Lincecum's 13 Ks, Posey HR bury Padres

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Lincecum's 13 Ks, Posey HR bury Padres

April 6, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD

SAN DIEGO (AP) All the San Francisco Giants really needed was a big dose of The Freak.Tim Lincecum struck out 13 and held the San Diego Padres to one run and three hits in seven innings to lead the defending World Series champions to just their second win in six games, 8-4 on Wednesday night."Everybody kind of relaxed and just kind of went back to playing ball the right way, with a positive mentality," Lincecum said.
VIDEO: Tim Lincecum postgame
Perhaps as impressive as his 13 strikeouts - two shy of his career high - was that Lincecum didn't walk a batter. He was handed a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then struck out the first four batters he faced.He credited that to "having good rhythm, and sometimes I get out of that, and that's when I fall into trouble. But I made sure everything was working right. I kind of used every one of my pitches, so that was good. I just tried to attack the zone as much as possible."Lincecum left with an 8-1 lead after seven. Closer Brian Wilson, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, pitched the ninth in a non-save situation, allowing three runs on two infield singles and a walk.The Padres made it interesting in the ninth. After Jeremy Affeldt relieved Wilson, Chase Headley hit a two-run double over center fielder Andres Torres' head. Ramon Ramirez came on with the bases loaded and two outs and got Rob Johnson to fly out to center, earning his first save of the season.
VIDEO: Aubrey Huff postgame
Lincecum struck out 10 or more for the 27th time, tying Jason Schmidt for the second-most by a Giants pitcher since 1900. Christy Mathewson did it 28 times. Lincecum, the NL strikeout leader the last three seasons, has done it four times against the Padres, all at Petco Park.Baffling the Padres with sliders, splitters and fastballs, The Freak struck out every San Diego regular except Nick Hundley, who hit a solo homer into the second deck in left field with one out in the third, his first. Lincecum struck out Brad Hawpe three times."He certainly pitched great today," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a special talent, this kid, and he showed it again today."Lincecum (1-1) was the hard-luck loser in the season-opener Thursday night at Los Angeles, when he allowed an unearned run in a 2-1 defeat."You could tell he was on from the outset," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He had all his weapons today."Orlando Hudson agreed."When he's like that, he's tough," said Hudson, who doubled off Lincecum and struck out once. "He had stuff hopping. It just makes it awfully tough to hit when he's on that that with all his pitches."The Giants' 3-4-5 hitters, Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, had three hits apiece. Posey hit a two-run homer and a two-run single, while Huff had a pair of run-scoring doubles and an RBI single.
VIDEO: Buster Posey postgame
The Giants gave Lincecum a 3-0 lead in the first. Freddy Sanchez hit a one-out triple to right-center and Huff brought him in with a double to right. Posey followed with his first homer of the season, to left on a 3-1 pitch from Tim Stauffer (0-1).The Giants chased Stauffer in the fifth, two batters after he allowed Huff's RBI double to left-center. San Francisco batted around in the sixth and added four runs against San Diego's bullpen. Huff hit a bases-loaded infield single, Posey followed with a two-run single to right and Sandoval's RBI hit to right.Stauffer allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings, walked two and struck out one."I just didn't feel real sharp overall," Stauffer said. "I battled a bit. But the first inning, getting down like that against a good pitcher like Lincecum, is a little bit of an uphill battle for us. Overall, not what I was looking to do."NOTES: Lincecum is 6-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 14 career starts against San Diego. ... The Giants are off Thursday, then play their home opener Friday afternoon against St. Louis. ... Padres lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, on the DL with a strained left shoulder, had a setback and won't pick up a ball for the next four or five days. ... Padres ace Mat Latos, on the DL with a sore right shoulder, threw a bullpen. He's expected to rejoin the rotation for a series against Cincinnati that starts Monday night.

Instant Replay: Sharks' comeback thwarted by Lindholm goal

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Instant Replay: Sharks' comeback thwarted by Lindholm goal

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ANAHEIM – For the second straight game, the Sharks fell into an early 2-0 hole.

And for the second straight game they erased that deficit, only to lose on a late third period marker. Hampus Lindholm scored with 5:38 to go in regulation, pushing the Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Sharks at Honda Center on Friday night.

Lindholm snapped a 2-2 tie when he found open ice at the top of the circle and buzzed a wrist shot past Martin Jones, for the defenseman’s first of the season.

Anaheim improved to 5-0-1 in the last six head-to-head matchups between the Pacific Division rivals, and moved ahead of the Sharks by two points in the standings.

The Sharks lost their second straight game, including a 4-2 defeat to Ottawa on Wednesday night at SAP Center. They have scored two or fewer goals in nine of their last 12 games, going 6-5-1 over that span.

Rickard Rakell opened the scoring at 4:44. The forward found the rebound of a Shea Theodore shot after Marc-Edouard Vlasic failed to clear the zone for his 11th goal.

Antonie Vermette increased the lead to 2-0, finishing off a rush at 15:06 when he slid the puck past Jones’ far side.

San Jose got one back just before the intermission, though. One second after a power play had expired, Brent Burns hammered home a one-timer from the circle on a pass from Patrick Marleau with just six seconds left in the period, after Vlasic nicely kept the puck in at the offensive blue line.

Burns has now scored one goal in each of the past three games, and has six in the last nine games overall.

The Sharks pushed the pace early in the second period, but Jonathan Bernier made stops on Mikkel Boedker, Joonas Donskoi, Joe Pavelski and Melker Karlsson to keep the Ducks lead intact. That is, until Kevin Labanc knotted it at 2-2, finishing off a cross-ice pass by Logan Couture at 8:40 for the rookie’s third of the season.

The Sharks had a great chance to take their first lead of the night early in the third period, but Joe Pavelski missed a wide open net less than three minutes into the final frame.

The Sharks and Ducks split the first two meetings of the season series. San Jose returns to Honda Center later this month on Dec. 27.

Special teams

The Sharks were officially 0-for-1 on the power play. They killed off all three Anaheim advantages, ending a three-game streak of one power play goal against.

In goal

Starting for the 10th time in the last 11 games, Jones allowed three goals on 32 shots. He fell to 3-7-0 in his career against Anaheim.

Bernier was playing for the first time since giving up eight goals to Calgary on Dec. 4. He made 22 saves to pick up the win.

Lineup

Defenseman David Schlemko missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. Mirco Mueller was recalled on Friday morning, but did not play.

Rakell returned from being out for the last two games with an upper body injury.

Up next

The Sharks return home for the second of a back-to-back on Saturday against the Hurricanes, who claimed a 1-0 win in Carolina on Nov. 15.

A four-game road trip begins in Toronto on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”