McCarthy takes loss, Royals beat A's in ninth

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McCarthy takes loss, Royals beat A's in ninth

May 7, 2011BOX SCORE A'S VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly scored Jarrod Dyson from third base Saturday night, lifting Kansas City past Oakland 4-3, the Royals' sixth walkoff win this season.Billy Butler singled leading off the ninth against Brandon McCarthy (1-3), who experienced his second complete-game loss of the year.Dyson, a pinch-runner, sped to third when Jeff Francoeur singled. Rookie Eric Hosmer, who earlier singled for his first major league hit, was walked intentionally, bringing Aviles to the plate.Joakim Soria (2-0) worked the ninth and got the victory.McCarthy, who retired the first 14 batters, went eight innings plus four batters, gave up seven hits and four runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. He lost a complete game 1-0 decision to Seattle on April 21.Luke Hochevar, trying to beat Oakland for the first time in five decisions, was locked in a scoreless duel with McCarthy until the fifth when Butler's sacrifice fly capped a 3-run inningAfter Andy LaRoche singled leading off the Oakland eighth, just the fourth hit off Hochevar, rookie Aaron Crow came out of the bullpen with a streak of 15 1-3 scoreless innings to start his career.The right-hander had retired the first 13 batters he faced. But Kevin Kouzmanoff snapped that with a single. Cliff Pennington, the next batter, slammed Crow's 2-1 pitch into the visitor's bullpen, tying it 3-all with the first runs Crow had allowed as a major leaguer.Hochevar came in with an 0-5 record and a 9.00 ERA against the A's but retired the first 11 batters while McCarthy was setting down the first 14 Royals.Hochevar finally yielded a baserunner when David DeJesus, his former Royal teammate, tripled with two outs in the fourth.McCarthy did not allow a baserunner until Hosmer singled into right with two outs in the fifth for his first major league hit. McCarthy had not even gone 2-0 on a batter until Francoeur lined out to first baseman Daric Barton just before Hosmer came to the plate.The Royals finally broke through against McCarthy when Matt Treanor and Alcides Escobar, the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, singled leading off the sixth. After a sacrifice bunt, Melky Cabrera and Alex Gordon stroked RBI singles for a 2-0 lead before Butler's sacrifice fly put the Royals on top 3-0.Hideki Matsui doubled leading off the fifth, went to third on an infield out and tried to score on LaRoche's grounder to shortstop Escobar. But Escobar's strong throw to the plate resulted in a 6-2-5 putout.NOTES: The A's have not been shut out by Kansas City since Aug. 7, 1996, a span of 139 consecutive games. ... Hosmer and RF Francoeur almost ran into each other chasing Josh Willingham's pop fly in the seventh. At the last second, the rookie pulled back and Francoeur made the catch. ... A's LF Willingham was tossed by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing a called third strike ending the eighth.

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

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Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.

The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was named NFL Executive of the Year, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Thursday.

McKenzie joins Al Davis, who was named Executive of the Year in 2002, as Raiders who have earned the PFWA honor, which was established in 1993.

In 2016, McKenzie’s fifth year as General Manager, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 campaign. The Raiders had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections, had two players earn first-team All-Pro recognition and DE Khalil Mack was named the PFWA Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being named General Manager by Owner Mark Davis in 2012, four Raiders draft picks have gone on to receive Pro Bowl selections. Mack, the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2014, earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod, while QB Derek Carr, the team’s second-round selection that year, emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate and has received Pro Bowl invitations in each of the last two seasons. WR Amari Cooper, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has also earned two Pro Bowl selections after beginning his career with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. RB Latavius Murray, a sixth-round pick in 2013, earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2015 and was named an alternate this year.

In addition, 10 players drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round or later since 2013 have started multiple games for the team and six different draft picks have earned All-Rookie honors.

Last offseason, the Raiders signed LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and CB Sean Smith, securing four of the “top 25 available free agents” according to NFL.com. All seven of the team’s draft picks saw significant action during the season and first-round selection S Karl Joseph was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. A remarkable seven undrafted free agents, acquired by the Raiders in the weeks following the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the season on the team’s active roster.  

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