Giants walk-off on Schierholtz's pinch-hit single


Giants walk-off on Schierholtz's pinch-hit single

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants latest last at-bat win came at a serious price for the defending World Series champs.Second baseman Freddy Sanchez dislocated his shoulder in the Giants' 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night and will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury and how long he'll be out. URBAN: Sanchez injury stunning, sad, standard
With catcher Buster Posey already out for the season and Pablo Sandoval still on the disabled list, the loss of Sanchez counts as a major blow."We have to keep fighting and moving forward," said Andres Torres, who scored the winning run on pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz's two-out single in the ninth. "That's how we did it last year, too. Freddy's a big part of us but we have to move on."Sanchez made a backhand grab of Brandon Phillips' sharp grounder up the middle in the fifth but used his right hand to brace himself as he slid on the edge of the outfield grass. Sanchez, who underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, sat on his knees and flicked the ball away with his glove hand as manager Bruce Bochy and assistant athletic trainer Mark Gruesbeck rushed out from the dugout.Sanchez was later helped up and walked off the field but with his right arm held up by Gruesbeck. Bochy said Sanchez will undergo an MRI test soon."I can't tell you how long or how serious (it is)," Bochy said. "That's a lot, what we're taking right now. They'll keep grinding and moving forward. There's not much else you can do. We feel horrible for Freddy, a great player we'll certainly miss, but we'll move on."News of Sanchez's injury put a downer on what was an otherwise feel-good night for San Francisco, tied Kansas City for most walkoff wins in the majors this season.Torres, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, started the ninth with a walk against Jose Arredondo (0-1). After an intentional walk to Miguel Tejada, Bill Bray came on to strike out rookie Brandon Crawford. Manager Dusty Baker then brought in Logan Ondrusek, who walked Cody Ross before Schierholtz hit for Brian Wilson (5-1)."Walks late in the game will certainly haunt you," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That was a tough loss. We have had quite a few of those."With his team slumping at the plate, Bochy juggled his lineup and moved Ross into the cleanup spot while dropping Aubrey Huff to the No. 6 slot.The changes provided an early spark and San Francisco kept it close until Schierholtz came up with his clutch hit."They don't make excuses," Bochy said. "It's somebody different every day it seems like. They don't dwell on what's happened."San Francisco, held to five hits or fewer in four of its previous six games, had five in the first three innings against Travis Wood.Tejada hit a ground-rule double in the first and scored when Ross lined a single to left. Ross was thrown out at second on the play but after Tejada crossed the plate.Cincinnati scored in the fourth and fifth to take the lead. Scott Rolen started the fourth with a triple off Ryan Vogelsong and scored on Ryan Hanigan's single. Chris Heisey drove in Phillips with a grounder in the fifth.That ended Vogelsong's six-game streak of allowing one run or less. The right-hander, who was the first Giants pitcher to have such a streak since Matt Cain in 2006, left after six innings with six strikeouts and three walks.The fifth was a rough inning all around for San Francisco.Tejada tied it with a two-out double in the fifth and San Francisco had runners in scoring position in the sixth and eighth but failed to score.Wood, who allowed eight runs and a career-high five walks last Sunday, was crisper in his first career start against the Giants. The left-hander gave up 10 hits and walked three over eight innings in his sixth no-decision of the season.Wilson struck out one and allowed a hit in the ninth inning while picking up the win.NOTES: San Francisco LHP Barry Zito will make his second rehab start Saturday against Class-A Modesto, and the team is hoping he can throw around 100 pitches. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants next week in Arizona, had two hits and two RBIs for Triple-A Fresno. ... Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder inflammation) allowed two earned runs in 1 2-3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville. ... Reds RHP Homer Bailey (sprained right shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday.

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

In the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers, Draymond Green was fantastic.

He averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from deep.

On Tuesday morning, former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson was asked about the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't want to change him at all. That chip on his shoulder, the way he plays, as Steve Kerr will tell you -- every team needs a guy like that," Jackson said on KNBR 680. "I was that guy in San Antonio. I was that guy on a lot of teams.

"You need a guy like that to even it out. You don't want your team to be a pushover. And sometimes, his emotion might hurt the team. But you can live with that, because you got a guy going to bat for all your guys.

"He's one of the best all-around players in the league -- Top 5 -- and you need a guy like that. He makes that team better.

"He's one of those guys that puts his body on the line for a team, passes up a shot to make a pass, guard the best player and not worry about scoring -- that's my type of guy."

When the "We Believe" Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Jackson averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 47 percent from 3-point territory in that series.

"I say Draymond is a new version of me -- just way more athletic," Jackson added. "And I love it. I wore his jersey last year to The Finals, and I plan on wearing it again."

McKenzie: Raiders will take 'different approach' drafting No. 24 overall

McKenzie: Raiders will take 'different approach' drafting No. 24 overall

Khalil Mack said atop Reggie McKenzie’s draft board back in 2014. While it probably felt like forever, the Raiders general manager only had to weather four picks before selecting the star edge rusher at No. 5.

McKenzie loved Amari Cooper in 2015, believing his athleticism and demeanor would pair well with quarterback Derek Carr. Cooper only had to survive three selections before McKenzie made him a Raider.

McKenzie shouldn’t hold his breath this year. The Raiders have the 24th pick. He’d pass out.

The Raiders now experience the downside of success, with lower selections than normal throughout the NFL Draft. They earned top 10 draft picks every year from 2004-15, when the Silver and Black became relevant again. McKenzie selected safety Karl Joseph No. 14 overall last year in his original draft slot, but a 12-4 record and a playoff birth pushed them way down in the draft order.

Thursday’s No. 24 pick will be the lowest since 2003, when the Raiders selected Nnamdi Asomugha 31st following a Super Bowl year.

That obviously turned out well. The Raiders need this deep-round pick to follow suit.

McKenzie likes several players in this draft, but there's no telling if they'll be available. NFL teams have a general idea who will make it down the draft board, but an unexpected move could turn the round upside down.

“The one thing that’s been more difficult, you have no idea who’s coming down at 24,” McKenzie said. “When you’re picking No. 4 or No. 5, you can have a clue, a few players that you can pick from. The draft is a funny thing. Players that you don’t think may be at the 24, could be there sitting right in front of your face.”

McKenzie certainly hopes a highly rated prospect falls in his lap, especially if the best available player fills a position of need. Or the cluster would be empty.

The Raiders must be ready for anything, with a draft cluster of players worthy of that particular pick.

“We’re going to study it continuously until that day,” McKenzie said. “Then you never know how trades go. It’s a different thing. But when you’re down that low in comparison to where we have been the last few years, it’s a different approach.”

Draft trades are always a possibility, especially as the round unfolds. The Raiders are in an interesting spot, a slot above the quarterback-hungry Houston Texans. Teams might want to leapfrog them to secure a coveted passer, giving the Raiders leverage in last-second trade talks to move down.

Reggie McKenzie hasn’t moved up in the first three rounds during his Raiders tenure, but this year might be an exception considering his roster is strong save a few important positions. He won’t leap all the way up the draft board, but a small move up is possible.

“I will not hesitate if I have to move up a little bit to get an impact player that we feel is on our board,” McKenzie said. “If we have to move up a little bit, I will not hesitate.”