Bumgarner sparkles in Giants' 7-0 rout of Reds


Bumgarner sparkles in Giants' 7-0 rout of Reds

March 10, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTS POSTGAMEVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Even in spring training, Madison Bumgarner wanted to get even.Bumgarner struck out six in four scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants hit three quick home runs off Bronson Arroyo in a 7-0 win Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds.Bumgarner retired the first 10 Reds before Brandon Phillips singled in the fourth. That was the only hit allowed by Bumgarner, who walked none."These guys roughed me up when I faced them last year. I definitely didn't forget about it," he said. It's the best I've felt all spring. I feel like I'm where I need to be right now."Bumgarner was a rookie when he won in the World Series last year. He is listed as Giants' fifth starter this season."We don't think of him as our No. 5 guy," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's just the way we set it up. We did what's best for him and for the team. He's a big strong guy. He's throwing the ball better really than he'd thrown all year."Andres Torres, Freddy Sanchez and Cody Ross homered against Arroyo in a four-run third inning.
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"They hit three off-speed pitches out," Arroyo said. "I was tired after three innings. I just threw all fastballs in the fourth to build my arm strength."Edinson Volquez, the Reds' opening-day starter, made his first spring appearance after clearing up a visa problems in the Dominican Republic. Set to go three innings, he reached his pitch count after 2 1-3 innings."My arm feels good but my body is pretty tired," Volquez said. "I flew out of the Dominican at 7:30 a.m. and didn't get here until 10:30 p.m. I am just happy to get into a game."Volquez will next pitch in a minor league game on March 15."I'm just happy that he's healthy," manager Dusty Baker said.Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman gave up a run on two hits in two innings but struck out three."He threw some good changeups," Baker said. "We wanted to give him another pitch to get them off his fastball. He looked better than he did the last time out."Edgar Renteria, the World Series MVP last year with San Francisco, played for Cincinnati. Giants fans gave him a standing ovation and chanted "MVP!"
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"It was pretty neat. We all appreciate what Edgar did for us," Bochy said.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip


NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.


Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.