Day baseball as Giants go for series win at PNC

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Day baseball as Giants go for series win at PNC

April 28, 2011

GIANTS (11-12) vs.
PITTSBURGH (11-13)

Coverage begins at 9:00 A.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A series with the Pittsburgh Pirates would appear to be a good chance for the San Francisco Giants to shake out of their offensive slump.

That hasn't been the case yet.

The Giants look to bounce back from their first shutout loss of the season and avoid a seventh loss in eight games when they finish this three-game set against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.

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San Francisco (11-12) has totaled 14 runs with a .198 batting average and one homer while dropping five of six. The Giants swatted 12 homers while winning six of their previous seven.

Their current struggles continued Wednesday, when they mustered six hits - all singles - in a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh (11-13). San Francisco won Tuesday's series opener 3-2, but scored all three of those runs on plays that didn't involve hits.

REWIND: Giants blanked in loss to Pirates

The Giants are 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position in this series.

Pablo Sandoval is one of San Francisco's few recent offensive bright spots. He's collected three hits in this series, and is batting .349 with four homers and nine RBIs in 13 road games.

Sandoval is also batting .375 with 11 RBIs over his last 16 games versus Pittsburgh.

Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to get his first start in almost seven years Thursday and take the mound against his former club for the first time.

A member of the Pirates from 2001-06, before stints in Japan and the minors, Vogelsong joins the rotation to replace Barry Zito - currently on the disabled list with a right foot injury.

Vogelsong has made two relief appearances this season, yielding three hits in 4 2-3 scoreless innings. He hasn't started a game since a Pirates loss at Philadelphia on Sept. 29, 2004.

The Giants aren't worried about Vogelsong's pitch count.

"Like anybody, we'll keep an eye on him when he gets in the middle of the game and go from there," pitching coach Dave Righetti told the team's official website. "But there is no certain number."

Vogelsong is 5-12 with a 6.27 ERA in 52 career appearances - 18 starts - at PNC Park. His ERA is the highest all-time for any pitcher who's thrown at least 75 innings at the park.

Pittsburgh has won three of its last five games, thanks largely to the pitching staff's 2.35 ERA during that stretch.

The Pirates will give Jeff Karstens (2-0, 3.94) a third spot Thursday start in place of the injured Ross Ohlendorf (right shoulder), who isn't expected back until next month.

Pittsburgh has won both of Karstens' starts in 2011, as he's yielded seven runs over 10 1-3 innings. The right-hander got credit for the win with a solid performance Saturday, when he yielded two runs in six innings of a 7-2 victory over Washington.

Karstens has not faced the Giants since Sept. 7, 2008, when he surrendered eight runs - five earned - in three innings of an 11-6 loss.

A's call up Cotton, shake up rotation for Yankees series

A's call up Cotton, shake up rotation for Yankees series

NEW YORK -- The A's announced a shakeup in their starting rotation, with Sean Manaea moving up a day to pitch Friday's series opener against the Yankees in place of Kendall Graveman.

In addition, Jharel Cotton will be called up to start Saturday afternoon. 

The A's didn't immediately announce what was wrong with Graveman, who is not with the team in New York, but he did spend time on the disabled list earlier this season with a strained shoulder. 

A's manager Bob Melvin likely will also Update Jesse Hahn's status in his pregame media session. Hahn left Tuesday's start with a strained triceps. Consider The right-hander a candidate for the disabled list. 

Cotton arrived at Yankee Stadium about 4:15 p.m. local time, saying one of his focuses while down with Triple-A Nashville was pitching inside more effectively. 

"It could help my changeup, open up the outside corner," Cotton said. 

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

Raiders sign rookie OT Sharpe, LB Lee, all four seventh-round draft picks

The Raiders signed several members of their 2017 draft class, the team announced on Friday. Later round picks put pen to paper following the first week of OTAs, which began on Monday.

Fourth-round offensive tackle David Sharpe and fifth-round linebacker Marquel Lee highlight this group of signings, as both players inked four-year rookie contracts.

All four seventh-round picks also signed their first professional contract. That group includes running back Elijah Hood, safety Shalom Luani, offensive lineman Jylan Ware and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.

These deals aren’t hard to work out. The NFL and the league’s players union agreed on a rookie wage scale in the last collective bargaining agreement that slots salaries by draft order, which leaves little negotiating room within the set payment structure.

The team’s top picks remain unsigned, though they’ll get done in time. First round cornerback Gareon Conley, second-round safety Obi Melifonwu and third-round defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes remain unsigned.

Here’s a list of estimated contract values over a four-year rookie deal for each signed draft pick, per spotrac.com:

OT David Sharpe (No. 129 overall): $2,986,415 total; $586,415 signing bonus
LB Marquel Lee (No. 168 overall): $2,653,693 total; $253,693 signing bonus
S Shalom Luani (No. 221 overall): $2,494,414 total; $94,414 signing bonus
OT Jylan Ware (No. 231 overall): $2,484,295 total; $84,295 signing bonus
RB Elijah Hood (No. 242 overall): $2,469,750 total; $69,750 signing bonus
DT Treyvon Hester (No. 244 overall): $2,468,601 total; $69,750 signing bonus