Cain faces Hamels in NLCS Game 3 rematch


Cain faces Hamels in NLCS Game 3 rematch

July 27, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The first rematch of last season's NLCS was a convincing Philadelphia Phillies win. Handing the ball to Cole Hamels should give the MLB-leading Phillies a good shot at making it two straight over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Hamels faces the Giants on Wednesday night for the first time since losing Game 3 of the NLCS, and it could be another duel against Matt Cain if a stomach illness sidelines Tim Lincecum again.

Meeting for the first time since the Giants ended the Phillies' two-year reign atop the NL with a six-game series victory, Philadelphia (65-37) improved its major league-best home record to 38-16 with Tuesday's 7-2 win.

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Vance Worley pitched a three-hitter, Raul Ibanez had a three-run homer and Ryan Howard, Chase Utley (inside-the-park homer) and John Mayberry each hit a solo shot.

Manager Charlie Manuel's club continues its 10-game stretch in Philadelphia with Hamels (12-5, 2.62 ERA) going for another dominant home start. The left-hander improved to 7-3 with a 2.29 ERA at Citizens Bank Park on Friday with eight innings of three-hit ball in a 3-1 victory over San Diego.

Hamels, who matched a season high with 10 strikeouts and set down the last 10 batters he faced, has given up three runs or fewer in 18 of his 21 starts.

"I've seen him develop into a pitcher who can do a lot of things," Padres manager Bud Black said. "His movement on his fastball and on his change and his command of his pitches have really improved. He's showing that being an All-Star is warranted."

Hamels is 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA in eight regular-season starts against San Francisco (59-44). In Game 3 of the NLCS, he struck out eight but allowed three runs in six innings of the 3-0 defeat.

Cain (8-6, 3.06), who threw seven innings of two-hit ball in that Oct. 19 matchup for his first career postseason victory, will get the ball Wednesday if Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) still isn't feeling well. Lincecum, 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his last six starts, was scheduled to start Tuesday, but was scratched in favor of Barry Zito.

The Phillies might be pulling for Cain to get the ball. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in five starts versus Philadelphia prior to the NLCS.

Lincecum, meanwhile, is 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA in seven regular-season outings against the Phillies. The two-time NL Cy Young winner went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts versus Philadelphia in the 2010 postseason before pitching in relief in the pennant-clinching win Oct. 23.

Utley, who has reached base safely in 28 straight games and is 10 for 20 with three homers over his last six contests, likely wouldn't mind if Lincecum takes more time to recover. Utley is just 2 for 20 with eight strikeouts against the right-hander in the regular season.

He has fared far better against Cain, going 7 for 15 with three home runs.

Howard, who reached 20 homers for the seventh consecutive season Tuesday, has six hits - including three home runs - in 19 at-bats versus Lincecum. The Phillies first baseman is 2 for 10 with two homers against Cain.

Giants outfielder Cody Ross, last season's NLCS MVP, is in the midst of a 1-for-17 slump after going 0 for 3 on Tuesday. Ross, though, is 9 for 30 with four homers off Hamels - the most the left-hander has surrendered to any batter.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.