Resurgent A's open set with beleaguered Twins


Resurgent A's open set with beleaguered Twins

May 18, 2011

MINNESOTA (13-27) vs.
A's (22-20)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- The Minnesota Twins managed to end their longest skid in nearly 13 years despite carrying some heavy hearts. Whether they build on that inspired victory will likely depend on how well Carl Pavano limits the Oakland Athletics' red-hot lineup.

The right-hander has usually found a way to beat the A's in recent seasons and will try to earn his 100th career victory Wednesday night in Oakland.

The Twins had dropped nine in a row for the first time since 1998 as they headed into Tuesday's game in Seattle and their first following the death of Harmon Killebrew.
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Not long after honoring the Hall of Fame slugger with a moment of silence, Minnesota (13-27) got the runs it needed to snap its skid on Michael Cuddyer's single. The Twins got just two more hits the rest of the game but came away with a 2-1 victory.

"After a day like this, it was nice to go out there and use the three hours to try to get your mind off this tragedy, even though you can't," Cuddyer said. "It's impossible to. We wanted to go out and get the win. There was no better time to get it."

While the Twins are batting .201 over their last 10 games, the A's (22-20) are hitting .315 in their last four, including a 14-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

REWIND: A's destroy Angels 14-0

That win, which featured a season-high 15 hits, gave Oakland a share of the AL West lead. The A's might need to solve Pavano (2-4, 5.89 ERA) to stay in first.

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The Twins right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three starts against Oakland, and allowed one run over eight innings in a 2-1 victory April 8.

Pavano, though, hasn't shown that same form in most of his recent outings, going 1-3 with a 7.57 ERA in his last five. He threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings Friday against Toronto, but also allowed seven hits and three walks on 115 pitches.

"I'm trying to do my best to get quick outs and make quality pitches, but I don't think I executed that many good pitches, and I think it affected the team," Pavano told the team's website. "I was no better than my last two starts to be honest with you. I didn't have much out there."

Brandon McCarthy (1-4, 3.34) is also trying to regain the form he showed in Minnesota on April 10. The right-hander allowed two runs and scattered nine hits over 7 1-3 innings during a 5-3 victory but is 0-4 with a 3.89 ERA in his last five outings.

He gave up five hits over seven frames to the Chicago White Sox on Friday but three of those led to a four-run second inning and a 4-3 defeat.

"I felt like I did a lot of things I wanted to do, but that one inning was too much to save the whole outing. It just can't happen," McCarthy told the team's website.

Innings like that haven't happened in his two career starts against the Twins as he's 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

He might get help in this start from Coco Crisp, who is 8 for 16 in the last four games and has a seven-game hit streak against Minnesota. He's 4 for 11 (.364) in his career against Pavano.

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season


Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season

The injury bug has taken one unpredictable bite out of the Giants' 2017 season. Recently, they have been hit hard by concussions, both in the big leagues and with their top draft pick. 

San Francisco is currently without the right side of its infield in Brandon Belt and Joe Panik as they sit on the 7-day concussion DL. Heliot Ramos, who the Giants took No. 19 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, is the latest to take a hit to the head

Ramos, 17, was hit by a pitch Sunday night in the Arizona Rookie League.

Giants GM Bobby Evans was asked in an interview with The Athletic Wednesday how the recent uptick in concussions have changed how the team handles the injury. 

I think the concern continues around the game and around all of sports. We are very much aware of the risks associated with not allowing a player to fully recover from one.

We want to make sure in every form that we get guys healthy and that they aren’t playing again until they are ready to go. That takes patience on our part, but I applaud the work of baseball to protect the player and obviously appreciate the diligence of what our medical staff does to continue to monitor even the smallest sign of a concussion.

Belt has now sustained four concussions in his career between college and pro ball. His return to the team this season is still up in the air. Panik, who was also concussed last season after getting hit in the head by now-teammate Matt Moore, played in his first rehab game Tuesday night with the Sacramento River Cats.

Along with Ramos, who was hitting .348 with six home runs at the time of his injury, top picks Jacob Gonzalez and Aaron Bond have impressed Evans with their play in the Rookie League. 

It’s tough to come into a league like that and hit for average and contribute the way that they have. They’ve put themselves in a very good position to start their careers. We are proud of them and are hopeful that we can continue to see more from them as they progress through the system.

Their regular season will end here shortly and then they will go into at some point an Instructional League and then move on to an offseason before they come in next spring. I think they’ve got to be very proud of what they have accomplished this season.