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  1. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  2. Barry Zito still unbeatable in 10-0 win over Rockies

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    Barry Zito Getty

    Including last year’s postseason, the Giants are riding a streak of 16 straight victories with Barry Zito on the mound. The left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Wednesday in a 10-0 drubbing of the Rockies. Zito posted a 1.69 ERA in his three postseason starts last year, and he’s…

  3. 2013 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Romo Posey Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants hold off the Dodgers in the National…

  4. Barry Zito is open to an extension, makes everyone laugh

    Feb 8, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Along the same lines as “Aaron Gleeman is open to dating Kate Mara and said he wants Netflix to hurry up with the second season of ‘House of Cards’” comes this tweet from Giants camp: Zito also would be open to an extension and said he wants to stay a Giant till he retires. #sfgiants.…

  5. Zack Greinke, highest paid pitcher in baseball history?

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    greinke angels getty

    As the Dodgers and Rangers reportedly battle over Zack Greinke the latest from’s Jon Heyman is that there’s a “strong belief by people close to situation” that Greinke “can beat” the $161 million CC Sabathia got from the Yankees. In other words, Greinke could be the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Here are the…

  6. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  7. Barry Zito and Sergio Romo were on “The Tonight Show”

    Nov 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    zito romo leno

    Barry Zito and Sergio Romo were on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno last night, where fellow guest Jamie Lee Curtis hung out during their interview while wearing a Romo beard. Here’s video of their appearance, broken down into two parts:

  8. Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million? OK, good luck with that

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    michael bourn getty

    I’m gonna be sick to death of this stuff by January, but man, I forgot how much I loved the scuttlebutt, rumors, slanders, lies, hyperbole and general silliness of the hot stove season.  And it hasn’t truly begun until you start hearing things about Scott Boras clients, be it stuff from Boras himself or from…

  9. Autopsy Report: Detroit Tigers

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Romo strikes out Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera to win the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit

    I prefer to think of this as an autopsy and not a eulogy, because an autopsy deals specifically with the cause of death. A eulogy, in contrast, takes in the deceased’s whole life and tries to draw some lessons from it. I don’t think anyone can draw any intelligent conclusions about the Tigers’ entire 2012…

  10. Homegrown Giants pitching proves unbeatable in World Series sweep

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Brian Sabean’s fondness for over-the-hill hitters has made him the butt of more than a few jokes during his 16-year run as the Giants’ general manager. What is undeniable, though, is that the man knows something about pitching, particularly young pitching. Four of the five starters the Giants used this year and in the postseason…

  11. Giants settle on Hector Sanchez as Game 3 designated hitter

    Oct 26, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    The Giants will go with their 22-year-old backup catcher as their designated hitter in Game 3 of the World Series in Detroit on Saturday. Hector Sanchez is getting the call for the third time in the postseason. Aubrey Huff was the most likely alternative in the spot. Both of Sanchez’s previous assignments this month came…

  12. Giants manager Bruce Bochy keeps pushing all of the right buttons

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

    Bruce Bochy

    The Giants weren’t as much of a surprise the Nationals, so it’s doubtful Bruce Bochy will get much love in the Manager of the Year award balloting when the results are announced next month. Now if there were a Postseason Manager of the Year award, there’s no doubt Bochy would claim it in a landslide.…

  13. Will the Giants get the good or bad Madison Bumgarner in Game 2 tonight?

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    Madison Bumgarner was bumped from the Giants’ rotation in the NLCS after back-to-back poor playoff starts in which he failed to make it out of the fifth inning, but manager Bruce Bochy is putting his faith in the 23-year-old left-hander tonight. Bochy chose Bumgarner to make the Game 2 start rather than Tim Lincecum, who…

  14. Giants capture Game 1 of World Series from Tigers behind Pablo Sandoval, Barry Zito

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1

    Pablo Sandoval went 4-for-4 with three home runs and Barry Zito yielded just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings as the Giants rocked and rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday evening in San Francisco. Sandoval smashed a solo shot to right-center field in…

  15. Pablo Sandoval homers a third time in World Series Game 1

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

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    Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols. Those were the only players to homer three times in a World Series game before Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval joined the club with a solo blast to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning of this Game 1. Sandoval sent a shot to the very same…

  16. Pablo Sandoval goes deep again, Giants up 4-0 in Game 1

    Oct 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    marco scutaro getty

    Justin Verlander had been a force throughout this 2012 postseason. But now he is getting hammered. Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, the MVP of the NLCS against the Cardinals, drove in Angel Pagan with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning, then Pablo Sandoval launched his second home run of…

  17. Pablo Sandoval homer gives Giants early Game 1 lead

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    pablo sandoval getty

    AT&T Park is in a state of “Panda-monium.” Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval — who is affectionately nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” — hit a Justin Verlander pitch into the right-center field seats in the bottom of the first inning of this World Series opener, giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead. Giants left-hander Barry Zito looked a…

  18. World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco: DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  19. Giants’ roster includes 11 players from 2010 champions

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    Less than half of the Giants’ current roster remains from the team that won the World Series in 2010. There are only 11 holdovers, or 12 if you include Game 1 starter Barry Zito despite his not being on the actual playoff roster in 2010. Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News has the…

  20. Tomorrow’s World Series narratives today

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT


    We’ve talked a lot about narrative lately, but that’s all pregame to the crowning jewel of narrative season: the World Series. The big narrative: that whoever wins four out of seven games is and always was special and uniquely destined for this. There will be lots of post-facto story-telling after each victory and especially after…

  21. Greetings from San Francisco

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    AT&T Park

    SAN FRANCISCO — Because of personal weekend travel on top of World Series travel, I wake up this morning in the third different time zone in the space of four days. I’ve wrestled American Airlines to something close to a draw — they may not have given me what I wanted for all of my trouble…

  22. Giants to start Madison Bumgarner in World Series Game 2

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    madison bumgarner getty

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced earlier this evening that left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night against the Tigers. And now we can fill in most of the other slots. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, left-hander Madison Bumgarner will be the starter in Game…

  23. Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants

    Oct 23, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    UPDATE: It’s official, Zito will start Game 1. ========== There’s no official word yet on the Giants’ rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He’d face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners…

  24. Tigers favored over Giants in World Series

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    180 sign

    San Francisco won six more games than Detroit during the regular season, but the Tigers are sizable favorites over the Giants in the World Series. Bovada has Detroit as -180 favorites, which means you’d have to risk $180 to win $100 on the Tigers and means they’d have to win the series 65 percent of…

  25. Giants to face rotation dilemma in World Series

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong

    With plenty of time to set things up, the Tigers have already announced their rotation for the World Series (Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and then Max Scherzer). The Giants have some decisions to make. Here’s one guess at how it could go: Game 1: Wednesday – Barry Zito – four days’ rest Game…

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