Ramirez's 2nd HR gives Sox walk-off win over A's


Ramirez's 2nd HR gives Sox walk-off win over A's


CHICAGO (AP) Alexei Ramirez did enough at the plate to help a Chicago White Sox team struggling with its defense lately.Ramirez hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Athletics on Tuesday night. Ramirez's blast came one night after Oakland beat Chicago 2-1 in 10 innings on Kurt Suzuki's extra-inning home run."We needed this win bad," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "After the loss last night, we bounced back and played a great game."Ramirez also hit a three-run shot in the second inning and scored a run after drawing a walk in the sixth.
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"I feel really happy with the work I did," Ramirez said through an interpreter. "I'm especially happy that we won the game."Ramirez's offensive heroics helped offset his third error of the season, a bobbled grounder in the fifth."Of course, I'm really upset with myself for making that error, but you think about what you did, correct it, and concentrate more with the bat, which is what I did," said Ramirez.Alex Rios dropped a flyball for an error in the sixth for Chicago's second error of the night. The White Sox have now committed 12 errors in 11 games this season."We're not playing good defense right now," said Guillen.The defensive woes led to fans at U.S. Cellular Field to offer up a Bronx cheer whenever a White Sox outfielder made a catch, a practice Guillen didn't appreciate."If fans are gonna boo, I don't think that's fair," said Guillen. "You don't want to kick a guy when he's down. You want to support him."Chicago reliever Chris Sale (2-0) picked up the win with two shutout innings. Sergio Santos threw two perfect innings in relief, striking out three of the six batters he faced."Everyone has the same mindset," said Sale. "Whenever you get the ball, go out there and do the best you can. My main focus is throwing strikes and get outs."After seeing his bullpen blow Monday's game, Guillen was pleased with the performance of his relievers."The bullpen did a great job," said Guillen. "The way Santos and Sale threw was the key."Daric Barton had four hits and scored a run, and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer for Oakland. Hideki Matsui, who entered the game hitting .182, had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs.Bobby Cramer (0-1) took the loss for Oakland, which came in having won four of its last five despite scoring a total of just 11 runs. Five runs was an improvement, but the Athletics continued their string of close games. Oakland's last eight games have been decided by a total of 10 runs."It was encouraging to see the way we swung the bat," said Oakland manager Bob Geren. "Matsui looked great, Barton had a heck of a night. All around it looks like the offense is getting it going, waking up a little bit, whatever phrase you want to use. Got to be happy about that."
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Adam Dunn made his return to the Chicago lineup after missing the last six games because of an emergency appendectomy April 6. He went 1 for 4 and drew a walk in five plate appearances.Oakland righty Trevor Cahill escaped the first inning without a run scoring despite allowing a single, a walk and throwing two wild pitches. He wasn't as fortunate in the second.Ramirez hammered his second homer of the season on a hanging breaking pitch to put the White Sox up 3-1. Chicago added another run in the inning on Paul Konerko's grounder, but Cahill settled down after that, retiring six batters in a row.He ran into more trouble in the fifth. Dunn hit a leadoff single before a two-out error by shortstop Andy LaRoche put two runners on with two outs.Cahill threw 4 2-3 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, walking three and striking out three."My bullpen before the game went unusually better than I expected," said Cahill. "Usually I'm pretty bad in the bullpen, but today I was pretty good. I knew I was going to be struggling after that."Jackson couldn't make it out of the fifth, costing him a chance at his third win in three starts even though he departed with the lead."No starter is going to be happy going 4 2-3 innings," said Jackson. "You're not helping the bullpen out. You want to be out there for as long as you can. It's just one of those things you shake off and get ready for the next one."NOTES: SS Cliff Pennington was unavailable for the Athletics because of what Geren called "a little infection of his sweat gland." Geren said his availability is day-to-day. ... Geren said Athletics reliever Michael Wuertz (hamstring) will likely throw a simulated game on Thursday, followed by a start in a minor-league rehab game on Saturday. ... White Sox OF Lastings Milledge cleared waivers on Tuesday and accepted an assignment to the club's Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. ... LaRoche's throwing error in the fifth snapped Oakland's streak of six-plus games without an error. The Athletics committed an Oakland-record nine errors in their first four games.

49ers select DE Solomon Thomas with No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select DE Solomon Thomas with No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Defensive line
College: Stanford
Height: 6-2 ½
Weight: 273 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 3 overall

SANTA CLARA – After some late intrigue surrounding the No. 1 overall pick, the Cleveland Browns went with the player universally considered the top NFL prospect.

Myles Garrett went with the first selection, then the 49ers traded back one spot with the Chicago Bears, who chose North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The 49ers still got the player they would have chosen with the No. 2 overall pick: Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas with the second pick.

General manager John Lynch engineered a trade that enabled the 49ers to pick up third and fourth-round draft picks this year, as well as the Bears’ third-round pick next year to move back one spot.

With the selection of Thomas, the 49ers have now chosen defensive linemen with their first picks in each of the past three drafts.

The 49ers picked Arik Armstead with the No. 17 pick in 2015. Last year, in Trent Baalke’s final draft as general manager, the 49ers chose DeForest Buckner with the No. 7 pick.

Thomas becomes the highest-drafted defensive player from Stanford in school history. The Minnesota Vikings selected Stanford linebacker Jeff Siemon No. 10 overall in 1972.

The 49ers finished with a 2-14 record last season in Chip Kelly’s only season to land in the No. 2 draft slot. CEO Jed York fired Kelly and Baalke at the conclusion of the season.

Lynch had been shopping the No. 2 overall pick in trade scenarios in recent weeks. The 49ers accomplished their goal, trading back one spot and getting a bounty of picks to help in the rebuilding project.

The 49ers chose Thomas over such players as running back Leonard Fournette, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and safety Jamal Adams.

Thomas, who spent five years in Australia as a youngster, came to Stanford as a top 25 national recruit. In his final college season, Thomas led the Cardinal with 62 tackles, 15 for loss, and eight quarterback sacks. He was an All-American and chosen as the winner of the Morris Trophy, awarded to the Pac-12 defensive lineman of the year.

Thomas appears to be a fit at multiple positions along the line in new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. While he might be best-suited for an interior position, new coach Kyle Shanahan said recently at Stanford’s pro day that he believes Thomas can play the team’s pass-rush position.

The 49ers have struggled to generate much of a pass rush since the departure of Aldon Smith, whom the club released prior to the 2015 season after multiple off-field incidents.

Ahmad Brooks and Buckner tied for the team-lead last season with six sacks. Brooks and Aaron Lynch led the 49ers in 2015 with 6.5 sacks apiece. Brooks and Lynch both recorded six sacks in ’14 to lead the team.

The 49ers have nine draft picks remaining. Their next scheduled pick comes Friday with the second selection of the second round, No. 34 overall.

49ers trade No. 2 pick to Bears for four total NFL Draft picks

49ers trade No. 2 pick to Bears for four total NFL Draft picks

The 49ers on Thursday dealt the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to acquire more selections to assist in the organization’s massive rebuilding project.

After advertising for weeks that the 49ers were “open for business,” first-year general manager John Lynch executed a trade on Thursday night with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears moved up to No. 2, while the 49ers took Chicago’s No. 3 overall pick. The 49ers received the Bears’ picks this year in the third round (No. 67) and fourth round (No. 111), as well as the Bears’ third-round pick next year.

Cleveland kicked off the NFL draft with the selection of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The Bears selected quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick.

The 49ers had engaged in preliminary trade discussions with six teams, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Three teams were inside the top 10 and three teams were outside the top 10.

This draft appeared to set up for the 49ers to trade back because of their needs at so many positions. The 49ers finished 2-14 last season, leading to the firings of general manager John Lynch and coach Chip Kelly.

The 49ers entered the opening day of the draft on Thursday with a scheduled 10 draft picks, including the No. 2 pick in each of the first four rounds.