A's look to salvage a game in Toronto


A's look to salvage a game in Toronto

April 7, 2011

A's (1-4) vs.

TORONTO (AP) -- Ricky Romero and Trevor Cahill each had an impressive second season in the majors in 2010.

While Romero seemed to pick up right where he left off in his 2011 debut, Cahill wasn't quite as sharp.

These promising pitchers square off Thursday, with Romero looking to continue his success against the Oakland Athletics while Cahill tries to prevent the Toronto Blue Jays from completing a three-game sweep.

Romero (1-0, 1.42 ERA) went 14-9 with a 3.73 ERA last year and didn't seem to miss a beat during Friday's 13-3 season-opening win over Minnesota. He allowed seven hits and three runs - one earned - with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.

"He got strikeouts, swings and misses," catcher J.P. Arencibia said. "You have to really respect his fastball because he can get to the mid-90s and then he's got that devastating changeup. It's kind of the equalizer."

The left-hander has won all three starts he's made against Oakland while posting a 2.25 ERA. No current member of the Athletics has ever homered against Romero.

Cahill (0-0, 1.93), meanwhile, earned the opening-day start for Oakland (1-4) after going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in his second major league season.

The right-hander, though, struggled in Friday's 6-2 loss to Seattle, allowing four hits and four walks while surrendering one run in just 4 2-3 innings. He failed to last at least five innings just twice in 30 starts last year.

Cahill, a 2010 All-Star who finished the year fourth in the AL in ERA, is 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in three lifetime starts against Toronto (4-1).

After escaping with a 7-6 win Tuesday thanks to shortstop Yunel Escobar's two-run homer in the 10th inning, the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 5-3 on Wednesday night.

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Oakland, which committed the fifth-fewest errors in the AL last season (99), had recorded a major league-worst nine in the first four games before cleaning up its play Wednesday.

"There's always room for improvement," said Dallas Braden, the losing pitcher Wednesday. "But I don't feel like we're so down and out or at the bottom of the barrel or anything like that. I don't have that sense at all about this team. For game five to feel like we're behind the 8-ball or feel like we're not doing our best, I think it's a little early."

Escobar went 3 for 3 before leaving with dizzinesses and outfielder Travis Snider hit a three-run homer for Toronto, which was playing without 2010 home run leader Jose Bautista for the second consecutive game due to the birth of a child.

Bautista, who hit 54 homers last season, is unlikely to play Thursday. Escobar's status is unknown.

"We're hopeful and at least cautiously optimistic at this point that we're not entertaining something like (a concussion)," manager John Farrell said of Escobar, who left the game after sliding face first into third baseman Andy LaRoche's leg on a triple.

The Blue Jays have taken 11 of 13 from the Athletics at Rogers Centre while outscoring them 71-40. Toronto collected 11 hits Wednesday and is hitting .311 as a team.

Toronto won four of the seven meetings between these clubs last season. ... Oakland's starting pitchers have posted a 1.53 ERA (317.2) in the team's first three games of the season, but its relievers have struggled out of the gate, allowing six earned runs in 9.1 innings (5.79 ERA). ... Toronto leads the American League in OBP (.397). The Blue Jays were 12th in the A.L. in that category last season (.312). ... Brandon McCarthy will be making his first major-league appearance since October 2, 2009, having missed the 2010 season following shoulder surgery. He has won his last two starts against Toronto, allowing four runs in 12.1 innings. ... J.P. Arencibia leads all rookies with two home runs and five runs batted in. The only other rookie with a homer so far this season is San Francisco's Brandon Belt (1). ... Jo-Jo Reyes is winless in his last 21 appearances in the majors (0-9). His last victory came back on June 13, 2008 in a 5-2 decision over the Angels.

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

49ers 2017 NFL Draft picks

The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:

1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were 'poor word choice'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jameis Winston is back in the spotlight - and not in a positive light - for what he described as a "poor word choice" in comments about women during a talk to Florida grade school students.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who was accused of raping another student while at Florida State University but never charged, spoke for nearly 40 minutes to third through fifth graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg during an appearance this week.

When some of the students started getting fidgety, Winston told boys in the audience to stand up and girls to sit down, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/2mkiPhJ ) reported.

"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," Winston told the children. "But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken."

The quarterback went on to say, "But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong."

Asked later about the speech, Winston said he was attempting to interact with a young boy in the audience who didn't appear to be paying attention. He said he didn't want to single him out so he asked all the boys to stand.

"During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some," said Winston, who has been active in numerous community and charitable endeavors since entering the NFL as the No. 1 draft pick in 2015.

Bonnie Volland, a speech language pathologist at Melrose, said Winston's message about children being able to accomplish anything was positive. But when he told the boys to stand up and that they are strong, some of the girls took note.

"One of the girls turned around and looked at me and said, "I'm strong, too," Volland told the Times.

Winston was accused of raping a student in 2012 when they were both students at Florida State.

The quarterback has said they had consensual sex. He was not arrested and was never charged. Winston and the accuser settled a civil lawsuit in December.