From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 9, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One fortunate fan will get a chance to take swings off Tim Lincecum next spring. The Giants ace is challenging fans to a video competition in which they are asked to duplicate his unorthodox delivery on video for an opportunity to hit -- or strike out, for that matter -- against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner at spring training next year. The entry period for fans to submit their best version of the right-hander's pitching motion began Tuesday and goes through Sept. 16. They can go to facebook.comtimlincecum. Lincecum says the "Red Bull Ultimate" competition will be judged in multiple rounds based on creativity, originality, performance and skill level, and demonstrated passion for the sport and Lincecum. Entries are limited to one per person. Lincecum, the shaggy haired four-time All-Star, is 10-9 with a 2.69 ERA and 165 strikeouts this season for the reigning World Series champions.
The injury bug continues to hit Eduardo Nunez.
Bruce Bochy announced 90 minutes before the Giants' game Friday night that Nunez has been placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 20 for an ailing hamstring injury.
In a corresponding move, the Giants activated Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento.
Nunez exited early on June 15 in Colorado. He beat out an infield single, but had trouble stopping after reaching base and signaled for trainer Dave Groeschner.
On June 19 Nunez returned to the lineup, but has not played since.
Throughout the season Nunez has battled hamstring issues. When healthy, he's been consistent at the plate while playing multiple positions.
Nunez is batting .299 with 17 doubles and has stolen 17 bases in 64 games played this season.
CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first round draft selection on Friday night to select Josh Norris, a center from Michigan.
San Jose stayed in the 19th position in the first round, where it was originally slotted, to take Norris. The six-foot, 189-pounder posted 61 points (27g, 34a) in 61 games with the U.S. National Under-18 team last season, and added 26 points (12g, 14a) in 25 games in the USHL. He has committed to the University of Michigan for the 2017-18 season.
Norris became the Sharks’ first North American-born first round pick since Charlie Coyle in 2010. Their previous four first round selections were born in Europe.
Norris’ father, Dwayne, was drafted 127th overall by Quebec in 1990 and played in 20 games with the club from 1990-93.
Just before making the pick, general manager Doug Wilson had a quick chat with Washington general manager Brian MacLellan, but nothing apparently came of it.
The Sharks had never selected a player 19th overall in their history. Notable players around the league selected in that spot include Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay, 2012), Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton, 2011), Nick Bjugstad (Florida, 2010), Chris Kreider (Rangers, 2009), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim, 2003) and Keith Tkachuk (Winnipeg, 1990).
The Sharks have seven more selections on Saturday when the draft resumes at 7 a.m. PT, including the 49th overall pick in the second round, acquired from New Jersey as part of the Mirco Mueller trade earlier in the week. They also own one fourth round pick, two in the sixth round, and three in the seventh round.
Swiss native Nico Hischier went first overall to the New Jersey Devils, while the Philadelphia Flyers selected Nolan Patrick second.
Recent Sharks first round draft picks
2016 – None
2015 – Timo Meier (9th overall)
2014 – Nikolay Goldobin (27th overall)
2013 – Mirco Mueller (18th overall)
2012 – Tomas Hertl (17th overall)
2011 – None
2010 – Charlie Coyle (28th overall)
2009 – None
2008 – None
2007 – Logan Couture (9th overall), Nick Petrecki (28th overall)