What they're saying: Roenick likes 'Sharks in 6'


What they're saying: Roenick likes 'Sharks in 6'

May 15, 2011
CSNBayArea.com staff

Former Shark and current Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick sent out a tweet a little more than an hour before the drop of the puck that he was picking the Sharks to win in 6.

The Twitter account @Jeremy_Roenick posted the following message at 3:43 p.m.
"Ok game 1 of west! Yikes. Van took 3 of 4 from sj during the year. I think sharks r playing better and will take the sharks in 6!"

PHT VIDEO: Roenick, Jones preview Game 1

A selection of some other tweets from Roenick throughout the day included the following:

- @baseballdonnie I am a huge logan couture fan!! He's the all around package my friends!
- @Sharks_Pats_365 against Van u gotta play really stingy defense!! And physical. They won't back down but wear down.
- @bigvin11 I'm far from the coolest guy V!! But I like hangin w u guys! Even the haters! I appreciate everyones opinion

What kind of chess game will take place between Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Vancouver's Alain Vigneault?

Reporter Jim Jamieson of The Province newspaper in Vancouver breaks it down with a coach's eye:

The Sharks may try to get their No. 1 line of Joe Thornton between Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi out against Kesler -hoping that it deflects more of his energies to the defensive side of the puck, as it did with the Jonathan Toews line in the Chicago series.Vancouver's matchup of choice in the four regular season games against the Sharks was to sic Manny Malhotra and his third line on Thornton. But with Malhotra's season-ending eye injury that's not an option -so Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault may be OK with Kesler-Thornton when he gets last change in the first two games at Rogers Arena.San Jose coach Todd McLellan appeared to seek a Thornton-Sedins matchup in the regular season, so we'll see how that shakes out.NHL.com weighed in with six key questions for the series, and the topics were predictably juicy.
- Will the Sedins be the Sedins everyone recognizes?- Can Patrick Marleau ride the momentum?- Which goalie bends first?- Can the Sharks control the Canucks' top forwards?- How does Alain Vigneault deploy Ryan Kesler?- Will Jumbo continue to be a two-way force?

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'


Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers. 

Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres


Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres

The Giants fell to the Padres on Thursday night, but Bruce decided to make no changes to his batting order for Friday.

San Diego Padres (41-54)

Lineup still to come

San Francisco Giants (37-60)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P