MLB: Oakland 3, Minnesota 2 (10 innings)

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Kirk Saarloos, called up from Triple-A before the game, picked up his first win Monday when the Oakland Athletics got a got a 3-2 victory over Minnesota.

MLB: Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 3

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Prince Fielder set a Brewers single-season record with his 46th home run Saturday night, as Milwaukee beat Cincinnati, 5-3.

MLB: Cincinnati 4, Arizona 3 (11 inn.)

CINCINNATI, July 8 (UPI) -- Scott Hatteberg Sunday hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning, as the Cincinnati Reds beat Arizona, 4-3, completing a three-game sweep.

MLB: Pittsburgh 14, Cincinnati 10

CINCINNATI, May 27 (UPI) -- Freddy Sanchez had two runs, two hits and four RBI Sunday afternoon as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped Cincinnati, 14-10, for their third win in a row.

MLB: LA Dodgers 10, Cincinnati 5

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Juan Pierre drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Cincinnati 10-5, completing a three-game sweep.

MLB: St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2

ST. LOUIS, April 25 (UPI) -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday as St. Louis beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2.

MLB: Arizona 3, Cincinnati 2

PHOENIX, April 10 (UPI) -- Orlando Hudson hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 victory over visiting Cincinnati Monday.

MLB: Oakland 7, Cleveland 3

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Oakland downed Cleveland, 7-3, Tuesday on the wings of Bobby Kielty's first career grand slam.

MLB: Texas 5, Oakland 4

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Texas Rangers edged Oakland 5-4 Tuesday, and the Athletics now lead the AL West by only 5 1/2 games over the LA Angels.

MLB: Oakland 2, Boston 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Oakland edged Boston 2-1 Tuesday, and the slumping Red Sox fell further out of playoff contention.

MLB: Oakland 68, Kansas City 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon to help Oakland beat Kansas City, 6-4.

MLB: Oakland 11, Seattle 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Oakland beat Seattle for the 14th straight time Tuesday, as the AL West-leading Athletics walloped the Mariners 11-2 at McAfee Coliseum.

MLB: Oakland 7, Texas 6

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Oakland took an unusual 7-6 game from Texas Tuesday -- Jason Kendall hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, but drew a batter interference call.

MLB: Oakland 5, Boston 4, 11 innings

BOSTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Frank Thomas and Bobby Kielty singled in runs in the 11th inning as the Oakland A's beat Boston Thursday night, 5-4.

MLB: Detroit 10, Oakland 4

OAKLAND, Calif., July 5 (UPI) -- Craig Monroe had two hits, including a two-run homer, Wednesday afternoon as Detroit beat Oakland, 10-4, to avoid a three-game sweep.
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Kirk Saarloos
Kirk Saarloos of the Oakland A's pitches in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles on April 4, 2005 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)

Kirk Craig Saarloos (born May 23, 1979 in Long Beach, California) is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians organization. He has been used both in starting and relief situations.

Saarloos graduated from Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, California, a three-sport (baseball, football and soccer) athlete. He attended California State University, Fullerton where he established himself as one of the best closers in college baseball during his sophomore and junior seasons. In 2001, his senior year, he became a starter (the new closer was current Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero) and established himself as the ace of the staff, winning 15 games with a 2.18 ERA. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft in the third round as the 86th overall pick.

Saarloos quickly rose in the Astros organization, making brief stops at Double-A Round Rock and Triple-A New Orleans before being called up to the major leagues in his second year as a professional. In 2002 he went 6-7 with a 6.01 ERA with Houston and was sent down to New Orleans for the next season. In 2003 he again pitched very well in the minors, but posted a 4.93 ERA in 36 games for the big club. He also contributed to the Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter of the New York Yankees on June 11, throwing the last out of the third inning and all of the fourth. It was around this time he caught the eye of Oakland Athletics assistant general manager Paul DePodesta. A few weeks into the 2004 season, after appearing in only two games for New Orleans, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Chad Harville. They sent him to Triple-A Sacramento, where he pitched well enough to receive a call-up and start 5 games for Oakland.

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