Giants mount ninth inning rally to beat Dodgers

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Giants mount ninth inning rally to beat Dodgers

March 12, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The San Francisco Giants put together a late surge to win the NL West, storm through the playoffs and capture the World Series title last year.They haven't slowed down yet.Cody Ross and Pat Burrell each hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants rallied for an 8-7 win over a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad Saturday.San Francisco pushed across two runs with two out in the ninth inning to improve to a major league best 13-4 this spring. Thomas Neal scored the tying run on a wild pitch and rookie Gary Brown ended the game with an RBI single."There is still a hunger. You can tell," Giants closer Brian Wilson said. "The guys come in here fired up. We have to work harder. We can't stop working. We saw last year that the time and effort does pay off."Wilson, who turns 29 on Wednesday, pitched a scoreless sixth inning. The right-hander has worked three innings over three appearances after being slowed by a stiff back early in camp."I just basically had a personal talk with it (the discomfort) and told it, "I don't want you in my body anymore,'" Wilson said.Los Angeles scored four times in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead in front of a record crowd of 12,081 at Scottsdale Stadium. Andre Ethier had a bases-loaded triple and Elian Herrera delivered a sacrifice fly.Jonathan Sanchez was scheduled to start for San Francisco, but manager Bruce Bochy decided to have the left-hander avoid the Dodgers by pitching him against minor leaguers.Dan Runzler filled in and allowed two runs, one earned and five hits in three innings. The lefty, who went 3-0 in 41 games for the Giants last season, was scheduled to pitch but didn't know he was starting until he arrived at the ballpark and found the lineup and a baseball sitting in his chair.Asked whether the start could become a stepping stone to the rotation or whether he retains his middle-relief role, Runzler said: "I feel like I'm versatile enough (to do either), but I have no preference. I just want to pitch."NOTES: Sanchez pitched four innings, throwing 75 pitches and giving up two runs and four hits. ... INF Juan Uribe did not play against his former Giants teammates again, electing to play in the Dodgers' other split-squad game against Kansas City in Surprise. ... Casey Blake started at 3B for the Dodgers but was lifted after experiencing stiffness in his lower back while batting in the first inning. He did not play in the field. ... Tony Gwynn Jr. got three hits as the Dodgers' DH, raising his average to .360. ... The Giants are 10-1 when hitting at least one home run this spring. The team was 67-31 when homering in 2010.

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

With the ninth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ... Andre Iguodala.

The 76ers are captivated by a potential reunion with the soon-to-be free agent, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Iguodala? 

Iguodala spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philly.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 615 games (all starts).

In 2012 -- his final season with the 76ers -- he was an All-Star.

In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to Denver.

After the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2013, he landed with the Warriors.

According to ESPN's report, the 76ers are one of seven teams -- Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Jazz -- interested in Iguodala.

The 2015 Finals MVP will turn 34 years old in January.

A week ago, Iguodala called into KBLX 102.9 FM and said the following:

"Business is business so you gotta do your due diligence. And I'll let my people do their thing, see how that goes. The Bay has been special to me, so you always have your perfect situation and hopefully that gets done.

"I'm gonna let my people do their job. And I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it because I've been getting hit up crazy and I haven't said anything."

Iguodala has earned over $120 million in his career.

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

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-White Sox coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After sweeping the White Sox, the A's look to carry that momentum over to Houston when they face the division-leading Astros. Bob Melvin has issued his lineup for the series opener.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (R) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) 2B
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Sean Manaea -- LHP

Chicago White Sox:
1. George Springer (R) RF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS
4. Evan Gattis (R) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
8. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
Mike Fiers -- RHP