Giants blanked in Game 2 loss to Pirates

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Giants blanked in Game 2 loss to Pirates

April 27, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD

PITTSBURGH (AP) James McDonald had a reason to celebrate for the first time this season. Madison Bumgarner is still waiting his turn.McDonald pitched six sharp innings Wednesday night for his first victory of the season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0.He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three. McDonald (1-2) lowered his ERA to 7.66 from 10.13."It feels like I got a monkey off my back with the first win," McDonald said. "I feel a little less stress now."Bumgarner (0-4) remained winless despite allowing only one run and five hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He cut his ERA to 6.17 from 7.79, but the Giants lost for the fifth time in six games to fall below .500 at 11-12.
URBAN: (Mad) Bum luck
"I thought Madison did a great job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept his poise and stayed away from the crooked number that has killed him. It's tough to not get runs for him. It'd be big to get him his first win."Mike Crotta, Joe Beimel, Chris Resop and Joel Hanrahan completed the five-hitter for Pittsburgh. Hanrahan recorded his seventh save in seven opportunities, getting Miguel Tejada to ground into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second.The announced attendance was 9,048 the number of tickets sold but the actual turnstile count appeared much smaller. The crowd was held down because the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning were playing across town in Game 7 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.The Penguins lost 1-0.McDonald was tagged for eight runs in three innings at Florida in his previous start six days earlier. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder said the difference this time was that McDonald didn't rely as much on his fastball and threw more curveballs and changeups."He mixed it up really well," Snyder said. "He needed that start. He needed to get something going, something to give him confidence."McDonald also got his ERA back into three digits after allowing 21 earned runs in 18 23 innings in his first four starts. However, against the Giants, McDonald looked more like the pitcher who went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 starts last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 trading deadline."The best way to knock down an ERA is to put up zeros and that's exactly what James did," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He did a great job."Bumgarner, like McDonald, was coming off a rough start as he allowed four runs in 2 23 innings against Atlanta last Friday. While he did not get a win, Bumgarner believed he made progress."I felt smoother and worked out of some jams," he said. "I really was taking it one inning at a time instead of looking at the whole ballgame at once."Snyder and Jose Tabata each singled in a run for the Pirates while Neil Walker and Steve Pearce had two hits apiece. San Francisco's Cody Ross also had two hits after entering the game batting .158.Walker scored the game's first run in the second inning when he singled off Bumgarner's glove, took third on Pearce's double and scored on Snyder's hit into center field. Tabata's two-out single to right field off Guillermo Mota in the seventh scored Brandon Wood, who had singled, and made it 2-0.San Francisco's best scoring chance came in the second inning when it put runners on second and third with one out. However, McDonald got Tejada and Bumgarner to ground out to end the threat.The Giants have scored just 14 runs in their last six games while hitting .188 with only one home run.
REPORT: Giants to put DeRosa on DL
NOTES: San Francisco INF Mark DeRosa is likely to be placed on the disabled list Thursday because of inflammation in his left wrist, which was surgically repaired each of the last two years. Triple-A Fresno INF Emmanuel Burriss was scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh late Wednesday night in order to be available to play in Thursday afternoon's game if DeRosa goes on the DL. OF Xavier Paul, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, arrived in the Pittsburgh clubhouse following the game. OF John Bowker said he was told by the Pirates that he will be designated for assignment on Thursday to clear a roster space for Paul. Pittsburgh 1B Lyle Overbay, who has only one extra-base hit in his last 14 games, was not in the lineup for the second time in three games, and SS Ronny Cedeno was benched a night after failing to run out a groundball in a 3-2 loss to the Giants in 10 innings. San Francisco RHP Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled to make his first major league start since Sept. 29, 2004, on Thursday. Vogelsong's last start came for Pittsburgh.

Here's to hoping Marshawn Lynch upstages the NFL Draft

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Here's to hoping Marshawn Lynch upstages the NFL Draft

Marshawn Lynch is going to upstage the NFL Draft for a few moments by announcing his signing with the Oakland Raiders Thursday.

The problem with this is obvious. He can’t upstage it all day long.

The NFL Draft is one of those events that demeans all who come in contact with it, because it basically extols the three virtues the owners find most inspiring – dishonesty, bullying and treachery. Between everyone lying about everything they do, making players submit to the most revolting reputational indignities, and just good old-fashioned broken promises like, “If you’re there at 119, we’re taking you, oh wait, we suddenly hate you and your skill set,” the draft is largely a festival of misery.

Not universally, mind you. Some players love it, especially the ones who hit the lottery, get picked higher than they thought they would and go to the perfect team for their talents and temperaments. That’s not the usual road, but there you go.

But mostly, nah. And we’re not even getting into the cavalcade of media self-anointeds who think they know what they’re talking about but only serve to remind us that not everybody is a fun companion in a bar.

Now the disclaimer: If you like the NFL Draft, fine. Wallow in every minute of it with our blessing. It'll keep you from all level of other mischief, and it is relatively harmless fun if you can deal with the aesthetic unpleasantries to which we just referred. Just understand that you are spending 356 minutes of party prep for three days of partying and six days of cleanup. It's a hamster wheel of fun, but it is a hamster wheel.

But then there's Marshawn Lynch, who overcame being one of those draft casualties (because Buffalo didn’t work for him, and he didn’t work all that well for Buffalo, either), is coming out of retirement to be traded and then rendered a Raider in the time still allotted for them to reside in Oakland. As a distraction, this will play well enough. It sure beats DeMarcus Cousins being traded by Sacramento during the NBA All-Star Game.

I suppose this is a heart-rending tale of one man’s loyalty to his city (the right place at the right price), although there is the naggingly worrisome component that going back to football won’t be good for his overall health. It is the risk he runs, to be sure, and one can only assume that he has made a clearheaded choice, but this is not a spot that treats its recidivists well.

That’s recidivists, as in “folks who walked away happily, then found out they needed it too much for their own good.”

Frankly, there is no good reason not to want this to turn out well for Lynch (the Raiders can take of themselves with or without him, and within two years will do exactly that), but it is a case of bucking some daunting odds in what is too often a zero-sum game. That’s a level of risk that should make anyone queasy.

But it is what Marshawn Lynch wants, risks and all, and as a grown adult he should get the opportunity few are afforded – to chase and catch his dream until it stops being a dream and becomes a chore.

If it works out for the Raiders as well, fine. Lynch isn’t the one who will put them over the top in a conference dominated by three teams – New England, the Patriots and Bill Belichick – but if he finds the athletic closure he seeks, it ought to be good enough for the rest of us.

Especially if it even momentarily minimizes the rest of the hot rhetorical/gasbaggy mess that is Draft Night. If nothing else, here’s hoping Marshawn Lynch is the star of the night. That’s not the way to bet, of course, but a person can hope.

Source: Marshawn Lynch set to join Raiders, pending physical

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Source: Marshawn Lynch set to join Raiders, pending physical

Running back is no longer a pressing Raiders need. They eliminated it just before this NFL draft by acquiring a good one for the team, a great one for the East Bay Raiders fan base.

Marshawn Lynch is going to wear Silver and Black.

The powerful running back and proud Oakland native has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Wednesday morning.

The Raiders have also acquired his rights from Seattle in trade.

The deal and the trade is contingent on a physical. Lynch is expected at Raiders complex Wednesday to complete that formality and sign a contract to make everything official.

The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo before dawn Wednesday morning.

NFL Network reports Lynch agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.5 million. He's set to make a $3 million base salary in 2017. He can earn another another $2 million coming if he reaches 1,000 yards. 

The Seahawks and Raiders will swap 2018 draft picks to complete the trade. According to USA Today, Seattle receives Oakland's fifth-round pick next year in exchange for Lynch and their sixth round pick next year.

The Oakland Tech High grad and Cal alum retired from NFL football after the 2015 season, but wanted to return after a year away from the game. The 31-year old only wanted to return for his hometown team, and got his wish after prolonged contract talks.

A union is now a completed physical away from becoming complete. 

Raiders players were overjoyed at the news before that, including quarterback Derek Carr.

Former Seahawks teammate Bruce Irvin, who has been championing the Lynch-to-Oakland cause for weeks now, was thrilled to see Lynch join the squad.

Lynch is not expected to be a Las Vegas Raider. His contract runs through the 2018 season. The Raiders plan to play in the Bay Area until their new Las Vegas stadium is complete in 2020. They have lease options to play at Oakland Colsieum through the 2018 season.