MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington had two close friends fired in two days. Thad Bosley was dismissed as the Rangers hitting coach on Wednesday and Bob Geren was let go as the Athletics manager on Thursday. Geren and Washington were on the Athletics coaching staff in 2003-06. "I feel for Bob, he has a passion for baseball and a deep passion for being the manager of the Oakland Athletics," Washington said. "I know he's disappointed he couldn't move them farther but he's a great baseball man. As we move forward, he'll find another job." The Athletics finished second to the Rangers last season. But they went into Thursday's game with the White Sox having lost nine in a row, leaving them eight games out of first place in the American League West. Their biggest problem has been a pitching staff that has been clobbered by injuries. Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Tyson Ross and Andrew Bailey are among the pitchers that have been on the disabled list with the Athletics.
"I always said Oakland had to stay healthy," Washington said. "When you have three or four pitchers on the disabled list, that's pretty tough. I thought they were ready to make a move or hang in there. But it's not over yet."