New-look Giants hope to salvage series vs. Fish


New-look Giants hope to salvage series vs. Fish

May 26, 2011GIANTS (27-21) vs.MARLINS (28-19)Coverage begins at 12 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area

(AP) -- After overcoming a four-run deficit in the ninth inning, the San Francisco Giants eventually lost the game and likely their star catcher in their most recent contest.

They'll look to surprising starter Ryan Vogelsong to help them avoid a three-game sweep.

San Francisco hosts the surging Florida Marlins in the series finale Thursday after engaging in an extra-inning thriller in the previous game.

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The Giants (27-21) overcame a 6-2 deficit Wednesday night before falling to the Marlins 7-6 in 12 innings, giving Florida its fourth win in five games.

The Marlins (28-19) scored the winning run when Scott Cousins ran over Giants catcher Buster Posey while tagging on Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice fly. Posey, the reigning NL rookie of the year, remained down for several minutes before being helped off the field while not putting any weight on his left leg.

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The extent of the injury is unclear, though it's likely Posey will miss Thursday's game.

"It's the toughest play in baseball. You hate to see it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "As a catcher you know what it's like, and you don't like it. Believe me. When I see him laying there, it's certainly not a good feeling."

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Aubrey Huff hit a tying two-run single in the ninth off Florida closer Leo Nunez, who blew his first save in 19 opportunities.

After the tough loss, San Francisco turns to Vogelsong (3-0, 1.93 ERA), who has taken an unconventional path to his recent success.

Vogelsong hadn't pitched in the majors in five seasons, nearly retiring numerous times wondering if he'd ever make it back. The Giants called him up to replaced the injured Barry Zito in April, and after two scoreless relief appearances Vogelsong has a 2.25 ERA in five starts. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 19 1-3 consecutive innings over his last three outings.

"He has really done an incredible job," Bochy said. "The long road he's been through, he's a better pitcher and player because of it."

The right-hander continued his surprising comeback Friday, allowing one unearned run through six innings as the Giants (27-21) beat Oakland 2-1 in 10 innings.

"In the past, I could always figure out what I was doing wrong," Vogelsong said. "But it was always an inning late, a hitter late, now I'm always able to make adjustments out there."

He'll be up against another hot pitcher in Anibal Sanchez (3-1, 3.02), who hasn't lost since falling to Houston 7-1 on April 10.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts since, including allowing three runs in seven innings of Florida's 5-3 win Friday against Tampa Bay. He had pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.

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Sanchez tossed a shutout in his last start against the Giants on July 29, allowing only a fifth-inning single to Pablo Sandoval and a seventh-inning walk to Huff. It marked Sanchez's last shutout, with his only other coming as a rookie in 2006 when he no-hit Arizona.

If needed, the Marlins may hope the bullpen doesn't falter again as it did Wednesday. Edward Mujica and Nunez allowed two runs each in the ninth.

Mike Stanton hit a two-out, three-run double in the top of the ninth to give Florida a seemingly comfortable four-run lead before San Francisco's surprising comeback.

The Marlins have won five of the last seven meetings in San Francisco.

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.