Vogelsong, Giants shut out Dodgers 5-0


Vogelsong, Giants shut out Dodgers 5-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ryan Vogelsong's selection for the All-Star game might have raised a few eyebrows. Now that the right-hander leads the National League in ERA, the critics may have to quiet down.Vogelsong pitched into the seventh inning and combined with two relievers on a seven-hitter to lead San Francisco to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night."This guy's done everything and beyond since he's come up here," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who ran the NL team and picked Vogelsong for the squad. "It's nice to see him finally qualify and now maybe get recognized as he should."Vogelsong (7-1), coming off his first All-Star appearance, scattered seven hits over 6 2-3 innings, finishing with five strikeouts and a walk while lowering his ERA to 2.02.
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The journeyman right-hander already had the lowest ERA in the NL but hadn't logged enough innings to qualify. Four days shy of his 34th birthday, he finally has the top spot, just ahead of Atlanta's Jair Jurjjens."Doesn't matter," Vogelsong said. "It's important for me to prove (Bochy) right. They can say whatever they want to say. It doesn't bother me one bit but he stuck his neck out for me to pick me so I want to show people he made a good decision."Pablo Sandoval had three hits, including his ninth homer, for NL West-leading San Francisco, which has won eight of 10. Nate Schierholtz added two hits and an RBI, continuing his torrid pace that started when Bochy moved him into the cleanup spot last week.Cody Ross' two-run double in San Francisco's four-run sixth helped the Giants break it open.Juan Uribe had two singles against his former club but the Dodgers hit into two double plays and were shut out for the 10th time this season while losing their fifth straight against their division rivals.Chad Billingsley (8-8) yielded five runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He had allowed only four runs in his previous four starts but his ERA jumped to 4.07 after his shaky outing against San Francisco."He kept missing spots," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "When you do that you end up getting hurt."Vogelsong retired the first eight batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until Matt Kemp's one-out single in the fourth. Juan Rivera followed with a soft dribbler to the right side on a hit-and-run, moving Kemp to third, but Vogelsong got out of it with some nifty defense of his own.James Loney hit a grounder back up the middle that Vogelsong bobbled momentarily before recovering and throwing to shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose relay to first just beat Loney to complete the double play.The Dodgers had two runners on with no outs in the sixth but Kemp grounded into a double play and Vogelsong got Rivera to pop out to shortstop to end the threat.Jeremy Affeldt and Ramon Ramirez finished up after Vogelsong departed.The Giants gave Vogelsong plenty of support.Schierholtz had an RBI single in the big sixth inning and is batting .417 (10 for 24) in five games in the cleanup spot. San Francisco is 5-0 in those games.Sandoval connected on Billingsley's first pitch in the bottom of the fourth. The third baseman also singled and scored in the sixth."I hope this is more us than what we were doing earlier in the season," Bochy said. "You can't depend on this pitching on a daily basis, so this is a good thing what we're seeing."Crawford entered the game after the Giants lost Miguel Tejada to a lower abdominal strain in the third inning. The veteran infielder bobbled Rafael Furcal's sharp grounder for an error, then slid to the turf.RELATED: Giants' Tejada leaves game with abdominal strain
A team trainer and Bochy came out to check on Tejada, and the three walked off the field together.Earlier in the day the Giants were invited to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday in honor of the team's World Series win last year.The White House said Obama also will recognize the Giants' efforts to give back to the community."It's going to be very special," Bochy said. "I'm certainly looking forward to it. The guys can spend some time there and get a chance to meet the president, which is always an honor. It's going to be a thrill for everybody."NOTES: Billingsley didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. ... San Francisco backup C Chris Stewart left in the sixth after getting hit in the back of the head by Aaron Miles' bat. Eli Whiteside replaced him. ... Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez allowed six runs in 2 2-3 innings of his first rehab start but Bochy remains encouraged. Sanchez will pitch again Friday for Triple-A Fresno. ... Dodgers INF Casey Blake (cervical strain) is eligible to come off the disabled list but is still receiving cortisone injections and will remain out indefinitely. ... Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and actor Benjamin Bratt were among those in attendance.

Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas drew a foul on Joshua Yaro in the penalty area to set up the penalty kick in the 95th minute. With his 10th goal, Wondolowski became the first player in MLS history with eight straight double-digit seasons.

Roland Alberg scored in the 55th to put Philadelphia (8-11-6) up 2-1.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored three minutes for San Joe (9-10-6). He eluded two defenders before punching it between two more defenders.

Jack Elliott tied it in the 35th with his first goal of the season, knocking the ball in on the left side of the net.

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

OAKLAND – Raiders cornerback Sean Smith had a rough week. He’s losing grip on a starting spot, but that concern pales in comparison to mounting legal issues that put him in a Los Angeles County jail Thursday morning.

He was formally charged with felony assault and battery for beating his sister’s boyfriend on July 4 in his hometown of Pasadena, surrendered to authorities and was released on an $80,000 bond.

He was back in the East Bay to play Saturday’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a third cornerback entering in sub packages. Smith had two tackles and a nice pass defensed in the end zone.

Smith’s legal issues shouldn’t stop him from playing and practicing with the team in the near future. He has an arraignment sent for Sept. 29, where will plead not guilty and fight the charges levied against him.

“We’ll let him battle what issues he has legally,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I don’t have much to add to it. You hear the story of him defending his sister, and things occurred that have been taken issue with, so he's having to defend himself right now.”

An NFL spokesman said the league is looking into the matter, but didn’t have further comment at this time. It’s possible the league could place Smith on the commissioner’s exemption list, an option for players charged with violent offenses. He would essentially go on paid leave if that were the case. Smith will make $9.5 million in guaranteed money this season.

Smith will battle TJ Carrie and first-round cornerback Gareon Conley – he remains on the PUP list with a shin injury – for playing time in the Raiders defense. He practiced better last week, but must show consistency to get back in the team’s good graces.