McCarthy lit up for seven; Angels top A's again


McCarthy lit up for seven; Angels top A's again


ANAHEIM - The A's had two players hurt on the same third-inning play, losing the red-hot Coco Crisp to a tight left quad, and then lost the game, 8-3 to the Los Angeles Angels and a rookie pitcher Tuesday night.The A's (11-13) have now dropped the first two games of a series for the fifth time in eight series this season.The Angels (14-10) pounded out five extra-base hits off Brandon McCarthy, 14 hits total, in his season-low 5 13 innings. In his previous four starts, the right-hander had given up a total of 27 hits.The 14 hits McCarthy surrendered were the most allowed by an A's starter since Barry Zito gave up 15 hits to Tampa Bay on July 8, 2003 in Oakland.McCarthy (1-2) was charged with seven runs while striking out three, walking one and uncorking two wild pitches."Too many hits, too many runs," McCarthy said. "A lot of infield singles, just some things that were tough to work throughI just kind of compounded the problems there."A lot of it with two outs, a lot of it with two strikes. That's just unacceptablea lack of sharpness for the most part."Angels right-hander Tyler Chatwood (2-1) also went 5 13 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, one strikeout and four walks.The Angels got to McCarthy with two runs in the second inning.With two out, Howie Kendrick at third base and Peter Bourjos at first, Alexi Amarista, making his big league debut, doubled into the left-field corner. Bourjos, running on the pitch, scored standing up and the Angels had a two-run lead.But the A's answered in the third.David DeJesus' fielder's choice scored Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had walked to lead off the inning. One batter later, Conor Jackson turned on a Chatwood fastball and drove it into the left-field seats for a two-out, two-run homer. It was Jackson's first home run of the season, and it gave the A's a 3-2 lead.McCarthy, though, gave it all back immediately.
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"Seems like like we were right there putting it on them," Jackson said. "Then they came back and scored a couple of runs and it's kind of deflatingwe just couldn't match them tonight."A lead-off single by Bobby Abreu was followed by a double from Torii Hunter and then a McCarthy wild pitch that allowed Abreu to scamper home to tie the score.A Vernon Wells single off McCarthy's hand scored Hunter and Hank Conger's flare single to right brought in Kendrick, who had again doubled.The Angels added two more with two out in the fifth.Kendrick singled to left and came around on Conger's double off the right-field wall. A's second baseman Mark Ellis might have had a play on Kendrick at the plate, but right fielder Ryan Sweeney did not throw to the cut-off man, instead throwing to second in trying unsuccessfully to get Conger.One pitch later, Bourjos hit a stand-up triple to right-center and the Angels led 7-3 and aedd another run in the eighth after Bourjos' second triple was followed by an Amarista sac fly to center.For the A's, clean-up hitter Josh Willingham did not play after leaving Monday night's series opener with back stiffness.
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Crisp pulled up lame in his second at-bat, beating out an attempted 6-4-3 double-play, but Cliff Pennington has his left hand stepped on by Angels second baseman Alexi Amarista sliding into second on the play. Pennington played on, with the hand heavily taped."Same thing happened to the other hand last year, diving back to first on a pick-off play," Pennington said. "I guess I just have to keep my hands away from people's feet."It wasn't feeling super-great, but it didn't affect me (in the game).A's manager Bob Geren said Crisp was "day-to-day but probably doubtful for tomorrow."

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's defensive line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's defensive line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Kerr slams players for making 'mockery' of All-Star voting

Kerr slams players for making 'mockery' of All-Star voting

The players asked for a change. After fans almost made Zaza Pachulia an All-Star last season, the players wanted to be part of the voting process.

Then they didn't take it completely seriously.

Players like Brice Johnson, Khris Middleton and Mo Williams all received votes to start the All-Star Game despite not having played in an NBA game this season.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr noticed and took exception to how the players voted.

After telling the media in Miami that he had already submitted his votes for the reserves, Kerr pivoted to his criticism of the players.

"I am very disappointed in the players though. I mean, they've asked for a vote and a lot of them just made a mockery of it. So I don't know what the point is. So, that was too bad but all in all, these things are always going to be debateable about who's starting and who gets named. There's always going to be worthy players left out of the starting lineup, left out of the roster entirely. It's the same thing every year and I don't know what the perfect answer is," Kerr said before Monday's game against the Heat.

Kerr was then asked to expand on why he thought the players made a mockery of the vote.

"I saw the list. I saw all the guys who got votes and I don't know. Are we allowed to vote for yourself? Yeah? So I don't know, are guys voting for themselves? I mean, there are 50 guys on there who had no business getting votes. So although A lot of people wrote in their buddies for the presidential vote as well, so maybe that's just their own way of making a statement, but I just, I think if you're going to give the players a vote I think they should take it seriously," Kerr said.