Giants Add Adrianza, Neal to 40-Man Roster

Giants Add Adrianza, Neal to 40-Man Roster


SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contracts of infielder Ehire Adrianza and outfielder Thomas Neal and have added both players to the club's 40-man roster, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

With today's transactions, San Francisco now has 36 players on its 40-man roster.

Adrianza, 21, spent the entire 2010 season with the San Jose Giants, helping the club win their second-straight California League Championship. Voted as the best defensive shortstop in the California League in 2010, Adrianza batted .256 (114-for-445) with 22 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 35 RBI in 124 games for the Giants. He went 33-for-48 in stolen base attempts with his 33 stolen bags ranking as fourth-most in the California League. A non-roster invitee to the Giants Major League camp this past spring, the Venezuela native hit .250 (5-for-20) with one home run and two RBI in eight games of San Jose's run to the Championship.

Originally signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Adrianza was tabbed as the eighth-best prospect by Baseball America entering the 2010 campaign. In five professional seasons in the Giants minor league system, Adrianza has batted .246 (312-for-1,270) with 61 doubles, six home runs and 124 RBI in 369 games.

Neal, a 23-year-old outfielder from Inglewood, Calif., spent his first season at the double-A level playing for Richmond in 2010. He batted .291 (153-for-525) with 40 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 136 games for the Flying Squirrels. The 2010 mid-season All-Star finished third in the Eastern League in doubles and fifth in hits.

Neal, who also attended big league camp for the first time last spring, had one of the greatest individual seasons in San Jose Giants history in 2009, ranking third in club history in doubles (41), fourth in batting average (.337) and tied for fifth in home runs (22). In addition to winning San Jose's team MVP award in '09, he was selected to the Topps Class A All-Star team and was tabbed by California League managers, in a survey by Baseball America, as "top hitting prospect" and as having "best outfield arm."

Selected by the Giants in the 37th round of the 2005 draft, Neal owns a .296 (487-for-1,643) batting average with 54 home runs and 264 RBI in 442 minor league games over five seasons.

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

OAKLAND – In the final preseason game on the schedule, at his new home of Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant entered the highlight zone.

The team’s newest superstar exhibited his entire scoring arsenal, dropping 3-pointers, soaring in for dunks and swishing mid-range post-ups.

The most impressive dunk came with 9:02 left in the quarter, when Durant took a pass from Draymond Green and finished the fast break by taking off from about 10 feet and throwing it down.

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The most impressive trey came with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter, when Steph Curry came down in transition, slipped a pass to Durant, who threw it in from 32 feet.

Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter, 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


OAKLAND – The preseason ended Friday night with the kind of offensive fireworks the Warriors expect to carry into the regular season.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant poured in 28 points as the Warriors overcame an early 16-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena.

Ian Clark added 17 points to bolster the scoring of Curry and Durant.

With the exception of the first five minutes, the Warriors starters sparkled, outscoring Portland 84-50 over the next 31 minutes and leading by as much as 21.

The Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

Damian Lillard, playing two miles from his old neighborhood, led Portland with 20 points. CJ McCollum added 16.


Simply put, that would be Curry and Durant.

Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-21 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and two assists. He scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-17.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot. He scored 14 points in the third quarter. Durant played 31 minutes and finished plus-2.


Draymond Green didn’t score much, only 4 points, but his put his fingerprints on this game in just about every other way. He hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds, passed for six assists, adding a steal and a blocked shot. He played 26 efficient minutes, finishing plus-15.

Ian Clark still is trying to nail down a spot in the rotation and he made another impressive argument on his behalf. Coming off the bench with 4:09 left in the first quarter, he took two shots and made them both, including a 3-pointer. Playing both guard positions, Clark had 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-6), two assists, one rebound and one block.


Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out.

Blazers: C Meyers Leonard (lower back soreness) and G Shabazz Napier (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable. Leonard entered in the third quarter. Napier did not play. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.


The Warriors open the season Tuesday, Oct. 25, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena.