Donaldson, A's rally in 11th to beat Angels again
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout's tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Lowrie led off the 11th with a single against Yoslan Herrera (0-1), the Angels' seventh pitcher. Donaldson hit a sharp grounder inside third base for the AL-leading A's, who have won four straight and eight of nine.
Jim Johnson (2-2) pitched two innings for Oakland, getting Howie Kendrick on a groundout with Trout and Albert Pujols in scoring position to end it.
Trout hit a two-run shot in the ninth for the Angels, who have lost three of four.
Nicasio solid in Rockies' 3-2 win over Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Juan Nicasio pitched six solid innings and the Colorado Rockies recorded a rare road victory with a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Nicasio (2-0) limited the light-hitting Padres to two runs on six hits. The right-hander allowed hits to San Diego's first four batters in the first inning as the Padres took a 2-0 lead. He gave up just two hits after that.
LaTroy Hawkins, the fourth Rockies reliever, pitched the ninth inning for his second save.
Colorado won for just the third time in nine road games this season.
Nicasio ran his career mark to 3-0 in six starts against San Diego with a 2.89 ERA.
The Rockies scratched together a single run in three separate innings, including the go-ahead run in the fifth off Robbie Erlin (1-1).
Padres' Josh Johnson set for further evaluation
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Padres starting right-hander Josh Johnson, who has yet to pitch this season, will undergo further evaluation this week.
Johnson, signed in the offseason to a one-year free agent contract, had a right forearm strain in spring training. The right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list March 29, retroactive to March 21.
"I don't know if you'd call it a setback, he just hasn't gotten better," Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday. "There's probably more tests and more evaluations (coming)."
The initial prognosis was that Johnson was due to be out about one month. But his lack of progress makes that time frame unlikely and has the club concerned he may be out for much longer.
Johnson underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs during the offseason.
Johnson has a history of arm issues, most notably Tommy John surgery in 2007.
Dodgers' Wilson activated for game vs. Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list before the game Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
The right-hander went on the DL with nerve irritation in his pitching elbow after appearing in two games, blowing a save and taking a loss. He threw two scoreless innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment.
Wilson, who saved 171 games for the Giants between 2006-12, was 2-1 with an 0.66 ERA for the Dodgers last season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also announced before the game that the team optioned left-hander Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque. Rodriguez (0-0, 3.18) appeared in eight games with the Dodgers.
Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.
Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and J.J. Redick added 18 points in the Clippers' finale at home, where they went 34-7 for another franchise mark. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 16 rebounds.
The win kept the Clippers in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would need to win at Portland and Oklahoma City would need to lose to Detroit on Wednesday night for the Clippers to claim the second spot. Otherwise, they will remain the third seed.
Los Angeles will have to get by without Griffin on the road since his 16th tech triggered a league-mandated one-game suspension.
Griffin's 16th tech triggers 1-game suspension
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension.
Griffin was assessed the tech with 3:23 left in the second quarter on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. He swung his right arm around to try to get the ball from Timofey Mozgov and hit Mozgov in the head.
Griffin pleaded his case with the referees to no avail.
Unless the league rescinds the tech, he will miss the Clippers' regular-season finale at Portland on Wednesday. It was Griffin's second tech in a week, having received his 15th last Wednesday against Oklahoma City.
Cal hires Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as coach
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California has hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its head coach.
Cal announced Martin's hiring Tuesday. He replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley.
Martin went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He was previously the coach at Missouri State.
Martin was scheduled to be introduced at Cal during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
49ers sign WR Brandon Lloyd to 1-year deal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.
The 49ers announced the deal Tuesday.
San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He was a member of the 49ers from 2003-05, when he caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns. That including leading the team with 48 receptions, 733 yards receiving and five TD catches in 2005.
Lloyd has also played for the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Chicago Bears (2008), Denver Broncos (2009-11), St. Louis Rams (2011) and New England Patriots (2012) during his career before sitting out last season.
Sark: Cody Kessler is still USC's starting QB
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts.
New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday night after USC's penultimate practice of the spring.
Sarkisian also says the competition will continue in fall camp, however.
Kessler started all 14 games as a sophomore last season, passing for 2,968 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions while playing for three head coaches. He was the MVP of the Trojans' victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, passing for a career-high 345 yards and four TDs.
Backup Max Wittek left USC after the season, and Sarkisian opened the competition in spring between Kessler and Browne, the nation's top high school quarterback in 2012. Browne redshirted last season.
Torres uncertain for playoff opener
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Raffi Torres is making progress but it's still unclear whether he'll play for the San Jose Sharks in their playoff opener Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
Torres missed all but five games during the regular season after undergoing surgery on Sept. 26 to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. The Sharks forward missed the first 59 regular-season games and returned to play the next five of six before sitting out the final 17.
Torres said he probably won't know until game day whether he'll be in the lineup for the Sharks when the first-round series opens in San Jose, but coach Todd McLellan said he looked really good" during practice Tuesday.
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