Can Anderson turn the tide vs. Texas?


Can Anderson turn the tide vs. Texas?

May 10, 2011

A's (19-17) vs.
TEXAS (18-18)

Coverage begins at 4:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

TEXAS (AP) -- Thanks in part to his pinpoint control, Brett Anderson is one of baseball's more promising young pitchers.

However, the talented left-hander has been anything but sharp against the Texas Rangers.

Looking for a far better performance against the Rangers than he had last month, Anderson takes the mound Tuesday for the visiting Oakland Athletics as the AL West rivals continue a three-game set.

Fronting an impressive young rotation along with Trevor Cahill, the 23-year-old Anderson (2-2, 2.77 ERA) has helped Oakland (19-17) compile a major league-leading 2.62 ERA. He was at his best during Thursday's 4-3, 12-inning defeat to Cleveland, giving up two runs and seven hits over nine innings.

REWIND: Cahill, Willingham lead A's to win

"Anderson was tough," Indians manager Manny Acta told "We had a couple opportunities, and when you have those type of guys on the mound, you do need to execute. Unfortunately, we didn't against him. He was very tough."

Anderson struggled with his command in an 11-2 loss to Texas on April 30, matching career worsts by surrendering seven runs and three homers, and issuing four walks - equaling his number of free passes from his other six starts combined this season.

"It was perfect storm of everything bad," he said. "My stuff was bad, command was bad, just a bad day. It was almost embarrassing or even comical how bad it was."

Anderson, whose 6.44 ERA versus Texas is his worst against any club he's faced more than once, is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three career outings in Arlington.

He'll try to follow in the footsteps of Cahill, who lowered his ERA to 1.72 and improved to 6-0 with seven innings of one-run ball in Monday's series-opening 7-2 win.

Josh Willingham, in the lineup for the A's after appealing his one-game suspension for making contact with an umpire Saturday, provided much of the offense, going 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs.

"I'm glad I put off my suspension," he said. "That lasted about a second after I appealed it and I wasn't suspended anymore."

Texas (18-18) is tied for the AL lead in runs (170) and ranks second in homers (41), but has scored two runs or fewer in three of its last five games, getting outscored 31-16 over that span. Following a 9-1 start to the season, the Rangers have dropped 17 of 26, including seven of nine in May.

"Everybody knows what's going on right now. Nobody's enjoying it. But there's a lot of baseball left to be played," outfielder David Murphy said. "We could be in a lot worse spot. We can hit a winning streak and the guys ahead of us could have a losing streak. But that wouldn't change that there's a lot of baseball left."
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Probable Rangers starter Colby Lewis (2-4, 5.21), who threw eight strong innings to defeat Anderson last month, gave up three runs and struck out a career-best 11 over eight innings of Thursday's 3-1 defeat at Seattle, getting credit for a complete game.

Lewis, 1-2 with a 7.31 ERA in three home starts this year, went 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA in three matchups with Oakland at Rangers Ballpark in 2010.

While A's designated hitter Hideki Matsui is 6 for 13 with two homers off Lewis, the hard-throwing right-hander has shut down Daric Barton and Cliff Pennington, limiting them to four hits in 34 total at-bats.

The Rangers' Michael Young and Mike Napoli are a combined 11 for 22 with two homers off Anderson.

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.

Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie


Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game statistically and looked to be in shape to win it after Carson Palmer's 40-yard pass to J.J. Nelson set up Catanzaro's short kick.

The Seahawks (4-1-1), stuffed throughout regulation by the Arizona defense, took over and Russell Wilson completed passes of 31 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 27 yards to Doug Baldwin to give Houschka his short attempt.

Both kickers made field goals on their teams' first possession of overtime.

Catanzaro, who kicked field goals of 46 and 45 yards, also had a 39-yard field goal blocked by a stunning play by Bobby Wagner.

Until the overtime, the only time the Seahawks crossed midfield came when Tanner McEnvoy blocked Ryan Quigley's punt with 4:33 to play. That gave Seattle the ball on the Arizona 27 and led to Hauschka's 40-yard field goal that tied it at 3 with four minutes to play.

Catanzaro's 46-yard field goal put Arizona up 3-0 with 3:11 left in the first half and the Cardinals nursed that lead until the blocked punt.

On a bruising night, Arizona's David Johnson had a career-high 41 touches. He carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards and caught eight passes for 58 yards. Russell Wilson, obviously slowed by leg problems, complelted 24 of 37 passes for 225 yards, most of the damage coming in the overtime. He carried the ball once for minus-two yards.

Arizona's defense nearly scored halfway through the fourth quarter when Chandler Jones hit Wilson as he was about to pass and the ball bounced toward the Seattle goal line, but Michael Glowinski jumped on it for Seattle and the 4-yard line, a 20-yard loss.


The Cardinals had the first scoring threat. Catanzaro lined up for a 39-yard field goal but 245-pound linebacker Wagner jumped over Arizona long snapper Aaron Brewer like an Olympic hurdler and blocked it. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians argued loudly for a penalty and was charged with a timeout when he challenged a play that is not reviewable. That proved significant when the Cardinals couldn't stop the clock to get off a short field goal attempt as the first half ended.


The Cardinals were without speedster John Brown after doctors diagnosed sickle cell traits that were causing leg pain. The other wide receiver named Brown, Jaron, left the game early with a knee injury, depleting is usually one of the league's deeper wide receiver corps.