Lincecum pitches three hitless innings in S.F. loss


Lincecum pitches three hitless innings in S.F. loss


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum made up for his shaky first start.He pitched three hitless innings for San Francisco in his second spring training outing start before Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run sixth that led the Chicago Cubs over the Giants 3-2 Tuesday.Lincecum struck out two and allowed only one runner to reach: Starlin Castro on an error by shortstop Miguel Tejada."My location was better and I was mixing my pitches back in and out," Lincecum said. "I didn't throw too many off-speed pitches. My rhythm felt quick the first two innings, and then I was able to calm it down in the third."Lincecum gave up three runs and five hits in 1 2-3 innings in his first start, against Arizona.He's looking forward to having a full spring to work with catcher Buster Posey after veteran Bengie Molina yielded to Posey last year."Since he came up in the middle of last season all the way until now, I have felt comfortable with him," Lincecum said. "I feel as comfortable with him now as I was with Bengie."Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gave up one run, two hits and a walk in three innings, striking out three.Pablo Sandoval had a second-inning, opposite-field RBI double to left, then doubled off the batter's eye 430 feet away in center in the fourth. Sandoval has five RBIs and eight hits thus far, including two doubles and two home runs.Chicago won for the first time in three spring training games this year.Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster started and gave up a run on two hits, walked one and struck out three in three innings. Chicago Right-hander Todd Wellemeyer, the Giants' fifth starter a year ago and now is in his second tour of duty with the Cubs, gave up one hit in two innings and struck out two and got the win.The Giants got within a run in the eighth on a single by Thomas Neal, and had a chance to tie it in the ninth before Esmalin Caridad got the save.With two outs and the tying run at third, Brandon Belt pulled a line drive that right fielder Jim Adduci caught at the last moment with the sun in his eyes.NOTES: Giants CF Andres Torres missed his second straight game with a strained muscle on his left side. Time for his return is uncertain ... Sandoval is now 6 for 13 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs. ... Cubs CF Marlon Byrd had two hits and an RBI and is 4 for 6 to start the spring ... Cubs RHP Carlos Silva makes his first spring start on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious


Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.

After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.

"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.

"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.

"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."

Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.

He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.