runs in a four-game series, winning three of those four games and losing the other only when Balfour had a rare blown save.
The A’s obviously love hitting at Comerica Park, pure and simple.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
It was on this same field, granted, 22 years earlier, that former Oakland A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson proclaimed himself the “greatest” upon breaking Lou Brock’s career stolen-base record. But about a football field away, in the Raiders’ locker room, Charles Woodson was feeling it when he was asked about tying Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the all-time NFL mark for defensive touchdowns (13) with his 25-yard fumble recovery and run. “It just means I’ve been around a long time,” Woodson said. “I’ve made a bunch of plays, and I’m one of the greatest to ever play this game.” He’s also been better than the Raiders could have hoped this season.
- Paul Guttierez, ESPN
Was that the ghost of Alex Smith out there game-managing the 49ers offense Sunday night?
No, that was the formerly swaggering, freewheeling Colin Kaepernick completing zero passes in the second and third quarters combined.
That was Kaepernick with only six completions in the game, and that was the old-fashioned, no-frills style of the 49ers’ 34-3 pulverization of the Houston Texans.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News