April 11, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt Steinmetz
Those expecting a quick decision on the fate of Warriors coach Keith Smart are likely to be disappointed.We're entering evaluation mode.Warriors owner Joe Lacob indicated during a brief conversation on Monday that an announcement on Smart won't be coming immediately following the season, and that it might be a couple of weeks or more before any decision is made on the coach's future.The Warriors' season comes to an end Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena.Smart replaced Don Nelson on Sept. 27, less than a week from the start of training camp. He was given a one-year deal with only a partial guarantee for 2011-12.
Lacob officially took over the Warriors in November, but he has acknowledged he had a hand in the coaching change. Lacob has been consistent regarding his approach to both Smart and general manager Larry Riley -- saying he will wait until the end of the season and then evaluate them along with all of basketball operations.Conventional wisdom remains that Riley likely will have his option for 2011-12 picked up, and he will return. But Smart's situation is more unclear.Smart took an injury-depleted, 26-win team from last season and has it at 35-45 with two games remaining. That will rank among the the top-five most improved teams from a season ago.In the first weeks of his tenure, Lacob talked about making a "bold" move and then expressed disappointment when the Warriors couldn't make a deal at the February deadline.
Anything you can do, I can do better.
A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.
Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.
Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.
Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.
In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.
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After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP
Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP