Following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start


Following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start

June 3, 2011
Editor's Note: Mychael Urban is at the San Jose Giants Single-A game, following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start. Follow @MUrbanCSN's real-time updates on Twitter.
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8:55 p.m: Pablo is done for the night after four innings, now working out on a stairmaster in the SJ Giants workout shed. That concludes our play-by-play.

7:55 p.m.: Sandoval up ... still doing his pre-AB dance ... 1-0 fastball outside ... Foul ball, 1-1 ... Way outside, 2-1 ... Way outside again, 3-1 ... You knew he'd swing there ... Foul ball, full count ... Swing and a miss, high breaking ball. Sandoval only Gigantito without a hit or a walk.

7:49 p.m.: Chopper forces Sandoval to leap for it at third base, it tips off the top of the glove for an infield single. Jordan he's not.

7:46 p.m.: Anyone expecting Sandoval to come out raking after a month offwrist surgery might be expecting a tad much. Tonight is about being pain-free.
7:44 p.m.: Weak chopper to second base. Pablo's 0-for-2.

7:40 p.m.: I know play-by-play of a minor league at-bat might be tedious to some, but ... fastball low. 1-0. Wear it.

7:30 p.m.: Hector Sanchez chopper over first baseman scores Sandoval and runner behind him. 3-0 Giants.

7:26 p.m.: Ryan Cavan doubles down right-field line to make it 1-0, Sandoval held at third.

7:23 p.m.: Bouncer to second baseman, who flips to shortstop for forceout, Pablo down line quickly enough to make shortstop eat throw. First and 3rd

7:20 p.m.: Fastball down and away. 1-0 ... Cutter, strike 1 called ... Breaking ball, strike 2 called.

7:18 p.m.: Huge ovation for Sandoval, wearing No. 35, as he steps into left-side box with two on, nobody out.

7:13 p.m.: Pablo Sandoval batting third for the Gigantitos, coming up soon.

6:50 p.m.: Pablo showing big love for San Jose Giants fans here. Signed many autographs.

4:55 p.m.: Pablo looked good in BP. Just talked to him for a bit. Digs being back with the kids but really eager to join the San Francisco Giants.

4 p.m.: I am in the press box at the San Jose Giants game, and the press box is decidedly minor league. LOVE IT! This, my friends, is real ball!

Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'


Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

As you might expect when Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City, things got chippy at several moments Wednesday.

Once during the second quarter and again in the third quarter, Durant and former running mate Russell Westbrook could be seen yapping at each other. During the latter incident, the two literally went nose-to-nose, touching foreheads before being sperated.

After the Warriors' 108-91 loss to the Thunder, Durant was asked about the exchanges.

"Man, that's just ball. That's just ball me. He's competitive, I'm competitive. We like to go at it. Both of us. That's just part of the game, so I respect it. I got nothing but love for him. I'm expecting it again when we play them again. All fun and games to me," Durant told reporters.

Despite what the cameras caught, Durant tried to downplay the level of emotions between the two teams on the court.

"Can't let emotion seep into business. Can't do that. So I think on our end, we were just playing our game. They just played better than us tonight. The emotion around the court, around the arena, around the city I'm sure was a little higher than it was on the court. can't let emotion seep in. Just have to play better than that," Durant said.

When a reporter kept pressing about the incidents between Durant and Westbrook, the Warriors forward pushed back.

"Did you watch the game? Or did you watch for the scuffles? The story is about the game. We lost, they kicked our a**, they played a great. You should give them credit for how they played. We should be better. It's not about who's in each other's faces. That stuff is not real. So please, don't believe it. All the fans, they are lying to you. It's all about basketball. They played a great game. We didn't," Durant retorted.

So how did returning to his former home for the first time this season compare to his first trip back last year?

"It was a little better. Nothing like the first. I'm sure everyone in the arena said what they had to say," Durant said.

The next two times Durant and Westbrook meet up, it will be in Oakland (Feb.6 and Feb. 24). The Warriors don't return to Oklahoma City until April 3, 2018.

Jones strong in goal, contains Coyotes to snap Sharks' three-game skid


Jones strong in goal, contains Coyotes to snap Sharks' three-game skid


GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Logan Couture scored his team-best 11th goal to help lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Joe Thornton also scored and Joel Ward added an empty-net goal with 47.8 to play for the Sharks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Brendan Perlini scored with 7:37 to go, ruining Sharks goalie Martin Jones' bid for his second shutout of the season. The Coyotes saw their season-high three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the eighth time in nine home games (1-7-1).

Jones finished with 26 saves.

Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta left at 14:37 of the first period with an upper-body injury. Couture had collided with Raanta more than four minutes earlier, earning an interference penalty. Raanta skated to the bench during a stoppage in play and retreated to the locker room.

Scott Wedgewood took Raanta's place and was in net for only five seconds before the Sharks broke through. Wedgewood stopped Brent Burns' long shot from the top of the right circle even after it deflected off San Jose right wing Timo Meier. But the rebound kicked to the bottom of the right circle, where Thornton swept in and beat the goalie with a quick wrist shot.

San Jose made it 2-0 at 4:56 of the second, taking advantage of Arizona's inability to clear the zone while the Sharks were on a line change.

Justin Braun fought three Coyotes for the puck along the right boards before Joonas Donskoi swooped in, skated to the goal line then sent a pass across to Couture. Couture deked Wedgewood to the ice with a forehand fake, then scored on the backhand.

Perlini cut the lead to 2-1 when he redirected Derek Stepan's shot from the top of the right circle past Jones.

NOTES: Thornton has 22 goals and 83 points in 82 career games against Arizona. ... The Coyotes, who had played seven of their past eight on the road, opened a three-game homestand. ... Raanta made eight saves before leaving and has stopped 98 of the past 105 shots he's faced. ... Couture's goal was his first in five games.


Sharks: visit Las Vegas on Friday