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Giants Turn Triple Play, Lose Ball, Lose Game

Somehow, those involved lost track of their triple-play ball. John Bowker entrusted the souvenir ball to bullpen catcher Taira Uematsu, also the translator for Keiichi Yabu.

But, as it turns out, Uematsu had no idea that ball was the special one and he played catch with it, thus the ball got mixed up with all the others.

?I tried,? Bowker said with a grin. This one will have to stay in their memories and on the highlight reels.

The Giants turned a triple play in the eighth inning of their 7-3, 13-inning loss to the Padres on Friday night, as reported by the Associated Press.

Via AP


Giants' Molina Named NL Player Of The Week

Giants' catcher Bengie Molina on Tuesday was named National League Player of the Week, as reported by Yahoo.com.

Molina posted a .652 batting average, .654 on-base percentage, 15 hits, and six doubles. His 24 total bases and 1.043 slugging percentage tied for the best in baseball.

Via yahoo.com


Vizquel Sets Longevity Mark

Giants' shortstop Omar Vizquel set the major league record for games played at his position Sunday, playing in both games of a doubleheader against the Marlins.

Vizquel raised his games played total to 2,584, passing fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio, as reported by Yahoo.com.

Via yahoo.com


Giants' Zito Earns First Win

Barry Zito earned his first win of the season, pitching the Giants past the Marlins 8-2 Friday night, as reported by ESPN.com.

Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand hit consecutive home runs, and Jose Castillo also connected to help the Giants win their third straight game.

Zito (1-8) allowed one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four for his first victory since September 30, 2007, when he defeated the Dodgers in the season finale.

Via espn.com


Magowan Criticizes Mitchell Report

Peter Magowan blasted Sen. George Mitchell's investigation on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, saying the report did not contain his version of events as it concerned Barry Bonds and personal trainer Greg Anderson ? a version he cannot publicly discuss because Bonds is under indictment on perjury charges.

"When the facts are wrong especially when I feel I don't have a way to defend myself because of certain reasons, and they're still out there and increase over time, that I do think is unfair, and it does bother me," Magowan said.

"I thought I had one legitimate chance to tell it to one fair man, and I did tell it, and it didn't show up," he continued. "I feel, I don't know, a little frustrated, maybe even a little sad about that. But that is not why I'm leaving."

Via Oakland Tribune


Giants May 2008 Archive

  • Giants' Magowan Announces Retirement

    Peter Magowan, managing general partner and president, will retire at the end of this season, a move announced on Friday at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

  • Sources: Giants' Magowan Stepping Down On Friday

    Peter Magowan, managing partner of the San Francisco Giants, is expected to step down on Friday.

  • Vizquel Says Knee Is Ready For '08 Debut

    San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel claims that he is pain-free and finally ready to make his 2008 debut on Saturday against the Phillies.

  • Giants' Zito Sharper, But Loses Again

    Although mostly effective pitching on Wednesday night, Barry Zito fell to 0-7 as the Giants lost to the Pirates 3-1.

  • Giants' Farm Report: Bumgarner K's 10, Walks 1

    Madison Bumgarner had another great outing for the Augusta Greenjackets, pitching six scoreless innings while striking out 10, walking one and yielding just three hits.

  • Zito Made A Starter Again

    Barry Zito has a season FIC of five (0.76 per start, compared to Tim Lincecum 8.09 per start and 57 overall) and therefore has a Reina Value of -97%.