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Sanchez shuts out Giants, Marlins sweep

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Sanchez shuts out Giants, Marlins sweep

May 26, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS POSTGAME VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stood at the center of the visiting clubhouse, holding a Marlins cap in his hand and flashing a smile behind his sunglasses.He was clearly the happiest person at AT&T Park.With the home fans still stunned and grieving over the injury to star catcher Buster Posey, Anibal Sanchez threw a five-hitter for another complete game in San Francisco to lead the Marlins to a 1-0 win Thursday and cap a three-game sweep."The sweep here against a good team is great," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "The down side is what happened the other night. Other than that, a good three wins."The injury to Posey hovered over the game well before the start.
NEWS: Posey fractures fibula, surgery likely for ankle
An MRI exam on Posey showed he fractured a bone his lower left leg and had three torn ligaments on both sides of his left ankle, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said. That all came from when Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, likely ending the catcher's season. Groeschner said Posey will seek a specialist to perform the surgery.
URBAN: Frame-by-frame breakdown of the collision
The Marlins brushed the news aside to finish off the defending World Series champions in style.Sanchez (4-1) struck out eight and walked two for his fifth career complete game and second this season. He pitched a one-hitter against the Giants last July 29 in his previous appearance in San Francisco."I like the city. We come just once a year. I try to enjoy it," Sanchez said.Logan Morrison's RBI single in the sixth inning off Ryan Vogelsong scored Chris Coghlan for the only run. Vogelsong (3-1) struck out three and scattered eight hits in eight innings for his first loss in six starts on a difficult day to take the mound."I think it was tough. I knew it was tough for me," Vogelsong said. "I was just trying to get us going early."Freddy Sanchez doubled with one out in the Giants ninth before Aubrey Huff and Cody Ross grounded out.Cousins, who went to college at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area, did not play. Tears welled up in his eyes when he talked before the game about the severity of Posey's injury.Posey was put on the 15-day disabled list. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year who helped the Giants win the World Series last year was hurt when Cousins plowed him over scoring the winning run in the 12th inning Wednesday night.The Giants had runners on first and second in the finale with one out in the first, setting the stage for Huff to do some damage. But he grounded into a double play to end the inning, a familiar theme throughout the day.Aaron Rowand doubled with one out in the second but was stranded when Miguel Tejada struck out swinging and Eli Whiteside - filling in for Posey at catcher - grounded out. Huff, who replaced Posey in the cleanup spot, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, a double play and a groundout with the tying run at second in the ninth.Chris Coghlan led off the sixth with a double and Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice bunt moved him to third. Morrison followed with a bloop single to center field to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead."We knew it was going to be a challenge to get some runs," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Our guy did what we were hoping. We're going to have to start coming through. We can't live on the edge here every night."Emmanuel Burriss singled and stole second with two outs in the Giants third, then Sanchez settled into a groove. He retired 14 of the next 15 batters until pinch-hitter Pat Burrell walked with one out in the eighth.The Marlins blew plenty of chances, too.The biggest came in the seventh when they loaded the bases with two outs against Vogelsong before Coghlan flied out to left field. This was the fourth time the Giants were shut out this season, and the fifth time the Marlins have held an opponent scoreless.NOTES: Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez sat out with a right foot contusion he sustained a night earlier. Rodriguez said he doesn't expected Ramirez to miss any more time. ... Promising prospect Brandon Belt was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, one of a series of moves the Giants made before the game. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he expected Belt to play primarily in the outfield. Belt was San Francisco's opening day first baseman before he struggled and was sent back down to the minors. ... The announced attendance was 41,472, the 21st straight sellout to start the season for San Francisco.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

BOX SCORE

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.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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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.