OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden may be on the disabled list, but he was healthy enough to fire back at Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson before Friday night's game. Wilson has said he hates playing at the Coliseum, pointing to what he said was a poor mound and to the typically small crowds that show up for A's games. Earlier in the season he criticized the A's patient hitting approach, calling it "lawyerball." According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden texted the newspaper that he had left a message for Wilson in his clubhouse locker, inscribing it on one of his perfect game T-shirts.
Most of Braden's teammates downplayed the controversy involving Wilson, the Rangers' starter Friday night. "We want to win the game," A's outfielder David DeJesus said. "There's no more fire than we usually have. We want to beat him every time he's out there, just like any other pitcher."