Giants look to stop the bleeding vs. Dodgers

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Giants look to stop the bleeding vs. Dodgers

May 18, 2011

GIANTS (22-19) vs.
LA DODGERS (20-23)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas believes when Clayton Kershaw is making his pitches, opponents don't have a chance.

This is usually the case when he faces the San Francisco Giants.

Kershaw looks to build on one of his best outings of the season and win his fourth straight start over the Giants as these NL West rivals meet Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Kershaw (5-3, 2.75 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings in Friday's 4-3 win over Arizona. The left-hander, who has a 1.31 ERA in winning his three starts this month, threw 70 of his 106 pitches for strikes and retired the final 14 batters he faced.

"When he's throwing strike one, strike two, it's going to be a long night for whoever is facing him," Barajas said.

San Francisco knows this feeling.

Kershaw has thrown 13 2-3 shutout innings while striking out 16 in winning his two starts against the Giants this season, and has tossed 22 2-3 scoreless innings in winning his last three against them. In seven career starts versus San Francisco, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA, yielding two or fewer runs six times.

Los Angeles (20-23) took three of four from the Giants to open the season. That series was overshadowed by two drunken Dodgers fans who brutally beat a Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium. The victim, Bryan Stow, is still in critical condition with brain injuries, and was flown back to San Francisco on Monday after weeks of care in Los Angeles.

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The Giants (22-19) arrive in Los Angeles after Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Colorado. San Francisco was swept in the two-game series to fall one-half game back of the West-leading Rockies.

"If the season ended today, I supposed we'd be panicked," reliever Javier Lopez said. "But I mean, we've got three quarters (of the season) left, so I think we're OK."

One thing the Giants would like to remedy sooner than later is their hitting in RBI situations.

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San Francisco has hit .129 (4 for 31) with runners in scoring position and left 24 men on base in the last four games. Aubrey Huff, batting .308 with four RBIs in seven games against the Dodgers this year, has stranded eight runners on base in the last three contests.

"We've got to get some guys clicking here. We need some production throughout the order," Bruce Bochy said. "We're a better hitting club than this. It's frustrating. We've got to take a little of the pressure off the pitchers."

Scheduled starter Matt Cain (3-2, 3.22) would probably second his manager's opinion.

Cain allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings in Thursday's 3-2 win over Arizona. It was the first victory in five starts for Cain, who had received five total runs of support in his previous four outings.

Cain, whose 3.73 run support average since 2007 is the worst in the majors, got plenty of offensive help in his season debut against Los Angeles. At Dodger Stadium on April 2, the right-hander allowed five hits in six innings of a 10-0 victory.

Cain, who is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts in this series, has a 1.67 ERA in six outings at Chavez Ravine since 2008. Although Cain has pitched well against the Dodgers, Andre Ethier is batting .500 in 44 career at-bats against him.

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Similarly to the Giants, the Dodgers' offense is also struggling a bit.

Los Angeles defeated Milwaukee 3-0 on Tuesday after scoring two total runs in losing its previous three games.

Warriors announce 2017 Summer League schedule, roster

Warriors announce 2017 Summer League schedule, roster

OAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors have announced the team’s roster and schedule for 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Warriors Assistant Coach/Player Development Chris DeMarco will serve as head coach of the team in Golden State’s 12th summer in Vegas, which tips off on Saturday, July 8.

Golden State’s Summer League roster is highlighted by current Warriors players Damian Jones, Kevon Looney and Patrick McCaw, who helped the club capture its second NBA championship in three years and fifth in franchise history in 2016-17. The Warriors’ Summer League entry will also feature Jordan Bell, the 38th selection in last week’s NBA Draft, who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last season as a junior at Oregon. Additionally, Golden State’s squad includes Jabari Brown, Elgin Cook and Alex Hamilton, who were all members of the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s NBA G League club, in 2016-17.

The Warriors, who won the inaugural Summer League title in 2013, own a 36-23 (.610) all-time record at NBA Summer League, the most wins in the history of the annual event. Teams will play three preliminary games between July 7-11 before being seeded in a tournament that begins on July 12 and concludes with the Championship Game on Monday, July 17. Each team will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas.

Below is the Warriors’ 2017 NBA Summer League schedule and broadcast information for their three preliminary games in Las Vegas:

Saturday, July 8 vs Philadelphia 76ers -- 7:30pm PDT
Monday, July 10 vs Cleveland Cavaliers -- 5:30pm PDT (On NBC Sports Bay Area)
Tuesday, July 11 vs Minnesota Timberwolves -- 5:30pm PDT

Listed below is Golden State’s roster for 2017 NBA Summer League:

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2017 SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER*

 

NO

Player

POS

HT

WT

BORN

COLLEGE/FROM

LAST TEAM

NBA EXP.

12

Bryce Alford

G

6-3

185

1/18/95

UCLA/USA

UCLA

R

18

Noah Allen

G/F

6-7

215

2/1/95

Hawaii/USA

Hawaii

R

2

Jordan Bell

F

6-9

224

1/7/95

Oregon/USA

Oregon

R

25

Chris Boucher

F

6-10

200

1/11/93

Oregon/Canada

Oregon

R

32

Jabari Brown

G

6-4

215

12/18/92

Missouri/USA

Santa Cruz Warriors

1

8

Elgin Cook

F

6-6

206

1/15/93

Oregon/USA

Santa Cruz Warriors

R

10

Deividas Dulkys

G

6-5

196

3/21/88

Florida State/Lithuania

Obradoiro (Spain)

R

31

Dylan Ennis

G

6-2

195

12/26/91

Oregon/Canada

Oregon

R

33

Alex Hamilton

G

6-4

195

10/5/93

Louisiana Tech/USA

Santa Cruz Warriors

R

40

Justin Harper

F

6-10

225

8/30/89

Richmond/USA

Globalport (Philippines)

3

15

Damian Jones

C

7-0

245

6/30/95

Vanderbilt/USA

Golden State Warriors

1

5

Kevon Looney

F

6-9

220

2/6/96

UCLA/USA

Golden State Warriors

2

0

Patrick McCaw

G

6-7

185

10/25/95

UNLV/USA

Golden State Warriors

1

6

Xavier Munford

G

6-2

180

6/1/92

Rhode Island/USA

FC Barcelona (Spain)

1

7

Joe Rahon

G

6-2

195

10/1/93

St. Mary’s/USA

St. Mary’s

R

19

Tai Webster

G

6-4

195

5/29/95

Nebraska/New Zealand

Nebraska

R

55

Darrell Williams

F/C

6-8

245

9/15/89

Texas A&M-Commerce/USA

Bnei Herzliya (Israel)

R

4

JaCorey Williams

F

6-8

220

6/12/94

Middle Tennessee State/USA

Middle Tennessee State

R

 The Golden State Warriors media services provided this report.

Won't be easy for interested teams to pull off double jackpot with Iguodala

Won't be easy for interested teams to pull off double jackpot with Iguodala

Andre Iguodala is a wanted man, by the Warriors, who have spent four seasons benefitting from his presence, and also by a few teams around the NBA seeking to hit the double jackpot.

That is, adding Iguodala to their team while subtracting him from the Warriors.

Understand, though, it won’t be easy to pry Iguodala away -- even if seven teams, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday, plan to chase the veteran forward when he becomes a free agent this weekend.

And while Iguodala is as delighted as he is flattered by the interest, he has a clear vision of what he wants from himself, and it goes beyond the numbers on a contract. Remember, he chose to come to the Warriors in the summer of 2013 for $48 million over four years despite being offered more by other teams.

Though Iguodala, 33, might not be willing to make the same financial sacrifice, any team that recognizes the significance of such a move has to know straight cash alone won’t be enough to lure him -- unless it’s an offer that blows his mind.

Iguodala’s mind runs too deep to be easily blown, but a deal upward of $18 per year would create a considerable breeze. And, remember, the Warriors will have Iguodala’s Bird Rights the second Kevin Durant officially declines his option.

That would provide room for the team, should it choose, to push its financial offer.

Iguodala came to the Warriors to join an alluring team with growth potential, with a new-age ownership in a location that aligned with his personal plan for his future. All those factors remain in play.

If the dollars are equal, or close to equal, Iguodala almost certainly will be back. That he realizes the folly of taking the same to go elsewhere has been related to NBCSportsBayArea.com on several occasions in recent months.

“I know they appreciate me here,” he said last month.

It was Iguodala’s arrival that pushed the team to another level. He provided a superior wing defender, a leader on the court and in the locker room and was practically perfect as an offensive complement to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, while providing a tremendous boost to a defense then built around Andrew Bogut, with Draymond Green and Thompson still on the rise.

Considering the team’s accomplishments since then, and Iguodala’s role throughout, it has worked exceedingly well for both parties. Which is why the team has placed such a high value on him.

“It’s hard to quantify it, other than two world championships,” coach Steve Kerr said recently. “And I’m not sure we’d have any without him.

“I know we wouldn’t have won two years ago without him. And probably wouldn’t have won this year, either, just based on everything that he means to us as a backup point guard, as the primary defender on LeBron, as the guy who gets us organized, who keeps us sane at times when things are getting a little out of control.

“And then, of course, the example that he sets, coming off the bench, as an All-Star, as a Finals MVP, as an Olympian,” Kerr added. “For him to willingly come off the bench and accept that role, it sets a great tone for the rest of the guys. He mentors those young guys on the bench constantly, too, and that’s a big factor for us as well.”

Now there is no mistaking the Warriors drafted Pat McCaw last June with the hope he’ll someday be able to provide much of what Iguodala has given them. Iguodala sees this, even noting during the team’s championship celebration that the rookie will be his replacement.

It was a joke. Had to be, for that day has not yet arrived, and the Warriors know it.