Giants Bench Struggling Pat Burrell for Game 4

Giants Bench Struggling Pat Burrell for Game 4

Oct. 31, 2010GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Struggling San Francisco left fielder Pat Burrell was benched for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.Manager Bruce Bochy moved Cody Ross from right field to left to take Burrell's place, while Nate Schierholtz earned his first start of the postseason playing right."I talked to him awhile today," Bochy said, referring to Burrell. "It's fair to say he's not seeing the ball. His timing's off."Aubrey Huff went from first base into the designated hitter role and Travis Ishikawa was set to start in Huff's spot, also Ishikawa's first postseason start.Bochy said he "slept on it" before deciding to replace Burrell, who struck out in all four of his at-bats in the Giants' 4-2 loss in Game 3 on Saturday night.Pablo Sandoval, the DH on Saturday, won't start again Monday. Bochy said Sandoval would be available off the bench. He was 0 for 3 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play in Game 3.Burrell has eight Ks in nine at-bats in the World Series and is 0 for 9 overall. He has 19 strikeouts in 38 at-bats this postseason. He said after Game 3 he wouldn't blame Bochy for making a change."My night wasn't good. That's not exactly how you draw it up in your pregame routine," Burrell said. "It's just a bad time to struggle. There's no way around it. I'm getting pitches to hit. I'm just not doing anything with it and chasing some balls off the plate."Bochy said Burrell would spend extra time in the cage Sunday and would be back in the starting lineup for Game 5 on Monday night in Arlington."I've got a lot to do," Burrell said after Saturday's game. "One of the things I need to do is have better at-bats. I chase pitches. You've got to keep it as simple as you can this time of year. I've been doing this a long time and I know what it takes to compete. You've got to be accountable. I think it's as much mental as it is anything else."The 34-year-old Burrell was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Phillies in 1998. He signed a minor league deal in late May after his release by Tampa Bay.He batted .266 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs in 96 games for the Giants. They called him up June 4 from a short stint with Triple-A Fresno. Burrell is one of six Giants already with a World Series ring, having won one with Philadelphia two years ago.During the regular season, five of his 18 homers came in the eighth inning or later and seven of those either tied the game or gave the Giants a lead."I'm just not feeling comfortable at the plate," Burrell said. "When you're not feeling comfortable, it's hard to get hits."Associated Press writer Schuyler Dixon contributed to this report.

Injured Casspi waived by Pelicans after one game

Injured Casspi waived by Pelicans after one game

Omri Casspi's tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans lasted just one game.

The team announced Saturday that they have waived the former Kings forward.

In his Pelicans' debut on Thursday, Casspi broke his right thumb. He was expected to miss at least four weeks. In 24 minutes of action against Houston, Casspi scored 12 points and grabbed two rebounds.

The move by the Pelicans was made in order for the team to sign former Warriors guard Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.

Casspi, an eighth-year veteran, was traded by the Kings to the Pelicans as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal last Sunday. He played in just 22 games for Sacramento this season, averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest.

 

Warriors' Durant out vs Nets due to left hand injury

Warriors' Durant out vs Nets due to left hand injury

OAKLAND -- Scratch Kevin Durant from the all-82 list, as the forward will miss his first game of the season Saturday night, when the Warriors play host to Brooklyn.

A left hand contusion, sustained in Thursday’s win over the Clippers, will keep Durant on the sideline, mostly for precautionary reasons. He likely will return to the lineup Monday night in Philadelphia, where the Warriors face the 76ers.

Durant injured his pinky finger after falling hard in the opening minutes against LA. He remained in the game for another nine minutes, leaving with 1:33 left in the quarter and retreating to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

X-rays were negative, and Durant returned to the game. He played 34 minutes, piling up 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, one block and a steal.

With Durant’s absence, every member of the Warriors has missed at least one game this season.