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Urban: Second base not a pressing need for Giants

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Urban: Second base not a pressing need for Giants

June 29, 2011

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You want to break down the many manners in which Ryan Dempster did a spot-on impression of a human Cuisinart machine on the Giants offense Wednesday?You want to break down some of the individual Giants at-bats, many of them featuring an approach somewhere between "lost" and "none"?You want to cry in your barley pops about Tim Lincecum not getting what he deserved after another night of near genius on the mound?Didn't think so.
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Thus, let's ignore the loss in Chicago and move quickly from ignoring to ignorance.You see the Juan Uribe rumors Wednesday?Laughable. Only Brian Sabean didn't think it was so funny, so he took the unprecedented step of sending his P.R. director into the Wrigley Field press box to let the traveling Giants beat writers know that the rumor had less credibility than Drew Rosenhaus in a T.O. reality-TV pitch meeting.This is a very loose and liberal example of paraphrasing in absentia, but Sabean pretty much said, "Yeah, we're super interested in the guy who (1) spit on our more-than-generous offer, (2) reneged, through his agent, on a promise that we'd get a chance to match any offer than beat ours, (3) reneged to jump ship for our most bitter rival, and (4) is making our reluctance to give him such a generous offer in the first place by hitting as poorly -- if not worse than -- as everyone we'd be using him to replace."Giants Insider gallery: Dempster quiets Giants' bats
Good for Sabean. That this kind of garbage even got pushed into the mainstream is a disappointment, a great example of how far the standards of journalism have sunk in our hurry to get information out a few seconds before the next knucklehead.Sabean didn't just kill the Uribe notion. He Ted Bundy'd, Charles Manson'd, John Wayne Gacy'd and Jeffrey Dahmer'd it.While he was at it, he should have Son of Sam'd and Zodiak'd the Mark Ellis idea.It's not going to happen. Guaranteed. In fact, the Giants haven't even discussed Ellis.It just doesn't make any sense. Ellis would add to the payroll, which the Giants don't want to do, and while it's awfully optimistic, the club still hopes to get second baseman Freddy Sanchez back at some point this year.In the meantime, Mike Fontenot is about to re-start his rehab, Emmanuel Burriss is starting to look like he might actually be able to hit at this level, and Bill Hall is here for a while. Not exactly an ideal trio to replace a pure hitter and fielder such as Sanchez, but Ellis would simply add to the logjam and add very little with his bat.And in case you haven't realized it, picking it at second base -- Ellis' forte -- isn't the Giants' main issue right now.For that, take a look at the first sentence you read here today.

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.