Pitcher Dallas Braden has delivered some heat at an anti-violence meeting in his hometown of Stockton, Calif.
The Oakland Athletics left-hitter brought a baseball bat to the meeting this week and promptly got into a shouting match with the police chief over the city's escalating violent crime rate.
"Arm yourself or get out," Braden told CBS Sacramento.
"It's the Wild West. The Boys In Blue, they're outgunned."
Braden claimed the bat was for protection.
The 29-year-old said in recent weeks his grandmother was robbed and he was attacked while in his car. Both times, he claimed, police effort was lacking.
"My anger is for the fear of the community," Braden said. "We can't do anything. I walked in there with a bat. It starts there."
Braden said he's moving from the city, where the murder rate is on a record-setting pace. The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in June
"I've fought for this community. I've given back to this community," Braden said. "This community raised me to be where I am today, and to be lied to blatantly by the guy who is supposed to be running the shots around here, I can't do anything. I have nobody to go to."
Braden, who pitched a perfect game in Oakland on May 9, 2010, has been sidelined for more than a year as he recovers from elbow surgery.
INDIANS AXE ACTA
Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta was fired Thursday with six games remaining in the season.
He'll be replaced on an interim basis by Sandy Alomar will replace him on an interim basis. Terry Francona is expected to be a candidate to take over as manager next season, FoxSports.com reported.
Acta had a 214-266 record with the Indians over three seasons.
"Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary," general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement.
Alomar, a member of the coaching staff since 2010, is a candidate for the manager's job, the Indians said.
BEANING VICTIM FINALLY BACK
Adam Greenberg, 31, will sign a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins and get an at-bat Tuesday, seven years after a beaning essentially ended his career.
Greenberg was hit on the back of the head by a fastball in his first plate appearance as a Chicago Cub in July 2005. He never returned to the major leagues after that ninth inning pinch-hit appearance against the Marlins.
Greenberg had to deal with post-concussion syndrome, dizziness, headaches, and nausea but did play some minor-league ball and recently appeared with the Israeli team in qualifying for the World Baseball Classic where he drew a walk in his only appearance.
The outfielder said he would be ready.
"Life is going to throw you curve balls or a fastball in the back of your head," Greenberg said. "I got hit by one of them. It knocked me down. I could have stayed there. I had a choice. I could have said, 'Poor me, and this is horrible.' But I chose to get up and get back in the box."
STRIKEOUT MARK SET
Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister set an AL record by striking out nine consecutive batters Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.
When Fister fanned Billy Butler in the seventh inning, he snapped the previous strikeout record of eight in a row. Blake Stein, Nolan Ryan, Ron Davis, and Roger Clemens shared the old record.
The major league record belongs to Tom Seaver, who fanned 10 in a row for the New York Mets on Apr. 22, 1970 against San Diego.
Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter will be the new manager of the Houston Astros. "He is a natural-born leader," general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday. "He is very charismatic. He is a motivational speaker." Porter will remain with the Nationals through the end of the season and playoffs ... The Tigers have scratched Max Scherzer from a scheduled start Friday in Minnesota. During a bullpen session Tuesday, the right-hander strained a deltoid muscle -- the same ailment that cost him a previous start.