Fighting A's back home to face Detroit


Fighting A's back home to face Detroit

April 14, 2011

DETROIT (5-7) vs.
A's (6-6)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

OAKLAND (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics are starting to score runs more consistently, and that could provide an even bigger boost for Gio Gonzalez, who hasn't needed much offensive help from his teammates.

The left-hander will attempt to win a third straight start to open this season and beat the Detroit Tigers for the first time Thursday night.

Oakland pushed across at least five runs for the third time in four games Wednesday during a 7-4 comeback win in 10 innings over the Chicago White Sox. The A's (6-6) tied the game with three runs in the ninth, then scored three more in the 10th.

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In their first eight games, they scored two runs or fewer five times.

"I just loved the attitude. The guys kept fighting right to the end," manager Bob Geren said. "We were down and it was going to take putting some hits together, drawing some walks, and we did it."

Having won four of five, Geren's club will try to add another victory with help from Gonzalez (2-0, 0.69 ERA), who has continued to pitch well after breaking out with 15 wins last season.

In 2010, Gonzalez because the first Oakland pitcher in 21 years with at least eight scoreless starts. He produced his first one this season Saturday in a 1-0 victory in Minnesota, allowing four hits and two walks over six innings.

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"It's actually a stress reliever if you don't have to get a lot of runs," Geren said.

Gonzalez, though, could use a few more against Detroit.

He's 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in three career matchups but has allowed just three runs in each of the past two - both at home. The left-hander has received a combined two runs of support in those games.

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The Tigers (5-7) are coming off their first back-to-back wins this season, thanks largely to Brandon Inge.

The third baseman homered in the ninth inning Wednesday to give his team a 3-2 victory over visiting Texas. The previous day, Inge scored on Miguel Cabrera's ninth-inning single in a 5-4 win against the Rangers.

"Maybe this can jump-start us and get us going," Inge said.

Detroit might gain even more momentum if Magglio Ordonez can return soon from an ailing right ankle. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said his veteran slugger might play sometime during this seven-game West Coast trip, which begins with four in Oakland.

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"If he's right, maybe (he'll play on) the coast," Leyland told the team's website. "I just want to get him right."

Phil Coke (0-2, 4.00) is trying to get on the right side of the ledger after a 3-1 loss to Kansas City on Saturday.

In his second career start, Coke gave up two runs, two hits and two walks in the second inning. He recovered to throw 4 2-3 scoreless frames after that, finishing with seven strikeouts.
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"I'm thrilled. You have to be with the way he pitched," Leyland said. "That was exactly what we needed from him."

Coke has allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings in his last five outings against Oakland, all out of the bullpen.

The A's lost both of their home games against the Tigers last season after winning 11 of the previous 14 meetings there.

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."