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.
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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.
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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.

Couture fights through illness to push Sharks over Lightning

Couture fights through illness to push Sharks over Lightning

SAN JOSE – Logan Couture didn’t skate against the Kings on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, but that sure didn’t mean he was feeling all that energetic to play against the Lightning on Thursday.

The 27-year-old center had a pretty rough start to his week. He was unable to finish Monday’s game against Winnipeg, and then couldn’t go on the quick road trip to Southern California on Tuesday, either.

We’ll let him explain.

"I wasn't feeling too well during the [Winnipeg] game, had an IV during that game, and came off. Didn't have enough energy to finish that game. Went home. Started throwing up a bunch and actually went to the hospital, got a couple more IVs. Slept that night, didn't make it through the night, threw up a couple more times. Didn't really get any sleep, so I talked to [Sharks trainer Ray Tufts] and he told me to stay home, and not come on the trip.
 
"Didn't get any food in my throat for about 48 hours. It was a tough little stretch, and finally yesterday I was able to get back to normal. I think it was just a stomach bug, but it hit pretty hard. I think I lost six pounds. So, it was a tough couple days.”

Despite all that, Couture managed to have an impact in the Sharks’ 2-1 win over the Lightning. And not just a minor impact, either, as he scored the game-winning goal early in the third period in a game in which the Sharks as a team were understandably sluggish at times but still found a way.

"I thought he was excellent. Gutsy effort by him coming back in,” said coach Pete DeBoer, who slightly limited Couture’s minutes.

The winning goal came when Couture’s linemates, Kevin Labanc and Joonas Donskoi, fought for a loose puck behind the Tampa Bay net. Labanc managed to poke it to Couture, who had pushed away from Tyler Johnson and found just enough space inside the far post with his shot to break a 1-1 tie on the opening shift of the third period.

Goalie Aaron Dell made it hold up, making some clutch third period saves on Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula, in particular.

After allowing a bad goal in Calgary last week that cost the Sharks at least one point in the standings, Dell was outstanding on a night that his teammates needed him.

"I've given up a lot of goals in my life. I think it's pretty easy to let it go now, but I really wanted to come back and make a good impression after that,” he said.

Ryan Carpenter, familiar with Dell from their days on the Barracuda together last season, said: “He made some big saves tonight. That’s just what he does. Whenever he plays, he always does well somehow. It’s nice to be a part of it, and see him get that one tonight.”

Carpenter played a role, too, getting the Sharks a 1-0 lead with his second career NHL goal five minutes into the middle frame. He was the beneficiary of a long shift by the Sharks in the Tampa Bay end, firing in a Paul Martin feed off of Nikita Nesterov’s leg.

"That was just off a line change,” DeBoer said. “He got out there a little bit early and made a great play. Big goal for us."

The Sharks were in survival mode earlier in the game, one day after recording one of their more satisfying, complete wins of the season over the rival Kings. Tampa Bay recorded eight of the first nine shots on goal, and San Jose was having particular trouble moving the puck out of their own end and through the neutral zone. 

After Carpenter’s goal, and a remarkable power play score by Jonathan Drouin tied it, the message in the dressing room in the second intermission was to go out and win the third period.

"Guys did a good job in the locker room going out in the third and just understanding what’s at stake," Joe Pavelski said. "There’s two big points, it doesn’t matter your opponent that you’re playing, you’ve got to go find it."

They did, courtesy of Couture, even if his pads were a little looser than normal from his sudden and unexpected diet.

Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

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Humphrey scores 21 to help Stanford beat Oregon State 62-46

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Michael Humphrey had 21 points and Marcus Allen added a career-high 12 to lead Stanford to a 62-46 victory Thursday night over Oregon State, keeping the Beavers winless in Pac-12 conference play.

It was the third straight win for the Cardinal (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12), coming off a pair of victories at home last week against the league's Washington schools.

Stephen Thompson Jr. led the Beavers (4-15, 0-6) with 15 points. Oregon State, which trailed by as many as 17 points late after jumping out to an early nine-point lead, has lost six straight games.

The Cardinal were without Reid Travis, the team's top scorer and rebounder with averages of 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Reid injured his right shoulder in Stanford's 76-69 victory over Washington last Saturday. He had missed the previous two games with a similar injury.

The Beavers have struggled without top scorer Tres Tinkle, who was averaging 20.2 points a game before he broke his right wrist on Nov. 25 against Fresno State. Tinkle has missed 13 games.

But Oregon State did have forward Drew Eubanks, who was a game-time decision because of a thigh injury. Eubanks was averaging 14.6 points going in. He finished with eight points against Stanford.

Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle tweaked his starting lineup, giving sophomore Gligorije Ravocevic his first career start. Ravocevic replaced Matt Dahlen, who had started the last 10 games.

At least at the start, the Beavers had spark, going up 16-7 on three consecutive 3-pointers — two by Thompson and a third by JaQuori McLaughlin. Thompson hit another 3 to give Oregon State a 19-11 lead.

But Stanford closed the gap, pulling within 20-17 on Marcus Sheffield's jumper with a little more than five minutes left before the break.

Humphrey's dunk got Stanford within 25-23, and Allen's layup tied it. Humphrey made two free throws to give the Cardinal a 27-25 halftime lead.

Sheffield's 3-pointer made it 37-32 with 12:35 left as the Cardinal began to pull away. Humphrey's layup stretched the lead to 45-36 with 8:20 left.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal won six of the previous eight meetings with Oregon State. ... Allen was making his first start of the season.

Oregon State: The Beavers have been hurt by injuries this season. Players have missed more than 40 games, including center Cheikh N'diaye, who has missed 10 games and is out indefinitely with an injured left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal visit No. 11 Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks defeated California 86-63 on Thursday, but preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks injured his lower left leg late in the first half and did not return.

Oregon State: The Beavers host the Golden Bears on Saturday night.