Here’s what the SF Giants rotation will look like in the playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants departed spring training in Scottsdale at the end of March, the biggest question surrounding the club was whether its starting rotation was capable of keeping the team in contention. At the end of a 107-win season, the Giants’ pitchers left no doubt. Kevin Gausman was an All-Star, Logan Webb was one of the majors’ best pitchers during the second half, Anthony DeSclafani enjoyed the best season of his career and Alex Wood consistently helped the Giants bounce back from tough losses. As San Francisco prepares to host Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday against the winner of a wild card game matchup between the Dodgers and Cardinals, a rotation that ranked third in the majors with a 3.44 ERA is well positioned to maintain its success. Related Articles How Gabe Kapler went from fired in Philly to the majors’ best manager with SF Giants The SF Giants’ clinching victory featured another memorable ‘Buster Hug’ SF Giants’ Posey delivers key hit in “the biggest moment of the season” Photos: San Francisco Giants clinch National League West…

Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo should never start another game for the 49ers

Trey Lance didn’t know what he was doing when he came in to replace Jimmy Garoppolo as the Niners’ quarterback for the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The game was moving too fast, the offense was too complicated, his true debut proved to be too abrupt. And yet he still gave the 49ers a better chance to win the game than Garoppolo. Doesn’t that say it all? Garoppolo’s calf injury could keep him out a few days or a few weeks — either way, I don’t want to see him start another game for the San Francisco 49ers. It wasn’t because Lance was incredible Sunday. He was anything but that. It was because outside of the team’s scripted opening drive, Garoppolo looked even worse than the rookie. When a quarterback who cannot execute anything more than a dink-and-dunk offense can no longer dink or dunk, that’s a big problem. Garoppolo doesn’t (can’t?) throw the ball outside the numbers and rarely attempts a throw more than 15 yards downfield, yet he was spraying it all over the middle of the field on…

San Jose Sharks goalie misses practice after injury; Eklund audition continues

SAN JOSE –  Adin Hill did not take part in the Sharks’ morning skate Monday after he was injured the day before in practice, but coach Bob Boughner said the team is optimistic the 25-year-old goalie can return to the ice later this week. Hill, the Sharks’ presumptive No. 1 netminder, was slated to start Monday’s preseason game with the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center. On Sunday, though, he left practice early after he took a puck that was shot on a 2-on-1 off of his wrist. Boughner said Monday that Hill was feeling better, although he was going to have X-rays done later in the day as a precautionary measure. “They’re going to rehab him today and hopefully we’ll have him in the next couple of days,” Boughner said of Hill. “We’ll see tonight how he comes back to the rink after working out the trainers today, “We don’t think there’s going to be anything wrong.” James Reimer will start Monday’s game. Alexei Melnichuk, reassigned to the Barracuda last week, has rejoined Sharks camp, which now has 31 players. Hill was acquired by the…

Suspect Arrested In Brutal Knife Attack At East Linda Home

EAST LINDA (CBS13) — Detectives say they have identified and arrested the suspect accused of posing as a delivery person, then stabbing a man at his Linda home last week. The stabbing happened Friday afternoon along the 1800 block of Kenwood Way. As captured on Ring camera video moments before the attack, the suspect walked up to the home wearing all black clothing, a mask, and a hat with the hood of his sweater pulled over it. He then knocked on the door and could be hearing saying, “Hello, hello, I have a delivery.” While it appears the suspect was holding an iPhone box, the suspect instead forced his way into the home and pulled out a knife. It’s unclear how many times the resident was stabbed. On Monday, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had identified 30-year-old Daniel Solis as the suspect. He was arrested at a residence along Hammonton Smartsville Road in Linda. Detectives still have not detailed any motive for Solis attacking the victim. Solis has been booked into jail and is being held on $1 million bail. He’s facing…

Firefighters Stop Vegetation Fire Near North Auburn

NORTH AUBURN (CBS13) — Crews worked quickly to stop a vegetation fire from spreading in North Auburn on Monday morning. The fire was on Iron Mine at Christian Valley Road. Cal Fire crews responded quick moved fast to stop the forward progress of the flames. The fire was contained to about a half-acre. Exactly what started the fire, which burned in grass and oak woodland, is under investigation.

New Kids On The Block, Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa Set June 2022 Date In Sacramento For New Tour

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — New Kids On The Block is set to give Sacramento a big nostalgia trip next summer. On Monday, NKOTB announced their “The MixTape Tour” 2022 dates. Several other late 80s-early 90s acts will be joining Donnie Wahlberg and co. for the tour: Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue. The tour has more than 50 dates set, organizers say. Sacramento’s date has been scheduled for June 2 at the Golden 1 Center. Tickets will be going on sale Friday.

Shlomo Rechnitz nursing home suit over COVID deaths reflects ‘broken state licensing’

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters The state’s largest nursing home owner, Shlomo Rechnitz, is facing a lawsuit alleging that one of his homes is responsible for the COVID-related deaths of some 24 elderly and dependent residents. The catch? Five years ago, the state denied Rechnitz and his companies a license to operate the place, the state’s own records show. The case brought against Rechnitz, his companies and the home itself, Windsor Redding Care Center, is yet another footnote in an ongoing nursing home licensing saga documented in a CalMatters investigation last spring. That investigation revealed an opaque and confusing state licensing process frequently marred by indecision and delays. CalMatters found that the California Department of Public Health has allowed Rechnitz to operate many skilled nursing facilities for years through a web of companies as their license applications languish in “pending” status — or are outright denied. The lawsuit — which includes a total of 46 plaintiffs, including 14 deceased residents and 32 family members — specifically calls out Rechnitz and his management companies as being an “unlicensed owner-operator” of the skilled nursing facility. The plaintiffs also…

NFC West stock report: Cardinals blow out Rams while 49ers try to avoid rock bottom

A weekly look at how the 49ers’ opposition is faring in the NFC West: Arizona Cardinals (4-0) Next: at 49ers Buy: Kyler Murray is the next step up in the quarterback evolutionary ladder from Russell Wilson. He’s got a passing touch and deep arm like Wilson and can drop dimes. But even Wilson in his youth is not as waterbug quick as Murray. Dissected the Rams with his arms and his legs. Arizona won 37-20. Sell: Signed J.J. Watt in the offseason, do it’s unexpected to see the Cardinals giving up 5.4 yards per carry on the ground and 25 first downs. At some point, a team will control the ball on them and limit Murray’s chances at executing and creating. Wait and see: The Cardinals have outscored opponents by 55 points through four games — the most in the NFC and second only to Buffalo in the NFL. Have they really become an NFL powerhouse? Los Angeles Rams (3-1 ) Next: at Seattle Buy: Coach Sean McVay is good at correcting mistakes, and there are plenty of them the loss to the Cardinals heading…

How Gabe Kapler went from fired in Philly to the majors’ best manager with SF Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-four hours after pinch-hitter LaMonte Wade Jr. led the Giants to one of their most dramatic comeback victories of the season with a go-ahead, two-run home run at the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 21, manager Gabe Kapler tested his players’ confidence. With the Giants trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning the next day, Kapler pulled Wade, one of the majors’ best clutch hitters this year, back from the on-deck circle and sent pinch-hitter Donovan Solano to the plate to face A’s lefty A.J. Puk. “To be honest, everybody in the dugout was like, ‘Uh, alright, let’s hope this works out,’” Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman said. Solano isn’t known for his power, but he yanked a fastball from Puk over the left field fence anyway for a go-ahead two-run home run in a 2-1 victory. “If you’re coming from (Kapler’s) perspective, you look at our team and all the weapons we have, why wouldn’t you feel confident?” shortstop Brandon Crawford said. “For the most part, we’ve come through in situations that he puts us in.” The Giants’ 18 pinch-hit home runs this season…