A's come out swinging to beat Astros 11-3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp each added a two-run shot for Oakland. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a solo homer in the second inning to follow up his two-run single in the first against Jarred Cosart.
Cespedes' single came one batter before Callaspo connected for his second home run of the season. John Jaso drew Cosart's fourth walk of the first inning before Reddick hit his first homer with his own towering drive to right field.
That chased Cosart, who retired only one batter before being replaced by Paul Clemens.
Gray gave up more than one earned run for the first time this season.
Ross, Padres beat Cain and Giants 2-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
Ross beat Cain five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) and the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander was rarely in trouble, other than allowing a leadoff double to Angel Pagan. Ross then retired the next eight batters. He walked one.
Pablo Sandoval was the only Giants runner to reach third base, after hitting a single leading off the seventh and advancing on a walk and a double-play ball. He was stranded when Ross got Brandon Crawford to line to shortstop.
Cain allowed four hits and one unearned run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.
Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6
DETROIT (AP) - Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
The Angels chased Detroit starter Drew Smyly after three innings and then added seven runs off reliever Luke Putkonen. Los Angeles finished with 13 hits, 10 for extra bases.
Kendrick hit two-run homers in the third and fourth, and Pujols lined a three-run shot to left field in the sixth to give the Angels an 11-1 lead.
Jered Weaver allowed a run and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The Angels have won 10 straight against the Tigers, the longest active streak in the majors by one team over another.
Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf (GEHTS'-lahf) had a goal and an assist while wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw, Corey Perry scored his first playoff goal in three years, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves in his second postseason start, and Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal in the third period as the Ducks moved halfway to their first series victory since 2009. Anaheim has won just one postseason round since its only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 shots, while Alex Chiasson and Ryan Garbutt scored for the wild-card Stars, who took two one-goal losses to open their first playoff series since 2008.
Game 3 is Monday in Dallas.
D'Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Mike D'Antoni (dan-TOH'-nee) was still the Los Angeles Lakers' coach when he left their training complex Friday to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.
How long D'Antoni retains his job won't be decided at least until next week.
General manager Mitch Kupchak praised his embattled coach while the Lakers finished their final exit interviews following a franchise-worst 55-loss season.
D'Antoni will meet with Kupchak and Lakers owner Jim Buss in the near future to determine whether the veteran coach returns.
D'Antoni isn't disturbed or surprised by the scrutiny around him. He is 67-87 since taking over for Mike Brown early last season, and has occasionally clashed with stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Kupchak believes D'Antoni did well despite 319 man-games lost to injury.
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