Coco back as A's go for series win in Texas

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Coco back as A's go for series win in Texas

May 11, 2011

A's (19-18) vs.
TEXAS (19-18)

Coverage begins at 11 A.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

ARLINGTON (AP) -- For one night, the Texas Rangers' revamped lineup got the job done against the Oakland Athletics. Delivering another big offensive performance in this AL West matchup could be a challenge against Gio Gonzalez.

The Rangers look to win two straight for the first time in more than two weeks Wednesday when they conclude their series with the A's in Arlington.

After Monday's 7-2 series-opening loss to Oakland (19-18) marked the eighth time his team scored three or fewer runs during a 4-11 stretch, Texas manager Ron Washington overhauled his lineup Tuesday, with only shortstop Elvis Andrus remaining in the same spot (second) from the previous day.

Although Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz remain sidelined, the club's 29th different lineup worked, with the Rangers (19-18) pounding out 11 hits in a 7-2 victory.

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Julio Borbon, batting leadoff for the first time this season, went 1 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 10, while Michael Young - starting as the cleanup hitter for the first time in his 12-year career - was 3 for 4 with a double and a two-run triple.

Even Adrian Beltre, who did not start Monday and was 4 for 31 in nine games this month, broke out of his slump with a two-run homer while batting out of the sixth spot for the first time in 2011.

"If that's going to work, I'll be happy to be hitting sixth," Beltre said. "I don't make up the lineup. I just hope I'm going to be in there - it doesn't matter where I hit. The lineup worked, so we'll probably do it again."

Regardless of Wednesday's lineup, the Rangers will try to post back-to-back wins for the first time since a three-game sweep of Kansas City from April 22-24.

Texas, though, could have a tough test in the series finale with the A's giving the ball to Gonzalez (4-2, 2.68 ERA) to conclude their six-game trip.

The left-hander opened the club's stretch away from home with seven strong innings in Friday's 3-2 win over the Royals. Gonzalez's curveball was sharp and he was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball.

"Gio had pretty electric stuff," manager Bob Geren told the A's official website.

The Rangers have seen that. Gonzalez improved to 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in seven starts against Texas with seven strikeouts and two runs allowed in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-2 home win May 1.

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Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.35), who had his shortest career start in that loss after giving up four runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings, will get the ball again for the Rangers on Wednesday.

The left-hander has an 8.31 ERA while losing a career-high four straight starts. In his last outing, Harrison walked a career-high-tying five and surrendered three runs over six innings of Friday's 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

Harrison was 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three starts against Oakland prior to the May 1 matchup.

Coco Crisp could return to the A's lineup for the series finale against the left-hander, but Geren may give Ryan Sweeney another start in center field after he raised his batting average to .364 with Tuesday's 2-for-4 effort.

Borbon is 4 for 7 against Gonzalez, while Beltre has seven hits - including two home runs - in 16 at-bats in the matchup.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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NHL Gameday: Sharks face Preds, look to rebound from 'crap' performance

NHL Gameday: Sharks face Preds, look to rebound from 'crap' performance

Programming note – Sharks-Predators coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 42-25-7, 91 points, 1st Pacific Division
Predators: 37-25-11, 85 points, 4th Central Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***The freefalling Sharks will again try to put an end to their losing streak in their only visit to Nashville tonight. Friday night’s unsightly 6-1 loss in Dallas, their fifth straight in regulation, was surely their worst game of the season. Their typically strong defensive game handed the Stars all kinds of opportunities that they cashed in on.

“Uncharacteristic missed coverage," Pete DeBoer said of the Stars' third goal in which Jamie Benn was left uncovered, "but [I] think that you could say that about six of the goals – breakaways, two-on-ones. Just, crap. Not very good.”

Despite having a nine-point lead on the division on the morning of March 15, the Sharks are now tied in points with Anaheim (San Jose owns the tiebreaker, so is still officially in first place). The Ducks are idle Saturday, but Edmonton, two points back, is hosting putrid Colorado.

Nashville is 5-1-0 in its last six games, and 6-1-0 in its last seven at home.

***The Sharks have managed just five goals over their five regulation losses. Two of those scores have come on the power play, including one on a five-on-three; Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal against St. Louis deflected in off of a Blues player, and one of Patrick Marleau’s two markers in Minnesota on Tuesday came in large part to a miscommunication between Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Suter.

They are simply not generating anything lately.

“Some teams are doing a good job of taking some of our plays away, but it’s on us as players,” Joe Pavelski said. “You’ve got to win some battles, you've got to create some energy, some speed throughout the team. It’s hasn’t been one guy. It’s been all of us. We’re in this together. We’ll change it as a group."

***There was no morning skate on Saturday, so no word on whether Vlasic would be in the lineup after he took just one shift in the third period on Friday before departing.

The Sharks are 2-3-1 in the six games Vlasic has missed this season, including Tuesday in Minnesota when he was out with the flu. Just one of the two wins came in regulation (Jan. 7 against Detroit).

If he’s out, Dylan DeMelo will presumably draw back in on the third pair.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Tomas Hertl. It didn’t take long for Hertl to be bumped up to the Joe Thornton line after Friday’s game started to go sour. In the first period, Hertl looked like one of the few Sharks players actually performing decently, and he finished with a team-high four shots on goal. He remains without a point in his last 11 games, though.

Predators: James Neal. The Predators forward has goals in each of his two games against the Sharks this season, and is third on the Predators with 21 overall. After scoring in three straight games from March 11-16, Neal hasn’t found the scoresheet in his last three.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Jannik Hansen – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Marcus Sorensen – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (likely starter)
Aaron Dell

Predators
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal
Colin Wilson – Colton Sissons – Craig Smith
Cody McLeod – Vern Fiddler – Austin Watson

Romas Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne
Jusse Saros

INJURIES

Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (possible lower body) and Melker Karlsson (lower body) are questionable.

Predators: Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable.

QUOTEABLE

"The nice thing about this is we get to go back at it again tomorrow. There’s going to be no excuse for not playing hard tomorrow.” – Brenden Dillon, after Friday night’s loss in Dallas