Anderson expects today's start to be more effective

Left-hander Brett Anderson expects a smoother outing this afternoon when he makes his second start since coming off the disabled list.

Anderson got tagged for 10 hits in 51/3 innings Friday against the Chicago White Sox.

"I didn't walk anybody, but my command within the strike zone wasn't very good," Anderson said before Tuesday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Using his slider more effectively is a big key. Coming off an elbow injury, Anderson said he wasn't snapping off the pitch with confidence in Chicago.

"It's been my go-to pitch my whole career," he said. "It's more of a mental thing now, throwing it and knowing that nothing's going to happen. Throwing it in any count and not worrying about what my arm feels like."

Before batting practice, Anderson and several teammates caught a glimpse of actor Brad Pitt and his wife, Angelina Jolie, taking pictures with their children on the Oakland Coliseum field.

Pitt has been at the Coliseum filming scenes for the movie "Moneyball" for the past week. Anderson said he's a big fan of Pitt's movies.

Jolie ranks high on his list, as well.

"She's obviously good-looking in movies, but she's even better looking in person," he concluded.


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  • Second baseman Mark Ellis was surprised when a stranger walked up and introduced himself before the game.

    The individual was Brent Dohling, a former ballplayer who is portraying Ellis in "Moneyball."

    "He came up and shook my hand and said he was going to play me," Ellis said.

    It wasn't until Monday that Ellis found out his character would be in the movie. He's the only player on the active roster remaining from the 2002 A's squad that's the focus of "Moneyball."

    Most of the actors portraying players in the movie have baseball backgrounds, but all had to go through a tryout, including former big leaguer Royce Clayton, who is playing Miguel Tejada.

  • The A's claimed corner infielder Jeff Larish, 27, off waivers from Detroit and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Third baseman Adam Heether was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. "... Closer Andrew Bailey (rib-cage strain) said he'll play catch today, though it's still unclear when he'll throw off the mound and be activated from the DL.

    -- JOE STIGLICH