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SAN FRANCISCO - Some extra post-season pillow time has Brandon Crawford and the San Francisco Giants dreaming about another World Series championship.Sweet dreams, indeed.Looking for any advantage, the Giants are again getting help in October from a sleep expert.The Giants have reached the playoffs three times in five years, and every time they get that far, athletic trainer Dave Groeschner consults regularly with Dr. Chris Winter. Hes the medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Giants were the first pro team he advised.Winter offers ideas on how to plan trips, and the best ways to keep players at their most fresh and alert despite being road weary at the end of a long season.What were trying to do is create a situation where their brain is being tricked into thinking that whatever time the game is happening, its 4 oclock in the afternoon. Thats when those athletes are at their best, Winter said in a phone interview.Were trying to help them develop smarter ways to get better sleep, he said.After the Giants lost Game 2 at Kansas City on Wednesday night, they stayed in their hotel, rather than catching a late flight back to the West Coast. The next afternoon, they flew to the Bay Area and worked out at AT&T Park.Most teams leave town right away. For the Giants, the stay-over meant an extra night of hotel costs — then again, thats not too expensive when a team is chasing its third title in five seasons.Again, looking for an edge, Groeschner said. Just gives us some thoughts on how to travel better, especially to the East Coast. He just helped us with some ideas.The Royals led the Series 2-1 going into Game 4 Saturday night. The teams are set to play Game 5 in San Francisco, too, before returning to Kansas City, if necessary.The Giants began the playoffs with a win in the wild-card game at Pittsburgh, opened the NL Division Series at Washington and started the NL Championship Series in St. Louis. They split the first two games of the Fall Classic at the Royals home.Several Giants have said their travel schedule helps guard against severe jet lag.Crawford has two young daughters, yet still gets plenty of rest.Ive liked it this post-season how weve left the next day, said the shortstop, whose baby girl had a rough night Thursday ahead of Game 3. Its been nice to get a semi-normal nights sleep and come back the next day.When we come from the airport and have a workout that same day, its almost easier than coming in real late, then going home and sleeping in most of the day and then having to come to practice. Actually, I like it more, he said.Winter spent three days earlier this year at the teams spring training headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. He met with the training staff and players, talking about how to ensure proper rest.Winter said he thinks teams could implement sleepiness screenings into player evaluation.This month as the Giants advanced, recovery was a point of emphasis. That, along with deceiving the body clock.Second baseman Joe Panik said he felt good going into Game 3, which the Giants lost 3-2.I was on a consistent sleeping pattern, so I wasnt up late and I wasnt waking up too late or too early, so my sleeping patterns were normal, the rookie said. It definitely helps. I feel great. Hopefully, it translates onto the field.Research backs up the Giants methods.A pair of studies released last year — one led by Winter — linked fatigue and sleep to performance and career longevity in baseball players.Knowing that his players are getting enough rest is important to Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He doesnt want his team to be sleepless in San Francisco, thats why the club stayed overnight in Kansas City.We had made that decision that we feel its better for them, just, hey, try to get a normal sleep, keep them in their normal routine, Bochy said.The basic principle:Try and get a good night sleep, Groeschner said.Its tough when you get in at 5, 6 in the morning. One, the suns coming up and your circadian rhythm gets caught up in the sunlight. And also, especially coming back, guys have families and kids and if you get home in the morning and the kids are up, youre going to want to get up.Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery is benefiting.He had enough energy after a recent trip to come home and attend a local jazz festival before getting back to his baseball work.After I slept six hours ... ha! he said. China Jerseys Wholesale . New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract. Stitched China Jerseys . -- Its been 21 years since Joe Gibbs Racing celebrated its only Daytona 500 victory. https://www.chinasjerseys.com/ . These days, just about anyone can get a taste of the friendship that has blossomed between All-Star Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder teammate James Harden, most famous in the past two weeks or so for the elbow to the head he took from the Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace. China Jerseys 2020 . But history aside, theyre still happy to participate in the Par 3 contest, traditionally held on the day prior to the first round of the Masters. China Jerseys Cheap . The last team in the NBA that will have any sympathy for the Thunder is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are showing signs of putting everything together after two years of devastating injuries.The Ottawa Senators take aim at their first winning streak in nearly two months as they play host on Monday night to the Washington Capitals, but theyll have to do it without Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips. Spezza (lower body) and Phillips (foot) are each listed as day-to-day but will miss their second straight games. The Sens picked up just their second victory in six games on Saturday, besting the visiting Boston Bruins by a 4-3 margin to split a home-and-home set. Ottawa was pounded 5-0 in Boston on Friday. Bobby Ryan scored the go-ahead goal for the Sens, finishing off a breakaway with 4:35 to play on a backhander under the crossbar. It came not too long after the Bruins had a potential go-ahead goal waved off when it was ruled Jarome Iginla had intentionally kicked the puck into the net. "There werent that many chances in the third," said Ryan. "Truthfully I was just hoping that was going to be the game-winner." Zack Smith, Patrick Wiercioch and Cory Conacher also tallied for the Senators, who got 29 saves from Craig Anderson. The Sens hope to cap December by winning two straight for the first time since a three-game win streak from Nov. 5-9.ddddddddddddThey can do so by claiming a sixth straight victory over the Capitals. Ottawa notched a 6-4 win at Washington on Nov. 27 in the first of three meetings this season. Ryan scored twice and Anderson made 29 saves as the Caps failed to hold a 3-1 first-period lead. The Sens have won three straight and eight of their past 10 at home versus the Capitals. Washington will play on the road for a second straight night after dropping a 2-1 shootout decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Troy Brouwer had a goal for the Capitals, but the Sabres Ryan Miller stopped all six skaters he faced in regulation. Philipp Grubauer, meanwhile, made 16 saves through overtime and turned aside the first five he faced in the tiebreaker before Buffalos Steve Ott blasted a shot over his right shoulder. Washington fell to 1-1-2 in its last four games despite outshooting Buffalo 50-17. "Miller was playing well and we feel like we deserved to win tonight but you encounter some games that just dont go your way, " said Brouwer. Washingtons Alex Ovechkin finished with a season-high 12 shots, but has gone without a goal in three straight for the first time this season. ' ' '