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Sunday, July 29, 2012 - Page updated at 07:30 p.m.

Larry Stone's thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up

A.J. Griffin, A's: He became the first A's pitcher to start his career with six quality starts since Jesse Flores of the Philadelphia A's in 1943.

Thumbs down

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: The struggling outfielder was criticized by team president Nolan Ryan, who noted that he gives away at-bats and said, "He just doesn't seem to be locked in at all."


of the week

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: In the same game in which he had his hand broken, A-Rod joined Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa, Jim Thome and Andres Galarraga as the only major-leaguers to strike out 2,000 times in a career.


"Why, yes, I am part spider." — A's outfielder Josh Reddick on his great catch against Toronto, in which he clung to the fence and swung around to make the grab.

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