Oakland at Toronto

W: D. Haren (12-9) L: B. League (0-1)
S: J. Duchscherer (4)
HR: OAK - B. Kielty (6), M. Bradley (9), J. Payton (10)   TOR - A. Rios (16), T. Glaus (34)

Gibbons, Lilly feud in Jays loss; A's overcome eight-run deficit

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- While the Oakland Athletics keep fighting for a playoff spot, the Toronto Blue Jays are still tangling with each other.

Manager John Gibbons wound up with a bloody nose after scrapping with pitcher Ted Lilly near the Toronto dugout, and the Athletics rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat the Blue Jays 12-10 Monday night.

Gibbons and Lilly said no punches were thrown.

"We were on the verge of something regrettable happening. We were yelling at each other face to face," Lilly said.

Bobby Kielty homered and drove in four runs for the AL West-leading A's, who tied an Oakland record for the biggest comeback.

The Blue Jays had an 8-0 lead, but Lilly was pulled in the third inning when the Athletics scored seven runs. Gibbons chewed out his pitcher, who refused to give him the ball.

When Lilly left the mound for the clubhouse. Gibbons followed him. A team trainer and a number of players then ran down the stairs. Cameramen near the dugout saw Gibbons push Lilly first.

Canadian Press photographer Aaron Harris, one of a handful of photographers to witness the skirmish, said Lilly was waiting for Gibbons in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.

"Gibbons just went at him," Harris said. "It looked like Gibbons grabbed him and they disappeared. Then the whole dugout emptied back there. It was mayhem down in the tunnel."

A television camera later showed Gibbons and the trainer wipe the manager's nose with a towel.

"He thought he should have been left in the game," Gibbons said of Lilly. "I didn't think so."

Gibbons met with Lilly after the game.

"We hashed it out. Everything is fine now," Gibbons said.

Gibbons said Lilly will continue to pitch for him.

In July, Gibbons challenged Shea Hillenbrand to a fight after the infielder wrote on the clubhouse bulletin board that the "ship was sinking." Hillenbrand declined to fight, and was later traded to San Francisco.

"Who knows how long I have left here," said Lilly, who is eligible for free agency after this season. "Maybe a month. Maybe longer. It was a bad day. I embarrassed the organization."

Team president Paul Godfrey didn't think Gibbons or Lilly needed discipline. General manager J.P. Ricciardi didn't make himself available.

"My opinion is that it's a one-night skirmish," Godfrey said. "I don't see any need for discipline. Ted and the manager worked it out between them."

Hillenbrand had only kind words about Lilly when asked about the altercation after the Giants' 5-0 win over Arizona in San Francisco.

"Ted Lilly's a great guy. Ted Lilly's an intense competitor," Hillenbrand said. "He was a great teammate when I was over there. So I'm surprised that confrontation happened with Ted Lilly."

He added: "Stuff like that's been going on all season over there. I had my issues with the manager. ... They say I'm the cancer of the team and things are still happening, so I don't know how you can make that assumption or that statement. Things like that begin to come out when times get tough."

Dan Haren (12-9) set an Oakland record by getting the victory despite allowing nine runs. He gave up 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"It's amazing how that stuff happens," Haren said. "Momentum is an incredible thing."

Alex Rios and Troy Glaus homered for the Blue Jays.

Jason Kendall had a two-run double, and Kielty and Milton Bradley hit consecutive homers off Lilly in the third. Frank Thomas followed with a double and Jay Payton later singled, prompting an angry Gibbons to replace Lilly.

"It's a little strange to seen that happen," Oakland's Eric Chavez said of the skirmish. "I liked Ted. He was a good teammate when he was here."

Toronto reliever Jason Frasor's run-scoring wild pitch and Eric Chavez's RBI double cut it to 8-7.

Oakland scored four times in the sixth on Kielty's two-run double off Brandon League (0-1) and RBI grounders by Bradley and Thomas. Vernon Wells' RBI double cut Oakland's lead to 11-10 in the bottom half.

Payton homered in the ninth to make it 12-10. Justin Duchscherer closed for his fourth save.


  • On June 18, 1993, Oakland trailed 8-0 to Kansas City before rallying for a 10-9 victory.
  • Chavez hit eighth in the lineup for the second time this season. Chavez has been bothered by tendinitis in his forearms for months.
  • Haren has won six straight starts.
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Ted Lilly and John Gibbons exchange words on the mound in the third inning.  (AP)
Ted Lilly and John Gibbons exchange words on the mound in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

B. Kielty
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Jason Kendall, C5242001 .287
Bobby Kielty, LF5234011 .271
Milton Bradley, RF5112002 .272
Frank Thomas, DH4111122 .265
Nick Swisher, 1B5010012 .252
Jay Payton, CF5221002 .291
Bobby Crosby, SS3000112 .229
    Marco Scutaro, SS1000000 .240
Eric Chavez, 3B4231100 .241
Mark Ellis, 2B4210113 .229
2B - Jason Kendall (17, Lilly), Bobby Kielty (13, League), Frank Thomas (8, Lilly), Eric Chavez 2 (17, Frasor, Downs)
HR - Bobby Kielty (6, Lilly), Milton Bradley (9, Lilly), Jay Payton (10, Accardo)
RBI - Jason Kendall 2 (32), Bobby Kielty 4 (27), Milton Bradley 2 (33), Frank Thomas (73), Jay Payton (48), Eric Chavez (56)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Chavez (13)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Ellis-Crosby-Swisher, Chavez-Ellis-Swisher
E - Milton Bradley (2, )
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (W,12-9) 5.21199242 3.79
Scott Sauerbeck0011100 5.16
Chad Gaudin (H,8) 1.1100100 2.81
Kiko Calero (H,19) 1200000 3.26
Justin Duchscherer (S,4) 1000020 3.64
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 99-62, Scott Sauerbeck 6-2, Chad Gaudin 22-14, Kiko Calero 14-8, Justin Duchscherer 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 6-5, Chad Gaudin 3-1, Justin Duchscherer 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Chad Gaudin 6, Kiko Calero 5, Justin Duchscherer 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4211102 .304
Frank Catalanotto, LF4231100 .315
Vernon Wells, CF5243001 .321
Troy Glaus, 3B3212203 .264
Lyle Overbay, 1B5023022 .309
Bengie Molina, C5000022 .281
Gregg Zaun, DH5000020 .257
Aaron Hill, 2B4120000 .291
John McDonald, SS4110000 .225
2B - Vernon Wells (29, Gaudin), Lyle Overbay (37, Haren)
HR - Alex Rios (16, Haren), Troy Glaus (34, Haren)
RBI - Alex Rios (63), Frank Catalanotto (51), Vernon Wells 3 (87), Troy Glaus 2 (91), Lyle Overbay 3 (77)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (16), Vernon Wells 3 (31), Lyle Overbay 3 (35)
SB - Vernon Wells (12, 3rd base off Gaudin/Kendall)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay, McDonald-Hill-Overbay, McDonald-Hill-Overbay, McDonald-Overbay
E - Troy Glaus (12, )
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly 2.1877132 4.64
Jason Frasor 1.2200020 5.02
Scott Downs (H,2) 1111000 4.88
Brandon League (BS,2; L,0-1) 2433210 3.04
Jeremy Accardo 2111101 4.11
WP - Jason Frasor (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 57-38, Jason Frasor 33-22, Scott Downs 18-11, Brandon League 31-19, Jeremy Accardo 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-0, Jason Frasor 1-2, Scott Downs 2-1, Brandon League 4-0, Jeremy Accardo 4-2
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 15, Jason Frasor 7, Scott Downs 4, Brandon League 11, Jeremy Accardo 8
Game Information
Attendance - 28280
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Ed Hickox