Cahill strong for four innings, A's beat Padres


Cahill strong for four innings, A's beat Padres

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.

Snap count: Three 49ers RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined


Snap count: Three 49ers RBs share workload with Hyde sidelined

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers split the playing time among three running backs Sunday with starter Carlos Hyde out of action due to a shoulder injury.

DuJuan Harris, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, saw his first action of the season. He played 26 snaps, the most of any of the 49ers’ running backs on Sunday in the team’s 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Harris had 39 yards rushing on 11 attempts. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.

Shaun Draughn played 23 snaps, while Mike Davis started but saw action in only 21 plays. Davis carried seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Draughn carried once for 16 yards and led the team in receiving with five catches for 37 yards.

Linebacker Gerald Hodges started for the first time since Week 3. He played 61 snaps, while Michael Wilhoite saw action on 13 plays after losing his spot in the starting lineup. Nick Bellore started alongside Hodges at inside linebacker and was on the field for 74 of the 49ers’ 75 defensive plays.

First-round draft pick DeForest Buckner played 73 of the 49ers’ defensive plays, an unusually high number for a defensive lineman.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine did not play any snaps on defense. The 49ers signed him to a one-year extension at the beginning of the season that paid out a $1.25 million signing bonus. His cap figure for next season is $2.025 million. Carradine played seven snaps on special teams.

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 45-16 loss to the Bills:

70 snaps
70 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
61 -- WR Quinton Patton
56 -- WR Torrey Smith
54 -- TE Vance McDonald
41 -- TE Garrett Celek, WR Jeremy Kerley
26 -- RB DuJuan Harris
23 -- RB Shaun Draughn
21 -- RB Mike Davis
14 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
9 -- WR Rod Streater
4 -- TE Blake Bell

75 snaps
75 -- S Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock
74 -- LB Nick Bellore
73 -- DL DeForest Buckner
71 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
70 -- S Antoine Bethea
62 -- CB Rashard Robinson
61 -- LB Gerald Hodges
48 -- LB Aaron Lynch
47 -- DL Arik Armstead
41 -- DL Quinton Dial
40 -- CB Jimmie Ward
26 -- LB Eli Harold
17 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
13 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
9 -- S Jaquiski Tartt
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Keith Reaser

Special teams
27 -- Dontae Johnson, Shayne Skov
21 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Burbridge
17 -- Streater, Purcell
16 -- Celek
15 -- Bell
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Bellore
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Davis
10 -- Dial, Tartt
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Reaser
7 -- Tank Carradine, Harris, Reid, Brooks, Ward, Harold
5 -- Phil Dawson, Robinson, Hodges, Lynch
3 -- Andrew Tiller, JaCorey Shepherd, Beadles, Staley, Brown, Garnett, Kerley
2 -- Blair

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert
C Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey (knee)

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.