4 Reds, 4 Nats, 3 Orioles, 3 Pirates, 3 Mets
GIANTS WEEKEND: END 1-7 ROAD TRIP
-Lead in NL West down to 3 games (6.5 at AS break)
-Shark Sunday: 5 runs, 2 HR
April/May 7-3 3.17 ERA, 5 HRs in 76 IP / 66-18 K/BB
June/ July: 2-3 6.19 ERA / 14 HRs in 52 IP / 31-14 K/BB
-9-72 RISP on trip .125
-Crawford 6-33 0 RBIs
-Belt 2-33, 17 Ks, 0 RBIs
A year ago Drew Storen was one of the best closers in MLB - This year he was just released with a 6.21 ERA in Toronto
Through July 27th, the Nats held a two-game lead on the Mets, and Storen had converted 29 of the 31 save opportunities he’d been handed. He owned a 1.73 ERA, helped with an 85.1% strand rate and a 2.9% home run per fly ball rate. His 24.3% strikeout minus walk rate was strong too. After Papelbon was introduced to the Washington pen, Storen was bumped from his role as closer. Storen then posted a 6.75 ERA, and 51.7% of his baserunners came around to score. His K%-BB% was a decent 19.1%, but 16.7% of balls that were hit in the air flew over the fence. His season ended on September 9 when he broke his thumb in a fit of anger. Now in Toronto, he should close. As a closer, he’s elite. As a set-up man, he has an abysmal six week stretch on his resume saying that he’s not very good at it. I’d be grabbing him everywhere, as some people may just look at his year as a whole, not see his 3.44 ERA as very closer-like, and pass on him. You shouldn’t. (Darren Schienbein)
The Quick Opinion: It happens to pretty much everyone at some point, and in the summer of 2015, it was Drew Storen’s turn to lose his job. He will probably be closing in Toronto in 2016, and fortunately for his daily routine, Toronto has Chipotle. His stuff isn’t in question, and he’ll get you plenty of saves and strikeouts.
-CUBS GET CHAPMAN : CUBS MORE DEPERATE TO WIN WORLD SERIES...
STEEP PRICE FOR A RENTAL: More than Giants were willing to pay and for good reason...
Shortstop prospect will head to the Yankees as the centerpiece of the deal, and the Yankees will also be reunited with right-hander , who is being included as part of the return for Chapman as well. Additionally, the Yankees will land top outfield prospect and former first-round pick .
-GIANTS COULD LOOK AT CASHJNER AS BULLPEN ARM
Career at AT&T:
0-6 5.75, .324 BAA , 31/23 K/BB ratio in 37.1 IP , 5 HR
-DURANT, DRAYMOND BOOED IN LA AT EXIBITION GAME
Six players scored in double figures for the United States Men's Basketball Team in a 106-57 victory over China in Los Angeles.
For the second straight game, Kevin Durant led all players in scoring with 19 points on 81 percent shooting from the field including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. He added five assists.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson hit four 3-pointers in the game and scored 17 points. Draymond Green played 14 minutes and did not score. He did have two rebounds and three assists in the game.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins followed up his double-double against Argentina with a 12-point, 7-rebound performance.
Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes scored six points in just over 15 minutes of basketball.
DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan and Kyrie Irving rounded out Team USA's double-figure scorers.
Up next, Team USA comes to the Bay Area and Oracle Arena for a rematch against China. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday from Oakland.
ALDON SMITH MAY BE REALLY DUMB
-Aldon: "Good try, not me"
-The Video in question
The Periscope account @ravenga, which features numerous videos of Smith, shared a stream of an unidentified man smoking what looks to be a blunt filled with weed. Though the face of the man filming is never shown, an unidentified woman advises him that he probably shouldn't be sharing the video, to which he responds "they don't know it's me. It's not like I put 'Aldon Smith.'"
After that, the video abruptly ends.
Good try, not me
GAMBLE NAMED 49ERS ASSISTANT GM:
Tom Gamble, who played a pivotal role in the 49ers’ hiring of coach Chip Kelly, was promoted to assistant general manager on Monday, the club announced.
“Tom is an accomplished talent evaluator who grew up around the game of football,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Having spent the last 28 years of his life in the NFL, his wealth of experience has been invaluable to our organization for almost a decade. Tom is a hard-working professional and more importantly a good man. We are excited he will continue to play an integral role in the development of our team.”
[REWIND: Kelly's rapport with Gamble paved way for 49ers reunion]
Gamble served as 49ers director of player personnel in 2011 to 2012. From 2005 to ’10, he worked under then-general manager Scot McCloughan as the 49ers’ director of pro personnel.
In 2013, he left the 49ers to serve as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel. Gamble was known to be one of Kelly’s few allies with the Eagles. He was fired late in 2014, seemingly widening the chasm Kelly experienced with the Eagles and the organization’s top football executive Howie Roseman.
In January 2015, after spending extensive time scouting with Baalke at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Gamble was re-hired by the 49ers as “senior personnel executive.”
DAVIS COMING BACK:
Jason Cole Bleacher Report: 49ers wary of Davis quitting once he returns
Davis RT, RG Josh Garnett (1st rd Stanford C Kilgore LG Beadles LT Staley
T Trent Brown, G Brandon Thomas, Ian Silberman, Andrew Tiller G , Erik Pears T
NFL: MANNING DID NOT USE PED'S:
NFL GETTING TOUGH ON TEAMS TRYING TO HIDE CONCUSSIONS:
NFL and NFLPA just announced agreement to enforce concussion protocol and discipline teams for violations: fines, lost draft picks on table.
JOSH GORDON REINSTATED, 4 GAME SUSPENSION
MICHAEL JORDAN SPEAKS:
BREAKING: Michael Jordan donates $1 million apiece to organizations trying to better police-community relations.
CHRIS SALE BLOWS UP OVER THROW BACKS:
The Chicago White Sox suspended ace left-hander Chris Sale for five games after scratching him before his scheduled start on Saturday when Sale reportedly had a bit of a tantrum over the 1976 throwback uniform the team expected him to wear. According to Ken Rosenthal, Sale finds the uniform uncomfortable and asked that the team not use the throwbacks on days he pitches — starting pitchers often get to make those calls — so he blew up when he found the team unwilling to indulge his wishes.
-Audio: Doug Christie's wife checks his balls when he returns home form trips
KD's restaurant closed, rebranded, will re open