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Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year deal

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Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year deal

Dec. 1, 2010
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

The Giants have reached a tentative agreement with Pat Burrell to bring the right-handed slugger back to San Francisco for the 2011 season, a major league source close to the situation told CSNBayArea.com.

Financial terms were unavailable, but the deal reportedly comes at a discounted rate with respect to the 9 million Burrell received from the Tampa Bay Rays last season. The deal is said to have multiple financial incentive clauses attached.

RELATED: Pat Burrell statistics

The Rays cut Burrell after he hit .202 with two home runs in 24 games. He was then signed to a minor league contract by the Giants and eventually earned himself the starting left field position, playing a key role in the run to the World Series.

It's expected that Burrell, 34, will have the chanceto earn back the starting left field position come spring training.

REWIND: Giants win World Series

Burrell, 34, hit 18 home runs in 96 games for the Giants, batting at a .266 clip, but will be most remembered for his late inning heroics. Perhaps the most memorable was a game-winning, two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Dodgers on July 31 at AT&T Park.

He had a difficult World Series, going 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts. He had 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats overall during the postseason.
Pending a physical, Burrell will rejoin his good friend Aubrey Huff, who re-signed with San Francisco on Nov. 23. Burrell is a Bay Area native who played high school ball at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.

RELATED: Giants, Huff complete two-year deal

The deal likely won't be officially announced until Friday.

Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area Newsgroup was the first to report the deal was imminent.

Kings adamantly disagree with perplexing foul call at end of loss to Rockets

Kings adamantly disagree with perplexing foul call at end of loss to Rockets

SACRAMENTO -- Every time the Houston Rockets tried to pull away, the Sacramento Kings answered Wednesday night in the team’s home opener. It was a heavyweight contender throwing body blows at a 100-to-1 underdog riding a huge home crowd advantage.

And then the ref called the fight.

With the Kings trailing 98-95 with 26 seconds remaining, the Rockets attempted to inbounds the ball and George Hill made a play. From the video replay, it appeared that the ball tipped off the fingertips of Houston's Eric Gordon and the nearest official called Kings ball.

Hill and teammate Garrett Temple celebrated the turnover and the sold out crowd went crazy.

The play went under review and not only was the call overturned, but Hill was assessed a personal foul. Gordon went to the line and hit two freebies to give the Rockets a 100-95 lead and effectively ended Sacramento’s chances.

In the confusion of the moment, it turns out that an official on the opposite side of the court called a personal foul and the replay wasn’t to check on possession, but to determine which Kings player would be assessed a personal foul.  

The Kings can’t call shenanigans on the officials, the league has stiff penalties for that. But they seemed just as confused as everyone else in the building when asked about the call during postgame interviews.

“I could have swore that the refs pointed out of bounds, our ball, but they said they called a foul, so it is, what it is,” Hill said following the game.

Hill avoided digging himself a hole with the league and a potential fine as reporters tried to dig deeper. 

Head coach Dave Joerger gave an account of what the officials said following the call, but he too seemed perplexed by the play.

“That was a foul,” Joerger said of what the officials told him on the sidelines. “I adamantly disagreed. They said they called it at the time, which I didn’t see. So that was more my argument than whether it was a foul or not.”

Sacramento continued to compete in the final seconds, but they were forced to foul intentionally down the stretch and the Rockets were able to hold them at bay to come away with the 105-100 victory.

Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

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Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.

It appears that won't happen.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.

The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.

After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”