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A's hope win gets them past communication controversy

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A's hope win gets them past communication controversy · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Brett Anderson finished Oakland's four-game series in Anaheim by pitching eight scoreless innings and leading the A's to a 4-3 victory.

He also tried to put the finishing touches on a controversy involving criticism of manager Bob Geren.

"It's been kind of crazy," Anderson said. "You don't expect something like that going into a series, but you deal with it. Once you get between the lines, all the stuff off the field goes out the window. You have to play a baseball game. At that point, it's kind of a non-factor."

Oakland reliever Brian Fuentes publicly criticized Geren after Monday's series opener, and former A's reliever Huston Street also chimed in with harsh comments about Geren. Both said the manager lacked communication skills.

"We had a meeting and put it behind us," Anderson said. "It's good to get a win after that and go on and hopefully play like we did today from here on out."

The A's collected 11 hits, and all nine players in their lineup had at least one hit. Andy LaRoche had three RBI, moving his season total to just five, and the only blemish was new closer Grant Balfour yielding a three-run homer in the ninth to Mark Trumbo.

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