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  • 31 May
    导出博客文章SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings took just enough encouragement from a win on
    the final day of a long road trip to provide comfort that their season may begin
    to turn around now that they get to hang out at home for a while.Their first
    visitor is a New Orleans Pelicans team dealing with a campaign that seems to be
    spinning out of control already.The Pelicans, fresh off their seventh
    consecutive loss to start the season, roll into Golden 1 Center on Tuesday
    night. They bring with them a six-game winning streak against the host Kings,
    but thats about the only positive thing on their end.Sacramento hasnt had many
    high moments in the seasons first two weeks, but a win in the finale of a
    five-game road trip was one of them. The Kings 96-91 victory over the Toronto
    Raptors on Sunday prevented a winless trek on their five-game roadie, the teams
    first of the year.Much needed, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins called it. It was a
    confidence boost and a momentum boost.Now they begin a stretch in which seven of
    their next eight are at home, with coach Dave Joerger hoping his teams defense
    against the Raptors is an indicator of things to come. The Kings held Toronto to
    36 percent shooting and turned around the game by holding the Raptors to only 16
    third-quarter points while surrendering a season-low 91.That effort came after
    Sacramento allowed an average of 108.3 points in the first four games of the
    trip, including a season-high 117 in a loss at Milwaukee on Saturday.
    Sacramento, which finished last in the NBA allowing 109.1 points per game a
    season ago, was 15th (102.9) through their first six games this season.We did
    what were hoping to make our identity throughout the course of the year, Joerger
    said. Thats getting after people defensively.Offensively, Kings center DeMarcus
    Cousins still provides the biggest production. His 25.5-point scoring average
    ranked ninth in the NBA through Sunday, and he also was averaging 9.1 rebounds,
    good for 19th. He clobbered the Pelicans in both categories a season ago,
    averaging 29.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in four games against them.The Kings
    didnt win any of them, however. New Orleans hasnt lost to Sacramento since Nov.
    25, 2014.Continuing that success would be a welcome development for head coach
    Alvin Gentry, whose teams season-opening seven-game skid is one longer than a
    season ago. The Pelicans overcame a 21-point deficit at Golden State on Monday
    before losing 116-106. That loss followed two straight overtime defeats.As
    Gentry tries to hold his team together, its season appears to be crumbling. The
    Pelicans already were without guards Jrue Holiday (personal reasons), Tyreke
    Evans (right knee) and Quincy Poindexter (left knee), when they lost guard Lance
    Stephenson to a groin injury last week.New Orleans released Stephenson on Monday
    and signed guard Archie Goodwin to replace him.I dont know what to say. It just
    sucks, center Anthony Davis said of New Orleans early struggles. Weve got to
    keep fighting. Just keep fighting and find a way to win.Center Anthony Davis
    hasnt been the problem. He finished Mondays game against the Warriors averaging
    30.4 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Davis has tallied 30 percent of New
    Orleans points and 28 percent of their boards.The Kings chances depend on
    stopping him. Davis, now in his third year out of Kentucky -- the same college
    Cousins attended -- averaged a team-high 27.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three
    games against Sacramento a season ago.Sacramento will welcome back point guard
    Darren Collison after his eight-game suspension for a domestic violence
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    speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run,
    pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking
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    right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the
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    talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good
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    . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can
    score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as
    Utah built an 18-point lead. ST. LOUIS -- Khris Davis saw he had a chance to
    score, so he took off.Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in the eighth
    inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied for two runs, beating the St. Louis
    Cardinals 3-2 Saturday night.Oakland trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Davis
    singled with one out against Matt Bowman (2-5) and Ryon Healy doubled, extending
    the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 13 games.Seung Hwan Oh
    relieved and Max Muncy hit a grounder that Brandon Moss stopped with a dive, but
    Davis easily beat the throw to score the tying run.The play was to see the ball
    through the middle, stay on the corners, Davis said. He dove, so as soon as he
    dove I thought it would be a good time to go.Brett Eibner followed with a
    sacrifice fly.St. Louis starter Mike Leake was scratched because he was still
    recovering from having shingles. The Cardinals fell to 1-8 in interleague games
    at Busch Stadium this season.Zach Neal pitched a career-best six innings.
    Oakland pitchers held the Cardinals without a hit after the fourth inning,
    retiring the last 17 batters.I caught a second wind after that third inning,
    said Neal. My mechanics started flowing a little bit. The ball was coming out
    better than it was early on.Daniel Coulombe (2-1) and Liam Hendriks combined for
    two perfect innings to set up Ryan Madson, who pitched a perfect ninth for his
    26th save.They were great, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said about his bullpen.
    Daniels now all of a sudden in a role he hasnt been in before and has to go back
    out and get the first out of the eighth. Hendriks came in. He was probably more
    rested then weve had in a while and then to get a clean ninth against that team
    with no base runners.Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes made hiis first major league
    start, giving up one run on two hits and four walks in 4 2/3
    innings.ddddddddddddI feel like my command could have been better, Reyes said.
    Four walks, I wasnt able to get deep in the game, but I tried to execute pitches
    as best as I can. Things didnt work my way, but hopefully next time they
    will.Zach Duke relieved and hit pinch-hitter Danny Valencia to load the bases,
    then walked Davis to force home a run. Reyes had started his big league career
    with five relief appearances, pitching 9 1/3 scoreless innings.Randal Grichuk
    hit his 18th homer, a 431-foot drive in the second. The Cardinals have homered
    in 16 straight games, one shy of their season best.ENSHRINEMENTPrior to the
    game, the Cardinals inducted former players Joe Torre, Chris Carpenter and Terry
    Moore, as well as former club president Sam Breadon, into the teams Hall of
    Fame.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: C Josh Phegley was hospitalized Friday night with
    synovitis in his right knee. He underwent surgery on the knee on July 5 to
    remove a cruciate ligament cyst and was supposed to go out on a Minor League
    rehab assignment on Saturday.Cardinals: Manager Mike Matheny said Leake first
    displayed symptoms of shingles on Monday and has been healing slowly.UP
    NEXTAthletics: RHP Andrew Triggs (0-1, 4.38 ERA) will be making his fifth career
    major league start. The As will be trying to win their first road series since
    taking two of three from Texas Rangers from July 25-27.Cardinals: LHP Jaime
    Garcia (10-9, 4.37 ERA) will be making his first career start against Oakland.
    He is 1-1 with an 11.00 ERA in his last two starts. ' ' '