San Francisco Giants Wiretap

Giants Ready To Discuss New Contract With Madison Bumgarner

Oct 14, 2016 7:17 AM

The San Francisco Giants have informed Madison Bumgarner and his representatives that they are ready to begin discussions on a new contract.

Bumgarner previously signed a six-year, $35.56 million deal through 2017 that includes $12 million club options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

"We want to make sure Madison is here for the long haul," Bobby Evans said. "We'll certainly be available when they're ready to talk. We continue to exchange volleys. We're ready when they're ready. I've even talked to Madison. We're very clear."

Associated Press

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

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Santiago Casilla Laments Not Being Used In Season-Ending Loss

Oct 12, 2016 7:51 AM

Santiago Casilla was in tears at his locker on Tuesday night after the San Francisco Giants were eliminated by the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS.

Casilla lost his job as closer in mid-September and was never even called to warm up as the Giants used five relievers in the ninth inning when the Cubs rallied for four runs.

"I never had that moment before during five years here," Casilla said. "I had a little struggle. But everybody [in the bullpen] has had their bad moments. I think they forgot all the great moments I've had here. I've pitched a lot in the playoffs and done my job. I know I am a good pitcher."

Casilla had nine blown saves this season, tied for the most in the Major Leagues, to 31 saves. He was part of San Francisco's problem as they went from owning the best record in baseball at the All-Star break to battling for a wild-card spot.

"I'm a pitcher. I'm part of the bullpen. I know I have had some bad moments in September and during the season, but I have good numbers in the playoffs and I know I can pitch in that situation," Casilla said. "I know I can pitch in the big leagues."


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Jake Arrieta Homers Off Madison Bumgarner, Puts Cubs In Record Books

Oct 11, 2016 9:54 AM

The Chicago Cubs became just the second team in Major League history to have two pitchers hit home runs in the same postseason series when Jake Arrieta took Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning on Monday night.

Travis Wood hit a home run in Game 2 of the NLDS.

It's the first time since the 1924 Giants that two pitchers from the same team have gone deep in a playoff series.

"It was probably the best pitch I threw to (Arrieta) in the at-bat," Bumgarner said. "I was thinking about going to the breaking ball, but the way it looked to me, I didn't see any need to. Sometimes you feel like you can help a guy out by slowing it down. But from what I saw, I felt like I was making the right pitch. He just made a good adjustment."

The San Francisco Giants beat the Cubs 6-5 in 13 innings to extend the series to at least four games.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Stats

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Giants To Start Jeff Samardzija In Game 2

Oct 8, 2016 1:45 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday he will go with right-hander Jeff Samardzija in Game 2 of the team's National League Division Series against the Cubs, Samardzija's former team.

Bochy had vacillated with his decision Thursday. His ace, Madison Bumgarner -- who is coming off a complete-game shutout in the NL wild-card game Wednesday -- is lined up to pitch in Game 3 in San Francisco.

Bochy said he will start lefty Matt Moore in Game 4, if necessary.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Late HR From Javier Baez Gives Cubs Win Over Giants

Oct 8, 2016 1:41 AM

Javier Baez lofted an eighth-inning home run into the basket in left field, giving the Cubs the only run they needed in a 1-0 win over the Giants to seize the lead in their National League Division Series matchup.

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Giants-Mets Scores Record Rating For MLB Wild Card Game

Oct 6, 2016 9:59 PM

The San Francisco Giants' 3-0 win over the New York Mets was the MLB's highest-rated Wild Card Game ever. 

The telecast generated a record 5.8 overnight rating, which surpasses the previous high (5.7) set by both the American League and National League Wild Card Games in 2015.

The 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game also set local records, delivering a 16.0 overnight rating in San Francisco, and a 15.6 overnight rating in New York, which is the best ever for an MLB game on ESPN in those markets.

Ben Cafardo/ESPN

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Bumgarner, Gillaspie Lead Giants Past Mets, Advance To NLDS

Oct 6, 2016 1:58 AM

Madison Bumgarner was able to beat the New York Mets, who got pure dominance from their starting pitcher, Noah Syndergaard, because he outlasted him. Bumgarner added to his reputation as one of the toughest postseason pitchers in baseball history by pitching a complete-game shutout to beat the Mets 3-0 in the National League wild-card game at Citi Field.

In the end, Terrry  Collins' best reliever let him down. Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Giants Leave Eduardo Nunez Off Wild Card Roster

Oct 5, 2016 3:55 PM

The San Francisco Giants have opted to carry 11 pitchers on their roster for the National League Wild Card game, leaving Eduardo Nunez off the squad.

With Madison Bumgarner starting, the San Francisco bullpen will feature right-handers Santiago Casilla, Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Derek Law, Sergio Romo, Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland, and left-handers Javier Lopez, Steven Okert and Will Smith.

Nunez hasn't played since Sept. 25 because of a strained hamstring.

Matt Cain and Jake Peavy weren't included on the 25-man roster.

Associated Press

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Giants Beat Dodgers For Last NL Wild-Card Spot

Oct 2, 2016 7:35 PM

The Giants are at it again, advancing to the postseason in an even year.

The winners of World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 became the last National League team to enter the 2016 postseason dance with a 7-1 victory over the rival Dodgers.

The Giants’ wild-card status should not be considered a hindrance. They won the 2014 title as a wild-card entry and will open this year’s playoff run with a wild-card game at New York on Wednesday against the Mets.

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Ty Blach, Giants Shut Out Dodgers To Hold On To Wild Card Lead
Behind rookie pitcher Ty Blach, the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday.

Giants To Acquire Gordon Beckham From Braves
Gordon Beckham provides insurance for the Giants in the infield with Eduardo Nunez dealing with a hamstring injury.

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Johnny Cueto Will Undergo MRI For Groin Strain
Johnny Cueto was in a good mood after leaving his start early, joking that the injury felt like "a crab going there and biting me."

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Yasiel Puig Sends Madison Bumgarner '#DONTLOOKATME' T-Shirt
A day after Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner feuded on the field, Puig sent Bumgarner a t-shirt with '#DONTLOOKATME' in block letters across the front.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Benches Clear After Battle Between Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig
No punches were thrown, but each side traded several pushes and shoves.


Santiago Casilla Out As Giants' Closer
Bruce Bochy has removed Santiago Casilla from the closer's role after the reliever had his ninth blown save of the season for the Giants on Sunday.


Padres Call Up Former Groundskeeper
The Padres called up Jake Smith, who forged an unlikely path to the Major Leagues, on Wednesday.

Carlos Collazo/MLB

Giants Place Jake Peavy On 15-Day Disabled List
Jake Peavy was supposed to start for the first time since a demotion to the bullpen on Aug. 1.


Matt Moore Falls Just Short Of No-Hitting Dodgers
Giants lefty Matt Moore lost his no-hit bid in the ninth inning Thursday night, giving up a single to Corey Seager with two outs.

Joe Nathan Agrees To Minor League Deal With Giants
Joe Nathan will report to the Giants' Double-A team in Richmond, Virginia.

Giants Manager Bruce Bochy Hospitalized Overnight
The Giants said in a statement that Bruce Bochy is "resting comfortably" and will be monitored overnight.

Brandon Crawford First In 41 Years To Get Seven Hits
Brandon Crawford put the Giants ahead with a single in the 14th inning of a 8-7 win over the Marlins on Monday night.

Giants Moving Jake Peavy To Bullpen
The Giants are moving Jake Peavy to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for Matt Moore, who they acquired from the Rays on Monday.

Andrew Baggarly/San Jose Mercury News

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

Richard Justice/MLB

Giants Get Matt Moore From Rays
The Rays will reportedly receive Matt Duffy, some prospects and cash in the deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Brewers Sending Will Smith To Giants
The Brewers will receive Minor League pitcher Phil Bickford and catcher Andrew Susac.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Giants Showing Interest In Rays' Matt Moore
Matt Moore is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Giants Still Focused On Adding Pitching
Despite adding Eduardo Nunez in a trade on Thursday night, the Giants are still focused on acquiring a pitcher before Monday's non-waiver deadline.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Giants Acquire Eduardo Nunez From Twins
The Twins receive minor league pitcher Adalberto Nunez from the Giants.

Giants In "Active Talks' With Padres On Andrew Cashner
The Padres are pushing to trade Andrew Cashner, who pitched on Tuesday night, ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.

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