Padres pound Zito, beat Giants 11-3

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Padres pound Zito, beat Giants 11-3

July 16, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD
SAN DIEGO (AP) This is one the San Diego Padres would like to bottle up and save.The normally punchless Padres erupted for 11 runs behind 3-run homers from Jesus Guzman and Orlando Hudson, and a solid seven strong innings from rookie Corey Luebke to break a season-high seven-game losing streak with an 11-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night."When you have a losing streak, it is a little bit of weight off your shoulders," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "To do it like this, I think is a good thing because it can build confidence. The trick is to come back and win again and keep swinging the bats."The amount of runs was unusual for the offensive-challenged Padres, who have the NL's worse offense.It was the first time the Padres hit multiple homers in a game since May 13 at Colorado. The span of 56 games was the longest stretch in the majors since the 1983 Cleveland Indians went 63 games without multiple homers.The Padres, who had scored just five runs in their previous 65 innings, were 1 for 40 with runners in scoring position before Guzman's homer."The three-run homer, is a very good thing," Black said. "It was great to see. Luebke made it stand up, but the story was our offense."San Diego had hit just four three-run homers this season before Saturday night's game.The Padres, who have scored the fewest runs in the NL and has the league's lowest batting average, scored their most runs since an 11-2 win against Atlanta on June 24."Just to see Guzzy get things started like that just lifted everybody up and got the ball rolling," said Luebke.Guzman had a career-high four RBIs and connected off Barry Zito (3-2) in the first inning. Hudson hit his long ball off the lefty in the third inning to give San Diego a 7-0 lead."You never relax too much out there but it allows you to pound the zone more and try to eat up some innings," Luebke said.Luebke (3-3), who lost a 2-1 decision to Zito and the Giants last week, gave up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one.Since coming out of the bullpen to join the starting rotation on June 26, Luebke is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts."We felt very comfortable putting him in the rotation" Black said.It was a reversal of fortunes for Zito, who was 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts since coming off the DL June 28 after missing more than two months with a right foot sprain.Zito, who threw a season-high eight innings in his win over San Diego last week, allowed eight runs on seven hits with four walks over 3 2-3 innings."It was difficult for me to get the ball down tonight," Zito said. "For the most part, the curveball didn't have the finish down, and the change up, either."Zito's lack of command cost him in the first inning when he issued two walks and hung a breaking ball with two outs that Guzman hit for his second homer.Guzman singled in another run in the third with two outs and Hudson followed with a three-run home run, his second of the season.The Padres, who scored just 10 runs during the seven-game losing streak, have scored in double figures only four times this season.San Francisco scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Ross, Miguel Tejeda's fourth homer and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot's RBI double.Notes: The Padres had not hit multiple homers in spacious Petco Park since May 4 against Pittsburgh. ... San Diego became the last team in the major leagues to reach 50 homers. Toronto's Jose Bautista leads the majors with 31 home runs. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley was out of the starting lineup after suffering a strained right calf that forced him out of Friday night's game against San Francisco in the first inning. Headley is the club's leading hitter with a .300 average. ... Because Headley is not expected to play, at the earliest, until San Diego starts a road trip Tuesday at Florida, the Padres called up 2B Logan Forsythe from Triple-A Tucson and optioned rookie C Luis Martinez to Tucson. ... Giants 2B Mark DeRosa (left wrist sprain) began a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose and is expected to join Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

49ers draft board consists of nearly 200 prospects

49ers draft board consists of nearly 200 prospects

The 49ers new draft grading system is inspired by the New England Patriots, but their draft menu consists of a lot more options.

“We’ve got just under 200 players on our draft board, that we see as draftable players on our board,” 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters Monday at team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in here and it was needed this year because I had a lot of catch-up to do. I can tell you that just (Sunday) night I finally got to the point, I always knew as a player like, ‘OK. I’m ready.’ That moment was (Sunday) for me where I said, ‘OK. I’m ready. I’m ready to go on this thing.’ That’s a good feeling.”

The 49ers have 10 draft picks scheduled for the three-day draft, including the No. 2 overall selection. With 73 players under contract, the 49ers figure to add approximately 17 rookies through the draft and as free agents. The NFL's seven-round draft will result in 253 players being selected.

Lynch was hired out of the FOX broadcast booth a week before the Super Bowl. The following week, Lynch assembled all of the team’s scouts for meetings in Santa Clara.

“When we first brought scouts in right after the Super Bowl we were kind of working off the old grading system,” Lynch said. “But what helped was the grading system that they use in Denver, which kind of derived from one that was developed in New England.”

One of Lynch’s first hires was former Broncos college scouting director Adam Peters as 49ers vice president of player personnel. New coach Kyle Shanahan was also familiar with the system because, like Peters, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff worked in the Patriots’ scouting department.

“In these last three weeks of draft meetings we moved over to that grading scale,” Lynch said.

“I’ve always been someone who thinks you should listen to multiple opinions and we’ve been very collaborative. I believe in strong opinions. Someone once told me, ‘Strong opinions, weakly held.’ So are you open to different thoughts and someone makes you think? But ultimately someone’s got to make decisions.”

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio recently told Boston-area reporters that New England's draft board consists of only 50 to 75 players who fit as draft picks for their team.

"I would say it varies year to year, but I would say our draft board is smaller than most," Caserio said. "We are trying to find players that we feel comfortable with on all levels that we would actually draft -- not that are going to get drafted.

"It's players that we would draft, that we would actually feel comfortable with in our program in some capacity."

49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 198 overall (from Baltimore in trade with C Jeremy Zuttah for No. 186)
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)

Facial fractures for Couture; Thornton undergoes surgery

Facial fractures for Couture; Thornton undergoes surgery

SAN JOSE – Just in case there was any question as to the grisly nature of Logan Couture’s mouth injury, the Sharks forward shared a picture on his personal Instagram account on Monday.

If you haven’t seen it yet, proceed with caution.

The photo was taken the night of his injury on March 25 in Nashville, showing several top teeth missing in a mouth that can accurately be described as a bloody mess, after he was hit with a defected puck while standing in front of the net in a game against the Predators.

Couture revealed on Tuesday in a conference call that there was more to his injury that just damaged teeth. He also has some facial fractures, including one above his upper lip that extends to his nasal area, and another that is under the bottom row of his teeth.

The one that’s higher in his face is still painful. 

“Still struggle to eat and sleep. … It’s not a comfortable state to be in,” said Couture, who missed the final seven games of the regular season before returning for the six-game first round series loss to Edmonton.

As for the next step, Couture has yet to sit down with his dentist, although further work is on the horizon.

“There’s going to be some implants to get the teeth fixed,” he said. “Hopefully get it done in the next few weeks, and then I’ll head back to Canada.”

Couture doesn’t yet know how many teeth need to be replaced.

“All depends on how the teeth respond,” he said.

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Joe Thornton had successful surgery on Monday afternoon, NBC Sports California has learned.

According to a source, the damage to Thornton’s MCL was more significant than his ACL. The Sharks are expected to provide an official update on Thornton later on Tuesday.

Thornton played four playoff games against Edmonton despite damaged knee ligaments, head coach Pete DeBoer revealed on Monday, when he said Thornton was dealing with a “torn MCL and ACL” after getting hurt in Vancouver on April 2.