Raiders injury report: Reece, Jones get reps at running back

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Raiders injury report: Reece, Jones get reps at running back

ALAMEDA Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he wont make any decision on DarrenMcFadden or Mike Goodsons availability for OaklandsWeek 10 game in Baltimoreuntil after Fridays practice at the earliest.Both McFadden and Goodson sat out Thursdays practice in Alameda with highankle sprains and Allen confirmed that the top two running backs on his depthchart are still in walking boots, forcing him to pass down the reps.Two guys have taken those snaps; Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reecehave both taken reps there with the first group, Allen said.Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the Raiders have a running back contingencyin place.Well play to the strength of the backs were going to use, Knapp said. HopefullyDarren and Goody can make it back, but if not we have a second plan ready togo.With Reece more of a threat in the passing game, Jones would likely be the bellcow in Baltimoreif McFadden and Goodson are on the sidelines. Knapp explained what has heldJones back from more touches so far and what makes him such an enticing backupplan.Its been ball security and the assignments, Knapp said of Jones limitations.And part of his assignment issues have been because of lack of reps because ofthe injuries, so you miss out on opportunities due to lack of reps. But Imexcited for the young kid. I hope he gets a chance to get in there and havesome confidence and get some successful plays to build his confidence.In addition to McFadden and Jones sitting out Thursday, veteran defensivetackle Richard Seymour was also notably absent. He had previously been dealingwith a knee injury, but is now also dealing with a hamstring problem that Allendid not sugar coat.He couldnt practice today if he had to, Allen said, which seems tosuggest that Seymouris an unlikely candidate to play against the Ravens. Officially, though, Allenwouldnt rule Seymourout yet.When Seymour was asked if he would be a game-time decision in Baltimore, he said he didnt know.When itsready, Ill be back, Seymoursaid. Weve got a good training staff. Im working hard.Cornerback Shawntae Spencer was the fourth non-participant on Thursday. Theinjury report had only one change from Wednesday, the addition of tight endRichard Gordon to the group of full participators.Did not participate -- RB Mike Goodson(ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (kneehamstring), CBShawntae Spencer (right foot).Limited participationin practice -- RT Khalif Barnes (groin), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder),PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), S Matt Giordano(hamstring).Full participation in practice-- RT Willie Smith (knee), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring), LB MIles Burris(elbow), LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), DT Desmond Bryant (cardiac), DE MattShaughnessy (shoulder), DE Dave Tollefson (shoulder), CB Coye Francies (thumb),S Mike Mitchell (finger), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring).

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

The Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight year.

Following their Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Monday night, Pau Gasol opened up about the Western Conference champions.

“They’re in a groove,” Gasol told Courtney Cronin of the Bay Area News Group. “They know what it takes to win and obviously they’ve been champions, they’ve established records that have never been set before and they’re on a path to get another championship.

"In all my years in the league, they’re playing at the highest level right now.”

Gasol entered the NBA as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 draft.

He won championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

Their average margin of victory in the playoffs is 16.3 points.

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

CHICAGO — John Lackey's night started with a leadoff homer. Ty Blach's night started with a 13-pitch battle. Neither one is a positive for a pitcher, but Blach didn't view it that way. He actually appreciated Ben Zobrist stretching him out.

"It's good to have a battle like that and get you locked in," Blach said. "It gets you focused and you'll be like, I can execute and get guys out. It's good. It's a good battle."

There, in a nutshell, is so much of what Bruce Bochy loves about his young left-hander. The Giants have found Blach's arm and resolve to be remarkably resilient. He wasn't bothered when they moved him to the bullpen and he didn't get too high when they moved him back to the rotation. He is the same after seven shutout innings or three poor ones. Bochy smiled when asked about the Zobrist at-bat, which ended in a strikeout looking. 

"How 'bout that?" the manager said. "He won that at-bat. It seems like the advantage goes to the hitter, seeing all those pitches. He kept his focus and got a called strikeout and here he is pitching in the eighth inning."

After needing 13 pitches for one out, Blach got the next 23 on 81 pitches. Bochy thought Blach tired a bit in the eighth, but the deep effort allowed Bochy to mix and match in the bullpen, and ultimately he found the right mix. Hunter Strickland and Mark Melancon closed it out and got Blach his second win.

--- From last night, Joe Panik's huge night helped give Blach an early lead. With the help of Ron Wotus and his shift charts, he also put on a show defensively.

--- We're trying something new right after the final pitch: Here are five quick takeaways from the 6-4 win.

--- The options game sent Kelby Tomlinson back to Triple-A on Wednesday when the Giants activated Melancon, but his latest stint in Sacramento comes with a twist. Tomlinson started his third consecutive game in center field on Monday. The Giants are getting a bit more serious about their longtime plan to make Tomlinson a super-utility player. 

“Tommy is a valuable guy in the majors and if we can give him some experience in the outfield, it gives you more flexibility and versatility,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

This is not Tomlinson’s first foray into the outfield. He did work there in the offseason after the 2015 season and he has played 25 big league innings in left field the last two seasons. This is Tomlinson’s first real experience with center field, and while in the past he has said that the transition isn’t as easy as some might think, Bochy is confident Tomlinson can figure it out. He certainly has the speed to be a semi-regular in the outfield, and the Giants aren’t exactly brimming with quality center field options behind Denard Span, who is dealing with his second injury of the season. 

“It’s a little different now,” Bochy said when asked about Tomlinson’s past experiences in the outfield. “He’s in Sacramento doing it, and knowing there’s a possibility we could need help in the outfield.”

If the switch doesn’t come in handy this season, it could in 2018. Bochy compared Tomlinson’s infield-outfield ability to Eduardo Nuñez, who has found regular playing time in left but is a free agent after the year. 

--- Hunter Pence did some light running in the outfield before Monday’s game. Bochy said Pence is still about a week away from being an option.

--- Bochy has said it a few times now when asked about the standings, so it’s officially a new motto for a team that got off to a brutal start: “We’ve put ourselves in a great situation for a great story.”

--- They're starting to get a little grumpy around here with their team hovering around .500. Perhaps the Cubs thought they could fool a few on the way out of Wrigley.