Giants notes: Strictly business with Bochy


Giants notes: Strictly business with Bochy

Aug. 5, 2011


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Mychael Urban

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was so loose before Thursday's game against the Phillies that when there was a brief lull during his daily dugout skull session with the media he actually broke out into a little chair-dance.You know the chair-dance, right? You do it in your car when a particular song moves you. You break into a half-body gig, maybe even bite your lower lip for emphasis.That was Bochy on Thursday. On Friday? No chair-dancing. Strictly business.And understandably so. Cliff Lee of the Phillies on Thursday night christened the four-game series with such complete dominance from the mound that the Giants never seemed to have a chance, and Friday's game brought another look at Philadelphia rookie Vance Worley, who rolled the defending world champs last week in the City of Brotherly Love. Countering Worley on Friday at AT&T Park: Jonathan Sanchez, in his first big-league appearance since June 24. Sanchez, as we all know, is a question mark any time he takes the mound. This time, the first time he's faced the Phils since his mental meltdown in Game 6 of the 2010 National League Championship Series, was an even bigger question mark, whether Bochy wanted to admit it or not.
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He didn't, of course. Bochy is beloved in the clubhouse because he always has the backs of his guys, and there's nothing wrong with that. But the short, clipped answers the skipper offered in response to virtually every question thrown his way as his players stretched in front of the home dugout suggested that he was feeling a certain sense of urgency as the series headed into the weekend.Asked about Hunter Pence, who has yet to lose in a Phillies uniform since coming over in a pre-trade-deadline deal, Bochy seemed ready to roll his eyes, knowing the question had as much to do with Carlos Beltran as Pence."He's a quality right-handed bat, and that's what they were looking for, so sure, he makes them that much better," Bochy said. "It's along the lines of getting departed free agent Jayson Werth back."On the struggles of his left and center fielders -- Nate Schierholtz, Cody Ross, Andres Torres and Aaron Rowand -- Bochy was a little more expansive, noting how important Torres' speed element is to the lineup, and he conceded that the collective funk makes writing out the lineup a "tough decision every day."Looking to spin something positive, Bochy found an opening when first baseman Aubrey Huff's name was mentioned. The Giants optioned rookie first basemanoutfielder Brandon Belt to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, and it was an unpopular move to say the least. Bochy, though, said he likes the way Huff has been swinging the bat of late, and the numbers back him up.Huff was 5-for-15 on the homestand through four games and was batting .341 (14-for-41) over his past 13 games."I think he's swinging with more confidence," Bochy said. "We got him a little break last weekend in Cincinnati, with Brandon getting in there for a couple of games, and it helped. I think Huff was close to out of gas."No real news came out of Bochy's session, other than the suggestion that right-handed hitters Rowand and Ross are likely to start in the outfield Saturday against lefty Cole Hamels, and that Mark DeRosa might get the call at first base.

Lamar Jackson of Louisville wins 2016 Heisman trophy


Lamar Jackson of Louisville wins 2016 Heisman trophy

NEW YORK — Lamar Jackson is the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

The sensational sophomore quarterback leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The highest honor in college football was handed out Saturday night in New York.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

Jackson, at 19 years, 347 days, is the youngest Heisman winner ever.

NBA Gameday: Kings look to bounce back against shorthanded Jazz

NBA Gameday: Kings look to bounce back against shorthanded Jazz

After another last minute loss on Friday night to the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings jump right back into the fire Saturday night against the Utah Jazz in a brutal home and road back-to-back.

Embroiled in off-the-court controversy, forward Matt Barnes missed Friday night’s game against the Knicks with what coach Dave Joerger deemed “scheduled rest.” After sitting out 12 of the Kings’ previous 16 games as a healthy scratch, and playing just 29 total minutes since Nov. 1, veteran Anthony Tolliver got the call and filled in admirably for Barnes. Tolliver finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench in the loss to New York.

The Jazz played without four starters Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors and lost by a final of 106-99. Joe Ingles came off Quin Snyder’s bench to score 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range and big man Rudy Gobert stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting night and added 17 rebounds.

Jazz by 5.5

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Rudy Gobert -- Cousins continues to dominate the action for Sacramento, averaging 28.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Gobert is one of the game’s best defensive bigs, posting 2.6 blocks per night for Utah. He’s improved greatly as a scorer and rebounder as well, averaging 11.6 points on an NBA-best 66.4 percent shooting, while grabbing 11.5 rebounds a game.

Kings: 8-14, fourth place in Pacific

Jazz: 14-10, second place in Northwest

Kings: F Matt Barnes (rest) sat out Friday night’s game, but according to coach Dave Joerger, he is expected to play Saturday night in Utah.

Jazz: PG George Hill (toe) out, SG Rodney Hood (hamstring) out, PF Derrick Favors (knee) out, G Alec Burks (knee/ankle) out. Gordon Hayward (finger) likely to play.

The Kings won the season series over the Jazz 2-1 last year, but Utah leads the all-time series 99-81 and holds a 76-48 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

“It hurts. What hurts the most is we’re not playing the right way. With this group that we have, with the team that we have, we should be able to play the right way throughout the whole game. We’re all veteran players. We all understand how to play, but there’s times throughout the game, you know what I mean, it don’t seem like we’re really sacrificing for one another.” -Darren Collison on the Kings’ struggles