A's look to keep it going behind Cahill

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A's look to keep it going behind Cahill

May 25, 2011

A's (23-26) vs.
LA ANGELS (25-25)

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

ANAHEIM (AP) -- Trevor Cahill continues to prove his stellar 2010 season was no fluke, boasting the second-best ERA in the AL. His recent statistics against the Los Angeles Angels are even more impressive.

Cahill looks to continue his mastery of the Angels on Wednesday night when the visiting Oakland Athletics hope to build off their first victory in nearly a week.

The A's (23-26) ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday after scoring 10 runs total during their skid. Oakland's only three victories in the last 10 games have come against the Angels (25-25), a team Cahill (6-1, 1.79 ERA) has dominated recently.

GUTIERREZ: A's snap skid, but tension lingers

The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed one earned run over 21 innings while winning his last three starts against Los Angeles.

Cahill, who went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in his second major-league season of 2010, has picked up right where he left off, giving up two earned runs or fewer in nine of 10 starts. His ERA trails only Josh Beckett (1.69) among AL pitchers.

He allowed one run in six innings Friday before Oakland fell 2-1 in 10 innings against San Francisco.

Though Cahill has been stingy on the mound, the A's offense hasn't exactly been scoring at a rapid pace. They finally broke out of their funk Tuesday, as David DeJesus went 3 for 4 with two homers and four RBIs. Josh Willingham added a two-run double.

Oakland ranks 12th in the AL with a .236 batting average.

"After six losses in a row, we needed that kind of game," manager Bob Geren said. "That's the team that we can be."

DeJesus is 12 for 28 lifetime against Angels starter Ervin Santana (2-4, 4.18 ERA), who is coming off his first shutout of the season.

The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out seven in Friday's 9-0 rout of Atlanta. The victory began a stretch of three wins in four games for the Angels prior to Tuesday's defeat.

"We just have to keep doing our job and stay positive. When the run support is like that, you have to feel comfortable," Santana said after Friday's contest.

Santana is 12-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 21 career appearances versus Oakland, but 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA in his last five starts against the A's.

Though Santana will be hoping for similar run support to what he got in his most recent outing, Los Angeles reverted back to it's low-scoring ways Tuesday. The Angels have lost four of their last five meetings with Oakland, getting outscored 27-6 in the defeats.

"When (the starters) are pitching well, they don't need a lot of support," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "But the operative word is obviously the difference between a lot and none, and we've been on that thin side in supporting these guys a lot this last month."

Torii Hunter is 3 for 15 with five strikeouts in his last five games against the A's and 3 for 14 lifetime against Cahill.

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

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Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office.

On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama's final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the Cubs hail from his hometown.

The president has a home in Chicago and is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.

Obama invited the Cubs hours after they won the series in November, asking on Twitter if the team wanted to visit before his term ends on Friday.

The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians.

NBA Gameday: Warriors welcome Cavaliers with vengeance in mind

NBA Gameday: Warriors welcome Cavaliers with vengeance in mind

OAKLAND -- With the Christmas Day Collapse lingering about the back of their minds, the Warriors are out for vengeance against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When the teams meet Monday for a late-afternoon Matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Warriors will be trying to end a four-game losing streak to the Cavs, who came from behind for a 109-108 win on Christmas Day in Cleveland.

The Warriors (34-6) hope to benefit from the sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, where they have been nearly invincible over the past two-plus seasons. They are 95-7 at home since coach Steve Kerr arrived before 2014-15 season.

The Cavaliers (29-10) are making the final stop of a six-game road trip that spanned 12 days in three different time zones.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 7.5

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Kyrie Irving: Though they don’t always defend each other, each point guard is his team’s catalyst. Irving has been winning this battle of late, and the result is success for Cleveland. Curry is playing well of late, better than Irving. If that trend continues Monday, the Warriors will take their chances.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James: Durant was superb on Christmas Day, clearly outplaying James until the final quarter, when he melted down with his teammates, missing seven of his last nine shots. James seized the moment, leading his team to victory. Nothing would please the Warriors more than KD getting the best of James.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Cavaliers: G J.R. Smith (R thumb fracture) and F/C Chris Andersen (R ACL surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Cavaliers: 6-4.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors lost the previous meeting this season and, including the last three games of the 2016 NBA Finals, have lost four straight. They are 10-8 (including postseason) against Cleveland since James returned before the 2014-15 season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE START: In winning their last three games, all against sub-.500 teams, the Warriors cruised through the first half and didn’t get serious until the third quarter. That formula would be particularly dangerous against a defending champion. A faster start is called for, and the Warriors know it.

THE GLASS: What killed the Warriors in the Christmas Day Collapse, perhaps as much as turnovers, was Cleveland’s relentless work on the offensive glass. The Cavs piled up 18 offensive rebounds, leading to 17 additional shot attempts. If the Warriors can’t do a better job, it could be disastrous.

THE 3-BALL WAR: The Warriors rank fourth in 3-point shooting percentage; the Cavs are third. The Warriors rank fifth in attempts from beyond the arc; the Cavs are third. Cleveland put up more triples, with more accuracy, on Christmas Day. But . . . the Warriors are No. 1 in defense against triples, while the Cavs are 14th.