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Bumgarner historically bad, Giants fall to Twins 9-2

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Bumgarner historically bad, Giants fall to Twins 9-2

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ben Revere stood in the on-deck circle waiting for his second at-bat of the first inning and watched as pitcher Carl Pavano went for a major league-record ninth straight hit to start the game."He tried to break it," Revere said, chuckling. "He was hacking. I loved it."Pavano struck out swinging.That was about the only pitch from Madison Bumgarner they missed.Revere had two hits and two RBIs to highlight an eight-run first inning, and the surging Twins tied a major league record by opening with eight consecutive hits in a 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night."We got hits. We got plenty of hits. And they kept coming," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.Luke Hughes had a two-run single to help chase Bumgarner (3-9) before some fans even found their seats at cozy AT&T Park. The left-hander recorded just one out.Pavano (5-5) scattered nine hits in eight innings to help Minnesota win its eighth straight. The Giants have lost five in a row and fell a half-game behind Arizona for first in the NL West.Minnesota's blazing start was as swift as it was stunning.In the first eight batters, each single was followed by a double. The hard-hit pitches came early in the count - 22 of Bumgarner's 25 pitches were for strikes - and were sprayed in every direction.Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Danny Valencia also had run-scoring hits in the opening inning. If not for Pavano batting in the NL park, Minnesota's streak might have continued.After Revere followed Pavano with a double, Bumgarner was replaced by Guillermo Mota, who tossed 4 2-3 scoreless innings and hit a double. Bumgarner's night last all of about 15 minutes."It was pretty pathetic," he said.About the only bright spots for the defending World Series champions came far too late: Eli Whiteside homered in the seventh and Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single in the eighth to snap the San Francisco's 0-for-31 skid with runners in scoring position.Pavano admitted he didn't have his best stuff - but he didn't need it."They were a little anxious," he said. "They're trying to get the lead back. Eight runs is a big deficit. You tend to try to do too much, which worked in my favor."Bumgarner's ERA for what was by far the worst start of his career was 216.00, and his season ERA went from 3.21 to 4.06 after starting the game with the third-worst run support in the NL. No matter who starts, the Giants have scored eight runs or more in only five games all season.So it was basically over before a Giants player came to the plate.Alexi Casilla also homered in the ninth for the Twins. Not that they needed any extra support.The last major league team to start a game with eight straight hits was the Chicago Cubs against Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 2009, according to information the Elias Sports Bureau provided to the Giants. The Twins also were the first American League team to open with eight straight hits since the New York Yankees did it against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990."That's a first for me to see it quite go like that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's hard to do. Madison's been throwing the ball so well, and even though he's off it's still hard to do. I don't care if you're throwing batting practice out there."We just couldn't stop it."NOTES: Giants LHP Barry Zito threw a two-hit shutout in a rehab start for Triple-A Fresno against Salt Lake. ... Bochy and Gardenhire have been friends since they were teammates for the New York Mets' former Triple-A affiliate in Tidewater, Va., from 1981-82. Bochy even rented Gardenhire's house in the summer of 1992 while managing Double-A Wichita. "He overcharged me," Bochy said, chuckling. "He still won't pay me back." ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau will have a cast removed from his left wrist on Friday or Saturday. ... Twins closer Joe Nathan was scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester.

Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

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Kerr dreams of world with quiet Trump and LaVar Ball: 'Wouldn't that be great?'

In the real world, the President of the United States Donald Trump started a Twitter feud with LaVar Ball on Sunday. 

Trump believes he should have left three college athletes, including Ball's son LiAngelo, in a Chinese jail for shoplifting. In return, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wants the two to simply stop talking.

"It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet," Kerr said to reporters at the Barclays Center. "Wouldn't that be great?"

Coach Kerr on LaVar/Trump beef: “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.”

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"Modern life. Two people seeking attention and are both getting it, so I'm sure both guys are really happy," Kerr initially said when first asked about the two. 

Unprompted, Kerr then asked reporters for a request to help us all. 

"You know what would help, if all of you stopped covering both of them," Kerr pleaded. "Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don't think you can stop covering the President. I don't think that'll work." 

Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

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Ex-Warriors All-Star David Lee announces his retirement from the NBA

In the span of about 16 days, David Lee has made a lot of changes to his life.

On Nov. 3, he announced that he got engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

On Sunday, the former Warriors All-Star forward announced his retirement from the NBA with a post on Instagram.

"An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family! Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!" Lee wrote as the caption for a photo of him with all his friends.

Former teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were among those that "Liked" the posted. Curry even left a comment.

"They'll still always have trouble with the pitch and follow man Man! Congrats," Curry wrote.

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season.

The 34-year-old capped off his tenure with the Warriors by winning an NBA championship in 2015. After the playoff run, the Warriors traded Lee to Boston. He spent last season with the Spurs and appeared in 79 games.