Sanchez takes first spring loss, Giants fall to K.C.


Sanchez takes first spring loss, Giants fall to K.C.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The defending champion San Francisco Giants head back to the Bay Area with some uncertainty in their roster.Jonathan Sanchez and a Giants' team made of mostly minor leaguers lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Sunday.Manager Bruce Bochy, though, was thinking about opening day."We've not finalized the team, yet," Bochy said. "We'll go to San Francisco and play a couple of games there. That's how close it is."With injuries to closer Brian Wilson and outfielder Cody Ross leaves two big holes in the lineup.Ross' injury - a torn calf that will keep him out three weeks - could open up a spot for first baseman Brandon Belt, who hit .352 with 23 home runs and 112 RBIs last year in three minor league stops in his first professional season. He is hitting .292 with three home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs in 26 spring training games, but played only 13 games above Double-A last year."I like what I see from him on both sides of the ball," Bochy said. "He's done a great job at first. He's gives you quality at-bats, good balance up there, good discipline at the plate. You can see why this kid had a good year last year.He said the injury to Ross "does make it easier maybe a little bit" more to keep Belt."We lost a pretty good bat in Cody Ross," Bochy said. "That will come into play when we do make our decisions. It gives us another left-handed bat in the lineup if he's on the club. We do have some other options."Wilson, out with a strained side muscle, played catch for the second straight day. Bochy said Wilson would remain in Arizona, where the weather is better and the Giants can control how they use him on the mound better in extended spring minor league games."Depending on Wilson, we're still looking at the last spot, maybe two in the bullpen," Bochy said.Sanchez, who will be the Giants No. 2 starter behind Tim Lincecum, gave up five runs - four earned - on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. One hit was a three-run homer to Wilson Betemit in the fourth."I made one bad pitch, the home run, that was it," Sanchez said. "Everything else was good. I was down in the zone. My breaking pitch was good. The split was working."Royals left-hander Jeff Francis yielded one run on six hits in five innings, while striking out six and walking none."Francis threw the ball really, really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He kept the ball down, changed speeds, commanded the baseball. He's ready to go."Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer off Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez in the eighth. Gordon is hitting .365 with five home runs and 22 RBIs."He's been as good as we hoped he could be this spring," Yost said. "He's been very impressive, very encouraging and (I'm) excited to see what he can do during the year"NOTES: Royals CF Melky Cabrera had two doubles and raised his Catcus League-leading average to .474. The Royals made two roster moves, optioning OF Lorenzo Cain to Triple-A Omaha and returning Rule 5 draft pick LHP Robert Fish to the Los Angeles Angels.

49ers select DE Solomon Thomas with No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select DE Solomon Thomas with No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Defensive line
College: Stanford
Height: 6-2 ½
Weight: 273 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 3 overall

SANTA CLARA – After some late intrigue surrounding the No. 1 overall pick, the Cleveland Browns went with the player universally considered the top NFL prospect.

Myles Garrett went with the first selection, then the 49ers traded back one spot with the Chicago Bears, who chose North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The 49ers still got the player they would have chosen with the No. 2 overall pick: Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas with the second pick.

General manager John Lynch engineered a trade that enabled the 49ers to pick up third and fourth-round draft picks this year, as well as the Bears’ third-round pick next year to move back one spot.

With the selection of Thomas, the 49ers have now chosen defensive linemen with their first picks in each of the past three drafts.

The 49ers picked Arik Armstead with the No. 17 pick in 2015. Last year, in Trent Baalke’s final draft as general manager, the 49ers chose DeForest Buckner with the No. 7 pick.

Thomas becomes the highest-drafted defensive player from Stanford in school history. The Minnesota Vikings selected Stanford linebacker Jeff Siemon No. 10 overall in 1972.

The 49ers finished with a 2-14 record last season in Chip Kelly’s only season to land in the No. 2 draft slot. CEO Jed York fired Kelly and Baalke at the conclusion of the season.

Lynch had been shopping the No. 2 overall pick in trade scenarios in recent weeks. The 49ers accomplished their goal, trading back one spot and getting a bounty of picks to help in the rebuilding project.

The 49ers chose Thomas over such players as running back Leonard Fournette, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and safety Jamal Adams.

Thomas, who spent five years in Australia as a youngster, came to Stanford as a top 25 national recruit. In his final college season, Thomas led the Cardinal with 62 tackles, 15 for loss, and eight quarterback sacks. He was an All-American and chosen as the winner of the Morris Trophy, awarded to the Pac-12 defensive lineman of the year.

Thomas appears to be a fit at multiple positions along the line in new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. While he might be best-suited for an interior position, new coach Kyle Shanahan said recently at Stanford’s pro day that he believes Thomas can play the team’s pass-rush position.

The 49ers have struggled to generate much of a pass rush since the departure of Aldon Smith, whom the club released prior to the 2015 season after multiple off-field incidents.

Ahmad Brooks and Buckner tied for the team-lead last season with six sacks. Brooks and Aaron Lynch led the 49ers in 2015 with 6.5 sacks apiece. Brooks and Lynch both recorded six sacks in ’14 to lead the team.

The 49ers have nine draft picks remaining. Their next scheduled pick comes Friday with the second selection of the second round, No. 34 overall.

49ers trade No. 2 pick to Bears for four total NFL Draft picks

49ers trade No. 2 pick to Bears for four total NFL Draft picks

The 49ers on Thursday dealt the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to acquire more selections to assist in the organization’s massive rebuilding project.

After advertising for weeks that the 49ers were “open for business,” first-year general manager John Lynch executed a trade on Thursday night with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears moved up to No. 2, while the 49ers took Chicago’s No. 3 overall pick. The 49ers received the Bears’ picks this year in the third round (No. 67) and fourth round (No. 111), as well as the Bears’ third-round pick next year.

Cleveland kicked off the NFL draft with the selection of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The Bears selected quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick.

The 49ers had engaged in preliminary trade discussions with six teams, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Three teams were inside the top 10 and three teams were outside the top 10.

This draft appeared to set up for the 49ers to trade back because of their needs at so many positions. The 49ers finished 2-14 last season, leading to the firings of general manager John Lynch and coach Chip Kelly.

The 49ers entered the opening day of the draft on Thursday with a scheduled 10 draft picks, including the No. 2 pick in each of the first four rounds.

1. First round, No. 2: DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Third round: No. 67 overall (from Chicago for No. 2 pick)
5. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
6. Fourth round: No. 111 overall (from Chicago for No. 2 pick)
7. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
8. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
9. Fifth round: No. 161 (from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
10. Sixth round: No. 198 overall (from Baltimore in trade with C Jeremy Zuttah for No. 186)
11. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
12. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)