Giants' Sanchez returns from DL to face Phillies


Giants' Sanchez returns from DL to face Phillies

August 5, 2011

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Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay AreaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Philadelphia's Vance Worley was stellar in his first career start against San Francisco last week. The rookie right-hander hopes to be just as effective when he faces the Giants near his hometown this time.The Sacramento native looks to help the Phillies to a season-high eighth consecutive victory Friday night against the Giants at AT&T Park.After Cliff Lee tossed a seven-hitter in Philadelphia's 3-0 win over San Francisco on Thursday, Worley (7-1, 2.33 ERA) looks to continue his recent success while pitching less than two hours from where he was born and raised.Worley is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts - all Philadelphia wins - since losing to the Mets on May 29. However, the right-hander is coming off his worst performance in that span, giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 6-5, 10-inning win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.That came one start after he tossed his first complete game by holding San Francisco to three hits in a 7-2 win July 26."He has good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He throws quality strikes, pounds the strike zone."Lee had great stuff while striking out eight to put the NL-leading Phillies (72-39) in position to win eight straight for the first time since an 11-game run Sept. 12-24. Philadelphia has won just five times in 14 regular-season and playoff games at AT&T Park."We just want to win every series," Lee said. "Getting the first game means you're in better shape. We want to stay in a groove and keep winning."
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Hunter Pence had three hits Thursday, including the first of back-to-back homers with John Mayberry in the second inning. Pence is batting .360 with five RBIs in six games since the Phillies acquired him from Houston last Friday."He has come in and fit in nicely," teammate Ryan Howard said. "He gives us energy and intensity. He's been great for our team."While Philadelphia has won 13 of 16 to open an 8 12-game lead in the East, San Francisco (62-50) has averaged 2.3 runs while dropping six of seven and is clinging to a half-game edge over Arizona in the West.The Giants were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position Thursday and are batting .176 in those situations over the past 14 games.
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"(Thursday we) battled well and got some guys on base," Bochy said. "We just couldn't get a hit to drive in somebody."Carlos Beltran doubled in the opener and is batting .400 in the past five games after going 1 for 14 in his first three after being acquired from the Mets. He's 9 for 43 (.209) against the Phillies in 2011.Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81) looks to help the Giants bounce back Friday as he returns after missing six weeks with tendinitis in his left biceps. Sanchez last pitched in the majors June 24 and hasn't started anywhere since going six innings for Triple-A Fresno on July 27 as he allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks.The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five regular-season starts against the Phillies but went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two NL championship series starts in 2010. Sanchez started the Giants' Game 6 clincher at Philadelphia and hit Chase Utley in the back, prompting the Phillies second baseman to flip his bat toward the mound and causing the benches to empty.Pence is 1 for 6 versus Sanchez.

Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game


Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

SACRAMENTO -- Faced with demotion, you have two options, sulk or come out swinging. Willie Cauley-Stein chose option two Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.

After starting all 14 games to begin the season, Cauley-Stein found himself relegated to the second unit against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer looked energized by the move and made one play after another as the Kings came away with the 86-82 victory.

“I felt free - period,” Cauley-Stein said following the win. “Both offensively, defensively. I’m quarterbacking on defense. I’m getting to make plays on offense. I just feel liberated. I feel like it’s unlocking.”

The third-year big began the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back double-doubles, but hadn’t notched double-figures in rebounds since. Over his previous eight games, the Kings’ starting center was averaging just 4.3 boards per game.

Against Portland, Cauley-Stein played sparkling defense, hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a team-high 22 points and hit the glass for 10 boards. He skied above the Blazers bigs for a rebound with 3.4 seconds remaining and his second free throw attempt sealed the win for a Kings team in desperate need of a win.

“Willie’s a hell of a player, obviously,” veteran big Kosta Koufos said. “He’s really athletic, he’s a special talent.”

Koufos and Cauley-Stein made a devastating defensive duo for Sacramento. Both bigs showed on the high pick-and-roll and avoided fouling the Blazers high-powered guards.

“That’s a crazy defensive lineup right there, me and Kosta play really well together,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been waiting for that lineup since we started.”

Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field and 5-for-14 from long range. C.J. McCollum knocked down 8-of-15 from the floor, but he missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Sacramento closed out and pressured the shooter all night long.

Cauley-Stein wasn’t the only starter to find himself on the bench to start the game. Dave Joerger turned to a dual point guard backcourt, using De’Aaron Fox and George Hill side-by-side, while bringing rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic in with the second unit.

Playing off the ball for long stretches, Hill responded to the move with 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Fox had a quiet offensive night, but his defense on both Lillard and McCollum was inspired.

“We can both attack and he’s a great shooter so that really helps me,” Fox said of Hill. “He’s a mentor on the court. It’s a lot easier to play with him then to watch him play.”

Sacramento held Portland to just 37 percent shooting overall and 28 percent from behind the arc. They pressured the Blazers in the backcourt and slowed the game to screeching halt.

With the win, the Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 on the season. They jumped a plane for Portland following the game where they’ll face the same Trail Blazer team Saturday in a rare back-to-back against the same team.

The Kings likely be without the services of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle. Hield limped into the locker room on crutches following the victory and the initial indications point to him missing the rematch.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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