May 1, 2011
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ATLANTA (AP) Major League Baseball has suspended Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for two weeks without pay and fined him following allegations he made homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans before a game in San Francisco.The commissioner's office announced the discipline Sunday. It was retroactive to Friday, when McDowell was placed on administrative leave by the Braves. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.McDowell issued an apology Thursday and will be required to participate in sensitivity training. He also will have to apologize directly to the fans involved in the April 23 incident, Justin Quinn and his family.Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement Sunday that insensitivity to others "simply cannot and will not be tolerated."
SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday.
The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking.
The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type:
—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch.
—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts.
—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months.
—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left.
—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe?
Kings sophomore forward Skal Labissiere returned to Haiti for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday.
One day later, he reunited with the man who helped save his life. Labissiere was trapped under rubble in a 2010 earthquake. The man and Skal's father searched through debris before finding the talented hooper.
Labissiere is back in his native country to host a basketball camp from July 19-21. In his rookie year, Labissiere averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game.
The Kings selected Labissiere out of Kentucky with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.