Sharks recall Braun, Demers; White to make debut

268645.jpg

Sharks recall Braun, Demers; White to make debut

Feb. 19, 2011

Brodie Brazil
CSNCalifornia.com
SHARKS PAGE SHARKS VIDEO

SAN JOSE Newly acquired San Jose Shark Ian White will arrive in the Bay Area this afternoon. White wear 9, and is expected to dress tonight. Head Coach Todd McLellan says theyll keep it pretty simple for him: We won't ask him to do too much, just go out and play hockey tonight and then as practices add up, well be able to add him into more situations. We really believe hell fit in fine.

White will recognize some familiar faces on the team, having previously played with Dany Heatley, Kyle Wellwood and Jamal Mayers. Mayers has been White's teammate on three separate clubs - Toronto, Calgary and now San Jose.

Mayers had positive things to say about his on-again teammate, noting that .. hes a really smart player, moves the puck extremely well, has a lot of poise out there and for a smaller defenceman, he really plays well positionally, as well.

Kyle Wellwood, White's teammate in Calgary noted that ...with him, its smarts and his puck moving, he can jump in a play offensively and shoot it, and the style we play where we like to have the D catch the puck high slot and shoot, is where he can score from. He should fit in well.

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General ManagerDoug Wilson announced that the club has recalled defensemen Justin Braunfrom the Worcester Sharks and Jason Demers from the Stockton Thunder.

Marc-Eduard Vlasic will not play tonight, suffering an upper body injury.
Braun has posted 21 points (nine goals, 21 assists) and 18 penalty minutes with Worcester. In 15 games with San Jose, Braun has nine points (one goal, eight assists).Demers has 17 points (two goals, 15 assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 53 games with the Sharks. In a separate transaction, forwardBenn Ferriero and defenseman Matt Irwin have been reassigned to Worcester.
The Sharks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at HP Pavilion. The Avs are 0-8-1 in their last 9 games, and also made a fair amount of trades yesterday. The Sharks are more concerned about their own game, but are not taking Colorado lightly.

Head Coach Todd McLellan on the Avalanche: Theyre a very good hockey club, and it hasnt gone their way as of late, but when you shake your team up, usually you create a bit of emotion in it. Theyre still one of the best 5 on 5 scoring teams, they still have team speed, and theyre very dangerous. We dont have the luxury of deciding were going to mail one in tonight, thats not the way it works around here. If our players make that decision then shame on them. If our players go out and compete then it gives us a chance to win, then so be it.".
Mayers: Were really not worried about them to be honest with you, were concerned about ourselves and the way we want to play and weve been playing well lately and want to keep that going. And like you said get off to a good start and get on them right away.Logan Couture: They are due theyve got a lot of good players a lot of game breakers on this team, theyve got Stasny back theyve got Liles there. A lot of teams in our division have beaten them lately and we look to do the same.Follow Brodie in real-time on Twitter: @BrodieBrazilCSN

A's find themselves in decent shape with Graveman, Gray possibly returning

A's find themselves in decent shape with Graveman, Gray possibly returning

OAKLAND — Some 10-9 records are better than others, and so it is that the A’s can hit the road for a nine-game trip feeling pretty good about themselves.

Their just-completed homestand began with Opening Night starter Kendall Graveman leaving a game early and landing on the disabled list. That was coupled with news that shortstop Marcus Semien would be lost for two months or more with a fractured wrist.

The A’s responded to those developments with a five-game winning streak that was halted by Sunday’s 11-1 rout at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

The A’s went 5-4 on the homestand, holding their ground after a heavy dose of injury misfortune, and now the outlook changes just a bit. The focus shifts from the players joining the D.L. to those that could soon return to provide a boost.

Graveman, who has a strained right shoulder, is scheduled to throw off the mound Monday. If that goes well, expect him to be activated sometime in the early portion of the upcoming trip. Sonny Gray, who has been out since injuring a side muscle early in Cactus League games, is set to throw Thursday for Triple-A Nashville after an encouraging rehab outing Saturday for Single-A Stockton.

If Gray comes out of Thursday’s start well, look for the 2015 All-Star to join the active roster and pitch sometime against Minnesota in the final series of this road trip. Nothing can be taken for granted until both pitchers actually return healthy, but it’s a promising scenario to possibly add two starters of their caliber as April turns to May.

“I think any time you look up and you’re over .500 and you’ve had a great homestand and you’re missing your best two pitchers, that’s something to be pleased about,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. “Getting Kendall back is huge. And Sonny obviously did great last night, and felt great, which is more important than the results.

“We’re excited to get those two guys back but in the meantime, we’re gonna continue to keep playing the way we are because we’re playing really good baseball and we’ll just keep things rolling.”

It was clear early on Sunday that a five-game winning streak wouldn’t reach six. The Mariners led 2-0 in the third when Andrew Triggs missed location on a 1-0 sinker and Taylor Motter launched a grand slam over the wall in left-center.

Triggs, who excelled at missing the fat part of bats over his first three starts, didn’t have the feel for his cutter Sunday. When he fell behind to Motter, the cutter is normally a pitch he would have gone to had it been working for him.

“I wasn’t commanding well,” he said. “I didn’t wanna go 1-0 to 2-0. I felt better going with the sinker. I got it down, but missed location in and out. In a perfect world, the cutter would have been great to get a groundout.”

But to this point, the A’s rotation has held firm without Gray and with the short-term absence of Graveman. Perhaps the biggest test moving forward is whether an offense that is tied for the American League lead in extra-base hits can continue to produce consistently with Semien’s absence, particularly without anyone having established themselves as the regular leadoff man.

A’s manager Bob Melvin likes what he’s seen from his team in light of the injuries.

“Every game we go out there there’s an expectation to win,” Melvin said, “and when you win multiple games in a row, you get that feeling and it’s a little more significant. So hopefully we can carry that on to the road trip. As a group, we’ve been able to manage these injuries here recently, and once we start getting guys back it’s gonna be a good thing for us.”

Instant Replay: Mariners mash Triggs, A's win streak ends at five

Instant Replay: Mariners mash Triggs, A's win streak ends at five

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – That pristine ERA wasn’t going to last forever for Andrew Triggs, and it was no secret why things took a wayward turn for the A’s right-hander Sunday.

His command deserted him in the top of the third against Seattle, and that led to a disastrous inning that told the story in an 11-1 loss that halted the A’s five-game winning streak.

Triggs, who hadn’t allowed a single earned run in winning his first three starts of 2017, walked Robinson Cano to load the bases in the third, then issued another free pass to Nelson Cruz that forced in a run and put the Mariners up 2-0. After striking out Daniel Vogelbach, Triggs caught too much plate with a 1-0 pitch and Taylor Motter drilled it for a grand slam that made it 6-0 and put this one out of reach with the way Yovani Gallardo was pitching.

Gallardo (1-2) gave up just four hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Mariners prevented the A’s from completing their first home sweep of a four-game series since July 3-6, 2014, when they took four from Toronto.

Seattle turned it into a rout as Nelson Cruz belted a three-run homer in the seventh off Raul Alcantara, who was left in to eat up innings and surrendered two***more runs in the ninth.

Triggs (3-1), in a season-opening rotation for the first time in his major league career, opened the year by throwing 17 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. That was the longest such season-opening streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history. His ERA went from 0.00 to 2.42 with Sunday’s outing.

The A’s (10-9) finished 5-4 on their nine-game homestand that was shortened by one game due to a rainout Easter Sunday.

Starting pitching report

The first batter of the game was a bad omen for Triggs as he hit Jarrod Dyson to put the speedster on base. Dyson stole second and Cano knocked a run-scoring single to right field that quickly brought Triggs’ earned-run streak to an end. The right-hander was charged with six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits with four strikeouts and the two walks.

Bullpen report

Daniel Coulombe entered in relief of Triggs in the fifth and provided 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Then Alcantara, who was replaced in the rotation by Jesse Hahn on the last road trip, was left in to soak up three innings to save the bullpen any more wear and tear in a lopsided game. He gave up five runs in three innings and walked two.

At the plate

The A’s, after falling behind early, couldn’t muster anything against Gallardo, who the Mariners acquired in an offseason trade from the Orioles. Their only run came in the seventh, when Ryon Healy led off with a double, moved to third on Trevor Plouffe’s single and scored on Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly off reliever Tony Zych.

In the field

Neither team committed an error, making it five games in a row that the A’s have gone errorless. Gallardo was aided by an outstanding diving snag by third baseman Mike Freeman in the sixth. Matt Olson, drawing a start in right field for the A’s, made a sliding catch that turned into a double play when Daniel Vogelbach wandered too far off first base.

Attendance

The homestand finale drew 24,165 fans.

Up next

The A’s take Monday off and then begin a nine-game road trip against the Angels on Tuesday. The opener pits Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.00) against J.C. Ramirez (2-2, 6.46). On Wednesday, it’s Sean Manaea (1-1, 4.43) against Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.98). Then Jharel Cotton (2-2, 4.76) matches up against Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 4.76) in Thursday’s finale. All three games begin at 7:05 p.m. and air on NBC Sports California.