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“Record” Amount of Long Balls: The Lo-Down – 9/20

On a short version of the Lo-Down the guys talked about all of the home runs in Major League Baseball, and all of the different reasons that their are more home runs this season.  The guys also talked some NFL and other sports stories.  All that and more on The Lo-Down exclusively on Sports 1140 KHTK daily from 12-3PM. You can Subscribe, Rate, and Review The Lo-Down Podcast HERE, and you can Like Us on Facebook.  

Matt Olson Doesn’t Homer, A’s Still Sweep Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Now that he’s healthy, Daniel Mengden is showing his potential. The Oakland right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A’s to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year. “The arm’s felt great,” Mengden said. “I’m just trying to solidify myself a little more. Feels great to have this under my belt.” Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth, after the Tigers got within 3-2, to earn his first save. “We’ve got some youngsters hungry to make a name for themselves,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s a different feeling now. We need to go into the offseason having a positive road trip, and they responded very well.” Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed two earned runs in 12 innings with 19 strikeouts. “Finally, I got two good outings in a row,” Sanchez said. “I want to continue working and finish strong. I’m going to take the good stuff from this outing.” Semien’s double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Daniel Stumpf put the A’s ahead 3-0. “Overall, the pitching was good,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Sanchie was outstanding again. The homer off Stumpf hurt, but the pitching was good. We just didn’t muster enough runs.” Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third. In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded. “He’s doing great,” Melvin said of his starter. “He’s had some injuries, some rocky roads on the way back, but really seems to have found himself now.” The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Presley. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: C Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley. “Right now, it doesn’t look like a concussion,” Melvin said. “We’ll probably know better in the next couple days. More sore on his face, because of where the impact was.” STREAKING Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A’s rookie record. UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

FINAL: Giants 4, Rockies 0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood dug himself an early hole against the Giants and now the Rockies’ lead for the second NL wild card is in jeopardy after a 4-0 loss to last-place San Francisco on Wednesday, the club’s third straight defeat. Joe Panik hit a one-out triple in the first off Chatwood (8-13) and immediately scored on Denard Span’s sacrifice fly, then Panik doubled in the third and came home on Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly. The Rockies’ wild-card advantage had been trimmed to one game by the Brewers to begin the day. Milwaukee was playing a night game at Pittsburgh. Brandon Crawford hit a solo homer in the third to back Matt Moore (6-14), who earned his first win against Colorado after going 0-2 over his first three outings of the year. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

University Of The Pacific Men’s Basketball Hit With NCAA Violations

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) – The men’s basketball team at Pacific has been punished by the NCAA for academic and recruiting violations under former coach Ron Verlin. The NCAA said Wednesday that Verlin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules to get prospects eligible. He also failed to monitor his coaches and violated NCAA ethics rules when he encouraged others to give false information during the investigation. The baseball program was also cited because former coach Ed Sprague impermissibly provided an athletic training student with a $16,000 scholarship to help with the housing costs of two baseball student-athletes, including her brother. Penalties for the school include two years of probation, recruiting and scholarship reductions, a $5,000 fine and a vacation of all games in which ineligible athletes participated.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Broncos’ Siemian Starting To Make Believers Across The NFL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian is finally starting to get some love around the NFL. Through two weeks, the Denver Broncos’ third-year pro is tied for the league lead with six TD passes and the Broncos (2-0) are tops in the NFL with a 57 percent third-down conversion rate. Siemian spent his rookie year learning from Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, an apprenticeship he parlayed into the starting job by beating out the franchise’s supposed future QB, Paxton Lynch, in back-to-back summers. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is among the believers in the former part-time starter at Northwestern who thought long and hard about getting his real estate license when his college career ended on crutches. Jones was aware of the Broncos’ brilliant defense but was admittedly surprised to see Siemian carve up his Cowboys with four TD passes in a 42-17 shellacking in Denver last weekend. “We were a little taken aback by how well they did offensively,” Jones said. “Their quarterback played outstanding.” Siemian has now started 16 games, the equivalent of a full season, and he’s gone 10-6 while throwing for 3,851 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions — the kind of numbers that would be impressive for a first-round pick, let alone a seventh. “Definitely room for a lot of improvement, you know, all over the place, I can tell you,” Siemian said Wednesday. “But it’s just playing you get more comfortable certainly, just feel for the game, things happen a little slower for you. So, it’s like anybody else, the more you play the more comfortable you get and usually the better off you are.” Siemian is the only Broncos QB with two dozen TD throws in his first 16 career NFL starts (his boss, John Elway, had 11). So, isn’t it high time that Siemian gets some respect, wondered Phil Simms, a Super Bowl winner and longtime CBS commentator. “I love the way he plays. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. He hangs in there, takes big hits, he throws the ball on time, he throws it with anticipation and he throws a perfect spiral almost every single throw,” Simms said “I wish everybody would get over the fact that he is their quarterback. And, ‘Oh he wasn’t a high draft pick,’ or ‘He’s not a franchise guy.’ Well, you know what? I think he really is.” Sean McDermott, whose Bills (1-1) host the Broncos this weekend, was one of Siemian’s earliest converts. “I had the chance to go against Trevor a year ago when I was with the Panthers, the opening game of the year . I was impressed with him then. I continue to be impressed,” McDermott said. “He’s smart. He does a lot in between plays in terms of at the line of scrimmage. He knows where to go with the football based on coverage looks. He gets in and out of plays at the line. He’s efficient.” Sort of like another Broncos QB hailed as much for his above-the-shoulders acumen as anything he could do physically. Siemian acknowledged he didn’t think he’d get drafted when the Broncos chose him with the 250th overall pick in 2015 while he was recovering from knee surgery. But he forced his way onto a Super Bowl-bound roster as a rookie and spent his last two summers dispatching much-hyped first-round QBs Lynch and Mark Sanchez. Siemian might be the biggest bargain in the league, too. While his backup, Osweiler, is making $16 million, and Lynch is getting $880,000, Siemian is pulling in $615,000 this season. His $36,176 weekly paycheck is slightly more than the $30,000 that running back Jonathan Williams is pulling in every week on Denver’s practice squad. Big paychecks are almost certainly in his future, but Siemian is singularly focused on today .
“Trevor works, man. He’s not really looking for the numbers or if he stands next to Matt Ryan or this person or that person,” running back C.J. Anderson said. “Trevor’s just a grinder. I think his goal is like all our goals: be the best you can be on Sunday, correct it on Monday and then move on.” Siemian spent much of his offseason in the film room to understand defenses better and in the weight room to get better at escaping the rush, both of which are paying off. He already has 33 yards and his first career touchdown on 11 runs after averaging just two runs and 2.0 yards per game last year. Anderson said the proof in Siemian’s progress is in his pre-snap adjustments. “Yeah, I think third-and-6 run check was just, you know, something that 18 would have done,” Anderson said of Siemian’s Manning-like decision Sunday that resulted in a 9-yard run and ignited a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that salted away the Cowboys. “He’s definitely understanding the game more,” Anderson said. Notes: OLB Von Miller (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, as was nickel CB Bradley Roby (ankle), but coach Vance Joseph said he had no concerns about their availability Sunday. By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

After 0-10 Start, Raiders QB Derek Carr Nears .500 Mark

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Derek Carr has almost completed the climb out of the hole created by the 0-10 start to his career. Heading into his 50th career start on Sunday night in Washington, Carr has a chance to even his career winning percentage to .500 as part of a rapid rise from a rough beginning to his tenure with the Oakland Raiders. “Whenever you start 0-10, it usually doesn’t end well, but I’m glad that we’re trending in the right direction,” Carr said Wednesday. “That first year, as we all know, was rough for everybody. To be able to win some more games since that day, it’s a good thing.” After those 10 straight losses as a rookie, Carr won three of his final six starts in 2014 and then went 7-9 the following year in the first season with Jack Del Rio as coach. Things really started to progress last year when the team went 12-4 – with one loss coming when Carr was sidelined by a broken leg – and the quality of play has only increased this season. Oakland has won its first two games for the first time since the AFC championship season in 2002 and is the first team since Denver in 2010 to score at least 70 points and commit no turnovers the first two weeks of the season. Carr is a major reason for that success. He is completing 75 percent of his passes through two games, has increased his yards per attempt from 7.0 last year to 8.2 so far this year and has five TD passes, no interceptions and a 126.5 passer rating. “He’s awesome,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on a conference call. “He’s a great player. He has great command of the offense. He really has a great knack for giving receivers catchable balls. It looks like they’re covered and he can drop the ball in buckets that not many people would throw, let alone complete. His receivers do a great of tracking it for him. I’ve just been impressed with his poise in the pocket, his command of the game, and obviously the results that he’s had.” For his career, Carr has thrown for 11,686 yards and 86 TDs with a passer rating of 89.2. He needs 310 yards this week to move into the top 10 for most by a quarterback in his first 50 games and with three TDs he can tie Andrew Luck for the fifth-most TD passes. Carr never doubted this success would come, even as the losses piled up his rookie season and he watched his first coach, Dennis Allen, get fired four games into the campaign. “I just knew at some point it has to change, because when you do things the right way, it’s got to change eventually,” he said. “So, every single game, I went out there, all 10 of those games, and thought, ‘Yeah, this is the one. We’re going to win.’ And it just didn’t work out that way. I knew that we were building something special. I knew that the culture us players had taken on and wanted to put into this building was special.” Carr has gotten plenty of help in the turnaround, especially on offense. The Raiders have one of the top offensive lines in the league with three returning Pro Bowlers in center Rodney Hudson, left guard Kelechi Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn, an emerging young star at right guard in Gabe Jackson and newcomer Marshall Newhouse, who has upgraded the right tackle spot. Marshawn Lynch has come out of retirement to give Oakland a power running game to complement speedsters Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree form one of the most productive duos in the league. With tight end Jared Cook adding another threat in the passing game and Cordarrelle Patterson providing another threat with his speed as a receiver or out of the backfield, the Raiders have one of the league’s most complete offenses. “I feel like we have a lot of talent,” Carr said. “I think that our front office and our coaches have done a great job of bringing that in, but it doesn’t mean anything unless we go out and do it on the field. That is the coolest part to me, is that our guys sat in there in meetings, attentive, ready to learn what’s next, what’s the game plan. When we hit this field, it’ll be full speed. It’ll be all out, everything they’ve got. I think it’s cool to have the weapons and all that, but the cool thing to me is what we do not even on Sundays, it’s what we do in between the days leading up.”
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A’s Sweep Tigers With 3-2 Win

DETROIT (AP) – Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A’s to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year. Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save. Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three. Semien’s double in the third inning brought home Bruce Maxwell, who led off with a double. His two-run homer in the seventh put the A’s up 3-0. Mengden worked out of a few jams. He got Nick Castellanos to fly out to deep right center with two out and runners on the corners in the third. In the fifth, after allowing two-out singles to Alex Presley and Jeimer Candelario, Mengden induced another deep flyout from Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos led off the sixth with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Mengden got a strikeout and two popouts to leave him stranded. The Tigers threatened in the ninth off Ryan Dull, who allowed a one-out, two-run single to Andrew Romine. Hendriks relieved Dull and got Jose Iglesias to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Presley. TRAINER’S ROOM Athletics: C Bruce Maxwell left in the ninth after taking a foul ball to the mask from Iglesias. Maxwell stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Josh Phegley. STREAKING Castellanos extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games with his single in the sixth. … Oakland 1B Matt Olson went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He had homered in five straight games entering Wednesday, setting an A’s rookie record. UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39 ERA) faces Texas on Friday. The Rangers have not announced their starter. Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-12, 6.18) takes on Minnesota LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.62) on Thursday in Detroit.
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