Catch ’em while you can
A’s pitcher Brett Anderson and Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta proved to be quite a duo in the third inning. Anderson successfully picked off two runners at first — Elvis Andrus and Wilkin Ramirez — by tossing to LaPorta, who then made two perfect throws to second as the runners took off.
“Golly!” LaPorta said when he came back in the dugout. “I haven’t done that in a while.”
The members of the U.S. team were high-fiving Anderson, who worked a scoreless inning in large part because of the pickoffs, when one of them yelled out to LaPorta, “Man, you did more work than [Anderson] did that inning!”