Sanchez, Jimenez clash in Coors matinee


Sanchez, Jimenez clash in Coors matinee

May 17, 2011

GIANTS (22-18) vs.
COLORADO (21-18)

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DENVER (AP) -- The only time this season Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez has looked remotely like the pitcher that won 19 games in 2010 was in his last outing against the San Francisco Giants.

Still searching for his first win of 2011, Jimenez on Tuesday will try to lead the Rockies to a two-game sweep of the visiting Giants on Tuesday. If he does, Colorado will regain its perch atop the NL West from the reigning World Series champions.

Jimenez (0-3, 6.67 ERA) continues to struggle after setting Rockies records for wins, ERA (2.88) and strikeouts (214) last season. The right-hander allowed five runs and walked six in 3 2-3 innings of a 9-5 home loss to the Mets on Thursday.
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"The only thing I can do is keep working hard every day and keep trying to get better," Jimenez said. "I'm not going to get frustrated. I know I'm not doing anything good for the team, but hopefully there's a time where I'll start doing good."

Jimenez worked on his delivery during a weekend bullpen session.

"Mechanically, he's out of sync just a little bit," manager Jim Tracy said. "There is no doubt that what we're dealing with is mechanical in nature."

Jimenez did not have many problems when he allowed a run, two hits and struck out seven in six innings at San Francisco on May 6, but did not factor in the decision of a 4-3 loss. However, he yielded four runs in five innings of a 6-3 loss to the Giants at Coors Field on April 19.

Scheduled Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez (3-2, 3.68) gave up two earned runs and two hits in 6 1-3 innings to beat Jimenez in April. Those are the only runs he's allowed while winning three straight starts at Coors, limiting the Rockies to seven hits over 17 1-3 innings in those outings while striking out 21.

The left-hander gave up three runs and struck out seven in six innings of a 4-3 victory over Arizona on Wednesday.

"I thought he had a better tempo going," manager Bruce Bochy told the Giants' official website. "He just looked more confident out there. Still not quite as good as he will be, but overall, his presence out there was better."

Sanchez will try to help the Giants (22-18) bounce back after Colorado scored five times off Tim Lincecum in the sixth inning en route to a 7-4 victory Monday.

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Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the pivotal frame as the Rockies (21-18) won for just the fifth time in 16 games but moved within one-half game of the first-place Giants. Colorado, which held the West lead from April 6-May 10 and again last Thursday, is 2-5 versus San Francisco in 2011.

"Against that team, and trailing them in the division and them beating us up the whole year, it was a big answer for us," said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who had two RBIs.

Gonzalez is batting .234, but has three homers and seven RBIs in his last six games. However, he's 0 for 14 with six strikeouts versus Sanchez.

Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and Freddy Sanchez added three hits Monday for the Giants, who have dropped two of three after winning six in a row. Sanchez is batting .300 in his last 10 games, and is also a .300 lifetime hitter in 30 at-bats against Jimenez.

49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan takes pride in speed of offense

49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan takes pride in speed of offense

SANTA CLARA – If there is any validity to Matt Ryan’s complaint that former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan struggled getting play calls to his quarterback in a timely fashion, it is difficult to find much evidence.

The past two seasons, only three teams went through an entire season without the play clock expiring on offense. The Falcons under Shanahan went without a delay-of-game penalty both of the past two seasons. The Denver Broncos of last season were the only other offensive unit in the NFL that was not penalized for the play clock hitting :00.

“Any play-caller that you talk to that’s usually one of the most important things and something I pride myself on a lot, is how quick can you get a play call into a quarterback,” said Shanahan, who will remain the playcaller for the 49ers while also serving as head coach.

"And the quicker you do the more comfortable it is, not just for him but the entire offense. They’re not panicked. They’re being able to move to the line. And with me as a coordinator personally, I try almost every situation to get it in as fast as possible. And I can be honest, there’s sometimes I do better than others. There are sometimes I don’t do it as good. There’s sometimes I do it real good.”

Shanahan said he took a lot of pride in the fact that the Falcons avoided any delay-of-game penalties the past two seasons. He said Ryan deserves credit, too.

“I was really proud of those guys on offense, which is a lot of credit to Matt and the rest of the guys, that regardless when we did get it in, two years straight without a delay of game and being the only team to even do that one year I think was a pretty impressive task,” Shanahan said. “We did a good job of that as a whole.”

In a recent interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, Ryan was critical of Shanahan’s timeliness in delivering the play calls in the Falcons' collapse in Super Bowl 51. (It did not appear the Falcons' offense was scrambling to get to the line of scrimmage and get the ball snapped after the built a 28-3 lead.)

“Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan told Prisco. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.”

Shanahan said on Thursday that he wants his offense to play fast. Shanahan said he sets his offense so there is no need to audible out of a play if the defense is geared to stop the primary option on a particular call.

“If it’s not the perfect play, there’s usually four other options that you’ve just got to adjust to and either get an incompletion or get a smaller gain,” Shanahan said. “But, it’s not, ‘Hey, if I don’t call the perfect play, you check and get us into the perfect play.’

"I’ve been in systems like that and it’s just what your opinion is, and there’s really no right answer, but I was pretty happy with how our system worked in Atlanta. And I’ve been confident with players playing fast and not putting so much pressure on them to fix every play that the coordinator calls. I like to put a little more on myself and I want them when I do call a bad play, we’ll give you an answer."

Shanahan will continue to call the plays from the sideline. Quarterback Brian Hoyer said he insisted on working on the radio communication during the offseason program. Hoyer played in Shanahan's offense in 2014 with the Cleveland Browns, and he said that experience should help him relay the calls more smoothly to his teammates in the huddle.

"I kind of have a method of I want to be just outside the huddle when the play is coming out," Hoyer said. "I don’t want to be in the huddle trying to give the play while he’s talking to me. I want to hear him say the play in my helmet, take a second, get in the huddle and then call the play.

"Back in Cleveland when I was just learning the system I was just trying to repeat what he was saying, get it to the team and then as I’m walking to the line of scrimmage think of the play. Whereas now, I hear the play coming in and I can paint a picture of what Kyle is trying to emphasize on that play, and then relay it to the rest of the offense and break the huddle and go. We’ve been doing that I think pretty much since day one is using that coach-to-quarterback communication.”

Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors


Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

JaVale McGee isn't going anywhere.

McGee will re-sign with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Soon after the news surfaced on Twitter, JaVale posted on Instagram:


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Golden State could only offer the big man the minimum of $2.1 million.

In 77 games (10 starts) with the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

McGee appeared in 16 of the Warriors' 17 playoff games (he did not see action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals), averaging 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting over 73 percent from the field.

As of now, Golden State has 15 players with guaranteed contracts:

Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
David West
JaVale McGee
Pat McCaw
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Kevon Looney
Damian Jones
Jordan Bell

McGee was reportedly unhappy with the Warriors for giving their entire $5.2 taxpayer mid-level exception to Nick Young.

The 29-year old reportedly met with the Clippers and Kings, and was seeking a contract above the minimum.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller