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cueto leaves with blisters as giants beat padres 5-4


san diego — just as they're getting ready to welcome back madison bumgarner, the san francisco giants could be losing johnny cueto for at least one start.cueto lasted only four innings before being forced out by blisters on his thumb and two fingers on his right hand friday night, when the giants got some late runs and a high-wire act from sam dyson in the ninth inning to beat the san diego padres 5-4. denard span singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and buster posey homered an inning later.afterward, cueto had bandages on the tips of his thumb, index finger and middle finger. the right-hander had problems with blisters on two fingers in may."of course i feel different now," he said through a translator. "i think the best thing for me to do would be to take some time off. i'm not thr






cueto overcomes blisters as giants top braves


san francisco — johnny cueto’s blisters have either healed up or he’s growing accustomed to pitching with the nagging discomfort. after four rough outings, the 31-year-old right-hander threw like an ace on sunday.cueto (5-3) followed up strong performances from matt cain and ty blach this weekend by surrendering just one earned run on six hits over six innings of work in a 7-1 win over the atlanta braves at at&t park.the veteran right-hander had struggled in his previous four outings, going 0-3 with a 4.33 era while pitching with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. a second blister appeared on his right index finger before his start in chicago tuesday night. but the blisters didn’t appear to bother him sunday as he fanned six of the first nine batters he faced, including f






cueto overcomes blisters as giants top braves


san francisco — johnny cueto is still pitching with a pair of blisters on his right hand, but he’s growing accustomed to dealing with the nagging discomfort. after four subpar outings, the veteran right-hander threw like an ace against the atlanta braves sunday afternoon.cueto (5-3) followed up strong performances from matt cain and ty blach this weekend, surrendering just one earned run on six hits over six innings of work in a 7-1 win at at&t park.“i thought johnny was as sharp as he’s been this year. hopefully, it’s something he can build on,” catcher buster posey said.the 31-year-old right-hander had struggled in his previous four outings, going 0-3 with a 4.33 era while pitching with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. a second blister appeared on his right index fing






cueto overcomes blisters as giants top braves


san francisco — johnny cueto is still pitching with a pair of blisters on his right hand, but he’s growing accustomed to dealing with the nagging discomfort. after four subpar outings, the veteran right-hander threw like an ace against the atlanta braves sunday afternoon.cueto (5-3) followed up strong performances from matt cain and ty blach this weekend, surrendering just one earned run on six hits over six innings of work in a 7-1 win at at&t park.“i thought johnny was as sharp as he’s been this year. hopefully, it’s something he can build on,” catcher buster posey said.the 31-year-old right-hander had struggled in his previous four outings, going 0-3 with a 4.33 era while pitching with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. a second blister appeared on his right index fing






giants poised to lose johnny cueto to more blister woes


san diego – the giants will have a grunting, snarling presence back on the mound when madison bumgarner resumes his place in the rotation after a three-month absence saturday night.but just as bumgarner arrives, johnny cueto might be on his way to the disabled list.cueto lasted just four innings in the giants’ 5-4 victory over the san diego padres on friday, and he wore a glum expression along with bandages on the tips of three fingers on his pitching hand.the blisters that prevented him from making precise pitches in april are back with a vengeance. and the right-hander didn’t rule out the possibility that changes to the baseball might be to blame.“i think the best thing for me to do would be to take some time off,” said cueto, who wasn’t sharp while throwing 82 pitches in four innings at






lester pitches 4-hitter as cubs beat cueto, giants 4-1


chicago — once jon lester waited out the rain, it was mostly smooth sailing for the rest of the night.not so much for johnny cueto.lester pitched a four-hitter for chicago's first complete game of the season, and the cubs beat cueto and the san francisco giants 4-1 on tuesday in a rematch of last year's playoff opener."jon lester, that's classic stuff," manager joe maddon said. "he just kept getting better."anthony rizzo hit a two-run homer as chicago improved to 5-2 on its nine-game home stand. kyle schwarber and jason heyward also connected, helping the cubs bounce back from their 6-4 loss to the giants on monday night.lester and cueto hooked up in a memorable pitchers' duel in game 1 of the nl division series last october, with chicago winning 1-0 on javier baez's eighth-inning homer. t






pence, posey go back-to-back to carry giants past padres 5-3


san diego — hunter pence and buster posey hit consecutive homers, and johnny cueto struck out seven in seven strong innings for the struggling san francisco giants, who beat the san diego padres 5-3 sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.the giants snapped a four-game losing streak. they won only twice during the season's opening week.pence hit a two-run homer to left field with one out in the third off clayton richard (1-1), and posey followed with an opposite-field shot to right to give the giants a 5-0 lead. it was the first time this season the giants hit back-to-back homers.cueto (2-0) was working on a three-hit shutout when he walked travis jankowski with one out in the sixth and then allowed wil myers' homer into the second-floor balcony on the western metal supply co. building in the l






phillies pound strickland, giants offense limp again in loss


philadelphia – johnny cueto is throwing harder. his changeup is darting again. the blisters that made him funnel pitches into a pigeonhole for two months are finally clearing up.he is starting to look like a top-tier rotation presence, and one who could impact a pennant race.but whose?“i don’t decide that,” said cueto, who exited in the seventh inning of a tie game that the giants eventually lost 5-3 to the philadelphia phillies on saturday. “the executives make the decisions. for my end, the only thing i think about is that i’m here, and i have to go out and pitch.”cueto has a decision to make after this season, when he could opt out of his contract, choose free agency and forfeit four years times $21 million. the giants have a decision to make before that. if they get the vibe that cueto






pence, posey go back-to-back to carry giants past padres 5-3


san diego — hunter pence and buster posey hit consecutive homers, and johnny cueto struck out seven in seven strong innings for the struggling san francisco giants, who beat the san diego padres 5-3 sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.the giants snapped a four-game losing streak. they won only twice during the season's opening week.pence hit a two-run homer to left field with one out in the third off clayton richard (1-1), and posey followed with an opposite-field shot to right to give the giants a 5-0 lead. it was the first time this season the giants hit back-to-back homers.cueto (2-0) was working on a three-hit shutout when he walked travis jankowski with one out in the sixth and then allowed wil myers' homer into the second-floor balcony on the western metal supply co. building in the l






cueto bounces back as giants top braves 7-1


san francisco — the blisters on johnny cueto's middle and index fingers that limited his effectiveness in his last few starts haven't yet completely healed.but the two-time all-star is learning to pitch with them.cueto threw six strong innings and brandon crawford drove in three runs as the san francisco giants defeated the atlanta braves 7-1 on sunday.cueto (5-4) bounced back from his roughest stretch as a giant. he was 0-3 with a 4.33 era in his previous four starts."they're not bothering me like they were before," cueto said through a translator. "i'm just getting used to it but i have to continue pitching until they get better."the giants won their third straight home series and posted their 11th victory in 18 games overall.crawford's two-run single highlighted a four-run second agains






giants concerned about johnny cueto's continued absence


scottsdale, ariz. – the giants know that johnny cueto can opt out of his contract after this season. but for now, the question continues to be when he’ll opt in.cueto is still in the dominican republic while tending to his 71-year-old father, whose health challenges have improved to the point where he can travel but was awaiting final documentation.giants gm bobby evans said monday he received indications that the visa and passport issues were close to being resolved, and that cueto would be in scottsdale sometime during the middle of this week. of course, evans had the same indications a few days earlier, when the club believed that cueto would arrive over the past weekend.this much is clear: the giants would not be cool with cueto going straight to miami to join the dominican republic te






giants, bumgarner lose to padres


san diego – madison bumgarner did not make a statement with his bat saturday night. he struck out looking at a breaking pitch, grounded out to third base and then he dropped his matte black model in disappointment after hitting a fly out to center field.the giants don’t require bumgarner to hit a home run every time he pitches. but they really should beat the san diego padres when they have their ace on the mound. and they need their eight paid professional hitters to give them more than meek swings and poor plate discipline.the giants barely touched right-hander jhoulys chacin, mustered nothing against the padres bullpen and are off to their worst start in nine years after a 2-1 loss at petco park.they have not started 1-5 since the 2008 season, when they lost 90 games and finished fourth






feldman throws 4-hitter, reds top cueto, giants 4-0 to sweep


cincinnati — scott feldman pitched a four-hitter, scott schebler and zack cozart homered off johnny cueto and the cincinnati reds beat the san francisco giants 4-0 sunday for their season-high fifth straight win.cincinnati took three in a row for their first sweep of the giants since 2013, outscoring them 31-5 during the series.feldman (2-3) was only 1-5 in six career starts against the giants going into this game. he easily handled a slumping lineup, striking out five, walking one and hitting a batter while throwing 119 pitches. he got his first shutout since 2014 with houston.cueto (4-2) was the reds' ace for eight seasons. in two starts against them since being traded in 2015, he has given up 10 runs in 12 innings. he struck out a season-high 10 and allowed six hits during seven innings






cueto pitches 7 innings as giants beat rockies 8-2


san francisco — the san francisco giants got johnny cueto some runs to work with, and the right-hander took over from there.cueto pitched seven effective innings, brandon crawford and chris marrero homered, and the giants beat the colorado rockies 8-2 on friday night.san francisco led 4-0 after four innings."once i saw that i had that lead i told myself, 'ok now i have to grind it, pitch and hold onto that lead,'" cueto said through a translator.cueto (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits while winning his third straight start to begin the season. he struck out six and walked one.cueto won his sixth straight decision against the rockies. he was 5-0 with a 1.33 era over his previous seven starts against colorado.the giants jumped in front on chris marrero's first career homer in the second, a






giants' johnny cueto sidelined by ear problem


detroit — less than a half-hour before johnny cueto’s scheduled start thursday, the giants scratched the right-hander because of an inner-ear infection.chris stratton replaced cueto for the series finale against the detroit tigers. it represents stratton’s first career start.cueto, potentially a big chip as the july 31 trade deadline approaches, is 6-7 with a 4.26 era this season. the two-time all-star is tied for 12th in the national league with 10 quality starts.a team spokesman said cueto has been battling flu-like symptoms in recent days.stratton, recalled saturday for the second time this season, was 3-5 with a 5.71 era in 12 starts for triple-a sacramento.






lester pitches 4-hitter as cubs beat cueto, giants 4-1


chicago — jon lester pitched a four-hitter for chicago's first complete game of the season, and the cubs beat johnny cueto and the san francisco giants 4-1 on tuesday night in a rainy rematch of last year's playoff opener.anthony rizzo hit a two-run homer as chicago improved to 5-2 on its nine-game home stand. kyle schwarber and jason heyward also connected, helping the cubs bounce back from their 6-4 loss to the giants on monday night.lester and cueto hooked up in a memorable pitchers' duel in game 1 of the nl division series last october, with chicago winning 1-0 on javier baez's eighth-inning homer. the cubs eliminated the giants in four games and went on to their first world series title in 108 years.lester (3-2) was sharp once again in the low-profile reunion. cueto (4-4) was just ok,






giants, bumgarner lose to padres


san diego – madison bumgarner did not make a statement in the batter’s box saturday night. he went hitless in three at-bats, and dropped his matte black model in disappointment after hitting a fly out to center field in the eighth inning.the giants don’t require bumgarner to hit a home run every time he pitches. but they really should beat the stripped down san diego padres when they have their ace on the mound. and to do that, they need their eight paid professional hitters to give them more than meek swings and poor plate discipline.the giants barely touched right-hander jhoulys chacin, couldn’t muster enough against the padres bullpen and are off to their worst start in nine years after a 2-1 loss at petco park.they have not started 1-5 since the 2008 season, when they lost 90 games and






giants make roster move, cueto guts through blister


los angeles – the giants made one roster adjustment prior to tuesday night’s game at dodger stadium, optioning right-hander chris stratton and recalling left-hander josh osich from triple-a sacramento.osich gives the giants a second left-hander in the bullpen, which is especially handy against the left-leaning dodgers. also, left-hander steven okert recorded critical five outs over two innings in monday night’s victory and probably will have limited availability.osich didn’t exactly force his way back to the big leagues. he had a 7.71 era and two saves in nine games for sacramento. lefties were hitting .333 and right-handers had a .295 average. on the plus side, he hadn’t given up a home run.i suspect that the giants didn’t make the osich move prior to monday’s game because they wanted to






giants, bumgarner lose to padres


san diego – madison bumgarner did not make a statement in the batter’s box saturday night. he went hitless in three at-bats, and dropped his matte black model in disappointment after hitting a fly out to center field in the eighth inning.the giants don’t require bumgarner to hit a home run every time he pitches. but they really should beat the stripped down san diego padres when they have their ace on the mound. and to do that, they need their eight paid professional hitters to give them more than meek swings and poor plate discipline.the giants barely touched right-hander jhoulys chacin, couldn’t muster enough against the padres bullpen and are off to their worst start in nine years after a 2-1 loss at petco park.they have not started 1-5 since the 2008 season, when they lost 90 games and






mark melancon records first save, giants preserve 5-3 victory over padres


san diego – it’s finally time for baseball at third and king. it’s finally time for garlic fries. but try to keep them out of the rain.the giants are set for their home opener on monday against the arizona diamondbacks, and although a 2-5 road trip wasn’t the way they envisioned beginning the season, they will not arrive on the shores of mccovey cove with sagging spirits to match the weather forecast.johnny cueto brought his usual magic to the mound over seven innings at petco park, hunter pence and buster posey hit back-to-back home runs, mark melancon recorded his first save and the franchise that once gave you barry bonds even enjoyed a rare, run-scoring hit from a left fielder in a 5-3 victory over the san diego padres on sunday.the giants’ only two victories on the trip to arizona and






san francisco giants host san diego padres at at&t park


the san francisco giants host the san diego padres in a mlb game at at&t park in san francisco, calif., on saturday, april 30, 2017. the giants’ clayton richard faces the padres’ ty blach on the mound. click here for more giants coverage, and click here if you have difficulty viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.






giants finally beat reds in bottom of 17th


san francisco — how  difficult is it for the giants to beat the cincinnati reds?so hard that it takes two days to get it done.when buster posey hit a soaring home run over the left field fence at just before 12:45 a.m. saturday, the giants had a 3-2, 17-inning win at at&t park in front of the remnants of a crowd of 41,325.posey knew the game was over as soon as he made contact against cincinnati reliever robert stephenson (0-2), who was working his third inning.“i was just glad it was over,” posey said. “it gets to the point where you’re playing this many extra innings where your body hurts. there’s no way around it. it just hurts . . . fortunately, i got one i could handle.”the giants, 13-24, came in having lost nine of their previous 12 and had been beaten four straight times by the reds






giants' johnny cueto says missing spring training has affected him


san francisco – johnny cueto is not the pitcher he was a season ago.instead of heading into the all-star game with a 13-1 record and 2.47 era to earn the start for the national league, cueto will coast into the break with pedestrian numbers.his 4.51 era is still the best among giants pitchers to make a dozen starts. but that is nothing to brag about in this lost season.and after struggling in a 10-8, 11-inning loss to the miami marlins on sunday, cueto acknowledged that missing most of spring training probably had an adverse effect on him this season.“we all know that spring training is when you get ready,” cueto said through spanish interpreter erwin higueros. “i don’t like to use that as an excuse, but the more i pitch, the more i feel i’m getting ready. i just have to keep working. i do






cueto makes giants spring debut with ailing father in stands


scottsdale, ariz. — johnny cueto made his first spring training appearance saturday under the watchful eye of the giants’ staff and a new coach sitting in the stands at scottsdale stadium — cueto’s 71-year-old father, domingo.“last night he was giving me a pep talk — he said you need to pitch good,” cueto said through interpreter erwin higueros. “it was 11 o’clock and he was telling me you have to go sleep because you have to pitch tomorrow.”one of the reasons cueto is off to a late start was because his father has been ailing in the dominican republic and he needed to tend to him. domingo’s health has improved, but while he was ill, cueto decided he would bring his father to the united states to live with him, not just here in arizona but in san francisco during the as well.it’s a develop






there’s no hiding how strong dave righetti’s rotation appears to be – the mercur


scottsdale, ariz. – jeff samardzija threw four shutout innings against the colorado rockies friday afternoon, and in keeping with the giants’ new strategy this spring against nl west opponents, he completed building his pitch count in the bullpen.giants pitching coach dave righetti had madison bumgarner do the same thing earlier in the week when the ace left-hander threw two innings against the san diego padres before finishing in the bullpen to avoid giving their batters a second look.they’ll have johnny cueto avoid the padres entirely on saturday. cueto will start at giants’ minor league complex against a triple-a opponent. right-hander chris stratton, who is slated to begin at triple-a sacramento after an eye-opening spring, will start instead against the padres at scottsdale stadium.sa






pence, posey go back-to-back to carry giants past padres 5-3


san diego — the san francisco giants are more than ready to get home after a shaky opening week on the road.hunter pence and buster posey hit consecutive homers, and johnny cueto struck out seven in seven strong innings for the giants, who beat the san diego padres 5-3 sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.the giants snapped a four-game losing streak. they won only twice during the season's opening week.these being the giants, there was a touch of ninth-inning drama as new closer mark melancon put two runners on with one out before getting wil myers to ground into a game-ending double play.melancon hadn't pitched since opening day, when he blew a save and took the loss at arizona. the giants hadn't won since the second game of the year."it's good for him to get the first one," manager bruce






cubs club cueto, giants lose at wrigley


chicago – johnny cueto spooked the cubs like no other starting pitcher last october. he threw a masterful game 1 in the nl division series here at wrigley field. the only run against him came when javier baez lofted a home run that rattled in the basket that fronts the left field bleachers.the cubs hit a few more jumpers against cueto on tuesday night. and they were all long range.kyle schwarber parked a 470-foot drive onto sheffield ave. in the first inning, jason heyward went deep four batters later and anthony rizzo hit a two-run shot in the fourth as the giants lost 4-1 at wrigley field.cueto couldn’t match jon lester, who struck out 10 in a four-hitter. the previous time out, cueto allowed five runs while failing to match the dodgers’ clayton kershaw. the giants need cueto to be an ac






span, posey lead giants to 5-4 win against padres


san diego — denard span singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and buster posey homered an inning later for the san francisco giants, who held on to beat the san diego padres 5-4 friday night in a matchup between two of the worst teams in baseball.the giants snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in seven games. they remain in last place in the nl west, four games behind the fourth-place padres.span's single with two outs in the sixth gave the giants a 4-3 lead and chased clayton richard (5-9). one batter earlier, pinch-hitter miguel gomez tied it with a sacrifice fly.posey homered an estimated 429 feet to straightaway center field with one out in the seventh, his 11th overall and first since june 22. the star catcher entered in a 2-for-19 slump before hitting an






cueto ready for season after sharp final tuneup


san francisco — johnny cueto pitched five scoreless innings in his final tuneup for the regular season as the giants beat the a’s 3-0 thursday night in the opener of the bay bridge exhibition series at at&t park.cueto allowed six hits but didn’t walk a batter and struck out two. he pronounced himself ready to start the season after throwing 76 pitches, 54 of them for strikes. for good measure, he showed he still has a magic as a pickoff artist, nailing oakland leadoff man rajai davis at first base in the third inning.cueto’s had a scary moment came while he was batting in the third inning. swinging at an inside pitch from the a’s sean manaea, the pitcher said the ball grazed his right hand. he stepped out of the batter’s box and was doubled over for several seconds as trainer dave groeschn






cueto pitches 7 innings as giants beat rockies 8-2


san francisco — johnny cueto pitched seven effective innings, brandon crawford and chris marrero homered, and the san francisco giants beat the colorado rockies 8-2 on friday night.cueto (3-0) allowed two runs and six hits while winning his straight start to begin the season. the right-hander struck out six and walked one.the giants jumped in front on marrero's first career homer in the second, a drive to left off tyler anderson (1-2) after eduardo nunez walked with two out. it was marrero's 144th at-bat in a major league career that goes back to 2011.the 28-year-old marrero, a first-round pick by washington in 2006, is in his 12th year in pro ball and logged 4,005 at-bats in the minors. he went 2 for 3 after going into friday hitting .056 (1 for 18).anderson lasted just four innings. the






johnny cueto records six outs in an inning


scottsdale, ariz. – johnny cueto provides endless entertainment when he faces major league hitters.stick him in minor league camp for a day, and the interplay gets even better. cueto toyed with an arizona diamondbacks a-ball squad on saturday, holding them scoreless in seven innings while walking one and striking out 10.it was a controlled environment, designed to let cueto build his pitch count. so he did seven innings of work despite getting up and down just six times. in one inning, he worked so quickly that the giants had him stay out there. he recorded six outs.cueto had the most fun with jazz chisholm, a 19-year-old infielder from the bahamas, who had to laugh after one at-bat in which he took two fastballs for strikes on the inner half.the next time up, chisholm was determined not t






cueto outpitches kershaw in giants' 4-3 win over dodgers


los angeles — coming off an extra-inning loss at home, the san francisco giants had to travel to los angeles and then face three-time cy young award winner clayton kershaw on monday night.they certainly rose to the challenge.johnny cueto outpitched kershaw, and the giants jumped out to a couple of early leads before hanging on for a 4-3 victory that snapped the dodgers' four-game winning streak."it's disheartening to lose one like we did (sunday) and then you come down here and face kershaw, you have your hands full," giants manager bruce bochy said. "but they found a way to put some runs on the board."an unexpected way, actually.san francisco entered with a national league-low 16 home runs but hit two against kershaw — a two-run shot by hunter pence in the first inning and a solo drive by






giants embarrassed by braves, match worst record through 72 games


atlanta – the giants lost 9-0 to the atlanta braves monday night. johnny cueto pitched one of his best games of the season.sometimes, non-sequiturs can be 100 percent true.“i went in with a goal to pitch seven innings and try to keep my head up, not down,” cueto said through spanish interpreter erwin higueros. “that was my goal – give my team a chance to win.“we have plenty of games left. i know there is a winning streak somewhere. it is just sad the way the season is going.”maybe that winning streak for cueto will come in another uniform. who knows? the giants have not begun internal meetings to plot a course for the july 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and they do not wish to part ways with a popular and positive right-hander who started for the nl all-star team last season.but things have






giants embarrassed by braves, match worst record through 72 games


atlanta – the giants lost 9-0 to the atlanta braves monday night. johnny cueto pitched one of his best games of the season.sometimes, non-sequiturs can be 100 percent true.“i went in with a goal to pitch seven innings and try to keep my head up, not down,” cueto said through spanish interpreter erwin higueros. “that was my goal – give my team a chance to win.“we have plenty of games left. i know there is a winning streak somewhere. it is just sad the way the season is going.”maybe that winning streak for cueto will come in another uniform. who knows? the giants have not begun internal meetings to plot a course for the july 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and they do not wish to part ways with a popular and positive right-hander who started for the nl all-star team last season.but things have






clayton kershaw's masters giants in 6-1 dodgers victory


san francisco — clayton kershaw became a career 20-game winner against the giants, whose five-game win streak wilted wednesday afternoon against the ace left-hander in a 6-1 dodgers win at at&t park.the three-time cy young award winner allowed just three singles in seven shutout innings, and the dodgers scored five times in six innings against johnny cueto to derail san francisco’s hopes of its first series sweep this season.kershaw began the day 19-9 with a 1.66 earned run average — 1.36 at at&t — in 38 outings against the giants. san francisco beat him may 1, getting home runs from buster posey and hunter pence in a 4-3 win at dodger stadium.the rematch was a mismatch.posey managed a seventh-inning single, pence is on the disabled list, and the giants never got a runner to second base ag






myers' hr highlights big inning as padres top giants 12-4


san francisco — wil myers hit a three-run homer to cap san diego's eight-run sixth inning and the padres rallied to beat the san francisco giants 12-4 on saturday night.myers also singled off chris stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. san diego scored 11 runs against the giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter matt cain.allen cordoba added a three-run homer off neil ramirez in the seventh.the padres combined for six hits and two walks off stratton and ramirez in the sixth. it took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.jhoulys chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.






lately, lindsey vonn is crashing more than she's winning


cortina d'ampezzo, italy — lately, lindsey vonn is crashing more than she's winning.the most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a world cup downhill urday in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session."i'm getting a little sore. i'm too old to be hitting the fence that hard," said the 32-year-old vonn, who was again fortunate to walk away without any serious injuries. "i'm happy to still be in one piece."it's not like vonn to fall two days in a row — and nearly unheard of for her to fall two days in a row in the same spot."it's unusual," u.s head coach paul kristofic said, adding that vonn is still regaining her timing after an injury layoff. "but she's pushing hard. she wants to win the race and she kno