» June 2, 1998:
The Phillies select University of Miami 1B Pat Burrell with the 1st pick in the First–Year Player Draft. Burrell's .888 slugging percentage is 2nd in NCAA history. The Athletics follow by taking Michigan State P Mark Mulder at No. 2; the Cubs take high school OF Corey Patterson with No. 3; Stanford P Jeff Austin is grabbed by the Royals at No. 4; and last year's top pick, J.D. Drew is selected by the Cardinals as No. 5. Drew will debut in September. The 19-year-old Patterson will get a record $3.7 million from the Cubs, but will sign too late to play in 1998, while Mulder will pocket $3.2 million from the A's. Picking 9th, the Padres select Sean Burroughs, son of former MLer Jeff Burroughs. Drew Henson, Michigan QB, drops to the 3rd round where the Yanks take him.
» May 2, 2001:
Oakland's Mark Mulder 3–hits Toronto to win 6–0. Miguel Tejada backs him with two homers.
» July 6, 2001:
Oakland ace Mark Mulder hurls a near–perfect game against the Diamondbacks, surrendering only a single to OF Danny Bautista in the A's 3–0 win.
» August 2, 2001: The A's make it easy for Mark Mulder, giving him an 11–0 lead after 14 innings. With Jermaine Dye, Miguel Tejada and Olmedo Saenz homering, they roll to a 17–4 pasting of Cleveland.
» September 23, 2001:
Oakland defeats Seattle, 7–4, to clinch the AL wild–card spot as Mark Mulder wins his 20th game of the season. The A's become the 6th team in ML history to make the postseason after falling 10 games under .500. They were 8–18 on May 1.
» October 10, 2001:
The Yankees fall to the A's, 5-3, in the first game of their Divisional Series. Terrence Long hits a pair of home runs for Oakland and Jason Giambi adds another. Mark Mulder gets the win for Oakland while OF Johnny Damon goes 4-for-4.
» April 11, 2002:
Doug Davis (2–0) fires a 2–hit complete game as Texas beats Mark Mulder and the A's, 7–0. Davis, an 11-game winner last season, had been criticized by pitching coach Oscar Acosta in spring training for not working hard enough. He will go 1–5 in his next eight starts and be demoted to (AAA) Oklahoma. Kevin Mench hits his first ML home run and drives in four runs, while Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmiero each have three hits.
» October 2, 2002:
The Athletics pummel the Twins, 9–1, to even their division series at one game each. Cristian Guzman homers for Minnesota's run while Eric Chavez hits a round–tripper for Oakland. Mark Mulder gets the win with six strong innings for the A's.