Eli Apple is vowing to mend his ways after being given a second chance by the New York Giants. The 22-year-old cornerback who was the 10th pick in the 2016 draft on Monday promised to be a better player Robbie Grossman Minnesota Twins Jersey
, a better person, and a better teammate as the Giants start a rebuilding process under new coach Pat Shurmur after a 3-13 season.It was a year Apple would like to forget, both on and off the field. He started only seven games, was inactive for four and was suspended for the final game of the schedule after getting into an argument with the coaching staff. The Ohio State product also got in a beef with Landon Collins that ended with the star safety calling him a cancer. It was ugly and highlighted a year in which Apple dealt with a crisis at home: His mother had brain surgery.”Was I embarrassed? Of course,” Apple said after the Giants held a two-hour practice at the first of their 10 organized team activities. ”Nobody wants to go out the way I went out. I mean, it was all over the place, so of course.Many wondered whether the Giants would want Apple back after his second season, one that many had forecast would provide a great leap forward for him.What changed, though, was the Giants shaking up things after last season. Dave Gettleman was hired to replace Jerry Reese as general manager and Shurmur replaced interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, who had taken over when Ben McAdoo was fired in early December.One of the first things Gettleman did was tell him everyone was starting with a clean slate.”I’m just going to fine tune everything Derrick Nnadi Jersey Elite
, come in with a different attitude and just be positive out there on the field, and just do everything that I can to make myself better as a player, and everybody else better as a team,” Apple said.There is no doubt Apple needs to improve. He finished with 49 tackles and two fumble recoveries last season. He did not have an interception and has only one in two seasons.The Giants showed some faith in him by releasing veteran Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie in the offseason.Apple said he’s trying to mature and improve how he communicates with coaches and teammates. He said he has patched up his relationship with Collins.Despite all the problems, Apple said his confidence was not shaken. He admits being blindsided by all the attention he got. His goal this season is to work hard, be positive and try to be on an even keel.”Maybe I got a little too confident a little bit in thinking I was going to make a big step,” he said. ”It’s about just taking it day by day and continuing to be patient, and just know my time’s going to come.”For now, Apple has an idea who he is.”I think I’m a 22 year-old guy, just ready to get to work and continue to work hard and just build on that,” he said.NOTES: Shurmur threw out the first pitch at the Mets game with Arizona on Sunday. It was short and wide toward the visitors dugout. It was not as bad as the 50 Cent mode Authentic Leighton Vander Esch Jersey
, but it was not good.”Yeah, well, I was wasting a pitch” Shurmur quipped, adding he has a new appreciation for baseball while insisting he did not have a case of jitters. ”That’s what I was doing, like some good pitchers might.”There are certain things that you try to not redo.” … First-round draft pick and new father Saquon Barkley showed some deft moves off the field when asked about combining football and family life.”It actually kind of sucks a little bit – well that came off wrong at first,” he said. ”It kind of sucks because I’m not with my daughter as much as I would love to be because obviously training camp, rookie minicamp, OTAs and then I had to go to L.A. for the Rookie Premiere. But I get to see her this weekend, so that is going to be great to be able to hold her again.”—Eric Hosmer’s first single barely stayed fair and never made it past third base. His second was a little crisper and gave the Padres a little cushion in the ninth inning.It also assured Clayton Richard’s career-best winning streak stayed intact.Hosmer reached base three times, Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and San Diego beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night. The Padres were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the ninth before scoring three times. Hosmer’s two-run single to left off Will Smith was the pivotal blow and came after the Giants intentionally walked Wil Myers.”I don’t think he likes having the guy in front of him intentionally walked,” Padres manager Andy Green said. ”He’s got way too much pride for that to happen. It was a great at-bat. We needed those two insurance runs.”Hosmer’s hit in the ninth was in stark contrast to his infield single in the third off starter Chris Stratton. The ball bounced near the plate then rolled slowly down the line as third baseman Pablo Sandoval stood and watched Authentic Jay Bruce Jersey
, hoping it would go foul. It didn’t.”I didn’t even know it had a chance of staying fair, honestly, so it was kind of a surprise for me,” Hosmer said. ”I’ll take the free knocks. I need them, that’s for sure.”Manuel Margot had two hits and two RBIs as the Padres snapped a five-game skid. Travis Jankowski and Cory Spangenberg added two hits apiece.Richard (7-6) was dominant in his third start against the Giants this season. He retired 17 straight during one stretch, allowed only two runners past second base and struck out four. The four consecutive wins mark a career high for the left-hander.”We’ve struggled the last five days so it’s good to get back on the right track,” Richard said. ”That’s always a good thing, and to do it against the Giants here, it’s a good win.”San Diego’s bullpen made Richard’s performance hold up, but it was dicey at times.Green used three relievers to get out of the seventh. Kirby Yates allowed a leadoff single in the eighth before setting down the next three. Brad Hand retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.Gorkys Hernandez doubled twice off Richard.”We just couldn’t do much offensively,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ”We hit a lot of ground balls off of Richard. That’s what he induces with that sinker and we just couldn’t get much going offensively.”San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a throwing error by catcher Nick Hundley.Spangenberg slid into first base with an infield single after initially being called out. After Freddy Galvis singled Spangenberg to third Justin Jones Color Rush Jersey
, Hundley blocked a wild pitch by starting pitcher Chris Stratton but threw the ball into center field, allowing Spangenberg to score.”We had him,” Bochy said. ”Nick recovered well. He just yanked the throw a little bit to the left.”Margot followed with an RBI single.Sandoval’s two-out single in the seventh off Craig Stammen trimmed San Diego’s lead to 3-2.TOO SLOWStratton (8-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings but was more upset at himself for not getting to first base on Spangenberg’s infield single in the sixth. Giants first baseman Buster Posey made a diving stop but Stratton was late to the bag.”My thought was that it probably was going to go foul there, but Buster made a heck of a play there and you can’t be late,” Stratton said.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: C Austin Hedges (elbow tendinitis) continues to make progress in his rehab start with Triple-A El Paso and could rejoin the team soon. The Chihuahuas are playing a series against San Francisco’s affiliate in Sacramento, about 80 minutes north AT&T Park.Giants: The team is undecided what the next step will be for Jeff Samardzija after the right-hander gave up four runs in four innings with Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. Manager Bruce Bochy said it’s possible Samardzija will make at least one more rehab start before rejoining the big league club.UP NEXTRHP Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.46 ERA) pitches for San Diego on Saturday in the third game of the series. It will be Lyles’ ninth start, his most since 2015. LHP Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.70) goes for San Francisco.—.