New-look Giants hope to salvage series vs. Fish

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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.

A's spring training Day 8: Top pick AJ Puk attracts a crowd

A's spring training Day 8: Top pick AJ Puk attracts a crowd

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s are excited about 2016 top pick A.J. Puk, that much was apparent by the crowd the lefty attracted for his first “live” bullpen session Tuesday.

Among those watching closely were executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst, manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young.

Puk, who shaved about 20 pounds off his 6-foot-7 frame over the winter, looked strong against a group of hitters that included touted infield prospects Franklin Barreto and Yairo Munoz.

Melvin in particular liked the way Puk, the No. 6 overall pick out of the University of Florida, worked his curve ball into the mix. That’s a pitch he hadn’t used since high school, but he dusted it off back in the fall instructional league with some encouragement from minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson, and he’s working to sharpen it this spring as a complement to his fastball, slider and changeup.

“It’s just nice to have another pitch that’s slower than my other three pitches,” Puk said before Tuesday’s workout.

“It’s a four-pitch mix,” Melvin said. “He’s really starting to distinguish between this slider and curve ball. It was quite a crowd around his cage too. When you’re a young kid you tend to notice that, but I thought he responded really well.”

Puk, 21, is rooming with shortstop Richie Martin, a teammate at Florida whom the A’s made their top pick in 2015. They also lived near each other in Tampa this offseason and worked out together.

Puk comes off very quiet upon meeting him, but Martin warns against being fooled.

“It takes him a while, but once he feels comfortable he’ll break out. You’ll see.”

Melvin was impressed with Puk’s physical shape, saying he’s fielded his position well in pitchers’ fielding drills.

CAMP BATTLE Jesse Hahn will start the A’s Cactus League opener Saturday against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. It’ll be a chance for Hahn to make an early impression in his bid for the fifth starter spot.

“After the year he had (in 2016), it’s important for him this year. We have to show some faith in him,” Melvin said. “He performed well for us the year before. Last year wasn’t really consistent. We’ll try to get him out there and get him off to a good start.”

Kendall Graveman will take the ball in Sunday’s spring home opener against the Angels. Sonny Gray and Sean Manaea both will pitch Monday against the Giants and Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs will be among the group throwing Tuesday against the Indians.

PROSPECT WATCH: Sean Murphy, the A’s third-round pick in June, has shown a very strong throwing arm early in camp. Is it any wonder Melvin, an ex-catcher, was impressed?

“The kid can throw, it’s special,” Melvin said. “We really like him.”

NOTEWORTHY: Still no word on when reliever Santiago Casilla will arrive at camp from the Dominican Republic. Melvin said he isn’t concerned at this stage, and noted that Casilla has been working out at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic and gave a motivational talk to the younger players there.

Cousins thanks Sacramento: 'Wouldn't trade it for anything'

Cousins thanks Sacramento: 'Wouldn't trade it for anything'

The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the All-Star big man to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. 
#LoyaltyisLove #sactownkingforever

Cousins, 26, averaged 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks and 34.4 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. #LoyaltyisLove

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