Big test for Lincecum, Giants in Colorado


Big test for Lincecum, Giants in Colorado

April 18, 2011

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Coverage begins at 5 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

DENVER (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants won the NL West last season en route to their first World Series title, but it already looks like the Colorado Rockies are a serious threat to a second straight division crown.

The red-hot Rockies will test their major league-best record against the Giants when the teams begin a three-game series at Coors Field on Monday night.

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While San Francisco (8-7) appears to be back on track after a slow start with four wins in five games, the Giants still trail Colorado (12-3) by four games.

The Rockies rebounded from a rare loss with a 9-5 victory over the Cubs on Sunday, their eighth win in nine contests. Dexter Fowler ignited a four-run eighth inning with a two-out, two-run double and Carlos Gonzalez, who was given Saturday off while mired in a 3-for-24 slump, had four hits and two RBIs.

"We have a bunch of different weapons and we can hurt you a bunch of different ways," Fowler said. "I'm just happy it was my turn. And it was important to come off (Saturday's loss) like we did. It shows the character of the team. We had lost a couple of close games but that was our first real blowout. We bounced back nicely."

Sunday marked another big offensive performance for the Rockies, who have scored 56 runs during their 8-1 surge and have 51 hits in their past five games.

Sustaining that level of offense, however, figures to be difficult against two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (1-1, 1.86 ERA).

After giving up one earned run over 14 innings in his first two outings, Lincecum labored against the Dodgers on Tuesday. He allowed three runs and six hits while throwing 115 pitches in 5 1-3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 5-4 win.

The right-hander is 7-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 starts against Colorado, splitting four decisions last season. Lincecum was dominant in the final two meetings of 2010, posting a 1.13 ERA while pitching eight innings in each.

Todd Helton is 10 for 28 with a home run and two doubles against Lincecum while Chris Iannetta is 6 for 12 with two doubles and a homer.

The Giants hope to bounce back behind their ace after they had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 6-5, 12-inning loss at Arizona on Sunday.

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"It was one of those tough beats but we won three series in a row and that's all you can ask for," said Aubrey Huff, who hit his first home run of the season.

Monday was expected to be the season debut of Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez, but his return to the mound has been pushed back a day and instead Esmil Rogers (2-0, 2.77) will take the mound.

Though he won for the second time in as many starts, Rogers wasn't nearly as sharp Wednesday against the Mets as he was in an outstanding season debut. He gave up three runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-4 win at Citi Field.

The right-hander made two starts and two relief appearances against San Francisco last season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in the starts.

The Rockies and Giants split 18 games last season, with San Francisco winning four of the last five.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings


Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings

Michael Malone won't be on the sideline when his Nuggets take on his former team on Monday night.

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Malone has been suspended without pay for the game against the Kings.

The suspension stems from Malone "entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official" during Denver's game against the Lakers on Sunday. The incident occurred midway through the second quarter.

Malone was hired as head coach of the Kings prior to the 2013-14 season. He was fired just 24 games into the 2014-15 season.

Coverage of the Nuggets and Kings gets underway at 6:30pm on NBC Sports California and streaming on the NBC Sports App.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.