Moscoso wild, A's rally falls short in 5-4 loss


Moscoso wild, A's rally falls short in 5-4 loss

June 11, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDCHICAGO (AP) White Sox slugger Adam Dunn has said that he only needs about 75 good swings a season to be valuable. He had one of those on Sunday afternoon.Dunn hit a three-run homer to back seven strong innings by Phil Humber and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. RELATED: A's Insider gallery -- Error costs A's again
Humber (6-3) pitched at least seven innings for the fifth straight start, allowing three runs, four hits, two walks and a homer. He struck out a career-high seven. Humber is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA over his last nine starts."I don't really look at the numbers a whole lot," Humber said. "Every time out there, I want to give the team a chance to win. The numbers will take of themselves."The White Sox broke a tie with two runs in the seventh. Mark Teahen scored on a throwing error by Oakland third baseman Scott Sizemore and Paul Konerko had an RBI single.Dunn's three-run shot off Oakland starter Guillermo Moscoso gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead. Konerko and Juan Pierre had two hits apiece for Chicago."That felt good to finally square one up," Dunn said. "He was throwing really good and that was a situation where we were very fortunate to get those three runs."Moscoso (2-3) allowed baserunners in every inning except the first, but lasted one out into the seventh. He gave up six hits, five runs - four earned - four walks and struck out two."You can't lose concentration after that," Moscoso said about Dunn's homer. "I kept my focus and pitched two more innings and we tied the game."The Athletics scored a run off Chicago closer Sergio Santos in the ninth, but Santos got Coco Crisp on a groundout to third with two on to end it for his 12th save. Crisp nearly beat out the throw, which brought Athletics manager Bob Melvin out to argue as the teams left the field. GUTIERREZ: Crisp was safe, Melvin shows fire
"It looked to us like he was safe," Melvin said.Did he see the replay?"Yeah."And?"I can't go there."Replays seemed to show that Crisp beat the throw from White Sox third baseman Brent Morel, which nearly brought Teahen off of first base. There were runners on first and second at the time, which meant Morel might have opted for the force play at third."I didn't see the replay, but I thought he had a better chance at third base to tag the base rather than throw across," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "As soon as he threw the ball to first, I said, 'That's a problem.'"Santos got his 12th save of the season despite allowing two hits and a walk in the ninth. In his last outing on Friday, Santos allowed four runs in the ninth inning of Oakland's 7-5 comeback win."This just did wonders for me," Santos said. "Whether it was ugly or not, I was able to get the job done."Sizemore's solo homer off Humber in the seventh tied it at 3. Three of Sizemore's four career homers have come as a visiting player at U.S. Cellular Field."It's frustrating," Sizemore said. "Guillermo pitched a great game. He set us up to win it in the eighth or ninth, we just couldn't bail him out."Crisp had two hits, two runs and a stolen base for Oakland.The White Sox finished 6-4 on their 10-game homestand and wrapped up just their second season series victory against Oakland since 2001. The Athletics have lost 12 of 13 and their starting pitchers are 0-10 over their past 13 games.NOTES: Dunn tied Joe DiMaggio for 72nd on the career home run list with his 361st. ... Humber was a member of the Oakland organization for about a month during the offseason, before being waived to make room for free-agent signee Grant Balfour. ... Dunn struck out against Oakland lefty reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth. Dunn is hitting .031 (1 for 47) against left-handed pitching this season.

49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout


49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout

Matt Malaspina, who spent the past four years as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, has joined the Green Bay Packers’ player personnel department.

The Packers on Friday announced the hiring of Malaspina as a college scout.

Malaspina becomes the second high-ranking member of the 49ers’ scouting department to leave the organization this week. On Wednesday, the 49ers announced assistant general manager Tom Gamble was no longer with the organization.

Malaspina spent 12 years with the 49ers after being an area scout with the Seattle Seahawks for five seasons. Before moving into the position as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, Malaspina was a national scout with the 49ers. He was responsible for cross-checking the southeast region, as well as top prospects across the country.

Shortly after being hired as 49ers general manager, John Lynch hired Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel and former Detroit GM Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive to become his top two assistants.

Sharks' Thornton can follow Marleau, make history in Vancouver

Sharks' Thornton can follow Marleau, make history in Vancouver

SAN JOSE – Three weeks ago, Sharks forward Patrick Marleau made history in Vancouver when he scored his 500th career goal at Rogers Arena on Feb. 2.

His longtime teammate has a chance to make more history on the same ice surface on Saturday. Joe Thornton sits two assists away from becoming just the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 for his career, as the Sharks prepare to resume their post-bye week schedule against the Canucks.

“It’s neat,” Thornton said recently. “It’s something I don’t think growing up or even playing so many years you realize you’re going to hit this milestone. When you see the names – I haven’t really looked at the names yet. I think once it hits I’ll kind of peek and see who’s on that list. It’s a nice accomplishment, I guess.”

Thornton, of course, has helped make goal scorers out of many different teammates throughout his career in Boston and San Jose. Marleau has scored 120 goals in which Thornton registered an assist to top the list, while Joe Pavelski is close behind (111). Jonathan Cheechoo (89 goals assisted by Thornton), Boston’s Glen Murray (70) and Brent Burns (50) have also benefited from being on the ice at the same time as the best player in Sharks franchise history.

“I’ve been lucky to play with so many goal scorers,” Thornton said. “For a guy that passes the puck a lot, you need guys to finish. I’ve been lucky enough ever since I’ve been here in San Jose, and really my whole career. … I’ve had so many good goal scorers that it helps you get to that point.”

Logan Couture gave Thornton more credit than he was willing to give himself. 

“You look over the years – Cheechoo, [Devin Setoguchi], now Pav. He finds guys in the slot," Couture said. "Obviously he’s made some tremendous passes over the years, and guys have put it in the back of the net. … The way he’s able to kind of take a quick peek out of the corner of his eye and find someone and deliver it through feet and sticks and all that stuff, it’s pretty special.”

Thornton is currently 23rd all-time in scoring in NHL history with 1,380 points. He would be just the second player in to debut during the 1990s to reach 1,000 career assists, joining Florida’s Jaromir Jagr. He could eclipse Joe Sakic (1,016 assists) for 12th place on the all-time assist list before the season is through, and is 43 helpers away from breaking into the top 10 (Marcel Dionne, 1,040).

In 60 games this season, Thornton has five goals and 34 assists for 39 points. He has recorded multiple assists in a game six times this season, with the most recent occurrence on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.

Although he’s off his scoring pace from last season, when he had 82 points in 82 games and finished fifth in voting for the Hart Trophy, Thornton has admitted that this season has been a grind for him. The 37-year-old is coming off of a short summer, helping the Sharks reach their first-ever Stanley Cup Final, and helped Canada win the World Cup of Hockey in September, too.

He’ll be a player to watch coming out of the bye week, which he was looking forward to.

“For me, it’s nice. It’s going to be a nice little break before our last [22] games and our postseason,” he said last week." I think it kind of fits in perfect for us. Get our rest, and get ready for the sprint.”

In 56 career regular season games against the Canucks, Thornton has 16 goals and 48 assists for 64 points.