The Nationals and right-handed reliever Brian Bruney headed to an arbitration meeting on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Bruney requested $1.85 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Nats when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. The two sides have been unable to find any sort of common ground in the past several weeks, so the reliever’s 2010 salary will be decided by arbitrators Steven Wolf, Sylvia
Skratek and Dan Brent on Wednesday.
Bruney finished the 2009 season with a 3.92 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 36/22 K/BB ratio in 39 innings (44 appearances) out of the Yankees’ bullpen. He earned just $1.25 million and clearly feels he deserves a hefty raise heading into a season in which he will serve as an eighth-inning setup man for the Nationals. Now we play the waiting game.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.