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Buck, Crosby provide spark
Athletics 16, Rangers 4
Bobby Crosby was everywhere for the A's on Friday night. (Matt Slocum/AP)
 Buck's first big league homerun
 Buck's three-run double
 Swisher's solo blast
 Stewart's three-run HR
Rookie outfielder Travis Buck celebrated his coming out party in a big way on Friday, hitting his first Major League home run to go with a three-run double to lead the A's to a thrashing of the Texas Rangers. Buck went 2-3 with three walks and five RBIs and A's starter Joe Blanton cruised in the victory.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: April 20, 2007
OAK
Oakland (9-7)
Won 4
Oakland 16, Texas 4   TEX
Texas (6-10)
Lost 3
April 20, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 8 0 2 0 0 0 6 0   16 13 0
Texas
0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1   4 10 0
Standings thru 4/20/07  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF4224200.226
Swisher, 1B5211113.236
Chavez, 3B5001005.266
  a-Melhuse, PH-3B1000000.250
Piazza, DH6000033.242
Bradley, CF1310400.281
  1-Kielty, PR-CF1100000.150
Buck, RF3225311.282
Crosby, SS4232102.234
  Scutaro, SS1000001.120
Kendall, C3210103.183
Ellis, 2B5233003.244
Totals3916131612521 

a-Grounded out for Chavez in the 8th.
1-Ran for Bradley in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Crosby 2 (3, McCarthy, Chen), Ellis 2 (4, McCarthy, Benoit), Buck (4, Chen).
HR: Buck (1, 4th inning off Chen, 1 on, 2 out), Stewart (1, 8th inning off Benoit, 2 on, 2 out), Swisher (2, 8th inning off Benoit, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Stewart 5; Swisher 4; Bradley; Buck 6; Crosby 5; Kendall; Ellis 5.
RBI: Crosby 2 (6), Ellis 3 (12), Stewart 4 (5), Chavez (9), Buck 5 (7), Swisher (6).
2-out RBI: Buck 5; Ellis 2; Stewart 3; Swisher.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kendall 2; Ellis 2.
GIDP: Chavez.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Crosby-Ellis-Swisher).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lofton, CF5131001.254
Catalanotto, LF3110001.154
  a-Kata, PH-LF-1B1000001.214
Young, SS4012021.185
Teixeira, 1B4020011.214
  Hairston, LF0000000.286
Sosa, DH4000023.204
Blalock, 3B3000111.236
Kinsler, 2B4220001.333
Cruz, RF4011011.211
Laird, C4000012.119
Totals3641041813 

a-Popped out for Catalanotto in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Lofton (3, Blanton), Kinsler 2 (3, Blanton, DiNardo), Young (4, Blanton), Cruz (1, DiNardo).
TB: Lofton 4; Catalanotto; Young 2; Teixeira 2; Kinsler 4; Cruz 2.
RBI: Lofton (6), Young 2 (12), Cruz (5).
2-out RBI: Lofton; Young 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sosa; Teixeira; Lofton.
GIDP: Kinsler.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Young-Kinsler-Teixeira).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 2-0)6.07331704.13
Calero 0.21000005.14
Marshall 0.10000002.25
Witasick 1.00000109.00
DiNardo 1.02110003.60
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
McCarthy (L, 1-3)1.046621010.20
Chen 4.04445217.20
Feldman 1.00003104.32
Mahay 1.00000001.35
Benoit 1.056611210.80
Otsuka 1.00001000.00

McCarthy pitched to 6 batters in the 2nd.

IBB: Bradley (by Chen).
HBP: Kendall (by McCarthy).
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 94-64, Calero 8-5, Marshall 4-2, Witasick 11-8, DiNardo 19-10, McCarthy 43-23, Chen 86-49, Feldman 30-12, Mahay 18-10, Benoit 34-20, Otsuka 11-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 9-2, Calero 1-1, Marshall 0-1, Witasick 2-0, DiNardo 3-0, McCarthy 0-2, Chen 5-5, Feldman 1-1, Mahay 2-1, Benoit 1-1, Otsuka 2-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 25, Calero 3, Marshall 1, Witasick 3, DiNardo 5, McCarthy 10, Chen 20, Feldman 6, Mahay 3, Benoit 9, Otsuka 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Marshall 1-0, Chen 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:03.
Att: 29,782.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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