Giants Add Adrianza, Neal to 40-Man Roster

Giants Add Adrianza, Neal to 40-Man Roster


SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contracts of infielder Ehire Adrianza and outfielder Thomas Neal and have added both players to the club's 40-man roster, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

With today's transactions, San Francisco now has 36 players on its 40-man roster.

Adrianza, 21, spent the entire 2010 season with the San Jose Giants, helping the club win their second-straight California League Championship. Voted as the best defensive shortstop in the California League in 2010, Adrianza batted .256 (114-for-445) with 22 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 35 RBI in 124 games for the Giants. He went 33-for-48 in stolen base attempts with his 33 stolen bags ranking as fourth-most in the California League. A non-roster invitee to the Giants Major League camp this past spring, the Venezuela native hit .250 (5-for-20) with one home run and two RBI in eight games of San Jose's run to the Championship.

Originally signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Adrianza was tabbed as the eighth-best prospect by Baseball America entering the 2010 campaign. In five professional seasons in the Giants minor league system, Adrianza has batted .246 (312-for-1,270) with 61 doubles, six home runs and 124 RBI in 369 games.

Neal, a 23-year-old outfielder from Inglewood, Calif., spent his first season at the double-A level playing for Richmond in 2010. He batted .291 (153-for-525) with 40 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 136 games for the Flying Squirrels. The 2010 mid-season All-Star finished third in the Eastern League in doubles and fifth in hits.

Neal, who also attended big league camp for the first time last spring, had one of the greatest individual seasons in San Jose Giants history in 2009, ranking third in club history in doubles (41), fourth in batting average (.337) and tied for fifth in home runs (22). In addition to winning San Jose's team MVP award in '09, he was selected to the Topps Class A All-Star team and was tabbed by California League managers, in a survey by Baseball America, as "top hitting prospect" and as having "best outfield arm."

Selected by the Giants in the 37th round of the 2005 draft, Neal owns a .296 (487-for-1,643) batting average with 54 home runs and 264 RBI in 442 minor league games over five seasons.

Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


NEW YORK — Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped xx shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.

Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.

Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.

With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.

San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period.

Donskoi increased the Sharks' lead to 3-0 with 38 seconds left in the second as he skated into the right circle and beat Lundqvist glove-side inside the right post.

The Rangers controlled the play for most of the first period while outshooting the Sharks 16-8, but trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Couture, who had his second career hat trick in a loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday night, got San Jose on the scoreboard 1:56 into the game. With Jones pulled for an extra skater on a delayed penalty, Brent Burns sent pass from the right circle up top to Couture, who fired a slap shot from straightaway past Lundqvist.

Jones had two nice saves on back-to-back attempts in close by Pavel Buchnevich with a little more than nine minutes left in the first.

Heed doubled the Sharks' lead with 7:15 left as he brought the puck up the right side and sent a bad-angle shot from near the goal line along the boards. The puck trickled through Lundqvist's pads for the 26-year-old's first career goal in his seventh NHL game.

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 25 seconds late in the opening period, but Jones stoppedZibanejad's shot from top of the left circle, and Rick Nash missed with an attempt in close.

NOTES: Couture has six goals and three assists in his last four games. ... The Sharks are 30 for 31 on the penalty kill in seven games since giving up three power-play goals in the season- opener against Philadelphia. ... The teams conclude the season series Jan. 25 at San Jose. ... Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk played in his 500th career regular season game. ... New York F Rick Nash played in his 999th game. ... D Marc Staal played in his 699th game — all with the Rangers — and passed Mark Messier and Steve Vickers for sole possession of 12th place on the franchise list. ... New York has given up 15 goals in the first period this season.


Sharks: At Boston on Thursday night in the fifth of a six-game trip that concludes at Buffalo on Saturday.

Rangers: Host Arizona on Thursday night in the finale of a season-high six-game homestand.

Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'


Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'

Running back Marshawn Lynch formally appealed his one-game suspension on Monday afternoon.

The Raiders hope to hear a ruling by Tuesday.

“I think we expect to hear something early in the week, hopefully by tomorrow,” head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Monday press conference. “(It) would be the fairest thing so that the team can prepare.”

That’s the expectation, according to an ESPN report. The Raiders should know by Tuesday whether Lynch’s suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct will stand.

The suspension stems from a Thursday night incident where he left the sidelines to join an on-field fracas involving Raiders offensive linemen and Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters. The third-year pro was penalized for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr his linemen didn’t take kindly.

Peters and Lynch are extremely close friends and Oakland natives, and Lynch instinctively went out to protect someone he views as family. He inadvertently grabbed an official by the jersey and let go shortly after. He was flagged and ejected by rule.

He missed most of Thursday’s 31-30 victory over the Chiefs, and the NFL suspended him one game without pay on Friday. That could cost Lynch a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

ESPN reports that Peters by phone spoke at Lynch’s appeal hearing, where the running back’s team also cited precedent of others contacting an official without getting suspended. Leaving the sideline, however, may not help his appeal.

Del Rio said he hadn’t spoken with Lynch since the ejection.

“I said the other night I was disappointed that we had a player leave the bench,” Del Rio said. “It’s something we talk about – don’t leave the bench area.”

The Raiders ran with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington after Lynch’s ejection, and combined for 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The pair with shoulder a rushing load Sunday at Buffalo if Lynch is unavailable.

“They don’t have the size and the power but they have a little more quickness, they catch the ball a little easier, better route-runners, things like so,” Del Rio said. “So, if you’re playing a little more wide open, in some respects they give you a little more juice. Marshawn give you the power back when you want to finish people and in tough situations. Those guys give you more than a change of pace.”