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Sacramento River Cats v. Tacoma Rainiers Game Notes

As part of Baseball Hot Corner’s ongoing commitment to cover as much baseball around the country as possible, I attended today’s game between the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats and the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. Before I begin the article I would like to offer my gratitude to the River Cats’ media relations department...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former Royals/current Giants Aoki, Maxwell receive their rings

Both Nori Aoki and Justin Maxwell were part of the Royals team which the Giants beat in the World Series last year, which means they were both owed their American League championship rings. They finally received them on Saturday -- fitting because they both played critical parts in the Giants’ 5-4 extra-inning win over the Rockies. Maxwell hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants' Romo talks about playing close games with the Dodgers

The Giants play the Dodgers again Monday night in the first of three games in Los Angeles after sweeping them in San Francisco last week. Reliever Sergio Romo spoke to the Giants’ radio home, KNBR, about playing the Dodgers. Asked about why the team played so well against their rival:“I honestly don’t know if it’s just we’re playing them or if they kind of bring the best...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Nolan Arenado’s Defense Victimizes the Giants Again

Last week, in a game against the Giants in San Francisco, Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado made a ridiculous catch on a foul popup by Gregor Blanco, catching the ball right as he collided with the tarp and ricocheted partway into the stands. Here’s a video: Well, he’s at it again. Last night in another game against the Giants, this time in Colorado, Arenado made a diving...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Scenes from a San Francisco Giants Day Game, 4/23/15

Left field, pre-game. The usher was not particularly understanding. I'm just trying to get a photo and move on, bro. Center field bleachers.The flags breezing along. The Giants are at the top (World Champs flag) and bottom (currently last in the division)The edible garden in center field, watched over by Hello Kitty.Why this is a custom jersey and not sold by the truckload in stores...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandoval expected to get Giants World Series ring in person

          This embed is invalid   " /> The San Francisco Giants are over the rocky breakup.   Pablo Sandoval, who signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox after spending his first seven seasons with San Francisco, made some controversial comments about his former team during spring training. However, the Giants plan to present...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Casey McGehee the Giants’ Best Option at Third?

The Giants showed some life against the Dodgers, sweeping the division leaders to close out a ten-game homestand. But it was not a promising start to the 2015 season at AT&T Park, as San Francisco managed to go just 4-6 over that span. The biggest reason for the skid? A lack of offensive production, particularly with runners in scoring position. It is early. We know that. There’s...
Via BaySportsNet
3 days ago  |  Discuss

By Some Miracle San Francisco Giants Nori Aoki Was Not Tagged Out On This Play

When a player is taking a healthy lead off the base it tends to send a message to the pitcher that maybe--just maybe--he should try to pick him off. Wednesday night Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had the perfect opportunity to pick off Giants outfielder Nori Aoki. His first baseman was on the bag and Aoki was taking a big lead. The stage was set.But somehow Aoki bent the space-time...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Trying to get Back on Track for Defending Champs

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Last October Madison Bumgarner cemented his name among the game’s greatest when it comes to postseason performances. The San Francisco Giants were propelled to their third World Series...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence Progressing, but not Ready for May 1st Return

Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants doubles in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) The San Francisco Giants have gotten off to a rough start to the 2015 season, sitting in last place in the National League West with a 5-10 record. The...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NL West Small Sample Size: DNA or False Positive for 2015?

When the San Francisco Giants took game one of their first series of the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was like a breath of fresh air. The April 21st 6-2 win came at a time when the Giants were 4-10–  their worst start in nine years. With a whopping 9.26% of 162 home and away games currently in the books, any serious analysis of the 2015 season seems peremptory, hasty...
Via The Giants Cove
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Win The Battle Of The Aces Between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner?

Tonight, in San Francisco’s AT&T Park, two of the best pitchers in MLB square off in a heavyweight battle for the ages. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants take to the bump for their respective ball clubs in hopes of notching his second victory of the season. No, this isn’t the NLCS, or even a game between two division...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Defensive Sparkles Behind Tim Lincecum’s Strong Effort as San Francisco Claims Important Win

SAN FRANCISCO – Justin Maxwell made an outstanding defensive play during the top of the eighth inning to preserve a San Francisco lead and then launched a two-run home run during the bottom of the frame to help power the Giants to a 6-2 win over rival the Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4) on Tuesday night at AT&T Park. With San Francisco (5-10) clinging to a 4-1 lead and runners on...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pence will return later rather than sooner

When Hunter Pence broke his arm on March 5, he was expected to return in 6-8 weeks, which would have had him coming back by late April. It probably won't happen until after May 1 according to Bruce Bochy.The status of Pence according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area is as follows:"Pence has been running and throwing in recent weeks and has taken light swings with a fungo bat, but...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chicken Finger Delay between Giants & D’Backs

In 1982, the Weather Girls made the song “It’s Raining Men” famous. Thursday night in a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, it was “raining chicken fingers.” A breaded chicken dropped from the sky and landed near the mound as Randall Delgado of the Giants delivered a pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Arizona Republic...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

So Far, So Good For Tim Lincecum

We are 11-games into this young 2015 season and the San Francisco Giants are off to a rather slow start.  We’ve now seen the starting rotation take their second turn through, and while it’s an incredibly small sample size, we can start to kind of pick up on some trends and make some general observations.  As a whole, the starting rotation hasn’t been all that bad for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Please Don’t Let The Top San Francisco Giants 2015 Season Highlight Be Madbum On A Horse

Because right now, it is.Of course that’s not really true. Rookie Chris Heston has pitched marvelously in two starts, taking over for Matt “Greg Oden” Cain. Unfortunately Heston only has one win to show for it since the Giants can’t seem to score any runs. In the home opener they left the bases loaded in the first two innings, and had 10 men LOB through five.Scoring runs...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
12 days ago  |  Discuss

$100 parking is back around AT&T Park

If you went to the San Francisco Giants home opener today and didn’t pay out the nose for parking, consider yourself lucky. Lots near the stadium were charging as much as $100 for a spot before the World Champions raised their 2014 banner. Say what?! This is what parking lots are charging on opening day. @SFGiants #gouging #mapit — Lyanne Melendez...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Rides Horse During Giants’ Pregame Ceremonies (Video)

Madison Bumgarner made quite the entrance on the field at AT&T Park on Monday. The San Francisco Giants celebrated their 2014 World Series win with a pregame ceremony for their home opener against the Colorado Rockies, and the ace delivered the championship flag in the most Madison Bumgarner way possible: on a San Francisco police horse. Bumgarner, who lives on a farm...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner rode a horse with the World Series banner

So, how did the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2014 World Championship at Monday’s home opener at AT&T Park? By having Madison Bumgarner ride in with the banner on a horse, of course. “I’m on a horse.” — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 13, 2015 During the World Series parade in the fall, Bumgarner wanted to ride a horse, but the San Francisco...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bonds on A-Rod nearing milestone: 'Why the hate?'

Alex Rodriguez is just five home runs shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth on baseball’s all-time home run list with 660, but we all know every home run the New York Yankees slugger hits is accompanied by an asterisk. Barry Bonds wishes it didn’t have to be like that. During a recent interview with...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: From good to ugly

The San Francisco Giants sit at 3-4 after the first week of the baseball season. They started off great, and then looked awful. What was the reason behind the inconsistently? Is it too early to tell what kind of season this is going to be? The Giants did what they were supposed to do, which was beat up on the Arizona Diamondbacks. They did everything well in that series. They pitched...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Cain’s health a giant key to San Francisco’s success

The San Francisco Giants are one of the most remarkable stories of the past 6 years in baseball.  In 2010, the Giants won their first world series since moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958 and first championship since 1954.  They followed that campaign up with two additional championships in 2012 and 2014. Indeed, only the Red Sox have experienced this type of success...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Giants Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the champion San Francisco Giants. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not San Francisco’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Giants system who are most ready to […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Making cuts and picking Hector Sanchez as backup catcher

Andrew Susac, Hunter Strickland, and Juan Perez are gone. All three members of the San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series team were optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, as the front office all but set the 25-man roster. Hector Sanchez appears to be the backup catcher, winning a spot he often wondered if he’d be able to do again after a series of concussions last year. Additionally...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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