Giants solve knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, win series

May 28 10:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
After 10 hitless at-bats against R.A. Dickey, Crawford finally smacked one into left field Sunday for two his three RBIs in the Giants’ 7-1 victory over Atlanta at AT&T Park. In my last at-bat, the pitch moved 3 feet and I hit a grounder to third. [...] the difference between the Dickey who two-hit the Giants over 81/3 shutout innings in a 2013 game at AT&T Park and the Dickey who allowed a season-high seven runs by the third inning Sunday might have been the wind. Bedraggled catcher Kurt Suzuki looked as though he needed a butterfly net more than a mitt, and the Giants patiently let the 42-year-old right-hander dig his own pit. Dickey walked Brandon Belt and Buster Posey after Eduardo Nuñez’s first-inning single. The Giants scored twice, on a passed ball and Crawford’s infield out, then raced to a 6-0 lead in the second after Joe Panik’s leadoff triple. Gorkys Hernandez and Nuñez each had RBI singles before Crawford lined a two-strike, two-out single to left to drive in two more. The Giants did not put a runner on base after the third inning. Cueto overcame his blisters to win for the first time since May 1, allowing one run in six innings, a better sign for the Giants than their seven-run outburst against a novelty pitcher. The blisters still bothered him some, particularly late in the game, but Cueto demonstrated that he can squash an offense and strike out eight over six innings without his full repertoire.
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Giants Madison Bumgarner set for 1st step: playing catch Friday

May 28 9:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Madison Bumgarner set for 1st step: playing catch Friday Manager Bruce Bochy said Bumgarner is expected to toss a ball Friday, 53 days after he separated his pitching shoulder and bruised some ribs in the accident during an off day in Colorado. Bochy also said Bumgarner will need to make five rehab appearances in the minors before he can rejoin the Giants, essentially a second spring training, which makes it unlikely he would return before the All-Star break. Bumgarner still needs to throw off flat ground several times before he can pitch off a mound. “He is seeing light at the end of the tunnel,” Bochy said. When you’ve got a man on third and you’re catching a knuckleballer, you become a goalie, not a receiver. Bochy said that before Atlanta catcher Kurt Suzuki struggled to catch R.A. Dickey over the first three innings Sunday. Suzuki was charged with a passed ball that allowed Eduardo Nuñez to score and had to dive all over the dirt to keep pitches in front of him. Buster Posey said he sympathized with Suzuki, saying, It’s not fun to hit. Suzuki has caught Dickey’s 10 starts this year and been charged with only five passed balls, three in the first game. Ruggiano went 0-for-3 against Dickey and 0-for-4 overall, but Hernandez singled twice off Dickey and had an RBI. Hernandez had the play of the game in left field, a diving catch to rob pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio in the seventh. … Johnny Cueto allowed five of his six hits to two batters. Matt Kemp had three hits, including a double, and Nick Markakis had two singles. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Taira Uematsu, familiar to Giants fans as the bullpen catcher who wears No. 99, is back at work after recovering from a broken hand.
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Former 49ers player vows to get Jim Harbaugh fired from Michigan

May 28 9:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Former San Francisco 49ers player Brandon Jacobs has reignited a rift with ex-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in recent days. Jacobs tweeted Saturday that he wanted to get Harbaugh fired from his job at Michigan, which provoked a response from Harbaugh.
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Warriors perimeter defense faces daunting task vs. Cleveland

May 28 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ perimeter defense faces daunting task vs. In 2010, after a group of venture capitalists purchased the Warriors, the franchise adopted a curious philosophy: Three-point shooting could be foundational to a championship team. Not just making three-pointers, but also preventing them. Golden State has finished among the top five in the league the past four years in lowest opponent three-point shooting percentage. After holding teams to an NBA-low 32.4 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season, the Warriors have limited opponents to 32.0 percent in the playoffs. [...] with Game 1 of the NBA Finals looming Thursday at Oracle Arena, Golden State’s perimeter defense is preparing for perhaps its biggest challenge yet: a best-of-seven series against a Cleveland team that is even more productive from deep than a Warriors club that helped make depending on three-pointers a league-wide trend. A year after Golden State set an NBA single-season record with 1,077 made three-pointers last season, the Cavaliers hit 1,067 for the third-highest total in league history. “With that team, you can’t fall asleep on any possession,” Golden State forward Andre Iguodala said. The Warriors’ infatuation with three-point shooting is mostly a product of their personnel. Among the teams emulating Golden State’s success beyond the arc is Cleveland, which has finished in the top-5 in both three-point attempts and makes in each of the three seasons since James re-joined the fold. The big difference for the Cavaliers this year? After ranking tied for seventh last season with a three-point clip of 36.2 percent, their 38.4-percent clip this season trailed only San Antonio. Cleveland’s three best players spearheaded that uptick: Channing Frye, in his first full season with the Cavaliers, shot 40.7 percent from deep. After Cleveland traded for him in January, Kyle Korver — the fifth-most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history — made 48.5 percent of his long-range attempts. The Cavaliers needed only 46 attempts to hit 25 three-pointers in a March 3 win over Atlanta, breaking the previous league record for three-pointers in a regular season game (24) set Dec. 16 by Houston. Unlike the Rockets, who subsist on head coach Mike D’Antoni’s edict to take the first good shot they see, Cleveland subscribes to the Warriors’ philosophy of bypass...
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Giants solve knuckleballer Dickey, win series

May 28 6:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Bochy said he and fellow Astros catcher Alan Ashby would look at the lineup card on Niekro's day and hope the other was behind the plate. A patient Giants lineup pinned a season-high seven runs on 42-year-old R.A. Dickey, all in the first three innings when Dickey truly had no idea where his knucklers were going. Brandon Crawford, who was hitless in nine at-bats against Dickey, delivered three of the runs with a single and sacrifice fly. Johnny Cueto hit a sacrifice fly in his first win since May 1 and one run scored on a Suzuki passed ball. Cueto overcame his blister issue and carried a shutout into the sixth, his final inning, when he allowed a run. Brandon Belt and Buster Posey walked after a Nuñez single to load the bases. Nuñez added a scoring single and Crawford netted his second and third RBIs with a two-strike, two-out single good for a 6-0 lead. Cueto got the go-ahead to pitch after manager Bruce Bochy watched him throw on the side Friday and was convinced the blisters would not be an issue. The Braves put runners on the corners with two outs in the first inning.
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Warriors Kevin Durant seeking more than a title

May 28 1:42am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Kevin Durant, white towel wrapped around his torso, surveyed a postgame spread of bagels, sandwich fixings and granola bars. “How does it feel?” a reporter asked after the Game 4 win over San Antonio that had just secured the Warriors another berth in the NBA Finals. Because when Durant signed with Golden State in July, his top objective wasn’t to reach the Finals — or even win them, for that matter. “He doesn’t seem like he’s overjoyed or anything like that,” Golden State forward Draymond Green, one of Durant’s closest friends, said Monday after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The child of a single mother who worked two jobs to support him and his brother, he spent his early years ping-ponging from rental to rental, all over Prince George’s County, Md. By middle school, Durant was crisscrossing the country for AAU tournaments. Durant left National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md., after his sophomore year for basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in rural Mouth of Wilson, Va. Durant parlayed a one-year stint at Texas into becoming the No. 2 pick of the 2007 NBA Draft (behind Greg Oden to Portland). Durant eventually became an adopted son, someone who embodied the principles, hard work, modesty, loyalty, that Oklahomans value most. Last summer, at age 27, the man who spent his adolescence dealing with change traded the comforts of Oklahoma City for career liberation. Even outside Oklahoma City, a player long considered one of the NBA’s most likable superstars was villainized.In those early months with Golden State, seldom did a day pass without an ESPN pundit deriding his decision. In addition to being a mainstay with the team’s voluntary charity events, Durant has built a relationship with the Oakland Elizabeth House, which helps mothers who have dealt with homelessness or domestic violence. “Kevin’s a phenomenal human being, and we have a lot of great guys,” said Golden State acting head coach Mike Brown . Lose and people will laugh at his inability to capture the title on a loaded club; win and he’ll face another chorus of “ring chaser” and “sellout.”...
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Giants get some hits, beat Braves

May 28 12:46am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
A run-scoring single by the pitcher. Ty Blach continued the impressive run by the starting pitchers with 7 2/3 innings of six-hit ball, his third straight win and fifth time in seven starts he completed at least seven innings. Backup catcher Nick Hundley hit his first home run as a Giant to create rare early momentum, a two-run shot in the second inning, and Brandon Belt hit his 10th homer in the fourth to open a three-run rally. Blach’s single scored Hundley, and Denard Span followed with an opposite-field double for the inning’s third run. The Giants thought they had an inning-ending double play on Markakis when third baseman Aaron Hill made a nifty short-hop and flip to second. Hundley’s third hit provided the Giants’ final run in the eighth, wiping out the save situation and keeping closer Mark Melancon in the bullpen, at least momentarily. Law began the ninth, issued a one-out walk and gave up a triple to Danny Santana, cutting the deficit to three and creating another save situation for Melancon, who got the final two outs. Manager Bruce Bochy rested two of his struggling hitters, Posey (3-for-23) and Christian Arroyo (0-for-21) after the Giants lost their last three games in Chicago and Friday’s homestand opener.
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Giants Jarrett Parker, Hunter Pence near rehab assignments

May 27 10:42pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Jarrett Parker, Hunter Pence near rehab assignments Jarrett Parker said he tries not to imagine what he could have done as the Giants’ left fielder if healthy. “I’m going to try to make an impact when I come back here,” Parker said. Parker took on-field batting practice Saturday for the first time since fracturing his right clavicle and anticipates being ready when eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list June 16. Parker, who hit one ball over the right-field wall during BP, is expected to start a rehab assignment within a week. In his ninth game of the season, he was hurt crashing into the outfield wall after making a running catch. “What I made peace with is, I played the game trying to do the best I can and tried to make every play and do everything I could to help the team,” Parker said. On the season, Giants left fielders have hit .204 with a .257 on-base percentage and three home runs. “It’s been a popular subject here this year, left field, because we haven’t had a lot of production,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Eduardo Nuñez has started 16 games in left, an unexpected development, and played third base Saturday with Christian Arroyo getting a rest. Another wounded outfielder, Hunter Pence (strained left hamstring), took batting practice, did some running and is on target to begin his rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday. [...] baseman Conor Gillaspie, on rehab for back spasms, had an MRI after experiencing a setback. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Johnny Cueto, Sunday’s starter, has surrendered 11 home runs, four fewer than all of last season.
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Warriors Zaza Pachulia moving past tumultuous San Antonio series

May 27 7:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Saturday afternoon, while discussing his first career NBA finals berth, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia told reporters he is “all in.” “You know that’s Cleveland’s slogan,” said ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a former Cavaliers beat writer. Golden State swept San Antonio in four games, but the Western Conference finals didn’t go so smoothly for Pachulia. [...] after missing the final two games of the series with a right heel contusion, Pachulia is moving forward — on the court and off. More than affording him time to heal that sore heel, the lengthy break between games has helped Pachulia process the emotional toll Popovich’s fiery rant exacted on his family. In the wake of that tirade, during which Popovich called Pachulia a “dirty player” and compared the play that injured Leonard to “manslaughter,” Pachulia faced a heavy backlash on social media. [...] as he watched from the bench while his teammates finished the sweep of the Spurs, his thoughts strayed to his wife and three young kids back in the Bay Area. “Anytime any bump in the road occurs, the sooner you can put it in your rearview mirror, the better,” acting head coach Mike Brown said of Pachulia’s tumultuous Western Conference finals. Cavaliers as underdogs: A year after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to beat Golden State in the NBA finals, Cleveland enters Game 1 as underdogs.
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Die-hard fan in 49ers front office grew up in the dynasty days

May 27 7:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Peters was a 7-year-old die-hard who was overwhelmed when Joe Montana, sidelined after back surgery, shared an elevator ride with him and his mom at Candlestick Park in 1986. Peters, now the 49ers’ vice president of player personnel, recalled his reaction to the unexpected sight of Montana, whose poster hung in his bedroom in Cupertino. General manager John Lynch made the Broncos’ director of college scouting his first hire on Lynch’s second day on the job. [...] as Lynch’s right-hand man, he’s a powerful figure in a regime tasked with finding the next Steve Young (Peters got his autograph at a training camp) and Brent Jones (the tight end whose jersey number — 84 — Peters wore in high school and junior college when he played the same position). Unlike Lynch, who played for Bill Walsh at Stanford, and head coach Kyle Shanahan, whose, dad, Mike, was the offensive coordinator on the 49ers’ last Super Bowl team, the masses can relate to Peters’ connection to the franchise. Hear Peters discuss his childhood passion long enough and it’s easy to forget he’s one of the NFL’s top young executives and owner of three Super Bowl rings from his tenures with two marquee franchises: Peters, who broke into the NFL at 23, leads the 49ers’ personnel and scouting department and is listed above ex-Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, a recently hired senior personnel executive, on the masthead. Yeah, that’s a no-brainer, said Cowboys director of college scouting Lionel Vital, 53, who spent two seasons with Peters in New England. In 2013, Lynch, then a Fox broadcaster gauging his interest in front-office work, spent a month sitting next to Peters, then a national scout, in the Broncos’ draft meetings. Lynch was struck by how general manager John Elway and director of player personnel Matt Russell valued Peters’ input. [...] Peters’ boosters included one of the best coaches in NFL history. Bill Belichick kind of gives praise grudgingly,” Lynch said of the Patriots’ head coach, “and he thinks very highly of Adam. [...] Lynch, whose 15-year playing career included nine Pro Bowls, valued Peters mainly for his player-evaluation skills. After Lynch received permission from the Broncos to speak with Peters, he called him and asked about the upcoming draft: We’ve got the No. 2 pick. Foster doesn’t come without risks, but Peter...
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Giants bats betray Cain in 2-0 loss to Braves

May 27 1:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ bats betray Cain in 2-0 loss to Braves The Giants are in danger of wasting their recent surge (nine wins in 12 games), which momentarily raised hope they might salvage their season. “Hey, we have to find a way to get back on track and keep trying to win the game at hand,” manager Bruce Bochy said before the game. The Giants had their best opportunity in the sixth, after one-out singles by Denard Span and Eduardo Nunez. [...] Brandon Belt grounded out, Buster Posey was intentionally walked to load the bases and Justin Ruggiano grounded out. The Giants logically walked No. 8 hitter Dansby Swanson with two outs and a runner at second, bringing Garcia to the plate. Belt’s throw short-hopped off baserunner Tyler Flowers’ leg and skipped away from catcher Nick Hundley. Cain cruised through the early innings, mostly by making the Braves hit groundballs. Nunez started a smooth 5-4-3, inning-ending double play (on a sharp Flowers grounder), with Christian Arroyo — playing second base to give Joe Panik a rest — making a nice turn. The hit was Nunez’s soft infield single in the first, a well-placed chopper to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
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Warriors enter NBA finals well rested

May 26 11:47pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors enter NBA finals well rested In the 2007 NBA Finals, then-Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown noticed that the Spurs repeatedly went underneath the screen on pick-and-rolls when LeBron James had the ball. Golden State hopes that, in the six days before it hosts Cleveland for Game 1 of the NBA finals, it’ll craft a game plan to make life difficult for him. Because seven years since he last coached James, Brown realizes that completely shutting the future Hall of Famer down is impossible. A year after fatigue contributed to its Finals collapse against the Cavaliers, Golden State will enter the sport’s biggest stage having played 19 games in 63 days. Motivated by the urge to silence anyone who doubted their surprising run to the 2015 NBA title, the Warriors delivered playoff-level effort throughout an 82-game schedule last season. By the time Golden State secured the top overall seed, it was already within striking distance of the 1995-96 Bulls’ regular-season wins record. In the regular season, it did not lose back-to-back games. The Warriors needed to climb out of a 3-1 hole in the Western Conference finals, something only nine teams had done in playoff series history, to set up a rematch with the Cavaliers. On March 11, with Kevin Durant already injured for the final game of an eight-city, 13-day odyssey, Kerr sat Curry, Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala for a nationally televised loss in San Antonio. Golden State played 11 of its final 16 regular-season games, including six of its last seven, at home. Throughout the playoffs, players have been cracking jokes, resting achy muscles and overwhelming opponents. Before sweeping Utah and San Antonio in the conference semifinals and finals, respectively, the Warriors had at least six-day breaks. Unlike last season, when several key players nursed nagging injuries entering the finals, Golden State is expected to have its entire rotation at full strength for Game 1. “It seems like every year, his game has gotten better,” Brown said of James, who is averaging 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game this postseason.
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Bumgarner likely to begin playing catch soon

May 26 9:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Sometime in the next five days, before the calendar reaches June, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner could take a significant step in his recovery from a sprained left shoulder — play catch. Bumgarner probably will play catch on this homestand, manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. Bochy made it clear Bumgarner would play “normal catch” on flat ground. “Ride horses, go dirt-bike riding,” Bochy joked, sparking laughter among the reporters gathered around him. Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Raiders Cooper sees room for improvement

May 26 9:10pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders’ Cooper sees room for improvement Odds are he won’t, considering he doesn’t even crack a smile when wearing a lei and pictured with his Pro Bowl teammates and hula girls. Among NFL receivers before they turned 23, Cooper has the second-most receptions with 155 (Larry Fitzgerald had 161). In his first two seasons, Cooper averaged 48.5 catches and 726 yards in Oakland’s first eight games, and 29 catches and 390.5 yards in the final eight. The Raiders also hope to beef up his touchdown numbers a little bit, as he has caught only 11 scoring throws his first two seasons. “I know he’s just scratching the surface of what he wants to accomplish in this league,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. Cooper had some issues with drops his rookie year and was dealing with a foot injury down the stretch, but he wouldn’t bite when asked if he had a similar nagging injury last season. Calvin Johnson is tight with new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing from their days together with the Lions, and spent the week answering questions from all the Raiders receivers. Todd invited him out,” Del Rio said, “thought it would be a great idea for our wide receivers to just pick his brain and have him be around and give us a point here or there and talk about some of the things he did so well in his career and how we might be able to have some of our guys learn from that. Six of the Raiders’ nine draft picks signed their rookie contracts Friday: fourth-round offensive tackle David Sharpe, fifth-round middle linebacker Marquel Lee, and four seventh-round picks (safety Shalom Luani, offensive tackle Jylan Ware, running back Elijah Hood and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester). Amari Cooper’s ranking in the NFL among the top 100 players, as picked last week by his opponents and teammates. The Raiders receiver has 2,223 receiving yards through two seasons.
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The best foods at BottleRock 2017

May 26 8:36pm Food & Dining
Meat parfaits, confused burritos, nachos topped with things you never thought nachos could be topped with — it’s all run of the mill for contemporary festival cuisine. Yes, “beer battered garlic fries topped with homemade crab aioli and snow crab” sounds like a lot. The crab and its accompanying aioli were super flavorful, and the thick coating of the fries managed somehow not to get too soggy despite being deeply drenched in mayonnaise. Shrimp balls ($11) and duck confit with french fries ($14) Biggest mistake was not paying enough attention to the conjunction in “duck confit with french fries” (italics mine). The only saving grace is that probably no one else at the festival other than me is going to be tempted to purchase something called “shrimp balls.” Bounty Hunter’s sandwich — pulled chicken on a roll topped with slaw — tastes like a church cookout chicken sandwich. Morimoto’s katsu won on presentation (also: is that a Model Bakery English muffin?) with a delicious heap of kimchi on the side. The burger itself, however, took an uncomfortably long period of time to actually bite into, so thick and hard was the katsu breading and so well-done was the meat inside. Azalina’s peanut tofu nachos were among the disappointments of last year’s BottleRock, so this year we decided to give the chicken version a go. The “doobie rolls” — small, soft, sweet pockets — were filled sparingly with slices of turkey and provolone with pesto and pepper sauce (Sac Town) and roast beef with caramelized onions, provolone and “Mendo purp sauce” (Oak Town). The dog itself is tastier than the vegetarian version (Sumo Dog), which is about half the size, though all in all, we actually preferred the Sumo, with its kick of furikake and teriyaki. Pros: in a cup (so, easier to eat than the Godzilla Dog), and, as several perplexed bystanders commented, this mash-up is the direction in which most plates of barbecue end up, anyway. The corn muffin was crumbling under the moist weight of the bacon aioil by the time we could get it to a picnic table. [...] while the brisket was tasty and tender, it was overpowered by the very pungent baked beans. Against the backdrop of the meat parfait, Buckhorn’s keeping-it-simply approach to a tri-tip plate felt like manna from heaven. Tasty, thin-sliced, relatively lean tri-tip with a reasonabl...
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Warriors Mike Brown eventually wants to be head coach again

May 26 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Mike Brown ‘eventually’ wants to be head coach again Kerr’s lead assistant, Mike Brown appeared done as an NBA head coach. [...] as he prepares to shepherd the Warriors into the NBA finals, Brown is back on front offices’ radars. A detail-oriented workaholic, Brown, 47, has thrived as the Warriors’ acting head coach. The only time the Warriors have been seriously threatened under Brown came in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, when they dug a 25-point, first-half hole before an injury to Kawhi Leonard eventually paved their comeback. Multiple times a day, Brown consults with Kerr about everything from game plans to practice schedules to scouting reports. “We’ve had a good run so far, but it’s not over,” said Brown, who is readying to face a Cleveland franchise he once led to the 2007 NBA Finals. Asked if he would turn down potential head-coaching opportunities to remain an assistant with Golden State, Brown had a one-word answer: “Yes.” The former second-round pick from UCLA has played for nine teams and never signed a contract that lasted more than two years.
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The best and the worst foods at BottleRock 2017

May 26 7:36pm Food & Dining
Meat parfaits, confused burritos, nachos topped with things you never thought nachos could be topped with — it’s all run of the mill for contemporary festival cuisine. Yes, “beer battered garlic fries topped with homemade crab aioli and snow crab” sounds like a lot. The crab and its accompanying aioli were super flavorful, and the thick coating of the fries managed somehow not to get too soggy despite being deeply drenched in mayonnaise. Shrimp balls ($11) and duck confit with french fries ($14) Biggest mistake was not paying enough attention to the conjunction in “duck confit with french fries” (italics mine). The only saving grace is that probably no one else at the festival other than me is going to be tempted to purchase something called “shrimp balls.” Bounty Hunter’s sandwich — pulled chicken on a roll topped with slaw — tastes like a church cookout chicken sandwich. Morimoto’s katsu won on presentation (also: is that a Model Bakery English muffin?) with a delicious heap of kimchi on the side. The burger itself, however, took an uncomfortably long period of time to actually bite into, so thick and hard was the katsu breading and so well-done was the meat inside. Azalina’s peanut tofu nachos were among the disappointments of last year’s BottleRock, so this year we decided to give the chicken version a go. The “doobie rolls” — small, soft, sweet pockets — were filled sparingly with slices of turkey and provolone with pesto and pepper sauce (Sac Town) and roast beef with caramelized onions, provolone and “Mendo purp sauce” (Oak Town). The dog itself is tastier than the vegetarian version (Sumo Dog), which is about half the size, though all in all, we actually preferred the Sumo, with its kick of furikake and teriyaki. Pros: in a cup (so, easier to eat than the Godzilla Dog), and, as several perplexed bystanders commented, this mash-up is the direction in which most plates of barbecue end up, anyway. The corn muffin was crumbling under the moist weight of the bacon aioil by the time we could get it to a picnic table. [...] while the brisket was tasty and tender, it was overpowered by the very pungent baked beans. Against the backdrop of the meat parfait, Buckhorn’s keeping-it-simply approach to a tri-tip plate felt like manna from heaven. Tasty, thin-sliced, relatively lean tri-tip with a reasonabl...
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Warriors take issue with complaints about NBAs lack of parity

May 26 6:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors take issue with complaints about NBA’s lack of parity [...] as they prepare for their third straight NBA finals against Cleveland, Golden State players are taking issue with the notion that their dominance has made the playoffs less appealing for viewers. To set up the first NBA finals trilogy, the Warriors and Cavaliers steamrolled through the first three rounds. While the Warriors lead playoff teams with an average margin of victory of 16.3 points, the Cavaliers are second at 13.6. A rash of blowouts has fueled NBA fans’ calls for more parity. [...] Stephen Curry doesn’t want fans to mistake lopsided wins for a clear route to the finals. Some upset fans have scapegoated Kevin Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to sign with Golden State, for the NBA’s lack of parity. Instead of dismissing games as boring, Green reckons that NBA fans should embrace another Warriors-Cavaliers Finals.
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Esquire names this San Francisco bar one of the best in the country

May 26 6:37pm Food & Dining
There are dozens of critically-lauded, extremely popular bars in San Francisco, so it's especially an honor when a publication dedicated to all things cool — Esquire Magazine — plucks just one and adds it to the ranks of their Best Bars in America 2017.
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Meal delivery service Sprig shuts down

May 26 3:37pm Food & Dining
“No question, I’m sad that the Sprig model did not work out — but the food delivery space on the whole is growing,” wrote CEO Gagan Biyani in a letter to customers posted on the company website. Founded in April 2013, Sprig promised fresh organic meals within a 15-minute delivery window, with a menu created by executive chef Nathan Keller, who has since left the business. [...] January, Sprig’s model was similar to UberEats in that it placed its ready-to-eat dishes in delivery vehicles in different neighborhoods so that orders could be dropped off quickly.
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Warriors Matt Barnes has 1 or 2 seasons left in the tank

May 26 2:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
A former second-round pick from UCLA, he has played for nine teams and never signed a contract that lasted more than two years. [...] as he prepares to end his 14th season with his first career NBA finals appearance, Barnes faces a unique opportunity: [...] two weeks ago, the furthest Barnes had gone in the playoffs was when his Orlando Magic fell to Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference finals in six games.
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Safeway to carry plant-based Beyond Burger in its meat case

May 26 1:36pm Food & Dining
Starting this weekend, the Pleasanton-based grocery chain will stock Beyond Meat's flagship vegetarian burger in many of its Northern California stores. ...
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Penguins top Senators in 2 OTs, head back to Finals

May 26 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
PITTSBURGH — Chris Kunitz’s knuckling shot from outside the circle fluttered past goalie Craig Anderson 5 minutes, 9 seconds into the second overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby sent a soft backhand pass from the right face-off circle to Kunitz, whose shot allowed the defending Stanley Cup champions to advance. Justin Schultz added the other goal in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 27 shots on his 23rd birthday. “We wanted to make them earn it and they earned it, rightfully so,” said Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, who assisted on both of the Senators’ goals and played the entire postseason with two hairline fractures in his left heel. Robinson has been with the Sharks for five seasons, the first two as an associate coach. Robinson, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won the Stanley Cup six times as a player, joined the Sharks in 2012 after coaching the Kings and Devils.
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Matt Barnes return to Warriors sparks memories of his mother

May 26 1:46am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Late Monday night, in the visitors’ locker room at AT&T Center, Matt Barnes’ iPhone lit up with a text from former Warriors teammate Stephen Jackson: Congrats, man! … In that moment Monday, after seeing Barnes help Golden State cap its four-game sweep of the Spurs in the Western Conference finals, Jackson recognized that this was about more than Barnes reaching his first NBA Finals. [...] as he tries to find a rhythm after missing four weeks with a sprained right ankle, he has no qualms about his sporadic playing time. Oakland is where he established himself as an NBA player, made some of his most lasting friendships and carved out a place in postseason lore. In the summer of 2006, after an underwhelming stint with Philadelphia left him with no more offers from NBA teams, Barnes — a former All-America wide receiver at Del Campo High School in Sacramento County — considered trying out for the NFL. [...] his old UCLA teammate, Baron Davis, invited him to a pickup game at Golden State’s practice facility. Warriors head coach Don Nelson was impressed enough to invite Barnes to training camp. A former elementary schoolteacher who worked with special-needs students, Ann made the 90-minute drive from her Sacramento-area home to Oracle Arena to watch Matt help Golden State stun Dallas in the first round of the playoffs in 2007. In ending the franchise’s playoff-series-win drought at 16 years, the Warriors became the first No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series. Desperate for a proven small forward after Kevin Durant hyperextended his left knee in a Feb. 28 loss to the Wizards, the Warriors decided Barnes was worth the risk. Though Barnes has topped the 10-minute mark only twice since returning from his ankle injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, he has kept the focus on encouraging teammates and, above all else, staying ready. When Barnes watches his 8-year-old sons, Isaiah and Carter, hoist shots at the Warriors’ practice facility, he is reminded of the mom who loved being around the team just as much as they do.
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Warriors to face Cavaliers in third straight NBA Finals

May 26 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors to face Cavaliers in third straight NBA Finals Before they opened the playoffs 12-0, before they won 67 regular-season games, before they signed Kevin Durant, the Warriors eyed a singular goal: redeem their loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals. [...] after the Cavaliers routed Boston 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, Golden State has that opportunity. In what is their third straight year facing Cleveland on the sport’s grandest stage, the Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals next Thursday at Oracle Arena. After the first three rounds of the playoffs were filled with blowouts, a Golden State-Cleveland rematch boasts all the makings of a prime-time matchup: dominant playoff showings, numerous All-Stars and, of course, a compelling narrative. In 2015, the Warriors beat an injury-depleted Cleveland team in six games for their first NBA title in 40 seasons. Last year, after winning an NBA-record 73 regular-season games, Golden State became the first team to squander a 3-1 Finals lead. The only defeat in that span? A 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10, which held minimal significance to the Warriors because they already had secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. To become the first team in NBA history to start a postseason 12-0, Golden State has won by an average of 16.3 points per game. The Warriors lead all playoff teams in points per game (118.3), assists per game (27.8) and defensive rating (99.1). Since Kerr stepped away from the bench before Game 3 of the first round, acting head coach Mike Brown has led Golden State to 10 wins.
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Q&A: Bob Myers discusses Steve Kerrs continued absence from bench

May 25 9:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Bob Myers discusses Steve Kerr’s continued absence from bench The Warriors didn’t greet their sweep of San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with champagne showers or locker-room dancing. The subdued celebration was the product of their championship-or-bust expectations, sure. [...] it was also the result of Steve Kerr’s continued absence from the bench. “Somebody asked me if going to the Finals three times in a row is muted because of what’s going on,” general manager Bob Myers said. [...] our head coach can’t coach. For the first time since May 7, Myers met with reporters Thursday. Nothing has changed, and the team still doesn’t know when Kerr will return to the sideline. [...] Myers offered some insight into how the team is handling Kerr’s indefinite hiatus. Here is an edited transcript of the 12-minute media availability: On whether Kerr will coach in the Finals: If he feels better and we have to make those decision, we will. [...] he’s a person and he’s not feeling well and that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects our team is how he’s feeling that makes it difficult to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in the Finals three years in a row, in a moment he should be treasuring, can’t do it. s May 5 procedure at Duke alleviated any of his symptoms: Even though Mike has won all these games, there’s no right or wrong way to handle this other than looking in his eyes: ‘How you feeling? How do you feel about doing it?’ We talk amongst ourselves. [...] you guys are around him, you see the ups and downs. Pulling a player aside. On how he has seen the players respond to Kerr: Some of these guys he’s been their only coach, some of them won a championship with him, lost a championship with him. Contrary to popular belief, we get to know each other more than basketball. [...] I’m sure they wish this never happened. Very proud of our coaching staff, our players. A lot of times, the leader, they want the power, they don’t want to delegate it, they don’t want to encourage people to elevate themselves. Whether it’s our players or our coaches, he says: ‘It’s your championship, it’s your pursuit.’ Some people in life, you know when they’re in the room and when they’re not. Some people in life, you don’t even know if they’re there or...
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Giants Christian Arroyo to the minors? Its possible

May 25 8:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Christian Arroyo to the minors? CHICAGO — The thought of optioning Christian Arroyo to the minors would have seemed heretical as recently as Saturday, when he won a 13-inning game with a two-run double on the 12th pitch of an at-bat. Problem is, Arroyo is 6-for-49 with 12 strikeouts in his past 13 games, and a trip to Sacramento, however brief, seems to be on the table. “I don’t want to make any assumptions about what we’re going to do,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Arroyo has proved he can overpower Pacific Coast League pitchers, but the Giants’ offense is not strong enough to hide him until he stops pressing and regains his stroke. Bochy had a fatherly chat with Arroyo before Thursday’s game and planned to sit him, but Arroyo got into the lineup after Eduardo Nuñez was scratched with a hamstring injury and went 0-for-3. The Giants need to make room soon for infielders Aaron Hill and Conor Gillaspie. At some point they might consider promoting Orlando Calixte, Jae-gyun Hwang or Austin Slater to see if they can improve the bottom of the lineup, which Thursday included Justin Ruggiano (.244), Mac Williamson (.182) and Arroyo (.196). When you see a guy who has a tough day, 0-for-4 with a couple of strikeouts, you look at how he carries himself. Jeff Samardzija walked Ian Happ with two outs in the sixth, Samardzija’s first walk in five May starts, ending a streak of 154 hitters without one. If I keep the ball down they hit it on the ground, but it didn’t happen. Samardzija remains winless in five starts against his original team. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. The Cubs last year built a spacious, state-of-the art clubhouse. The broom closet where visitors dress will be replaced in 2019.
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Celtics harder than Warriors to defend? Thats cute, Brown says

May 25 7:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Asked after practice Thursday about Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue’s comment that Boston is “harder to defend” than the Warriors, Golden State acting head coach Mike Brown said: That’s his opinion. Social media was soon abuzz over the sound bite, adding even more intrigue to a potential third straight Cleveland-Golden State matchup in the NBA Finals. After the Cavaliers’ Game 4 win Tuesday over the Celtics, Lue told reporters that the “stuff (Boston is) running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing.” The Celtics, who have been without leading scorer Isaiah Thomas for the past two games, rank sixth in field-goal percentage (45.8) and eighth in points (105.4). Since Kerr went on an indefinite hiatus from the bench before Game 3 of the first round, Brown has led the Warriors to 10 straight wins to make them the first team in NBA history to open a postseason 12-0. JaVale McGee is enjoying a career renaissance with the Warriors, but the 7-footer still has one matter from his forgettable, one-season stint with Dallas hanging over him: a lawsuit filed November by his former landlord alleging a number of violations. According to court documents obtained by Deadspin.com, the lawsuit, dated Nov. 1, claimed that McGee owed money in late rent fees, didn’t pay rent for the last half of September, housed a cat for 178 days — a violation of the lease agreement — and caused damage that kept the landlord, Matthew T. Johnson, from renting out the Highland Park, Texas, apartment for two months. McGee has reportedly agreed to pay Johnson $26,000, a sum that covers late and unpaid rent, $9,350 for violating the no-pet agreement, $12,000 in repairs and $10,000 for Johnson’s legal fees.
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Foster frenzy: 49ers interest in ILB began well before draft

May 25 7:46pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Shortly after 49ers general manager John Lynch was hired in January, he was on the phone with Broncos executive Adam Peters, whom Lynch eventually hired on his second full day on the job. Yes, Peters, the 49ers vice president of player personnel, was championing Foster four months ago and Lynch also fell for the Alabama inside linebacker before his first draft. The 49ers, of course, selected Foster, ranked third on their draft board, with the No. 31 pick. Foster fell to them because of injury and off-the-field concerns that gained momentum leading up to the draft. [...] the 49ers, who selected Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas at No. 3 overall, maintained their high level of interest in Foster.
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Safeway to Carry the Plant-Based Beyond Burger in Its Meat Case

May 25 7:37pm Food & Dining
Starting this weekend, the Pleasanton-based grocery chain will stock Beyond Meat's flagship vegetarian burger in many of its Northern California stores. ...
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Giants cant answer the call, lose to Cubs again

May 25 6:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
CHICAGO - When a team gets stuffed like the Giants did in the final three games at Wrigley Field, it's human nature to look for a bogeyman. The Giants fully understand they were outplayed, which made them no less suspicious when the replay phone malfunctioned in the first inning Thursday. Kris Bryant hit the first of three solo homers against Jeff Samardzija in a 5-1 Cubs victory, their third in a row after the Giants won the opener. Bochy said “sources” told him so, and a visual inspection showed that a fan would need gorilla arms or a fishing net to reach over the basket. The Cubs hit 10 homers in the series, demonstrating the advantage of a team built for power in a smaller ballpark, unlike the Giants, who ordinarily need two or three hits to score assuredly cannot give away chances as they did in the fifth inning. Samardzija gave the Giants a shot to tie a 2-1 game with a one-out double off Eddie Butler, the former Rockie, who gifted Samardzija another 90 feet on a wild pitch. Butler walked Denard Span, putting runners on the corners for the Giants' two and three hitters. When Mike Montgomery completed an old-school four-inning save, the Giants had a losing trip at 3-4, disappointing given they started 3-1 and won the opener at Wrigley, where they have lost 12 of their past 14 games, playoffs included. For the third year in a row, the Cubs might reflect on their home series against the Giants as a launch point to greater things. The Giants have returned a good chunk of the gains they made in a 9-2 stretch and placed themselves in a bad spot.
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Warriors' David West reveals the weirdest thing he's been asked to autograph and it's very gross

May 25 6:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Luckily for Dub Nation, the culprit is not among them (unless the West-obsessed fan switched allegiances).
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Why the Seahawks would be wise to sign Colin Kaepernick

May 25 6:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: Associated Press Image 1of/16 CaptionClose Image 1 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo: Associated Press Image 2 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) stands on the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 37-18. (AP Photo/John...
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Former Monsieur Benjamin chef subject of harassment lawsuit

May 25 6:37pm Food & Dining
According to court documents, the lawsuit alleges that shortly after being hired as a line cook in 2015, Katherine Ward began to experience harassment from her immediate kitchen supervisor, Santos Ramirez. The harassment, which allegedly continued for nearly a year, is said to have involved Ramirez spanking her in the restaurant’s walk-in freezer and other “offensive physical touching,” according to documents. Following Ramirez’s termination, Ward claims that she was ostracized and experienced “immediate retaliation” from other staff members, including “purposefully messing up her work station and hiding her preparations,” which led to her decision to resign from the restaurant. Last spring, two lawsuits were filed against celebrity chef Michael Chiarello and his San Francisco restaurant, Coqueta, alleging a “sexually charged, hostile and abusive environment”; the case was settled in November. Last week, New York celebrity chef Mario Batali was named in a lawsuit from a former pastry chef, who said he was wrongfully fired after complaining to supervisors about being called “girly.”...
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RT Rotisserie ready to roll in Hayes Valley

May 25 5:37pm Food & Dining
On a dust-covered bench in a half-finished restaurant dining room, with power drills whirring in the kitchen nearby and hammers echoing downstairs, Sarah Rich and her husband, Evan, reflected on the road that brought them to RT Rotisserie (101 Oak St.), their second San Francisco restaurant, due to open Tuesday, May 30. The Hayes Valley restaurant was a hit from day one, with an eclectic menu and panache for mixing fine dining elements with a casual atmosphere. The new project is only a block or so from their flagship, and in a very similar capacity, it could serve as a barometer of the couple’s evolving lives. Rich Table was a physical embodiment of the tastes they had as young adults, but as their family grew, so did their love for simple, shareable meals. Over the last few weeks leading up to the opening, the Riches admit they’ve spent more time at the 46-seat, 800-square-foot restaurant than at home. RT Rotisserie features a menu of chicken, porchetta and cauliflower, with all three offered as sandwiches served on house-baked Dutch crunch bread ($10-$12), or salads ($9-$12). Other small dishes include like oysters ($3.50 each) and sides like “umami fries,” roasted herb potatoes and charred cabbage with almonds ($4-$6). Overall, the restaurant will have the same vibe as its nearby sibling spot, but with a more casual environment and a focus on counter service. Rich Table has entrees up to $38 and a multicourse tasting menu that runs $95 per person, while nothing on the RT Rotisserie menu is over $21.
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Is Steph Curry playing his best basketball right now?

May 25 4:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs — and Curry is a huge reason why. ...
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Warriors JaVale McGee sued by former landlord

May 25 2:48pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After absent-minded follies and a nagging leg injury nearly forced him out of the NBA, the 7-footer has settled in as an instant-energy reserve this season for the Warriors. According to court documents obtained by Deadspin.com, the lawsuit, dated Nov. 1, 2016, claimed that McGee owed money in late rent fees, didn’t pay rent for the last half of September 2016, housed a cat for 178 days — a violation of the lease agreement — and caused damage that kept the landlord, Matthew T. Johnson, from renting out the Highland Park, Texas, apartment for two months. McGee has reportedly agreed to pay Johnson $26,000, a sum that covers late and unpaid rent, $9,350 for violating the no-pet agreement, $12,000 in repairs and $10,000 for Johnson’s legal fees.
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Warriors Travis Schlenk named Hawks GM

May 25 1:51pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Hawks have officially hired former Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as their general manager, Atlanta announced Thursday morning. “After meeting with Travis, our search committee and I knew that he was the right choice to become the new general manager and head of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks,” Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler said in a news release. In addition to his significant experience with two organizations that have built championship cultures, he is ready to lead our basketball operations at a critical time for making big decisions as we prepare for the 2017-2018 season and beyond. Before being promoted to his current position, Schlenk served two seasons as the Warriors’ director of player personnel. After the Hawks fell to Washington in six games in the first round of the playoffs, they removed head coach/team president Mike Budenholzer’s front-office responsibilities and moved general manager Wes Wilcox to a role as special adviser to ownership. In addition to Schlenk, Atlanta reportedly had shown interest in Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, New York director of player personnel Mark Hughes, Washington vice president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard and ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups, among others, as it looked for a new lead voice for basketball operations.
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Sons & Daughters scores with their 9-course tasting menu

May 25 7:36am Food & Dining
Teague Moriarty has taken over sole ownership of the restaurant and implemented a 9-course menu for $150.
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Giants will check on Johnny Cueto blisters before next start

May 25 1:46am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants will check on Johnny Cueto blisters before next start Cueto’s index finger to discuss replacing him from Tuesday night’s start, manager Bruce Bochy said, adding the staff will check with him in a couple of days to see if he can make his start Sunday against Atlanta. With the new blister on the index finger, Cueto pitched with reduced velocity and movement against the Cubs and allowed three homers in a 4-1 loss. Cueto does not want to go on the disabled list, as others with blisters have this season, including the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez and Dodgers’ Rich Hill. The Giants will have a host of roster decisions on the next homestand, which begins Friday. Infielders Conor Gillaspie (back spasms) and Aaron Hill (forearm strain) likely will come off the disabled for this weekend’s series against the Braves. Right fielder Hunter Pence (hamstring strain) is about a week away. Bochy expects Pence to play in minor-league games before his activation. The first move might be sending down a pitcher to restore a seven-man bullpen and five-man bench when one of the injured players returns. Left-hander Josh Osich is most at risk because he has minor-league options, as does outfielder Mac Williamson. The Giants promoted their top power-hitting prospect, outfielder Chris Shaw, to Triple-A Sacramento after he batted .301 with a .901 OPS in his second partial season at Double-A Richmond. “With his bat, you pay attention, and he’s drawing attention,” general manager Bobby Evans said. The Giants drafted Shaw, 23, out of Boston College with their second pick in 2015. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of an 18-0 Giants victory over Montreal, a complete game for Shawn Estes, who also hit a grand slam.
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Cal head coach Justin Wilcox gets into the swing of spring

May 25 12:43am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
When asked about the most eye-opening part about his transition from defensive coordinator to head coach, Cal’s Justin Wilcox noted he has discussed far more than blitzes and coverages during his first four months on the job. Wilcox has been tackling issues ranging from dormitories for his players to start times for his practices. Cal hopes it has a head coach who can overhaul a defense that has allowed at least 30 points in 40 of 49 games over the past four seasons. Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, 54, was the head coach at Fresno State the past four seasons, and has spent 15 of his 27 seasons in Division I as a defensive coordinator. “In terms of calling the plays and all that, coach DeRuyter is the defensive coordinator,” Wilcox said. Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, the head coach at Eastern Washington the previous nine seasons, will have a major role in handling another huge challenge: identifying the right quarterback to follow in the footsteps of Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in 2016, and Davis Webb, a third-round pick in April. A wild-card candidate to enter the competition is sophomore Brandon McIlwain, a transfer from South Carolina who will play baseball and football at Cal. A four-star recruit from Newton, Penn., completed 62 of 118 passes for 600 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
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Giants lose two in a row, fall 11 games out of first

May 24 11:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
On a blustery 52-degree night that made Wrigley Field feel like Candlestick, the Giants forged a two-game losing streak for the first time since May 8-9 in New York. With the Giants down 5-2, Mac Williamson, who entered the game hitting .167, ended the team's streak of consecutive solo homers at 19 when he hit an opposite-field shot on the 12th pitch of his at-bat against closer Wade Davis, who had not allowed an earned run all year. Eduardo Nuñez, who appeared to tweak his right leg on an earlier baserunning play, was jogging home so slowly on the homer that Williamson nearly passed him between third and home. The Giants got the tying run to second base with two outs, but the game ended with a called third strike to Joe Panik that easily could have been ball four. Matt Moore faced the Cubs for the first time since his stellar eight innings in Game 4 of the Division Series at AT&T Park and pitched a decent game, down 3-2 going into the seventh, two of Chicago's runs coming on Anthony Rizzo solo homers. Moore was charged with an unearned run in the seventh after he allowed the first two runners to reach. Moore's line almost took a real beating in the sixth inning, when Jason Heyward blasted what would have been a three-run homer on most nights, but an 18-mph wind blew it foul. Denard Span homered in his second at-bat back from a thumb sprain and Brandon Crawford doubled to start a scoring rally. The Cubs extended the Giants an invitation to come back with two walks after a Michael Morse pinch single in the seventh, which loaded the bases for Crawford with two outs. Crawford, starting to heat up, hit a leadoff double in the second off Kyle Hendricks and scored on a Christian Arroyo groundout after Nuñez's perfect push bunt went for a single.
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Positional height advantage key to Warriors GMs philosophy

May 24 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Positional height advantage key to Warriors GM’s philosophy Long ago, when he was an unheralded UCLA forward and not one of the NBA’s most accomplished executives, Warriors general manager Bob Myers learned the value of positional size. Neither did a brief spin defending 6-9 Cal forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim — Myers quickly realized the futility of his quest and fouled Abdur-Rahim. The Warriors, who will make their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance next Thursday, covet players who are tall for their position — from (at least) 6-9 small forward Kevin Durant and 6-7 shooting guard Klay Thompson to 6-7 point guard Shaun Livingston and 7-foot center JaVale McGee. Thompson enjoys a similar advantage over most “2” guards (despite his shooting struggles this postseason), as does Livingston against opposing point guards. Wilt Chamberlain (7-1) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (7-2) were tall centers, just as Larry Bird (6-9) was tall for a small forward, Michael Jordan (6-6) was tall for a shooting guard and — at 6-9 — Magic Johnson was really tall for a point guard. [...] think about several key moves in constructing the Warriors who won the 2015 NBA championship. The Warriors have two of them in 6-3 point guard Stephen Curry — whose quickness and extraordinary ball-handling skills allow him to create open shots — and 6-7 power forward Draymond Green, whose wide range of skills and basketball instincts make up for his modest size. The Warriors might have lost Bogut and Ezeli last summer, but their defense remained strong because of their constant switching on the perimeter with similarly tall, long, quick defenders.
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Report: Ex-49ers QB Kaepernick to visit Seahawks

May 24 8:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Seventy-six days after the start of free agency, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, NFL Network reported. Kaepernick, 29, is clearly the best quarterback remaining on the market and Seattle doesn’t have an established backup behind Russell Wilson. [...] several prominent Seahawks, including cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, were vocal in their support after Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season. The Seahawks’ backup is Trevone Boykin, who entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie last year, has 18 pass attempts and was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication in March. Jake Heaps, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL, is the only other quarterback on Seattle’s roster.
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Giants will check on Cueto blisters before next start

May 24 7:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants will check on Cueto blisters before next start CHICAGO - The Giants were concerned enough about a new blister on Johnny Cueto's index finger to discuss replacing him from Tuesday night's start, manager Bruce Bochy said, adding the staff will recheck with him in a couple of days to see if he can make his next start Sunday against the Braves. Bochy reluctantly acknowledged that for now a decision on Cueto will be made start by start. Cueto has had a blister on his middle finger all season but that has improved. With the new blister on the index finger, Cueto pitched with reduced velocity and movement against the Cubs and allowed three homers in a 4-1 loss. Cueto does not want to go on the disabled list, as others with blisters have this season, including the Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez and Dodgers' Rich Hill. Cueto believes that not pitching will only worsen the blisters by not allowing them to get calloused. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: hschulman@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @hankschulman at Cubs Braves Braves Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of an 18-0 Giants victory over Montreal, a complete game for Shawn Estes, who also hit a grand slam.
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Hunter Pence to serve as San Francisco barista for a day

May 24 5:49pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Teammate Denard Span will also be serving up drinks.
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The Slanted Door headed to Las Vegas

May 24 4:38pm Food & Dining
A Las Vegas outpost of San Francisco restaurateur Charles Phan's trendy, modern Vietnamese restaurant, the Slanted Door, will open sometime in 2018, marking the brand's first foray outside of California.
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New York organization planning pro-Colin Kaepernick demonstrations across the country

May 24 3:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday for a potential role with the 49ers' NFC West foe.
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Warriors Travis Schlenk likely to become Hawks GM

May 24 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
are working on a contract to hire Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as their next general manager, The Chronicle has confirmed. Schlenk has been Golden State’s assistant GM for the past five seasons, helping general manager build teams in that span that won the 2015 NBA title and reached three straight NBA finals. Before being promoted to his current position, Schlenk served two seasons as the Warriors’ director of player personnel. In addition to Schlenk, Atlanta had reportedly shown interest in Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, , Wizards vice president of basketball operations , among others, as it looked for a new lead voice for basketball operations. Schlenk’s first NBA job was as a member of Orlando’s basketball operations staff during the 1997-98 season.
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Giants move slugging outfielder a step closer to majors

May 24 1:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants move slugging outfielder a step closer to majors The Giants' Double-A Richmond, Va., club said left-handed hitter Chris Shaw has been promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. Most impressive, he has struck out just 26 times in 154 plate appearances. Shaw's timetable to reach the majors is unclear, but the Giants do not generally believe a player needs extended time in Triple-A if he has hit well in the pitching-heavy Eastern League. The Giants have a center and right fielder in their 30s, who have been beset by injuries, and have not been able to get much production from left field. The Giants play the third of four games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.
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Warriors Travis Schlenk likely to become Hawks GM, per report

May 24 1:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
are working on a contract to hire Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk as their next general manager, according to a report from The Vertical. Schlenk has been Golden State’s assistant GM for the past five seasons, helping general manager build teams in that span that won the 2015 NBA title and reached three straight NBA finals. Before being promoted to his current position, Schlenk served two seasons as the Warriors’ director of player personnel. In addition to Schlenk, Atlanta had reportedly shown interest in Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, , Wizards vice president of basketball operations , among others, as it looked for a new lead voice for basketball operations. Schlenk’s first NBA job was as a member of Orlando’s basketball operations staff during the 1997-98 season.
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Best-man McDonald discusses near-divorce from 49ers

May 24 10:45am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
On April 28, Vance McDonald’s mom, Beverly, approached her son with some shocking news: According to a report, the 49ers were shopping McDonald in trade talks during the NFL draft. On Tuesday, the tight end who signed a five-year contract extension in December was asked about his initial reaction to the bombshell. [...] a few hours after he delivered the speech, the best man heard a speech, of sorts, from new head coach Kyle Shanahan to explain why he was candidate to be an odd man out. Shanahan has told reporters the 49ers were initially approached by another team about trading McDonald and they subsequently inquired with other teams to gauge their interest in the 2013 second-round pick. Shanahan said the 49ers viewed it as an opportunity to upgrade the roster and he clearly expressed the same sentiments to McDonald. McDonald has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent hands during his career, although he posted career-highs in yards (391), touchdowns (4) and yards per reception (16.4) in 11 games last year.
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Senators bounce back to beat Penguins, force Game 7

May 24 1:46am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
OTTAWA — With their season on the line, the Senators found a way to dig a little deeper Tuesday, rebounding from a humiliating outing two days earlier to earn a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh that kept them from being eliminated. Mike Hoffman scored the winner 1 minute, 34 seconds into the third period, Bobby Ryan picked up his sixth goal of the playoffs, and Craig Anderson made 45 saves. Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champion, the lead early in the second period, and Matt Murray finished with 28 saves. Notable in a scoreless opening period were two effective penalty kills; Viktor Stalberg get the best opportunity shorthanded during one of them. The 35-year-old struggled through Games 4 and 5 — allowing seven goals — but it was evident early that he had his game back in this one. The playoff scoring leading (24 points) bounced off a check from Zack Smith behind the goal and after being stopped on his drive to the net, followed with a nifty backhand rebound to beat Anderson. The Ottawa power play, which had gone 0-for-29 in the previous 10 games, produced, with Ryan ultimately wiring a one-timer short-side to tie the score.
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Giants lose on a blistery night at Wrigley

May 23 11:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
CHICAGO - Johnny Cueto is damned either way, on the mound and in interviews, because of the blisters on his pitching hand. If Cueto blames them for his bad first two months, which continued in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Cubs, he sounds like he is making excuses. All left Wrigley Field, the difference in his loss to Jon Lester in what would have been the Game 5 matchup last October. Schwarber sent a first-inning fastball over the bleachers and onto Sheffield Avenue. An inning later, Heyward lined a cutter into the right-field basket. Rizzo hit a fastball halfway up the right-field seats. [...] the original blister has calloused and feels better. Blisters or not, the Cubs who homered deserve credit for not missing the pitches. The Giants had one good crack at Lester, in the fifth, when Posey hit a leadoff double and scored on Brandon Crawford's one-out double. Notwithstanding the phobia, Lester has helped thwart eight of 14 potential thieves with a quick move to the plate in concert with catcher Willson Contreras' strong arm. Gorkys Hernandez struck out to strand Crawford at third, the first of 13 straight outs Lester recorded to end the game.
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Warriors to-do list before NBA Finals begin in eight days

May 23 11:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors secured more than a berth in their third straight NBA Finals when they finished off their sweep of San Antonio this week. The Warriors’ nine-day break between games is tied for the third longest in postseason history, matching the 2001 Lakers’ layoff before facing Philadelphia in the 2001 NBA Finals. Though he was well enough to travel with the team to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals, Kerr is still dealing with chronic head and neck pain. [...] it appears unlikely that he’ll coach in the Finals. Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 against the Spurs with a right heel contusion, is the Warriors’ only rotation player on their injury report. The team won’t return to practice until Thursday, and with the most important games of the year coming up, the Warriors are golfing, hanging out with family, reading the newspaper — anything to take their minds off basketball. The player who hit more three-pointers in his first six years in the league than anyone else in NBA history has missed 42 of his 66 attempts behind the arc this postseason. Barring a Cleveland collapse — the Cavaliers lead the short-handed Celtics 3-1 — the Cavaliers will face the Warriors in the Finals for the third consecutive year. LeBron James, who entered Tuesday averaging 32.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks this postseason, is playing at an MVP-caliber level.
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Giants lose on another rough night for Cueto

May 23 10:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo all homered by the fourth inning, and Cueto's rough month continued to a 4-1 loss to the Cubs that evened the four-game series at two wins apiece. Cueto allowed four runs in six innings, all on the homers, in a confounding start. The first pitch was delayed by 1 hour, 5 minutes after it rained so hard, manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Bobby Evans already were discussing whom they might promote for the 26th man for the nightcap of a Wednesday doubleheader, which is now allowed. After Cueto struck out Ben Zobrist to start the first, Schwarber blasted his seventh homer of the year over the right-field bleachers and onto Sheffield Avenue. An inning later, Heyward lined a ball that barely cleared the basket in right for his fourth homer and a 2-0 Cubs lead. Rizzo's two-run homer in the fourth gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Even with that affliction, eight of the 14 runners who have tried to steal on Lester have been caught, a combination of his quickness to the plate and Willson Contreras' arm.
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Raiders expect big things from defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr.

May 23 8:39pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders expect big things from defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. The 280-pound defensive tackle is healthy right now, and the Raiders know they need him to make an impact for their 26th-ranked defense a year ago to get better. Edwards, after all, missed the first 14 games last season after a hip injury was slow to heal. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said after Tuesday’s workout, At the end of the day, we didn’t get a whole lot of Mario on the field. The Raiders are looking for a big step and a big push inside from Edwards, who played both tackle and end as a rookie in 2015. Edwards has worked on his explosiveness, doing a lot of squats and lower-body work in the weight room, plus running in sand. Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin often mentioned the lack of push from defensive tackles last season, and the Raiders were last in the league in sacks, despite having Irvin and Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. “Just ready to do what Reggie already said, you know, to show that I’m ready to be a dominant player and pick up where I left off before I got hurt,” Edwards said. Running back Marshawn Lynch didn’t wear a helmet like the rest of his teammates at Tuesday’s workout, and then went to the weight room after running a couple of drills.
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