Gutierrez: Seymour Kicked Out, Raiders Knocked Out

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Gutierrez: Seymour Kicked Out, Raiders Knocked Out

Nov. 21, 2010GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Still trying to figure out what prompted Richard Seymour to drop Ben Roethlisberger with a swift open-palm strike to the facemask seconds after Pittsburgh scored to take a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter?So, too, is Seymour, apparently."Well, first of all, I thought I let my teammates down," Seymour said as he walked to the team bus, surrounded by media. "You never want to do anything to hurt the team. That's first and foremost. It was a lot of ongoing (drama) and you're out there to protect yourself.""It's still no excuse. I'm not sure exactly what happened on the play. I just turned around and he just ran up on me quick. It was just a natural reaction, it just happened quickly. It was what it was."Asked if Roethlisberger said anything to him before the martial arts-worthy blow, Seymour looked straight ahead and kept moving."You heard a lot of stuff going on," he said. "I never complain about what happens in the trenches. You've never heard me complain about anything that goes on. Like I said, my main focus is on the team and not doing anything to hurt the team."Seymour, at defensive tackle, had been getting into skirmishes with left guard Chris Kemoeatu all day."Me and him were exchanging words and punches the whole game," Kemoeatu said. "But of he had something personal with me, he should have took it out on me, and not on Ben."We knew what we had to do to win this game. We had to give it everything we got, whether it was eye-gouging or spitting on each other. A lot of that was going on this game. It's uncalled for, but in the heat of battle, a lot happens."Even the NFL's poster boy for illegal helmet-to-helmet hits was stunned by Seymour's strike. In fact, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who was fined 75,000 earlier this season for a hit, thinks Richard Seymour should hear from the NFL."I'm playing the game within the whistles," Harrison said. "What he did was way outside."You tell me what the next step is or a guy who blatantly, outside the play, when it's already been done and said, and the guy is celebrating with his teammates, and you punch him on the face."

Don't let Raiders coach Tom Cable's decision to replace Jason Campbell with Bruce Gradkowski late in the third quarter allow you to think there's uncertainty at quarterback again."They turned up the blitz a little bit more on (Jason) and it started to get out of hand a little bit for him," Cable said. "He'll be the starter next week. There is no issue there. We just felt like a change was needed. As we all saw, it didn't make a lot of a difference."Campbell, who was sacked four times and has been sacked 11 times in six-pls quarters by the Steelers, had a passer rating of 26.2 after completing seven of 19 for 70 yards and an interception; Gradkowski's was 46.9 on 13 of 24 passing with an interception. He was sacked twice."Each and every week it's a tough question," Campbell said of being asked who the starting QB will be.Gradkowski seemed resigned when asked if he was disappointed with Cable's proclamation."Yeah, I mean, that's not my decision," he said. "So I mean, I can't do nothing about it."

Defensive end Trevor Scott was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee after being injured on the final play of the first half covering a punt.Cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) was the only other Raiders player to not finish the game.
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Listless Giants roughed up by Pirates in ejection-filled series opener

Listless Giants roughed up by Pirates in ejection-filled series opener

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates kept clearing the fences, and the San Francisco Giants were left arguing plate umpire Chris Conroy's tough strike zone.

Even Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle understood the beef.

Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat San Francisco 10-3 on Monday night.

"I think there was some frustration really all night," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who watched most of the game from his office after an ejection in the second. "I don't think he had a real good night, to be honest, as far as consistency, but that really had nothing to do with what happened tonight. We gave up three-run homers."

Jordy Mercer added a three-run shot of his own in the eighth to further back Cole (8-7), 5-1 in his last eight starts. That lone defeat came June 30 as San Francisco swept the Pirates at Pittsburgh from June 30-July 2 - the Giants' first in the series since 2009.

This time, Pittsburgh immediately jumped on San Francisco starter Matt Cain (3-9), who matched the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - also done from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016.

Bochy was tossed by Conroy for arguing balls and strikes in support of Cain moments after McCutchen connected, the skipper's second time being tossed this year. San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti then got tossed in the ninth.

"It was a tough zone," Hurdle said. "They lost two people on their side thrown out of the game."

Cole allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four.

He improved to 4-1 in six career starts against San Francisco. The Pirates won their seventh straight game at AT&T Park and ninth in 10, including sweeps both last year and in 2015.

Buster Posey hit a pair of RBI singles in San Francisco's fourth loss in five games.

McCutchen hit his 18th homer as the Pirates cleared the fences in San Francisco for a sixth straight game. His RBI groundout in the first started things off for a Pittsburgh club that had lost back-to-back games on the heels of a season-best, six-game winning streak, including a 13-3 flop in the finale against the Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field.

Josh Bell and Starling Marte each doubled home a run and Josh Harrison added an RBI single.

"This offense is good, we've shown that," McCutchen said.

Cain matched his second-shortest outing of the year at four innings and is winless in his last 11 starts, the longest by a Giants pitcher since the right-hander went 15 outings without a victory during his previous eight-game skid.

CHEERS TO THE HOME RUN KING:
Former slugger Barry Bonds, who played for both teams, received a greeting on the scoreboard for his 53rd birthday but the career home run king wasn't in the stands.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco, who strained his left hamstring Friday at Colorado and landed on the 10-day disabled list, tested his leg with some straightaway running and was going to do some riding on the stationary bike with the hopes he can hit in the cage soon. Hurdle said he did witness Polanco scurry across a street to avoid being hit by a car, then acknowledged it wasn't that close a call. ... With an off day Thursday at San Diego, the starters will get an extra day of rest.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto played catch and said the trouble spots on three of his pitching fingers are greatly improved. He said they aren't true blisters. The plan is for him to play catch again Tuesday and perhaps throw off the mound Wednesday if all continues to go well. ... Closer Mark Melancon had the day off as he recovers from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. He will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Bochy said, and face hitters this weekend in Los Angeles if ready.

UP NEXT:
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (6-3, 3.08 ERA) is 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts since returning from the DL on June 12, just more than a month after surgery for testicular cancer. He seeks his first decision against the Giants in two starts.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 3.57) tries again for his first victory of 2017 in his third outing back from missing nearly three months following a dirt bike accident April 20 in Colorado.

Bruce Bochy ejected in second inning vs Pirates after arguing with umpire

Bruce Bochy ejected in second inning vs Pirates after arguing with umpire

Bruce Bochy's night didn't last very long.

The Giants manager was ejected in the top of the second inning Monday after arguing with the home plate umpire.

The argument came after a three-run homer by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Bochy appeared to be voicing frustrating with the strike zone.

Bochy came out to argue with Chris Conroy and the home plate umpire threw him out almost immediately.

McCutchen's home run put the Pirates up 6-0 in the second inning.