Resurgent A's open set with beleaguered Twins

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Resurgent A's open set with beleaguered Twins

May 18, 2011

MINNESOTA (13-27) vs.
A's (22-20)

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

(AP) -- The Minnesota Twins managed to end their longest skid in nearly 13 years despite carrying some heavy hearts. Whether they build on that inspired victory will likely depend on how well Carl Pavano limits the Oakland Athletics' red-hot lineup.

The right-hander has usually found a way to beat the A's in recent seasons and will try to earn his 100th career victory Wednesday night in Oakland.

The Twins had dropped nine in a row for the first time since 1998 as they headed into Tuesday's game in Seattle and their first following the death of Harmon Killebrew.
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Not long after honoring the Hall of Fame slugger with a moment of silence, Minnesota (13-27) got the runs it needed to snap its skid on Michael Cuddyer's single. The Twins got just two more hits the rest of the game but came away with a 2-1 victory.

"After a day like this, it was nice to go out there and use the three hours to try to get your mind off this tragedy, even though you can't," Cuddyer said. "It's impossible to. We wanted to go out and get the win. There was no better time to get it."

While the Twins are batting .201 over their last 10 games, the A's (22-20) are hitting .315 in their last four, including a 14-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

REWIND: A's destroy Angels 14-0

That win, which featured a season-high 15 hits, gave Oakland a share of the AL West lead. The A's might need to solve Pavano (2-4, 5.89 ERA) to stay in first.

GUTIERREZ: History vs. the Angels

The Twins right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts against Oakland, and allowed one run over eight innings in a 2-1 victory April 8.

Pavano, though, hasn't shown that same form in most of his recent outings, going 1-3 with a 7.57 ERA in his last five. He threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings Friday against Toronto, but also allowed seven hits and three walks on 115 pitches.

"I'm trying to do my best to get quick outs and make quality pitches, but I don't think I executed that many good pitches, and I think it affected the team," Pavano told the team's website. "I was no better than my last two starts to be honest with you. I didn't have much out there."

Brandon McCarthy (1-4, 3.34) is also trying to regain the form he showed in Minnesota on April 10. The right-hander allowed two runs and scattered nine hits over 7 1-3 innings during a 5-3 victory but is 0-4 with a 3.89 ERA in his last five outings.

He gave up five hits over seven frames to the Chicago White Sox on Friday but three of those led to a four-run second inning and a 4-3 defeat.

"I felt like I did a lot of things I wanted to do, but that one inning was too much to save the whole outing. It just can't happen," McCarthy told the team's website.

Innings like that haven't happened in his two career starts against the Twins as he's 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

He might get help in this start from Coco Crisp, who is 8 for 16 in the last four games and has a seven-game hit streak against Minnesota. He's 4 for 11 (.364) in his career against Pavano.

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.

Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.

Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.

TURNING POINT

When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.

When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.

“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.

“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”

The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.

The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”