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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson delivers against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Anderson improved his record to 3-0 as the the A's won, 6-2. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
ANAHEIM -- Oakland A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who starts against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, has been outstanding since coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery Aug. 21. In four starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA, giving up just two earned runs in 26 innings.
Here's a closer look: Aug. 21 vs. Minnesota: Anderson pitched seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He struck out six and walked none. It marked his first major league start in more than 14 months. Aug. 27 at Cleveland: He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits. Anderson struck out five and walked two. This marked his first outing after the A's lost veteran starter Bartolo Colon to suspension for the rest of the regular season. Sept. 2 vs. Boston: Anderson pitched six innings and gave up one run on five hits. He struck out four and walked one. The best start of Anderson's career also came against the Red Sox, when he threw a two-hit shutout at Fenway Park as a rookie on July 6, 2009. Sept. 8 at Seattle: He threw six innings and allowed one unearned run on six hits, striking out four with no walks. Anderson's career ERA against the Mariners is 1.76, the lowest among any team has faced five times or more.