Giants turn to Sanchez in series opener vs. Tribe


Giants turn to Sanchez in series opener vs. Tribe

June 24, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Travis Hafner has provided a big boost to the Cleveland Indians' lineup since returning from the disabled list a week ago. For the next nine games, however, the designated hitter won't be making nearly the same impact.

A visit with the San Francisco Giants begins a nine-game trip to NL parks for the Indians, who could be hurting offensively as Hafner is limited to pinch-hitting duties.

Cleveland (40-33) scored an AL-low 85 runs in the 28 games Hafner missed from mid-May to mid-June and hit a major league-worst .220 - 51 points lower than when the slugger was healthy.

RELATED: Travis Haffner 2011 game logs

The Indians have averaged nearly five runs a game since he returned, and Hafner has driven in seven runs in just 17 at-bats. His lone hit Wednesday against Colorado wound up making the difference, a two-run sixth-inning homer that propelled Cleveland to a 4-3 win.

"He's at his peak right now," manager Manny Acta said. "He's so locked in at the plate. It's just sad we are not going to be able to see him out there for nine days. Very sad."

Hafner hasn't played the field since 2007, and the Indians' interleague road struggles have been rather evident ever since he's been a full-time DH. They're 6-21 in NL parks since 2008, hitting .231 and averaging 3.81 runs. At home, where they're 17-19 in interleague in that stretch, they're batting .259 and averaging 4.95 runs.

Hafner's power, however, may be a bit wasted at AT&T Park anyway. Just 27 homers have been hit in the Giants' home - 11 fewer than any other venue in baseball.

San Francisco (41-34) has had one bad inning at home in interleague play - Monday's first inning in which Minnesota scored eight runs and chased Madison Bumgarner.

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In the Giants' other 56 interleague home innings, they've surrendered eight runs. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven strong innings in Tuesday's 5-1 win, then Tim Lincecum struck out 12 in a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

REWIND: Lincecum strikes out 12 in Giants' win
San Francisco has needed stellar pitching to have a chance. Wednesday was the 31st time the Giants have scored two runs or fewer - including six of their last seven games - but manager Bruce Bochy says it's not for a lack of effort.

"They've been out there the last two days at 3 o'clock trying to get things working," Bochy told the team's official website. "As long as you do that, you'll get better."

San Francisco could be in for more trouble against Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.87 ERA), who's given up one run in his last three starts. That came Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he held the Pirates to four hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-1 victory, his third straight.

"He looks very good right now," Acta said. "He looks like he can throw any pitch in any count and he's mixing them appropriately."

Opposing Carrasco, who is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two interleague starts, is Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.71).

RELATED: Jonathan Sanchez 2011 game logs

The left-hander has won once in his last seven starts, and he's again having problems finding the plate. Sanchez gave up six hits, three walks - bringing his total to a major league-high 53 - and four runs over 4 2-3 innings Saturday in a 4-2 loss at Oakland.

Sanchez held the Indians to a run over 7 2-3 innings - walking two - in a 3-2 win in Cleveland on June 24, 2008. He'll want to pitch carefully to Orlando Cabrera, who is 5 for 9 with four doubles in their matchups.

The Indians swept their only previous trip to San Francisco in 2005.

What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal


What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo face two deadlines this offseason to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension.

The first deadline is March 6. That is the last day on which teams can apply the franchise tag for the 2018 season. If Garoppolo remains unsigned on March 6, the 49ers will tag him as their franchise player, which – in essence – locks him in to a one-year deal worth $23.3 million, former NFL agent Joel Corry estimates.

The second deadline is July 16. That is the deadline for any club that designates a franchise player to reach a multi-year deal. After that date, the player may sign only a one-year deal until after the club’s final regular-season game.

The 49ers and Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, have kept conversations and negotiations private. And that is the way the 49ers plan to conduct business this offseason.

“One thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “That’s the way we’re going to treat that. You have our assurances, and the fans do, that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time.”

Two seasons of one-year franchise tags would provide Garoppolo with approximately $51 million. (Garoppolo made $3.5 million total in his first four NFL seasons.)

Garoppolo could also decide to play a season on a one-year deal in hopes of increasing his value far beyond what he would be likely to warrant now – after just seven NFL starts in four seasons. Because if he establishes himself as a top quarterback next season with the 49ers, any deal he signed this offseason would be considered a bargain for the team.

“That’s the nature of the beast with the quarterback market,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “If you sign a long-term deal, today’s deal is outdated tomorrow.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is the highest-paid player in the NFL with a deal that averages $27 million a season. 

"He won’t be by the time the 2018 regular season rolls around," said Corry, whose work can be found at CBS Sports.

Corry points out that Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, also represents Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who is scheduled to enter the final year of his contract.

"That’s Ryan’s floor," Corry said of Stafford's contract. "(Green Bay's) Aaron Rodgers is probably going to get a new deal. He’ll trump everybody. And if (Kirk) Cousins signs a long-term deal, he’ll be above Stafford, as well.”

Corry said he expects Garoppolo to sign a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million deal the Raiders worked out with quarterback Derek Carr last offseason.

"I think it’s going to be something close to that Derek Carr neighborhood," Corry said. "Maybe a shade under, but I think it’ll be in that general vicinity.”

Report: Fired by Raiders, Jack Del Rio a leading candidate for NFC DC job

Report: Fired by Raiders, Jack Del Rio a leading candidate for NFC DC job

Jack Del Rio may not be out of work very long.

Fired moments after the Raiders lost their season finale to the Chargers on Dec. 31, Del Rio is "leading candidate" to become the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, according to ESPN.

Del Rio joining the Giants is contigent on Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur being hired as New York's new head coach. According to ESPN, the Giants are planning a second interview with Shurmur this week.

In three seasons with the Raiders, Del Rio compiled a 25-23 record. After a 12-4 record and a playoff appearence in 2016, the Raiders finished with a disappointing 6-10 record this past season.

Del Rio is still owed a considerable amount of money by the Raiders through the 2020 season, a number in the range of $15 million.

Del Rio broke the news of his own firing, informing the media after the loss to the Chargers.

"Spoke with Mark Davis after the game and Mark let me know that he's not going to be bringing me back. He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did to get this program going in the right direction but that he felt the need to change. I told him I appreciated the opportunity he gave me and I mean that. Very grateful. My childhood team. But it's a results based business, I understand that.," Del Rio said on Dec. 31.

A week later, the Raiders hired Jon Gruden to be their new head coach.