Urban: Giants GM finds another scrap-heap gem


Urban: Giants GM finds another scrap-heap gem

June 15, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Bruce Bochy joked that he was sending his "home-run lineup" out to face the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.We know he was joking because we know the Giants appear to be battling some sort of clinical aversion to sending balls soaring over fences.The best Bochy can hope for these days is a lineup that produces not home runs, but runs, period. Multiple runs, preferably.Then again, it was Madison Bumgarner on the mound for the champs, and if there's anything the Giants have recently appeared more clinically adverse to than long balls, it's scoring multiple runs for the kid.Ultimately, though, none of that mattered. The Giants had Bill Hall.Yeah. Bill Hall. The guy who drove in the winning run. Then doubled and scored a huge insurance run late. And played solid defense at second base all night.That Bill Hall. Who knew?RECAP: Bumgarner gets support, Giants beat D'backs
Who knew? Apparently Brian Sabean knew. Doesn't he always? So successful at picking players off the scrap heap and watching them shine in orange-and-black, Sabean has turned into that quasi-friend of yours from high school who got so many good breaks it was borderline annoying.You know the guy. He found wallets. He fell on fumbles in the end zone. The hottie in science class was assigned to be his lab partner -- and turned out to like Star Trek and De La Soul as much as he did.That's Sabean right now, only a little bit older version. His metal detector is forever buzzing on the beach, his bag full of baubles.Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Javier Lopez were the baubles last year. Is Hall one of them in 2011?URBAN: Bumgarner gets a win
That remains to be seen, of course, and sure, one game makes a difference-maker not. Hall is no Freddy Sanchez, whose fate for the rest of the season remains to be heard.But because you saw what you saw last year, you can see Hall stepping in, as he did in his first start as a Giant, and being someone who does more than expected.Sabean, apparently, can see it, too.

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.