Giants' Lincecum records career strikeout No. 1,000

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Giants' Lincecum records career strikeout No. 1,000

June 6, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO
CSNBayArea.com staff

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum reached the 1,000-strikeout milestone Monday night, becoming just the eighth pitcher since 1900 to reach the lofty plateau in just five seasons.

He notched K No, 1,000 in the second inning against Jerry Hairston Jr. of the Nationals. Lincecum got the count to 1-2, then narrowly missed a called third strike.

He fanned Hairston to end the third and launch a standing ovation.

Lincecum, 26, opened his start against Washington by striking out the side in the first inning. He came into the game with 995 strikeouts.

Lincecum got ahead of Pudge Rodriguez 0-2 in the second inning, bring the AT&T crowd to its feet in recognition that he was just one K away, but the veteran catcher grounded out to third.

Lincecum has 29 career games with 10 or more strikeouts and won back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009.

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

The 49ers were awarded a compensatory pick in the fourth round of the April draft, the NFL announced on Friday.

The 49ers’ additional pick – No. 37 in the fourth round and No. 143 overall – is a result of the team losing guard Alex Boone in free agency last year to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers had no qualifying free-agent gains, according to the league.

“Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks,” the NFL stated in announcing the 32 compensatory selections.

Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Compensatory picks can be traded this year for the first time.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Here are the compensatory picks announced by the NFL with Round, No. in round, and No. overall:

Compensatory picks
3-33-97 Miami
3-34-98 Carolina
3-35-99 Baltimore
3-36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3-37-101 Denver
3-38-102 Seattle
3-39-103 Cleveland
3-40-104 Kansas City
3-41-105 Pittsburgh
3-42-106 Seattle
3-43-107 New York Jets

4-32-138 Cincinnati
4-33-139 Cleveland
4-35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4-36-142 Cleveland
4-37-143 San Francisco
4-38-144 Indianapolis
5-33-178 Cincinnati
5-34-179 Denver
5-35-180 Miami
5-36-181 Arizona
5-37-182 Kansas City
5-38-183 Cleveland
5-39-184 Green Bay
5-40-185 New England
5-41-186 Miami

6-33-218 Kansas City
6-34-219 Cincinnati
6-35-220 Kansas City

7-33-253 Cincinnati
7-34-254 Denver
7-35-255 Denver

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants’ original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140. Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 draft:

ARIZONA
Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan

BALTIMORE
Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric

CAROLINA
Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
Gained: Gradkowski, Gino

CINCINNATI
Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
Gained: None

CLEVELAND
Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
Gained: Davis, Demario

DENVER
Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald

GREEN BAY
Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
Gained: None

INDIANAPOLIS
Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott

KANSAS CITY
Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
Gained: None

MIAMI
Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre

NEW ENGLAND
Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
Gained: McClellin, Shea

NEW YORK JETS
Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve

PITTSBURGH
Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan

SAN FRANCISCO
Lost: Boone, Alex
Gained: None

SEATTLE
Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J'Marcus

Versatility could help Wendle in crowded A's infield

Versatility could help Wendle in crowded A's infield

MESA, Ariz. — He committed to winter ball for the opportunity to play third base. Instead, Joey Wendle wound up playing lots of shortstop for Yaquis de Obregon in the Mexican League.

It all served the same purpose — make the A’s second baseman more versatile for an organization that values versatility more than ever.

A glance at the numbers shows Wendle faces an uphill battle to make the 25-man roster. Oakland has veteran Jed Lowrie slated to start at second base, and Adam Rosales was brought on board to be the utility infielder. But Wendle made a strong impression in September during his first major league call-up, and he’ll fight to make the A’s infield roster decision a tough one.

“It’s the same approach I’ve always kept,” Wendle said Friday morning. “Just continue focusing on what I can do and playing my game. That’s really all I can control. Everything else is up to the front office and coaching staff. If I do what I feel I’m capable of, I think I’ll put myself in a good position to help the team out at some point this year.”

The A’s like the strides the 26-year-old Wendle has made defensively at second since being acquired from Cleveland in December 2014. He hit .260 with one homer and 11 RBI in 28 games in September, serving as a leadoff man for much of that time.

Manager Bob Melvin likes the fact that Wendle got experience over the winter playing on the left side of the diamond. Wendle found out when he arrived in Mexico that a shortstop originally slated to play for Obregon didn’t pan out, so he got substantial time at short over the course of his 34 games.

“I think just playing the position, understanding what the shortstop has to go through as a second baseman helps you,” Melvin said. “Seeing the game from the other side of the diamond, having to make different throws. He’s a pretty athletic guy.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he could do it. And if you’re keeping one extra infielder and now you can add the position to your repertoire, it gives you another chance to stay at the big league level.”

Wendle took only four or five days off at the end of last season before heading to Mexico, so his 2016 season essentially stretched into late November. He and his wife, Lindsey, lounged on a beach near Obregon to celebrate their second anniversary, but by the time he finished winter ball, Wendle was “pretty fried” in his words.

But he arrived at camp refreshed and ready to compete for a roster spot.

“Until a player makes it to the major leagues, there’s a big question mark in his head as to whether he can do it or not,” Wendle said. “(The September call-up) was big for me. I think I proved to myself to an extent that at least I’m capable of playing at that level. Obviously, it’s a game of adjustments, so the ability to do that is going to be huge if I get another opportunity up there.”