Giants' Ross departs spring game with calf strain

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Giants' Ross departs spring game with calf strain

March 23, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

Giants outfielder Cody Ross left Wednesday's spring training game with Angels after injuring his right leg in the outfield.

A report on the team's official Web site said Ross sustained a right calf strain.

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Ross departed in the first inning after running to catch a fly ball off the bat by Alberto Callaspo. He pulled up lame before reaching the ball and left the field with a noticeable limp.

Ross was replaced by Nate Schierholtz.

Pablo Sandoval admits he did not work hard after signing with Red Sox

Pablo Sandoval admits he did not work hard after signing with Red Sox

In late November 2014, Pablo Sandoval signed a 5-year contract with the Red Sox that includes $95 million guaranteed.

In 2015, he hit just .245 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI over 126 games.

Last year, he appeared in just three games before his season came to an end.

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval recently said to ESPN. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

Sandoval underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in early May, but he wasn't going to be the Red Sox's starting third baseman.

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He lost his job to Travis Shaw.

"Things definitely happen for a reason," Sandoval said. "(The surgery and rehab process) have helped revitalize that fire in me to win again."

Sandoval was a two-time All-Star with the Giants and was named the 2012 World Series MVP.

In 2014, he racked up 26 hits in the playoffs, breaking the single-postseason record.

He's battled weight issues his entire career, but is working hard on his body to keep things under control.

"I have been following a really strict routine that has taken a lot of dedication from my part," Sandoval said. "It has not been easy to wake up every single day at 6:30 in the morning to then head to the gym and start a full day of work.

"But you have to have that kind of dedication if you want to achieve the goals you have set for yourself ... I am not taking anything for granted. I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The Red Sox won the AL East last year and after trading for Chris Sale this week, have the second best odds of winning the 2017 World Series.

"One of the keys for us is going to be Panda," Boston manager John Farrell said at the winter meetings on Monday. "That's not to put it all on him, but here's a left-handed bat who is a proven guy and has every opportunity to make a major impact on our team this year."
 

Three takeaways: Sharks' Couture 'felt fine' after minor surgery

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Three takeaways: Sharks' Couture 'felt fine' after minor surgery

SAN JOSE – Despite controlling most of their game with the Senators, the Sharks dropped a 4-2 decision on a late goal in regulation Wednesday night at home. The three takeaways from the defeat…

1 – Couture looks good despite minor surgery

Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in 10 games, a power play marker in the second period, and didn’t show any ill effects despite having a screw removed from his right ankle on Saturday. He finished with one shot on goal, five attempts and was 4-for-10 in the faceoff circle in a little more than 19 minutes of ice time.

“I felt fine,” he said after the game. “Took me a little while. Just [at the] start of periods it was a little sore, but once the game got going, I felt fine.”

2 – Sharks had their legs despite layoff

The coaching staff’s decision to give the Sharks a full weekend off from practice over the weekend looked like the right move in that the players had their legs for the duration of the game. Ottawa was rarely in its offensive end, and its 17 shots on goal was a season-low in shots allowed for San Jose.

“We never really felt like we were out of it,” Joe Pavelski said. “They get a couple early and [we] never felt overwhelmed. It was just about staying with it, finding that first one, and going. It was important that we got that next one when it was 2-0. We got moving. Felt in control the whole way.”

Justin Braun said: "It takes a second to get back into it, but I thought we did a pretty good job as a team to come out and get on the forecheck right away. First shift we were in there. I thought we had some good chances early.  To hold them to [17 shots] the whole night after a break like that is pretty good."

3 – Stagnating offense

Despite all the time they spent in the Senators’ end, including six power plays, the Sharks only managed to beat goalie Mike Condon twice. The Sharks’ offense still seems like it’s missing something, sitting in 23rd in the league with 2.38 per game.

At some point, some of the Sharks’ depth guys are going to have to start putting the puck in the net. Nearly one-third of the schedule over with, it’s getting to be the time of year where only the results matter.

"I think we did everything but find a way to win,” Pete DeBoer said. “But at the end of the day, moral victories don't count in the standings. I thought we did some good stuff, but didn't find a way to win."