Godfrey outpitches Lincecum, A's top Giants 5-2

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Godfrey outpitches Lincecum, A's top Giants 5-2

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OAKLAND (AP) Conor Jackson wasn't surprised to see Oakland playing small-ball against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum in the first inning.The way Lincecum has dominated the Athletics in the past, Jackson expected and welcomed the new philosophy of interim manager Bob Melvin.
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"We don't have guys that are going to hit 50 home runs on this team so we have to manufacture runs any way we can," said Jackson, who had three hits and drove in the first run off Lincecum in Oakland's 5-2 win over the Giants on Friday night. "That's one of, if not the, best pitcher in the game so we had to figure out a way."Lincecum (5-6) had not lost in six previous starts against the A's and pitched a complete game shutout against them earlier this season when the two teams met at AT&T Park on May 21.URBAN: Lincecum's progress is Giants' silver lining
With the Bay Bridge series shifted back to Oakland, though, the results were vastly different. The A's stayed patient at the plate, working into favorable counts then delivering key hits with runners in scoring position.Oakland also took advantage of a critical throwing error by San Francisco backup catcher Chris Stewart to score on the way to beating the Giants for just the fourth time in the last 18 interleague games between the two Northern California rivals.In doing so, the A's won their third straight - a milestone for a club that went into the night with the second worst record in the American League and played in front of only its third sellout crowd of the season."That was a lot of fun," Melvin said. "I kind of got caught up in watching the fans go back and forth with the chanting. Being from the Bay Area, I had to work at times to keep my mind on the game, but that's a good win for us."Josh Willingham hit an RBI double and also scored on Stewart's throwing error, and Graham Godfrey pitched seven innings to win in just his second major league start for Oakland.
GUTIERREZ: A's Insider gallery -- Mature 'Moonlight' at workCody Ross homered for San Francisco but the Giants couldn't overcome Lincecum's fourth straight shaky outing and a sputtering offense that continues to misfire with runners in scoring position."We didn't swing the bats," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We squandered a few pretty good chances there, and with our margin for error we can't do that."Melvin didn't think the A's would have much room for error, either. That's why Oakland's interim manager had No. 2 hitter Cliff Pennington lay down a sacrifice after Coco Crisp led off the first inning with a single.Hideki Matsui followed with a walk, and after Lincecum retired Willingham, Jackson singled in Crisp."I just wanted to try to score first," Melvin said. "I've been caught with him and been beaten (by him) so many times before, so for us we just wanted to try to get a lead."Lincecum, who didn't make it out of the fifth inning in either of his previous two starts, gave up two more runs in the third. The three runs equaled the total Lincecum gave up to Oakland in his previous five starts combined.Godfrey (1-0) and two relievers did the rest, combining on the six-hitter.Godfrey, roughed up for five runs and nine hits in his major league debut against the White Sox on June 10, allowed six hits and gave up both San Francisco runs. He had three strikeouts.That was the third straight win by an Oakland starting pitcher following a 14-game stretch when the staff went 0-11.Rookie Jemile Weeks continued his impressive showing since getting called up from the minors 10 days ago to fill in for injured second baseman Mark Ellis. Weeks had two hits to raise his average to .361, including an RBI double in the ninth when the A's scored a pair of insurance runs off Giants reliever Guillermo Mota.It was a tough day all around for San Francisco's pitchers and came less than 24 hours after reliever Santiago Casilla gave up a winning home run to Arizona's Justin Upton in the 10th inning.After Lincecum breezed through the second on 11 pitches, the A's got to him for two more runs in third.Hideki Matsui walked and scored on Willingham's double when the ball hit a folded chair leaning against the wall near Oakland's bullpen. Willingham then stole third but catcher Chris Stewart's throw sailed into left field, allowing Willingham to score easily and make it 3-1.The three runs were the most the A's have scored off Lincecum since June 8, 2007 - his second month in the majors. Lincecum, who left after walking Coco Crisp leading off the seventh, finished with seven strikeouts and five walks.Lincecum, who has a 7.59 ERA over four starts in June, has walked 12 batters over his past three outings and has won just once since pitching a complete game against Oakland on May 21.Ross homered off Godfrey in the second, and San Francisco added an unearned run in the sixth when Aubrey Huff's slow grounder rolled through the legs of shortstop Cliff Pennington.Godfrey, called up from the minors last week after Brett Anderson went on the disabled list with elbow soreness, looked more relaxed making his first start at the Coliseum. The Oakland right-hander pitched out of a jam in the first then later made an inning-ending play in the fourth to tag out Pablo Sandoval trying to score the tying run from third on a wild pitch.That was key because San Francisco didn't get many other chances.Godfrey retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced after Bill Hall scored on Pennington's error. Grant Balfour pitched the eighth and Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his third save in four chances.Notes: Giants LHP Barry Zito allowed four runs in six innings during his latest rehab start. ... Oakland 2B Mark Ellis (hamstring) will begin a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento beginning Saturday. ... RHP Tyson Ross (strained left oblique) threw off a mound, an important step in his rehab. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy (shoulder blade) is scheduled to throw to hitters Saturday for the first time since early May.

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

Kerr continues to weigh options regarding return to Warriors' bench

OAKLAND -- Though he insists he has made no final decision about returning to coach the Warriors in the NBA Finals, Steve Kerr conceded Monday that he likely would remain in the background throughout the series that begins Thursday

“As of right now, I would not coach,” he said after practice.

“I’m alright; I’m not well enough to coach a game. And I know that from . . . I coached all 82 games and I felt OK. I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, but I did fine. I could make it through. The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse.”

Though Kerr has been a constant presence over the past two weeks, this was the first time he presided over practice. Acting coach Mike Brown was ill Monday and did not come to the facility.

“I’d like to tell you that I’m ready, but I’m not ready to coach yet,” Kerr said. “I’m still feeling a lot of the effects of what I’ve got going on.

“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies. Hopefully, Mike will be back (Tuesday).”

Kerr last coached a game on April 19, Game 2 of the first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Trail Blazers. He flew with the team to Portland for Games 3 and 4 but did not coach either game. It was on April 23, between Games 3 and 4, that Kerr announced he was taking a leave of absence to pursue remedies for chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries.

The Warriors have gone 10-0 under Brown, who is in frequent communication with Kerr ever since May 10, when the team began preparations for the conference finals.

“I’ve been in every meeting since the San Antonio series started,” Kerr said. “Every film session, every practice. I address the team quite a bit; I think my messaging is important.”

Though Kerr said he plans to accompany the team to Cleveland next week for Games 3 and 4 of The Finals, he continues to weigh his options regarding returning to the bench.

“Once we get to Game 1,” he said, ‘it might be a good time to make a decision one way or the other.”

A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

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A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

Bob Melvin and Terry Francona issued their lineups for today's series opener in Cleveland.

In addition, the A's placed Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain (retroactive to May 26) and recalled Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Nashville.

Mengden will make his first start of 2017 today.

A's (22-27)
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Chad Pinder (R) SS
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Matt Joyce (L) RF
P. Daniel Mengden RHP 

Indians (25-23)
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
6. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
7. Yan Gomes (R) C
8. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF
9. Austin Jackson (R) RF
P. Carlos Carrasco RHP (4-2, 2.93 ERA)