Stakes high for San Mateo fighter Donaire

Stakes high for San Mateo fighter Donaire

Feb. 19, 2011

Ryan MaquianaCSNBayArea.comAs seen on Chronicle Live last week, San Mateos Nonito Donaire faces the fight of his life this Saturday in Las Vegas against WBCWBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on HBO. Donaire (25-0, 17 KOs) is currently ranked Ring Magazines No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world regardless of weight class. Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) sits only two notches down at No. 7. (By comparison, Pacquiao and Mayweather occupy the top two spots.) Needless to say, this is a battle of epic proportions that will undoubtedly shake up the boxing world, so Ive enlisted the help of a few local fighters (and a notable trainer) to get their take on how things will play out at the Mandalay Bay Events Center this weekend.Andre Ward, WBA super middleweight champion, Oakland: Its hard to say. Hes coming up in weight and Montiel has a lot of experience. Montiel is an excellent pressure fighter, but Nonito is a dynamite fighter. Nonito is deceptively strong and extremely fast. At the end of the day, his speed, unpredictability, and powers going to be the difference in the fight. I pick Nonito.Virgil Hunter, trainer of Andre Ward, Oakland: The first two rounds will have a lot to say to determine how its going to go. As far as Montiel, no matter how hard you train, certain fighters can bring you out of your element. We havent seen what he has to do when he has to fight at a speed hes not accustomed to fighting. On the flip side, I know Nonitos going to see more aggression than hes seen before. In my gut, a TKO between rounds seven and ten for Donaire.Robert Guerrero, former 3-time world champ, Gilroy: Nonitos my boy! Hes going to smoke him! Seriously though, Nonitos been fighting at the smaller weights like 112 and 115 pounds for a long time, and hes hungry. Montiels a very tough fighter, but the speed will be too much. Plus, now that Nonitos able to move up to 118, hes going to feel much stronger than Montiel. I like Nonito to pull out the victory.Richard Hargraves, 2-time National Golden Gloves bronze medalist, S.F.: Im fighting on Friday at Fishermans Wharf, too, but Ill be watching Nonitos fight the next day. His speed is definitely the key. Look at Manny Pacquiao. Not only does he have the speed, he knows how to utilize it. Just watching Nonito spar, he does a lot of things other fighters cant do, which makes him elite. Hes going to bring it home to the Bay Area. It could be a late stoppage win for Nonito, but I see a decision.Karim Mayfield, undefeated welterweight prospect, S.F.: I think Montiel has an unorthodox style, which will make him always difficult to train for, but Nonitos working with a world-class strength coach in Remi Korchemny. Ive worked with Remi before, and hes the truth. Also, Nonitos been doing a little of everything when Ive seen him spar. I dont know if hes going to switch to southpaw at times, but hes the type of fighter where if one situation doesnt work, I see him adjusting. I see a unanimous decision for Nonito Donaire.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

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

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

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.