San Francisco Giants, 2011 Spring Training News: Brandon Belt Makes Opening Day Roster

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San Francisco Giants, 2011 Spring Training News: Brandon Belt Makes Opening Day Roster

After months of speculation the San Francisco Giants have finally announced today that rookie sensation Brandon Belt will be on the teams 25 man roster for their opening day match up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. To make room for his arrival on the team, the Giants placed their long time utility man Travis Ishikawa on waivers as well as veteran reliever Marc Kroon.

According to Giants beat writter Andrew Baggerly Belt was overcome with emotions when given the news by skipper Bruce Bochy, weeping tears of joy as his life long dream finally came to fruition this afternoon. And in true Giants fashion, Aubrey Huff was quick to give him a hard time:

You crying yet Belt?” Huff said. “Tear up…I’m going to be tearing up the rest of the year in right field.”

No one will be crying if Belt produces like he’s expected to.

Ishikawa could still stay within the organization with AA Fresno if he clears waivers, but I’d expect a guy with his talents will probably be scooped up by another team. The Giants’ braintrust will have some serious decisions to make when Cody Ross returns from his calf injury, with like cuts coming from either Aaron Rowand or Nate Schierholtz.

Congrats Brandon, you most definitely earned it.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Rally Late to Top Rival A's 2-1 in Final Preseason Game

On the eve of the 2011 MLB season the San Francisco Giants picked up where they left off the year before, with a torturous 2 out rally in the bottom of the ninth to beat their Bay Area rivals the Oakland A’s by a score of 2-1. With the win the Giants effectively swept the Bay Bridge exhibition series with the A’s, but it went down to the wire to do so.

The Giants trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, and with two outs Mike Fontenot hit a single off of A’s reliever Bobby Cramer, then advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt. Eli Whiteside then stepped in and smacked a single as well, scoring Fontenot and moving to second on another errant throw. Third string catcher Chris Stewart batted in place of Marc Kroon, hitting a line drive on the second pitch he saw, scoring Whiteside and ending the game in true Giants fashion. What a way to end the Spring for the G-Men.

Madison Bumgarner got the start for the GIants and lasted for 6 innings with only four hits, one run, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. From there Javier Lopez, Ryan Vogelsong and Marc Kroon finished out the game allowing only two combined hits and no runs. Kroon was given the win, his second ever in a major league uniform.

And with the end of another exciting spring of Giants baseball, we turn the page to the regular season tomorrow as the team heads down to Los Angeles to begin their title defense against the rival Dodgers. CSN Bay Area will have 5 plus hours of Giants coverage before and after the game tomorrow, while the game itself will be televised on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. as part of their Opening Day triple header of games. It’s finally here people, it’s finally here.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Beat A's 4-1 Behind Nate Schierholtz Home Run

It was a great night for some Bay Area baseball at the Oakland Coliseum as the San Francisco Giants topped the Oakland A’s for the second night in a row with a 4-1 victory. The Giants now lead the Bay Bridge exhibition series 2-1 as well as a 3-2 record over the A’s this preseason.

Barry Zito had a good outing this evening as he went for 5 2/3 innings while allowing only one run on 4 hits. His 4 strikeouts were matched with 4 four walks, but all in all Barry was looking good, especially with his sweet mustache. CSN Bay Area’s Jaymee Sire tweeted this about his new look:

Asked Zito if mustache was staying for season & he said he’s “just living for tomorrow.”

Classic Zito.

As for the relievers tonight Ramon Ramirez, Dan Runzler, and Guillermo Mota combined for 3 innings of scoreless work with Mota getting the save in the 9th.

Pablo Sandoval had a great game for the Giants tonight with an RBI double in the 2nd and a groundout in the 7th that scored Mark DeRosa. Mike Fontenot follwed suit in the 7th with an RBI single, but the big hit of the night came off the bat of Nate Schierholtz, as he launched a moon shot to center field in the 8th. Brandon Belt went 1-3 with a single.

In other Giants news, the team has decided to part ways with veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan as he will try to join on with another major league team instead of pitching for the Grizzlies in AAA Fresno. Skipper Bruce Bochy noted that there was nowhere he could really fit in the Giants rotation or bullpen and will try his luck elsewhere for the 2011 season. As for minor league sensation Brandon Belt, the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami recently interviewed Bruce Bochy about the situation, and will still not officially deny or confirm whether Belt will be with the Giants on opening day or not. Great interview, definitely worth a read.

The Giants will head back to AT&T tomorrow afternoon to close their exhibition series with their bay area rivals the Oakland A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 tomorrow with Madison Bumgarner getting the start for the Giants and Dallas Braden for the A’s.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Look to Keep Winning, Face A's at Oakland Coliseum Tonight

After taking the first game of the Bay Bridge exhibition series with the Oakland A’s last night 4-3, the San Francisco Giants are looking to keep the good times rolling tonight across the Bay at the Oakland Coliseum. And with the regular season only 2 days away, the more winning the Giants can do the better.

It will be a battle of the lefties tonight as Barry Zito will be on the mound tonight for the G-Men and will face Gio Gonzalez for the A’s. The preseason series is tied at two a piece for these teams, as the A’s took 2 of the three games they played in Arizona.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 tonight with coverage on KNBR 680 as well as KFRC on the FM dial, and you can follow the game on mlb.com. Wish this game was on TV, especially with the ratings CSN Bay Area had last night.

And now, your San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez 2B
RF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
LF Pat Burrell
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Mark DeRosa
DH Brandon Belt
3B Pablo Sandoval
SP Barry Zito

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San Francisco Giants, 2011 Spring Training News: TV Ratings for Giants v. A's Exhibition Off the Charts

Who knew a game that doesn’t matter could have so many people watching it?

The television ratings for last night’s Bay Bridge exhibition series opener between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s were off the charts, delivering an average 4.85 television household rating, which is insanely good for those who don’t understand how the ratings work.

If you break the rating down, there were over 122,000 households watching in the San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland areas on television last night, drawing a peak audience of over 140,000 households (5.56 rating). The exhibition game unbelievably out-rated 95 regular season Giants games from the 2010 championship season. In the key advertising demographics, the game posted a 2.16 for Adults 18-49, 2.79 for Adults 25-54, 2.67 for Men 18-49 and 3.53 for Men 25-54. Can’t wait to see the ratings when these teams play again for real on May 20-22.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s first of their 135 regular season Giants telecasts begins on Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. with the Giants going up against N.L. West rival Los Angeles Dodgers from Dodgers Stadium.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Top A's 4-3 in Bay Bridge Exhibition Series

For the first time since last October the San Francisco Giants played under the lights of AT&T Park, carrying over their postseason success to their exhibition matchup with the Oakland A’s. Thanks to an Aubrey Huff homer in the 5th the Giants got the 4-3 win over Oakland to even up the preseason battle of the Bay at 2 games apiece.

Matt Cain looked good in his 5 1/3 innings of work tonight allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and only one walk, a much improved outing from the 5 run, 3 inning appearance he made against the Anaheim Angels earlier this week. Steve Edelfsen, Santiago Casilla, and Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless 2 2/3 combined, while Sergio Romo got the 1-2-3 save in the ninth, replacing the injured Brain Wilson who will likely start the season on the DL.

Aside from Aubrey’s moon shot to right field, the Giants also got some production from Pat Burrell’s 2 RBI double in the 3rd, and a Buster Posey groundout that scored Andres Torres in the 1st. Posey and Huff each finished the day 2-3 at the plate.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo went 0-2 for the day which included getting beaned in the shoulder by Brett Anderson in the 4th. Pablo ended the game in the 9th with a terrific back-pedaling grab in left field foul territory showing off his increased quickness and range with his glove.

The Giants head across the Bay Bridge tomorrow to take on the A’s at Oakland Coliseum. Barry Zito will get the start for the Giants against Gio Gonzalez for the A’s with the first pitch coming at 7:05 p.m. You can find the game on KNBR 680 as well as KFRC.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Begin Bay Bridge Exhibition Series With Oakland A's

Opening day is only three days away, and what a better preface to another season of San Francisco Giants baseball than an exhibition matchup with the Oakland A’s at AT&T Park. After a productive spring down in Scottsdale, the Giants are looking to get off on the right foot tonight in the battle of the Bay, as well as even up the preseason series between these teams at 2 games a piece.

The GIants will have Matt Cain on the mound tonight facing the lefty Brett Anderson for the A’s. Both have had some rough spring outings and are looking to get the final kinks worked out before the start of the regular season.

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
RF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
LF Pat Burrell
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Brandon Belt
3B Pablo Sandoval
SP Matt Cain

The Giants lineup will probably be pretty similar to the one on opening day, with the exception of Brandon Belt, who is still not be officially put on the opening day roster or not. I’m hoping the kid makes it really bad, he could be a huge addition to this Giants lineup.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on CSN Bay Area tonight, as well as radio coverage on both KNBR 680 and KFRC. Gonna be a good one tonight folks, even though it doesn’t count.

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Giants v. Royals, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Finish Cactus League with 7-4 Loss to Royals

With the starters getting the day off and the reserves on display the San Francisco Giants lost to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-4 at Sunrise Stadium in Sunrise, Arizona. With the loss the Giants finished their Cactus League schedule with a record of 20-12, 1.5 games behind the first place Colorado Rockies.

Jonathan Sanchez got the start today and lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs of 6 hits (4 earned), as well as striking out 5 and walking one. Sanchez finished the Cactus League schedule with a 2.70 ERA and is looking ready to go for the regular season.

As for the Giants offense they were led by minor leaguer Juan Perez, hitting a home run in the seventh and finished the day 2-3 with three RBI. The only other hitter who recorded and RBI was Mike Fontenot with single, Tyler Graham also finished 2-3 with a strikeout.

With the regular season starting on Thursday the Giants will now head back to the Bay for 3 days of exhibition games, starting with the Oakland A’s tomorrow night at AT&T Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 and can be seen on CSN Bay Area, and heard on KNBR 680.

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Giants v. Royals, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Face Royals in Final Cactus League Game

Today marks the end of the San Francisco Giants Cactus League schedule before they head to the Bay for some exhibition games, as they face the Kansas City Royals this afternoon for the second time in three days at Sunrise Stadium in Sunrise, Arizona.

Youngster Brandon Belt was chosen today as the recipient of the 2011 Harry S. Jordan award, which recognizes a player in his first big league spring whose overall performance and dedication to the game best exemplifies what it means to be a Giant. Never too early to get this kid used to winning big league awards…

Your San Francisco Giants:

CF Tyler Graham
SS Mike Fontenot
RF Nate Schierholtz
DH Brad Elders
1B Brandon Belt
3B Ryan Rohlinger
LF Travis Ishikawa
2B Brock Bond
SP Jonathan Sanchez

First pitch is scheldued for 1:05 with coverage only in MLB.com. Stay with SB Nation for everything. Giants, including a post game wrap of today’s game.

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Giants v. Indians, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Split Squad Giants Go Undefeated Today Against Indians, Reds

After the first half of the split squad San Francisco Giants put away the Cincinnati Reds earlier today, the second group wanted to make to follow suit. And behind homers from Brandon Belt and minor leaguer Roger Kieshnick the Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-5 at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona this evening.

Ryan Vogelsong had a pretty good outing today as he went 4 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, two of which were home runs, as well as 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Despite his strong showing this spring, Vogelsong is unlikely to make the regular season squad as Guillermo Mota told Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly that he has been told he’ll be in the bullpen opening day (Baggs’ piece on predicting the opening day roster is really good, definitely worth a read). Vogelsong will probably be joined by veterans Jeff Suppan and Marc Kroon as the other relief pitchers who’ve made the best case to make the team but will just fall short.

After the last few days of stagnent offense for the Giants, they came through twice today scoring a collective 17 runs. Besides his home run Belt added a RBI single and is looking ready to make the squad, but it’s still up in the air if he will, (my bet is he won’t). Roger Kieshnick was a late addition for the DH position, and certainly made good with his time going 2-3 for the day with 3 RBI.

The Giants will have their last Cactus League game tomorrow as they head out to Sunrise, Arizona for the second time in three days to play the Kansas City Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m with coverage on MLB.com .

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GIants v. Reds, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants End Losing Streak With 9-6 Win Over Reds

The San Francisco Giants offense finally showed up, Timmy did just enough, and the G-Men ended their 5 game losing streak with a 9-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

In his probable last appearance of the preseason Tim Lincecum got a bit roughed up today, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits including two home runs, one of which came from the bat of former Giants Fred Lewis. He struck out three and walked one as well allowing a run to score on an uncharacteristic balk in the 5th.

The Giants offense finally showed some of the form it had a few weeks earlier, scoring their 9 runs on 12 Giants hits. Andres Torres launched a towering shot that was originally thought to be a homer, but actually fell in the shadow before the left field wall and Torres was somewhat comically tagged out trotting the bases. Torres continued his nice day in the Giants 6 RBI 6th inning as he battled with Reds gunslinger Aroldis Chapman for another RBI double. Torres finished the day 3-4 with 4 RBIs.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo was 1-3 today with an RBI, hitting a single and scoring a sacrifice fly in the 6th. He also showed some speed going from first to third on a Miguel Tejada double in the 5th.

The Giants still have another game tonight against the Cleveland Indians with the other side of their split squad at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, AZ. San Francisco will play the Kansas City Royals tomorrow for their last Cactus League game before their exhibition games in the Bay area.

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Giants v. Reds/Indians: Split Squad Giants Hoping To Get Some Wins Amongst Recent Struggles

With the San Francisco Giants’ stint in Arizona almost over and their current 5 game losing streak staring them in the face, the G-Men are in desperate need of getting some w’s before the Cactus League draws to a close. They will have two opportunities to do so today as they host the Cincinnati Reds at Scottsdale Stadium and play the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, AZ in some split squad action this afternoon. Tim Lincecum will get the Start for the Giants against the Reds today.

The Reds game is set for a 3:05 first pitch and can be seen on NBC Bay Area as well as an encore presentation on MLB Network at 11:00 p.m. tonight. You can also catch the game on KNBR 680 if you can’t watch the action on TV. As for the Indians game it’s scheduled for a 7:05 first pitch and will only be covered by mlb.com. 

Giants v. Reds Lineup:

CF Andres Torres, 2B Freddy Sanchez, RF Aubrey Huff, C Buster Posey, LF Pat Burrell, 3B Pablo Sandoval, SS Miguel Tejada, 1B Mark DeRosa, P Tim Linceum

Giants v. Indians Lineup:

2B Mike Fontenot, RF Nate Schierholtz, 1B Brandon Belt, CF Aaron Rowand, LF Travis Ishikawa, 3B Ryan Rohlinger, SS Brandon Crawford, C Eli Whiteside, DH Roger Kieschnick, P Ryan Vogelsong


 

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Giants v. Royals, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Fall 15-3 to Royals, Extend Losing Streak to Five

For the fifth night in a row the San Francisco Giants have gotten demolished in their Cactus League schedule, losing to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 15-3 at Sunrise Stadium in Sunrise, Arizona.

Madison Bumgarner had a rough night as he gave up 8 runs of 10 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work while striking out five and walking none. His replacements didn’t far much better, especially Santiago Casilla who gave up another five runs in only 2/3 innings of work.

As for the stagnent Giants offense, their runs came off of singles from Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Tejada, as well as a double by Eli Whiteside who played his first game since coming down with the stomach flu earlier this week. With the loss the Giants move to 18-11, now tied for first place in the Cactus League.

The Giants finish their Cactus League schedule tomorrow against the the Cincinnati Reds, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. You can catch the game on NBC Bay Area as well as KNBR 680.

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Giants v. Royals, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Look to End Losing Streak Against Royals

After losing their last four games and their starting right fielder for the beginning of the season the San Francisco Giants look to right the ship and tinker with their lineup against the Kansas City Royals tonight at Sunrise Stadium in Sunrise, Arizona.

The Giants will have a much different lineup than they have all Spring Training, looking to fill the void left by Cody Ross and his injured right calf. It will be a game of musical chairs in the outfield untill Ross comes back and will look something like this:

DH Andrew Torres
2B Mark DeRosa
RF Aubrey Huff
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Brandon Belt
CF Aaron Rowand
C Eli Whiteside
SP Madison Bumgarner

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 tonight and will be covered only by MLB.com so stay with SB Nation bay area for wrap up of this game and complete Giants coverage.

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Giants v. Indians, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Lose Fourth in a Row, Fall to Indians 7-1

The San Francisco Giants offense struggled for the fourth game in a row, falling to the Cleveland Indians 7-1 tonight, making it four straight Cactus League losses in a row for the defending world champions.

Barry Zito got the start for the Giants but struggled in 6 innings of work, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking one. His replacement Ramon Ramirez didn’t do much better allowing 3 runs on 2 hits in only 1/3 inning of work.

As for the Giants offense, the lwone run came off of a Miguel Tejada home run in the 7th, the only extra base hit for the Giants tonight. The Giants were scoring runs with ease the last few weeks but have lost their touch as of late, a very bad sign as the regular season approaches.

The Giants will take on the Kansas City Royals tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage will only be provided by MLB.com, so stay with SB Nation Bay Area for complete Giants coverage.

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San Francisco Giants 2011 Spring Training News: Cody Ross Likely to Start Season on Disabled List

San Francisco Giants right fielder Cody Ross will likely start the regular season on the disabled list after injuring his right calf early in yesterdays game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe, Arizona.

Ross had an MRI yesterday to see just how bad his injury was, and it is uncertain as of now just how bad it is, but Giants bear writer Andrew Baggerly said it was significant enough to keep him sidelined for opening day and possibly some of the beginning of the season. This injury will now force the Giants and skipper Bruce Bochy to make some decisions with the opening day lineup and may even even provide the opening needed for Brandon Belt to make the regular season squad out of the gate instead of later in the year.

The Giants will play the Cleveland Indians tonight and we start to fiddle with their outfield lineup as to what will work the best in Ross’ absense, my guess would be Nate Schierholtz. First pitch is at 7:05 tonight and will only be covered by MLB.com for paid subscribers.

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Giants v. Angels, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Angels Blank Giants 8-0, Ross Injures Calf Muscle

For the first time this spring the San Francisco Giants have hit a rut in their Cactus League schedule as they lost their third game in a row today against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 8-0. It was their most one-sided loss of the preseason, and happened at a very inopportune time as the regular season starts a week from tomorrow. Yet despite their recent slide, the Giant still hold the best record in the Cactus League at 18-8.

Matt Cain really struggled today, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in just 3 innings of work, which included a 3 run bomb by Bobby Abreu in the first. Cain not only struggled with his control, he also had an error on a poor pickoff attempt in the third inning. Here’s what Giants beat writer Hank Schulman tweeted about Cain’s performance:

[Cain] said outside fastballs were riding back over plate, a rhythm issue. Thought Abreu hit good pitch for HR.

His replacement Steve Edlefsen didn’t fair too well either, giving up another two runs in the fourth. But Santaigo Casilla had a nice showing, striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced and now has 8 shutout appearances this spring. Casilla will be a leading candidate for closer if Brian Wilson misses opening day with his left oblique strain.

As for the Giants offense, there wasn’t much to speak of. Andres Torres hit a triple in the third, the only extra base hit for the Giants all day.

In injury news Cody Ross strained his right calf while attempting a running catch in right field and limped off the field. It is still uncertain what the severity of the injury is yet, and probably won’t know until tomorrow at the earliest. The other Giants injury everyone is keeping a close eye on is Brain Wilson, who did some throwing today, but apparently had to back off from his session and didn't feel as good as he'd hoped according to skipper Bruce Bochy, not exactly what he has hoping for I’m sure.

Tomorrow the Giants will travel to Sunrise, Arizona to take on the Kansas City Royals at Sunrise Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start and can be seen on MLB Network.

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Giants v. Angels, 2011 Spring Training Preview, Giants Head to Tempe to Take on Angels

The San Francisco Giants had their first day off from Cactus League action since the end of February yesterday, and are now set for the short bus ride to Tempe to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Matt Cain will start for the Giants today, taking full advantage of the extra day of rest, but the Giants only have five more games left to play in Arizona before they head back to the Bay to finish off their last remaining preseason games.

Today’s Lineup for the San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
RF Cody Ross
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Miguel Tejada
DH Aaron Rowand
P Matt Cain

First pitch is set for 1:05 this afternoon and will be televised later on a tape delay on MLB Network at midnight, but don’t get too excited to set your DVR because this game is subject to blackout in the local viewing areas.

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San Francisco Giants, 2011 Spring Training News: Giants Have Options With Bench Players

SB Nation’s Rob Neyer wrote a nice little piece today about the San Francisco Giants hitting options coming off the bench, and the effect their decisions will have when it comes to playing time of the starters.

The three players he focuses on are Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, and Travis Ishikawa, all who played an integral part on the Giants championship season last year, but unfortunately, someone will have to be the odd man out. here’s a little breakdown from his piece on the three players (excerpt from USA Today’s Gabe Laques article about players on the bubble:

Aaron Rowand/Travis Ishikawa/Nate Schierholtz, Giants: Ishikawa, 26, and Schierholtz, 27, are both veteran, valued super subs who are out of minor league options. Rowand is due to make $12 million this year and next. The Giants could simply release Rowand, but it would be hard to stomach eating $24 million in salary. Were they to trade him, they’d have to pick up almost all of his salary anyway.

Rowand and Schierholtz are probably the guys that will be kept seeing that Aaron’s contract is just too much to dump and Nate is too valuable as a utility outfielder and pinch hitter. Ishikawa is a player I really like, but would be a third string first baseman behind Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt, or an extra outfielder in an already crowded outfield. He seems to be the least valuable to the club right now, despite his expertise as a pinch hitting specialist, and an all around good guy. Here’s what Travis told the San Jose Mercury News’ Alex Pavlovic a few days ago about the possibility of being cut from the Giants:

“I’ve been around this game long enough to see things, and you hear things,” he said. “You know it’s a business, and they’re going to do the best possible thing for the organization.”

Class act all the way.

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Giants v. Rockies: 2011 Spring Training Scores: Game Cancelled Due to Rain

Well, I’m in the road back from my weekend in Scottsdale for some San Francisco Giants Cactus League action, which ended with me getting soaked and the game against the Colorado Rockies cancelled due to a rare Arizona rainstorm. I am currently in the car, and thanks to technology I am writing this on my smartphone (no I am not the one driving right now).

It was a pretty cold day that resembled a game at AT&T more than in Arizona, with the wind blowing hard and the rain coming down the whole time. None of the players looking ready to play, especially for the Giants, with the team taking BP then sitting in the clubhouse until right before the game began. Timmy looked especially frazzled and had a terrible outing, while the fielders were kicking around grounders and making errand throws. It was 5-0 before the game was called, probably a great thing for the G Men, especially with the day off tomorrow.

Well I’ll be home in a few hours and will have a feature for you to enjoy about my trip later this week. Back to navigating my way home.

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Giants v. Rockies, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Chance of Rain May Give Giants a Day Off

Well, it’s my last day here in Scottsdale for the San Francisco Giants’ Spring Training and, just my luck, it is supposed to rain today. Awesome. But I won’t let a little wetness stop me from heading down to Scottsdale Stadium anyway for their weather permitting matchup with the Colorado Rockies today, with the first pitch scheduled at 1:05 p.m. The weather according to my sources says the precipitation should start around noon, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed as hard as I can that it doesn’t.

The Giants first day off from Cactus League games is scheduled for tomorrow, and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind two days off instead of one, but after losing both of their split squad games yesterday, maybe they’d like to redeem themselves a bit.

And now, you San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Cody Ross
SS Miguel Tejada
P Tim Lincecum

rain, rain, go away….come again any other day but today!

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Giants v. A's/Cubs, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Split Squad Giants Go 0-2 against A's, Cubs

In one of the more disappointing days of the San Francisco Giants Spring Training so far both of the split squad teams fell today as the Oakland A’s topped the G-Men 6-4 at Scottsdale Stadium, while the Chicago Cubs took the Giants to extra innings for a 3-2 loss at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, AZ.

It was a perfect day for some Giants baseball in Scottsdale with some Bay Area cloud cover but with Arizona heat. The game started out poorly with Madison Bumgarner throwing about 40 pitches in the 2nd inning while allowing 4 runs, two of which scored on his throwing error to third with no outs. Bummy only made it threw the 2nd as skipper Bruce Bochy decided that was enough for him, bringing in Dan Runzler. Runzler was followed by Guillermo Mota who combined with Runzler, pitched 5 scoreless innings with only 2 hits and 5 strikeouts. Javy Lopez pitched the 7th, alowing two more runs to score, while Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt split a scoreless 9th inning.

As for the Giants offense it was dormant until the 8th inning when Freddy Sanchez hit a sacrifice groundout, then a 3 run Aubrey Huff homer made it 6-4. The Giants had a total of 6 hits for the game, a very low number for the Giants this Spring Training.

As for the Giants v. Cubs, it took an extra inning for the Cubs to get the win, with the only RBI coming from a first inning single from Mike Fontenot, the other Giants run was unearned. San Francisco used a barrage of pitchers against the Cubs, with Shane Loux getting the start. Loux lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing 2 hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo went 1-4 with a single today, while also grounding into a double play. Panda’s batting average this spring has dropped to .288, but he is doing better than he was last year and is still looking good doing so.

The Giants will take on the Colorado Rockies tomorrow with a 1:05 first pitch. I heard that Tim Lincecum will be getting the start tomorrow, but with a possibility of rain it remains uncertain if there will even be a game. There better be, I didn’t come out to Arizona to watch it rain!

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Split Squad Giants Take on A's at Home, Cubs Away

I arrived in Scottsdale late last night and was not able to get a post game wrap up of yesterday’s game against the Royals, but you can check out what happened here. Most notably Cody Ross and Buster Posey hit home runs, Brian Wilson was diagnosed with a strained left oblique and will be reevaluated on Monday.

As for today I’ll be heading over to Scottsdale Stadium to watch the Giants take on their Bay Area rivals the Oakland A’s in split squad action as the rest of the G-Men will travel to face the Chicago Cubs. For both games the first pitch is scheduled for 1:05, here are your lineups:

Giants v. A’s:
CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
LF Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
RF Cody Ross
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Brandon Belt
3B Ryan Rohlinger
P Madison Bumgarner

Giants v. Cubs
2B Emmanuel Burriss
SS Mike Fontenot
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Pat Burrell
RF Nate Schierholtz
CF Aaron Rowand
1B Travis Ishikawa
C Eli Whiteside
P Shane Loux

Looks like another great day in Scottsdale; a little overcast but should prove to be a great day for baseball. Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for full recaps for both games, and everything Giants.

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Giants v. Royals, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Look to Avoid Back-to-Back Losses Against Royals

On the eve of my arrival to the Scottsdale area the San Francisco Giants will be taking on the Kansas City Royals for some Cactus League action at Scottsdale Stadium this afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 and can be heard live on KNBR 680 or MLB.com (for paid subscribers only). And after the G-Men suffered only their sixth loss of their preseason yesterday to the Los Angeles Dodgers, they will be looking to get a win with Barry Zito at the helm.

The Kansas City Royals are only 1.5 games behind the Giants for first place in the Cactus League and are looking to hand the Giants back to back losses for the first time this Spring Training. But with basically the ‘A’ team on the field today, it will be tough for KC to knock off the G-Men.

And now, your World Champion San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
RF Cody Ross
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Mike Fontenot
P Barry Zito

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Giants v. Dodgers, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Dodgers Snap Giants Win Streak 6-3

The San Francisco Giants recent success over their rival Los Angeles Dodgers (and the rest of the Cactus League) came to an end today as the Dodgers finally beat the Giants by a score of 6-3.

Jeff Suppan had a decent outing today as he lasted four innings allowing seven hits, two runs, and two strikeouts, although he did allow a run to score in a wild pitch in the first. Suppan was followed by Ryan Vogelsong who went for three innings allowing four hits, two runs, one walk, and three strikeouts; Vogelsong, like Suppan, is a contender to make the regular season squad and wil both get a lot of work for the rest of the preseason. Javier Lopez pitched a perfect eighth, but Guillermo Mota gave up back-to-back homers to ex-Giant Eugenio Velez and Xavier Paul in the ninth for some Dodger insurance.

The Giants was sparse today, coming from a 5th inning double by Mike Fontenot that scored Aaron Rowand and Travis Ishikawa, and a Ryan Rohlinger triple in the eighth that scored Chirs Stewart.

The Giants will host the Kansas City Royals tomorrow at Scottsdale Stadium with the first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. Coverage can be found on KNBR 680 with the pregame show starting at 12:50.

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Giants v. Dodgers, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Suppan Set to Take On the Dodgers in Scottsdale

After dismantling the Angels last night, the San Francisco Giants will look to do the same against the Los Angeles Dodgers today, moving their record to an astounding 18-5 so far in the Cactus League and the best record in all of baseball.

Of course it’s still Spring Training, but it’s nice to know that the Giants are in first place. Their pitching has been lights out (as usual) but it’s been some of the veteran guys trying to make the squad that have impressed as much as the regular season guys we all know and love. One of those guys will get the start today in Jeff Suppan, who has shown a lot of promise in his preseason time and is a leading candidate to take the Giants 12th and final roster poster in the bullpen. This will be a important start for him and will likely go most of the game, I’d like to see him do well and make the team for the regular season, but he’s got some stiff competition.

Your San Francisco Giants:

2B Mike Fontenot
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Aubrey Huff
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Nate Schierholtz
CF Aaron Rowand
LF Travis Ishikawa
C Chris Stewart
SP Jeff Suppan

This game is slated for a 1:05 first pitch and will once again only be covered by MLB.com (for paid subscribers) so stay will SB Nation Bay Area for a complete post-game wrapup of today’s game, as well as everything Giants.

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Giants v. Angels, 2011 Spring Training Scores, Sanchez Dominantes as Giants Blank Angels 4-0

It was another picture perfect night in Scottsdale this evening as the San Francisco Giants continued their terrific play in the Cactus League, beating the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 4-0. Like most of the season last year, it was the Giants dominant pitching that got the job done tonight, lead by the lefty Jonathan Sanchez, making quick work of the Halos with a 2 hour and 10 minute game.

Sanchez had 6 shutout innings this evening while allowing only a single hit, one walk and five strikeouts. Sanchez really brought his ‘A’ game tonight as was basically in midseason form; and if it wasn’t Spring Training, he probably could have gone the rest of the game. But he didn’t as Brian Wilson made a relief appearance, donning a green pair of cleats and a green Giants cap (along with the rest of the team) in recognition of his Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. Veteran Marc Kroon got the save with a perfect 1-2-3 9th inning, No Angels reached as far as third base tonight as the Giants pitching held them to two hits total.

The runs in the game came in the 4th inning as Pablo Sandoval hit a double scoring Andres Torres, Miguel Tejada then singled in Pablo, then Pat Burrell doubled scoring Tejada. Very nice hitting sequence from the G-Men against the Angels Dan Haren tonight, hope to see that a lot from these guys this year. Pablo Sandoval then added another RBI with a single in the 8th.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo had a nice game going 3-4 with the previously mentioned RBI double in the 4th and a RBI single in the 8th. He also had a strikeout, but we’ll forgive him for that.

The Giants will host that other team from L.A. tomorrow, the Dodgers for a 1:05 matchup at Scottsdale Stadium, with veteran Jeff Suppan getting the start for the Giants and youngster Ruby de La Rosa starting for the Dodgers. Once again the only coverage will be on MLB.com (for paid subscribers), but once again, we’ll have complete coverage before and after the game, and everything Giants at SB Nation Bay Area.

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Giants v. Angels, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Face Angels Under the Lights at Scottsdale Stadium

As the San Francisco Giants continue to cruise along in their Cactus League schedule the team seems to come together more and more each day. I love watching the players get better everyday, the positional battles play themselves out, and the team’s braintrust comimg up with what they feel will be the best team possible to win. Tonight will be no different as the Giants take on the Los Angeles Angels at Scottsdale Stadium under the lights, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Tonight will be a rematch of the 2002 World Series, one that I will certainly never forget and will forever dislike the Angels over. But now that we’re defending champs, I’ll admit those memories have lost some of their sting, and it will never trump my dislike for the Dodgers. Anyway, I digress…

And now, your San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Buste Posey
SS Miguel Tejada
LF Pat Burrell
1B Brandon Belt
RF Cody Ross
SP J. Sanchez

Unfortunately this game won’t be anywhere but on MLB.com (for paid subscribers only) but stay with SB Nation Bay Area for everything Giants, including a full post game wrapup after tonight’s game.

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Giants v. White Sox, 2011 Spring Training: Belt, Lincecum Lift Giants Past White Sox 5-3

It was another picture perfect day under the Arizona sunshine with the San Francisco Giants taking on the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, and it was just as nice getting to actually watch the game on TV. And with Brandon Belt looking ready for the show and Timmy on the mound for longer than 3 innings, what more could you ask for?

Oh yeah, a win, which the Giants got 5-3.

Lincecum had a nice outing as he pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks, but still managed to strikeout 7 batters. Dan Runzler gave up a 2 run homer in the 7th in his 1 2/3 innings of work, Javy Lopez had a perfect 8th and Ramon Ramirez closed it out in the 9th.

Brad Eldred got the Giants on the board in the 4th with a bloop single, then in the 6th Brandon Belt hit a homer to left center field followed by an Eli Whiteside RBI single. Belt continued his excellent day with a RBI double in the 7th, later scoring off a double from Nate Schierholtz. In other news Aaron Rowand went 0-4, looking more and more ready for the minor leagues everyday.

Brandon Belt had some really good at bats today, especially against Mark Buehrle. He worked the count full both times, getting a walk and a single out of it; Although he did get picked off at first by him as well, that dude has a mean pickoff move. He also knocked the ball away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski when he scored in the 7th.

The Giants will head back to Scottsdale tomorrow for another game under the lights as they take on that other team from Los Angeles, the Angels. First pitch is at 7:05 with coverage only on MLB.com (for paid subscribers). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for everything Giants, including coverage of tomorrow’s game.

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Giants v. White Sox, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Head to Glendale to Take on the Sox

After another hard fought Cactus League win for the San Francisco Giants last night, they’re ready to continue their little road trip in Glendale, Arizona as they are set to face the Chicago White Sox. It will be another pitchers duel today as Tim Lincecum will take on Mark Buehrle at Camelbcak Ranch, the home away from home the White Sox share with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In bearded savior related news, Today is Brian Wilson’s 29th birthday, although he is starting to gain some resemblance to Rip Van Winkle as of late, here’s what Giants Beat writer Henry Schulman tweeted about Wilson:

Brian Wilson not pitching on 29th birthday today, but will go on St. Patty’s night tomorrow: “Just my heritage day, that’s all.”

Plus, he’ll probably get enough partying in tonight he won’t need a St. Patrick’s celebration.

Your San Francisco Giants:

2B Emmanuel Burriss
SS Mike Fontenot
3B Mark DeRosa
CF Aaron Rowand
LF Travis Ishikawa
1B Brandon Belt
RF Nate Schierholtz
DH Brad Eldred
C Eli Whiteside
P Tim Lincecum

First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. and will be televised on the MLB Network. Should be another good day of baseball in the Valley of the Sun.

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Giants v. Diamondbacks, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Ishikawa's Late RBI Lead Giants Past D'Backs 5-4

It was a balmy night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick this evening as the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks squared off for some Cactus League action under the lights. And after a back-and-forth battle between these teams, it was the Giants who got the last laugh with a 9th inning RBI double by Travis Ishikawa for the 5-4 win.

Madison Bumgarner struggled early with his command tonight but calmed down over the course of his outing. Bummy went 4 full innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. His two earned runs came from giving up two homers in the first inning, but held the D’Backs scoreless for his other 3 innings of work. Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt, and Santiago Casilla pitched the middle innings, allowing only a single run over their three innings of combined work, while Sergio Romo gave up a 2 strike 2 out homer in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 4-4. Felix Romero closed the D’Backs out in the 9th.

As for the Giants offense it wasn’t as potent as it had been recently, but still got some good production from some key players. Freddy Sanchez blasted a homer to right center field in the top of the 3rd, Andres Torres hit a grounder that scored Cody, Ross in the 5th followed by a two run homer by Aubrey Huff (his 3rd of Spring Training). But it was Travis Ishikawa who was tonight’s hero in the clutch, breaking up the tie in the top of the 9th with a two out, full count double that scored Emanuel Burriss. The G-Men just love to leave their fans on the edge of their seats, don’t they?

PANDA WATCH: Pablo went 0-4 leaving 3 on base, but once again, he looked good doing so.

The Giants will continue their Spring Training campaign tomorrow as they face the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. First pitch is set for 1:05 and will be televised on the MLB Network (hooray!) with Tim Lincecum starting for the Giants and Mark Buehrle starting for the White Sox.

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San Francisco Giants 2011 Spring Training: NL West Injury Update

It was about a week ago that I wrote a feature previewing the NL West and I wanted to add a bit of an addendum to it. The Giants have been fortunate not to have any serious injuries (knock on wood) so far in Spring Training, but the rest of the division isn’t quite as lucky. Here’s a breakdown of important injuries around the NL West:

Colordao Rockies: Right hander Aaron Cook recently broke some bones in the ring finger of his pitching hand, and will likely miss the first whole month of the season. He is tentatively scheduled to be back with the team some time in May. This leaves the Rocks scrambling to find a replacement in the roatation, which will likely come from within the organization.

Arizona Dimaondbacks: Newly acquired starting pitcher Zach Duke was struck with a line drive in his pitching hand a couple of days ago, breaking two bones. Duke will likely miss 6-8 weeks becuase of it, and will probably be replaced with either Barry Enright or Aaron Heilman for the time being.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Starting pitcher Jon Garland will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after an MRI confirmed a strained oblique muscle, and will likely start the regular season on the DL. The Dodgers seem confident that they can replace his innings in Spring Training with ease, and are hoping he can return in time for his first scheduled start on April 12th, the first game the Dodgers would need a fifth starter. Also, pitcher Vincente Padilla is recovering from surgery he had to relieve a nerve in the forearm of his pitching elbow in late February. The Dodgers aren’t placing any timetable on his return, but when asked GM Ned Colletti felt that he would be back and ready to go before the All-Star break. Padilla threw some long toss late last week, but still won’t be game ready for a while.

San Diego Padres: Reliever Joe Thatcher has missed almost all of Spring Training with soreness in his left shoulder, but has since done some drills and played long toss a few days ago. Youngster Kyle Blanks is still recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery he had last July, and played 5 innings at first base in a game in late February. Blanks took some live pitching AB’s today, his first time doing so since last summer, though is still very limited as to how much throwing he can do.

No one ever likes to see players get hurt, but Giants fans won’t be complaining about the rest of the division starting the season hobbled or short-handed. I know I won’t.

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Giants v. Diamondbacks, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Giants Look to Get Back To Winning Ways Against D'Backs

The San Francisco Giants are looking to bounce back from only their fifth loss of their Cactus League schedule tonight as they head to the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tonight to face their NL West compadres the Arizona Diamondbacks. And after the recent roster cuts, their will be a lot more of the familiar faces tonight that in any other game so far this preseason.

This will be the Giants third trip to the brand new shared spring headquarters for both the D’Backs and Rockies, and have had nothing but rave reviews and packed stands since the Cactus League started in February. It will also mark the third night game the Giants have played this spring in which they are undefeated so far in the preseason. Also, there will be no DH for this game as the pitchers will finally try their hands at getting some at bats.

And now, your San Francisco Giants:

CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
SS Miguel Tejada
LF Pat Burrell
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Cody Ross
P Madison Bumgarner

First pitch will be at 6:40 p.m. and will only be broadcast through MLB.com (for paid subscribers). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for a complete postgame wrapup and everything else Giants related.

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