National Signing Day -- San Jose State commitments


National Signing Day -- San Jose State commitments


San Jose -- Six players who combined to score 84 touchdowns as high school seniors, offensive and defensive linemen who add much needed strength, length and bulk and a highlytouted quarterback who threw 31 touchdown passes a year ago highlight San Jose State Universitys second stage of football recruiting for the 2011 season. Head coach Mike MacIntyre made the announcement.The Spartans signed 16 current high school seniors, 14 from California and two from Arizona schools, on the first possible signing day. Combined with seven mid-year transfers who could sign a National Leter-of-Intent (NLI) in December 2010, San Jose State has a 2011 recruiting class of 18 freshmen and five two-year college transfers.Twelve of the 23 signees currently are slotted as defensive prospects five linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs. Four offensive linemen, two wide receivers, two tight ends, a running back, two all-purpose athletes and a quarterback comprise the 10 offensive hopefuls.We wanted to fill the class out with athleticism and speed at the corner positions on offense and defense. We signed two good cornerbacks were excited about, some tall offensive linemen, added size, range and speed in our defensive front and are excited to sign Joe Gray (6-2, 190, FR, Dorsey HS-Los Angeles) whom weve think is a big-time quarterback, says MacIntyre, who is in his second season as San Jose States head coach.Gray passed for 3,030 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010. The first-team all-city Los Angeles quarterback threw for 5,022 yards and 49 touchdowns and directed his teams to a combined 19-6 win-loss record his junior and senior seasons.Seeking to replace two starting offensive linemen, the Spartans signed California Community College first-team All-America Jon Meyer (6-5, 285, JR, Foothill College) as a mid-year transfer and added Doug Blacksill (6-5, 260, FR, Liberty HS-Bakersfield), Nick Diaz (6-3, 305, FR, St. John Bosco-Bellflower, Calif.), and Wes Schweitzer (6-5, 270, FR, Chaparral-Scottsdale, Ariz.). Blacksill was rated the 29-center nationally by new tight ends Travis Lorius (6-5, 245, JR, Foothill College) and Max Miller (6-6, 250, JR, Iowa Western College) enrolled as mid-year transfers, the Spartans turned their attention to the perimeter to fill out an already young and productive receiving corps. Wide receiver K.C. Pearce (6-3, 180, FR, Redwood HS-Visalia) averaged 24.5 yards per catch and scored 10 total touchdowns as a senior. Sam Boyd (6-3, 240, FR, Roosevelt HS-Corona, Calif.) averaged 19.2 yards per catch and caught 12 touchdown passes four of them 75 yards or longer in 2010. Boyd, Rivals.coms 49 California high school prospect, could play a number ofpositions in the San Jose State offensive scheme that involve catching the ball. Marced Kelly (5-10, 170, FR-Edison HS-Stockton, Calif.) is another all-purpose athlete who scored 18 touchdowns in 2010 and can play on either side of the ball.Speed, Size, Length In 2011 San Jose State Recruiting Classadd 1 Running back Cedric Simmons (6-1, 212, FR, Perry HS-Gilbert, Ariz.) rounds out the signees on offense. Simmons rushed for 1,149 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in his first fullseason as a teams primary ball carrier. Defensively, San Jose State became bigger inside with linemen Nathan Falo (6-1, 305,FR, Inderkum HS-Sacramento) and Tony Popovich (6-2, 280, FR-Marin Catholic HSKentfield, Calif.) and faster on the outside with Christian Hill (6-4, 220, FR-Sanger HSSanger, Calif.). Falo and Popovich were all-state selections during their respective high school careers and join mid-year transfers David Catalano (6-4, 255, FR, Canyon Del Oro HS Tucson, Ariz.) and David Tuitupou (6-6, 255, JR, Snow College).Defensive backs Tyler Ervin (5-10, 170, FR, Colton HS-Colton, Calif.), Mercy Maston (6-0, 190, FR, Bakersfield HS-Bakersfield, Calif.) and Dennis Rufus (6-1, 190, FR, Charter Oak HS-Covina, Calif.) are headed to San Jose State in the fall. Ervin and Rufus were first-team All-C.I.F. honorees in 2010 and Maston was rated 59 nationally as a cornerback Simon Connette (5-11, 185, FR, Santiago HS-Corona, Calif.) and Robert Fiscalini (5-11, 205, JR, Foothill College) signed at mid-year, enrolled at San Jose State and are ready to compete for positions on the depth chart during spring practice.Linebackers Josh Fasavalu (5-11, 215, FR, Poly HS-Long Beach, Calif.) and Hector Roach (6-2, 215, FR, Edison HS-Stockton, Calif.) complete San Jose States signees on the first day of the 2011 National Letter-of-Intent period.The 2011 recruiting class is the next step in MacIntyres plan to build a football program at San Jose State. Going into the season, the Spartans, like many other Football Bowl Subdivision members in NCAA Division I, will have 85 players on scholarship.Courtesy San Jose State media services

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers homered for the third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th career start and sixth on the road. He has now allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants immediately tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, manager Andy Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.

No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect


No room for Eduardo Nunez? Red Sox call up top third base prospect

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.