A's Suzuki feels for Giants' Posey behind the plate


A's Suzuki feels for Giants' Posey behind the plate

May 26, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVEA's PAGE A's VIDEOPaul Gutierrez

ANAHEIM - A's catcher Kurt Suzuki has seen the replays of the vicious collision at home plate between Florida's Scott Cousins and Giants catcher Buster Posey Wednesday night.And while Posey's season is in doubt with a broken lower left leg and torn ligaments in the ankle, an empathetic Suzuki saw it as a clean play."I just thought it was a hard baseball play," Suzuki said following the A's 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. "If he could have slid and been safe? Yeah (that's what you want). But then again, it's part of the game. As a catcher you know that there's this guy coming in playing the game hard, playing the game the right way.URBAN: Frame-by-frame breakdown of the collision
"Tough play. Feel bad for him. He tried to stick in there as long as possible. Unfortunately he got put in kind of a vulnerable situation. It was kind of a twiner hop and he got hit and he got hurt. You never want to see anybody get hurt."From Posey's agent to Posey's manager to some in the media to fans, many are questioning why a catcher is left so unprotected on such plays. Some are even suggesting tweaking the rules.Not Suzuki."I think it's part of the game," Suzuki said. "That guy made a hard play. Posey, like I say, was in a vulnerable position. Tough hop. To me, as a catcher, you get ready to get hit."I'm sure Posey was getting ready to get hit. He just didn't fall the right way, I guess. You can't really control that part. You just get ready to get hit, you try to brace (for) the hit, and go from there."

Kings adamantly disagree with perplexing foul call at end of loss to Rockets

Kings adamantly disagree with perplexing foul call at end of loss to Rockets

SACRAMENTO -- Every time the Houston Rockets tried to pull away, the Sacramento Kings answered Wednesday night in the team’s home opener. It was a heavyweight contender throwing body blows at a 100-to-1 underdog riding a huge home crowd advantage.

And then the ref called the fight.

With the Kings trailing 98-95 with 26 seconds remaining, the Rockets attempted to inbounds the ball and George Hill made a play. From the video replay, it appeared that the ball tipped off the fingertips of Houston's Eric Gordon and the nearest official called Kings ball.

Hill and teammate Garrett Temple celebrated the turnover and the sold out crowd went crazy.

The play went under review and not only was the call overturned, but Hill was assessed a personal foul. Gordon went to the line and hit two freebies to give the Rockets a 100-95 lead and effectively ended Sacramento’s chances.

In the confusion of the moment, it turns out that an official on the opposite side of the court called a personal foul and the replay wasn’t to check on possession, but to determine which Kings player would be assessed a personal foul.  

The Kings can’t call shenanigans on the officials, the league has stiff penalties for that. But they seemed just as confused as everyone else in the building when asked about the call during postgame interviews.

“I could have swore that the refs pointed out of bounds, our ball, but they said they called a foul, so it is, what it is,” Hill said following the game.

Hill avoided digging himself a hole with the league and a potential fine as reporters tried to dig deeper. 

Head coach Dave Joerger gave an account of what the officials said following the call, but he too seemed perplexed by the play.

“That was a foul,” Joerger said of what the officials told him on the sidelines. “I adamantly disagreed. They said they called it at the time, which I didn’t see. So that was more my argument than whether it was a foul or not.”

Sacramento continued to compete in the final seconds, but they were forced to foul intentionally down the stretch and the Rockets were able to hold them at bay to come away with the 105-100 victory.

Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season


Report: Gordon Hayward 'unlikely to return' this season

Despite the severity of Gordon Hayward's injury, there was a small bit of hope that he might be able to return this season.

It appears that won't happen.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night and is "unlikely to return this season," his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

"We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," Bartelstein told ESPN.

The Celtics' prized offseason acquisition suffered the terrifying ankle injury just five minutes into his Boston debut on Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia.

After playing in Cleveland on Tuesday, the Celtics returned to Boston for their home opener on Wednesday against the Bucks. Prior to the game, a 30-second video message from Hayward to the fans was played in the arena.

“What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said. “I’m going to be all right. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight.”