Giants bullpen living life of leisure as starters go deep into games

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Gabe Kapler has an unusual problem seven games into the 2021 season. His starters have been so good the bullpen isn’t getting enough work. Johnny Cueto’s 8 2/3-inning masterpiece Friday in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies is the most conspicuous example, with lefty Jake McGee needing only three pitches to record the final out via strikeout. Even before Cueto’s gem, relievers were finding it tough get in work other than on the side in the bullpen. In all seven games en route to a 4-3 record, the Giants’ starter has gone at least five innings and given up three or fewer runs — the third-longest such streak since 1901. Jose Alvarez hasn’t pitched in six days, Caleb Baragar in four and Jarlin Garcia and Reyes Moronta in three. “We’re thinking about Alvarez right now,” Kapler said Saturday before the Giants faced the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. “He hasn’t gotten much work. Jarlin Garcia has been a little short to some degree. Most of the time that stuff tends to work itself out. We’re very comfortable with our…

Sharks, eying future, trade Devan Dubnyk to Colorado Avalanche

SAN JOSE — The Sharks dealt goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth round selection in this year’s NHL draft, the first move made by general manager Doug Wilson in his reset of the team ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. “We’ll be talking to everybody,” said Wilson, whose phone rang as he spoke with reporters, of the next two days. “We have cap space we’ve talked about using that.” The Sharks still have other players like Dubnyk, 34, who are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. Included in that group are forwards Marcus Sorensen, Matt Nieto and Patrick Marleau. Nieto has a lower-body injury and does not have a specified timeline for a return, likely hampering any efforts to trade him for futures. Sorensen, though, has proven to be an effective penalty killer and remains one of the fastest skaters on the Sharks’ roster. The Sharks, per CapFriendly, are also projected to have $11.3 million in deadline cap space, enough to act as a third party to absorb salary and help facilitate a trade between…

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