Sharks notebook: McLellan to miss Blues game

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Sharks notebook: McLellan to miss Blues game

March 19, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKSVIDEO
Brodie BrazilCSNCalifornia.com

It was an optional skate this morning for the Sharks, with fair attendance by the players, and one notable exception from the staff.Head Coach Todd McLellan will miss tonights game, attending the funeral of a family member, back in his home province of Saskatchewan. Broadcaster Drew Remenda will also be absent from tonights telecast, attending the services.In Todds place, Trent Yawney will take the reins. Yawney is usually in charge of the teams defensive pairings, but tonight will play the role of head coach alongside Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft, on the bench for the entire game.
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Yawney says that he does not expect having to make too many changes. Todd has left things in pretty good hands. Players offer their condolences to the head coach and certainly understand his obligations. They were also quick to make tasteful chirps about how they will run the show in the boss absence.Antii Niemi will start in net tonight for the Sharks.Forward John McCarthy was reassigned to Worcester yesterday, where he scored a goal last night for the AHL club.Forward Brandon Mashinter was recalled for tonights contest.Defenseman Niclas Wallin still day-to-day. He was not in attendance for the optional, although coach Yawney said he is making nice progress with his upper body injury. He is not expected to dress tonight.RATTO: Sharks skate fine line between good, lucky

Topics we will cover on SportsNet Central and Sharks Pregame Live:- How will things be different without Todd McLellan? Insights from the players...
- Inside vs. Outside shots. Players say whats helping the team more, and how do they get more 2nd chances?- Fantasy Camp highlights. Former Sharks and current fans will play a game this afternoon, and we will have interviews and video.

Report: Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

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Report: Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have reportedly traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire two minor league pitchers, according to USA Today.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.

With Yankees on the prowl, error costs Sonny Gray in loss to Blue Jays

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With Yankees on the prowl, error costs Sonny Gray in loss to Blue Jays

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Sonny Gray walked off the mound after a scoreless bottom of the sixth Tuesday in Toronto.

Was it the last inning he’ll pitch in green and gold?

That’s the dominant storyline around the A’s right now, especially in light of Tuesday afternoon’s revelation that the Yankees are making a run at acquiring both Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso from Oakland in a package deal.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported multiple sources as saying the teams were “making progress” on a deal that would send both players to the Big Apple.

The A’s have been scouting the Yankees’ farm system recently, along with the systems of other contending teams who are considering Gray. The speculation surrounding Alonso, a free agent this winter, has been light in recent weeks except for the Yankees’ known interest. But after New York acquired corner infielder Todd Frazier from the White Sox last week, it seemed the Yankees’ need for Alonso might have lessened. Apparently, that’s not the case.

Gray struck out nine over six innings in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, which leaves the A’s 1-4 so far on this seven-game road trip. All four runs off him came in the second, when his own throwing error toward second base helped open the gates to the only rally Toronto needed. Ryan Goins had a two-out two-run double and Jose Bautista also doubled home a run in the inning, with all four runs off Gray unearned.

MLB.com also reported earlier Tuesday that the A’s had a particular interest in Yankees Single-A center fielder Estevan Florial, and that infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo, ranked New York’s fourth-best prospect by Baseball America before the season, could also enter the equation. That same report mentioned that such elite Yankee prospects as shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitchers Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield would be all but untouchable. All are among New York’s top-10 prospects.

But for a deal that includes both Gray and Alonso, it stands to reason the A’s could ask for the inclusion of one or more of those four in a deal.

The Yankees aren’t the only team that has an enticing pool of prospects that could make for a match with Oakland. Houston, known to be going after a starter, has multiple outfielders who could be attractive to the A’s. The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are among other teams in search of pitching who could put together competitive offers.

Gray’s next scheduled start would come Sunday at home against the Minnesota Twins, one day before the non-waiver trade deadline.