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Giants Shut Out Dodgers For Third Straight Day

May 22, 2015 2:24 AM

Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. 

Bumgarner homered, pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and helped the Giants shut out the Dodgers for the third straight day, 4-0 Thursday.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Bumgarner Hits 415-Foot HR Off Kershaw

May 21, 2015 5:43 PM

Madison Bumgarner hit a 415-foot home run off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning of Thursday afternoon's game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

It was the seventh career home run for the left-hander.

Bumgarner had been 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Kershaw.

Chris Haft/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Pence Goes 2-For-3 With A Double In Season Debut

May 17, 2015 1:16 AM

The Giants activated right fielder Hunter Pence off the disabled list Saturday, giving the defending champions a boost to their struggling offense.

And Pence performed well in his first game, going 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored in an 11-2 Giants' win.

"I'm just happy to be back playing again and being healthy," Pence said.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Hunter Pence Ready To Rejoin Giants

May 16, 2015 2:35 AM

Hunter Pence was on his way to rejoin the Giants on Friday night, fully recovered from a broken forearm.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence felt good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and was flying to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Reds.

He went 5 for 17 with two homers in five games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Giants Expected To Sign Ricky Romero

May 11, 2015 8:54 AM

The San Francisco Giants and Ricky Romero are making progress on a contract agreement.

An agreement could be finalized as soon as Monday.

Romero would report to extended Spring Training upon completion of the deal.

The Toronto Blue Jays released the 30-year-old last month.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Bumgarner Takes Exception To Scherzer's DH Comments

Apr 28, 2015 8:37 AM

Madison Bumgarner wouldn't support the use of the designated hitter in the National League.

The left-hander responded to comments made by Max Scherzer, who sustained an injured thumb while batting last week before railing against the National League's long-held tradition of batting pitchers.

Scherzer signed with the Washington Nationals this offseason after several seasons with the Detroit Tigers in the American League.

"He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for -- what did he get, again? -- he didn't have a problem signing his name," Bumgarner said. "He didn't have a problem with hitting then. I'm sure he had his pick of anywhere he wanted to go."

Bumgarner, who has six career home runs as a hitter, took issue with Scherzer's implication that pitchers are not real hitters.

"What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can't pitch anymore?" Bumgarner said. "I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don't think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?

"That's the way the game has to be played. I appreciate both sides of the argument and I get it. But [ending pitcher plate appearances] isn't the way to go about [addressing] it."

ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Claim Interference Before Giants Scored Winning Run

Apr 23, 2015 7:53 AM

Don Mattingly was upset following Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

Mattingly was fuming after Giants third-base coach Roberto Kelly made contact with pinch runner Gregor Blanco while holding him up a few minutes before Blanco scored the winning run for San Francisco.

Rule 7.09 (h) states that the runner should be out if, "In the judgment of the umpire, the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning or leaving third base or first base."

Blanco insisted he had already stopped before running into Kelly.

"It wasn't like he stopped me. I was stopping on third," Blanco said. "I don't feel he was stopping me at all."

Mattingly said he would like to see replay expanded so the league can review interference plays.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Bonds Has Obstruction Conviction Thrown Out
After more than 11 years in court, Barry Bonds has been cleared in a federal court of appeals.

Associated Press

Pence Unlikely To Return To Giants By May 1
Hunter Pence suffered a broken left forearm after getting hit by a pitch during spring training.

ESPN

Brian Wilson Takes Part In Live Read Of Major League
Brian Wilson recently took part in a live read of Major League at the Film Independent Live Read series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Dave Schilling/Grantland

Giants Place Peavy On DL With Back Strain
The Giants have recalled catcher Andrew Susac from Triple-A Sacramento,

ESPN.com

Chicken Finger Causes Delay At Diamondbacks-Giants Game
A piece of chicken bounced on the infield grass and landed on the mound as a pitch was being thrown by Arizona reliever Randall Delgado.

Matt Morgan/MLB

Ross Heard From A's Almost Immediately After Release
A number of other clubs reached out to Cody Ross, but none seemed to be as good a fit as the Athletics.

Jane Lee/MLB

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Giants, Kevin Correia Agree To Minor League Deal
He is expected to report to extended Spring Training to ramp up his pitch count before heading to Triple-A.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Matt Cain Undergos MRI Due To Forearm Tightness
Bruce Bochy said Matt Cain doesn't have a torn ligament and the San Francisco Giants expect the injury to be a "two week thing."

Hank Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Barry Zito Accepts Assignment To Triple-A Nashville
A's manager Bob Melvin had never met Barry Zito before he signed a minor league contract this year.

ESPN.com

Brian Sabean Returning To Scouting Roots As Part Of New Deal
Brian Sabean still will oversee the baseball department but will do more hands-on scouting, including internationally.

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

Giants Agree Upon Extensions With Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean
The Giants have agreed to extend the contracts of Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean through "at least" the 2018 season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Pursuing Long-Term Deal For Bochy, Sabean
Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean are already under contract through 2016.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Matt Cain Admits To Lingering Discomfort
Matt Cain continues to progress in his recovery from elbow surgery, but admitted Tuesday that he is dealing with lingering discomfort.

Chris Haft/MLB

Madison Bumgarner Has No Regrets Over Team-Friendly Contract
Madison Bumgarner agreed to a five-year contract with two club options that would guarantee him $35 million back in 2013.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Giants Aren't Pursuing Outfield Help
The Giants are not actively pursuing outfield help, despite Hunter Pence's recent injury.

Peter Gammons

Former AL MVP Al Rosen Dies At 91
Al Rosen won the 1953 American League MVP and played on the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series.

ESPN.com

Sandoval Fires Back At Huff's Claims On Facebook
Aubrey Huff's post this week said, "I'm sure there wasn't a tear shed on behalf of all the players, and the coaches when he signed with Boston."

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