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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

Apr 23, 2015 7:44 AM

After more than 11 years in court, Barry Bonds has been cleared in a federal court of appeals.

Baseball's all-time home run leader had his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out on Wednesday. The ruling was 10-1 that his answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into illegal performance-enhancing drugs distribution.

"Today's news is something that I have long hoped for," Bonds said in a statement. "I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice."

Bonds broke Hank Aaron's long-standing career record of 755 homers in 2007, finished that season with 762 and was indicted that December for his testimony before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, in which he answered a question about injections by saying he was "a celebrity child."

"I think sadly his reputation has been tarnished, not because of the indictment or the reversal, but because of all the PED use," former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent said. "I think the public has made up its mind."

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Pence Unlikely To Return To Giants By May 1

Apr 22, 2015 4:45 PM

Hunter Pence, who suffered a broken left forearm after getting hit by a pitch during spring training, is unlikely to hit his target return date of May 1.

Pence, who was estimated to miss six to eight weeks after suffering the injury March 6, is "making progress," according to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

The right fielder still needs to ramp up his baseball-related activities and hit off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice before he's ready to hit against live pitching.

"He's got to go through hitting off a tee, soft toss ... all the boxes he's got to check off," Bochy said.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Brian Wilson Takes Part In Live Read Of Major League

Apr 21, 2015 8:23 AM

Brian Wilson, former closer for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, 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.

Wilson portrayed Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, mimicking Charlie Sheen's trademark laconic delivery and even coming to the event in a period-appropriate Indians uniform.

A number of celebrities took part in the live reading as well, including Sofia Vergara, Rob Huebel, Billy Gardell, Joe Manganiello and Eric Stonestreet.

Dave Schilling/Grantland

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

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Giants Place Peavy On DL With Back Strain

Apr 19, 2015 12:56 AM

Rght-hander Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday by the Giants due to a back strain, according to an report.

To fill Peavy's spot on the 25-man roster, the Giants recalled catcher Andrew Susac from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Chicken Finger Causes Delay At Diamondbacks-Giants Game

Apr 17, 2015 7:41 AM

Thursday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants was delayed for less than a minute when a chicken finger fell onto the field.

The chicken tender reportedly came from a seagull. It bounced on the infield grass and landed on the mound as a pitch was being thrown by Arizona reliever Randall Delgado.

Matt Morgan/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Ross Heard From A's Almost Immediately After Release

Apr 10, 2015 11:03 AM

Cody Ross heard from the Oakland Athletics almost immediately after he was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.

A number of other clubs reached out to Ross, but none seemed to be as good a fit as the Athletics.

"To be honest with you, I couldn't be any more excited," Ross said. "I know how much fun this team has had in the past and how successful they've been. That had a lot to do with the decision I made.

"From the outside looking in, it's just a team that has a lot of passion, plays the game the right way, plays hard. Does all the little things right. That's the type of team I want to play on. Just a bunch of grinders that go out and play hard and want to win on a nightly basis."

Jane Lee/MLB

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

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Giants, Kevin Correia Agree To Minor League Deal

Apr 8, 2015 7:33 AM

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a Minor League deal with Kevin Correia.

Correia was in camp with the Miami Marlins, but was released late in spring. He split the 2014 season between the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers.

He is expected to report to extended Spring Training to ramp up his pitch count before heading to Triple-A.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Matt Cain Undergos MRI Due To Forearm Tightness

Apr 7, 2015 8:16 AM

Matt Cain underwent an MRI on Monday after experiencing pain in his right forearm.

Cain's season ended prematurely last year after he underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow.

Bruce Bochy said 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

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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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.

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.

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."

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Sandoval: Giants Made It Easy To Leave
Pablo Sandoval felt disrespected by the Giants and knew as early as spring training last season that he would leave the team as a free agent.


Vogelsong Returned To Giants After Astros Decreased Offer
Ryan Vogelsong, who had a deal in place with the Astros before re-signing with the Giants, had his offer reduced following a physical.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Believe Pence Has Broken Forearm
Hunter Pence was hit in the arm by a pitch on Thursday afternoon.

Alex Pavlovic/CSN Bay Area

Bruce Bochy Rejoins Giants
Giants manager Bruce Bochy underwent a heart procedure three days ago.

Bruce Bochy Out Of Hospital After Heart Procedure
Giants manager Bruce Bochy is expected to be back to work at Spring Training Camp on Sunday.

Sandoval Isn't Bothered By Criticism Over Weight
Pablo Sandoval's weight became a hot topic on social media Thursday when an unflattering photo surfaced.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Bumgarner Not Worried About 2014 Workload
Madison Bumgarner threw 270 innings in 2014 when he add his 52 2/3 postseason innings to his total.

Chris Haft/MLB

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