His legs became wobbly as the lineup was announced, and he
toweled himself off after his warmup as he tried to shake the
"I told myself, 'This is it. It's not going to all of the
sudden rain,''' he said. "'I've got to go out there. I can't go
The nerves quickly left him and Halama did not give up an earned
run in 5 2/3 innings as the A's defeated the Anaheim Angels 4-2
"I went out and bared down and concentrated on every pitch,''
said Halama, who bounced from the rotation to the bullpen to
Triple-A last season with Seattle and never could get into a
"I didn't think about anything -- just location.''
Piatt hit a solo homer in the first off Jarrod Washburn
and also made an athletic, running catch in left on a line drive by
David Eckstein in the second as Oakland's defense bailed out Halama
on several occasions.
Piatt doubled in the third on a day manager Ken Macha started
only one regular in the outfield, right fielder Jermaine Dye.
Washburn was hit by Mark Ellis' line drive in the upper area of
his left arm with two outs in the seventh. The left-hander
immediately retired from the game with a contusion that wasn't
considered serious. He is expected to make his next start.
Washburn sprained his left shoulder when he landed hard on it
during a pitching drill at spring training and only made two
"It could have been worse, it could have hit my elbow,'' he
said. "I know it's going to be sore but it's just going to be a
bruise. I threw well. I made a couple mistakes but overall I was
happy with it. I'm not happy that I didn't win.''
Durazo, the regular designated hitter, started at first base for
the second straight day while Scott Hatteberg nurses a sprained
right ankle. Hatteberg came in to play first in the eighth after
pinch-hitting in the seventh.
After allowing the double to Piatt in the third, Washburn
retired 11 straight batters before Dye doubled to lead off the
Troy Glaus had two hits with an eighth-inning homer for Anaheim,
which didn't get a hit from its bottom five batters in a 7-3 loss
"I thought we could have won. We certainly had the
opportunities,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we
couldn't execute. We had players in scoring position but the balls
never fell in.''
Halama (1-0), one of four lefties in Oakland's rotation, was
tested in all but the third inning, when he retired the side.
He had runners on second in the first, second and fifth innings,
escaping a jam in the fifth with men on first and second with one
out thanks to his defense. Ellis made a diving catch on a drive by
Tim Salmon, and shortstop Miguel Tejada stopped a liner by Garret
Halama made things difficult again in the sixth, giving way to
Jeremy Fikac with runners at second and third and two out. Halama
stopped to wave his glove to the cheering fans as he left the
Macha has hinted the evaluation process of Halama won't be just
one game, saying "We're going to let it play out.'' The 6-foot-5
Halama struggled in spring training but earned the No. 5 starter
job over right-hander Aaron Harang.
"He was tremendous today,'' Macha said of Halama. "He had
command inside and mixed up his pitches very well. He kept their
hitters off-balance and we made good plays behind him.''
Eric Byrnes started in CF for Oakland in place of Chris
Singleton. ... Anaheim 2B Adam Kennedy did not start for the second
straight game because of a severely bruised right hamstring that he
hurt in a collision with Tim Salmon on Ruben Sierra's shallow
flyball against Texas on Wednesday. He came into the game in the
eighth. ... Halama improved to 8-1 against the Angels, his most
wins against any team. "I don't know what the reason is,'' he
said. "No idea.'' ... Glaus hit his 150th career HR.