Rangers hit three HRs off Anderson, top A's 11-2

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Rangers hit three HRs off Anderson, top A's 11-2

April 30, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
OAKLAND (AP) Michael Young rediscovered his power stroke and so did his teammates.Young hit his first home run of the season, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli followed with back-to-back shots in the fourth, and the Texas Rangers pounded out 14 hits while beating the Oakland Athletics 11-2 on Saturday."I think we wanted to come in and have a better approach team-wise and we were able to do that today," said Young, who had two hits to raise his average to .342. "Without getting into specifics, we wanted to break down our fundamentals, make sure we were attacking pitches in the zone, having a game plan when you go to the plate and staying with it."Texas did just that against Oakland starter Brett Anderson, who hadn't allowed a home run in eight consecutive straights going back to 2010.The Rangers took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild day by Anderson and hit three homers off the A's ace before chasing him out of the game after five innings.A day after getting 11 hits - all singles - Texas had five extra-base hits off five Oakland pitchers and finished with 14 hits overall, one shy of its season-high. Every starter except Mitch Moreland had at least one hit and seven players had at least one RBI."It was the type of day that we used to have," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.Young's homer was especially nice for the Rangers. His two-run shot in the third ended a power drought that extended back to last Sept. 25.Before muscling up against Anderson, Young had managed to drive in 17 runs without a home run - the third-most by a player in the bigs since 1946.That was enough to get Colby Lewis his first victory since April 2.Lewis (2-3) allowed six hits with a season-high six strikeouts over eight innings. It was Lewis' longest outing since a complete-game win over Houston last June 19."I felt more comfortable," Lewis said. "These guys went out there and scored a lot of runs for me and I was able to get ahead of guys and throw strikes. I felt like I commanded the fastball today and that was the key."Kurt Suzuki and Josh Willingham homered for Oakland, which failed in its attempt to get above .500 for only the second time this season."It was perfect storm of everything bad," said Anderson, whose four walks matched his season total. "My stuff was bad, command was bad, just a bad day. It was almost embarrassing or even comical how bad it was."Texas regained sole possession of first place in the AL West. The Rangers held it for a week until losing to the A's on Friday and dropping into a tie with Anaheim. The Angels lost to Tampa Bay earlier Saturday, however, allowing the Rangers to move back on top of the division alone.The Rangers tagged Anderson for an early run in the first, getting some help from Oakland's shaky defense which entered the day second in the majors in errors.Lewis, who appeared in 26 games for the A's in 2007, relaxed after being staked to an early lead and cruised to the win. He retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced following Willingham's homer in the fourth and didn't walk anyone until the eighth.Brett Tomko pitched the ninth to complete the seven-hitter for Texas.Suzuki's homer on a 2-2 pitch from Lewis in the second tied the game. Suzuki's solo shot, only his second home run of the season, came two days after the birth of the Oakland catcher's first child.Texas then chased Anderson with two runs in the third and four in the fifth when Cruz and Napoli hit their back-to-back homers. It's the first time this season the Rangers hit consecutive home runs.The A's committed their AL-leading 25th error in the ninth, which led to three unearned runs.NOTES: Texas finished with 16 wins in April, tied for third-most in club history. ... CF Coco Crisp did some running but sat out a third straight game for Oakland with tightness in his left quadriceps. ... Two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey (forearm strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday and could face hitters as early as next week, according to A's manager Bob Geren. ... A crowd of 27,285 was on hand for Rickey Henderson Bobblehead Day. The Hall of Famer, who spent time with the A's as an instructor in spring training each of the past two years, also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Several members of the Rangers requested the Henderson bobblehead dolls, too. ... Washington said he expects backup C Taylor Teagarden to play in one of the next two games. Teagarden has played in only one game since being recalled from the minors on April 20. ... Injured Texas closer Neftali Feliz, who is recovering from right shoulder inflammation, threw off the bullpen mound before the game.

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.