Cahill strong for four innings, A's beat Padres

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Cahill strong for four innings, A's beat Padres

March 8, 2011BOXSCORE A'S POSTGAMEVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
PHOENIX (AP) Oakland manager Bob Geren is looking for an opening-day starter, and Trevor Cahill is making quite the case for the job.Cahill pitched four scoreless innings in the Athletics' 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday."I was able to get some kind of rhythm going," Cahill said. "I threw sinkers away from both right- and left-handed hitters and threw a few changeups in there. I'm also getting better command of my fastball."The right-hander, who turned 23 on March 1, allowed one hit with no walks or strikeouts. He threw 49 pitches, then went to the bullpen for 15 more."He threw outstanding," Geren said. "He had a low pitch count. He is right where we want for him to be."Cahill also showed his agility when he dodged the barrel of Jesus Guzman's broken bat in the fourth inning."That shrapnel ... I was hoping there weren't any other pieces that I didn't see," Cahill said.Left-handers Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson also are in the mix to start April 1 against Seattle, but Cahill went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA last season and made the All-Star team."Trevor has pitched well, Gio has been lights-out, Braden has pitched an opener before and Anderson has great stuff," Geren said. "It's good to have those kinds of options."Cahill even showed his agility Tuesday when he dodged the barrel of Jesus Guzman's broken bat in the fourth inning.Infielder Andy LaRoche also had a nice day for Oakland. LaRoche, in camp on a minor league contract, hit his second homer in as many games and No. 3 for the spring. He also had an infield hit and made a few nice defensive plays while playing all nine innings at first base.
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"We knew that coming in that he had power potential," Geren said. "We are just trying him everywhere."Tim Stauffer struck out five in four innings for San Diego, yielding two unearned runs and two hits."He changed speeds well, he had good sink on his pitches," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We had him go four today, probably a little longer next time out."NOTES: Anthony Recker and Michael Taylor also homered for the A's. ... Oakland RHP Brad Ziegler continues to pitch well. He struck out three in the seventh to pick up the win. ... Oakland's Ryan Sweeney is scheduled to make his first start in right field on Wednesday against Texas after having season-ending surgery on his right knee on July 30.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Buffalo this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey was pardoned by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. 

McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows. 

McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.