Originally created 10/20/06

Thomas is focus for A's



The Oakland Athletics are prepared to take their time in hiring their next manager. For now, re-signing slugger Frank Thomas is a top priority for general manager Billy Beane.

The A's have offered 38-year-old Thomas a two-year deal, and Oakland is hoping to get something done before the Big Hurt can file for free agency after the World Series. Thomas, who earned $3.1 million in an incentive-laden contract this season, led the A's with 39 homers and 114 RBI in a comeback year.

On Monday, Beane fired fourth-year manager Ken Macha, two days after Oakland's season ended in a sweep by the wild-card Detroit Tigers in the AL Championship Series. The A's won a playoff series for the first time since 1990, ending a string of four first-round exits in a row from 2000-03.

YANKEES: First baseman Jason Giambi underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left wrist and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

Giambi was bothered by a sore wrist down the stretch and had at least three pain-killing injections. He hit only .192 in September and homered just once after Aug. 20.

WORLD SERIES: Michigan natives Bob Seger and Anita Baker will sing before the first two games at Comerica Park.

The Detroit Tigers said Thursday that Seger will perform America the Beautiful before Game 1. Tigers greats Al Kaline and Willie Horton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Baker will perform the national anthem before Game 2 on Sunday. Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson will throw out the first pitch.