Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year deal

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Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year deal

Dec. 1, 2010
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

The Giants have reached a tentative agreement with Pat Burrell to bring the right-handed slugger back to San Francisco for the 2011 season, a major league source close to the situation told CSNBayArea.com.

Financial terms were unavailable, but the deal reportedly comes at a discounted rate with respect to the 9 million Burrell received from the Tampa Bay Rays last season. The deal is said to have multiple financial incentive clauses attached.

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The Rays cut Burrell after he hit .202 with two home runs in 24 games. He was then signed to a minor league contract by the Giants and eventually earned himself the starting left field position, playing a key role in the run to the World Series.

It's expected that Burrell, 34, will have the chanceto earn back the starting left field position come spring training.

REWIND: Giants win World Series

Burrell, 34, hit 18 home runs in 96 games for the Giants, batting at a .266 clip, but will be most remembered for his late inning heroics. Perhaps the most memorable was a game-winning, two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Dodgers on July 31 at AT&T Park.

He had a difficult World Series, going 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts. He had 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats overall during the postseason.
Pending a physical, Burrell will rejoin his good friend Aubrey Huff, who re-signed with San Francisco on Nov. 23. Burrell is a Bay Area native who played high school ball at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.

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The deal likely won't be officially announced until Friday.

Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area Newsgroup was the first to report the deal was imminent.

Looney doubtful for Warriors game in Memphis with ankle injury

Looney doubtful for Warriors game in Memphis with ankle injury

The Warriors may not have the services of Kevon Looney Saturday in Memphis.

The second-year forward is listed as doubtful for the game against the Grizzlies with a sprained left ankle.

Looney saw just over three minutes of action in the Warriors' 106-99 win over the Jazz on Thursday night. He scored four points and blocked one shot.

In 20 games this season, Looney is averaging 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in eight minutes per contest.

The Warriors and Grizzlies tip-off at 5pm PT on CSN Bay Area. Warriors Pregame Live begins at 4pm PT.

Stanford tops North Carolina on PKs, advances to NCAA final

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Stanford tops North Carolina on PKs, advances to NCAA final

HOUSTON — For the second straight season, Stanford found itself depending on penalty kicks to advance to the College Cup final.

Like last season, the Cardinal came out on top. After each team converted its first nine attempts in the tiebreaker, Amir Bashti made it 10-for-10 for Stanford. Tar Heels defender Alex Comsia then sent his try over the crossbar to end it, giving Stanford a 10-9 win.

"They had just as many good chances as us, and it could have been a 1-0 game either way," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said.

Stanford (14-3-5) will face Wake Forest in the College Cup final on Sunday in search of its second straight national championship.

"It's not his fault. We could have done things in the game to have his back," North Carolina defender Colton Storm said of Comsia's miss. "It could have been any of us."

"It's the nature of the game," North Carolina coach Carlos Somoano said. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. Sometimes there's moments you seize the moments, and sometimes it runs away from you."

North Carolina (14-3-4) had the two best chances of the game. Late in the second half, forward Alan Winn was denied by goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who made a nice save with his legs.

Later, Epstein made the best save of the match in the final seconds of the second overtime on a shot from forward Tucker Hume. After gaining possession in the right side of the 18-yard box, Hume unleashed a shot that Epstein deflected wide with his legs.

"He made the plays to keep the game at 0, and he deserves credit," Somoano said.

After a flurry of corner kicks and a free kick in an attacking area, Stanford had the best opportunity to score in the first overtime on a header from Drew Skundrich, but he put if over goalkeeper James Pyle, who had six saves. Foster Langsdorf, the Stanford goal leader who scored in the team's first three tournament games and has 15 on the season, had three shots and two on goal but was unable to break the deadlock before the game went to penalty kicks.

"Any result like that is going to be tough to swallow," Storm said. "Stanford's a really good team. We each had our chances. National semifinal, it's going to be tough to swallow no matter what."

While Epstein was unable to stop any of North Carolina's penalties in the shootout, his saves late in the game enabled Stanford to continue its quest for a repeat.

"Andy's never really attracted much attention, but when you're his coach you appreciate him," Gunn said. "You can depend on him."

Stanford has won 15 of its last 18 games after starting the season with three ties and a loss. The Cardinal have yet to concede a goal through four tournament games, while North Carolina's season ends after a third consecutive tournament shutout.

After winning the first national championship in program history last season, Gunn praised his team for continuing to push forward this season.

"It's incredible," Gunn said. "You've always got to be optimistic. There's no point in being anything else. We started the year so well in January. I thought, 'These players are so hungry.'"