Urban: The MLB All-Star experience


Urban: The MLB All-Star experience

July 11, 2011


PHOENIX -- Giants Insider Mychael Urban is in Arizona following all the hot topics in the 2011 MLB All-Star game. Let Urban bring you to the desert with his live stream of tweets, depicting all the goings-on with MLB's best.

7:18 p.m.: AZ has been a blast until my computer decided to go on half-day DL today. All good now. No complaints. Lots more work to do today.

5:47 p.m.: Fans DO want to see Lincecum, but Bochy has to prioritize SFGiants' season. You still arguing Tim's not a legit All-Star? Uncle.

4:50 p.m.: Not as crazy hot today in Arizona. Bearable. Doesn't matter either way, though. Perfect inside Chase Field. Wilson: "I predict spectacular weather."

2:08 p.m.: A's Gio is clearly in seventh heaven. Family is here for one, and said when he saw his All-Star jersey it was like, "Whoa. Unreal."

1:48 p.m.: Q asked of Wilson: "Ever think of dying the beard orange?" Brian: "Not until right now when you said that. Brilliant." sarcasm

1:05 p.m.: Big Papi never disappoints. True All-Star look. Gio low-keyed it. Young buck didn't wanna make waves. He can't stop smiling, tho.

12:55 p.m.: Time to go talk to Gio. Hope he's rocking some Miami freakiness.
12:17 p.m.: Wilson says of ring: "I wear it in my heart." Cain: "we're just not the type of team to flaunt stuff like that."

12:14 p.m.: Carlos Beltran says Lincecum one most "uncomfortable" at-bats for him. Easy solution there.
12:11 p.m.: No WS rings for Cain, Wilson. Pablo, Lincecum, yes. Great flip-cam stuff from all of em. Real funny. Vogey, too. Later on

12:06 p.m.: VERY disappointed in lack of flash displayed by NL All Stars. Wilson only guy rocking shades, and half of em wearing checkedflannel shirts!
11:03 a.m.: Fertile flip-cam grounds here. Playermedia cattle call starts soon. Expecting to see some serious stunna shades on MLB All Stars.
11:00 a.m.: Autograph hounds in force at player hotel, some not that smart. I just got asked to sign. Thought I was Heath Bell. Time to drop more lbs.!
10:00 a.m.: OK, time to get to work, and the gods are sending me off with another gem: "Funky Enough" by The D.O.C. ... Life is good!

Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game


Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

SACRAMENTO -- Faced with demotion, you have two options, sulk or come out swinging. Willie Cauley-Stein chose option two Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.

After starting all 14 games to begin the season, Cauley-Stein found himself relegated to the second unit against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer looked energized by the move and made one play after another as the Kings came away with the 86-82 victory.

“I felt free - period,” Cauley-Stein said following the win. “Both offensively, defensively. I’m quarterbacking on defense. I’m getting to make plays on offense. I just feel liberated. I feel like it’s unlocking.”

The third-year big began the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back double-doubles, but hadn’t notched double-figures in rebounds since. Over his previous eight games, the Kings’ starting center was averaging just 4.3 boards per game.

Against Portland, Cauley-Stein played sparkling defense, hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a team-high 22 points and hit the glass for 10 boards. He skied above the Blazers bigs for a rebound with 3.4 seconds remaining and his second free throw attempt sealed the win for a Kings team in desperate need of a win.

“Willie’s a hell of a player, obviously,” veteran big Kosta Koufos said. “He’s really athletic, he’s a special talent.”

Koufos and Cauley-Stein made a devastating defensive duo for Sacramento. Both bigs showed on the high pick-and-roll and avoided fouling the Blazers high-powered guards.

“That’s a crazy defensive lineup right there, me and Kosta play really well together,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been waiting for that lineup since we started.”

Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field and 5-for-14 from long range. C.J. McCollum knocked down 8-of-15 from the floor, but he missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Sacramento closed out and pressured the shooter all night long.

Cauley-Stein wasn’t the only starter to find himself on the bench to start the game. Dave Joerger turned to a dual point guard backcourt, using De’Aaron Fox and George Hill side-by-side, while bringing rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic in with the second unit.

Playing off the ball for long stretches, Hill responded to the move with 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Fox had a quiet offensive night, but his defense on both Lillard and McCollum was inspired.

“We can both attack and he’s a great shooter so that really helps me,” Fox said of Hill. “He’s a mentor on the court. It’s a lot easier to play with him then to watch him play.”

Sacramento held Portland to just 37 percent shooting overall and 28 percent from behind the arc. They pressured the Blazers in the backcourt and slowed the game to screeching halt.

With the win, the Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 on the season. They jumped a plane for Portland following the game where they’ll face the same Trail Blazer team Saturday in a rare back-to-back against the same team.

The Kings likely be without the services of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle. Hield limped into the locker room on crutches following the victory and the initial indications point to him missing the rematch.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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