Sliding A's send Outman to the hill to face Halos

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Sliding A's send Outman to the hill to face Halos

May 23, 2011

A'S (22-25) vs.
LA ANGELS (24-24)

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The last time Jered Weaver faced the Oakland Athletics, he capped a stellar six-start run with his second consecutive complete game.

Weaver hasn't been nearly the same since, and this time around he'll be looking to avoid the worst skid of his career.

The right-hander takes the mound Monday night when the Los Angeles Angels host slumping Oakland to begin a four-game set.

Weaver (6-4, 2.45 ERA) has never lost five consecutive starts, though he'll likely need to recapture his form from the beginning of the season in order to end his personal losing streak.
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Weaver pitched a shutout and struck out 10 against Oakland on April 25, improving to 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA. In four starts since, he's 0-4 with a 5.25 ERA while going six innings in each. In Weaver's first six starts, he never pitched less than 6 1-3 innings.

He allowed three runs and seven hits Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to Seattle.

"When you get off to a roll like that, everybody expects you to keep it going," Weaver said following his most recent loss. "We've had some rough ones here lately, not too rough, it hasn't been too bad. Nothing to hang my head about, but I haven't got deep into games like I wanted. I'm having a bad month. It's bound to turn around."

The Angels (24-24) are hoping for the same after a 4-1 win Sunday against Atlanta, their second victory in eight games. Torii Hunter hit his first home run in 99 at-bats and went 2 for 4.

"I can't remember that far back," Hunter said about his last home run, which came April 21 against Boston. "I hadn't seen one of those in a while. I've seen them on TV and in the movies, but it's a lot of fun to get one out of the way for this month."

Los Angeles has dropped six of seven to AL West opponents, including two straight to the A's last week. That was also the last time Oakland (22-25) won a ballgame.

The A's have lost five straight since beating the Angels 14-0 last Tuesday and fell 5-4 in 11 innings against San Francisco on Sunday. They've scored nine runs during their losing streak, and reliever Brian Fuentes has been charged with three of the defeats.

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"Anytime you lose a close game it's tough, but the guys had a lot of energy," manager Bob Geren said. "It's one you have to shake off and start over. Hopefully the offense the last half of this game takes that momentum down to Anaheim."

Oakland will turn to left-hander Josh Outman, who was called up to make a spot start in place of the injured Brandon McCarthy. Outman hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 after Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss all of 2010.

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Though Geren has yet to see Outman pitch this season, he said scouts have told him Outman is throwing the ball hard. He's 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Sacramento.

"Before he got hurt, he was a power pitcher," Geren told the team's official website.

Outman started against Los Angeles on May 18, 2008, allowing three runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-4 loss.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia missed Sunday's game to attend his son's college graduation, but he's expected to rejoin the team Monday.

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Called up on Saturday morning, Ryder Jones will man the hot corner and bat seventh in his MLB debut against the Mets.

New York Mets:
Lineup not posted yet

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Sharks conclude 2017 NHL Draft with five more forwards in the system

Sharks conclude 2017 NHL Draft with five more forwards in the system

CHICAGO – After nabbing a center in the first round on Friday, the Sharks added four more forwards and one defenseman to conclude the second day of the annual NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, held this year at United Center.

The Sharks weren’t explicitly trying to restock their forward cabinet, according to general manager Doug Wilson and scouting director Tim Burke, although the club did make two separate moves in surrendering some later round picks to move up in the fourth round (to take center Scott Reedy) and sixth round (to take left wing Sasha Chmelevski).

First, though, it was defenseman Mario Ferraro in the second round at 49th overall. The offensive defenseman was a player that the Sharks targeted, using the pick they acquired from New Jersey last Friday as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.

“He’s got a lot of speed, offensive guy, exciting,” Burke said. “Puck-moving type of guy.”

Wilson said: “We’re very pleased with the d-man. He’s a very dynamic, athletic guy, great skater. He was a guy that we moved up a little bit aggressively to get because that round, you could see people going after who they wanted. He is a guy that we identified.”

After moving up from the fifth round to the fourth round last Friday, again because of the Mueller trade, the Sharks jumped up 21 more spots in the fourth round by obtaining the Rangers pick at 102nd overall for the 123rd and 174th selections.

Center Scott Reedy is a player that Burke has high hopes for, projecting the Minnesota native as a “second line right winger [with] high-end potential.” Burke pointed out that Reedy, who is friends with first round pick Josh Norris, occasionally played on the same line with Norris for each of the last two seasons with the U.S. Under-18 team.

“He’s a big, strong forward that can play both positions (center and right wing),” Burke said.

Right wing Jacob McGrew, an Orange, CA native, went to the Sharks in the fifth round despite missing all of his first season in junior with a lower body injury suffered in training camp with Spokane (WHL).

“We knew about him before he went up there,” Burke said. “He’s a California kid. … If he was healthy he probably would have gone earlier.”

The Sharks again moved up to snag Huntington Beach native and center Chmelevski at 185 overall, and made their sixth and final pick in the 212th position by taking left wing Ivan Chekhovich in the seventh round. Both players look to have some offensive skill, based on their numbers and Youtube highlights.

Burke was surprised that both players were around so late.

“I thought they had pretty good years and they kind of slipped in the draft,” he said. “We weighed that versus some other more project-type guys, and we thought they had more offense and finish to their game. They just kept sliding, so we took a chance on them.”

Wilson said: “We moved up for the guys we wanted, and then there were some skilled guys at the end that we were surprised were still there. … We’ll go back and take a look how it all went, but we feel, I think, really good about where we ended up with this.”