Urban: 'Big-league Brandon' a no-brainer for Bochy


Urban: 'Big-league Brandon' a no-brainer for Bochy

June 8, 2011

Thanks to wave after wave of injuries, inconsistent play and epic slumps, Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn't had the luxury of many "no-brainer" decisions this year.Starting Tim Lincecum on Opening Day was one. Brian Wilson getting the ball in the ninth inning of a close game is one of the skipper's few regular "duhs." Ditto penciling in Freddy Sanchez at second base -- as long as he's healthy.Pretty much everything else that's crossed Bochy's plate has required thoughtful consideration, consternation, concentration.Until now. Add to the list of locks: rookie Brandon Crawford as the starting shortstop.Bochy won't come right out and say it yet, but after Crawford on Wednesday turned in the defensive play of the game, singled, tripled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and scored a big insurance run moments later in San Francisco's 3-1 victory over the Nationals, he came close.
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Bochy barely contained a smile when he was asked, point-blank, if Crawford still will be his guy when third baseman Pablo Sandoval returns from his minor-league rehab stint."I'll say he'll be there quite a bit," Bochy said, mindful as always not to ruffle any veteran feathers. "You have to be impressed with the job he's done out there."Even the veteran whose feathers figure to be most ruffled, Miguel Tejada, is impressed."Oh, man," Tejada said, eyes wide in genuine admirationamazement upon being asked about Crawford, who snapped out of a 3-for-16 homestand slide Wednesday. "He's going to be special, man. Real special."Thing is, Crawford's already looking like something special. That "it" people talk about? Crawford has it, and it comes through in body language that exudes supreme confidence without a whiff of arrogance. A member of Single-A San Jose's championship club last season, and again immediately before being called up May 11, Crawford is a prospect no longer.He's Big-League Brandon."He believes," Bochy said. "He's got that sense of belonging."URBAN: The Cain & Crawford show
His skills belong at this level, too. The diving play he made to stop a sure RBI single from shooting into center field in the top of the seventh was impressive on its own; that he quickly bounced to his feet and threw a rocket to first base for the out was next-level stuff."That play up the middle," Bochy said with a subtle shake of his head, "we haven't seen that in a while."Certainly not from Tejada, who was moved to third base when Sandoval, who is targeting next Tuesday, returns to the roster.And when that happens -- it's a no-brainer, right? -- Tejada will move to the bench.

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Matt Barnes may be in some trouble.

The New York Police Department wants to question the Kings forward because he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to TMZ Sports.

Barnes reportedly punched two other people as well.

TMZ Sports has video of Barnes and teammate DeMarcus Cousins in front of Avenue Nightclub after the alleged incident.

The Kings lost to the Knicks on Sunday night and Barnes shot 1-for-11 from the field.

Cousins scored 36 points on 9-of-30 shooting.

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

CHICAGO – Rookie DeForest Buckner continues to be one of the most heavily-used defensive lineman in the NFL.

Buckner, whom the 49ers chose with the No. 7 overall pick, was one of just two defensive players to be on the field for every snap during the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Buckner is playing an inordinate number of snaps on the line, which generally consists of a handful of players who rotate in and out of the game. Buckner was credited with five tackles in the game.

Shaun Draughn, who opened the season as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back before briefly losing playing time to Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris, has returned to be Carlos Hyde’s backup. Draughn saw action on 25 offensive plays, while Hyde played 33 snaps.

Colin Kaepernick started his seventh game of the season and played the first 45 snaps before he was benched. Blaine Gabbert finished up, as he was on the field for the 49ers’ final 13 plays.

Neither quarterback experienced much success. Kaepernick completed one of five attempts for 4 yards. He was sacked five times and gained 20 yards on six running attempts. Gabbert was four of 10 for 35 yards. He was sacked late in the game for a safety.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

58 -- LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
53 -- TE Vance McDonald
45 -- QB Colin Kaepernick
39 -- WR Quinton Patton
38 -- WR Torrey Smith
37 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
33 -- RB Carlos Hyde
25 -- RB Shaun Draughn, TE Garrett Celek
19 -- WR Chris Harper
14 -- WR Rod Streater
13 -- QB Blaine Gabbert
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- RB DuJuan Harris

63 -- CB Jimmie Ward, DT DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Nick Bellore, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Tramaine Brock
59 -- SS Jaquiski Tartt, LB Ahmad Brooks
51 -- LB Eli Harold
48 -- LB Gerald Hodges
47 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
28 -- DL Chris Jones
23 -- CB Rashard Robinson
21 -- DL Ronald Blair
14 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
13 -- DL Quinton Dial
11 -- LB Tank Carradine
2 -- DB Dontae Johnson, DB Vinnie Sunseri, DB Keith Reaser
1 -- DL Mike Purcell

Special teams
27 -- Johnson
23 -- Bell, Aaron Burbridge
22 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Draughn
19 -- Sunseri
17 -- Marcus Ball, Streater
12 -- Bellore, Tartt
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Harris
10 -- Kyle Nelson, Celek, Robinson, Purcell
8 -- Ward, Jones
7 -- Kerley
6 -- JaCorey Shepherd, Reaser
5 -- Phil Dawson
4 -- Buckner, Brooks, Blair
2 -- Andrew Tiller, Staley, Beadles, Garnett, Brown, Dial
1 -- Harper

Did not play
OL Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Quinton Dial