A's Willingham takes advantage of appeal

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Oakland left fielder Josh Willingham elected to appeal his one-game suspension by Major League Baseball tonight, and the A’s are glad he did.

Willingham connected on a 402-foot home run in the third inning for a 3-0 lead over the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark.

The home run came on an 89 mph 2-0 pitch delivered by C.J. Wilson. After retiring the first two batters in the third, Wilson walked Daric Barton and Conor Jackson prior to the homer.

Willingham was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate conduct -- including making contact with umpire Bill Miller -- at the conclusion of the top of the eighth inning at Kansas City on Saturday.

Willingham had been scheduled to serve his suspension tonight, but because of his appeal, the suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.