Harbaugh: 'We're from the sticks & stones school of approach'


Harbaugh: 'We're from the sticks & stones school of approach'

Jim Harbaugh addressed the week's headlines with the media on Monday, including on Frank Gore, on the Cardinals -- and complaints out of losing coach Pete Carroll.Transcript courtesy of 49ers media servicesHow was your weekend?
Great, outstanding weekend.

Did you see the big game?
No. I spent every waking and asleepmoment with my wife and kids. Had a wonderful weekend, every minute of it waswith them.

Did you guys do a bunchof the work last week, preparation for the Cardinals gameplan?
Yeah, its ongoing. We did some of it onFriday and then that continues today and tomorrow. And then the next day, andthe day after that, the hay will not be in the barn.

Four days off for theguys during a five day period.
Did they need that time to get off their feetand get those bumps and bruises rested and healed?

How do they feel?Theyve reported back. Is it a healthy bunch right now?
I believe so. I believe it will be,especially as the week goes on. A lot of our guys came in and lifted and gottreatment. Going in that direction.

I think RB Frank Gorehas 103 carries in seven games. Is that about what you want to see from himworkload wise? Thats considerably less than he had at this point last year.
No, didnt have any number in mind.

Generally speakingthough, do you want to see him have fewer carries this year than he did in theregular season last year?
No, not necessarily. Hes doing a greatjob. Been very productive when he has had the ball in his hands.

A lot of people arewondering, RB Brandon Jacobs you guys brought him here in the offseason,still hasnt gotten on the field for any plays. Whats the vision for him asfar as how hes going to make a contribution?
I think thats all decided on the field.Brandon came here, in training camp was doing very well and got injured. Thenhe is working his way back. Thats a process thats going on and simultaneouslyyou have some guys who have played very well at that position. So I would say itsa process.

What do you make of the Cardinals?
Very good football team. They play outstanding defense. Very dangerousoffensively. A team that we know. They know us. Have a lot of respect for theCardinals.

When you see a team struggle protecting the passer as much as they havethis season, do you see that as another golden opportunity for you guys to getto the passer?
Its a challenge for everybody. In this league, call it a struggle, callit a challenge. Every single week, thats a challenge and an opportunity forboth teams. Both teams are faced with the challenge of protecting their passerand both teams have the opportunity to get to the opposers passer. Its a testof wills on sides, protecting and putting pressure on the passer.

What do you like most about G Mike Iupati and GT Alex Boone and theway theyre working together?
Just been fantastic. I thought the guard play this past game was topnotch. Both of those guys, Mike and Alex Boone had their best or close to theirbest games, which is saying a lot because theyve had good games. The way thethree of them worked together, I thought it was outstanding. Upon furtherreview we had to really look at it and say that both Mike Iupati and Alex Boonehad excellent games. The more you watch the tape, the more you appreciated thataspect of it.

Is it hard to believethat Alex Boone was an undrafted rookie?
That happens, yeah. To his credit, hestaken his opportunity, his talent, his work ethic, and also a great attitude.And then hes got it. And I think its a great lesson for all the youngplayers, individual players, that working hard, doing it with a great attitude,a team attitude, you figure it out. You get it. And hes a wonderful example ofthat.

C Jonathan Goodwin hadsaid last week hes never been around a guard that enjoys running power as muchas G Mike Iupati. Does that show up on film? Or do you get a sense just fromhim how much he enjoys getting up and going after linebackers on those plays?
Yeah, I think its high enjoyment level.Hes a very strong man that plays very physical. Its talent. Its attitude.Its a lot of those things. But, hes unique in that he is as big, as fast, asquick twitch as he is. And also secretly likes it to come down to just that,the physical nature of it.

When you obviouslylooked at film from 2010 when he was a rookie, did he jump out at you? Has heimproved a fair amount in these past two seasons?
Yeah, I think hes getting better andbetter. The group is as a whole. Talked about it before. Offensive line coachMike Solari and Offensive Line coach Tim Drevno do a great job with them. Andcontinues to keep going on the right track.

Has the line had to usethe silent count much yet this year? And does Phoenixs stadium \ require itmuch?
Yeah, anytime youre on the road youhave to be prepared to the use of silent count. Yes, we have had to use silentcount this year.

Im sorry can yourepeat? Its hard to hear.
Yes, we have used the silent count thisyear, and you always have to be prepared for it when youre on the road.

Is Phoenix any harderthan Seattle? I know theyve said theyve had to use it quite a bit in Seattle.Is Phoenix any harder than any place else? Or just average?
I think anytime youre on the roadyouve got to be prepared to have the silent count in your arsenal.

Are you going to findtime to watch the baseball game tonight?
Hopefully have some time to watch it.Its pretty exciting.

Seattle Seahawks headcoach Pete Carroll on his radio show today, he compared your statements aboutthe Seahawks corners to what New York Giants offensive coordinator KevinGilbride said about DT Justin Smith. Do you care to respond to that? Are theresimilarities to what Kevin Gilbride did and what you said Friday?
No, I dont think so. And anytime youask me about anything, the officiating from a game, previous game or anupcoming game, theres a way weve been instructed to handle that. And that isto not criticize the officiating and to address any concerns, and also justanything you want clarification of, or interpretation with, with the officialsin New York. So, thats what weve been instructed to do. Thats the way Imgoing to answer all the questions, whatever you all ask or have your ownconcerns. Thats the protocol. So, thats how Ive been instructed to go aboutit. Thats what well do.

He said he thought youmay have thought your receivers were overwhelmed.
Well, Im not going to comment on, orget paraphrased, or let somebody quote somebody else, and then have a reactionto it. I think you pretty much know that were from the sticks and stonesschool of approach. So, calling us names isnt going to hurt us.

Some people would say,why wouldnt you just limit I guess your response to say
No comment?

Well no, thatssomething that were going to take up with the league office, and leave it atthat?
Well, thats what I did. You made astatement, or I was asked a question. Is this how you interpret the play? Thatsnot the words I would use. Well take it up with the league. But, thats whatweve been instructed to say and do. I can stand up here and say, no comment,to just about any question. I try not to do that. I try to be professional, tryto answer questions the best that I can.

Has the league respondedand given you a satisfactory answer?
We havent, no, we havent, and we dontdiscuss those responses either. Thats part of the instructions.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.