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Vogelsong looks to keep it rolling vs. Reds

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Vogelsong looks to keep it rolling vs. Reds

June 10, 2011GIANTS (35-28) vs.CINCINNATI (33-31)
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

(AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds made quick work of Ryan Vogelsong the last time they saw him start a game.

It may as well have been a lifetime ago for the San Francisco Giants' pitcher.

Looking to continue a string of shutdown performances at AT&T Park, Vogelsong will take the ball as the Giants try to even their four-game series with the Reds on Friday night.

Vogelsong (4-1, 1.68 ERA), back in the big leagues for the first time since 2006 after struggling in the minors and Japan, is 2-1 with a 0.64 ERA over four starts in San Francisco this year. The right-hander allowed one run for the third straight game at home and four hits in eight innings of a 2-1 win over Colorado on Sunday.

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"To be on a team and be counted on to go out there and win games, it's awesome. It's a great feeling," Vogelsong told the Giants' official website.

Having allowed one run or less in each of his last six appearances, Vogelsong isn't coming out of the rotation even after former AL Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito eventually returns from a foot injury.

"Voggy is not going anywhere. He's going to pitch every fifth day," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Now 33, Vogelsong hasn't started against the Reds since Sept. 24, 2004, with Pittsburgh. He faced just seven batters and was ripped for seven runs and four hits with three walks in a 14-8 loss.

Overall, Vogelsong is 2-3 with a 6.15 ERA in 11 games, including four starts, versus the Reds (33-31).

Coming off the worst outing of his brief career, Travis Wood (4-4, 5.72) hopes to bounce back for Cincinnati. The second-year left-hander surrendered eight runs and five walks - both career highs - in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

"When you only get to pitch with your fastball, it's pretty tough," catcher Ramon Hernandez told the Reds' official website. "You need all your pitches to get hitters out of balance, get him in front, get him jammed. It's pretty tough when you're breaking pitches don't work."

Wood lost his only career start in San Francisco, yielding seven runs in four innings as the Giants rolled 16-5 on Aug. 24.

The Reds are in search of their third straight win at AT&T Park, and fourth in five games overall. Johnny Cueto raised his record to 3-2 after he scattered four hits and struck out eight in seven innings of a 3-0 victory Thursday.

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"Johnny Cueto has been lights out this year," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "I wish his record was better than what it was. We just haven't given him many runs lately."

Jonny Gomes had three hits and drove in a run for the Reds. Gomes, who is 7 for 11 in his last two road games, is hitting .210 - the first time he's been above .200 since April 25.

Miguel Tejada had two hits for San Francisco (35-28), which is hitting .190 over the last six games while being held to five hits or fewer four times.

The loss reduced the Giants' lead in the NL West over Arizona to one game.

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

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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.”