Cal hires Michalczik as offensive coordinator

Cal hires Michalczik as offensive coordinator

BERKELEY (AP) -- Jeff Tedford isfollowing his first losing season at California with some sweepingchanges to his coaching staff.Cal announced Saturday night that JimMichalczik has been hired as offensive coordinator, replacing AndyLudwig after a disappointing 5-7 season. Ludwig moved on to the sameposition at San Diego State.Marcus Arroyo also was hired asquarterbacks coach, and associate head coach Ron Gould was promoted tothe run-game coordinator. Eric Kiesau will be the passing-gamecoordinator."I'm pleased to have been able to putour offensive coaching staff together in this structure," Tedford said."We have a talented and experienced group of coaches on the offensiveside of the ball that will work well together to provide effectivestrategy and leadership for our offensive game plan."The moves come after the Golden Bears failed to extend their run of seven straight bowl berths.Michalczik was the offensive linecoach for the Oakland Raiders the last two seasons. He also was theGolden Bears' offensive line coach from 2002-08 under Tedford."My entire family is excited andfired up to be returning to the Cal football program," said Michalczik,who also will coach the offensive line.Arroyo, a former San Jose Statequarterback, has spent the past eight seasons coaching at thecollegiate level. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbackscoach for Wyoming the last two seasons."I hope that I can add to what Calalready is by bringing my energy, enthusiasm and knowledge for the gameof football and specifically the quarterback position," Arroyo said.This offseason has been all about change on Cal's staff.Defensive backs coach Al Simmonsleft to pursue other opportunities and wide receivers coach Kevin Daftwill not return in 2011. And there's still a lot of work to do on thefield after the program's first losing season since a 1-10 showing in2001 - especially with three straight tough losses to end last year.Now that the offensive staff isassembled, the next task for Cal is figuring out who will playquarterback next season. Brock Mansion started five games after KevinRiley got hurt but will be in a competition with Beau Sweeney, AllanBridgford, Austin Hinder, transfer Zach Maynard and incoming freshmanKyle Boehm.

Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak


Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak


MINNEAPOLIS -- Florian Jungwirth scored a goal and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 1-0 on Saturday night to snap a six-game winless streak.

Jungwirth tapped in a left-footer from point-blank range after Chris Wondolowski re-directed a corner kick from Jahmir Hyka in the 54th minute. It was the second career MLS goal for Jungwirth, a 28-year-old defender who was acquired on Feb. 2.

David Bingham had one save to earn his third shutout of the season for San Jose (3-3-3), which won for the first time since March 11 after starting the season with back-to-back victories.

Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves, including a pair of diving stops in the second half, for Minnesota (2-5-2), which was outshot 16-8.

Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid


Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid


HOUSTON – The clean game that manager Bob Melvin had been seeking from his team finally came Saturday night.

Andrew Triggs was excellent in rebounding from his rough previous start, and home runs from Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis powered the A’s 2-1 victory over the Astros. That snapped Oakland’s five-game losing streak, along with a 10-game losing streak against Houston.

A night after committing three errors, the A’s played mistake-free defense and got a couple of highlight-reel plays in support of Triggs (4-1), who blanked the Astros over a career-high seven innings and set a new career high with nine strikeouts.

Lowrie, facing the team with which he’s spent two separate stints, launched a homer off the facing of the second deck in right field in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Davis padded the lead in the eighth with his signature opposite-field prowess, clearing the wall in right for his third homer of the series and 10th of the season, tying the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the American League lead.

But it all started with Triggs, who won his first three starts but gave up six runs against Seattle last weekend. He ate up seven innings and turned it over to his bullpen.

Jose Altuve homered off Sean Doolittle in the eighth to cut the A’s lead to 2-1, but Santiago Casilla closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save.

Starting pitching report

Triggs retired 10 in a row to finish his outing, but the key to the early part of his night was stranding runners. He wiggled out of a one-out jam with men on second and third in the first inning, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran. He stranded runners on first and second in the third, then got another big strikeout to end the fourth with a man on third. Before Saturday, Triggs hadn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning of a game he’d started in the majors.

Bullpen report

Casilla gave up Beltran’s infield single to lead off the ninth. But after a replay reversal negated an A’s double play, Casilla ended it by getting Brian McCann to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

At the plate

Two big swings of the bat were all it took for the A’s to notch their first win in five games of this three-city road trip. Lowrie, who came in hitting .375 over his previous eight games, hit a towering shot to right off Joe Musgrove (1-2) for his second homer of the season. Then Davis did his thing, blasting a shot to the opposite field for his 10th homer of April. He had just nine homers in 83 career April games entering this season.

In the field

There was no shortage of highlight plays turned in defensively. Jaff Decker, starting in right field, made a perfect throw from near the warning track to nail Carlos Beltran trying to tag up on a fly ball in the fourth. The next inning, former Athletic Josh Reddick fired a strike to home to nail Chad Pinder trying to score from second on Lowrie’s single. But the A’s got Reddick right back when first baseman Yonder Alonso made a leaping grab on Reddick’s liner headed for right field.


The announced crowd was 32,147.

Up next

The A’s face a tough task in Sunday’s series finale, going against lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-0, 1.22). He’s the first pitcher in Astros history to go seven-plus innings and allow two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.08) takes the ball for Oakland. First pitch is 11:10 a.m.