Giants look to stop the bleeding vs. Dodgers


Giants look to stop the bleeding vs. Dodgers

May 18, 2011

GIANTS (22-19) vs.
LA DODGERS (20-23)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas believes when Clayton Kershaw is making his pitches, opponents don't have a chance.

This is usually the case when he faces the San Francisco Giants.

Kershaw looks to build on one of his best outings of the season and win his fourth straight start over the Giants as these NL West rivals meet Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Kershaw (5-3, 2.75 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings in Friday's 4-3 win over Arizona. The left-hander, who has a 1.31 ERA in winning his three starts this month, threw 70 of his 106 pitches for strikes and retired the final 14 batters he faced.

"When he's throwing strike one, strike two, it's going to be a long night for whoever is facing him," Barajas said.

San Francisco knows this feeling.

Kershaw has thrown 13 2-3 shutout innings while striking out 16 in winning his two starts against the Giants this season, and has tossed 22 2-3 scoreless innings in winning his last three against them. In seven career starts versus San Francisco, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA, yielding two or fewer runs six times.

Los Angeles (20-23) took three of four from the Giants to open the season. That series was overshadowed by two drunken Dodgers fans who brutally beat a Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium. The victim, Bryan Stow, is still in critical condition with brain injuries, and was flown back to San Francisco on Monday after weeks of care in Los Angeles.

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The Giants (22-19) arrive in Los Angeles after Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Colorado. San Francisco was swept in the two-game series to fall one-half game back of the West-leading Rockies.

"If the season ended today, I supposed we'd be panicked," reliever Javier Lopez said. "But I mean, we've got three quarters (of the season) left, so I think we're OK."

One thing the Giants would like to remedy sooner than later is their hitting in RBI situations.

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San Francisco has hit .129 (4 for 31) with runners in scoring position and left 24 men on base in the last four games. Aubrey Huff, batting .308 with four RBIs in seven games against the Dodgers this year, has stranded eight runners on base in the last three contests.

"We've got to get some guys clicking here. We need some production throughout the order," Bruce Bochy said. "We're a better hitting club than this. It's frustrating. We've got to take a little of the pressure off the pitchers."

Scheduled starter Matt Cain (3-2, 3.22) would probably second his manager's opinion.

Cain allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings in Thursday's 3-2 win over Arizona. It was the first victory in five starts for Cain, who had received five total runs of support in his previous four outings.

Cain, whose 3.73 run support average since 2007 is the worst in the majors, got plenty of offensive help in his season debut against Los Angeles. At Dodger Stadium on April 2, the right-hander allowed five hits in six innings of a 10-0 victory.

Cain, who is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts in this series, has a 1.67 ERA in six outings at Chavez Ravine since 2008. Although Cain has pitched well against the Dodgers, Andre Ethier is batting .500 in 44 career at-bats against him.

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Similarly to the Giants, the Dodgers' offense is also struggling a bit.

Los Angeles defeated Milwaukee 3-0 on Tuesday after scoring two total runs in losing its previous three games.

Mavericks waive DeMarcus Cousins' younger brother

Mavericks waive DeMarcus Cousins' younger brother

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks waived Jaleel Cousins, the younger brother of Sacramento All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, and four others Saturday to get their roster to the regular-season limit of 15.

Kyle Collinsworth, Keith Hornsby, Jonathan Gibson and CJ Williams also were waived.

Cousins didn't appear in a preseason game after signing Monday. The 6-foot-11 center was undrafted out of South Florida.

Gibson, a guard, played in all seven preseason games, averaging 7.1 points and 3.0 assists. Williams averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games, and Hornsby scored 3.2 points per game in five appearances.

Collinsworth averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 assists in five games.

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

Refocused McGee 'blessed' to earn Warriors' final roster spot

OAKLAND – After eight years as one of the NBA’s most intriguing projects, JaVale McGee was extended an opportunity to join the Warriors, the league’s successful franchise over the past two seasons.

Informed early Friday that he had made the roster, the 7-foot center celebrated by never leaving the bench in the preseason finale Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Though he had recovered well enough from a left knee strain to play, coach Steve Kerr opted to keep McGee off the court against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Which was fine by McGee, who after the game sat in front of his locker with ice bags wrapped from just above his knee to the bottom of his calf.

“I’m just happy, blessed, to have this chance,” he told

McGee earned the 15th and final roster spot by doing what the Warriors had hoped. He ran the floor well, blocked a few shots and sent a few lob passes powering through the bottom of the net.

“He had a good camp and he gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, with that length and that ability to catch a lob and finish,” Kerr said. “He has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.”

McGee, 28, will join 34-year-old Anderson Varejao in sharing spot minutes behind starter Zaza Pachulia and top backup David West.

“I'm starting to figure out what the coaches want from me, and I’m starting to execute it,” he said. “Everything is going well.”

Selected by the Washington Wizards in the first round (18th overall) of the 2008 draft, McGee is now on his fifth NBA team.

Noting that he has no control over his playing time but will do his part to influence the coaching staff, McGee said he is here primarily to achieve has one goal:

“Win an NBA championship,” he said. “That’s it.”