Ross, DeJesus lead A's to 6-2 win over White Sox

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Ross, DeJesus lead A's to 6-2 win over White Sox

May 14, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
OAKLAND (AP) David DeJesus put in a tough workout in the weight room after a good day at the plate. He's not going to rest now that he has 1,000 career hits to his record.DeJesus lined a two-run triple for No. 1,000, Tyson Ross took a shutout into the sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Saturday."It's crazy, you know. This game is tough," DeJesus said. "Getting up here is tough and staying up here is tougher, and it shows that I'm able to put my time in and actually do the job to keep getting the chance to play every day. I'm proud of it."Cliff Pennington, Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs for the A's. Josh Willingham, who served a one-game suspension Friday night, added two hits.Ross (3-2) gave up two runs on six hits over 7 1-3 innings. The 24-year-old righty struck out a career-high eight and walked one. He put together back-to-back victories for the first time in the majors."I'm learning it's not about how hard you throw, but how you execute a pitch," Ross said. "I felt pretty strong the whole way. I had a good feel for my slider and that helped everything."Paul Konerko homered and Adam Dunn doubled twice for the White Sox, who lost for the second time in seven games."Ross threw the ball well," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We've only seen him out of the bullpen once, but today he was good. I don't know how they do it; they find pitchers everywhere. Every time you come to this town, it's just one after another after another. It's always been like that. Every time you come to Oakland, you're going to face good pitching."Gavin Floyd (4-3) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest start since last Sept. 24 when he hurt his shoulder before throwing a pitch against the A's.Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled in the second and scored on Pennington's single. Barton's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.In the fifth, DeJesus hit his second triple in as many days, and his third of the season, for a 4-0 lead. Suzuki followed with a single, ending Floyd's afternoon."I was struggling right out of the gate," Floyd said. "The ball was up and I tried everything I could to bring the ball down in the strike zone."Floyd allowed as many runs in this game as he had in 34 previous innings against the A's. He fell to 3-1 in seven starts against Oakland."Gavin was struggling the whole game," Guillen said. "He was driving the wrong way, almost the whole game, against traffic. He had a tough time finding the plate and being consistent."Konerko's home run ended Ross' streak of 34 1-3 innings without giving up a long ball. Konerko surpassed Rocky Colavito for 67th on the career homers list with 375.Dunn, who also struck out twice against Ross, was impressed with Ross."He's really good," Dunn said. "I didn't realize how good of stuff he had until I actually stepped in the box. He had one of those sliders that you don't really see everyday. He changes speeds on it so good. He's just got a live arm."Notes: Oakland's Ryan Sweeney went 0 for 5, ending his season-best seven-game hitting streak. ... Ross made his 11th start in the majors. The 7 1-3 innings marked his longest outing. ... White Sox INF Mark Teahen (mild strain of right oblique) will be reevaluated in Chicago on Monday, where a decision will be made to determine if he goes on the disabled list. He was injured Wednesday in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. ... The Rangers-Athletics rainout from Wednesday has been rescheduled for July 7 at Texas. ... A's RHP Andrew Bailey threw 1 1-3 innings in an extended spring training game, allowing a run on two hits. He'll be in Oakland on Sunday and could possibly be sent on a rehab assignment. ... Chicago's bullpen has an 0.40 ERA over its last 10 games.

Warriors bury Clippers rivalry with 50-point barrage in third quarter

Warriors bury Clippers rivalry with 50-point barrage in third quarter

OAKLAND -- The Warriors-Clippers rivalry, dead for a couple years, was buried 50 points deep Thursday night.

There were, and may always be, occasional fits of temper in which both players and officials will be tested. That surely was the case during the Warriors’ 123-113 victory over LA at Oracle Arena.

But scoring 50 points in 12 minutes, as the Warriors did in the third quarter, is a rather emphatic statement that serves as its own embellishment. It sent the Clippers back home, unable to muster even a half-hearted comeback.

“That was incredible,” Kevin Durant said of third-quarter scoring frenzy.

“That’s a lot of points,” Klay Thompson said. “It’s that the most we’ve had all season?”

Well, yes, it is. The Warriors’ previous high for points in a quarter was 45, also against the Clippers, on Jan. 28.

So this was astonishing even to the Warriors, the highest-scoring team in the NBA for three seasons running. This is the Warriors’ fourth 50-point quarter in franchise history and their first since March 1989. They made nine 3-pointers, tying a franchise record for triples in a quarter.

Fifties are rare, period; the last one by any team in the NBA was on March 25, 2014, when the Lakers dropped 51 in a quarter against the Knicks.

“I had no idea we scored that much,” said Stephen Curry, who scored 20 in the quarter -- 17 in the final 3:37 before halftime. “Obviously, coming back from 12 down to having a double-digit lead, it all started with the defensive end and finding transition.”

The scoring breakdown: Curry scored 20, Durant 15, Thompson 5, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia 4 each and JaVale McGee 2. The Warriors shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) in the quarter.

“It all started from our defense, getting rebounds and getting out in transition,” Durant said.

The Warriors forced five LA turnovers in the quarter, off which they scored 11 points. Trailing by 12 at the half, they led by 12 entering the fourth quarter.

The Warriors have defeated the Clippers 10 consecutive times overall. They’ve beaten them 11 straight times at Oracle Arena. The average margin of victory in four games this season is 21.5 points.

This was a matter of how the Warriors responded to the threat posed by LA in the first half.

“I’m not sure what needed to happen,” Draymond Green said. “But I know we took that quarter over. And it was pretty spectacular.”

With Clippers rivalry over, Warriors feed off feud with Foster

With Clippers rivalry over, Warriors feed off feud with Foster

This will come as a sharp blow to Warrior fans who like things the way they are, but they probably can no longer use Scott Foster as an alibi for failure, or a stalking horse for rage.
 
Well, I mean they can, but let’s be honest here – the evidence just doesn’t support it any more.
 
Foster, who no matter what you say is one of the elite officials in the league, has also been cast as a bête noire by all things Golden State. Either he’s imperious, or he’s standoffish, or he makes himself too conspicuous – they’re all standard complaints made of all officials who aren’t otherwise branded as just plain terrible.
 
Only Foster isn’t terrible, given the fact that he has worked a series of NBA Finals, and that remains the gold standard for officiating.
 
But the Warriors bang their heads against the backboard when he works their games, and were on the verge of doing that again Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Foster called third quarter technicals on Andre Iguodala and the Warrior bench, and J.T. Orr called one on Draymond Green, all in the space of 6:34. The Warriors were unhinged, the fans were unhinged, innocent bystanders were being hit with flying hinges throughout the arena.
 
And in that stretch, the Warriors outscored the Clippers, 26-15, en route to a 50-point quarter (the first in two seasons and the third since the turn of the millennium) and another harsh slapdown of what used to be known as the Warriors-Clippers Cavalcade Of Hate, this time 123-113.
 
It isn’t that any more, not close. Truth is, the Warriors have won 10 consecutive games against the Clips, but probably never quite at decisively as this. At the game’s most lopsided stretch, Golden State outscored Los Angeles, 72-33, in a shade over 17 minutes.
 
Because that’s what they do.
 
Only this time, the comeback was not fueled by the existence of the Clippers, who had outplayed them pretty convincingly for the first 22 minutes and change, but with the officials, who as we have said before irk the hell out of them when their number includes Foster.
 
Who, again, is one of the game’s best officials. I think it’s a personality clash, to be frank, in which both sides can take some blame.
 
Truth is, though, when a team can go for 50 in a quarter and still have time to engage in a feud with the officials, it is making a kinky little statement about what they can do when enraged, and how difficult it is to stop them when they have a serious mad-on.
 
Yes, it is probably stretching a point to make this case, especially when the Warriors make 17 of 23 shots (9 of 15 from three) and assist on 13 of the 17 field goals. It is probably minimizing Stephen Curry’s 20-point quarter and his four assists, or Kevin Durant’s 15 and five rebounds, or David West imposing his body between Green and the officials to keep him from getting T’d up again for the second successive game.
 
But we have already established that rivalries are dying at their feet left and right. In the last three years the Clippers have gone from the Warriors’ arch-enemies to a team that has finished an aggregate 44 games behind the Dubs in the standings, making whatever animosity they can still stir 

Against the Clips a curio of a much earlier time. The Oklahoma City Thunder have come and gone, and even the Durant-Russell Westbrook has lost its last bit of elasticity.
 
Oh, there is still Cleveland, but that cannot be resumed for another 14 weeks at the earliest.
 
The Warriors, in short, have run out of opponents, and given that they will manufacture a foe when one does not otherwise exist, Scott Foster may have to serve for the time being, even if he is nothing but an intermittent prop to amuse the customers when the game cannot provide.
 
Though you’d have to think the third quarter Thursday makes that pretty thin oatmeal. The Warriors ate an entire game in 12 minutes, including the officials. They seemed like they got their fill.