Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Jan. 13, 2010STANFORD PAGE

Stanford announced Thursday the hiring of new football head coach David Shaw. Below is a collection of quotations offered from choice Stanford individuals.
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John HennessyStanford University President
"David Shawhas been a large part of the Stanford football program's success overthe past four years, and he has all of the experience and qualities tocontinue the momentum into the future. He is a Stanford graduate and along-time member of our Stanford family who has personally been part ofour scholar-athlete tradition. He understands our values. He also has awealth of experience outside of the university, and broad respect amongboth those in his profession and on campus. I am excited about theprospects for Stanford football under his leadership."Bob Bowlsby
Stanford Athletics Director"David Shawis exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time.David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizationalabilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embracesthe combination of world class academics and world class athletics thatis required at Stanford."David has made a substantialcontribution to the recent success of our program and our team hasgreat confidence in him. I could not be more excited to work with Davidand to assist him and his staff in leading our football program to highachievement in the years ahead.Andrew Luck
Heisman Runner-up and Stanford RS Sophmore Quarterback
"Veryexcited. He's a Stanford man. I've known that since he was recruitingme coming out of high school. He has a deep, abiding love and respectfor Stanford. You can really tell that. He's going to do a wonderfuljob with this program and the players are behind him 100 percent.""Iwouldn't say there was one more favored candidate than another. We all had greatrelationships with all the coaches. Obviously, I think any one of thethree would have been great for the players, but Shaw is the one.""He'sdefinitely a lot different than Coach Harbaugh in a lot of aspects. Idon't think it's necessarily a bad thing. We'll have to wait and seewhat motivation is like from the head coach and how the recruiting is.I have a lot of faith that it will be successful and good. It's justdifferent personalities and people go about things differently. Iwouldn't say there's one right way to do it."Iknow, speaking on behalf of the players, we definitely appreciate Mr.Bowlsby opening up his office and his ears up to us. I don't know howmuch of a difference we made. We're still young college students.""Ithink we knew he would listen to us but we also knew at the end of theday he would have to make a decision what's best for Stanford, notwhat's best for the seniors now but what's best for Stanford in thecoming years.""It'snice not having to learn a new playbook, to be able to hit spring ballrunning like you were just on the field in the bowl game. I think thatdefinitely helps in terms of making a smooth transition.""Isaw him all the time. I don't know the inner workings of the wholebrain trust that was up in the coaches' office but Coach Shaw hasalways been a great coach since I've been here. He's always had a bighand in the offense."Ryan WhalenStanford Senior Wide Receiver
I have had the privilege to play for Coach Shaw for four years, andI'm very excited about the hire. Not only is he a great coach, but alsoa great man. He has a great future leading the Cardinal.
Shayne Skov
Stanford Sophmore LinebackerCoach Shaw has been a coach guys have looked up to since I've beenhere. He is not only a great coach but somebody that allows the programto hit the ground running for next season.
Owen Marecic
Hornung Award Winner and Stanford Senior LinebackerFullbackCoach Shaw is a great football coach and a man of great character.Undoubtedly, he will lead the team to great accomplishments on and offthe field.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON — Andrew Triggs keeps checking off all the right boxes in his first season as a major league starting pitcher.

Coming into the year, manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander’s biggest challenge would be retiring lefty hitters. He’s done that splendidly.

On Saturday, the A’s needed to see if Triggs could bounce back after his first rough outing of 2017. He responded with the best of his 11 career starts, holding a potent Astros lineup off the scoreboard for seven innings as the A’s registered a 2-1 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

The effective cutter that eluded Triggs when he lost to the Mariners last Sunday was back. Houston’s hitters waved helplessly at the pitch and began their walk back to the dugout all in the same motion, as Triggs rang up a career-high nine strikeouts. His seven innings also were a career high for the 28-year-old.

“We’re not really swinging the bats right now,” Melvin said. “We score two runs and we’re facing a lineup that you expect to score a bunch of runs. So to pitch as well as he did and go through the lineup three times, give us seven innings of work, is pretty good.

“He had the one off-outing, and every outing (besides that) has been pretty spotless.”

Triggs, whose 1.84 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, doesn’t blow people away with his fastball. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that suggests it might be easy for left-handed hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand. Last season, the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all roughly 40 to 50 points higher for lefties than for righties off Triggs.

All he’s done coming out of the gate this season is hold lefties to an .087 batting average (4-for-46). Another revealing stat: Opposing cleanup hitters are 0-for-14 off him.

Triggs credited catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley and, when he’s been up with the big club, Bruce Maxwell for their expertise in calling pitches against lefties.

“They’ve done such a good job keeping the sequences unpredictable,” he said. “You command pitches, you’re gonna get guys out. I know the stereotype is when you throw from the angle that I do, you’re gonna struggle with lefties. I’ve been aware, at least of that profile, for a while. I’ve worked on it quite a bit.”

Triggs had his entire repertoire working Saturday, according to Vogt.

“He was keeping them off-balance. Even when it seemed they were starting to sit on his slider, he starts sneaking some heaters by them. He was outstanding.”

But he had help. First baseman Yonder Alonso made a terrific leaping grab of Josh Reddick’s liner in the fifth that might have gone for extra bases. An inning before that, Jaff Decker made an on-the-money throw to third from deep right field to nail Carlos Beltran tagging up on a fly ball.

“He’s got a good arm so don’t sleep on him at all,” Triggs said.

Given how their month has gone, it’s no surprise the A’s got both their runs on homers. They’ve gone deep 31 times in April, their most homers in the month since they clubbed 34 in 2006. Lowrie, who’s spent two stints with the Astros and owns an offseason home in Houston, went deep to right to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Khris Davis mashed his 10th homer in the eighth for what wound up being an important insurance run when Jose Altuve followed with a homer off Sean Doolittle.

Davis’ teammates by now are accustomed to seeing the left fielder flaunt his opposite-field power. He’s hit three homers this series, all to straightaway right or right-center.

Said Lowrie: “I think at this point it’s fair to call it special.”