A's McCarthy to make first rehab start on Tuesday

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A's McCarthy to make first rehab start on Tuesday

June 18, 2011A'S PAGE A'SVIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

OAKLAND -- As right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his right scapula (shoulder) since May 19, told reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News on Saturday that hes scheduled to make his first rehab start with the Single-A Stockton Ports on Thursday against the host San Jose Giants.McCarthy, who has been plagued by the same injury a number of times in recent years, threw in a simulated game before the second game of a three-game series against the visiting Giants at Overstock.com Coliseum.Twenty or so pitches, up and down three times, As manager Bob Melvin said of McCarthys 60- to 65-pitch session.Facing McCarthy were utilityman Adam Rosales, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, catcher Landon Powell and pitcher Josh Outman, who was limited to working on his bunting in anticipation of interleague action in National League parks. Sweeney made the loudest contact, homering once.
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Should McCarthy get through his start for Stockton without incident, hell make a second minor-league appearance the following Tuesday for Triple-A Sacramento.Also Saturday, Melvin also provided an update on outfielder Josh Willingham, who has been bothered by a nagging Achilles over the past several weeks, noting that it has yet to reach the point where the medical staff deems it DL-worthy. Willingham was not in Saturdays lineup and is considered day-to-day, but he might get an extended rest to prevent the situation from becoming what Melvin referred to as week-to-week.With Willingham unlikely to be asked to risk further injury by chasing balls in the outfield, Melvin indicated that Hideki Matsui, Oaklands regular designated hitter since Bob Geren was fired as manager Tuesday, is expected to see some time in left field during interleague play in NL parks as opposed to the previous plan of putting him in right -- and he could very well play more than the game or two that Melvin has mapped out.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.