Huff Ready to Return to Giants in 2011

Huff Ready to Return to Giants in 2011


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Aubrey Huff won a World Series with the San Francisco Giants and he wants to stay put right where he is.The free agent first baseman was backat the ballpark Wednesday after raising his lucky red thong forthousands of fans during a downtown victory parade. He said that hehopes to return to the Giants for 2011 and beyond."Oh, absolutely, without question,"Huff said. "I won a World Series here. I've been in last place my wholelife. I won a World Series. The fans are crazy. You'd be an idiot notto want to come back here. I love it. I've been on five differentteams. I liked them but I didn't love them. I love this place."The 33-year-old Huff reached theplayoffs for the first time in his 11-year big league career in hisfirst year with the Giants. He hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 Game 4victory.San Francisco signed Huff to a 3million, one-year contract last January to provide a boost in themiddle of the batting order. Huff hit .290 with a team-leading 26 homeruns and 86 RBIs while playing in 157 games. The Giants were countingon Huff returning to his 2008 form, when he hit .304 with 32 home runsand a career-best 108 RBIs.He certainly showed plenty ofimprovement, not to mention versatility playing both first and leftfield, in bouncing back from a career-worst .241 batting average in2009 with Baltimore and Detroit. He wound up with 15 homers and 85 RBIsin 150 games between the two teams last year.Huff feels at home in the Bay Area after only one season."I didn't know San Francisco had thatmany fans, that many people," Huff said. "That was something, man. Theschools were out, most of the people were off work. It wasunbelievable."Even the rival Oakland Athletics, whoswept San Francisco in the 1989 World Series, showed their appreciationfor the Giants. The A's took out a full-page ad in The San FranciscoChronicle saying, "Like everyone else, we're inspired."Also Wednesday, World Series MVPEdgar Renteria, who hit a three-run homer off Texas ace Cliff Lee inthe seventh inning of Monday night's 3-1 clincher, said he isn't readyto decide if he will retire. Injured most of the season, he said he isgoing to give himself a chance to rest for a while before determininghis future.Renteria spent three stints on the disabled list and finished the year playing with a torn biceps."It's always hard to think about retiring," Renteria said. "I want to rest. Whew, I feel great."Ace Tim Lincecum, who beat Lee inthe opener and again in the Series clincher, doesn't plan to rest forlong. He said he would return home to Seattle - where he plans to buy anew place - and take three weeks off before resuming his offseasonworkout program.The two-time reigning NL Cy YoungAward winner altered his routine to focus more on leg strength and corework during a career-worst five-star losing streak in August.The shaggy-haired pitcher is stillsoaking in the fact he just won a World Series ring, the city's firstchampionship since the franchise moved West in 1958. When he hopped thedugout rail to celebrate after the final out at Rangers Ballpark inArlington, he was in disbelief."It hadn't really settled in," the26-year-old Lincecum said. "You're just kind of standing there wavingyour hands and screaming, kind of more in shock than anything. Like,this really happened, can you believe it, that's what you're askingeverybody and asking yourself. It hasn't really set in yet, maybe alittle more today just because of the fans and getting to watch theirreaction to seeing us. I'm still waiting for those tears. I'll see whenthose happen."

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Steve Kerr: 'I'd like to see JaVale back' with Warriors

Though the Warriors haven’t decided who will nab their 15th and final roster spot, when they will fill it -- if at all -- the head coach is willing to offer his opinion.

Steve Kerr is lining up with a vocal segment of Warriors fans who would like another season of JaVale McGee.

“I’d like to see JaVale back, and we’ll see how that shakes out,” Kerr told over the weekend.

After the Warriors went through last summer with one open roster spot, McGee signed a non-guaranteed contract in September. The 7-foot center not only won the job in training camp but also became a solid contributor off the bench.

McGee played in 77 games (10 starts), averaging 6.1 points, on 65.2-percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds. The 29-year-old averaged 9.6 minutes per game.

While that was enough to resuscitate McGee’s career, his attempt to capitalize on free agency has thus far come up empty. Though his representatives have met with several teams, McGee remains on the market.

“We’d love to have him back,” Kerr said. “If he doesn’t come back, then I think we would be patient and explore our options.

“But we feel great about what we have heading into the season.”

The Warriors have made it clear that if they decide to add a 15th player, it would be with a minimum-salary contract.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' 3-0 loss to Sounders


What a difference a week makes.

The San Jose Earthquakes entered their two-game, coast-to-coast swing of road games in playoff position. 

But now, after a 5-1 loss to the Red Bulls in the middle of last week and on Sunday, a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the Quakes are in seventh place in the Western Conference -- on the outside looking in. 

Here are five takeaways from defeat number nine on the season:

-- For the first 53 minutes there, it looked like San Jose had corrected what ailed them against the Red Bulls. They bent but did not break. 

But Christian Roldan opened the flood gates in the 54th minute, capitalizing on a defensive miscue and then it didn't take Seattle too much longer to put the game out of reach -- and make the Quakes look completely out of place. 

Roldan scored again in the 56th minute and Kelvin Leerdam, starting in his first game for the Sounders, scored nine minutes later. 

Roldan came inches away from his hat trick -- hitting the post in the 79th minute. 

-- Again, it's tough to criticize the play of one player, but in both Roldan goals -- that came within a minute of one another -- Andres Imperiale looked like the target of Seattle's attack -- he got caught flat footed on the first goal and on the second, the Argentinean was beat in the air. 

His defensive partner Victor Bernardez was victimized on that second goal too. 

It's probably not a coincidence then, that the Quakes signed Swiss defender Francois Affolter during the week. 

-- Speaking of Affolter, we've yet to see him at Avaya Stadium. And just like Jesse Fioranelli's other signing, little is known of the international player. Yet, at this point, with injuries and a deep run in the U.S. Open Cup tournament, the Quakes are in need of able bodies. 

Affolter, a center back, does have five international caps and over 200 caps in the Swiss Super League and German Bundesliga. 

-- After losing to New York last week, the Quakes moved below the magic red line in the Western Conference. Sunday's loss to the Sounders is critical -- with 21 games played, the Sounders not only creeped ahead of the Quakes, but are now four points clear of their Western Conference rival for that sixth (and last) playoff spot.  

Over a two-match stretch, the Quakes went from fifth and in the playoffs to seventh and knowing the latter part of the season (13 games) will be an uphill climb. 

-- San Jose got another look at Vako. The midfielder scored against the Red Bulls but, after checking in during minute 62, Vako did not figure into the attack. 

And, in the interest of the aforementioned able bodies, it was positive to see Quincy Amarikwa put in another shift ... and almost score in the 83rd minute.