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  1. Looking ahead to a full slate of division series action today

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    Four games, two possible eliminations. Let’s see what the playoffs have in store for us today: Cardinals vs. Nationals, 1:07 PM, MLB Network The Nats and Cards split in St. Louis and now play a best of three in Washington, which will host its first playoff game since 1933.  The back-from-the-dead Chris Carpenter faces off…

  2. Shaky Rolen should take a seat in Game 4

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    As costly as it was, Scott Rolen‘s second error of the NLDS, which scored the go-ahead run as the Reds lost in 10 innings, isn’t reason alone to stick him on the bench against San Francisco’s Barry Zito in Wednesday’s Game 4 in Cincinnati. But it doesn’t need to be. In Todd Frazier, the Reds…

  3. Giants break through in 10th inning of NLDS Game 3 against Reds to avoid elimination

    Oct 9, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    joaquin arias getty

    Scott Rolen ranks among the best defensive third basemen in major league history and catcher Ryan Hanigan had a fantastic season behind the plate. But baseball can be an incredibly cruel sport. Hanigan let a Jonathan Broxton pitch get to the backstop with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, allowing Buster Posey…

  4. Giants announce that Barry Zito will start Game 4

    Oct 8, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Rather than go back to their ace on short rest, the Giants plan to start Barry Zito against the Reds if they extend the NLDS to four games, manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday. The Giants picked Zito over Matt Cain even though it would be a do-or-die situation. Down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, they…

  5. Giants pick Ryan Vogelsong over Tim Lincecum for Game 3

    Oct 7, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong

    The Giants unleashed a curveball Sunday, announcing that Ryan Vogelgong would get the nod in Game 3 against the Reds over Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. This makes it possible that Lincecum will never pitch in the NLDS, as the Giants could well go to Matt Cain on three days’ rest if they extend the…

  6. Matt Cain proves beatable in postseason for first time

    Oct 7, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Jay Bruce

    The Giants were so dominant in the 2010 postseason that Matt Cain had no chance to match Cole Hamels‘ feat from 2008. Hamels went 4-0 and his team won all five of his starts as the Phillies marched to a World Series victory. Cain, on the other hand, pitched just three times as the Giants…

  7. NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Reds

    Oct 6, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Buster Posey AP

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Giants and Reds have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams San Francisco Giants (94-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (97-65) The Matchups Game 1 Saturday in San Francisco: Johnny Cueto vs.…

  8. Madison Bumgarner to start Game 2 of NLDS against Reds

    Oct 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    Hardly shocking news, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced this evening that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the Reds on Sunday in San Francisco. Matt Cain and Johnny Cueto are set to square off in the series opener on Saturday night. Bumgarner will be opposed by Bronson Arroyo. The Reds…

  9. Dodgers lose, clinch postseason spot for Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis, Pablo Sandoval

    The Dodgers’ season is over, and one can only hope manager Don Mattingly learned a couple of lessons tonight. The Giants won 4-3 in L.A. on Tuesday night to end the Dodgers’ playoff hopes and clinch the second wild card for the Cardinals. St. Louis could have clinched with a win earlier in the evening,…

  10. Giants predictably pick Matt Cain as Game 1 playoff starter

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    One of the nice things about clinching a playoff spot early is that you can line up your rotation optimally and the Giants are doing just that, with manager Bruce Bochy announcing that Matt Cain will start Game 1 of the NLDS. When that will be and who that will be against isn’t known yet,…

  11. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 6, Pirates 5: R.A. Dickey wins his 20th, striking out 13 in the process. I don’t care if wins aren’t supposed to matter. It’s cool. He’s old and he struggled for years and he has no freaking ligament in his elbow and he seems like a pretty cool guy and all of that and…

  12. Barry Zito won’t be left off Giants’ playoff roster this time

    Sep 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito was left off the playoff roster for all three rounds of the Giants’ championship run in 2010 despite throwing 199 innings with a 4.15 ERA during the regular season. He has very similar numbers this season, throwing 172 innings with a 4.18 ERA, but manager Bruce Bochy said yesterday that he plans to…

  13. If not for Bud, Braves would be World Series favorites

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    Who’s with me? The Nationals’ four projected starters are a combined 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in the postseason, with that entire track record belonging to Edwin Jackson. They have one hitter in their lineup with a .350 OBP. They don’t have any big holes in their lineup, but they also don’t have anyone with…

  14. Barry Zito, come on down!

    Sep 16, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito was left off the postseason roster all three series for the 2010 world champion Giants. This year, signs point to him being a very important player if the Giants are going to make a run into October. Former NL ERA leader Ryan Vogelsong gave up seven runs — six earned — in 3…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  16. Clayton Kershaw scratched with hip injury

    Sep 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    Clayton Kershaw won’t start the series finale against the Giants on Sunday night. He’s been scratched because of hip discomfort, and Joe Blanton will pitch in his place tonight. It’s certainly good news for the Giants as they throw Barry Zito to go for the series win after splitting the first two games in San…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Eight Men Out

    It was a light schedule and my Braves played a late game, so I watched “Eight Men Out” last night. For, like, the 5th or 6th time. And that just made me want to watch “Matewan” again for, um, the 20th time or thereabouts. Maybe tomorrow night. Anyway, damn you John Sayles, damn you. As…

  18. Felix Hernandez: MLB’s best young pitcher in 20 years

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    That’s pretty defensible, right. Felix Hernandez debuted at 19, and while he wasn’t great right away — in fact, he was pretty disappointing his first three years — he’s provided a ton of value to the Mariners in going 96-72 with a 3.17 ERA in 230 career starts to date. Baseball-reference WAR rates him as…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EDT

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

  20. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  21. Giants lefty Eric Surkamp undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Eric Surkamp

    Out since spring training with an elbow injury, Giants left-hander Eric Surkamp will now be sidelined through at least the middle of next season following Tommy John surgery. Prior to the injury Surkamp was in the mix to potentially supplant Barry Zito as the Giants’ fifth starter, but instead he hasn’t thrown a pitch and…

  22. Tim Lincecum was shelled again

    Jul 8, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    It’s not often a guy can give up six runs in three and a third innings and say that he improved over his last start, but Tim Lincecum can. Five days after giving up eight runs in three and a third innings to the Nationals, Lincecum went out today against the Pirates and gave up six…

  23. Madison Bumgarner shines as the Giants toss their fourth straight shutout

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v San Francisco Giants

    Never before in the long history of the Giants franchise had they thrown four straight shutouts, but they have now. They blanked the Reds 5-0. This after throwing three straight shutouts against the Dodgers. Their scoreless innings streak is now at 36 innings, the longest in team history. The last time the Giants allowed a…

  24. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  25. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

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