Clash of unbeatens as Cahill faces Tomlin

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Clash of unbeatens as Cahill faces Tomlin

May 4, 2011

CLEVELAND (20-8) vs.
A's (15-15)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on CSN Plus

OAKLAND (AP) -- After a stellar 2010 season for the Oakland Athletics, Trevor Cahill's strong start in 2011 should be no surprise.

The same can't be said of the early success Cleveland's Josh Tomlin has enjoyed in his first full major league season.

Both Cahill and Tomlin look to improve to 5-0 when the Indians try to match a season high with their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday night in Oakland.

Cahill (4-0, 1.88 ERA) has not missed a step after going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 2010, his second major league season. The right-hander has allowed more than one run once in six starts. He overcame four walks and seven hits to pitch seven scoreless innings Friday in a 3-1 win over Texas.

"He throws the ball well," Rangers outfielder David Murphy told the Athletics' official website.

Cahill is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA against the Indians, but is facing them for the first time in Oakland. He allowed one run in seven innings of a 6-1 victory at Cleveland on Aug. 25.

Tomlin (4-0, 2.45), who went 6-4 with a 4.56 ERA in 12 starts last year, has never faced the A's.

The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in four of five starts. He gave up a pair of homers in six innings of a 7-2 win over Kansas City last Wednesday.

"That's my job," Tomlin told the Indians' official website. "I'm supposed to go out there and give six, seven innings every time."

Tomlin has played a significant role in the stellar start the Indians (20-8) are enjoying. Major league-best Cleveland followed a 6-0 homestand by scoring three times in the ninth inning Tuesday to beat Oakland 4-1.

"They're playing well and their record reflects that," said A's reliever Brian Fuentes, who took the loss. "They're just clicking on all cylinders."

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Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking single and Asdrubal Cabrera added two RBIs in the ninth as Cleveland snapped a three-game road skid overall and improved to 9-23 at Oakland since last winning a series there July 29-31, 2002.

"We wanted to play good at home and we did, because the West Coast is always tough," said Indians manager Manny Acta, whose team is 7-6 away from home.

After a three-hit effort in the series opener, Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .345 with five RBIs in his last seven games. He is 2 for 6 with a double against Cahill.

Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4 with a walk, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving when a breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .20 - more than double Ohio's legal limit of .08.

"I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to play winning baseball," Choo said in a statement.

Choo is hitting .241 this season, but is 4 for 5 lifetime versus Cahill.

Hideki Matsui had two of the five hits Tuesday for the A's (15-15), who lost for the second time in six games. Matsui, who hit a walkoff homer in Monday's 5-4, 10-inning win over Texas, is 10 for 23 in his last seven games versus Cleveland.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross explains relocation vote; Raiders should've done more in Oakland

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross explains relocation vote; Raiders should've done more in Oakland

PHOENIX – An overwhelming majority approved the Raiders’ relocation application Monday morning. They were given permission to move from Oakland to Las Vegas by a 31-1 vote at the league owners meetings, a massive show of support for the Silver and Black.

While the stadium and finance committees recommended Raiders relocation and the final meeting went smooth leading up to a vote, there was one voice of dissent.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn’t let his vote do the talking. He explained his rationale to reporters on Monday afternoon.

“I just don’t think everything was done to try and stay in Oakland,” Ross told reporters, via a video posted on San Diego-based 1090-AM’s website. “I was more or less interested in the thought that Oakland deserved…that a deal could’ve been done there.”

Ross said Raiders owner Mark Davis should’ve engaged with Oakland more in trying to find a long-term stadium solution in the East Bay.

“You can only make a deal when the owner wants to make a deal,” Ross said. “Who are you going to negotiate with? How’s it going to happen? The owner has to be a driving force.”

After some difficult negotiations with Oakland, Davis focused his efforts on Las Vegas, where he received $750 million in public funds for stadium construction, with an additional chunk earmarked for infrastructure improvements around a stadium site just off the Las Vegas Strip.

While Ross spent roughly $500 million in private funds to renovate Hard Rock Stadium, his dissent was rooted in part on ideological grounds. He believes stadiums should be largely financed privately.

“I think so,” Ross said. “You get a look around, and there’s very little public money available for teams today. I think owners have to have, when you own a team, you should have the deep pockets to deliver. Now, you need some public money for infrastructure and things like that but, with the cost of stadiums today, our country can’t afford to put all that money in that kind of place.”

Ross said he didn’t vote no to grandstand.

“That doesn’t do me any good. I didn’t do it for that,” Ross said. “I voted how I voted and I voted what I believed. You talk about the fans, and that’s what the National Football League is all about.”

D'backs release former Giants outfielder

D'backs release former Giants outfielder

Editor's Note: The above video was recorded following Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012.

Gregor Blanco's bid to make the Arizona Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster is over.

The former Giants outfielder was released on Monday, Arizona announced.

Blanco had been dealing with an oblique injury and had played since March 21.

In 14 Cactus League games, Blanco went 9-for-40 (.225) with one double and three triples.

More to come...