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A's Insider notes: A's make history... almost

A's Insider notes: A's make history... almost

May 4, 2011

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Paul Gutierrez
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Our MLB Insider takes a look at the A's 3-1 victory over the visiting Indians on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Darth 'Dactyl does the deed - A's starter Trevor Cahill is a Star Wars nut. We know this. It was only appropriate, then, that the right-hander showed up on Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with you - and battled against Cleveland. Darth 'Dactyl allowed one run in seven innings of work, giving up five hits with five strikeouts, three walks and two wild pitches. He equaled a career-high with 116 pitches, last done on Sept. 4, 2010 against the Angels.

RECAP: Cahill moves to 5-0 after beating Tomlin, Tribe

Go ahead, say it: The Force was with Cahill.Fuentes sits - Having been used in three straight games, and five of the previous six, closer Brian Fuentes was THANKFULLY given the night off. Especially after his implosion of Tuesday night, in which he gave up three runs on four hits in 13 of an inning. When Fuentes is on, he's lethal, as evidenced by his not allowing an earned run in 11 of 15 appearances. But when he's off, he's also lethal. Check the combined 14 runs (nine earned) in his four other outings. Do with it, what you will. Grant Balfour, serving as the A's closer on the night, made the most of his opportunity.

A's make historyalmost - Until Cliff Pennington singled in the eighth, the A's were on track to make some baseball history. Dubious history, but history nonetheless. The could have become only the fourth team to win a game since 1919 without the benefit of a single, double, triple or base on balls. But then Pennington went and spoiled it with his two-out single. And then Coco Crisp stepped on history with a run-scoring single that drove in Mark Ellis, who was on base courtesy of a Cleveland error.

Another stat for ya - While the Indians stranded 10 runners on the night, the A's left only 1. Mostly because they had so few baserunners in the game. Until the eighth, the only A's player to get on base was David DeJesus, and he just jogged around them on his pair of solo homers. Not really something to be all that proud of, but hey, a win's a win, right?

Braden shoulder update: Dallas Braden will seek a second opinion after visiting with Los Angeles-based Dr. Lewis Yokum Wednesday for further tests on his stiff left (pitching) shoulder.

--Paul Gutierrez

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

The San Jose Sharks not only lost in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but also lost their second-leading scorer to injury. 

Joe Thornton left the final minute of the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. With Jets forward Andrew Copp backchecking, Mikkel Boedker collided into Thornton's knee in front of the Sharks bench. 

Thornton took a stride on each leg as he skated gingerly to the bench, and did not return to the game. 

The 38-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee this summer. He missed the final three games of the regular season last year, but returned to play in San Jose's final four postseason games in a first round, six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Thornton is second on the Sharks with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists), and has scored nine points in his last seven games. He is second among forwards in average ice time, and is playing 18:20 per night in his 20th NHL season. 

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.