A's look to keep it going behind Cahill


A's look to keep it going behind Cahill

May 25, 2011

A's (23-26) vs.
LA ANGELS (25-25)

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

ANAHEIM (AP) -- Trevor Cahill continues to prove his stellar 2010 season was no fluke, boasting the second-best ERA in the AL. His recent statistics against the Los Angeles Angels are even more impressive.

Cahill looks to continue his mastery of the Angels on Wednesday night when the visiting Oakland Athletics hope to build off their first victory in nearly a week.

The A's (23-26) ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday after scoring 10 runs total during their skid. Oakland's only three victories in the last 10 games have come against the Angels (25-25), a team Cahill (6-1, 1.79 ERA) has dominated recently.

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The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed one earned run over 21 innings while winning his last three starts against Los Angeles.

Cahill, who went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in his second major-league season of 2010, has picked up right where he left off, giving up two earned runs or fewer in nine of 10 starts. His ERA trails only Josh Beckett (1.69) among AL pitchers.

He allowed one run in six innings Friday before Oakland fell 2-1 in 10 innings against San Francisco.

Though Cahill has been stingy on the mound, the A's offense hasn't exactly been scoring at a rapid pace. They finally broke out of their funk Tuesday, as David DeJesus went 3 for 4 with two homers and four RBIs. Josh Willingham added a two-run double.

Oakland ranks 12th in the AL with a .236 batting average.

"After six losses in a row, we needed that kind of game," manager Bob Geren said. "That's the team that we can be."

DeJesus is 12 for 28 lifetime against Angels starter Ervin Santana (2-4, 4.18 ERA), who is coming off his first shutout of the season.

The right-hander allowed four hits and struck out seven in Friday's 9-0 rout of Atlanta. The victory began a stretch of three wins in four games for the Angels prior to Tuesday's defeat.

"We just have to keep doing our job and stay positive. When the run support is like that, you have to feel comfortable," Santana said after Friday's contest.

Santana is 12-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 21 career appearances versus Oakland, but 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA in his last five starts against the A's.

Though Santana will be hoping for similar run support to what he got in his most recent outing, Los Angeles reverted back to it's low-scoring ways Tuesday. The Angels have lost four of their last five meetings with Oakland, getting outscored 27-6 in the defeats.

"When (the starters) are pitching well, they don't need a lot of support," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "But the operative word is obviously the difference between a lot and none, and we've been on that thin side in supporting these guys a lot this last month."

Torii Hunter is 3 for 15 with five strikeouts in his last five games against the A's and 3 for 14 lifetime against Cahill.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.