A's drop series, White Sox tag Cahill with first loss


A's drop series, White Sox tag Cahill with first loss

OAKLAND (AP) Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox made it a worthwhile visit to the Coliseum.Alexei Ramirez had three hits, including a home run off the previously unbeaten Trevor Cahill, in leading Buehrle and the White Sox over the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Sunday.Buehrle (3-3) won for only the second time in 15 appearances at Oakland. The White Sox went 6-3 on their road trip, winning all three series."It was a great road trip on the West Coast where we usually don't play very well," Buehrle said. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well against these guys. It seems like stuff happens and we get jinxed here."Cahill (6-1) gave up four runs, just two of them earned, and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings."I wouldn't say it was my best start," Cahill said. "I kind of battled through it."Ramirez drove in two runs and Omar Vizquel had two hits."It feels good to get this win and gain some momentum for going home," Ramirez said through a translator."I always feel like it's going to be a good day," he said. "It wasn't Cahill specifically, I just try to find the right pitch and make contact."Daric Barton drove in two runs and Coco Crisp homered for the A's, who have lost three of their last four."The big hit when we needed it eluded us," A's manager Bob Geren said. "Trevor pitched deep into the game. He wasn't quite as sharp as normal. His velocity was down."Buehrle gave up three runs, seven hits and struck out a season-best six."We knew it would be close since they have the best pitching in the American League," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We battled against the best. This game was huge because we end the road trip on a good note. We need to go home and play better for our fans. They deserve it. We owe them one."Sergio Santos pitched the ninth for his fifth consecutive save, extending his scoreless streak to 19 innings.It was anything but routine, though. He walked Cliff Pennington to lead off the inning and walked pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui with two outs before Josh Willingham grounded out.Ramirez hit Cahill's first pitch of the fourth inning over the left-field fence.Crisp tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth after Carlos Quentin put the White Sox ahead for good with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.Chicago added two unearned runs in the seventh, when Cahill threw wildly at first on Vizquel's sacrifice bunt, allowing Alex Rios to score. Ramirez added an RBI single.Barton hit a two-run single in the seventh.The A's turned a season-high four double plays, including a 9-3 and a 4-3-6-3.NOTES: Vizquel moved past George Sisler on the hits list into 46th with 2,813. ... Paul Konerko's fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games for Chicago. ... The White Sox are the only team to score more than one run against Cahill. They also scored four against him in a game at Chicago. ... The last time the A's turned four or more double plays was Aug. 2, when they had five against Kansas City, also with Cahill on the mound. ... A's closer Andrew Bailey will pitch Tuesday but the venue has yet to be decided. ... A's LHP Dallas Braden's flight was canceled. He will fly to New York on Monday for shoulder surgery, which will be postponed at least one day.

Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster


Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster

The Giants added two premier face of the franchise players this offseason in Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Together the two have combined for eight All-Star Game appearances. 

What they don't bring to San Francisco though, is youth. Longoria (32) and McCutchen (31) are the latest to join an again Giants roster. Buster Posey turn 31 in March, Johnny Cueto turns 32 in February, Hunter Pence turns 35 in April, Brandon Crawford turns 31 in January, and Brandon Belt turns 30 in April.

Father Time though, is far from getting Longoria and the rest of the Giants' stars according to the third baseman. 

"I believe that all of us believe we're in our prime and we are more than capable of competing," Longoria said Wednesday on KNBR. "That's just ways of making waves in the news. Our job is to just go out and do our job. I think we'll be just fine." 

Longoria is entering his 11th season in the big leagues. That has certainly added wear and tear on him, but also added knowledge of his body. 

"I'm definitely a different player," Longoria says now at 32 compared to 22. "There's a lot of ways that I prepare now that I didn't have to do or I didn't know how to do when I was a younger player. For me personally, it's going to be quite an experience."

While Longoria and McCutchen may not have the freshest pair of legs in baseball, they are two of the most durable players in the game. In 2017, both players appeared in 156 out of 162 games.

"Being prepared for the season is one thing and I know how to do that and I know how to get myself ready for that," Longoria said. "It's just a matter of the day in and day out homework so to speak that I'll have to do. That's gonna change based on the league and based on the division."

Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown


Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return to Golden 1 Center for a one game stop before heading out for a season-long six game road trip. They’ll face a struggling Utah Jazz team that is 4-15 over their last 19 games.

Sacramento has gone young, choosing rotate veteran players for the final 40 games of the season. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter received the dreaded DNP-CD on Monday in OKC. Who will sit Wednesday at G1C?

Utah had the making of a contending team before Gordon Hayward and George Hill departed via free agency. They are rebuilding around rookie Donovan Mitchell, who has been nothing short of phenomenal in his first 41 games as a pro.


Jazz by 4


De’Aaron Fox vs. Donovan Mitchell -- Fox is showing that he’s ready to take a major step for Sacramento. In seven games since returning from injury, the Kentucky product is posting 14 points and 6.4 assists and is now averaging in double-figures on the season. Mitchell has the run of the house in Utah and he’s taken full advantage. The 13th overall selection from the 2017 NBA Draft is in a dogfight for rookie of the year honors, scoring a huge 18.6 points in 31.4 minutes per game for Utah.


Kings: 13-30, fifth place in Pacific

Jazz: 17-26, fifth place in Northwest


Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) out, PG Frank Mason III (heel) out, F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

Jazz: C Rudy Gobert (knee) out, SF Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out, Dante Exum (shoulder) out.


Take Advantage of the Opportunity -- Sacramento’s youth movement is in full swing, but it comes with a bit of pressure. The 25 and under crowd has a 40 game audition to show that they are NBA regulars. Malachi Richardson and Justin Jackson have struggled to get consistent minutes, but when they get a chance, they need to stay aggressive and follow the game plan.

Show up at Home -- The Kings are about to embark on a six game road trip across the country beginning Friday in Memphis. It’s a one game homestand, but still an opportunity to build some momentum heading into a long stretch away.  

Snap the Streak -- Sacramento’s  lost five straight and 10 of their last 12 games. Utah is scuffling as well. If the Kings bring energy early, they might be able to ride the wave of the Golden 1 Center crowd and get back in the left hand column.


The Jazz took the season series 3-1 over the Kings last season. Utah leads the all-time series 102-82 and holds a 79-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.


"Going forward, what I'm going to do is, we're going to play a rotation where two of our five veterans are going to be out every night. It might be some times there'll be three. It's an opportunity for some other guys to get some minutes as we go throughout the course of the season.” -Dave Joerger on the Kings’ youth movement