Lincecum puts home dominance vs. L.A. on the line


Lincecum puts home dominance vs. L.A. on the line

April 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES (6-4) vs.
GIANTS (4-6)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants couldn't produce any offense to support Tim Lincecum's opening day start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It could be a similar situation for the San Francisco ace Tuesday night against the Dodgers when he's opposed by Chad Billingsley.

Runs figure to be at a premium as the defending World Series champions continue their three-game series against visiting Los Angeles, which has won four of the first five meetings.

The Dodgers won 6-1 on Monday behind 6 2-3 scoreless innings from Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier's two RBIs. Los Angeles (6-4) had 11 hits to reach double figures for the fourth time in five games.

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San Francisco, meanwhile, was held to one run for the fourth time this year while Pat Burrell recorded the team's ninth error. Only Houston has a lower fielding percentage in the NL.

"We know we need to tighten up this defense," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've let it get away from us and it's hurt us."

The Giants (4-6) hope to start turning things around when they send Lincecum (1-1, 0.64 ERA) to the mound. He gave up one unearned run and five hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on March 31.

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Lincecum has never lost at home to Los Angeles, going 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA.

The right-hander is coming off a dominant start at San Diego on Wednesday. He struck out 13 in seven innings of an 8-4 win, giving up one run and three hits.

"He's a special talent, this kid, and he showed it again today," Bochy said of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Matt Kemp, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI and two walks Monday to raise his average to .441, is just 3 for 21 with nine strikeouts lifetime against Lincecum.
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Lincecum may need to be just as good again when he matches up with Billingsley (1-1, 8.00), who, despite his lofty ERA, pitched well against the Giants on April 1. He gave up three runs in six innings of a 4-3 victory to improve to 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA in his last six starts against San Francisco.

Billingsley, 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA in his career against the Giants, is looking to bounce back after a poor outing Wednesday. The right-hander gave up five runs and six hits in three innings of a 7-5 loss to Colorado.

"He seemed to kind of struggle with his stuff today, throwing the ball where he wanted to," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "That was kind of frustrating."
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Mattingly's team will continue this series without shortstop Rafael Furcal, who is headed for the disabled list after breaking his left thumb sliding into third for a fifth-inning stolen base. He is hitting .192 with two RBIs in seven games this season.

Los Angeles took three of four from San Francisco at Dodger Stadium in the two clubs' first series of the season. ... The Giants dropped a 6-1 decision to the Cardinals on Sunday, snapping their 3-game winning streak in the process. San Francisco has won five of the last six meetings between these two squads at AT&T Park. ... Clayton Kershaw is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his first two starts of 2011 and including a victory at AT&T Park last September 14, is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in his last five outings overall. ... Madison Bumgarner lasted just three innings and gave up three earned runs (taking the loss) in his first start of 2011 last Tuesday in San Diego. Bumgarner has faced the Dodgers twice in his career (1 start) and is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in those games. ... As a team, San Francisco's starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA in 2011 -- best of any team in the NL and third best in the majors. ... Los Angeles is 4-0 when leading after six innings in 2011 and 0-4 when trailing entering the seventh frame this season.

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks


Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller