Romanick, A's aiming to lighten pitchers' loads

Romanick, A's aiming to lighten pitchers' loads

Feb. 16, 2010

PHOENIX -- The A's have a new pitching coach this year in Ron Romanick, a longtime member of the organization who was promoted from bullpen coach in the wake of former pitching coach Curt Young's offseason departure.The A's also have a new throwing routine, which Romanick created after doing some math and looking for a way to lighten his staff's load.Instead of throwing in the bullpen every other day, which is the norm throughout big-league ball early in spring training, Oakland's arms will get two days of rest between side sessions for at least the first two weeks of camp.
"Makes sense to me," said closer Andrew Bailey, who is coming off elbow surgery and is one of several relievers who'll be closely monitored -- i.e., dialed back -- by Romanick and A's manager Bob Geren. "Everyone knows that Romanick knows what he's doing."Geren told reporters Wednesday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium that Bailey and setup men Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow, all of whom have carried a considerable load over the past couple of years, also will be used more lightly in Cactus League action this spring. Typically, a healthy reliever gets 12-14 spring games under his belt, but the aforementioned trio is scheduled for between eight and 10.RELATED: A's 2010 pitching stats
Wednesday featured the first official workout for A's pitchers and catchers, but many of the pitchers have been in town and throwing side sessions for a week to 10 days.Left-hander Dallas Braden was the standout among the pitchers who threw in the bullpen Wednesday, according to Geren. Fifth-starter candidate Brandon McCarthy also was scheduled to throw, and Thursday's list of pitchers throwing in the 'pen includes lefties Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez.The A's also announced Wednesday that they've made some changes to their upcoming intrasquad-game and workout schedules.Full workouts will be held at Papago Park, the team's minor-league facility up the road from Phoenix Muni, next Monday through Wednesday. They will be the only big-league workouts at Papago, the rest being held at the stadium. Phoenix Muni also will be the site of intrasquad games on three consecutive days next week, starting Thursday, Feb. 24.Follow Mychael on Twitter @MUrbanCSN.

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights


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.


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


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.