Scuffling A's turn to Anderson in finale vs. Angels


Scuffling A's turn to Anderson in finale vs. Angels

May 26, 2011

A'S (23-27) vs.
LA ANGELS (26-25)

Coverage begins at 12:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

ANAHEIM (AP) -- Another start and another chance at a milestone win for Joel Pineiro.

He tries again to get career win No. 100 Thursday as the Los Angeles Angels look to take three of four from the struggling Oakland Athletics.

Pineiro (2-0, 2.67 ERA) will make his third attempt at reaching the century mark, and pitching at Angel Stadium against Oakland (23-27) could provide the best chance for doing so.

Since joining the Angels (26-25) at the start of last season, Pineiro is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts versus the A's in Anaheim. That included a four-hitter in a 4-0 victory May 16, 2010.

Pineiro, who missed much of the season's first month with a tight shoulder, didn't get a decision in the Angels' 5-4, 10-inning loss in Oakland on May 16.

Returning home to face Atlanta on Saturday, Pineiro has his poorest outing of the year, giving up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings of the Angels' 5-4 loss in 12.

"It is just one of those days. You want to be out there as long as you can," he said.

Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.18), who opposed Pineiro earlier this month, will be looking to end his own dry spell.

The left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in five starts since defeating Seattle on April 24. Anderson, though, should not shoulder all of the blame as the Athletics' offense has backed him with only seven runs.

On Saturday in San Francisco, Anderson was efficient in allowing a run and five hits through five innings. However, Oakland was limited to three hits in a complete game by two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in the 3-0 loss.

Anderson is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in two career starts at Angel Stadium.

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With a 4-1 victory Wednesday, Los Angeles evened the season series with Oakland at four games apiece.

Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back solo homers to begin a three-run sixth inning, and Ervin Santana outpitched Trevor Cahill to hand the A's ace his second loss in three games following five straight wins.

Hunter has driven in at least one run while going 9 for 22 over his last six games. He had been in a 1-for-24 slump that dropped his batting average to .218.

"I'm just trying to settle in and stay focused. Just stay short, sweet, and try to hit the ball hard somewhere," said Hunter, who is 5 for 11 with a homer off Anderson.

Coco Crisp drove in the only run Wednesday for Oakland, which will now try to avoid its eighth loss in nine games since ripping Los Angeles 14-0 on May 17.

"I don't know if it's so much that we're pressing, because we haven't really hit the ball that great all year," the A's Ryan Sweeney said. "I think once everyone starts hitting, then we'll be able to take it to that next level."

Oakland is in the bottom third of the majors with a .237 batting average.

Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's


Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's


ARLINGTON, Texas — Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game.

Playing in his home state of Texas, the 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute and made a perfectly timed through pass six minutes later that allowed Altidore to break in alone and beat Patrick Pemberton with a left-footed shot from 10 yards.

Dempsey doubled the lead in the 82nd minute with a 27-yard shot that went around a four-man defensive wall and got past Pemberton on two bounces.

“I saw the keeper cheating a little bit, and it went in,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey has 136 international appearances, trailing only Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157) among American players. The assist was his 20th for the national team.

“Coming back from two heart procedures, being able to still play at this level,” Dempsey said in his Texas twang, “living a dream. So I’m happy.”

Trying for their sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013, the Americans play Mexico or Jamaica in the final on Wednesday at Santa Clara, California.

The U.S. improved to 8-0-5 since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November and returned for a second stint as national team coach. Arena can become the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles following championships in 2002 and 2005.

Tim Howard got his second straight shutout, making key saves on Marco Urena in the 37th and 71st minutes.

After the second save, Dempsey took a pass from Darlington Nagbe in the center circle, made a cut, and took three touches as he sprinted toward goal. Altidore one-timed a shot for his first national team goal since September and ripped off his No. 27 jersey in a wild celebration, earning a yellow card.

Dempsey’s goal sealed the win, putting the U.S. back in the championship after a shocking semifinal loss to Jamaica two years ago. He was playing for the first time in AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys that is about 180 miles from his hometown of Nacogdoches.

“Congratulations, Clint,” Donovan said while working on the Fox telecast of the game. “Feel free to stop now, we’ll share it together.”

After starting in Wednesday’s quarterfinal win over El Salvador, Dempsey moved to a reserve role against the Ticos. While the U.S. inserted five new starters in a roster rotation, Costa Rica went with the same 11 players who started in Wednesday’s win against Panama.

Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 at home in a World Cup qualifier in November, the final game before Klinsmann was fired and Arena was brought back. And up ahead is another matchup, a qualifier on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey.

Morris, one of the new starters, hit a post just 11 seconds in.

Just before kickoff, El Salvador defender Henry Romero was suspended for his nation’s next six competitive matches and midfielder Darwin Ceren for the next three, those penalties coming three days after Romero bit Altidore and Ceren bit Omar Gonzalez during the quarterfinal. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football said the discipline was issued by the Gold Cup disciplinary committee for “anti-sporting behavior.”

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.