Hanson handcuffs Giants; Braves win opener 4-1


Hanson handcuffs Giants; Braves win opener 4-1

Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner's troubles at home continued Friday night as the visiting Braves beat up on the Giants' youngest starting pitcher on the way to a 4-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.One of San Francisco's postseason heroes in 2010, Bumgarner last season went 6-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 10 games on the road and 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in eight starts at home. He hasn't been very good anywhere early in 2011, as evidenced by the 0-2 record and 7.36 ERA he lugged into Orange Friday, but after allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over 2 23 innings against Atlanta, his ERA at AT&T ballooned to 9.39; it's 6.52 away from China Basin.
URBAN: Lack of rotation depth protecting Bumgarner
Bumgarner and Giants manager Bruce Bochy have been steadfast in dismissing the disparate splits as a statistical anomaly, focusing instead on the quality of the 21-year-old southpaw's pitches instead of obsessing over the results. That trend continued in the wake of Friday's fiasco."I felt like I had some of the best stuff I've had since I've been here," Bumgarner said.Bochy concurred: "He had good stuff tonight. I'm not concerned about him. He'll come out of this."
VIDEO: Bruce Bochy postgameFairly quiet through the first two frames, the Braves made all of their offensive noise while running Bumgarner (0-3) out of the game in the third. A pair of walks set things up, and Atlanta cashed in with an RBI single from Jason Heyward, a two-run double from Chipper Jones and an RBI single from rookie Freddie Freeman."It's been one inning," Bochy said of Bumgarner's uneven outings thus far. "He couldn't limit the damage, he couldn't stop it all of a sudden there's a big number up there. If it's three runs, that's OK. But at four we had to get him out of there."
Several pitches that home plate umpire Derryl Cousins called balls in the third appeared to be borderline, and Bochy conceded that such calls might have hastened his starter's downward spiral."He's getting a little frustrated," said the skipper. "He's gotta control that part of it."Bumgarner, however, wouldn't bite when asked if he'd been squeezed.
VIDEO: Buster Posey postgame
"I haven't gone back and looked at the tape," he said, "but they're doing their job the best they can. I'm sure they made the right calls."He did admit to being flummoxed by by early season failures, though."I'm trying to stay upbeat, but it's tough," Bumgarner offered. "Nobody said it was going to be easy."Ryan Vogelsong, who made his big-league debut with the Giants in 2000 -- the year AT&T Park opened as Pac Bell Park -- and spent parts of the past three seasons in Japan, took over for Bumgarner and worked 3 12 shutout innings before Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler and Sergio Romo came on for an inning each to buy the Giants time to mount a comeback. Braves starter Tommy Hanson wasn't having it, however, holding the hosts to a run on three hits and a walk over seven innings to improve to 2-3 on the season."He was tough tonight," Bochy said."Tommy was on it from the get-go," Jones said in the victorious clubhouse. "He was in command the whole time."Pablo Sandoval doubled and scored on a groundout by Pat Burrell in the bottom of the seventh to break up Hanson's shutout, but the Braves bullpen was perfect the rest of the way.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.