Sandoval shines, Giants beat Rangers 11-8


Sandoval shines, Giants beat Rangers 11-8

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is enjoying every moment of his attempt to make it back to the major leagues for the first time in five years."I'm having a lot of fun," Vogelsong said after throwing four strong innings in the Giants' 11-8 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday. "The days I'm pitching I'm super excited. I can't wait. Even between innings I can't wait to get back on the mound."Vogelsong last appeared in a regular-season game when he made 20 appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006. He then signed a one-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League, re-upped for a second year and played a third season with the Orix Buffaloes.The 33-year-old Vogelsong returned to the states last season, trying and failing to earn a job with the Philadelphia Phillies. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels in July and joined the Giants in January.Vogelsong, a non-roster invitee to San Francisco's camp, said he's a different pitcher than the one who went 10-22 with a 5.86 ERA in his first 120 major league appearances over six seasons."It's fun to feel the competition between me and the hitters," Vogelsong said. "Before, it wasn't a competition. It was just the hitters. Now I'm enjoying getting into the chess match with them."Vogelsong pointed to Sunday's outing as a sign of his maturity. The Rangers loaded the bases with three infield singles into the third inning, including a bunt from Julio Borbon that danced along the third-base line before rolling to a stop a few feet in front of the bag. But Vogelsong managed to limit the damage to one run."In the past when that happened I would have been trying to throw the ball harder, to make it move, to try and get them to pop it up," Vogelsong said. "I'm able to slow the game down better now. I just try to throw strikes, pound the strike zone, and let the ball do what it's going to do."Vogelsong, trying to win a spot as a long reliever, allowed two runs and four hits. He threw 45 of his 67 pitches for strikes.Rangers starter Tommy Hunter pitched 3 2-3 innings, allowing seven runs - four earned - and nine hits."He got to two outs a couple of times, two strikes, and just couldn't put them away," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's got to work on that third out. We definitely need to see a better job of that going forward."Hunter, the Rangers' likely third or fourth starter, has surrendered 11 runs, eight earned, and 14 hits in 6 2-3 innings over his last two starts, both against the World Series champion Giants."This spring stinks," Hunter said.Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple. He also scored twice and swiped a base.Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was 2 for 4 with a triple and five RBIs, and David Murphy homered.NOTES: The game was played in front of a stadium-record crowd of 12,014. ... Rangers RHP Brandon Webb threw a 61-pitch session of live batting practice. Next up for Webb is another session of batting practice Wednesday and a possible appearance in a simulated game. ... Giants CF Andres Torres had a pair of hits and scored a run. ... Giants RF Nate Schierholtz had a productive day. He cut down Andrus at third in the fifth inning on a perfect throw after Josh Hamilton singled, then homered in the sixth against Rangers LHP Arthur Rhodes. ... 3B Adrian Beltre is expected to make his Texas debut on Monday.

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season


Bobby Evans opens up on Giants’ concussion issues this season

The injury bug has taken one unpredictable bite out of the Giants' 2017 season. Recently, they have been hit hard by concussions, both in the big leagues and with their top draft pick. 

San Francisco is currently without the right side of its infield in Brandon Belt and Joe Panik as they sit on the 7-day concussion DL. Heliot Ramos, who the Giants took No. 19 overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, is the latest to take a hit to the head

Ramos, 17, was hit by a pitch Sunday night in the Arizona Rookie League.

Giants GM Bobby Evans was asked in an interview with The Athletic Wednesday how the recent uptick in concussions have changed how the team handles the injury. 

I think the concern continues around the game and around all of sports. We are very much aware of the risks associated with not allowing a player to fully recover from one.

We want to make sure in every form that we get guys healthy and that they aren’t playing again until they are ready to go. That takes patience on our part, but I applaud the work of baseball to protect the player and obviously appreciate the diligence of what our medical staff does to continue to monitor even the smallest sign of a concussion.

Belt has now sustained four concussions in his career between college and pro ball. His return to the team this season is still up in the air. Panik, who was also concussed last season after getting hit in the head by now-teammate Matt Moore, played in his first rehab game Tuesday night with the Sacramento River Cats.

Along with Ramos, who was hitting .348 with six home runs at the time of his injury, top picks Jacob Gonzalez and Aaron Bond have impressed Evans with their play in the Rookie League. 

It’s tough to come into a league like that and hit for average and contribute the way that they have. They’ve put themselves in a very good position to start their careers. We are proud of them and are hopeful that we can continue to see more from them as they progress through the system.

Their regular season will end here shortly and then they will go into at some point an Instructional League and then move on to an offseason before they come in next spring. I think they’ve got to be very proud of what they have accomplished this season.