Can Anderson turn the tide vs. Texas?

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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 MLB.com. "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.

Sharks recall three; Donskoi to IR

Sharks recall three; Donskoi to IR

The Sharks have placed forward Joonas Donskoi on injured reserve, and recalled a trio of players for their game against Los Angeles on Wednesday at Staples Center.

Donskoi has not played since Jan. 11 at Calgary, dealing with an upper body injury that is not believed to be serious. Although he’ll miss his third straight game on Wednesday, the 24-year-old could technically return for Thursday’s home game against the Lightning. In 41 games this season, Donskoi has six goals and 14 points.

Up front, forwards Ryan Carpenter and Barclay Goodrow were recalled, suggesting that someone from Monday’s 5-2 win over the Jets might not be able to play against the Kings. Logan Couture blocked a Toby Enstrom shot with about nine minutes to go in that game, and there was no immediate update on his status. The Sharks did not practice on Tuesday morning.

Carpenter has one goal in three games with the Sharks this season, coming on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles. He has 20 points (8g, 12a) in 29 AHL games this season. 

Goodrow has yet to make his Sharks season debut, but is first on the AHL Barracuda with 12 goals. He has 15 points (4g, 11a) in 74 career NHL games.

Tim Heed, also recalled, will likely serve as the seventh defenseman filling the void left by an injured Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist).

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.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

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.