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  • 31 May
    导出博客文章SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecums no-hitter last weekend at San Diego provided a
    rare first-half highlight for the stumbling San Francisco Giants. And, perhaps,
    a glimpse into the Freaks immediate future in the Bay Area. General manager
    Brian Sabean said on his regular radio show Thursday that the Giants dont plan
    to trade the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner this season. "Thats definitely
    good. Ive always had a great time here in SF and I just hope to see that go
    further," Lincecum said after the Giants held a post-All-Star break workout at
    AT&T Park on Thursday night. Lincecum is in the final season of a $40.5
    million, two year contract. "I expect Timmy to be in a Giant uniform," Sabean
    said on KNBR-680. "I find it hard to believe that hed pitch elsewhere this
    year." Now, the defending World Series champions must get back to work in a
    hurry if they want to hang around in an NL West that is still wide open. The
    first-place Arizona Diamondbacks are in town for a three-game series starting
    Friday night to kick off the second half. "We know where were at, and what has
    to happen in the second half, and thats us getting more consistent in all facets
    of the game," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said as the Giants held a light
    workout Thursday evening. "This things not going to happen right away as far as
    getting right back to where you want to be. Its a gradual thing, and that
    happens by playing good baseball." At 50-45, Arizona leads the fourth-place
    Giants (43-51) by 6 1/2 games -- so this series will be important for both
    clubs. Arizona will look to separate, while San Francisco hopes to gain ground
    in a tight division. The Giants are struggling in every phase, with a daunting
    August schedule on the horizon. First, theres an important nine-game homestand,
    which includes a 10th game at AT&T Park on Tuesday in a doubleheader with
    Cincinnati in which the first game features the Reds as home team to make up a
    July 4 rainout. Players and coaches held a team meeting Friday in San Diego.
    Nobody is counting out the Giants at this stage. "This is the team thats won two
    out of the last three World Series. Theyre still the king of the hill in this
    division," D-backs infielder Cliff Pennington said. "Just being ahead of them
    after the first half doesnt knock the team that won the World Series two out of
    the last three years out of it." Still, San Francisco has lost 14 of its last 20
    games and is desperately seeking some momentum. Not to mention some good
    fortune. "They seem eager to get back. Thats great news," Bochy said. "I think
    its pretty simple, really: Early, our pitching wasnt what it normally is, and we
    went through a month really not hitting, not putting runs on the board. That was
    our biggest issue. It got contagious and we had a hard time getting out of it.
    ... Its going to be up to us to find a way to get some runs. We just got shut
    down too many times the last four or five weeks." Diamondbacks manager Kirk
    Gibson expects the Giants to fight their way back into the race despite all the
    challenges, saying, "I dont look at them as a fourth-place team." While centre
    fielder Angel Pagan hit an inside-the-park home run May 25, he hasnt played
    since and had surgery on his left hamstring that will sideline him perhaps for
    the rest of the year -- though the Giants and Pagan remain optimistic it wont be
    that long. It was a tough blow for the Giants after Pagan re-signed during the
    off-season for $40 million over four years. "He feels he will be back before the
    seasons over," Bochy said. The Giants hope to get right-hander Ryan Vogelsong
    back sometime next month after he heads out on a rehab assignment, perhaps soon.
    The 2011 All-Star broke two bones in his right pinkie area and also dislocated a
    knuckle in the hand on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day.
    Vogelsongs return would be a boost to a rotation that, aside from All-Star lefty
    Madison Bumgarner, has been far from steady. Both Vogelsong and Pagan have been
    in Arizona working back from their injuries. Lincecum tossed a 148-pitch gem
    against the Padres last Saturday at Petco Park for his first career no-hitter.
    "Im just glad I dont see a cast on his arm," Bochy said. Lincecum said he feels
    "normal." Thursday would have been his turn to pitch without the break. He is
    set to start Monday night at home against the Reds. "I felt fine today
    throwing," he said. "I felt like if I had to throw, if today had been the
    would-be day, I would have been fine." If Lincecums outing provides a positive
    entering the second half, Bochy will take it. Hell take just about any advantage
    right now. Yet plenty of teams would like nothing more than to take down the
    franchise that has won two of the past three World Series championships. Gibson,
    for one. He is thinking big in mid-July, like October big. "I dont want a
    vacation. I want a short off-season," he said, referring to a long post-season
    run. "That goes without saying." Notes: The Giants All-Stars, Buster Posey,
    Bumgarner, Sergio Romo and Marco Scutaro, had the night off. So did Jeff
    Francoeur and Sandy Rosario, as both were waiting for the births of babies. ...
    Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy had his beard shaved off at a barber shop during the
    break. "I treated myself to an actual shave Monday," he said. "Its the first
    time in 26 months since my daughter, Nora, was born." Why the new look? At 3-6,
    "I needed a change."
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    of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy
    runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first
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    handle her opponents big groundstrokes in only her third event back after 17
    months out with a shoulder injury. Zvonareva made her comeback in January in
    Shenzhen and played in the Australian Open but lost her first matches at both
    tournaments. MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has quite the 1-2-3 punch in its running
    game this season.The Gophers hit Colorado State with two of them all afternoon
    and completed nonconference play unbeaten.Rodney Smith rushed 17 times for 99
    yards and two touchdowns and Shannon Brooks returned from injury to net 85 yards
    and a score on 13 carries, helping Minnesota wear down the Rams on the way to a
    31-24 victory on Saturday.Theyre both awfully good, coach Tracy Claeys said of
    his sophomore tailback tandem, so it doesnt matter which way it ends up.Brooks,
    the teams leading rusher last season, missed the first two games because of a
    broken foot. Kobe McCrary, who piled up 176 yards rushing two weeks ago against
    Indiana State, rushed for 13 yards on four carries.They had fresh legs coming in
    all the time, Rams safety Jake Schlager said, adding, They definitely used it to
    their advantage.Factor in quarterback Mitch Leidner, who took off 10 times for
    50 yards and a touchdown, and the Gophers (3-0) have their running game going
    just the way they want it entering Big Ten play.Leidner is looking as spry as
    ever after suffering foot injuries in each of the last two Septembers that
    hampered his sophomore and junior years. He made some cuts and jukes for extra
    yardage that made Brooks and Smith proud.Ive never been healthy coming out of
    the nonconference so it feels really good, said Leidner, who completed 16 of 20
    passes for 174 yards .Freshman Collin Hill, making his second start at
    quarterback for the Rams (2-2), cut Colorado States deficit to seven points with
    a 15-yard toss to Michael Gallup with 6:24 remaining. The Gophers followed with
    a three-and-out, but Hills fourth-down pass at the Minnesota 45 around the
    2-minute mark was broken up by Adekunle Ayinde to quash the comeback.The Rams,
    who started three different quarterbacks over the first three games, have come a
    long way since a 44-7 loss to Colorado in their opener.I believe were close to
    becoming a pretty good football team, coach Mike Bobo said.Leidners underthrow
    toward the sideline was intercepted nnear midfield by Braylin Scott in the final
    minute of the first half, but Wyatt Bryan missed a 46-yard field goal as the
    clock expired to preserve a 17-7 lead for the Gophers.ddddddddddddTHE
    TAKEAWAYMinnesota: The Gophers were far from flawless, particularly on defense
    while giving up 11 gains of 15-plus yards, but they did precisely what they
    needed to do by entering conference play unscathed.Colorado State: Hill finished
    15 for 30 for 182 yards and one touchdown with an interception and a fumble that
    led to 14 points for Minnesota, after a sharp debut against FCS foe Northern
    Colorado. The experience playing at a Big Ten stadium ought to help his
    development.FINISHING STRONGEmmit Carpenter, who has not missed a kick this
    season, made a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. Thats the only time in
    14 trips inside the 20-yard line the Gophers havent crossed the goal line.Once
    you get down there, its tough to stop Rodney, Shannon and Kobe, Leidner said.
    Thats a lot of horsepower coming at you.FEELING THE PRESSURESteven Richardson,
    who had four of Minnesotas 14 tackles for loss, sacked Hill on the first play
    from scrimmage. Hill absorbed several hard hits on the afternoon, none more
    jarring than the sack by Taiyon Devers that knocked the ball loose and his
    helmet off to give the Gophers possession at the Colorado State 33.Devers, one
    of four true freshmen who played on defense, has forced a fumble on all three of
    his sacks just 2 1/2 games into his college career.Collin hadnt played any speed
    like that, Bobo said.UP NEXTColorado State: The Rams host Wyoming in their
    Mountain West opener for the Bronze Boot, the trophy that has gone to CSU for
    three straight years. This game is the only trip for the Rams outside of
    Colorado for the first six weeks of the season.Minnesota: The Gophers play their
    first Big Ten game at Penn State. Minnesota is 2-4 there all time, having last
    visited in 2009 and last won in 2003. ' ' '