A's look for the 'big hit' vs. Pineiro, Angels


A's look for the 'big hit' vs. Pineiro, Angels

May 16, 2011
LA ANGELS (22-19) vs.
A's (20-20)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

OAKLAND (AP) -- Joel Pineiro has been pitching well for the Los Angeles Angels since coming off the disabled list. Facing the Oakland Athletics gives him a good opportunity to continue that.

Pineiro gets the ball for the Angels on Monday when they open a two-game set in Oakland.

A sore shoulder caused Pineiro (2-0, 1.33 ERA) to miss the first month of the season, debuting against Tampa Bay on April 30. He's looked fully healthy since his return, giving up three runs and 15 hits in his first 20 1-3 innings.

The right-hander allowed two runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

"Joel mixed up his pitches, changed speeds, pitched well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He really has four pitches he can use, and when he mixed them up, he can be effective."

Pineiro went 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three starts against the Athletics (20-20) last year. The Angels (22-19) won all three.

Los Angeles dropped two of three at Texas over the weekend, closing the set with a 5-4 loss Sunday. The Angels stranded 11 baserunners, finishing the weekend 3 for 31 with men in scoring position.

"We didn't do enough," Scioscia said. "We have to pick up the pieces of that game. ... It's no barometer of things to come. We know what we need to clean up and do better."

The Los Angeles bullpen has also been shaky, blowing three saves in five chances and posting a 7.36 ERA over the last seven games.

Timely hitting has been a problem all season for the Athletics, who have scored three runs or fewer in eight of their last 11. They lost two of three to Chicago over the weekend, including a 4-3 defeat Sunday.

Trevor Cahill suffered his first loss of the season and Oakland stranded 10 on base.

"The big hit, when we needed it, eluded us," manager Bob Geren said.

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Coco Crisp is batting .167 in his last 10 games, but had three hits in the final two games of the weekend series, including a home run Sunday.

On Monday, the Athletics will hand the ball to Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.21), who will take his fifth crack at defeating the Angels. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 4.68 ERA in four career starts versus Los Angeles.

Anderson surrendered four runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Texas on Tuesday. It was the second time in three starts Anderson gave up at least four runs - both against the Rangers. He has a 1.65 ERA in his other six starts.

Erick Aybar, who is 0 for 7 against Anderson, is looking to extend a 13-game hitting streak during which he's batting .373. He went 3 for 11 in last month's series versus the A's.

The Angels won two of three in that set but dropped six of 10 in Oakland last season, scoring two runs or fewer six times.

Azubuike: Paul George 'definitely put in a call to Klay Thompson'

Azubuike: Paul George 'definitely put in a call to Klay Thompson'

Paul George can become a free agent in 2018.

Klay Thompson is scheduled to hit free agency a year later.

Might they be future teammates with the Lakers?

"He's (George) definitely put in a call to Klay Thompson, and obviously he feels like Klay Thompson is a guy that he would love to play with in the Lakers," NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors analyst Kelenna Azubuike said on 95.7 The Game on Tuesday morning. "Now, for all we know, Klay could have said, 'Buzz off, I'm staying with the Warriors.' It doesn't really mean much that he put in a call. They probably had a nice conversation.

"Maybe they even talked about something other than basketball, and didn't talk about basketball at all. Who knows. It doesn't really mean much, but he's definitely put in calls to Klay Thompson; he's talked to LeBron James and he's trying to see if he can figure out who can come with him to the Lakers."

George reportedly told the Pacers he isn't going to stay with the franchise long-term and Indiana is currently looking to trade him before he has the opportunity to walk.

George -- who grew up in Los Angeles -- wants to suit up for the Lakers.

Klay is entering Year 3 of a 4-year, $69 million deal.

If he continues to play at his current level, he will absolutely be in line for a max deal when his contract is up.

A lot can change between now and then, but one thing is clear at this point: Klay doesn't want to go anywhere.

“At the end of the day, I’ve tasted winning,” Klay told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group at the championship parade. “No stats can ever overcome that. I’d rather win these championships and score no points than have 60-point games and 37-point quarters. These championships are everything to me...

"It’s so much more to being part of a team and being part of something special. You can build a legacy ... the thing with basketball these days, there’s a lot of individuality with stats, numbers, Who’s the greatest, he’s a better player than him, he put up this many points.

"But Steve (Kerr) helped me a lot with that. He said nobody is going to remember how many points you put up. They are going to remember how many championships you win."

Klay was born in Los Angeles, grew up rooting for Kobe Bryant and went to high school in Southern California.

His father, Mychal, won two titles with the Lakers.

"But I doubt, I highly doubt that Klay Thompson will end up leaving the Warriors," Azubuike added.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Dorell Wright knew Steph and Klay would be this good because...

Dorell Wright knew Steph and Klay would be this good because...

Dorell Wright played for the Warriors in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

He spent a lot of time with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Did he think they would end up being this good?

"Yeah. I seen it because they put the time in, they put the work in," Wright told Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast. "Sometimes we'd have to go talk to Steph like, 'Yo, you know we got a game tonight? You're going pretty hard.'

"He's a little different, man. He takes coaching and advice from everybody. If you're telling him something that's gonna better him and help him, he's gonna sit there and listen to you. He's not gonna be one of those guys that thinks he knows everything.

"I'm happy for his success ... I'm just happy he's back and being healthy."

And what about Klay?

"A guy that I had to shoot with every day in different 3-point drills that Mark Jackson used to have us doing," Wright explained. "And I'm always going first because I'm the starter, and then it would be Klay and B-Rush. I'm making 20 shots in a drill and Klay would come right behind and hit like 26, and it's like, 'Dang, this dude really is a dead-eye knockdown shooter.'

"So that was a great experience being around another good shooter and a guy that puts the time in to get better each and every day."

During the 2010-11 season, Wright set the Warriors' single-season franchise record with 194 3-pointers (Curry made 151).

The following year, he made 105 in 61 games.

Wright, who will turn 32 in December, has not played in a regular-season NBA game since April 1, 2015.

He spent the 2015-16 season in China, before returning to the Heat for the playoffs.

He was in training camp with the Clippers last October, but was waived during the preseason.

Wright enjoys watching the Warriors play and wants to make an NBA comeback.

Perhaps with his former squad...

"They play well with each other, they move the ball and they take good shots ... that's pretty hard to guard," Wright said. "I didn't get a chance this year to play them so I can't really, really tell you how hard it is (laughing), but they make it look real easy out there.

"Hopefully I can get back out there next year so I can be either on their side or on the side of trying to dethrone them."

Wright also made sure to give some love to Warriors fans.

"Some of the most loyal fans that you will ever encounter -- rowdy, loud and just love their Bay Area teams ... I'm still a resident of the Bay Area and they still show me love like I'm a current Warriors player everywhere I go...

"The fan love is crazy."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller