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Giants mount ninth inning rally to beat Dodgers

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Giants mount ninth inning rally to beat Dodgers

March 12, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The San Francisco Giants put together a late surge to win the NL West, storm through the playoffs and capture the World Series title last year.They haven't slowed down yet.Cody Ross and Pat Burrell each hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants rallied for an 8-7 win over a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad Saturday.San Francisco pushed across two runs with two out in the ninth inning to improve to a major league best 13-4 this spring. Thomas Neal scored the tying run on a wild pitch and rookie Gary Brown ended the game with an RBI single."There is still a hunger. You can tell," Giants closer Brian Wilson said. "The guys come in here fired up. We have to work harder. We can't stop working. We saw last year that the time and effort does pay off."Wilson, who turns 29 on Wednesday, pitched a scoreless sixth inning. The right-hander has worked three innings over three appearances after being slowed by a stiff back early in camp."I just basically had a personal talk with it (the discomfort) and told it, "I don't want you in my body anymore,'" Wilson said.Los Angeles scored four times in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead in front of a record crowd of 12,081 at Scottsdale Stadium. Andre Ethier had a bases-loaded triple and Elian Herrera delivered a sacrifice fly.Jonathan Sanchez was scheduled to start for San Francisco, but manager Bruce Bochy decided to have the left-hander avoid the Dodgers by pitching him against minor leaguers.Dan Runzler filled in and allowed two runs, one earned and five hits in three innings. The lefty, who went 3-0 in 41 games for the Giants last season, was scheduled to pitch but didn't know he was starting until he arrived at the ballpark and found the lineup and a baseball sitting in his chair.Asked whether the start could become a stepping stone to the rotation or whether he retains his middle-relief role, Runzler said: "I feel like I'm versatile enough (to do either), but I have no preference. I just want to pitch."NOTES: Sanchez pitched four innings, throwing 75 pitches and giving up two runs and four hits. ... INF Juan Uribe did not play against his former Giants teammates again, electing to play in the Dodgers' other split-squad game against Kansas City in Surprise. ... Casey Blake started at 3B for the Dodgers but was lifted after experiencing stiffness in his lower back while batting in the first inning. He did not play in the field. ... Tony Gwynn Jr. got three hits as the Dodgers' DH, raising his average to .360. ... The Giants are 10-1 when hitting at least one home run this spring. The team was 67-31 when homering in 2010.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings

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Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings

Michael Malone won't be on the sideline when his Nuggets take on his former team on Monday night.

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Malone has been suspended without pay for the game against the Kings.

The suspension stems from Malone "entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official" during Denver's game against the Lakers on Sunday. The incident occurred midway through the second quarter.

Malone was hired as head coach of the Kings prior to the 2013-14 season. He was fired just 24 games into the 2014-15 season.

Coverage of the Nuggets and Kings gets underway at 6:30pm on NBC Sports California and streaming on the NBC Sports App.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.