W's big men Biedrins, Turiaf back to practice

W's big men Biedrins, Turiaf back to practice

It's not like theyre conceding their next two games at Memphis and New Orleans but you do get the sense the Warriors are looking ahead a little bit. Can you blame them? Sometime after Christmas, most likely against Phoenix on Saturday or Boston next Monday, the Warriors are going to have what looks like a full roster. Or at least as full as it's going to get this season. Yes, centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf are coming back soon. Both Biedrins (abdominal strain) and Turiaf (sprained left knee) took part in the entire Warriors' practice on Monday, and it's apparent they're going to be returning sooner rather than later. They're not expected back for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies or the following night against the Hornets, but then they'll be on the clock. "We'll have to wait and see when they get out onto the floor, but it was good seeing them get up and run, with a little contact," Monta Ellis said. "It's a plus for us. Biedrins is on the way back, same for Ronny. Like I said, we need those two big guys. We're short-handed, and that's going to turn our team around." That remains to be seen. But at least the Warriors will get a better look at what they really have. Warriors coach Don Nelson has maintained much of the season that it's been impossible to evaluate this team because of the abundance of injuries. No, the Warriors aren't going to get Kelenna Azubuike and Brandan Wright back in 2009-10, but this is as whole as they're going to get. At the very least, it sets up a January where you can better assess the Warriors. Biedrins, the team's leading rebounder in each of the past three seasons, has played just four games this season. Ditto for Turiaf: Just four games. "We know we don't have all our guys," Anthony Randolph said. "We miss Ronny and Biedrins, and they're two big parts of our team. Once we get them back, it's kind of like we're starting over again with our full team." Not only will it be possible to begin to assess the Warriors upon their return, but it also will be possible to start assessing Nelson. Said Nelson: "I've been fair game all year. Doesn't matter if were healthy or not."Monta Ellis, who suffered a left thigh contusion in the third quarter of the game against Washington on Friday, did some shooting on the side and individual work while the team practiced. Ellis, who didnt practice on Sunday, said he will play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.