Media Day blog: Giants return to AT&T Park


Media Day blog: Giants return to AT&T Park

UPDATED: 1:28 p.m.Geoff James

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' media room is almost empty, except for a few of the Latin American media representatives talking-- in espanol-- with Pablo Sandoval.

And although the Panda is wearing loose clothing, you can really see his weight loss -- particularly in his face.

1:14 -- Sandoval working with Barry Bonds
Here comes the Panda. Lots of interest in the media room now, and the anticipation was worth it. Pablo Sandoval revealed that he has been working with former Giants slugger Barry Bonds.

Reporter: "Does this mean you've lost weight?"

Sandoval: "Yeah. A lot. But you have to keep working at it."

Truth is, he looks a lot slimmer. He also said he didn't pick up a bat for two months.

Sandoval said he feels "very fresh right now."

"I've lost a lot of weight," Sandoval said.

"I've been working a lot with Barry," Sandoval said.

Press responds: "Bonds?"

Sandoval: "Yes."

Apparently they have the same trainer.

Sandoval on the mandate from the Giants to get in shape: "I say thank you to the Giants ... they made me grow up."

Sandoval declined to say how much he weighs.

"You can find out February 19th when they have the scale," he said.

He also talked about working out so hard in Arizona, that he "threw up -- many times."

CSN Senior Insider Ray Ratto: "Can you throw up on cue?" (laughter)

Sandoval said he's been working with former Olympic athlete Dan O'Brien.

12:49 -- Avoiding the World Series hangover
Bruce Bochy has some experience on what follows a trip to the World Series, having done so with the Padres. He summed it up in his typically succinct style on Friday.

"It's different being the hunted," Bochy said

12:44 -- Speaking of Showtime
Giants owner Bill Neukom on the upcoming "Showtime" series: MLB films is involved, it will be "very high quality"...."This will be content that will be carefully created they (the Showtime crew) will abide by the rules that the rest of the press abides by ... this will not be anything that will distract to winning the NL West."

12:36 -- Sabean singles out Dusty Baker
Brian Sabean was his usual tell-it-like-it-is mode after the press conference to announce extensions for him and manager Bruce Bochy.

"As much hell as you go through, you have a lot of fun in this business," Sabean said.

He also saluted former manager Dusty Baker: "Dusty kicked this thing off ..."

12:29 -- In praise of Bochy and Sabean
The media horde has moved down to the press room to watch as Giants owner Bill Neukom announces contract extensions through 2012 for manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean.

Neukom on Sabean: "A career of accomplishment...the sun never sets on Brian's group."

Sabean on the Giants: "It's a great place in time. Everyone's on the same page."

Sabean says he appreciates the trust Neukom has given him and it puts the Giants in a good place to try and win another trophy.

Neukom on Bochy: "Bruce solved the Rubik's Cube" last season.

Bochy on the 2010 season: "This has been the greatest year in my life in baseball."

12:10 p.m. -- Lincecum looks back
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum sits in Suite No. 39, hunched forward, speaking with that maddeningly even and calm demeanor that doesn't tell you much of anything.

All of the Giants pitchers, in fact, are the same way. Eerily calm. Lincecum's eyes did light up a bit when he talked about Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean's intense speeches to the pitchers last August after the group fell on some hard times.

"They lit a fire under us." Lincecum said.

The rest, as they say... is history.

11:47 a.m. -- Cain praises Posey
Pitcher Matt Cain spoke to reporters in Suite 38. He spoke about Buster Posey, and the effect the young backstop had on the Giants pitching staff after Bengie Molina was traded.

Cain said it took him just an "inning or two" with Posey following Molina departure for the staff to feel comfortable with the rookie catcher.

11:34 a.m. -- Ross is boss
Ross is boss. Cody, that is. KCBS morning sports reporter Steve Bitker was loitering outside Suite 41, but nobody was inside.

I asked. "Who's in here?"

His answer: "Cody Ross' suite... And I don't want to leave 'cause I know it will be packed soon."

He was right, it got packed fast. Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami asked Ross,"Is this team set up to do it one, two, three more years?"

Ross' reply: "I think it is."

SOUND OFF: "The title defense officially starts now" -- REnteen

I think everyone in the room got a chill.

11:17 a.m. -- Buster plays it cool
We are under way here at AT&T Park for Giants media day.

Players are scattered about the Suite Level along the third-base line, and the media is out in force, but Suite No. 40 is the most crowded.


It's the Buster Posey suite. Everybody wants a piece of San Francisco's Rookie of the Year, but Posey remains as calm as ever, giving his "we still just need to take it game by game" speech that we heard down the stretch last season.

Geoff James is a Web producer for and and the author of the blog "Word on the Street."

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip


NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.


Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.