'Next time' is now as Anderson faces Tribe in finale


'Next time' is now as Anderson faces Tribe in finale

May 5, 2011

CLEVELAND (20-9) vs.
A's (16-15)

OAKLAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians may be tied for the best record in baseball, but they're just average on the road.

They've been far worse than that for over three weeks now.

The Indians attempt to avoid losing for the fifth time in six road contests when they conclude a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Cleveland (20-9) is tied with Philadelphia for the best record in the majors, but the Indians' rise is mostly due to a 13-game home winning streak.

They haven't carried that success onto the road, where they've split 14 games while losing seven of the last 10.

The struggles away from Cleveland continued Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to the A's (16-15) after opening this six-game road trip with a 4-1 victory a night prior.

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Playing in Oakland has always been troublesome for the Indians, who have lost 25 of their last 34 games there.

Jeanmar Gomez (0-1, 6.23 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland, looking to prove he's worthy of a spot in the rotation with Carlos Carrasco nearing a return from an elbow injury.

Gomez, though, is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts this season, and the right-hander labored through his most recent outing as the Indians beat Detroit 9-5 on Friday. He was lifted with two outs in the sixth after allowing three runs and 10 hits, including a first-inning homer.

"He's battled for us and given us an opportunity," manager Manny Acta told the team's official website. "He competed well for us last year. He's only had two outings here, so we're going to have to see more. If everything works out, (Carrasco) could be in line to pitch the very next week for us."

Oakland has won five of its last seven with much of the credit going to a pitching staff that has compiled a 2.22 ERA to offset the team's .230 batting average. However, the A's hitters have connected for seven homers over the last five games, including David DeJesus' first two of the season Wednesday.

"We're floating around .500 and the offense hasn't even come out of its shoes," said Trevor Cahill, who improved to 5-0 Wednesday. "I think we have a lot to look forward to.

"And once they get going, we can make our run."

In the meantime, the A's could use a better effort from Brett Anderson (2-2, 2.95), who is trying to rebound from his worst performance of the season.

The left-hander was tagged for seven runs and nine hits, including a career high-tying three homers, while walking four and hitting another batter in an 11-2 loss to Texas on Saturday. He was 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA through his first five starts.

"The only thing I can take solace in is that it's going to be better next time," Anderson told the team's official website.

He's dominated the Indians, going 1-0 while yielding one run and seven hits with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings over two home starts.

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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Kings fall flat after emotional win last time out

Kings fall flat after emotional win last time out

SACRAMENTO -- Managing expectations. The Sacramento Kings are neither the team that blasted the Denver Nuggets by a final of 116-100 on Thursday night, nor the group that was flattened 99-85 on Saturday afternoon by the Charlotte Hornets. They are likely somewhere in between.

As Dave Joerger searched for combinations that work together, the Kings struggled with massive bouts of inconsistency Saturday. They are a team of veteran role players and young talent, none of which have ever been a focal point of an NBA offense in their careers.

It’s a work in progress for all involved. Sacramento has 23 games remaining on the schedule and it will take plenty of those games to once again balance out the lineups.

“It’s tough right now, trying to acclimate everyone in and trying to move forward,” point guard Darren Collison said.

Willie Cauley-Stein had a breakout 29-point, 10-rebound game against Denver just two days ago, but things change when a team has time to gameplan. The second-year big scored just two points and grabbed two rebounds in 28 minutes of action against Charlotte as they clogged the middle and took away the pick-and-roll.

“I think teams are definitely going to start doing that now, playing the pick-and-roll where we’re not getting layups and dunks,” Cauley-Stein said. “They’re going to challenge us from the 3-point line. But me personally, I’ve just got to find other ways to make an impact.”

On top of the lack of scoring and rebounding, both Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos struggled to stay with mobile big man Frank Kaminsky on the perimeter. The 23-year-old center doubled his season average, finishing the night with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Kaminsky knocked in 5-of-9 from long range as the Kings’ big chose to take away All-Star Kemba Walker and sagged off the University of Wisconsin product. The rotations were slow, which is to be expected from a team that is just starting to come together.

“Tonight was a situation where you had a team that is a veteran team, a very physical team,” Joerger said in his postgame comments. “They pushed us around the court most of the night with their size and their experience at all positions.”

There were still some positives to take away from the lopsided loss. Skal Labissiere is finding a way to produce since making his way into the rotation. The 20-year-old rookie played 23 minutes off Joerger’s bench, scoring eight points on 4-of-10 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds.

“Obviously, he’s got a lot of potential,” Anthony Tolliver said. “For him, I just tell him every day, ‘just go out there and play hard, man, everything else will take care of itself.’ As he starts to get more comfortable, that’s when he’s going to start to make a big impact.”

Taken with the 28th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Labissiere has played very sparingly over the first two-thirds of the season, but with very little depth at the power position, he has received an opportunity and taken advantage of it. His length and athleticism were on full display against the Hornets.

Rookie Buddy Hield added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, but 13 of those came in the fourth quarter when the game was long out of hand. He struggled to find a rhythm early, like most of the Kings perimeter players.  

Ben McLemore chipped in 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Like Hield all but two of those points came after the intermission and after the Kings had already fallen behind by double-digits.

Tyreke Evans started in his second game back with the Kings, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. The veteran wing played well defensively, but he’s still searching for his place with this team.

Sacramento gets a shot to redeem themselves on Monday when the young and talented Minnesota Timberwolves drop by Golden 1 Center. With the loss they fell a game and half behind the Nuggets in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.