Giants Bench Struggling Pat Burrell for Game 4

Giants Bench Struggling Pat Burrell for Game 4


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Struggling San Francisco left fielder Pat Burrell was benched for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.Manager Bruce Bochy moved Cody Ross from right field to left to take Burrell's place, while Nate Schierholtz earned his first start of the postseason playing right."I talked to him awhile today," Bochy said, referring to Burrell. "It's fair to say he's not seeing the ball. His timing's off."Aubrey Huff went from first base into the designated hitter role and Travis Ishikawa was set to start in Huff's spot, also Ishikawa's first postseason start.Bochy said he "slept on it" before deciding to replace Burrell, who struck out in all four of his at-bats in the Giants' 4-2 loss in Game 3 on Saturday night.Pablo Sandoval, the DH on Saturday, won't start again Monday. Bochy said Sandoval would be available off the bench. He was 0 for 3 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play in Game 3.Burrell has eight Ks in nine at-bats in the World Series and is 0 for 9 overall. He has 19 strikeouts in 38 at-bats this postseason. He said after Game 3 he wouldn't blame Bochy for making a change."My night wasn't good. That's not exactly how you draw it up in your pregame routine," Burrell said. "It's just a bad time to struggle. There's no way around it. I'm getting pitches to hit. I'm just not doing anything with it and chasing some balls off the plate."Bochy said Burrell would spend extra time in the cage Sunday and would be back in the starting lineup for Game 5 on Monday night in Arlington."I've got a lot to do," Burrell said after Saturday's game. "One of the things I need to do is have better at-bats. I chase pitches. You've got to keep it as simple as you can this time of year. I've been doing this a long time and I know what it takes to compete. You've got to be accountable. I think it's as much mental as it is anything else."The 34-year-old Burrell was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Phillies in 1998. He signed a minor league deal in late May after his release by Tampa Bay.He batted .266 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs in 96 games for the Giants. They called him up June 4 from a short stint with Triple-A Fresno. Burrell is one of six Giants already with a World Series ring, having won one with Philadelphia two years ago.During the regular season, five of his 18 homers came in the eighth inning or later and seven of those either tied the game or gave the Giants a lead."I'm just not feeling comfortable at the plate," Burrell said. "When you're not feeling comfortable, it's hard to get hits."Associated Press writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.

Instant Analysis: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


Instant Analysis: Cowboys hand 49ers worst loss in four-year history of Levi's


SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ streak of consecutive close losses came to an end on Sunday.

No, the 49ers did not pick up their first victory of the season. Rather, the Dallas Cowboys blew out the hapless 49ers on Dwight Clark Day at Levi’s Stadium.

After their NFL-record streak of five straight defeats by three points or fewer, the 49ers were dealt an embarrassing 40-10 loss to drop their record under first-year coach Kyle Shanahan to 0-7.

It was the worst loss in the four-season history of Levi’s Stadium. The previous-worst defeat for the 49ers since the move from Candlestick Park was a 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints last season. The 49ers have lost 10 consecutive home games over the past two seasons.

The 49ers and Cleveland Browns, also 0-7, are the only winless teams remaining in the league.

The poor showing – and inability to slow down Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – put a damper on a festive day for the 49ers, as Clark was recognized for his contributions to the dynasty of the 1980s.

Clark, whose leaping 6-yard touchdown catch in the NFC Championship game against the Cowboys, catapulted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. Now 60, Clark is battling ALS. He delivered remarks to his former teammates and the crowd during a halftime ceremony.

But when the second half opened, Elliott had a 72-yard touchdown reception from Dak Prescott to give Dallas a 27-3 lead. Elliott had a big day against the 49ers, as he also rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 rushing attempts.

The Cowboys did not need much of an opening, but they took advantage of some critical 49ers miscues in the first quarter.

After the 49ers’ defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive with DeForest Buckner swatting down two passes at the line of scrimmage, rookie Trent Taylor gave it right back when he fumbled a punt.

The Cowboys took over and drove 20 yards on three plays with Elliott scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

On Dallas’ next possession, 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson surrendered 17 yards on a pass-interference penalty. Then, Robinson’s illegal contract penalty nullified a 15-yard loss for intentional grounding.

Elliott, again, wasted little time as he scored on a 25-yard touchdown to give the Cowboys a 14-0 lead with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Rookie C.J. Beathard was beat up in his first NFL start after taking over for struggling veteran Brian Hoyer last week.

Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa, completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Beathard also rushed five times for 30 yards and touchdown.

But Beathard was under constant harassment, as he was also sacked five times for minus-48 yards and lost two fumbles.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster started as he made his first appearance since the opening game of the season, when he sustained a high right ankle sprain. But Foster exited in the third quarter with a ribs injury to his right side.

Foster recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in his most extensive playing time of the season.

Right tackle Trent Brown left the game in the second half and was diagnosed with a concussion. Brown was pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to be cleared for the 49ers’ game next Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles.


--Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and pass-rusher Aaron Lynch (calf) were among the 49ers’ seven inactive players.

--Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who came into the game with a league-leading 8.5 sacks, moved to the other side of the line and beat left tackle Joe Staley for a sack-strip to thwart a 49ers scoring chance late in the first half.

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time

Earthquakes secure spot in playoffs with clutch goal in stoppage time


SAN JOSE — Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time and the San Jose Earthquakes secured a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday in their regular-season finale.

San Jose (13-14-7) needed a win for the final spot in the Western Conference after FC Dallas' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. It's an unexpected run for the Earthquakes, who fired coach Dominic Kinnear midway through the season.

In the build-up to the winner, San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell sent a long ball that was chested by Victor Bernardez and headed to Quincy Amarikwa inside the 18-yard box. Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth pushed Amarikwa's shot wide but San Jose star Chris Wondolowski chased it down for a feed to an open Urena in front of goal.

The Earthquakes have won seven of their last nine home games — with every win coming by one goal.

Wondolowski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead in the 55th with an easy redirection of Danny Hoesen cross at the back post.

Minnesota (10-18-6), which has lost nine of its last 12 road games, tied it at 2 in the 81st on Francisco Calvo's header off the crossbar.