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    SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy has often been bleary-eyed and exhausted going through it all this year. Youth Orioles Jerseys. His once-reliable bullpen hit bump after bump and an offense that appeared so powerful way back in spring training regularly faltered when it mattered most.The Giants had the majors best record at the All-Star break but couldnt sustain it. They earned the second wild card on the seasons final day, beat the defending NL champion New York Mets then lost to baseballs hottest team Tuesday night in a four-game NL Division Series -- the 103-win Chicago Cubs.That even-year rallying cry for this club, its gone. Also gone is the remarkable 10-game winning streak in postseason elimination games, an 11-series playoff unbeaten run stopped in the process for a franchise that captured World Series championships in 2010, 12 and `14.The Cubs were too good. The Giants were too inconsistent.Its a tale of two seasons, the first half and second half, Bochy said. But I think what Ill remember is how they really bounced back and found a way to get in there, to get to the wild card and that game.Yes, this ranked among the most trying seasons yet for the 61-year-old Bochy, who completed his 10th year as San Francisco skipper and 22nd overall as a manager after having guided San Diego for the other 12. Bochy faced constant scrutiny for his clubs second-half struggles after holding the majors best record at the All-Star break (57-33).Here are some things to consider from a season that fell shortOLID ROTATIONSan Franciscos top starters did their part, and thats a positive for Bochy going forward when he looks at his trio of aces: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Trade deadline acquisition Matt Moore dazzled for eight innings in Tuesdays Game 4, striking out 10 and hitting a go-ahead single in the fourth.Rookie Ty Blach showed he will be considered for a rotation spot in 2017, earning the win with two scoreless innings in San Franciscos 6-5, 13-inning victory Monday night to stave off elimination for a day.BULLPEN BLUNDERSJavier Lopez owns four World Series rings, three with the Giants, while Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo have three apiece.A bullpen that was so good for so long during all the title runs failed to hold a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning, with five relievers unable to end it. Bochy never turned to demoted closer Casilla and Romo couldnt finish off Chicago.The flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman, whom San Francisco tried to acquire at the trade deadline, closed out the Giants this time after giving up the game a night earlier.Now, San Francisco will almost certainly go forward with new faces -- Derek Law, Steven Okert, Will Smith.The job doesnt change. You gotta get outs. I wasnt able to do that today, Romo said. They showed that theyll never give up either there at the end. For us were more in shock that just it happened, how it happened, the way it happened. We went in, pretty decent lead going in that ninth. It looked pretty good in our favor to win tonight.GILLASPIES MARKConor Gillaspie arrived at spring training with no guarantees, just a determination to be a better teammate and person in his second stint with San Francisco. He claimed he had grown up in his three years away, then he broke out on the big October stage as an unlikely postseason star.He hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 3-0 wild-card win at New York last week. His catch over the railing and into the photo well in Game 162 against the Dodgers will be remembered, too. Vin Scully called it superior in his final broadcast.Gillaspie was an injury replacement to boot.INJURIESThe Giants missed two key regulars in the final two games of the series. Left fielder Angel Pagan, wrapping up a $40 million, four-year contract, sat out with back spasms and third baseman Eduardo Nunez to a strained right hamstring.NO COMEBACKIn the end, the every-other-year Giants couldnt pull off the very kind of improbable comeback that defined their championship runs in recent seasons. In 2012 against Cincinnati, the club became the first ever to rally from an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning three straight road games. San Francisco also overcame a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS that year against St. Louis.San Francisco had been nearly unbeatable with the season on the line in recent years, namely winning those 10 straight elimination games.Its crazy good, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. It just doesnt happen, thats so difficult to do. Zach Britton Jersey. Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Pedro Alvarez Jersey. Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . MONTREAL -- It has been two years since the Montreal Alouettes have been to the Grey Cup game. That wouldnt be unusual for most Canadian Football League teams, but it hasnt happened to the Alouettes since 2000. And general manager Jim Popp doesnt want three in a row. "We won our division last year, we didnt win our playoff game, but weve been right there," Popp said. "We all felt we should have been in five straight Grey Cups." The Alouettes were first in the East Division at 11-7 last season but were beaten at home in the division final by the eventual Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. But it wasnt that defeat that sparked a big change in Montreal. Rather, it was coach Marc Trestman finally landing his dream job as an NFL head coach with the Chicago Bears. Trestmans departure after five years brought in former U.S. university coach Dan Hawkins. Like his predecessor, Hawkins enters the CFL with no experience of the 12-man game. The difference is that this time he will be well-supported with a staff of 11 co-ordinators and assistants. Among them is former Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry, who was hired as Hawkins senior adviser and who could likely step into the top job if needed. The main job will be to bring consistency to the defence and special teams. The offence is almost unchanged from a year ago, except for the addition of 35-year-old receiver Arland Bruce III to replace the departed Brian Bratton. It all hinges on the health of quarterback Anthony Calvillo, the leagues all-time passing leader who turns 41 on Aug. 23. Calvillo is hardly slowing down. He wasnt fast to begin with. And last season he topped, 5,000 yards passing for the seventh time, completing 333 for 5,082 yards, 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He is coming off surgery to his non-throwing shoulder but looked sharp in the pre-season. The team signed free agent Quinton Porter as insurance, but the veteran pivot asked for his release when it became clear he wouldnt get the back-up role ahead of third-stringer Josh Neiswander and impressive newcomer Tanner Marsh. Calvillo has his offensive line intact and his solid array of tall receivers in S.J. Green, Jamel Richardson and Brandon London. Adding Bruce was a bonus. They will start the season with both incumbent running back Brandon Whitaker and new signing Jerome Messam out with injuries. Chris Jennings, who filled in after Whitaker blew out a knee last season, is to start the campaign but the multi-skilled Whitaker is expected back soon. The offence was not an area of concern for Montreal. Perhaps their biggest problem last season was special teams, where they gave up too many long returns and couldnt get their own return game going. The result was weak field position at both ends. With new special teams co-ordinator Ray Rychelski in place, they hope speedy Noel Devine will break more long returns this season. Last year, special teams was only one of former coach Andy Bischoffs many duties. "I dont know if it was the philosophy or we neeeded to get better personnel-wise, but for whatever reason, we were getting big field position changes," said Popp. Orioles Jerseys From China. "We didnt seem to get the returns and we seemed to give up big returns. "The coaching was good, but there was something not clicking." "Coach Rays approach is different. Its more like NFL teams. Its very direct. Well see what results we get." There were changes in the defensive backfield with the signing of veteran cornerbacks Byron Parker and Geoff Tisdale. Dwight Anderson and Seth Williams are gone. The biggest change may be moving bruising tackler Kyries Hebert from safety to outside linebacker, his natural position. Canadian Shea Emry remains at middle linebacker with Chip Cox also back, and with the versatile Marc-Olivier Brouillette slotting in wherever hes needed. Rookie Mike Edem, drafted third overall from the University of Calgary, has been impressive at safety, flanked by returning defensive backs Billy Parker and Jerald Brown. The team has also gone back to a four-man line and signed the spirited Ejiro Kuale from Toronto to play rush end along with veteran John Bowman. Scooter Berry and Alan Michael Cash return at tackle, and Moton Hopkins is back after missing a year with a blood clot in a leg. Popp wants stability on defence after going through a succession of defensive co-ordinators in recent years. Each one changed the system so that new players were needed to fit the co-ordinators style. Jeff Reinebold is out, and the new co-ordinator is Noel Thorpe. "With coaches, co-ordinators and philosophies, that there hasnt been the consistency we had on offence," said Popp. "Youre trying to find a coach that maybe fits the personnel better. "That was thought out much better this time around. Reinebold is a very good coach, it just didnt work. We were very good some weeks and others we werent. But thats our league. The best co-ordinators have had 500-yard games against them. But you want consistency, not a roller coaster." "The system is simplified. In the system that had evolved, there were a lot of checks and changes and when there are always new people in, everyones not always on the same page and it becomes difficult. In this system, there are less adjustments. Theres a lot more man coverage. Usually that will spell out less mistakes." Popp hopes better special teams and defence will bring the Alouettes back to the Grey Cup game, where theyve been eight times in 13 years, winning in 2002, 2009 and 2010. It will be the 18th season since the team returned to Montreal in 1996 after a 10-year hiatus and theyve had winning records every year but two -- 9-9 in 2001 and 8-10 in 2007. In that span, theyve never missed the playoffs. "Weve been at a high level, and the question is whether we stay at that level or drop a notch down," said Popp, who has been GM for all that time. "But those are the two areas that, if we can be better, well already be a better team." Wholesale Jerseys 2019Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaWholesale Jerseys 2018NFL Jerseys ChinaChina Jerseys CheapCheap JerseysCheap Jerseys Online' ' '