SaberCats add 2010 defender of the year, 5 others

SaberCats add 2010 defender of the year, 5 others

SAN JOSE The San JoseSaberCats today announced the additions of 2010 AFL Defensive Player of theYear DL Gabe Nyenhuis, WR Burl Toler, DL Adam Huebner, FBLB Chad Cook, WRChidozie Nwokocha and OLDL Jason Jones, by the league office. Per team policy,terms were not disclosed.DL GABE NYENHUISNyenhuis(6-3, 265) enters his fourth year in the AFL and first with the SaberCats. Forhis career, he has totaled 88 tackles, 29.5 for loss, 28 sacks, 16 forcedfumbles and seven passes defensed in 41 games. In 2010, Nyenhuis led the leaguein sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (13.0) and forced fumbles (9) en route toearning the AFLs highest defensive honor for the Tulsa Talons.Bringingin a player of Gabes caliber is tremendous for us, Head Coach Darren Arbetsaid. He is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and will provide us adominant force on the defensive line that offenses will have to account for. Atwo-time All-Arena selection as a defensive lineman, Nyenhuis spent two seasonswith the Philadelphia Soul (2007-08), helping them to an ArenaBowl championshipin 2008 against the SaberCats. During their championship run, Nyenhuis led theteam in sacks (9.5), tackles for loss (12.5) and forced fumbles (5). He alsoled the team with two sacks while forcing a fumble in the 2008 postseason. WR BURL TOLERAformer California Golden Bear, Toler (6-2, 200) spent the 2008 offseason withthe Washington Redskins after signing with San Jose in 2008. Prior to signing with theSaberCats, Toler served his first stint with the Redskins in 2007 after spendingtime with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He originally signed with theSaberCats in 2007 before joining the Centurions. Undrafted out of California, Toler wasoriginally signed by the Oakland Raiders in 2006.Weveliked what weve seen from Burl in the past and so have many coaches in the NFLranks, Arbet said. He is a diligent worker and a great athlete who will addexperience to our young receiving corps moving forward.Awalk-on at California,Toler finished with 69 receptions for 873 yards and four touchdowns. His bestseason came in 2003 when he caught 48 passes for 609 yards and threetouchdowns. A native of Berkeley, CA, Toler attended Bishop ODowdHigh School (CA) helping his team to two league titles and a North CoastSection championship, earning first team all-league on offense and defense hissenior year. Toler also lettered four years in track, attending the League ofChampions meet his final three years.DL ADAM HUEBNERHuebner(6-4, 300) spent his rookie season alongside fellow SaberCat DL Gabe Nyenhuisin 2010 with Tulsa.In his lone season with the Talons, Huebner finished with 14 tackles, twosacks, three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.Adamwas a part of the best defensive line in the AFL last season, playing with thebest pass rusher in the league in Gabe Nyenhuis, Arbet said. Hell bringpressure on opposing quarterbacks this coming season after enjoying a solid yearwith the Talons in 2010.Priorto transferring to Purdue as a sophomore, Huebner played in 11 games as aredshirt freshman at Indiana State in 2003 where hehad 23 tackles and two sacks.FBLB CHAD COOKCook(6-1, 265) started his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Storm before beingsigned by the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. For Oklahoma, he ran the ball 45 times for 140yards and eight touchdowns, adding 14 receptions for 105 yards and onetouchdown. On defense, he had eight tackles combined between the two teams.Chad is a hard-nosedrunner who can play on both sides of the ball, Arbet said. Hes a load at hissize who will be able to punish defenses up the middle.Duringhis four year career at Murray State, Cook totaled 2,095rushing yards on 457 attempts for 24 touchdowns, leading the team in rushing asa sophomore (834) and a junior (692) for the Racers. He also caught 24 passesfor 185 yards.WR CHIDOZIE NWOKOCHAPriorto joining the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League in 2010,Nwokocha (6-0, 200) played two seasons at Ohio (2006-07). In 26 games for the Bobcats,he totaled 45 catches for 562 yards and one touchdown. Nwokocha transferred to Ohio after spending two seasons at Sacramento City College where he was anAll-Nor Cal Conference pick both seasons, totaling 119 catches for 1,665 yardsand 14 touchdowns in his junior college career.Chidozieis a great addition to our team who brings more athleticism to our squad,Arbet said. Along with our current wideouts we have the makings of a talentedreceiving corps as we make our way towards the 2011 season. Anative of Elk Grove, CA, Nwokocha attended Laguna Creek HighSchool (CA), earning honorable mention all-city selection honors while helpingthe Cardinals to a Delta League Championship and the state playoffs.OLDL JASON JONES
Jones(6-4, 345) played his first season in the AFL with the Cleveland Gladiators in2010. He totaled three tackles in three games for the Gladiators despite beinglimited by injuries during the 2010 season.Jasoncan play both ways and is very athletic for his size. He will be a solidcontributor for us in the trenches in 2011. Arbet said.Aftertransferring from Pasadena Community College in 1999 to IllinoisState, Jones then transferred to Idaho where he playedtwo seasons for the Vandals.

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss


SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.

The win snapped the Mets' four-game losing streak. They had lost seven of eight.

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.

Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits.

After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits.

All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.

Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.

Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.

Cespedes' ninth homer of the season highlighted a six-run second inning in which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate.

Cespedes had a double in the sixth that highlighted a three-run inning.

In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs.

He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season.

Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop and he said he wants to be traded. Cabrera had three hits Friday night.

The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept. 28, 2014. The Mets started Jose Reyes at shortstop against San Francisco on Friday night and Wilmer Flores at third.


Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. The infielder was the 59th overall selection in this year's draft. . The Mets also signed their third- and fifth-round picks, OF Quinn Brodey and 1B/OF Matt Winaker (both from Stanford). . Brodey signed for a $500,000 bonus and Winaker for $280,000.

Giants: LHP Bryan Morris was designated for assignment and Steven Okert was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (separated left shoulder) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. . Utilityman Eduardo Nunez went on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. The Giants activated 3B Conor Gillaspie (back spasms).


Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 394 ERA) has allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his last two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's skid-snapping win over White Sox

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's skid-snapping win over White Sox


The A’s six-game road trip got off to a promising start Friday as they try to reverse their fortunes away from Oakland.

Jharel Cotton shined over five innings before leaving because of a blister on his right hand, and the bullpen took care of things from there to complete a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Considering the A’s came in just 9-25 on the road so far, this was the rare occurrence of them taking control early and staying in control while wearing the road grays. Now the A’s just hope the victory didn’t come with a steep price.

In addition to Cotton (5-7) leaving after a blister opened up on his right thumb, shortstop Chad Pinder left with a strained left hamstring. The severity of that injury wasn’t immediately known.

Here’s five things you need to know from the opener of this three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field:

-- Davis hits No. 19: Khris Davis gave Cotton some early cushion with a two-run homer off Mike Pelfrey (3-6) to center field in the first. It was Davis’ team-leading 19th long ball, but just his third in 22 games this month.

-- Another solid outing for rookie: Coming off a strong 6 1/3-inning outing against the New York Yankees, Cotton again looked in control Friday before having to leave. The right-hander held the Sox to three hits over his five innings, striking out three and walking one. It’s unknown whether the blister will affect his availability for his next start, but the A’s learned with Rich Hill last season how nagging a blister can be for a starter.

-- Ninth-inning nerves: The final score didn’t indicate how tense things got for Oakland in the ninth. Closer Santiago Casilla gave up two singles to start the inning. After Avisail Garcia flied out, Todd Frazier hit a pop up behind first. Yonder Alonso couldn’t haul it in and the ball dropped, but Alonso alertly threw to second to get a force out. Then Matt Davidson sent a deep fly ball to center that Jaycob Brugman hauled in at the warning track.

--- Joyce powers up: In the fifth, Matt Joyce lit into a 3-2 pitch from Pelfrey and homered to center field to put the A’s ahead 3-0. It was the ninth homer for Joyce, who continues to provide some of the spark the A’s are looking for in the leadoff spot.

-- A double ejection: : White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria both were ejected for arguing a fifth-inning play after Anderson hit a dribbler near home plate that surprised him by being called fair.