Sports Minute: Here is the latest California sports news from The Associated Press
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 last 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.
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 last night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss. 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.
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 last 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.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Mike D'Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers' coach when he left their training complex yesterday 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 after a franchise-worst 55-loss season.
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