History for Lincecum, victory for Giants in N.Y.

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History for Lincecum, victory for Giants in N.Y.

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NEW YORK (AP) With a boisterous bunch of orange-and-black clad fans in the crowd and weather conditions similar to home, Tim Lincecum knew the formula was right for a special night.He sure provided one.Lincecum struck out 12 to surpass Christy Mathewson for most double-digit strikeout games in Giants history and Pat Burrell hit a tiebreaking single against his favorite opponent, lifting San Francisco over the New York Mets 2-0 on Wednesday night."Windy and wet is kind of what I'm used to," Lincecum said.Lincecum (3-3) gave up five hits in seven innings, throwing 127 pitches for his most since Aug. 28, 2009. He struck out his final five batters.
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"Terrific job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's one of those special guys, when he's had to turn it up a notch he can do it."Four Giants relievers completed the six-hitter with Brian Wilson working a perfect ninth for his 10th save. The Giants can finish their 10-game road trip with a sweep of the Mets on Thursday.Mike Fontenot added an insurance run with an RBI single off Chris Capuano (2-3) in the seventh and Aubrey Huff had three more hits to lift his average over .200. The defending World Series champions won two in a row for the first time since April 18-19 and have won just five of their last 13 games.The Mets struck out season-high 16 times and were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. New York faced a Cy Young winner for the third time in four games, going up against Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee last weekend in Philadelphia. Lincecum was the most dominant.We're a big league team, too," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to start putting the ball in play, we've got to start driving in some easy runs."
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The Freak needed 26 pitches to get through the first inning, yielding a one-out double to Daniel Murphy. But he didn't allow a runner to reach third until the sixth.Lincecum has three double-digit strikeout games this year and 29 for his career. Mathewson played all but one of his games for the New York Giants from 1900-1916.It's cool," Lincecum said. "I still got more pitching to do."After giving Lincecum one run of support in his last two outings - both losses - the Giants were scoreless until Burrell's RBI single.Burrell has always hit well against New York. He has 42 homers and 106 RBIs against the Mets, best off any opponent."I have some success against the Mets, especially in Philadelphia, but it hasn't been so good recently," Burrell said. "It was nice to go out there and drive in a big run for us."This time he hurt the Mets with a simple single.Fontenot led off the sixth with a walk and Huff followed a strikeout with his third hit of the game and fourth in four at-bats before Burrell's hit put them ahead.Capuano intentionally walked Miguel Tejada with two outs to load the bases. But Lincecum bounced back to the mound to end the threat.On Tuesday, Huff hit a home run in the 10th inning to lift the Giants to a 7-6 win."I'm sure the homer did a lot for him last night," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.Lincecum gave up a leadoff double to Carlos Beltran and a single to Ike Davis in the bottom of the seventh, but got Ronny Paulino to pop foul. Freddy Sanchez made the catch on the warning track beyond the Mets dugout and then bounced up to make a perfect throw that held Beltran at third."That was great by him even to keep the guy form scoring, getting the ball in quick like that," Lincecum said.The right-hander then struck out two to end his outing.Capuano gave up eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked three."I really didn't feel great with my stuff today," Capuano said. "Today was one of those games where it was kind of a battle from the get-go."NOTES: The Mets placed RHP Pedro Beato on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow. Lefty Mike O'Connor was brought up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place in the bullpen. ... Giants OF Andres Torres (strained left Achilles' tendon) is going to Triple-A Fresno to play in an unknown number of rehab games, Bochy said. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes grounded out leading off in the first to snap a streak of reaching in seven straight plate appearances.

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

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Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras in statement win

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SAN JOSE — Bruce Arena's return as U.S. coach reignited American confidence, and his players responded with an emphatic rebound in World Cup qualifying.

Clint Dempsey returned from an irregular heartbeat to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth.

Surprise starter Sebastian Lletget got his first international goal in the fifth minute after Pulisic's shot deflected off the goalkeeper, Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th and Dempsey scored off Pulisic's perfectly weighted chip in the 32nd.

Finding room to maneuver in a central midfield role, Pulisic made it 4-0 just 12 seconds into the second half with his fourth international goal, Dempsey rounded the keeper to score following a Pulisic feed in the 49th, and Dempsey got another on a 23-yard free kick in the 54th. With 55 international goals, Dempsey moved within two of Landon Donovan's American record.

In its first competitive match since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. moved from last to fourth in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, tied at three points with Honduras but ahead on goal difference, Mexico leads with seven points, followed by Costa Rica with six and Panama with four.

The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place nation advances to a playoff. With a victory at Panama on Tuesday, the Americans could move into the top three.

The U.S. had never before won a hexagonal game by more than three goals.

And oh how the American Outlaws and others among the lively home crowd loved every second of this long-awaited showing, chanting "Michael Bradley!" and "Demp-sey! Demp-sey!" through the Bay Area rain and cool March air.

Then, it was "Bruce Arena! Bruce Arena!"

Gloom descended upon the Americans in November when they opened the hexagonal with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 wipeout at Costa Rica. The defeats caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire Klinsmann, who had coached the Americans since 2011, and bring back Arena, who lead the team from 1998-2006.

Dempsey, 34 and hoping to reach a fourth World Cup, was sidelined from August until this month by an irregular heartbeat and likely was starting only because of injuries to Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris. Tim Howard, the Americans' 38-year-old goalkeeper, got the shutout after returning only two weeks ago from a leg injury sustained in the loss to Mexico.

Geoff Cameron, back from a knee strain that had sidelined him for fourth months, was shifted to right back from central defense because of injuries to others, and Jorge Villafana was inserted on the left.

But there were yet more injuries. Lletget hurt his left ankle on Ever Alvarado's tackle and was replaced in the 18th minute, and defender John Brooks was stretchered off the field, hand over his face, in the 69th due to dehydration.

From the opening whistle, the U.S. played more aggressively than in the latter years of Klinsmann's reign. Arena revamped the midfield, giving a prominent role to Pulisic, who last week became the youngest American to score in the Champions League. He inserted Lletget and Nagbe, who were largely overlooked by Klinsmann last year, on the flanks.

The U.S. went ahead when Jozy Altidore picked up a loose ball and on his second try poked the ball ahead to Pulisic. His left-footed shot that went off goalkeeper Donis Escobar, and Lletget tapped in the ball with his right foot from 2 yards.

Bradley, given his debut by Arena in 2006, doubled the lead when he took a pass from Alejando Bedoya, cut to his left, took four touches and cut the ball back to beat Escobar with one-hopper from about 25 yards.

Showing poise beyond his years, Pulisic created the third goal when he lofted a pass to Dempsey, who allowed the ball of bounce off his right shoulder. Dempsey held off Henry Figueroa and while falling scored with his right foot from 8 yards.