A's rally to top Angels in extras at soggy Coliseum

A's rally to top Angels in extras at soggy Coliseum

May 16, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLB PAGE MLBSCOREBOARDOAKLAND (AP) Kurt Suzuki scored from third base in the 10th inning on a fielder's choice grounder to an outfielder playing in the infield, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.Suzuki drew a one-out walk off Los Angeles reliever Fernando Rodney (2-2), moved to second on another walk then took third on a wild pitch.After Angels manager Mike Scioscia called in left fielder Howie Kendrick to play in the infield, Mark Ellis hit a sharp grounder to Kendrick near second base. Kendrick tried to throw home but the ball sailed high as Suzuki slid across the plate.
GUTIERREZ: A's Ellis getting it done with glove, if not bat
Grant Balfour (3-1) pitched one inning with three strikeouts for the win.The start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 25 minutes. It's the third time in seven days the A's have had games interupted because of weather.The A's blew a 3-0 lead then rallied to tie the game with one run in the ninth before Suzuki scored the winning run.The Angels trailed 3-0 before rallying for two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.Maicer Izturis started the comeback with a leadoff single in the sixth. After back-to-back walks by Oakland starter Brett Anderson loaded the bases, Alberto Callaspo drove in one run with a fielder's choice grounder. Mark Trumbo followed with a sacrifice fly to cut Oakland's lead to 3-2.Reliever Michael Wuertz gave up an infield single to Izturis then walked Torii Hunter to load the bases. Kendrick followed with a sharp single to the gap in left-center, driving in Bobby Abreu and Izturis to give the Angels a 4-3 lead.The A's scored three runs off Angels starter Joel Pineiro in the fifth.David DeJesus was hit by a pitch then came all the way around on a three-base throwing error by Callaspo. Cliff Pennington's RBI single scored Mark Ellis, and Josh Willingham later added a bases loaded sacrifice fly.Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth for the Angels then turned it over to Walden. Walden, who had blown two previous save opportunities, couldn't hold the lead.Coco Crisp hit a two-out single, stole second then scored on Daric Barton's single to shallow right-center to force extra innings.Both starters were long gone when the game ended.Pineiro gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings, coming up shy in his first bid at career victory No. 100.Anderson also pitched into the seventh and had seven strikeouts, but walked four and allowed three earned runs.The game was pushed back from its original start time while workers swept water off the tarp covering the infield. A's manager Bob Geren walked onto the middle of the tarp at one point and spoke with one of the workers before retreating into the clubhouse.Workers tried removing the tarp 30 minutes into the delay but quickly put it back on when the rains returned. After a meeting with team officials, the decision was made to start the game an hour later.The conditions definitely had an effect.Oakland's Josh Willingham singled sharply down the third base line in the first inning but the ball came to a sudden splashing stop once it reached the outfield grass. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar sprinted over then slid in the water while trying to retrieve the ball.Aybar went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending his career-high 13-game hitting streak. Aybar tried bunting for a hit in the ninth but was thrown out by Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff on a close play.Notes: Oakland LHP Dallas Braden will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday morning in New York. Braden was originally scheduled to have the operation Monday but his flight was cancelled. ... Closer Andrew Bailey will pitch in his second extended spring training game in Arizona, and the A's two-time All-Star could begin a rehab assignment in the minors next week. ... IF Adam Rosales will have a CAT scan on his right foot Tuesday. If he's cleared, Rosales - who had surgery in December- will head to Arizona to play in an extended spring training game.

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

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Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Report: Warriors assistant GM on verge of becoming Hawks GM

Report: Warriors assistant GM on verge of becoming Hawks GM

The Warriors are reportedly about to lose a member of their front office.

The Hawks picked Golden State assistant GM Travis Schlenk to become the team's new general manager, and the two sides are discussing contract terms, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last September, after five seasons as assistant GM, Schlenk was promoted to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager.

In his 13th season with the Warriors, Schlenk assists in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations, including all player-related matters.

In 2009-10 and 2010-11, he served as Golden State's director of player personnel. Before joining the front office, Schlenk spent five years as an assistant coach and video scout for the Warriors, having originally joined the organization prior to the 2004-05 season as a video scout.

More to come...

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