Barton, Crisp go deep in A's 10-8 win over Reds


Barton, Crisp go deep in A's 10-8 win over Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Coco Crisp and Daric Barton homered off Mike Leake, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Cincinnati Reds 10-8 on Tuesday.Leake allowed seven runs in his worst spring outing. He also gave up two doubles among six Oakland hits in 2 1-3 innings.Leake made the Reds' rotation by default when an MRI exam revealed inflammation in Johnny Cueto's right shoulder."I felt a little too good today," Leake said. "I was just missing a little bit. I don't like to walk people. I was trying a little too hard."Leake made the jump from college baseball to the major leagues last year without pitching in the minors, but was competing with Homer Bailey and Travis Wood for two open spots in the rotation this season. Cueto's injury cleared his way, but Leake doesn't feel settled."There's still going to be a decision when he comes back. When the season starts I still have to compete," Leake said.Brett Anderson, in line to be Oakland's opening-night starter, gave up four runs and four hits in six innings. NL MVP Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes homered for the Reds.
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Anderson was scheduled to start Monday, but rain forced cancellation of his outing against the Dodgers."I felt good," Anderson said after his longest stint of the spring. "Joey Votto is the best hitter of all-time and I have to get it through my head that I can't beat Jonny Gomes with fastballs inside. I felt good it's the best lineup I've faced yet and to go through it three times felt good."Oakland manager Bob Geren is still open-minded about who will be on the mound against Seattle on April 1."I'm leaving everything open right now," Geren said. "I'll see how everyone comes through the next start."Votto also doubled and singled and drove in four runs."It's about that time. You have to have some of your big boys swinging well at the end of spring and the beginning of the season, especially (Jay) Bruce, Votto and (Brandon) Phillips. Our starting guys are swinging good. Jonny Gomes is starting to swing a little better," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said.Votto, a notoriously slow starter, increased his spring average to .324 with three home runs and a team-high 13 RBIs.Barton, Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis added doubles for the A's. Barton has nine hits in his last 22 at-bats.NOTES: Oakland reliever Craig Breslow made his first Cactus League appearance. He had a strained left hamstring that had restricted him to minor league games. ... Reds closer Francisco Cordero has six straight scoreless appearances. ... Cincinnati's projected starting lineup played all nine innings with the exception of Phillips, who played five. ... Drew Stubbs struck out four times against Oakland. "Stubby's struggling a bit," Baker said. "We're going to DH him in some minor league games to get him extra at-bats."

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-Astros coverage begins at 4pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP

Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc

Report: Austin Rivers played major role in Chris Paul losing faith in Doc

Before the Clippers and Rockets reportedly agreed to a trade that will send Chris Paul to Houston, the nine-time All-Star informed the Clippers he was going to leave in free agency.

Why didn't Paul want to stay in Los Angeles?

He lost trust and faith in Doc Rivers, according to ESPN's Michael Eaves.

But why?

According to Eaves, "Paul's relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers."

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Austin -- Doc's son -- was acquired in January 2015.

Last summer, Austin signed a 3-year, $35 million deal to return to the Clippers.

As Eaves detailed:

"What really solidified Paul's dissatisfaction with Doc was a proposed trade involving Carmelo Anthony last season. New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no.

"That event led Paul to feel that keeping his son on the roster was more important to Doc than improving the team. So, ultimately, Paul lost both trust and faith in Doc. As one league executive put it, 'Chris despises Doc.'"

Doc Rivers is both the Clippers' head coach and president of basketball operations.

With Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick entering unrestricted free agency, and DeAndre Jordan having the ability to opt out next summer, it appears the Clippers could be a completely different team in the near future...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller