Oakland's offense is next to non-existent so far this season, but the one saving grace for the A's, as expected, is the team's starting pitching.
The A's starters are pitching as if they have no room for error, which is basically the case: to go along with the starters' league-best 2.47 ERA, look at the team batting average of 233.
Oakland's starters have been superb, including the new member of the rotation, right-hander Brandon McCarthy. He allowed two runs -- both of which scored after he left the game -- in 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a 5-3 win over Minnesota.
McCarthy exited with two runners on, and left-hander Jerry Blevins allowed an RBI groundout, and then a colossal two-run homer to center by Jim Thome.
McCarthy's victory was his first since Sept. 8, 2009.
"That's our fifth starter. ... we're doing all right," second baseman Mark Ellis said.
The A's next game will feature another interesting pitching matchup: It's Dallas Braden going for the A's and Mark Buehrle for the White Sox on Monday in Chicago -- the 21st matchup in big-league history between pitchers who have perfect games to their credit.
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