A's lineup: Norris catching, Reddick back in RF


A's lineup: Norris catching, Reddick back in RF

Managers Bob Melvin and Joe Girardi have announced their lineups for the first game of a three-game series between the A's and Yankees.

Josh Reddick will be back in his familiar right field, and Derek Norris will be behind the plate catching starter Jarrod Parker.

Oakland A's (85-64)
1. Collin Cowgill (R) CF
2. Jonny Gomes (R) DH
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. Derek Norris (R) C
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Adam Rosales (R) 2B

New York Yankees (86-63)
1. Derek Jeter (R) DH
2. Nick Swisher (S) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
5. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
6. Russell Martin (R) C
7. Eric Chavez (L) 1B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
9. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS

Three takeaways: Sharks' Couture 'felt fine' after minor surgery


Three takeaways: Sharks' Couture 'felt fine' after minor surgery

SAN JOSE – Despite controlling most of their game with the Senators, the Sharks dropped a 4-2 decision on a late goal in regulation Wednesday night at home. The three takeaways from the defeat…

1 – Couture looks good despite minor surgery

Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in 10 games, a power play marker in the second period, and didn’t show any ill effects despite having a screw removed from his right ankle on Saturday. He finished with one shot on goal, five attempts and was 4-for-10 in the faceoff circle in a little more than 19 minutes of ice time.

“I felt fine,” he said after the game. “Took me a little while. Just [at the] start of periods it was a little sore, but once the game got going, I felt fine.”

2 – Sharks had their legs despite layoff

The coaching staff’s decision to give the Sharks a full weekend off from practice over the weekend looked like the right move in that the players had their legs for the duration of the game. Ottawa was rarely in its offensive end, and its 17 shots on goal was a season-low in shots allowed for San Jose.

“We never really felt like we were out of it,” Joe Pavelski said. “They get a couple early and [we] never felt overwhelmed. It was just about staying with it, finding that first one, and going. It was important that we got that next one when it was 2-0. We got moving. Felt in control the whole way.”

Justin Braun said: "It takes a second to get back into it, but I thought we did a pretty good job as a team to come out and get on the forecheck right away. First shift we were in there. I thought we had some good chances early.  To hold them to [17 shots] the whole night after a break like that is pretty good."

3 – Stagnating offense

Despite all the time they spent in the Senators’ end, including six power plays, the Sharks only managed to beat goalie Mike Condon twice. The Sharks’ offense still seems like it’s missing something, sitting in 23rd in the league with 2.38 per game.

At some point, some of the Sharks’ depth guys are going to have to start putting the puck in the net. Nearly one-third of the schedule over with, it’s getting to be the time of year where only the results matter.

"I think we did everything but find a way to win,” Pete DeBoer said. “But at the end of the day, moral victories don't count in the standings. I thought we did some good stuff, but didn't find a way to win."

Doc Rivers: Warriors' win over Clippers 'wasn't much of a game'

Doc Rivers: Warriors' win over Clippers 'wasn't much of a game'

About midway through the first quarter on Wednesday night, the Clippers led the Warriors 10-9.

At the end of the first frame, Golden State led 37-19.

"We set the tone early, just turning the ball over," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought they took us out of our stuff. We stopped trusting, and I really never thought we got our spirit back after the beginning."

In the first 12 minutes, the Clippers turned the ball over nine times and the Warriors turned the giveaways into eight points.

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Blake Griffin alone coughed it up five times.

Despite the rough start, Los Angeles pulled to within seven points with a little over two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

"I mean Thank God for that second group that a couple times they kind of you know, kept us in the game I guess you would call it," Rivers said. "But other than that, it wasn't much of a game."

With the Warriors entering at 18-3 and the Clippers at 16-6, there was a lot of hype for the first of four matchups between the division rivals.

But Golden State knocked off Los Angeles for the seventh straight time.

"It happens," Rivers said. "You go into a game where you really want to do well, things don't go well for you and you lose it sometimes ... we just didn't play well."