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A's take early lead for series victory vs. Royals

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A's take early lead for series victory vs. Royals

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OAKLAND (AP) Jemile Weeks played through some nerves, Gio Gonzalez played through an illness and the Oakland Athletics played well enough for their first series win under interim manager Bob Melvin.Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.Matsui's solo blast gave him a combined 499 homers in Japan and the U.S. and helped Oakland win a second straight game for the first time since a four-game streak May 26-29.NEWS: Melvin ejected, Matsui hits 499th career HR"The first couple of days were shaky from nerves and I just tried to stay confident," said Weeks, hitting .344 (11 for 32) since his June 7 callup. "I'm just going out there and playing as hard as I can."Melky Cabrera had two hits and drove in a run for the Royals, who lost their second straight. Jeff Francoeur, Wilson Betemit and Brayan Pena each added an RBI."He was establishing his fastball and left it up in the zone and we were chasing it," said Francoeur, who also struck out four times. "That's not a good combination, especially when you throw 94 miles an hour like he does."Daric Barton drove in two runs, and Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki each had an RBI in support of Gio Gonzalez (6-5), who ended a personal three-game slide for his first win since May 17."There were a couple of innings where I had to sit down and take a deep breath," Gonzalez said. "My throat is a little sore and I feel a little weak but I didn't want to show any weakness."Gonzalez allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out 10."He's usually pretty animated and he was subdued," Melvin said. "You could tell he was feeling it."Jeff Francis (3-7) gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits over 3 1-3 innings, his second- shortest outing of the season. He walked two and did not strike out a batter in a game for the first time."I was falling behind guys in certain situations and that doesn't do me any good," Francis said. "When I did throw a good pitch they put some good swings on them."Melvin earned his first ejection in an Oakland uniform, getting tossed by third base umpire Tim Tschida in the top of the third."There was some miscommunication," Melvin said. "Tim thought I was arguing with him but I was just waving my arms and yelling because I thought we weren't getting calls. It was not great form getting kicked out."Weeks' two-out double scored two runners in the second during the A's four-run rally."Hitting is contagious in my opinion and when guys are hitting like that you think, 'Well, I better go up there and get a hit,'" Weeks said.Matsui led off the third with his sixth home run of the season and third in seven games after going homerless in his previous 23 games. Barton later added his second RBI of the game."I don't know the time difference but I'm pretty sure a lot of people in Japan will be watching," Melvin said.The Royals scored twice in the fifth to make it 6-2 on Cabrera's single and Francoeur's double.Weeks singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth and Suzuki doubled home a run in the seventh.Betemit and Pena each doubled in a run for the Royals in the eighth.Notes: Francis has not won consecutive road starts since 2007. He has a 6.93 ERA away from Kansas City. ... Barton tied Sean Casey for most games to start a season without a home run by a first baseman at 63. ... Melvin plans to give Matsui a start in each of the series played in National League parks during interleague play. ... Cabrera has a hit in 12 of his past 14 games. ... Francoeur went 1 for 5 and is now 2 for 20 with seven strikeouts on the road trip. ... A's right fielder Conor Jackson had a hit and walked against Francis, improving to .436 (17 for 39) against the left-hander.

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

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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.