Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Play the kids?


Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Play the kids?

Sep. 5, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Happy Labor Day, everyone. No hard work here. Just five MLB-related questions to ponder as you fire up the grill.1) Should the Giants start playing the kids, or do they stay the veteran-laden course until the math says they're done?
If you answer along the lines of the latter, you win today's Optimist of the Week award.2) Does the thought of Billy Beane leaving the A's for another GM job disturb you in any way?
Or do you really think he's lost his magic touch? Remember, this is a game that moves in cycles.3) Are you sick of the Yankees?
If you are, you might want to stay away from your television set for the next couple of months, because they're starting to look like they'll be in the spotlight for quite some time.4) Should instant replay be expanded?
We've been seeing an awful lot of calls blown lately, underscoring the need to get the big ones right. Is the NFL really smarter than the men who run baseball?5) If you're starting a franchise from scratch and can select any player in the game to build around, who is it?
Do you go with a young ace? An everyday player with massive upside? An established veteran to show everyone how to be a winner? Options abound.Don's forget to leave your thoughts below, folks. Let us know how you'd handle today's Daily 5.

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer


At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.

Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.

Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.