HBT: Padres' Qualls rips Giants fans

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HBT: Padres' Qualls rips Giants fans

July 7, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOCraig Calcaterra
HardballTalk.com

On Tuesday night, Padres pitcher Chad Qualls irked some Giants players and some fans when he spiked the baseball and yelled after tagging Andres Torres out at the plate.

We can argue whether the Giants -- who have a number of players who are demonstrative, flashy and just plain silly -- have any standing to take issue with Qualls, but justified or not, there is some tension there. Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Francisco talk radio was buzzing with serious Qualls hate all day yesterday.

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Dont expect that tension to be reduced any after Jenkins story, however, because Qualls -- while speaking pretty truthfully based on what my San Francisco correspondents have told me -- added some fuel to the fire, at least with the fans, when he had this to say about playing in beautiful AT&T Park:

Playing in San Francisco, you gotta understand, when youre warming up two feet from the fans, theyre not telling you how good you are or telling you how glad they are that youre warming up," Qualls said.

"Theyre calling you every name in the book, every cuss word in the book. To shut them down on an inning where were ahead, its kinda putting it to the city and the fans, because theyre just wearing you out on a consistent basis as youre warming up, spitting on you, calling you anything they want. The later the game, the more drunk they are, the more harsh the words.

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Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

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What looked like a no-brainer win for the Warriors over the Jazz for most of the contest, turned out to be a game too close for true comfort late. 

Still, Golden State overcame a surge by Utah to pick up the victory -- their second straight of the five-game road trip. 

Stephen Curry scored 25 points to lead all Warriors scorers -- four others scored in double figures. 

 

Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

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Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele was questionable to play Thursday night’s game at Kansas City with a knee sprain.

His knee is doing just fine, thank you.

Even still, Osemele wasn’t ready to play. He was a late scratch due to an illness, which sapped him to the point he couldn’t go.

Osemele was listed about the Raiders inactives, announced shortly before kickoff.

That creates a huge void in the offensive line – the Raiders run best between Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn – that will be filled by rookie Vadal Alexander.

Alexander is an aggressive player and a good run blocker, but he isn’t on Osemele’s level. Not having the high-priced player could hinder the Raiders offensive line, which must remain strong for the attack to operate well. The Raiders have allowed a league-low 13 sacks this season. 

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was questionable with an ankle injury, but wasn’t quite ready to play this game. This marks his second contest missed with injury.

Strong safety Karl Joseph was ruled out earlier in the week with a toe injury. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Stacy McGee are also inactive.