Scuffling A's turn to Anderson in finale vs. Angels


Scuffling A's turn to Anderson in finale vs. Angels

May 26, 2011

A'S (23-27) vs.
LA ANGELS (26-25)

Coverage begins at 12:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

ANAHEIM (AP) -- Another start and another chance at a milestone win for Joel Pineiro.

He tries again to get career win No. 100 Thursday as the Los Angeles Angels look to take three of four from the struggling Oakland Athletics.

Pineiro (2-0, 2.67 ERA) will make his third attempt at reaching the century mark, and pitching at Angel Stadium against Oakland (23-27) could provide the best chance for doing so.

Since joining the Angels (26-25) at the start of last season, Pineiro is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts versus the A's in Anaheim. That included a four-hitter in a 4-0 victory May 16, 2010.

Pineiro, who missed much of the season's first month with a tight shoulder, didn't get a decision in the Angels' 5-4, 10-inning loss in Oakland on May 16.

Returning home to face Atlanta on Saturday, Pineiro has his poorest outing of the year, giving up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings of the Angels' 5-4 loss in 12.

"It is just one of those days. You want to be out there as long as you can," he said.

Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.18), who opposed Pineiro earlier this month, will be looking to end his own dry spell.

The left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in five starts since defeating Seattle on April 24. Anderson, though, should not shoulder all of the blame as the Athletics' offense has backed him with only seven runs.

On Saturday in San Francisco, Anderson was efficient in allowing a run and five hits through five innings. However, Oakland was limited to three hits in a complete game by two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in the 3-0 loss.

Anderson is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in two career starts at Angel Stadium.

Gutierrez: Image, not communication, is A's problem

With a 4-1 victory Wednesday, Los Angeles evened the season series with Oakland at four games apiece.

Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back solo homers to begin a three-run sixth inning, and Ervin Santana outpitched Trevor Cahill to hand the A's ace his second loss in three games following five straight wins.

Hunter has driven in at least one run while going 9 for 22 over his last six games. He had been in a 1-for-24 slump that dropped his batting average to .218.

"I'm just trying to settle in and stay focused. Just stay short, sweet, and try to hit the ball hard somewhere," said Hunter, who is 5 for 11 with a homer off Anderson.

Coco Crisp drove in the only run Wednesday for Oakland, which will now try to avoid its eighth loss in nine games since ripping Los Angeles 14-0 on May 17.

"I don't know if it's so much that we're pressing, because we haven't really hit the ball that great all year," the A's Ryan Sweeney said. "I think once everyone starts hitting, then we'll be able to take it to that next level."

Oakland is in the bottom third of the majors with a .237 batting average.

Iguodala relives LeBron's Game 7 block: JR Smith 'made the play'

Iguodala relives LeBron's Game 7 block: JR Smith 'made the play'

With a little less than two minutes remaining in Game 7 of last year's NBA Finals, Andre Iguodala thought he had a dunk or a layup.

But LeBron James sprinted back in transition and delivered an iconic blocked shot.

Iguodala recently spoke with ESPN's Chris Haynes about the play.

"If J.R. (Smith) is not there, I'm dunking it," Iguodala declared. "Well, I don't know if I'm dunking, though, because I was about to die out there. But I give him all respect. When he blocked it, I thought somebody got shot. I laugh about it all the time. People try to joke on me. I still get mentions all day from fans always talking about the block.

"I'm like, 'Man, that s--- was so dope to me, too.' I was a fan. That s--- was amazing. When he blocked it, I was like, 'Damn, somebody got shot.' I thought it was funny. Somebody just made a good play. What you want me to do? If you enjoy the game of basketball, you should just be like, 'Dude made a great play. F--- it.'"

In a new commercial, LeBron calls the block the "defining moment" of his career.

According to Iguodala, LeBron needs to thank J.R. Smith.

"I looked back at it too, and had I came in from a different angle, I could have [dunked it]," Iguodala explained to Haynes. "But you know who made the play? J.R. made the play. Because I came in thinking dunk and then I took off and he swiped and I had to move the ball. If you look, I moved the ball. I just tried to finish the play.

"People don't realize, somebody just made a great play. There's nothing to change about somebody making a great play because I even thought I could have went off to the other side [of the rim], but [LeBron] was so high over the rim, he would have had both sides covered. I mean, I wouldn't have changed anything about it. If somebody just makes a great play, you just give them respect for making a great play."

Steve Kerr doesn't really care that much about blowout loss to Spurs

Steve Kerr doesn't really care that much about blowout loss to Spurs

The Warriors will play their second game of the season on Friday night in New Orleans.

But that doesn't mean they are done talking about the 29-point loss to the Spurs on Opening Night.

"We played a team that just came in and beat the crap out of us, frankly," Kerr told 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce on Thursday. "They're the one team I would say, when you're adding a lot of new parts and pieces like we are, you either don't want to play the Spurs on Opening Night or you do. The reason you don't want to play them is because of what happened the other night -- they're gonna execute, they know who they are, they got all that continuity from the roster that they've had for years.

"The reason you do want to play them is because they'll expose your weaknesses right away. I don't really care that much about the loss to be honest with you. I felt bad for the fans, who had to suffer through that. But as far as our team goes, even though it was embarrassing and humiliating and nobody slept very well that night, it really opened up every weakness that we had. And it'll sharpen our focus, and we'll be able to work on a lot of things based on that game."

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In the game's aftermath, a lot of the focus was centered around the idea that the Warriors missed Andrew Bogut's presence on the defensive end.

The Warriors surrendered 21 offensive rebounds and acknowledged they miscommunicated many times within their scheme.

"Every team that you put together is gonna be different," Kerr explained. "Obviously, we had to move Andrew (Bogut) in order to get Kevin Durant. Even Boges himself said, 'Hey, if I'm the GM, I'd do that, too' ... we were really lucky to get Zaza (Pachulia) and David West, and they're gonna play huge roles on our team, but they're different players.

"It's our job as coaches to figure out what works best and the players have to get to know one another. And they'll get more comfortable as they go. We should be a very good defensive team. We won't have that shot blocking at the rim but we'll have a lot of other really good components to work with and we'll figure it out."

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Kerr also discussed the team's mentality in regards to the regular season. Is 74 wins possible?

"I think that record is impossible to break. I don't care who we have on our team. What we did last year to break the 72-win record was incredible. I don't think that record will ever be broken, but of course, we're gonna be asked about it because we've got Kevin Durant.

"It's unfathomable for any team to win 74 games ... anybody who predicted that we were gonna win 74 games, doesn't get the NBA. It doesn't work that way ... it's not even something that enters our mind.

"The most important thing for us is to win when it matters in June. We didn't do that last year, so that's the focus."