Giants send down Belt to make room for Ross


Giants send down Belt to make room for Ross

April 20, 2011

Rookie first baseman Brandon Belt was informed that he'd been optioned to Triple-A Fresno, Belt told early Wednesday morning, and the Giants made the move official minutes later.San Francisco needed to make room on its 25-man roster for the activation of outfielder Cody Ross, who opened the season on the disabled list with a strained right calf.Belt, who turned 23 on Wednesday, tore through the minor leagues and the Arizona Fall League in 2010, cementing his status as the top prospect in the Giants organization.He made the Opening Day roster after a strong showing at spring training, bumping incumbent starting first baseman Aubrey Huff to the outfield, but after homering in his second game of the regular season Belt slipped into funk that left him batting .192 over 17 games through Tuesday."I'm just not squaring up balls that I should and can square up," Belt told "I've got a minor timing thing I need to work on, but it's not a big deal. ... It's not like I've felt overmatched by anyone uphere."Bobby Evans, the Giants' vice president of baseball operations, said big-league team's recent success -- nine wins in 12 games entering Wednesday's series finale in Colorado -- provides the luxury of being "conservative" with Belt by sending him to Fresno to let him work on some swing changes away from the spotlight."I've been flying open a little early with my right shoulder," Belt said. "So I need to close it up a little bit and go back to the way I was doing things last year."I can't really say I'm all that upset. I haven't been playing well, and other guys have. But I'm confident I'll get back to where I need to be, and hopefully that gets me back in the big-league lineup before long."With Belt gone and Ross back in the mix, Huff, who had been starting in right field, moves back to first base while Ross reclaims the right-field role out of which he starred for the Giants during last season's run to the World Series title.
Evans on Wednesday afternoon told that, Belt, who played outfield and pitcher before being moved to first base at the University of Texas, is likely to see more playing time in the outfield at Fresno than at first. But he will see time at both positions, Evans emphasized.

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


For the first time since 1988, the Dodgers are World Series bound. Behind three Kike Hernandez home runs and six innings from Clayton Kershaw, the October Classic is headed to Los Angeles. 

The Dodgers finished off the Cubs in Game 5 at Wrigley Field in dominant fashion with an 11-1 victory. 

Hernandez knocked in seven of those runs. The left fielder first hit a solo shot in the second inning, then a grand slam in the third inning and topped it off with a two-run shot in the ninth inning. 

The Dodgers totaled 16 hits in all in the beat down. 

Kershaw earned the win after allowing just one run and striking out five. The Dodgers will now face either the Astros or Yankees in the World Series. 

Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing an official


Marshawn Lynch ejected for pushing an official

ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.

He was on the sideline to start a 3rd-down-and-16 play in the second quarter, when a draw was called. Quarterback Derek Carr was stopped quickly, yet Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters delivered a late hit many Raiders didn’t appreciate.

A scuffle ensued, and Lynch ran on to the field to enter the fray. You can’t do that.

It seemed like he was getting between Raiders teammates and Peters, Lynch’s good friend and fellow Oakland native. He made contact with an official during the incident, and seemed to push him before realizing the man was wearing stripes.

He was ejected by rule and forced to leave the field immediately. Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official and will possibly face a suspension.

The Raiders were granted a first down, but ultimately missed a field goal attempt.

Lynch wasn’t active on that drive or the series before, spending that time with his helmet off. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Lynch was ejected. He had two carries for nine yards at the time.