Bay Area battle begins tonight as Giants host A's


Bay Area battle begins tonight as Giants host A's

May 20, 2011

A's (22-22) vs.
GIANTS (24-19)

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

(AP) -- Off to another solid start after a breakthrough 2010 season, Trevor Cahill is firmly established as the Oakland Athletics' ace.

Very few ever thought Ryan Vogelsong would be pitching like one after a five-year layoff.

The latest installment of the Bay Bridge Series gets going Friday night, when Cahill will try to halt the Athletics' long skid in San Francisco against Vogelsong and the Giants.

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Oakland (22-22) won seven straight in San Francisco between 2006 and 2008, but have come away empty in each of six visits after that. The A's starting staff has posted a 6.21 ERA during the losing streak compared to 3.68 from the bullpen.

An 18-game winner in 2010, Cahill (6-1, 1.82 ERA) will try again to become the first in the majors with seven victories this year.

The right-hander suffered his first loss since Sept. 26 on Sunday, when he allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings of a 4-3 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.

Cahill had allowed one run or less in seven of eight games coming in, and could rebound nicely when facing the Giants (24-19). He's won both career starts against them, allowing two runs and 10 hits in 13 2-3 innings.

He also told the Athletics' official website that he's looking forward to stepping in the batter's box.

"It should be fun, facing an NL team. It's a different kind of ballgame, getting to hit and everything," said Cahill, who's 1 for 5 lifetime as a hitter, and 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA in eight interleague starts.

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Oakland will need a long outing from Cahill after dropping back to .500 with an 11-1 loss to AL-worst Minnesota, which swept the two-game set Thursday. The A's were forced to use their bullpen when Tyson Ross exited after seven pitches with a strained oblique.

"You just try to get through 27 outs with your bullpen," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It was a rough day, but we'll bounce back."

Bouncing back is a theme for Vogelsong (3-0, 2.36) as he continues to author perhaps the best comeback story in any sport in recent memory.

The right-hander began his career with San Francisco in 2000, missed all of 2002 after Tommy John surgery and was out of the majors once the 2006 campaign ended.

With former A's star Barry Zito out since mid-April with a foot injury, Vogelsong has flourished as the fifth starter. The 33-year-old hasn't surrendered a run over his last 13 1-3 innings, and is coming off his first big league shutout.

He scattered seven hits over six innings Saturday in a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. With three wins, Vogelsong is tied with two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez for second on the team behind closer Brian Wilson (four).

Vogelsong will be making his first start against the A's since yielding six runs, eight hits and four walks in Pittsburgh's 12-11 loss on June 12, 2004.

The Giants return home after completing a two-game sweep of the Dodgers with a 3-1 win in Los Angeles. Madison Bumgarner came within one out of a shutout to get his first win in seven decisions this year.

"It feels like a playoff win, it's been so long," Bumgarner said. "I'm just glad to finally get that first win out of the way."

San Francisco shortstop Miguel Tejada, who won the 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, has gone 7 for 16 over his last four games and is batting .221.

Tejada leads all current Giants with 33 homers and 129 RBIs while batting .273 in interleague play.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs


LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo