Giants break out for 13 runs in Gm. 1 win over Cubs

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Giants break out for 13 runs in Gm. 1 win over Cubs

June 28, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARDCHICAGO (AP) Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand each drove in three runs and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 13-7 on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.The Giants' offensive outburst surpassed their season high of 12 runs, which they set at St. Louis on June 2. They also stretched their winning streak to six games.Burrell had three hits, scored two runs and homered. Rowand had two hits, scored twice and hit a three-run double.Ryan Vogelsong (6-1) got the win despite allowing a season-high six runs - three earned - and matched his high for the season with four walks in five innings.Cubs starter Doug Davis (1-7) left after just 4 1-3 innings, allowing 12 hits, 10 runs and walking three.Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer, walked and scored two runs for the Cubs. Blake DeWitt had two singles and three RBIs, and Koyie Hill added a solo homer for Chicago.San Francisco jumped on Davis early, starting with Rowand's walk to lead off the game and Miguel Tejada's single. Rowand scored on Aubrey Huff's soft single to right-center, diving into the plate to barely beat the throw by Cubs center fielder Tony Campana.Cody Ross singled to load the bases, meaning that the first four Giants had reached base. Davis recovered to get Pablo Sandoval to roll into a double play, which scored Tejada. Burrell tacked on a run with a two-out single.The first-inning tally against Davis read: three runs, four hits, 24 pitches and a potentially long day for the Cubs' bullpen.Vogelsong, who entered with a 1.86 ERA, hadn't allowed more than two runs since he gave up five against the Mets on May 3 - a span of nine starts. The Cubs topped that in the second inning.After Aramis Ramirez led off with a single, Pena homered into the right-field bleachers, pulling the Cubs within 3-2. It was Pena's eighth homer in his last 12 games and 17th since May 3, most in the National League.With two outs the second, Hill snuck an 0-1 pitch from Vogelsong just inside the right-field foul pole, tying the game. It was Hill's second homer of the season and first since April 28. It was also the Cubs' sixth homer in their last two games.Huff worked out a leadoff walk to start the third, then scored on Sandoval's double that just eluded Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome.Burrell followed that with his seventh homer, a shot to left that scored Sandoval and gave San Francisco a 6-3 lead.The Giants broke the game open and chased Davis from the game with a five-run fifth, highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Rowand off Cubs reliever Chris Carpenter. Huff and Chris Stewart also drove in runs in the inning.The five runs matched the best output in an inning for the Giants this season and was the fourth time they scored than many in a single frame. The Giants' leadoff hitter reached in each of the first five innings, including Vogelsong's bloop single up the right-field line to start the fourth.Vogelsong worked out of jam in the third, striking out Ramirez and Pena with runners on the corners, but failed to settle down despite the big lead his teammates established.Chicago battled back with three unearned runs against Vogelsong in the fifth, a rally that included three walks, an error on second baseman Bill Hall and a bad-hop single by DeWitt that eluded Hall and drove in two runs, trimming the Giants' advantage to 11-6.Vogelsong was removed for pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz in the top of the sixth. Schierholtz then drove in the Giants' 12th run with a single.Tejada capped the Giants' scoring with a solo homer in the ninth, his second of the season and first since April 8.Despite leading the NL West, San Francisco came in last in the majors in runs scored. During the Giants' five straight wins entering Tuesday, they had not scored more than five runs and hadn't surpassed that total since June 14.Notes: Cubs manager Mike Quade got a nice pregame surprise when it was announced that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had added him to the NL staff for the All-Star game, to be played July 12 in Phoenix. Quade replaced former Washington manager Jim Riggleman, who resigned last week. ... The game was the first of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The afternoon portion of the twinbill was a makeup of a game rained out on May 15. The Cubs, who also played a makeup game against Colorado on Monday, played their third team in as many days. ... Cubs CF Marlon Byrd was hit by a pitch in his first rehab game for Triple-A Iowa. Byrd has been out since May 21 with facial fractures suffered when he was beaned by Boston's Alfredo Aceves. The Cubs are hoping that Byrd, who walked, stole a base and scored two runs in five plate appearances for Iowa, will return to the lineup next week. ... Giants INF Mike Fontenot is still in Arizona at the club's spring training facility conditioning and will start a rehab game Thursday. Fontenot has been on the disabled list since May 26 with a left groin strain.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”

 

 

Sharks' Thornton not concerned with his offensive numbers

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Sharks' Thornton not concerned with his offensive numbers

ANAHEIM – When you have a guy on your roster that just broke into the NHL’s top 25 in scoring, it’s probably difficult to tell him how to play the game.

Still, Joe Thornton is not putting up offensive numbers he’s accustomed to. Through 26 games, Thornton has just two goals and 14 assists for 16 points. Somewhat shockingly, both of his goals have come into an empty net, meaning he has yet to beat a single goaltender with a shot with nearly one-third of the schedule already in the books.

Coach Pete DeBoer remarked on Friday morning, “I think every coach that he’s ever played for would like him to shoot more.”

But has DeBoer told Thornton, who has 27 shots, to shoot more?

“I haven’t recently,” he said. “We’ve had conversations like all coaches do about it, but I pretty much let him play his game. I think most of the conversations we have are about other parts of the game.”

"For me, he does so many things so well for us that we’re not piling on that he needs to score or shoot more. He’s got to play his game, and the offense will come. He stirs our offensive drink, so to speak, and he does it well. I’m not worried about the fact that he doesn’t have goals, no.”

There’s reason to believe Thornton will pick up his production. In fact, his start this season is nearly identical to last year, when he had 15 points (3g, 12a) through 26 games. Over the final four months he up 66 points after Dec. 15, tied for Sidney Crosby for the most in the NHL.

The alternate captain indicated the Sharks’ short summer, combined with his playing for Team Canada in the World Cup, might have taken a toll on his 37-year-old body.

“Going deeper in the postseason I think, it just starts a little bit different – plus the World Cup started earlier. You just kind of jam it in,” he said. “I feel good lately, and hopefully [I’ll] continue it.”

Not surprisingly, the famously laid back Thornton isn’t concerned with the fact he doesn’t have any non-empty netters yet.

“They’ll eventually go in. It’s no secret I’m more of a pass-first guy,” he said. “When you don’t expect it, that’s when they usually come. I haven’t been squeezing my stick or anything.”

“It comes at the strangest times. For whatever reason, you get hot for little stretches of time. I’ve never been one to worry too much.”