Melvin brings A's home to take on Kansas City


Melvin brings A's home to take on Kansas City

June 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY (29-37) vs.
A'S (28-39)
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- Not much has gone right for Trevor Cahill or the Oakland Athletics of late. A matchup with the Kansas City Royals could be just what both need to turn their fortunes around.Looking to win a fourth consecutive home start against the Royals, Cahill takes the mound seeking his first victory in more than a month as A's interim manager Bob Melvin makes his home debut Tuesday night.
Melvin took over for the fired Bob Geren on Thursday but the last-place Athletics (28-39) didn't immediately show improvement, dropping three of four to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend.
Oakland fell 5-4 on Sunday and committed six errors during the series. The A's 51 errors are the second most in the AL - one behind Texas' total.
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"We don't have a true third baseman right now, but we're not going to use that as an excuse," Melvin said. "We're going to continue to work on our defense and it's going to get better."
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The club's starting pitching also needs to get better, as Oakland starters have gone 0-10 with a 7.23 ERA during the team's 1-12 stretch.Cahill (6-4, 3.18 ERA), who had his turn moved up to Tuesday due to Monday's off day, will be looking to bounce back after tying the second-shortest start of his career his last time out.The right-hander lasted 2 2-3 innings and allowed a season-worst six runs in a 9-4 defeat to the White Sox on Thursday. Only a 2 1-3-inning, seven-run effort in May 2009 was shorter.
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After going 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA over his first 10 starts, Cahill has gone 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in his four most recent outings. He hasn't won since May 9.Given his success in this series at home, he could be in line for a strong performance. Cahill, who pitched a three-hitter in a 6-0 win over the Royals on Aug. 2 for his only career shutout, is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA against Kansas City in Oakland.The A's have won 14 of 20 meetings with the Royals, who had lost 14 of 17 on the road overall before taking two of three from the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Kansas City (29-37) prevailed 9-0 on Sunday and outscored the Angels 18-9 during the three-game set.The Royals have won three of four since a 4-14 slump.
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"We need to get it turned around and get on a bit of a run," manager Ned Yost said. "I think we've won (three of four) after that little stretch that was painful to live through. But, if we can get on a bit of a run, we can make it interesting."Rookie Danny Duffy (0-2, 5.55) aims for his first major league win in his sixth try. The left-hander gave up season highs of five runs and eight hits over four innings of a 9-8 loss to Toronto on Wednesday."I'm frustrated," he said. "I went out to do my job and I tried. I've got no regrets but I want nothing more than to win for these guys. My frustration is about that. I want to win for these guys."

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.