Burrell will DH for Giants in Game 5 of Series

Burrell will DH for Giants in Game 5 of Series


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy tweaked his lineup again for Game 5 of the World Series.So far this postseason, most of Bochy's moves have been right on.Struggling Pat Burrell returned tothe lineup for Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers, but asthe designated hitter instead of in left field. Aaron Rowand got hisfirst start of the Series in center, with Andres Torres moving fromcenter to right. Cody Ross was in left for the second straight day, andAubrey Huff was back at first base following a one-day stint as DHduring which he hit a two-run drive for his first career postseasonhomer.The Giants are trying to win their first World Series in 56 years and first since moving West in 1958.Torres, who replaced Rowand as the regular center fielder at midseason, has moved to right previously."Torry's comfortable wherever we puthim," Bochy said. "Having Row out there with Torry and Ross is our bestdefensive outfield tonight."Burrell was benched for Sundaynight's 4-0 victory in Game 4. He has eight strikeouts in nine at-batsin the Series, is 0 for 9 overall and has 19 strikeouts in 38 at-batsthis postseason.Bochy said he had told Burrell hewould be back in the lineup Monday and Burrell spent Sunday takingextra swings to try to get on track."He worked on some things yesterday," Bochy said.Burrell entered with a .209 careeraverage in 160 games as a designated hitter, leading to his release bythe Tampa Bay Rays earlier this season. Burrell signed a minor leaguedeal with the Giants in late May and was called up June 4 following ashort stint with Triple-A Fresno.Rowand, who won a World Series ringwith the 2005 White Sox, is 7 for 25 with a homer and four RBIs againstRangers ace and Game 5 starter Cliff Lee. That factored into himgetting the call Monday."More so, we need him," Bochy saidof the decision. "He's faced Lee and we need another right-handed batout there, experience. It's nice to put a good center fielder out therewho has been through this and faced Lee."

Mayor Schaaf on Raiders relocation: 'Oakland has something no other city ever will'

Mayor Schaaf on Raiders relocation: 'Oakland has something no other city ever will'

The Oakland Raiders have officially filed for relocation to Las Vegas. And Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has responded. 

“It’s no surprise that the Raiders have filed for relocation," Schaaf said in a statement. "Oakland welcomes the chance to show them and the NFL’s other owners why Oakland is the only home for the Raiders and always will be.

“Our winning team of the Lott Group, the County and my colleagues on the Oakland City Council has accomplished so much in the last few months. We’ve identified the mechanisms to responsibly finance public infrastructure improvements, we have in the Lott Group a private partner prepared to finance stadium construction, and we have an entitled site for a world-class NFL stadium and new development that enhances fan experience while invigorating East Oakland's economy. 

“But this isn’t all Oakland has to offer. Oakland’s Raiders stadium will be on the most transit-accessible site in the nation, in the sixth largest television market, and in one of the wealthiest and most innovative regions in the world. But above all else, Oakland has something no other city ever will -- a die-hard fan base that is loyal and true to the Raiders and wants to see them stay here in Oakland where they were founded. Only Oakland brings the Raiders and the NFL a competitive stadium proposal, along with legacy and loyalty.

“I look forward to the League giving our team a chance to compete.”

Now that the fate of the Raiders' relocation is in the hands of the NFL owners, a vote could come at the NFL owners meetings in late March. It’s uncertain whether Davis has the votes needed to relocate, but there has been momentum building for such a move over the past several months.

Davis has said that, even if the Raiders are approved for relocation, he plans on playing in Oakland the next few years while a Las Vegas stadium is built. The team has already sent out season ticket pricing to fans for the 2017 season. The Raiders have one-year team options to play Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Las Vegas stadium isn’t expected to be ready until the 2020 season.

The Office of the Mayor Libby Schaaf and Scott Bair contributed to this report.


Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.

Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.

A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.

Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.

Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.

Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.

He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.

Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.

The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.

All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.