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

    Oct 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM EST

    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…

  5. Barry Zito, come on down!

    Sep 16, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    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…

  7. Clayton Kershaw scratched with hip injury

    Sep 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 15, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    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…

  12. Giants lefty Eric Surkamp undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Jul 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

  13. Tim Lincecum was shelled again

    Jul 8, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2012, 8:21 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    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…

  17. Player poll: C.J. Wilson is baseball’s most overrated pitcher

    Jun 8, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    C.J, Wilson

    Every year Sports Illustrated takes a poll of as many players as it can — this year it got 227 of them — and asks them a bunch of questions they’d never answer with attribution. Most overrated this or that, worst umpire, etc. The list for the most overrated pitchers is out now (slide show;…

  18. Barry Zito is selling his house for $11.5 million

    Jun 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Barry Zito

    Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of the money professional athletes make because their contracts are usually viewed within the context of team payrolls and free agency and everything else that also includes ridiculous amounts of money. But then one of them puts his house on the market and my brain finally realizes, “wow, this…

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

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

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

    May 29, 2012, 5:47 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale: 15Ks and three hits in seven and a third. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Red Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jim Leyland said that we saw what we saw and should write what we saw, so let’s do that: The Red Sox’ second inning rally never should have happened…

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

    May 24, 2012, 8:28 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Yankees 8, Royals 3: Alex Rodriguez would like the New York sporting press to write more career obituaries for him. It seems to suit him nicely (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Reds 2, Braves 1: Todd Frazier hit a walkoff homer. It came off  Cristhian Martinez because, as everyone knows, Fredi Gonzalez would be drummed…

  22. And That Happened: Wednesday’s Scores and Highlights

    May 3, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Three walkoff homers and a no-hitter? Holy moley, that was a great night of baseball guys.

  23. Are we really doing the “Barry Zito has figured it out” thing again?

    May 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Barry Zito

    There’s an article in the San Francisco Chronicle San Jose Mercury News about Barry Zito’s return to fine form. It’s totally encouraging: Zito is off to one of the best starts of a 13-year career that has been mostly downhill since he came to the Giants in 2007. His first four starts have produced a…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Royals celebration

    Royals 8, Indians 2: I keep hitting refresh on the scoreboard but nothing changes so, apparently, this is correct and the Royals actually won a game.  Billy Butler hit two homers as Kansas City beat up on Ubaldo Jimenez. Mets 5, Marlins 1: David Wright hit a two-run homer, giving him 735 RBI in his…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

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