A's conduct salvage operation in finale with Angels

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A's conduct salvage operation in finale with Angels

April 27, 2011

A's (11-13) vs.
LA ANGELS (14-10)
Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- Through two meetings so far in 2011, the Los Angeles Angels have continued their home dominance over the Oakland Athletics.

With Dan Haren going to the mound, Los Angeles has a good change to extend its winning streak.

Haren will try to help the Angels win their ninth straight at home over the Athletics and complete the three-game sweep Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (14-10) came into this series having dropped four in a row, and without having scored in its final two games against Boston over the weekend.

Following a 5-0 win over the Athletics on Monday, the Angels posted an 8-3 victory Tuesday.

REWIND: McCarthy lit up, Angels beat A's again

Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double on the third pitch he ever saw in the major leagues before adding a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Howie Kendrick had three of the Angels' 16 hits and scored three runs.

Kendrick, who is 5 for 8 in the series, is batting .433 during a seven-game hitting streak against the A's.

Oakland has been outscored 45-14 during its losing streak to Los Angeles. The A's also have lost five of seven overall - three by shutout - and having totaled six runs in the losses.

Coco Crisp left Tuesday in the third inning with tightness in his quad. He had nine hits in the previous three games and was 1 for 2 before exiting.

After being held to one hit over the final 6 1-3 innings Tuesday, the Athletics may not find it any easier produce against Haren (4-1, 1.46 ERA), who has the second-lowest ERA in the AL behind teammate Jered Weaver, who is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA.

Haren has given up six earned runs, 23 hits and struck out 33 in 37 innings.

However, he suffered his first loss of the year after giving up four runs - two earned - in six innings of a 4-3 defeat to Boston on Friday. The right-hander struck out six, but didn't get any run support.

"I don't want to lose, obviously, but the chances were that I wasn't going to go 34-0. So it was probably going to happen at some point," Haren said. "It was kind of a weird game. A couple of balls found holes, so it's not like it was flying everywhere."

Haren, who pitched with Oakland from 2005-07, is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts against the Athletics. He allowed two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win Sept. 28.

Oakland (11-12) will counter with Tyson Ross (1-2, 4.82), who will make his second start in place of the injured Dallas Braden. Ross gave up three runs, four hits and walked four in 4 1-3 innings of a 4-0 loss to Seattle on Friday.

In three career starts, Ross is 0-3 with a 6.74 ERA, spanning two seasons. He's pitched 12 innings in those appearances.

As a rookie, the right-hander faced the Angels three times last season, including one start. He pitched a total of 7 2-3 innings, posting an 0-1 record with a 4.70 ERA.

Report: Curry, Harden will be starting backcourt for West in All-Star Game

Report: Curry, Harden will be starting backcourt for West in All-Star Game

After his team defeated the Thunder on Wednesday night, Steph Curry reportedly beat Russell Westbrook again.

Curry will start alongside James Harden in the Western Conference backcourt at next month's All-Star Game, according to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps.

In last week's All-Star fan voting returns, Curry (990,390 votes) and Harden (961,685 votes) led Westbrook (899,024 votes).

The fan vote counts for 50 percent, while the media and players' votes count for 25 percent each.

Kevin Durant is expected to join Curry in the starting lineup.

The starters will be announced officially at 4pm PT so stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com for updates.

NHL Gameday: Sharks host Lightning in second of back-to-back

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NHL Gameday: Sharks host Lightning in second of back-to-back

Programming note – Sharks-Lightning coverage starts today at 7:00 on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 27-16-2, 56 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Lightning: 21-20-5, 47 points, 6th Atlantic Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***The Sharks didn’t hold a morning skate so there was no immediate update on Logan Couture, who missed the game against the Kings due to illness. Coach Pete DeBoer left open the possibility on Wednesday morning that Couture might be able to go against the Lightning.

No word yet on the goalie, either, after Martin Jones made 22 saves in the Sharks’ 3-2 win at Staples Center. It could make sense to go back to Jones against the Lightning, while leaving the miserable Colorado Avalanche for backup Aaron Dell on Saturday.

***The Lightning are just 2-5-1 in their last eight games, and are in the midst of a six-game road swing. It started with a win over the Kings on Monday, 2-1, and was followed by a 2-1 overtime loss in Anaheim on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer goals in six of its last seven, but also brings the NHL’s fourth-ranked power play (22.9 percent) into tonight’s contest.

Top defenseman Victor Hedman reportedly remains out tonight with an illness. It will be his third straight game out of the lineup. He leads the league among blueliners with 31 assists, and his 38 points trails only Brent Burns (46).

***San Jose beat the Lightning in the only other game of the season series on Nov. 12 in Tampa Bay, 3-1. The Sharks are 4-3-0 this season in the second of back-to-back games, and 15-6-0 against the Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay is just 3-8-2 against the Western Conference.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Tommy Wingels. Although he’s found it difficult to stay in the lineup on a nightly basis this season, Wingels has managed to contribute recently, including a goal against the Kings on Wednesday. The 28-year-old fourth liner has one point in three of his last six games, despite being scratched for seven of the last 12 overall. He’s had success against the Lightning, too, with four goals and seven points in eight career games.

Lightning: Jonathan Drouin. The forward saw a five-game point streak come to an end on Jan. 17, but has at least one point in eight of his last 10 games overall. After a misguided decision last season in which he demanded a trade that never happened, Drouin, 21, is third on the Lightning in scoring with 29 points (13g, 16a).

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc – Patrick Marleau – Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Ryan Carpenter – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones
Aaron Dell

Lightning
Ondrej Palat – Vlad Namestnikov – Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Tyler Johnson – Joel Vermin
Brian Boyle – Valtteri Filppula – Jonathan Drouin
Michael Bournival – Cedric Paquette – Gabriel Dumont

Nikita Nesterov – Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison – Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn – Luke Witkowski

Andrei Vasilevskiy (starter)
Ben Bishop

INJURIES

Sharks: Logan Couture (illness) is questionable. Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) and Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain) are on injured reserve.

Lightning: Steven Stamkos (torn meniscus), Brayden Point (upper body), J.T. Brown (upper body), Ryan Callahan (lower body) and Victor Hedman (illness) are out.

QUOTEABLE

“I think we’ve been saying all year our job is to try and be in their end and get a good forecheck. Luckily of late we’ve been getting some points, so that’s good.” – Micheal Haley, on the recent play of the Sharks’ fourth line