Sandoval back in lineup for showdown with D'Backs


Sandoval back in lineup for showdown with D'Backs

June 14, 2011

GIANTS (37-29) vs.
ARIZONA (37-30)

Coverage begins at 6 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

ARIZONA (AP) -- It's not a surprise the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants are atop the NL West. That the Arizona Diamondbacks are a close second, however, is.

With Matt Cain on the mound, the Giants look to prevent the surging Diamondbacks from overtaking them for the division lead Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set at Chase Field.

Banged up and weary, the Giants (37-29) head into this first-place showdown following their first off day after going 10-10 during a stretch of 20 straight games.

Despite catcher Buster Posey lost with a broken leg and second baseman Freddy Sanchez out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder, San Francisco has a one-half game lead over Arizona (37-30), which has won 22 of 30.

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"To still be in first place shows we've battled through it so far, and things should be better," right fielder Nate Schierholtz said.

That could come with the expected return of slugger Pablo Sandoval, who has been out since April 29 with a broken hand. Sandoval, batting .313 with five homers and 14 RBIs, is a lifetime .361 hitter with eight home runs and 30 RBIs versus Arizona.

San Francisco's starting pitchers did not receive more than three runs of support in any game of a 6-4 homestand that concluded Sunday with a 4-2 win over Cincinnati. The Giants are 22-5 when they give their starters three or more runs and 15-24 when they score two or fewer.

"If we hit a lick, we might be 10 games over the Diamondbacks," said first baseman Aubrey Huff, batting .321 with four RBIs the last seven games."

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Cain (5-4, 3.36 ERA) has not needed much support in winning his last two starts - giving up two runs and nine hits in 16 innings with 18 strikeouts. He struck out a season-high 11 on Wednesday and threw a five-hitter in beating Washington 3-1 on Wednesday.

The right-hander has been almost as dominant while going 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA versus Arizona this season. He's also allowed one run and seven hits in 14 innings to win his last two at Chase Field, including April 15 when he yielded that run and four hits in a 5-2 victory.

San Francisco is 5-1 versus Arizona in 2011, and has won eight of 10 at Chase Field. However, the Diamondbacks have won 10 of 13 at home and took the final three of a four-game road set at Florida.

"This will be a good check for us," manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "We're looking forward to that. They're a good team. We're good too."

Arizona also will hand the ball to rookie Josh Collmenter (4-1, 1.12 ERA), who has a 13-inning scoreless streak. A converted starter, Collmenter has allowed four earned runs in 34 1-3 innings to go 3-1 in six starts.

The right-hander gave up four hits in five innings but did not factor in the decision of a 2-0 win at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

"He's been a challenge for everybody so far," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

This is Collmenter's first start against the Giants, but he pitched two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in a 6-5, 12-inning home victory April 17.

Catcher Miguel hit three doubles and had four RBIs in Monday's 12-9 win at Florida. He's hit .444 with six RBIs his last four games, but is 2 for 18 versus San Francisco this season.

Teammate Stephen Drew has batted .379 with 11 RBIs his last 15 games, and .344 with three homers against Cain.

Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres


Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres


SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Christian Arroyo made his MLB debut. Tuesday brought his first hit and on Wednesday it was the first homer. Thursday’s game was his first multi-hit game as a big leaguer. What was in store Friday? The best swing yet.

Arroyo hit a go-ahead shot to left while leading off the eighth, giving the Giants a 4-3 win in their series opener with the Padres. The player coaches simply call “The Kid” has two homers in his first five games, and both have come in huge spots. Friday’s sent another jolt through AT&T Park and got a lead to Mark Melancon, who closed out the Padres. 

For four innings, a long-haired right-hander was no-hitting the Padres. Jeff Samardzija was sharp early and he got a nice cushion in the first. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt led off with singles and Panik scored on Erick Aybar’s two-out error. A Conor Gillaspie knock made it 2-0. 

The first hit allowed by Samardzija was a painful one. He plunked Yangervis Solarte to open the fifth and Ryan Schimpf hit a long dinger to dead center to tie the game. Cory Spangenberg followed with a single to left that skipped under Belt’s glove. Spangenberg went to third on the play and scored on a bloop. 

Belt made up for the play in the bottom of the inning, beating the outfield shift with a double and scoring on Mike Morse’s sacrifice fly to right two batters later. Samardzija ran into trouble in the seventh, but with two in scoring position and one out, he got a strikeout and a grounder to third. The Giants put the go-ahead run on second in their half, but Hunter Pence and Morse struck out. 

Starting pitching report: Samardzija has allowed six homers. He’s tied for fourth in the NL with a handful of players, including Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore. 

Bullpen report: Melancon has five straight saves since blowing his first opportunity as a Giant. 

At the plate: Belt reached base four times. His on-base percentage is sitting at a cool .390. 

In the field: Panik made a brilliant diving catch in center for the first out of the ninth. 

Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout crowd. One of the fans looked just like Samardzija, possibly on purpose. 

Up next: Matt Cain has a 2.42 ERA but he left his last start with a tight hamstring. He’ll face Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90).

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."