New-look Giants hope to salvage series vs. Fish


New-look Giants hope to salvage series vs. Fish

May 26, 2011GIANTS (27-21) vs.MARLINS (28-19)Coverage begins at 12 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area

(AP) -- After overcoming a four-run deficit in the ninth inning, the San Francisco Giants eventually lost the game and likely their star catcher in their most recent contest.

They'll look to surprising starter Ryan Vogelsong to help them avoid a three-game sweep.

San Francisco hosts the surging Florida Marlins in the series finale Thursday after engaging in an extra-inning thriller in the previous game.

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The Giants (27-21) overcame a 6-2 deficit Wednesday night before falling to the Marlins 7-6 in 12 innings, giving Florida its fourth win in five games.

The Marlins (28-19) scored the winning run when Scott Cousins ran over Giants catcher Buster Posey while tagging on Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice fly. Posey, the reigning NL rookie of the year, remained down for several minutes before being helped off the field while not putting any weight on his left leg.

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The extent of the injury is unclear, though it's likely Posey will miss Thursday's game.

"It's the toughest play in baseball. You hate to see it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "As a catcher you know what it's like, and you don't like it. Believe me. When I see him laying there, it's certainly not a good feeling."

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Aubrey Huff hit a tying two-run single in the ninth off Florida closer Leo Nunez, who blew his first save in 19 opportunities.

After the tough loss, San Francisco turns to Vogelsong (3-0, 1.93 ERA), who has taken an unconventional path to his recent success.

Vogelsong hadn't pitched in the majors in five seasons, nearly retiring numerous times wondering if he'd ever make it back. The Giants called him up to replaced the injured Barry Zito in April, and after two scoreless relief appearances Vogelsong has a 2.25 ERA in five starts. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 19 1-3 consecutive innings over his last three outings.

"He has really done an incredible job," Bochy said. "The long road he's been through, he's a better pitcher and player because of it."

The right-hander continued his surprising comeback Friday, allowing one unearned run through six innings as the Giants (27-21) beat Oakland 2-1 in 10 innings.

"In the past, I could always figure out what I was doing wrong," Vogelsong said. "But it was always an inning late, a hitter late, now I'm always able to make adjustments out there."

He'll be up against another hot pitcher in Anibal Sanchez (3-1, 3.02), who hasn't lost since falling to Houston 7-1 on April 10.

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts since, including allowing three runs in seven innings of Florida's 5-3 win Friday against Tampa Bay. He had pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.

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Sanchez tossed a shutout in his last start against the Giants on July 29, allowing only a fifth-inning single to Pablo Sandoval and a seventh-inning walk to Huff. It marked Sanchez's last shutout, with his only other coming as a rookie in 2006 when he no-hit Arizona.

If needed, the Marlins may hope the bullpen doesn't falter again as it did Wednesday. Edward Mujica and Nunez allowed two runs each in the ninth.

Mike Stanton hit a two-out, three-run double in the top of the ninth to give Florida a seemingly comfortable four-run lead before San Francisco's surprising comeback.

The Marlins have won five of the last seven meetings in San Francisco.

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM    

Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres


Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.