A's, Red Sox looking to end losing streaks

A's, Red Sox looking to end losing streaks

June 3, 2011

A's (27-30) vs.
BOSTON (30-26)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

BOSTON (AP) -- Clay Buchholz went undefeated in May, and the odds seem favorable he'll continue that streak into June given the Oakland Athletics' offensive woes.

Buchholz tries to help the Boston Red Sox avoid a fifth consecutive loss in the opener of a three-game series against the Athletics on Friday night.

After a shaky April, Buchholz (4-3, 3.41 ERA) is coming off an outstanding May during which he went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six outings. The right-hander didn't earn a decision in the last three despite holding batters to a .194 average.

He allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-3 win at Detroit on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Boston (30-26) hasn't won since that game, dropping Sunday's nightcap 3-0 before giving up 24 runs in a three-game sweep to the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

"We're fine. We had that day-nighter in Detroit and got home around 5 in the morning and everybody has been kind of dragging," Dustin Pedroia said after Wednesday's 7-4 loss.

Boston, which had won 13 of 15 before the losing streak, hasn't dropped four straight home games this season and hasn't lost five in a row overall since its 0-6 start.

Buchholz had been 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA against the A's before beating them April 20, yielding one run in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win.

That was part of a two-game split between the teams, but Oakland enters the rematch struggling to score.

The A's (27-30) suffered a three-game sweep to the New York Yankees this week as they were held to five runs, including a 4-2 defeat Wednesday.

Oakland, which has averaged 2.8 runs while losing 10 of 15, ranks near the bottom of the majors in batting average (.240), runs scored (202) and home runs (32).

"We haven't helped (our pitchers) as much as we should have so far this year, but hopefully we can start coming around and putting some consistent games together," said left fielder Josh Willingham, hitting .189 in his last 12 road games.

The offense doesn't figure to get much of a reprieve during a 10-game road trip that goes through Boston, Baltimore and Chicago. The Athletics are averaging 3.1 runs and hitting .228 away from home.

Oakland has lost 12 of 16 in Boston.

One of its struggling hitters has enjoyed Fenway Park. Hideki Matsui has batted .326 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in his last 37 games there, though he enters this series in a 3-for-25 slump and batting .222 for the season.

Josh Outman (1-0, 2.08) just joined the Oakland rotation but already has seen what little offense the team's staff often gets.

Outman pitched well in his first two starts following Tommy John surgery, which kept him sidelined last year. After holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run in seven innings May 23, he beat Baltimore on Saturday by allowing two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win.

The win was his first since June 8, 2009, against Minnesota. The left-hander has never faced the Red Sox.

"With the pitching that we have, we're a tough team to beat when the offense is there," manager Bob Geren said.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

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He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Who will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

The Knicks? Rockets? Cavs? Blazers?

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are hoping Carmelo ends up in Portland.

"I spoke to him," Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team. Obviously with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he's interested in us."

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What was his reaction?

"I ain't gonna share all that," Lillard said. "We had a conversation about it because it's something that we need to talk about, so he knew that it wasn't just the team -- but it was myself and C.J. -- would love to have him here. So I reached out to him."

How would he help the Blazers?

"He's Carmelo Anthony," Lillard responded. "You add another guy that can go out there and score 50 ... over the last decade, he's been one of the best players in the league. Playing against him, you know he's a cerebral player. He's smart...

"I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso'ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) ... I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it's already hard to guard us.

"We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now -- we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo ... good luck."

The Warriors beat the Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals and swept them in the opening round of the 2017 playoffs.

According to McCollum, the Blazers would definitely have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs should Carmelo head to the Pacific Northwest.

"Very talented player. And I think if we get him -- when we get him -- speak it into existence ... I think Top 3 in the West, easy," McCollum declared. "I think he's interested."

Carmelo is reportedly pushing for a trade to the Rockets...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller