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A's Turning on One Another

Closer Brian Fuentes openly criticizes team's manager.



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    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Brian Fuentes (57) and catcher Landon Powell share congratulations after the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 in a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Things are not going so hot for the Oakland A's. They're at the bottom of the A.L. West, three games back from the division leading Rangers. They're in the midst of a six game losing streak. And now one of their players is speaking out about how the team is managed.

    Closer Brian Fuentes ripped A's manager Bob Geren after the club lost Monday night to the Angels, final score 4-1.

    Fuentes was put into a tie game in the eighth inning Monday night and allowed Anaheim's go-ahead run.

    Afterward, he told reporters, "Two games, on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. I don't think anybody really knows which direction he's headed."

    Geren told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game, "It's about winning games."

    Fuentes has a loss in each of his last four appearances. That's an Oakland record. He has seven losses on the season, tops in the American League.