Piniella to join Giants front office on one-year deal

Piniella to join Giants front office on one-year deal

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(AP) -- Lou Piniella is staying right in the baseball mix.

The longtime skipper told The Associated Press on Wednesday he has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to work as a special assistant for the World Series champions. Sweet Lou will report to general manager Brian Sabean.

"I took a little consulting job with the Giants," Piniella said in a telephone interview from his home in Florida. "It's a done deal. I look forward to it. Brian and I are good friends. Whatever Brian needs me to do."

The 67-year-old Piniella retired as a manager during the 2010 season with the Chicago Cubs in order to return home to Tampa, Fla., and help his ailing mother, 91-year-old Margaret. He was with her Wednesday in the hospital after she underwent a procedure and reported she is hanging in there.

Piniella is 14th with 1,835 regular-season wins while managing the New York Yankees, Cincinnati, Seattle, Tampa Bay and the Cubs. As the Giants have done with former manager Felipe Alou, Piniella will remain in Florida and do most of his work from his home base and probably no longer throwing bases. He said he will scout American League teams in Florida during spring training and attend Rays games at Tropicana Field.

The new gig provides Piniella, known for his animated arguments with umpires over the years, the best of both worlds.

"It gives me a chance to stay involved in baseball and not have to travel," Piniella said. "I worked with Brian a lot of years in New York. He's a good man. They have several former Yankees (working for the club). They won a world championship we won a world championship. I'm joining a world-class organization."

It may turn into a longer-term agreement.

"I'll do it for a year, and we'll see what happens," Piniella said.

The San Francisco Chronicle was first to report Piniella's new job.

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.

Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.

Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.

TURNING POINT

When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.

When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.

“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.

“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”

The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.

The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”