Giants seek series sweep over D'Backs

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Giants seek series sweep over D'Backs

April 17, 2011
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(AP) -- The San Francisco Giants tied a major league record last season by having the shortest regular-season winning streak by a World Series champion at five.Manager Bruce Bochy's club has a chance to match that run less than three weeks into its 2011 schedule.The Giants on Sunday seek their fifth straight victory overall, a weekend series sweep and their sixth consecutive win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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En route to their first World Series championship since moving to the Bay Area in 1958, the Giants won a season-high five straight July 10-17. That tied the 1996 New York Yankees and 2007 Boston Red Sox for the shortest regular-season winning streak by a World Series champion.While the Giants (8-6) have a ways to go before even thinking about becoming the first team to repeat since the Yankees (1998-2000), they can match last season's longest winning streak following Saturday's 5-3 victory at Arizona (5-8).Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, Freddy Sanchez knocked in three runs and Guillermo Mota went a career-high 4 1-3 innings of relief to earn the win after Barry Zito left in the second with a sprained right foot."It's tough for Barry. I don't know what happened or the severity of it, but hats off to Guillermo Mota," infielder Mark DeRosa said after the Giants improved to 7-2 since a 1-4 start. "Player of the game, no doubt."The depth of this team was something that was a positive for us last year and I think this year it's the same."Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 9.00 ERA), who takes the ball Sunday, was one of the Giants' standouts last postseason, going 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in four appearances. The 21-year-old left-hander has yet to approach that type of success in 2011.He has allowed opponents to hit .406 against him while losing both of his starts this season. After lasting just three innings against San Diego on April 5, Bumgarner went five unimpressive innings in his home debut Monday, a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers."I felt good the whole time," he told the Giants' official website after walking four and surrendering five runs and eight hits. "It's hard to explain games like that sometimes."Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts against Arizona. He struck out seven in each of those outings.The Diamondbacks, who have lost a season high-tying three straight overall and 15 of 18 to the Giants, are hoping Barry Enright (0-1, 6.00) can get on track when he takes the ball Sunday.The right-hander posted an 8.06 ERA while losing his last five starts as a rookie last season, and has unfortunately picked up where he left off in 2011. Enright has been tagged for four runs over six innings in each of his first two outings. He hit a batter and allowed nine hits in Monday's 8-2 home loss to St. Louis."I lose my aggressiveness sometimes," said Enright, 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts against San Francisco last season. "You get a few guys on base and you start trying to place the ball instead of going after people."Enright should be careful going after Posey, who is 6 for 12 with two doubles and a homer in their meetings. The reigning NL rookie of the year is batting .400 (22 for 55) in 15 career games against Arizona.Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has also been getting great production from his catcher. Miguel Montero is batting .415, and went 1 for 3 with a two-run double Saturday.Montero is hitless in four at-bats against Bumgarner.

Draymond Green to wear custom 'Sideline Racism' Nike shoes

Draymond Green to wear custom 'Sideline Racism' Nike shoes

For all Week 13 NFL games, players have the clearance to wear custom-designed cleats to highlight a cause that they are passionate about. And Draymond Green is joining the movement with his Nike shoes this weekend. 

Green will wear specially designed yellow and blue Nikes that read, "Sideline Racism." On Twitter, Green wrote "I stand with my @NFL brother this weekend in wearing @RISEtoWIN's Sideline Racism shoes in uniting against racism. We stand united @NFL."

The shoes are through RISEtoWIN, whose Twitter profile states the organization as "dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations."

RISE (the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) is a non-profit organization, which was founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in 2015. 

Bogut voices opinion on use of marijuana in NBA

Bogut voices opinion on use of marijuana in NBA

A day after Steve Kerr told Monte Poole on The Warriors Insider Podcast that he used marijuana twice over the last year and a half, players around the league are offering their take on the use of pot in the NBA.

The latest is former Warriors center Andrew Bogut.

According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Bogut had this to say on Saturday evening prior to the Mavericks game against the Bulls.

"I've never tried it. I don't know how much it helps, but from what I heard from guys who are retired and have chronic injuries, they say it helps a lot. Like I said, you are bringing a big can of worms if you allow it [without restrictions]. If you have open season, you're going to have guys, I guarantee you're going to have people playing in a game or practicing high. It's just the reality of it. You have guys in pro sports playing hungover. You have guys come to practice drunk sometimes. That's how it is. If you all of the sudden can smoke, although there are a lot of positives to it, the downside is you could possibly have a lot of guys that are not 100 percent in the present. I think that's why the league is saying what it's saying. But as far as it being legal in society, it should be fine to be legal. It's a plant, it's an herb, it's a weed. … People that I've known that smoke, friends of mine, they're the most chill kind of people ever. They don't want to cause problems or fight. They usually just want to get a bag of Cheetos and sit there and watch TV or whatever. I think the effects of alcohol are far worse than weed can ever be."

Bogut played for Kerr the last two seasons before being traded to Dallas this offseason.

Earlier on Saturday, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson offered their support for Kerr.