A's Matsui stunned by tsunami -- 'difficult to watch'


A's Matsui stunned by tsunami -- 'difficult to watch'

Ray Ratto

PHOENIX -- Each day, the phalanx of Japanese reporters holds a stakeout of sort in the As parking lot awaiting the arrival of Hideki Matsui.

Friday, though, the urgency was geometrically larger for them all, given the horrific events in their shared homeland.

The 8.9 earthquake that hit northeast of Tokyo and sent a series of tsunamis across the Pacific to even the Bay Area consumed their thoughts, and the As clubhouse televisions. Where normally there is sports on TV, there was news, and the footage of entire acres and city blocks consumer by a wall of water, and where there would normally be joking there was a wall of concerned faces.

VIDEO: Matsui at A's camp (312011) Part 2 Part 3

A few of the Japanese reporters in the As camp reported fears for their immediate families because they have been unable to contact them, and Matsui also said that his own family was not near the most affected areas.

I havent gotten to speak to anybody, but theyre not really close to the area, he said, so I think theyre OK."

He saw the news of the earthquake on the Internet, and watched the news until he finally fell asleep.

Its been a bit difficult to watch, especially being away, to see all this, he said through his interpreter. Its hard being away from your family and the people you know.

CSNNE: Boston's Matsuzaka, Okajima affected by quake, tsunami

Seeing the level of damage was as stunning to him as it was to anyone who watched. Just the intensity, seeing that, bring surprised by it. That was my reaction.

He expected to be in contact with his family soon, although much cell reception in Japan has been interrupted by the overload of calls, but he still appeared to be quite affected by the events of the morning. He was penciled into the As lineup against the Dodgers today at Phoenix Municipal, but that could change before game time.

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer


At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.

Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.

Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.