Wounded Giants hand ball to Lincecum vs. Brewers

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Wounded Giants hand ball to Lincecum vs. Brewers

May 27, 2011

GIANTS (27-22) vs.
MILWAUKEE (27-23)

Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

(AP) -- Shaun Marcum has been the ace on a Milwaukee Brewers team that's recorded three straight sweeps at Miller Park while putting together the best home record in the major leagues.The San Francisco Giants may have the answer for that in Tim Lincecum.Coming off a dominant effort, Lincecum will take the mound for the Giants against Marcum, who seeks his NL-leading seventh win in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Lincecum (4-4, 2.06 ERA) is coming off a game manager Bruce Bochy said "has got to be right up there with his best performance." The right-hander pitched a three-hitter and struck out six in a 3-0 win over Oakland on Saturday.
REWIND: Lincecum magnificent, Giants blank A's
Lincecum threw 133 pitches, the second-highest total of his career, but didn't seem fazed."I think it just goes back to having good rhythm throughout the game. Not expending yourself too much to allow yourself, if you get into a jam, to take it to another level," he said.The two-time NL CY Young Award winner has a 60-31 career record, but among NL foes, Lincecum has losing marks only against Washington and Milwaukee. He's 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in seven starts versus the Brewers, with both wins coming in his last two visits to Wisconsin as he held Milwaukee to one run and eight hits with 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Related: Tim Lincecum 2011 game logs
Lincecum is 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in four starts this month, and he now gets to face a Brewers team that has won six in a row overall."It's going to be a big challenge," Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder said. "They're a great team, but we've been playing good. Hopefully we can come out on top."Fielder is 4 for 14 with five strikeouts and left fielder Ryan Braun is 6 for 18 with two homers against Lincecum.Following sweeps of Pittsburgh and Colorado at home, Milwaukee took its third straight from the Nationals with a 6-4 win Wednesday and moved to 19-6 on its own field. The Brewers are one short of the franchise record for the longest home winning streak set July 8-29, 1979.
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"I felt all along our team would go on a roll somewhere," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I didn't know where it would be or when it would be."Roenicke will look to Marcum (6-1, 2.37) to keep the roll going. The right-hander hasn't lost in nine games since his season debut and has surrendered one run or fewer six times.He gave up a run, four hits and had a season high-tying eight strikeouts in eight innings of a 3-2 win against the Rockies on Saturday.In his only other start against the Giants, Marcum didn't receive a decision after allowing two runs and five walks in five innings for Toronto in a 9-6 loss June 20.One player Marcum won't face this time is Buster Posey. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is likely lost for the season after breaking his left leg in a home plate collision Wednesday in a loss to Florida.Minus Posey on Thursday, the Giants (27-22) dropped their third straight, 1-0 to the Marlins. Eli Whiteside was 0 for 2 as Posey's replacement."That's our cleanup hitter and one of the best hitters in baseball. I'll do my best and play my game, but I'm not going to try to be Buster Posey," Whiteside said.San Francisco swept a four-game set at Milwaukee in July and has taken seven of the last eight meetings there.

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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NHL Gameday: Sharks face Preds, look to rebound from 'crap' performance

NHL Gameday: Sharks face Preds, look to rebound from 'crap' performance

Programming note – Sharks-Predators coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 42-25-7, 91 points, 1st Pacific Division
Predators: 37-25-11, 85 points, 4th Central Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***The freefalling Sharks will again try to put an end to their losing streak in their only visit to Nashville tonight. Friday night’s unsightly 6-1 loss in Dallas, their fifth straight in regulation, was surely their worst game of the season. Their typically strong defensive game handed the Stars all kinds of opportunities that they cashed in on.

“Uncharacteristic missed coverage," Pete DeBoer said of the Stars' third goal in which Jamie Benn was left uncovered, "but [I] think that you could say that about six of the goals – breakaways, two-on-ones. Just, crap. Not very good.”

Despite having a nine-point lead on the division on the morning of March 15, the Sharks are now tied in points with Anaheim (San Jose owns the tiebreaker, so is still officially in first place). The Ducks are idle Saturday, but Edmonton, two points back, is hosting putrid Colorado.

Nashville is 5-1-0 in its last six games, and 6-1-0 in its last seven at home.

***The Sharks have managed just five goals over their five regulation losses. Two of those scores have come on the power play, including one on a five-on-three; Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal against St. Louis deflected in off of a Blues player, and one of Patrick Marleau’s two markers in Minnesota on Tuesday came in large part to a miscommunication between Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Suter.

They are simply not generating anything lately.

“Some teams are doing a good job of taking some of our plays away, but it’s on us as players,” Joe Pavelski said. “You’ve got to win some battles, you've got to create some energy, some speed throughout the team. It’s hasn’t been one guy. It’s been all of us. We’re in this together. We’ll change it as a group."

***There was no morning skate on Saturday, so no word on whether Vlasic would be in the lineup after he took just one shift in the third period on Friday before departing.

The Sharks are 2-3-1 in the six games Vlasic has missed this season, including Tuesday in Minnesota when he was out with the flu. Just one of the two wins came in regulation (Jan. 7 against Detroit).

If he’s out, Dylan DeMelo will presumably draw back in on the third pair.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Tomas Hertl. It didn’t take long for Hertl to be bumped up to the Joe Thornton line after Friday’s game started to go sour. In the first period, Hertl looked like one of the few Sharks players actually performing decently, and he finished with a team-high four shots on goal. He remains without a point in his last 11 games, though.

Predators: James Neal. The Predators forward has goals in each of his two games against the Sharks this season, and is third on the Predators with 21 overall. After scoring in three straight games from March 11-16, Neal hasn’t found the scoresheet in his last three.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Jannik Hansen – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Marcus Sorensen – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (likely starter)
Aaron Dell

Predators
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal
Colin Wilson – Colton Sissons – Craig Smith
Cody McLeod – Vern Fiddler – Austin Watson

Romas Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne
Jusse Saros

INJURIES

Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (possible lower body) and Melker Karlsson (lower body) are questionable.

Predators: Mike Fisher (lower body) is questionable.

QUOTEABLE

"The nice thing about this is we get to go back at it again tomorrow. There’s going to be no excuse for not playing hard tomorrow.” – Brenden Dillon, after Friday night’s loss in Dallas