Following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start


Following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start

June 3, 2011
Editor's Note: Mychael Urban is at the San Jose Giants Single-A game, following Pablo Sandoval's first rehab start. Follow @MUrbanCSN's real-time updates on Twitter.

8:55 p.m: Pablo is done for the night after four innings, now working out on a stairmaster in the SJ Giants workout shed. That concludes our play-by-play.

7:55 p.m.: Sandoval up ... still doing his pre-AB dance ... 1-0 fastball outside ... Foul ball, 1-1 ... Way outside, 2-1 ... Way outside again, 3-1 ... You knew he'd swing there ... Foul ball, full count ... Swing and a miss, high breaking ball. Sandoval only Gigantito without a hit or a walk.

7:49 p.m.: Chopper forces Sandoval to leap for it at third base, it tips off the top of the glove for an infield single. Jordan he's not.

7:46 p.m.: Anyone expecting Sandoval to come out raking after a month offwrist surgery might be expecting a tad much. Tonight is about being pain-free.
7:44 p.m.: Weak chopper to second base. Pablo's 0-for-2.

7:40 p.m.: I know play-by-play of a minor league at-bat might be tedious to some, but ... fastball low. 1-0. Wear it.

7:30 p.m.: Hector Sanchez chopper over first baseman scores Sandoval and runner behind him. 3-0 Giants.

7:26 p.m.: Ryan Cavan doubles down right-field line to make it 1-0, Sandoval held at third.

7:23 p.m.: Bouncer to second baseman, who flips to shortstop for forceout, Pablo down line quickly enough to make shortstop eat throw. First and 3rd

7:20 p.m.: Fastball down and away. 1-0 ... Cutter, strike 1 called ... Breaking ball, strike 2 called.

7:18 p.m.: Huge ovation for Sandoval, wearing No. 35, as he steps into left-side box with two on, nobody out.

7:13 p.m.: Pablo Sandoval batting third for the Gigantitos, coming up soon.

6:50 p.m.: Pablo showing big love for San Jose Giants fans here. Signed many autographs.

4:55 p.m.: Pablo looked good in BP. Just talked to him for a bit. Digs being back with the kids but really eager to join the San Francisco Giants.

4 p.m.: I am in the press box at the San Jose Giants game, and the press box is decidedly minor league. LOVE IT! This, my friends, is real ball!

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.