Lincecum, Cain, Wilson, Vogelsong Giants' All-Stars


Lincecum, Cain, Wilson, Vogelsong Giants' All-Stars

July 3, 2011


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Mychael Urban

The Giants won the 2010 World Series on the strength of their supremely gifted and balanced pitching staff, which has shouldered even more of a load this season in keeping the club near or at the top of the National League West standings.The defending world champions' reliance on their arms will be fittingly reflected at Chase Field in Phoenix when the 2011 NL All-Stars line up for pre-game introductions Tuesday, July 12.Closer Brian Wilson and starters Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong were named to the squad Sunday; it's the first time the Giants have sent four pitchers to the game.

San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy, whose team's appearance in the Fall Classic came with the honor of guiding and helping to select the players for this year's Midsummer Classic, used three of his discretionary selections to add Lincecum, Cain and Vogelsong to the NL roster, and Wilson earned a spot via the players' ballot. Bochy's coaching staff with the Giants also will make the trip to the Valley of the Sun and help Bochy run the game.Wilson, 29, is tied for the big-league lead in saves (24) through Saturday and will be making his third trip to the All-Star Game.Lincecum, 27, is 6-6 with a 3.04 ERA and sits third among NL pitchers with 122 strikeouts; the two-time Cy Young award winner is now a four-time All-Star.Cain, 26, is 7-4 with a 3.02 ERA and was on the disabled list the only other time he's been named an All-Star, in 2009. If Cain pitches for the Giants next Sunday, he'll be allowed to participate in all things All-Star with the exception of the game. Having ripped through the postseason without allowing an earned run and having welcomed his first child, a baby girl, in the world over the offseason, Cain is thoroughly enjoying the whirlwind his life's been over the past nine months.
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"It's been a special year," Cain said. "It's been very exciting and very fulfilling."Vogelsong, 33, is 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) since being called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace injured Barry Zito. A former Giants farmhand who hadn't won in the majors since 2006 before re-joining the Giants, he played all over the baseball map -- including a three-year stint in Japan -- on the way to earning his first All-Star nod."I think that's one of the best stories I've ever been around in the big leagues," Cain said.In theory, Bochy could replace Cain on the NL roster with another member of his rock-solid bullpen; righty setup man Sergio Romo and lefty Javier Lopez each has an ERA under 2.50 in 35-plus appearances.Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson, 9-4 with a 2.62 ERA, is among the most deserving non-Giants pitchers who weren't named to the roster announced Sunday.

Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally


Instant Analysis: Slow start dooms Kings, burnt by Suns despite late rally


Opportunity lost. The Sacramento Kings had a game handed to them on a silver platter Monday night in Phoenix and they couldn’t take advantage. Playing for a new head coach and without their star point guard, the Suns manhandled the Kings early and held them off late to come away with the 117-115 win and pick up their first win of the season.

Garrett Temple is known for his defensive prowess, but on Monday night in Phoenix, he was an offensive juggernaut. With the Kings falling behind early, the veteran wing hit 6-of-8 from long range to post 23 and keep the Kings in the ballgame late. He had a look at 3-ball to win it at the buzzer, but came up short.

It took Bogdan Bogdanovic less than a quarter to get comfortable with the NBA game. Phoenix drafted the rookie with the 27th pick back in 2014, but they abandoned their efforts to bring him over from Europe. He lit the Suns up 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half, but struggled to get it going after the break.

With Bogdanovic manning the two, fellow rookie De’Aaron Fox put on the jets at the point guard spot. Fox attacked Phoenix on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Skal Labissiere scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds off Joerger’s bench. Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points, four assists and four rebounds, while rookie Justin Jackson chipped in a career-best 10 points.

Buddy Hield couldn’t buy a bucket early, but his defense fueled his offensive in the second half. Hield grabbed a career-high five steals and added 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

Sacramento’s Marquese Chriss did damage against his hometown team. The second-year forward dropped in 19 points and six rebounds before fouling out late. 

Devin Booker added 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Mike James finished with 18 points and seven assists starting in place of the exiled Eric Bledsoe and rookie Josh Jackson came off the bench to score 15.


Temple caught fire and the Kings kept feeding him. Not known for his offense, the veteran wing went off in a wild game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena


Phoenix put the Kings on blast to start the game, outscoring the Kings starters 36-17 in the first 12 minutes of action. Dave Joerger went to his bench in the second and the combination of Fox, Bogdanovic and Labissiere went to work. The trio helped cut the Suns lead from 21 in the first quarter to eight before the half. They stole the momentum of the game.


Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic returned from a sprained right ankle to make his NBA debut. Labissiere tweaked his right ankle in the fourth quarter, but was able to walk off under his own power and returned to the game late.


The Kings return home to host DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday at Golden 1 Center. They’ll stick around Sacramento to face the Washington Wizards on Sunday before heading back out on the road for three games.

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

Draymond defends Bell's garbage time alley-oop off backboard to himself

With just under three minutes to go and the Warriors leading by 25 points, Steve Kerr put the end of the bench into the game.

Somehow, with the game in control, rookie Jordan Bell found a way to produce the highlight of the night.

After Bell got a piece of Dwight Powell's shot, JaVale McGee batted the ball ahead. With no one in front of him, the rookie tossed the ball off the backboard and threw down a dunk. The sequence left his Warriors teammates flabergasted. But Bell may have broken an unwritten rule about showboating in a blowout game.

After the game, Draymond Green was not having it with possible criticism of Bell.

"Listen man, when you get on the basketball floor, I don't care if you get out there with two minutes to go up 25 or with two minutes to go down 25, somebody is evaluating you. So you gotta play the game just like it's tied up or if you're up four or if you're down four. You gotta play the game the same way. Somebody is evaluating you. So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free and dunk the ball. He got an And One. It was a great play. So, I got no message for him. Do what you do. Play basketball. That's what he did. I don't get all up into the whole 'Ah man, they're winning by this much, that's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference between if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to grabbing it and dunking it? It's a dunk," Green told reporters in Dallas after the Warriors' 133-130 win.

Green was then asked what he thought of the play, regardless of game situation.

"Great play. Great play. Amazing. Did you see it? It was dope. He got an And One too. He missed the free throw though. We gotta talk about that. That's my message for him. Make the free throw," Green said.

Kerr reportedly apologized to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle after the game. Green commented on that.

"Steve's the coach. I'm not. That's not my problem," Green said.

Draymond wasn't the only member of the Green family defending Bell. His mom, Mary Babers-Green was on Twitter defending the rookie.