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DeJesus powers A's to 6-1 win over Haren, Halos

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DeJesus powers A's to 6-1 win over Haren, Halos

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ANAHEIM (AP) Guillermo Moscoso was an unlikely shutdown starter. David DeJesus was an even more improbable power source.Together, they propelled the Oakland Athletics to a skid-snapping win.DeJesus hit two homers and drove in four runs, Moscoso pitched six scoreless innings to win his first major league start, and Oakland ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.DeJesus also had a ninth-inning RBI double in a surprising burst of power from a veteran with just two multihomer games in his career - both in the past month. The longtime Kansas City outfielder laughed at his own outburst when he finally had a chance to cool down from a workout immediately after the game."It's really weird right now," said DeJesus, who had his first career two-homer game May 4. "I don't understand how it happens, but I'll take it."DeJesus doubled his season homer total with a second-inning solo shot and a two-run homer in the fourth off Dan Haren (4-3), whose winless streak reached seven starts since he began the season 4-0. DeJesus was 2 for 18 in his career against Haren coming in."It shows that baseball is a crazy game," DeJesus said. "One year, it could be tough, but you have great at-bats. Numbers can lie."After hitting just two homers in the past 11 games, Oakland got its first run on DeJesus' full-count blast. The A's jumped to a 5-0 lead on his first-pitch homer in the fourth."I've had his number for a long time now, and he got the best of me today," Haren said. "He hit two fastballs. I mean, I throw fastballs, but not too many of them. I kind of got away from my game, I guess, and threw too many fastballs."Josh Willingham hit a two-run double in the third for the A's, who had fallen into last place in the AL West while scoring just 10 runs during their six-game skid."After six losses in a row, we needed that kind of game," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "That's the team that we can be."Moscoso (1-0) largely baffled the Angels while picking up his first major league victory in his Oakland debut, giving up three hits and never allowing a runner to reach third. Moscoso made brief appearances in the Texas Rangers' bullpen during the past two seasons, but has been a starter for most of his minor-league career.Moscoso was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier Tuesday to fill the rotation spot of Tyson Ross, who has a strained left oblique muscle. The Venezuelan right-hander walked three batters but never faced serious trouble from the punchless Angels."I'm very happy with the job I did today, and when the team has six losses, I've got a pretty big responsibility," Moscoso said. "I felt pretty normal. I'm pretty focused before a game."Haren yielded seven hits and a season-high five runs over seven innings, getting soundly outpitched by the A's newcomer. Although Haren wasn't sharp, the three-time All-Star again received pathetic run support: The Angels have scored seven total runs for Haren during the right-hander's seven-game winless stretch."I'm kind of used to it, actually," Haren said. "The starting pitchers have been walking a fine line, that's for sure. But I think it makes us better pitchers, going out there and battling from Pitch One."Torii Hunter had a run-scoring single in the eighth inning against A's reliever Craig Breslow, but the Angels are scuffling around .500 largely because they can't score runs for their stellar rotation. Ace Jered Weaver, who hasn't won in five starts, has received minimal support for the second straight season."When those guys are pitching well, they don't need a lot of support," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But the operative word is obviously the difference between a lot and none, and we've been on that thin side in supporting these guys a lot this last month."Coco Crisp snuffed the Angels' only attempt at a rally with a diving catch on Maicer Izturis' sinking two-out liner into the right-center gap with two runners on in the fifth inning.The A's won at Angel Stadium for just the second time in 11 games.NOTES: Haren, who won 43 games during three strong seasons in Oakland, retired the last 10 batters he faced. He had allowed just three homers in his previous 10 starts. ... The Angels hosted a particularly unsatisfying bobblehead night, handing out dolls in the image of slugger Kendrys Morales. He won't play this season while recovering from a broken left ankle. Morales' first name on the bobblehead box also was spelled "Kendry," as his name had been spelled for years before he corrected it during spring training. ... Scioscia appeared optimistic 2B Howard Kendrick could return soon from tightness in his right hamstring. The .322 hitter has missed five straight games.

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

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49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

DEFENSE
(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

SPECIAL TEAMS
(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Brian Hoyer

INACTIVE
WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.