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A's fall to White Sox in Melvin's debut, 9-4

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A's fall to White Sox in Melvin's debut, 9-4

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CHICAGO (AP) Different day. Different city. Different manager.Same result.Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox spoiled the debut of Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin, beating the Athletics 9-4 on Thursday night.Melvin replaced Bob Geren earlier in the day, but the change couldn't keep Oakland from its 10th straight defeat."It's always about winning," Melvin said. "It would have been nice to go home tonight and get some sleep knowing that we won a game, but we'll come back out and battle tomorrow."
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Mark Buehrle (6-4) threw seven strong innings and improved to 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts. He allowed seven hits and three runs for the White Sox, who have won six of their last nine and 20 of 32."When the weather seems to get warm, we're starting to play a lot better," Buehrle said. "We've got a lot of warm weather ahead of us."Dunn was back in the lineup after sitting out two games because of a miserable start in which he has hit . 176. He was hit by a pitch and scored in Chicago's three-run second. He homered for the first time since May 24, a two-run shot in the third."That felt good," Dunn said. "You're out there after having a series off. You're eager to get back in there and be able to contribute."We haven't been clicking on all cylinders all year. Hopefully this will be the start of something cool."Trevor Cahill (6-4) lasted just 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He was unlucky to an extent, allowing four infield hits on dribblers in front of the plate. But he also walked three, hit a batter and allowed Dunn's two-run blast."It was tough," Cahill said. "I thought I made a few good pitches they were putting in play. Then I fell behind. My goal this game was not to walk anybody and I walked in two runs, which doesn't really help out."It was a rocky introduction for Melvin, who went 493-508 in previous managerial stops in Seattle and Arizona. The Athletics, who entered last in the AL with 223 runs scored, scored three runs or less for the fifth straight game, and eighth time during their skid. Oakland last lost 10 straight from July 28-Aug. 7, 2008.
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"Obviously, you want to win the game," Melvin said. "I thought Cahill threw the ball pretty well. There were some hits that he made good pitches on. Dunn's ball was the one that did the most damage. I don't think the numbers reflect how well he pitched."Even though Melvin has managed over 900 games from big-league dugouts, he said he still was nervous at the game's outset."No question," Melvin said. "Excitement, butterflies, the whole bit. If I didn't, I wouldn't have a pulse."In the second, the White Sox loaded the bases on A.J. Pierzynski's walk, Alex Rios' single and Dunn's hit by pitch. After Oakland third baseman Adam Rosales dropped a foul pop, Omar Vizquel hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Chicago's first run.Gordon Beckham reached on a tapper in front of the plate, reloading the bases. Juan Pierre walked in a run, and then Alexei Ramirez hit a dribbler up the third-base line that Cahill was unable to handle, scoring the inning's third run."(All the infield hits) were tough, especially for a lineup like (Chicago's)," Cahill said. "Eventually, they'll break through. I felt like I was making quality pitches at times."As maddening as that inning was for Cahill, the third was more of the same - at least after Dunn's two-run shot to barely cleared the left-field fence for his sixth homer."I think he'll end up the season with his 40 home runs like he usually has," Buehrle said.Vizquel followed that with another short dribbler to reach first. Beckham singled and Pierre reached on yet another infield hit to load the bases. Ramirez drew a walk to score Vizquel, a fitting end to a frustrating night for Cahill, who gave way to reliever Bobby Cramer."I felt like my stuff was decent, I just couldn't get anybody out," Cahill said.Cahill is now 0-4 in his last six starts.Meanwhile, Buehrle allowed Rosales' run-scoring single in the second, the last of three straight singles for Oakland. He then settled down to throw 4 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing only a walk and an infield single in the third.Buehrle ran into trouble in the seventh when Kurt Suzuki hit a leadoff single and Hideki Matsui hit his fourth homer of the season, cutting Chicago's lead to 6-3."I did like the way just didn't lay down and die," Melvin said. "We kept grinding our bats and kept hustling out there."Notes: Oakland rookie Jemile Weeks drove in his first career run on a bloop single in the ninth. ... Quentin extended his hitting streak to 11 games, while Konerko extended his to 10. ... Dunn's homer was the 360th of his career, breaking a tie with Johnny Mize for 74th on the career list. ... Saying he was glad to be back in the lineup, Dunn said that during his rest he learned "(I) don't like sitting out." Manager Ozzie Guillen had a request for Dunn: "I asked, 'Could you please have a good day so then they don't have to ask me anymore questions about you? Please have a good day so (hitting coach) Greg Walker doesn't have to drink a bottle of wine to forget about your bad night?'" ... Buehrle struck out four, moving within two of tying Wilbur Wood for fourth on Chicago's career strikeout list.

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

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ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

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49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.