Ugly outing behind him, Lincecum faces Werth, Nats

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Ugly outing behind him, Lincecum faces Werth, Nats

April 29, 2011

GIANTS (12-12) vs.
WASHINGTON (11-13)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pitching away from home could help Tim Lincecum bounce back from his worst start of the season.

Lincecum tries for a third straight road victory when the San Francisco Giants open a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Lincecum (2-2, 2.70 ERA) allowed five earned runs in his first four starts, but matched that total and walked six in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-2 home loss to Atlanta on Saturday. It was the most earned runs the two-time Cy Young Award winner has given up since he allowed as many Aug. 15 against San Diego during a career-worst, five-start losing streak.
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"You can't accept pretty good results when you walk six guys," Lincecum said. "It's almost like a guy's on every inning. Obviously you're not helping yourself or your team with a back-against-the-wall kind of situation."

The right-hander has walked six, allowed two earned runs, 11 hits and struck out 28 in 21 2-3 innings while going 2-1 on the road this season. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last road start, an 8-1 victory at Colorado on April 18.

Lincecum, 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts at Washington, needs one more double-digit strikeout game to surpass Christy Mathewson for the most in franchise history with 29. However, the Nationals' 169 strikeouts are among the fewest in the NL.

The Giants (12-12) have won eight of 10 at Washington and should have more confidence after opening their 10-game trip by taking two of three at Pittsburgh. Aaron Rowand had three RBIs and stole home as part of a double steal in Thursday's 5-2 win.

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"When you're not swinging the bat, you try to think of ways you can create runs," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, whose team has averaged 2.7 runs while losing five of seven.

Rowand is a lifetime .327 hitter versus Washington, but is 2 for 20 against scheduled starter Jason Marquis. Teammate Pablo Sandoval is 4 for 11 with two homers against Marquis, and 6 for 15 his last four games overall.

Marquis (2-0, 3.55) will try to win his third straight start for the Nationals (11-13) while facing the Giants for the first time since 2009 while with Colorado. He's pitched well against San Francisco, going 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 10 starts.

The right-hander has not allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts, and yielded that many in six innings of a 6-3 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"Jason really competes," manager Jim Riggleman told the Nationals' official website. "It's good to see him out there competing."

Ian Desmond homered and Jayson Werth drove in a run as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over New York on Thursday. Desmond also had a triple in his first game back after missing the previous two to be with his wife, who gave birth to their first son.

"Watching the games the last two days, it seemed like the team needed a little spark," Desmond said.

Werth, 6 for 15 the last four games, is 3 for 9 with a homer versus Lincecum.

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Giants lineup: Ryder Jones hitting seventh in MLB debut vs Mets

Called up on Saturday morning, Ryder Jones will man the hot corner and bat seventh in his MLB debut against the Mets.

New York Mets:
Lineup not posted yet

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Sharks conclude 2017 NHL Draft with five more forwards in the system

Sharks conclude 2017 NHL Draft with five more forwards in the system

CHICAGO – After nabbing a center in the first round on Friday, the Sharks added four more forwards and one defenseman to conclude the second day of the annual NHL Entry Draft on Saturday, held this year at United Center.

The Sharks weren’t explicitly trying to restock their forward cabinet, according to general manager Doug Wilson and scouting director Tim Burke, although the club did make two separate moves in surrendering some later round picks to move up in the fourth round (to take center Scott Reedy) and sixth round (to take left wing Sasha Chmelevski).

First, though, it was defenseman Mario Ferraro in the second round at 49th overall. The offensive defenseman was a player that the Sharks targeted, using the pick they acquired from New Jersey last Friday as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.

“He’s got a lot of speed, offensive guy, exciting,” Burke said. “Puck-moving type of guy.”

Wilson said: “We’re very pleased with the d-man. He’s a very dynamic, athletic guy, great skater. He was a guy that we moved up a little bit aggressively to get because that round, you could see people going after who they wanted. He is a guy that we identified.”

After moving up from the fifth round to the fourth round last Friday, again because of the Mueller trade, the Sharks jumped up 21 more spots in the fourth round by obtaining the Rangers pick at 102nd overall for the 123rd and 174th selections.

Center Scott Reedy is a player that Burke has high hopes for, projecting the Minnesota native as a “second line right winger [with] high-end potential.” Burke pointed out that Reedy, who is friends with first round pick Josh Norris, occasionally played on the same line with Norris for each of the last two seasons with the U.S. Under-18 team.

“He’s a big, strong forward that can play both positions (center and right wing),” Burke said.

Right wing Jacob McGrew, an Orange, CA native, went to the Sharks in the fifth round despite missing all of his first season in junior with a lower body injury suffered in training camp with Spokane (WHL).

“We knew about him before he went up there,” Burke said. “He’s a California kid. … If he was healthy he probably would have gone earlier.”

The Sharks again moved up to snag Huntington Beach native and center Chmelevski at 185 overall, and made their sixth and final pick in the 212th position by taking left wing Ivan Chekhovich in the seventh round. Both players look to have some offensive skill, based on their numbers and Youtube highlights.

Burke was surprised that both players were around so late.

“I thought they had pretty good years and they kind of slipped in the draft,” he said. “We weighed that versus some other more project-type guys, and we thought they had more offense and finish to their game. They just kept sliding, so we took a chance on them.”

Wilson said: “We moved up for the guys we wanted, and then there were some skilled guys at the end that we were surprised were still there. … We’ll go back and take a look how it all went, but we feel, I think, really good about where we ended up with this.”