Giants ink Lopez, nearing deals with Torres, Suppan


Giants ink Lopez, nearing deals with Torres, Suppan

Jan. 20, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael Urban

The Giants whittled their list of arbitration-eligible players to one Thursday by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for 2011 with left-handed reliever Javier Lopez, has confirmed.The remaining arb-eligible player is outfielder Andres Torres, whom was told should be signed to a one-year deal late Thursday or Friday.A team source also confirmed a report by the Bay Area News Group that it is close to signing righty Jeff Suppan to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to big-league camp.
Lopez, who was acquired at mid-season in a trade with the Pirates, posted a 1.42 ERA in 27 regular-season appearances for the Giants and was even better in the playoffs while serving almost exclusively as a lefty-vs.-lefty specialist.REWIND: Giants trade Martinez, Bowker to Pirates for Lopez
You could go down the list and name a number of guys who proved to be invaluable during the postseason, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said shortly after the World Series parade, and Lopez would have to be right there at the top of that list. Lopez, 33, struck out both batters he faced over two appearances in the National League Division Series against Atlanta; posted a 2.08 ERA with four strikeouts over five appearances (4 13 innings) in the NL Championship Series against the Phillies; and struck out both batters he faced over two appearances against the Rangers in the World Series.Financial terms of the deal could not be immediately verified, but Lopez on Tuesday submitted a proposed salary of 2.875 million via the arbitration process, while the Giants countered with an offer of 2 million.Torres, 32, batted .268 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs in 139 games during the best season of his career in 2010. He submitted a proposed salary of 2.6 million and is said to be nearing a deal close to the midpoint between that number and the 1.8 million the Giants offered.Suppan, 36, split last season between the Brewers and Cardinals, going 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in 15 games (two starts) for Milwaukee before being moved to St. Louis and closing the season by going 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 15 games (13 starts).Expected to sign a deal that would pay him 1 million should he make the Opening Day roster, Suppan, who would essentially provide insurance in the event that one of San Franciscos five established starters suffers an injury, likely will have an opt-out clause in the contract that would allow him to become a free agent again it appears that he wont make the team late in camp.Todd Wellemeyer had a similar deal last season and broke camp as the No. 5 starter.The Lopez deal was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea on his Twitter feed.

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.