Giants' Moore satisfied with first outing of spring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Matt Moore kept it simple in his first spring start for the San Francisco Giants. Moore struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Sunday. ''I told Nick (Hundley, his catcher) let's just go with what's working and what's going to get guys out,'' Moore said. ''I was actually pretty satisfied with each pitch that I throw...
Via Associated Press
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Williamson, Parker shine as battle for LF job heats up

With a few more games resembling Sunday's, the competition for the Giants' starting role in left field featuring Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson could result in a photo finish. Considered the leading contenders for the spot, Parker and Williamson both displayed their strengths in the Giants' 9-5 win over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.
13 hours ago

Moore pleased with first outing of spring

Unlike many of his counterparts at this early juncture of Spring Training, Giants left-hander Matt Moore wanted to pitch with a purpose on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.
15 hours ago

Giants blast trio of homers against Reds

The Giants slugged three home runs on Sunday to power their way to a 9-5 victory over the Reds at Goodyear Park. San Francisco has opened Cactus League play with a 3-0 record, while Cincinnati fell to 0-3. Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Joe Panik added a two-run blast in the third. Another two-run shot came in the fourth inning from Jarrett Parker.
16 hours ago

Spring Has Sprung for the San Francisco Giants

Spring has sprung and baseball is back. Yesterday, the San Francisco Giants hosted their first Cactus League game against the visiting Cincinnati Reds and fans got their first glimpse of returning stars like Madison Bumgarner, promising prospects like Clayton Blackburn and dark horse invitees like Chris Marrero. Sure, these games don’t matter, but there is a certain charm about...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago

San Francisco Giants Spring Training watch list

The San Francisco Giants enter the 2017 season with unfinished business. After failing to close out Game 4 of the NLDS, the Giants have been itching to get back on the diamond. Friday marked the time since the Game 4 disaster that the Giants were back on the field. Although the Giants addressed their biggest offseason need, there are still questions with the team that Spring Training...
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Giants walk off in spring training opener

This was the first walk-off comeback homer since Angel Pagan’s inside-the-park homer in 2013. That is not hyperbole. The Giants didn’t come from behind in a single ninth inning last year. You can read about this in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 Annual (Brisbee, et al). It is an obsession of mine, especially since the Giants sure tended to allow a ninth-inning comeback. Like that...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

Baseball America ranks Giants’ farm system 24th

We’ve heard this before, but here’s why it’s still important. The Giants’ have a deep farm system right now. The Giants don’t have a widely regarded farm system right now. Both can be true, even if they seem mutually exclusive. It’s not a problem, the wise Giants fan chuckles, because nobody saw Joe Panik coming. Nobody saw Matt Duffy coming. This organization has a way...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

Here is the first starting lineup of the 2017 Giants season

It’s real. Baseball is happening. There will be baseball today. Crack of the grass, smell of the bat. There will be baseball, and players will run around, with Giants broadcasters telling you how they’re running around. It’s not raining today. It’s quite sunny, really. A little chilly for the Bay Area, but a beautiful day. The days are getting longer, too. And there...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

Cubs close door on Sammy Sosa reunion after bizarre comments

For years, Cubs fans have clamored to see Sammy Sosa return to Wrigley Field, where he was once the team’s most popular, most talented and most charismatic player. But Sosa has remained in exile for 13 years, and it doesn’t appear that will end any time soon.On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs are closing the door on a reunion with Sosa in the wake of the...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Nunez set for regular role at third for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Eduardo Nunez finally got his chance to play regularly in 2016 and made the most of it. Nunez achieved career highs with 141 games played, 553 at-bats, 159 hits, 16 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 67 RBIs. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo finds himself at home in Dodgers blue

GLENDALE, Az. -- Sergio Romo remembers a game early in his career when 30 of his friends and relatives showed up in the Giants’ family section wearing Dodgers gear.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Romo into his office the next day and admonished him, half-jokingly.“Just a little word of advice,” Bochy said. “That’s not going to fly.”“I’ve got it,” Romo replied...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Johnny Cueto remains in his native Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. The Giants plan to reach out to him to see how he is doing and whether he thinks he will pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is not worried about Cueto's preparation...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: NL West Champion Favorites

As Spring Training gets under way for the San Francisco Giants, it means that the Giants are about a month and a half away from getting the 2017 season started in Arizona. With that said, after a heartbreaking playoff defeat to the Chicago Cubs last year, the San Francisco Giants are poised to make another run at the World Series title, and to do so, they should make the road a bit...
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San Francisco Giants: four players to watch during spring training

The San Francisco Giants arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, eager to get back to work and redeem themselves after a tough end to their 2016 postseason run. The Giants have a number of unanswered questions to address during Cactus League competition as players will be battling for roster spots at various positions. The fifth spot in the starting rotation, a starter at third...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres considering signing Travis Wood or Jered Weaver

Looking to bolster their starting rotation, the San Diego Padres reportedly have turned their focus to veterans Jered Weaver and Travis Wood. The name mentioned last is interesting enough to mention. Jake Peavy has an unquestioned history with the Padres. He pitched in San Diego from 2002-09, was the ace of the NL West champions in 2005 and 2006 and won the National League Cy Young...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Krukow to cut back on calling Giants games, with Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt filling in

One of the most beloved broadcasters in baseball, San Francisco Giants color commentator Mike Krukow, will take a step back in 2017. Krukow reportedly told Bay Area radio show Murph and Mac he’ll call only 120 games next season, with Jeremy Affeldt and the just-retired Javier Lopez working the rest of the games on CSN Bay Area, alongside play-by-play man Duane Kuiper. Via the...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

He’s back!Well, he might be.According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer.Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and a “handful were knuckleballs.”“That right there,” Wilson said while pulling off his...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo agrees to deal with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and relief pitcher Sergio Romo agreed to a deal on Friday, according to multiple reports.The two sides had been in talks, with a report by Ken Rosenthal Thursday saying Romo was deciding between the Dodgers and another team. MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi first reported Friday night that the two sides have agreed to a deal.Romo will turn 34 next month and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Odd man out: where Trevor Brown fits with the San Francisco Giants

On Jan. 25, the San Francisco Giants signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract. Last season Hundley hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 home runs in 317 plate appearances, and now he appears ready to assume the role of Buster Posey’s backup. The move was not strange for a team in need of a catcher to play once every five days. However, the Giants already had a backup...
Via The Sports Quotient
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey honors memory of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on Monday night took to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who died over the weekend in Yemen.Owens was killed during an intelligence-gathering raid on al Qaeda militants when his aircraft experienced a “hard landing,” according to Pentagon officials per an NBC News report...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him.On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider getting jobs instead. Of course, many of the protestors do have jobs. Being unemployed is not...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas blasts HOF candidates for taking PEDs

Former MLB slugger Frank Thomas, a Hall of Famer himself, isn’t excited about welcoming in players who are suspected of having used PEDs during their careers.A longtime critic of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of baseball, The Big Hurt made his feelings about the Hall of Fame accepting such players known during the Chicago White Sox’s fan convention this weekend....
Via Sportsnaut
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it. For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the...
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January 16, 2017  |  Discuss

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