Giants seek support for Bumgarner vs. D'backs


Giants seek support for Bumgarner vs. D'backs

June 15, 2011

GIANTS (38-29) vs.
ARIZONA (37-31)

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

ARIZONA (AP) -- After showing some offensive life to win the opener of a key road series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Francisco Giants hope to provide Madison Bumgarner with some rare support in their next contest.

Bumgarner looks to avoid a third straight losing start and help the NL West-leading Giants beat the Diamondbacks for a fifth consecutive time Wednesday night.

San Francisco (38-29) had scored more than five runs only once in its previous 10 games, but won 6-5 at Arizona on Tuesday to increase its lead to 1 12 games over the Diamondbacks (37-31). The Giants improved to 6-1 in the season series, and have won each of the last four meetings by one run.

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"Doesn't matter the team, we usually play tight games," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't have too many games that get out of hand either way."

San Francisco has scored at least five runs in each of its games this season at Chase Field, where it has gone 3-1 this year and has won nine of 11.

The Giants hope to give similar support to Bumgarner (2-8, 3.23 ERA), who has gotten either one run or none from the offense in seven of his starts. The right-hander limited Cincinnati to one run over seven innings Thursday, but wound up on the losing end of a 3-0 score.

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It was the third time this season the Giants got shut out with Bumgarner on the mound

"He knows he (does) all he can do to win a ballgame," Bochy said. "We just have to get this figured out. It's gone on longer than even I thought it would."

Bumgarner has received an average 5.88 runs of support while going 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four career starts versus Arizona. His worst of those outings came April 17, when he allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5, 12-inning loss at Chase Field.

Cody Ross had a two-run double and scored on a double steal as the Giants took a 5-0 lead Tuesday, then needed to hold on late. Ross is 5 for 15 with three RBIs in four games against the Diamondbacks this season.

Teammate Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 4 with an RBI in his first game after missing 1 12 months with a broken hand. Sandoval is batting .366 with 19 RBIs in 24 career games at Arizona.

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Joe Saunders (3-6, 4.56) takes the ball for the Diamondbacks looking to bounce back after he allowed five runs on three homers in six innings of a 6-4 loss at Florida on Friday.

The left-hander had been 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his previous four starts.

"He made some mistakes, they pounded him, it's going to happen from time to time," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Saunders was not much better in his only career appearance against San Francisco on April 16, giving up five runs and 12 hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 home loss.

Catcher Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer Tuesday for the Diamondbacks, who have still won four of six. Montero is 9 for 22 with two home runs, five doubles and nine RBIs in his last five games, but is 0 for 7 lifetime versus Bumgarner.

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year


Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.

The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

PFWA names Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Executive of the Year

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was named NFL Executive of the Year, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Thursday.

McKenzie joins Al Davis, who was named Executive of the Year in 2002, as Raiders who have earned the PFWA honor, which was established in 1993.

In 2016, McKenzie’s fifth year as General Manager, the Raiders posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 campaign. The Raiders had an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections, had two players earn first-team All-Pro recognition and DE Khalil Mack was named the PFWA Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being named General Manager by Owner Mark Davis in 2012, four Raiders draft picks have gone on to receive Pro Bowl selections. Mack, the Raiders’ first-round pick in 2014, earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod, while QB Derek Carr, the team’s second-round selection that year, emerged as a Most Valuable Player candidate and has received Pro Bowl invitations in each of the last two seasons. WR Amari Cooper, the team’s first-round pick in 2015, has also earned two Pro Bowl selections after beginning his career with consecutive 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. RB Latavius Murray, a sixth-round pick in 2013, earned a Pro Bowl bid in 2015 and was named an alternate this year.

In addition, 10 players drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round or later since 2013 have started multiple games for the team and six different draft picks have earned All-Rookie honors.

Last offseason, the Raiders signed LB Bruce Irvin, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and CB Sean Smith, securing four of the “top 25 available free agents” according to All seven of the team’s draft picks saw significant action during the season and first-round selection S Karl Joseph was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. A remarkable seven undrafted free agents, acquired by the Raiders in the weeks following the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the season on the team’s active roster.  

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