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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Giants agree to terms with Torres

Andres Torres The Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Andres Torres, Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com reports.

Torres, eligible for arbitration, has agreed to a contract "in the $2.1 million range," Urban writes.

Torres, who will turn 33 next week, asked for $2.6 million in arbitration, while the Giants offered $1.8 million. Torres hit .268/.343/.470 with 16 home runs for the Giants last season and hit .318/.348/.636 with a home run in the World Series.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their National League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

Albert Pujols has won three MVPs, including the last two. Pujols led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (118) and picked up both he Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at first base, but he certainly has a challenger at the same position in his very own division in Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who led the league in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.600) (and therefore, OPS as well). He also led his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

There's also Carlos Gonzalez, who like Pujols and Votto, flirted with the Triple Crown, and ended up winning the batting title with a .336 average.

So, how did the Facts & Rumors team see the NL MVP race? Well, here you go.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joey Votto David Andriesen
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Aubrey Huff, Giants
9. Ryan Braun, Brewers
10. Dan Uggla, Marlins

How crazy is it that Albert Pujols can lead the league in home runs and RBI, put up an OPS of 1.011, and be seen as having an “off” year? That’s how high the bar is for that guy. I’ll have no problem with it if he wins his third consecutive MVP, I just think Votto was a hair better. The guy led the league in on-base percentage AND slugging percentage. And you can’t say his number are a product of the hitter-friendly ballpark in Cincinnati, because he hit 52 points better on the road than at home.

Evan Brunell
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Dan Uggla, Marlins
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
10. Andres Torres, Giants

Votto was transcendent, cracking the .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage barrier and somehow outperforming Albert Pujols in virtually every category. The aborted chase for the Triple Crown was also fun while it lasted.

C. Trent Rosecrans
I voted for the NL MVP and the BBWAA asks voters not to release their ballots before the voting is announced, so I won't reveal my ballot yet. I will, however, post it and some of my thinking on Nov. 22 after the award is announced.

MLB Facts and Rumors National League Most Valuable Player
And Joey Votto wins his first MVP, while Pujols is second, followed by another first baseman, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez. In this poll (of two), Carlos Gonzalez finishes fifth, after teammate Troy Tulowitzki. The real results come out Nov. 22, but expect Votto to top Pujols again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:47 am
 

Torres 'much better'

Andres Torres
Just when Andres Torres started heating up for the Giants in the postseason, it looked like he might be lost.

The outfielder came up limping after diving into first base on a bunt single in Game 6 of the NLCS, and was diagnosed with a mild strain of a muscle near his left hip. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres is "much better" and hopes to have him available in his customary leadoff spot for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Torres wasn't willing to say for certain that he'll be ready to go, only that "I hope so."

Torres, who had an appendectomy in September, went 2-for-16 in the division series against Atlanta, and got off to a 1-for-10 start in the first three games of the NLCS. But in the final three games he went 6-for-10 with a pair of walks.

He had three hits in the clinching Game 6, two of them against Roy Oswalt. After legging out the bunt single against Brad Lidge in the ninth, Torres says he came out of the game because he didn't want the injury to hamper him on defense in the bottom of the inning with the Giants up by a run. Aaron Rowand replaced him in center field, but it turns out it wouldn't have mattered -- the Phillies didn't hit anything past the infield in the ninth.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Cain to start Game 2

Matt Cain Reporters have met with Bruce Bochy in San Francisco and the Giants manager says he'll once again switch up his Game 2 and 3 starters.

Matt Cain (pictured) will start Game 2, followed by Jonathan Sanchez -- the opposite of their starts in the NLCS. Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 4, he said.

So, the rotation will be Tim Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner.

"Matt hasn't thrown in a while," Bochy said (via the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly on Twitter ). "He's ready and Johnny just threw. We're excited wherever we put these guys."

Also, Baggerly reports center fielder Andres Torres was planning on doing some light running to test his hip flexor.

"I think it's going to be all right," Torres said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Giants' Torres limping

Andres Torres The Giants hope to learn more about the injury to Andres Torres leading up to Wednesday's start of the World Series.

Torres left Saturday night's Game 6 of the NLCS after the top of the ninth inning. Torres slid into first on a bunt single in the top of the inning and came up limping. He stayed in the game, but was replaced by Aaron Rowand in center field for the bottom of the inning.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the game that he believed Torres injured his hip, but wasn't sure. Torres did take part in the celebration, though.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Giants' Torres has appendectomy

Andres Torres
As CBSSports.com columnist Scott Miller reports from San Diego, the Giants were dealt a blow in their pennant chase today when center fielder Andres Torres had to undergo an emergency appendectomy.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Torres reported feeling a little off the past couple of days, and overnight he had intensifying pain and called a trainer early this morning. He underwent laproscopic surgery and will miss at least 10-14 days.

Torres, who has been slumping in the past couple of weeks, is batting .269 with 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Aaron Rowand, batting .235, was in Torres' spot in the lineup today and is the Giants' primary option until Torres returns.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:39 pm
 

Broxton should have faced Torres, officials say

Don Mattingly In Tuesday night's game, hitting coach Don Mattingly was standing in for manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer, who had been ejected from the game.

In the ninth inning, Mattingly visited pitcher Jonathan Broxton on the mound after walking Aubrey Huff. Mattingly then turned to go back to the bench before turning around to speak to first baseman James Loney, inadvertently making two trips to the mound even as home plate umpire Adrian Johnson yelled "No, no, no."

If a coach visits the mound for the same pitcher twice, the pitcher must be removed from the game, according to rule 8.06 (b). The umpires forced Broxton from the game, making George Sherrill come in and give up a two-run double to Andres Torres that won the game for the Giants.

However, the umpires erred in the ruling, league officials told the San Francisco Chronicle . There is an additional comment about the rule stating that if the manager makes two trips with the same batter at the plate, the manager must be ejected and the pitcher forced to face the batter before also being removed from the game.

This rule is in place to prevent a manager from getting a pitching matchup in his favor. If a new pitcher comes into the game, the opposing team is allowed to pinch-hit and the new pitcher must face the batter -- the manager who brought in the pitcher cannot bring in a new pitcher who may be better suited to getting the pinch-hitter out. The additional comment of rule 8.06 (b) of ejecting the manager (provided the manager has been warned about his possible ejection) and forcing the pitcher to face the batter is to ensure the defense's manager cannot pull such a tactic if a pinch-hitter is inserted.

Therefore, the umpires forced Broxton to face Torres, which the Dodgers certainly would have preferred instead of Sherrill having to come into the game. Mattingly, on the other hand, would have been allowed to remain in the game as there was not ample warning by the umpire as to the rule.

However, there is no recourse as the Dodgers did not lodge a protest as to the decision. The issue is over, and the umpires have been informed of the mistake.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:26 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:24 am
 

Surgery for Giants' DeRosa

Mark DeRosa Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports via Twitter that Giants outfielder Mark DeRosa will have surgery on his troubled left wrist and is done for the year.

DeRosa, 35, is in his first season for San Francisco, his sixth major-league team. The Giants' opening day left fielder, DeRosa hasn't played since May 8. He was hampered by the wrist and batted .194 in 26 games.

DeRosa had surgery last October to repair a torn tendon sheath, but in May he said the surgery was "a total failure." He and the team had been hoping rest would help the numbness in his ring and pinkie fingers.

DeRosa is in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants. The Giants have been playing Aubrey Huff, Andres Torres and Pat Burrell in left.

-- David Andriesen

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