Giants Decline to Exercise Renteria's Option

Giants Decline to Exercise Renteria's Option

Nov. 3, 2010GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

SANFRANCISCO (AP) The champion San Francisco Giants declined to exercisetheir 9.5 million option on World Series MVP Edgar Renteria onThursday, instead paying him a 500,000 buyout.It's no surprise because the 34-year-old Renteria is consideringretirement after an injury-plagued season. Still, the Giants had tomake the decision only three days after Renteria's tiebreakingthree-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning Monday night helpedSan Francisco win the franchise's first title since moving West in 1958."He was obviously a big reason we won, not just the last game butthe whole playoff run,'' said Bobby Evans, the Giants' vice presidentof baseball operations. Edgar played a huge role, whether in theclubhouse, on the field, or his leadership and his professionalism andhis ability to string together some very good games and big hits forus.''The shortstop said Wednesday he will rest for a while before determining his future."It's always hard to think about retiring,'' Renteria said afterthe team's victory parade. "I want to rest. Whew, I feel great.''A five-time All-Star, Renteria batted .412 (7 for 17) with twohomers and six RBIs in the Series. He had all of three home runs and 22RBIs during an injury-filled regular season that included three stintson the disabled list.At the end, he played through a torn biceps muscle. He rarely was pain-free this year when he was on the field.Renteria's trips to the disabled list were because of a strainedright groin (May 6-22 and May 25-June 16) and a strained left biceps(Aug. 11-Sept. 1). His 72 games were the fewest of his 15-year bigleague career. In fact, he had never been below 106 games before.Renteria might just decide to go out on top - often somethingplayers hope for when leaving the game. He is a career .287 hitter with135 home runs and 887 RBIs for the Marlins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves,Tigers and Giants.In 1997, his 11th-inning single led Florida past Cleveland for thetitle. Renteria made the final out for St. Louis in Boston's 2004 WorldSeries win."He's a guy we're glad we brought here. Despite the injuries thisyear, he still found a way and he stuck it out to contribute,'' Evanssaid. "He fought through it. He's a great baseball man and aconsummate professional. A World Series MVP says it all.''

Raiders 'continue to fight,' score 29 unanswered points in latest comeback

Raiders 'continue to fight,' score 29 unanswered points in latest comeback

ALAMEDA – The Buffalo Bills were in firm control of the Raiders on Sunday afternoon. That was the case well into the third quarter.

Then this game turned upside down.

The Raiders scored 29 unanswered points in just over 15 minutes. They erased a two-score Buffalo lead in the second half by doing everything they couldn’t do at the start.

The 34-28 victory was the Raiders’ sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, but this one was special. They went from 0 to 60 in a snap.

The Raiders were down 24-9 before that big surge, but the mood was hardly somber.

“We don’t dwell too much on the score,” receiver Michael Crabtree said. “We don’t say, ‘We’re down 15 and we need this.’ We don’t panic. We don’t sweat. We just go out and play ball.”

The Raiders played some of their best ball this season during that stretch.

They consistently halted drives on defense, including three straight three-and-outs to start the surge. They created turnovers in key moments. Special teams tightened up. And, of course, the offense got rolling after playing with pace.

“It felt like everything was smooth and working out,” left guard Kelechi Osemele said. “The confidence keeps building on this team.”

During that blitzkrieg, the Raiders out-gained Buffalo 212-8. It was all out dominance, the Raiders have been looking to play for four full quarters. That’s been largely elusive, but they’ve learned to clamp down and execute when it matters most.

Several Raiders were asked what was more impressive: The 29, or the 0.

Picking wasn’t a common response. Most focused on why this team is able to rally, and why they did so against Buffalo.

“We just continue to fight, continue to believe,” edge rusher Bruce Irvin said. “29 unanswered is hard to do in this league. Buffalo has an explosive offense. Hats off to us and to Derek Carr for continuing to believe in us, continuing to battle and put points on the board.”

Mack makes more clutch plays vs Bills: 'Those are moments you live for'

Mack makes more clutch plays vs Bills: 'Those are moments you live for'

OAKLAND – Khalil Mack had a strip sack and recovered his own forced fumble that virtually secured a Raiders victory.

The star edge rusher did that last week against Carolina, and again on Sunday to beat Buffalo. The box score displays them the same, but this clincher was different. Mack slow-played Jordan Mills, jogging toward him before a strong blow knocked the right tackle back.

He cut inside the space he created, chased Tyrod Taylor down and swung down on the quarterback’s throwing hand. The ball came free and lay on the ground before him, waiting for him to pick up.

Then the Oakland Coliseum showed its appreciation with this: “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!”

Mack heard it, and wasn’t sure it was for him.

“Was Steph Curry in the crowd? I didn’t know he showed up today,” Mack said with a smile after Sunday's 38-24 victory over Buffalo. “It is what it is. I’m just ballin’ and trying to make plays.”

Mack is making tons of them. In addition to his strip sack and fumble recovery, he tipped a pass Nate Allen intercepted with ease. He finished with seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Mack now has 58 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception on the season.

Many of those plays came in the clutch. Mack isn’t just a stat collector. He shows up in important moments, when his team needs them.

“Those are times you live for, making plays in those moments,” Mack said. “You want to step up and stamp the win. That’s what it’s all about for me.”

That makes him extremely valuable to the Raiders. Even so, the MVP is typically reserved for offensive players. Defensive Player of the Year? Mack has to be a frontrunner in that race.

“Khalil Mack is really making his mark on these ball games,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He just keeps showing up huge, and that’s what great players do. Khalil’s a great player."