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A's, Red Sox looking to end losing streaks

A's, Red Sox looking to end losing streaks

June 3, 2011

A's (27-30) vs.
BOSTON (30-26)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

BOSTON (AP) -- Clay Buchholz went undefeated in May, and the odds seem favorable he'll continue that streak into June given the Oakland Athletics' offensive woes.

Buchholz tries to help the Boston Red Sox avoid a fifth consecutive loss in the opener of a three-game series against the Athletics on Friday night.

After a shaky April, Buchholz (4-3, 3.41 ERA) is coming off an outstanding May during which he went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six outings. The right-hander didn't earn a decision in the last three despite holding batters to a .194 average.

He allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-3 win at Detroit on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Boston (30-26) hasn't won since that game, dropping Sunday's nightcap 3-0 before giving up 24 runs in a three-game sweep to the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

"We're fine. We had that day-nighter in Detroit and got home around 5 in the morning and everybody has been kind of dragging," Dustin Pedroia said after Wednesday's 7-4 loss.

Boston, which had won 13 of 15 before the losing streak, hasn't dropped four straight home games this season and hasn't lost five in a row overall since its 0-6 start.

Buchholz had been 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA against the A's before beating them April 20, yielding one run in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win.

That was part of a two-game split between the teams, but Oakland enters the rematch struggling to score.

The A's (27-30) suffered a three-game sweep to the New York Yankees this week as they were held to five runs, including a 4-2 defeat Wednesday.

Oakland, which has averaged 2.8 runs while losing 10 of 15, ranks near the bottom of the majors in batting average (.240), runs scored (202) and home runs (32).

"We haven't helped (our pitchers) as much as we should have so far this year, but hopefully we can start coming around and putting some consistent games together," said left fielder Josh Willingham, hitting .189 in his last 12 road games.

The offense doesn't figure to get much of a reprieve during a 10-game road trip that goes through Boston, Baltimore and Chicago. The Athletics are averaging 3.1 runs and hitting .228 away from home.

Oakland has lost 12 of 16 in Boston.

One of its struggling hitters has enjoyed Fenway Park. Hideki Matsui has batted .326 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in his last 37 games there, though he enters this series in a 3-for-25 slump and batting .222 for the season.

Josh Outman (1-0, 2.08) just joined the Oakland rotation but already has seen what little offense the team's staff often gets.

Outman pitched well in his first two starts following Tommy John surgery, which kept him sidelined last year. After holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run in seven innings May 23, he beat Baltimore on Saturday by allowing two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win.

The win was his first since June 8, 2009, against Minnesota. The left-hander has never faced the Red Sox.

"With the pitching that we have, we're a tough team to beat when the offense is there," manager Bob Geren said.

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

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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:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
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

EASTERN CONFERENCE
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