Sliding A's send Outman to the hill to face Halos

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Sliding A's send Outman to the hill to face Halos

May 23, 2011

A'S (22-25) vs.
LA ANGELS (24-24)

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The last time Jered Weaver faced the Oakland Athletics, he capped a stellar six-start run with his second consecutive complete game.

Weaver hasn't been nearly the same since, and this time around he'll be looking to avoid the worst skid of his career.

The right-hander takes the mound Monday night when the Los Angeles Angels host slumping Oakland to begin a four-game set.

Weaver (6-4, 2.45 ERA) has never lost five consecutive starts, though he'll likely need to recapture his form from the beginning of the season in order to end his personal losing streak.
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Weaver pitched a shutout and struck out 10 against Oakland on April 25, improving to 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA. In four starts since, he's 0-4 with a 5.25 ERA while going six innings in each. In Weaver's first six starts, he never pitched less than 6 1-3 innings.

He allowed three runs and seven hits Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to Seattle.

"When you get off to a roll like that, everybody expects you to keep it going," Weaver said following his most recent loss. "We've had some rough ones here lately, not too rough, it hasn't been too bad. Nothing to hang my head about, but I haven't got deep into games like I wanted. I'm having a bad month. It's bound to turn around."

The Angels (24-24) are hoping for the same after a 4-1 win Sunday against Atlanta, their second victory in eight games. Torii Hunter hit his first home run in 99 at-bats and went 2 for 4.

"I can't remember that far back," Hunter said about his last home run, which came April 21 against Boston. "I hadn't seen one of those in a while. I've seen them on TV and in the movies, but it's a lot of fun to get one out of the way for this month."

Los Angeles has dropped six of seven to AL West opponents, including two straight to the A's last week. That was also the last time Oakland (22-25) won a ballgame.

The A's have lost five straight since beating the Angels 14-0 last Tuesday and fell 5-4 in 11 innings against San Francisco on Sunday. They've scored nine runs during their losing streak, and reliever Brian Fuentes has been charged with three of the defeats.

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"Anytime you lose a close game it's tough, but the guys had a lot of energy," manager Bob Geren said. "It's one you have to shake off and start over. Hopefully the offense the last half of this game takes that momentum down to Anaheim."

Oakland will turn to left-hander Josh Outman, who was called up to make a spot start in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy. Outman hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 after Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss all of 2010.

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Though Geren has yet to see Outman pitch this season, he said scouts have told him Outman is throwing the ball hard. He's 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Sacramento.

"Before he got hurt, he was a power pitcher," Geren told the team's official website.

Outman started against Los Angeles on May 18, 2008, allowing three runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-4 loss.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia missed Sunday's game to attend his son's college graduation, but he's expected to rejoin the team Monday.

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.”