Giants president Larry Baer on Posey injury

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Giants president Larry Baer on Posey injury

May 26, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

Giants president Larry Baer spoke about the injury to catcher Buster Posey Thursday afternoon as part of his scheduled radio show on KNBR. The following is a selection of his comments.

Posey sustained a fractured left fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle. X-rays taken Wednesday night and the MRI confirmed it Thursday morning.

Larry Baer
"In our minds we're talking about a Mickey Mantle, a Willie Mays, a person we believe is going to be a tremendous force in the game of baseball for a long time."

"I happened to walk in this morning with Bruce Bochy, we just happened to park our cars together and walked in at the same time and that's what Bruce was saying: 'This is somebody that the game cannot afford to lose.' He'll be back. It's a serious injury but he will be back. Nobody is willing to say -- I'll get this out there right now and Boch said this after the game -- nobody is willing to say that he's out for the season. We'll see. There are a lot of things that have to happen."

"I would say it's a legal hit. I would say it was legal. It did not violate the rules, per se. Was it appropriate? I think that's a judgement call. I think there was a lane to the plate and there was an intent to go to hit Buster as opposed to touch the plate. And that, in the way the rules exist now is not illegal. Jarring the ball loose -- going after the catcher and jarring the ball loose is not illegal. It was a decision made by a player. And it's been discussed, that this player is not a starter for the Marlins. He's a good player, went to USF. So he took a tactic that is allowed within the rules of baseball."

"You have a situation where -- and football is changing and a lot of sports are changing -- but just take the basic rule in football on a wide receiver. It is a penalty to hit the receiver while the ball is in the air. You're supposed to go for the ball. There's a lot of reform made now with what you can and can't do with quarterbacks."

"What you have in baseball, this is really the only play in baseball where you have a stationary player with, really when it comes right down to it, minimal padding, minimal protection, and a guy coming at him full force, trying to jar the ball loose. He did have a path to the plate and I believe that the way Buster has been taught, he has been taught to provide, to not block the plate completely. "

"Nobody is suggesting we have a quote" Buster Posey Rule" and I don't want to get that sanctimonious about it, but I do believe that you could one day have -- thank God this isn't the case with Buster -- somebody could break a neck in this situation. Boch and I were walking in today, and we looked at each other and Boch who has been there, was a catcher and who has absorbed collisions, said it could be a lot worse."

"It made me angry because it's a big injury to a key player of ours. I think we have to come back to say it was not an illegal play. There are a lot of players, perhaps starting players, who would not have taken that approach because it's a risk to the player that's on the basepaths, the player that's running into the catcher as well. There's way to get a piece of the plate and take the lane. But there are a lot of factors here. Now everybody knows now about Nate Schierholtz, who has a tremendous arm. He's been gunning runners down at home plate and third base. So that I'm sure was a factor. He knew the ball was going to be there."

Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

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Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Florian Jungwirth scored a goal and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 1-0 on Saturday night to snap a six-game winless streak.

Jungwirth tapped in a left-footer from point-blank range after Chris Wondolowski re-directed a corner kick from Jahmir Hyka in the 54th minute. It was the second career MLS goal for Jungwirth, a 28-year-old defender who was acquired on Feb. 2.

David Bingham had one save to earn his third shutout of the season for San Jose (3-3-3), which won for the first time since March 11 after starting the season with back-to-back victories.

Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves, including a pair of diving stops in the second half, for Minnesota (2-5-2), which was outshot 16-8.

Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid

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Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid

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HOUSTON – The clean game that manager Bob Melvin had been seeking from his team finally came Saturday night.

Andrew Triggs was excellent in rebounding from his rough previous start, and home runs from Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis powered the A’s 2-1 victory over the Astros. That snapped Oakland’s five-game losing streak, along with a 10-game losing streak against Houston.

A night after committing three errors, the A’s played mistake-free defense and got a couple of highlight-reel plays in support of Triggs (4-1), who blanked the Astros over a career-high seven innings and set a new career high with nine strikeouts.

Lowrie, facing the team with which he’s spent two separate stints, launched a homer off the facing of the second deck in right field in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Davis padded the lead in the eighth with his signature opposite-field prowess, clearing the wall in right for his third homer of the series and 10th of the season, tying the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the American League lead.

But it all started with Triggs, who won his first three starts but gave up six runs against Seattle last weekend. He ate up seven innings and turned it over to his bullpen.

Jose Altuve homered off Sean Doolittle in the eighth to cut the A’s lead to 2-1, but Santiago Casilla closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save.

Starting pitching report

Triggs retired 10 in a row to finish his outing, but the key to the early part of his night was stranding runners. He wiggled out of a one-out jam with men on second and third in the first inning, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran. He stranded runners on first and second in the third, then got another big strikeout to end the fourth with a man on third. Before Saturday, Triggs hadn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning of a game he’d started in the majors.

Bullpen report

Casilla gave up Beltran’s infield single to lead off the ninth. But after a replay reversal negated an A’s double play, Casilla ended it by getting Brian McCann to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

At the plate

Two big swings of the bat were all it took for the A’s to notch their first win in five games of this three-city road trip. Lowrie, who came in hitting .375 over his previous eight games, hit a towering shot to right off Joe Musgrove (1-2) for his second homer of the season. Then Davis did his thing, blasting a shot to the opposite field for his 10th homer of April. He had just nine homers in 83 career April games entering this season.

In the field

There was no shortage of highlight plays turned in defensively. Jaff Decker, starting in right field, made a perfect throw from near the warning track to nail Carlos Beltran trying to tag up on a fly ball in the fourth. The next inning, former Athletic Josh Reddick fired a strike to home to nail Chad Pinder trying to score from second on Lowrie’s single. But the A’s got Reddick right back when first baseman Yonder Alonso made a leaping grab on Reddick’s liner headed for right field.

Attendance

The announced crowd was 32,147.

Up next

The A’s face a tough task in Sunday’s series finale, going against lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-0, 1.22). He’s the first pitcher in Astros history to go seven-plus innings and allow two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.08) takes the ball for Oakland. First pitch is 11:10 a.m.