Kings hope to avoid season sweep by Clippers


Kings hope to avoid season sweep by Clippers

Feb. 28, 2011

LA CLIPPERS (21-39) vs.
KINGS (14-43)
Coverage begins at 7 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

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SACRAMENTO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers will be without one of the key contributors to this season's three wins against the Sacramento Kings, but they may have some additional resources ready Monday night at Arco Arena.

The Clippers, who could have new acquisitions Mo Williams and Jamario Moon available, look to sweep the season series against the Kings for the first time in 25 years.

Los Angeles (21-39) is looking for its first win since the All-Star break after a brutal four-game stretch against playoff contenders. Following a 108-95 loss to the Lakers on Friday, the Clippers fell 99-92 to Boston on Saturday.

"It's tough playing back-to-back games, especially against the two teams that we just played," Blake Griffin, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, said. "We have good pieces. We've just got to get them out there all at the same time."

Williams and Moon were not allowed to play while the Clippers finished paperwork after acquiring them from Cleveland for Baron Davis on Thursday. Meanwhile, Eric Gordon missed his 17th consecutive game with a wrist injury.

Gordon's return could come in the next week, although he's been ruled out for Monday. However, Los Angeles is optimistic it will have Williams and Moon available.

Gordon's absence could be particularly felt against Sacramento. He's averaged 29.3 points in three wins over the Kings this season, but Griffin will try to help make up for it after averaging 20.7 points and 13.3 rebounds in the three meetings.

The Clippers are looking to sweep the season series against the Kings (14-43) for the first time since going 5-0 against them in 1985-86. In the last meeting, Los Angeles held on for a 100-99 victory at Arco Arena on Dec. 27 after Sacramento's Tyreke Evans missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

The Kings return home after a 2-5 road trip they ended with two straight losses. They fell 120-92 at Memphis on Saturday.

REWIND: Kings blown out in Memphis to end road trip

Beno Udrih scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, but the rest of the team shot 38.9 percent. Sacramento, which played a sixth straight game without leading scorer Evans (foot), scored 43 points in the second half.

"After the first quarter, we couldn't get anything going for us, it seemed like," coach Paul Westphal said. "We couldn't guard them at all, and offensively, we were turning the ball over, not executing well.

"We looked like a tired, depleted team, which we are."

Opponents averaged 114.6 points and shot 51.2 percent against the Kings during the road trip.

After being benched during the third quarter in a loss to Charlotte the night before, rookie DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench Saturday and scored 14 points, adding seven rebounds before fouling out. Westphal said the decision came because he feels Samuel Dalembert, who finished with seven points and eight rebounds, has played better than Cousins.

"It's pretty much as simple as that," Westphal said.

The Kings have lost five straight at home.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


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


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."


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.


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


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.


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.