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Gutierrez: Ross delivers for A's in Braden's absence

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Gutierrez: Ross delivers for A's in Braden's absence

May 8, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVEA's PAGE A's VIDEOBOX SCORE RECAP
Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

In no way, shape or form is this meant to disrespect Dallas Braden. Nor is it to diminish the effect of the dean of the A's pitching staff being on the disabled list with tightness in his left shoulder.But with the way Tyson Ross has been pitching in Braden's spot in the rotation, Oakland has not missed Braden as much as expected. And that's a good thing for the team. Perhaps a bad one or Braden. Even on the first anniversary of his Mother's Day Perfect Game.REWIND: Braden's perfect game
In three starts this season, Braden was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and will seek second and third opinions on his shoulder this week with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday and with Mets physician David Altchek on Tuesday in New York City.RELATED: Ross stats splits game logs
Meanwhile, after limiting Kansas City to two runs in six innings today, Ross improved to 2-2 on the season. It was his third straight solid start and he has allowed three earned runs in 19 13 inning over that stretch, lowering his ERA from 4.82 to 2.51.
Really, his only bad outing since replacing Braden in the rotation was his first start, on April 22 at Seattle, when he took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits and four walks in 4 13 innings on his 24th birthday.RELATED: Seattle 4, A's 0 -- April 22 boxscore
Since then, he's altered his mechanics by slowing his delivery and flummoxing opposing hitters.Ross showed his athleticism In the second inning against the Royals. Covering third base on a busted play, the 6-feet-6 Ross took a quick toss from Kevin Kouzmanoff and dived into the bag, tagging out a head first-sliding Jeff Francoeur.RELATED: A's take series with 5-2 win over Royals
It was a dangerous play. A special play. A play that wins over an entire clubhouse. And makes you forget -- for the moment anyway -- what you've lost in the process.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."

ELFIN PAINED IN LOSS

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.

PHILLIE FANATIC

Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.