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Giants Insider notes: Boss is back

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Giants Insider notes: Boss is back

May 10, 2011
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

Our MLB Insider takes a look at the 1-0 victory over the visiting Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park in San Francisco.The Boss is back: Monday's day off didn't do anything to cool off Cody Ross, who has shrugged off an ugly start to his season by coming up big time and again during the Giants' recent hot streak; he was 4-for-9 in his past four games entering Tuesday's content, including a 2-for-3 performance that featured his first homer of the year and three RBIs on Sunday. Erasing an evening of offensive frustration with one swing of the bat, Ross laced a line drive down the left-field line with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to score pinch runner Darren Ford from second base for yet another heart-stopping, walkoff win -- San Francisco's fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven games -- at China Basin.Awesome unrewarded: Tim Lincecum, coming off a brilliant 12-strikeout performance against the Mets, picked up where he left off by holding the Diamondbacks hitless into the sixth inning, when Arizona starter Ian Kennedy broke up the bid for history with a one-out single. Lincecum's eight shutout innings of four-hit work with two walks and nine strikeouts represented his sixth quality start in eight assignments this season, but the Giants' inability to solve Kennedy -- eight shutout, four hits, three walks, eight strikeouts -- represented the fifth time that Lincecum, who was lifted for pinch hitter Pat Burrell (groundout to second base) in the bottom of the eighth, has received two or fewer runs of support.
RECAP: More magic -- Ross gives Giants fifth walk-off win
More failing The Freak: Tuesday also marked the third time this year the Giants haven't scored for Lincecum at all, and it was the fourth time in his career that he's pitched at least seven shutout innings only to be stuck with a no-decision. Since 2007, only Seattle's Felix Hernandez and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter have been ND's more often despite spinning such gems, each with five.Second-guesser's delight: With Lincecum clearly on his game from the outset, any proponent of small ball likely saw Giants manager Bruce Bochy's decision not to call for a sacrifice bunt from Cody Ross with runners at first and second and nobody out in the fourth inning as a mistake. It's worth noting, however, that Ross has all of two sacrifice bunts in eight seasons as a big leaguer. Bochy had another chance to play for one run with small ball when the Giants loaded the bases with one out later in the frame, but if you were expecting the skipper to call for a squeeze in that situation, you might want to brush up on the man's approach to offensive baseball. That's just not how he rolls.Welcome back: Fresh off the disabled list, Andres Torres returned to his customary spots in center field and atop the Giants' lineup, and he wasted little time in reminding the home crowd what it's been missing as he worked his way back from an injured Achilles tendon. In the top of the first, Torres made a nice running, over-the-shoulder grape of a drive off the bat of Mora, and he opened the bottom of the frame with a single to center.Rusty DeRosa: Also fresh off the DL, Mark DeRosa, who was given the start over struggling Miguel Tejada at third base, struck out with two runners on to end the second inning and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fourth on the way to going 0-for-3.
NEWS: DeRosa, Torres return; Rohlinger, Burriss sent down
Little League lapse: When you get a break against a pitcher of Lincecum's caliber, don't get greedy. That's the lesson that Diamondbacks first baseman Miranda learned the hard way Tuesday, when he reached on a throwing error by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. As soon as the throw got past first baseman Aubrey Huff, Juan Miranda broke for second, but the ball caromed directly back to Huff's whose throw beat Miranda to second base by a good 10 feet. It was the kind of play you see every weekend -- in games played by 11- and 12-year-olds. DL downlow: Righty reliever Santiago Casilla (inflamed elbow) threw 35 pitches in a simulated game and is expected to soon be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment that could include stints at Single-A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno. Lefty Barry Zito (sprained ligament in right foot) played catch at 90 feet before batting practice and will throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury April 17. Disabled for the first time in his career, Zito said he has no idea when he might be back but expects to throw off the mound a few times before heading out on a rehab assignment. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval (right hand) was allowed to take ground balls for the first time since his May 3 surgery and said everything felt "perfect." He's expected to be out another 3-5 weeks.

Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

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Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

JaVale McGee isn't going anywhere.

McGee will re-sign with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Golden State could only offer the big man the minimum of $2.1 million.

In 77 games (10 starts) with the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

More to come...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gold Cup roundup: Five takeaways from USMNT's championship win

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Gold Cup roundup: Five takeaways from USMNT's championship win

For the sixth time in Gold Cup tournament history, the United States hoisted the championship trophy – this time in front of 63,000 fans Wednesday night at Levi’s Stadium.
 
Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 45th minute with a beautiful free kick. However, Jamaica equalized only five minutes into the second half.
 
Stanford product Jordan Morris later scored the game-winner in the 88th minute to secure a U.S. title. 
 
Here are five things you should know about the U.S.’ latest tournament championship.
 
-- Aside from a little extra gold in the trophy case, the biggest thing the United States takes from winning the cup is confidence. They’ll have about a month worth of rest before the Hexagon resumes – and right out of the gate, it’s a date with Costa Rica, who the U.S. beat on their road to the tournament title.
 
Currently, Costa Rica sits three points clear of the U.S. in the CONCACAF’s 2018 World Cup qualifying table. A victory against Los Ticos on Sept. 1 would be the biggest win of this latest Bruce Arena era.
 
-- Speaking of Bruce Arena, it can’t be understated just how big of tournament win this is for the U.S. Soccer manager. Hired to jumpstart a team that to many pundits looked flat and lacked fire under Jurgen Klismann, Arena has now won a trophy, helped the USMNT get back into Hex contention and has not lost a match. In 15 matches, Arena has a 9-0-6 record. He now has 84 career wins as the USMNT front man.
 
-- We’re still on record breaker watch since Clint Dempsey did not start or play in Wednesday’s final. The Seattle Sounders, who recently took down the San Jose Earthquakes to move ahead of them in the standings and are Dempsey’s club of employment, play their next MLS fixture on Saturday. The risk of shot rest could explain Bruce Arena’s apprehension to not start Dempsey. He came in during the 57th minute. Captain America came really close to scoring twice. 
 
So, the record, shared by Dempsey and Landon Donovan at 57 international goals, will sit there for at least another match.
 
-- Quick look at the numbers and there isn’t a clear contender for the U.S. Player of the Gold Cup. So after stumbles against Panama and Martinique to start the tournament, what was most impressive is how the U.S. defense came together to close out the Gold Cup. In five games, they surrendered just one goal. So, hats off to Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Jorge Villafaña who were instrumental during that stretch – but let us not forget Matt Hedges, Eric Lichaj and Justin Morrow who really got that impressive defensive stretch rolling.
 
-- Morris had been struggling to score all season but he may have now forced Arena’s hand with his Gold Cup performance. While he did get beat on defense on Jamaica’s goal, the search for a scoring defender by the USMNT as qualifiers creeps up is ongoing. Morris, who burst onto the MLS scene last season, is making a strong case for himself.