Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 1:52 pm

Renteria may hang up cleats after year

Edgar Renteria Edgar Renteria's career could be coming to a quick end.

"I feel good," Renteria told the San Francisco Chronicle about his career possibly ending at age 34. "My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, 'No,' because I've had a lot of injuries this year."

Renteria signed a two-year, $18.5 million deai with the Giants that was widely panned as it was thought Renteria was on the downslope of his career. After two years of ineffectiveness and constant injuries, there's no question the shortstop hasn't lived up to his end of the bargain, which Renteria regrets.

"I'm not proud of what I've done," he said. "If they pay me to play, I just want to give back, not get injured. That's me."

Renteria, despite being 34, has already racked up 2,252 hits thanks to debuting at age 19 with the Marlins. He won the World Series the following season in 1997 as Florida's shortstop, hitting .277/.327/.340 in 691 plate appearances. However, he's best known for his six-year span with the Cardinals after a 1999 trade sent him to the Midwest for Armando Almanza, Braden Looper and Pablo Ozuna.

Renteria racked up a cumulative .290/.347/.420 line with the Cardinals before signing a major free-agent deal with Boston. Dealing with back problems and an adjustment to the AL, he posted a terrible season both at the plate and in the field with 30 errors. He was shipped to Atlanta, where he posted two seasons of value, having a career year in 2007 with a .332/.390/.470 line.

However, Atlanta sent him to Detroit after the year where he scuffled in his return to the AL. He hasn't done much better back in the NL, posting a .279/.336/.379 mark in 264 plate appearances -- which represents a big upgrade over what he produced in 2009.

If Renteria was still chugging along at age 34 like other players seem to be able to, 3,000 hits would likely be a certainty. However, he'll have to settle for being one of the best NL shortstops of his generation.

Before he retires, there's still one more thing to do: get a World Series ring. And Renteria wants to do everything he can to help in that regard. Manager Bruce Bochy said Renteria may start this weekend in Colorado with Juan Uribe moving to third after Pablo Sandoval was benched.

But once the book finally closes on his career, what's next? Although Renteria said he's been told he would make a good coach, he has his eye on business opportunities in his native Colombia as well as Florida, where he has a home.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:31 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 9:16 pm

Giants find their bats

Juan Uribe
San Francisco solved its offensive woes, at least for one inning.

The Giants, wasting a run of stellar pitching lately by failing to score runs, exploded for nine in the second inning tonight against the Cubs. Juan Uribe (pictured) homered twice in the inning, a two-run shot followed by a grand slam. In a more painful development, Jose Guillen was hit by a pitch twice in the inning.

According to the Cubs, Uribe's six RBI in the second was the most a player has tallied at Wrigley Field since the Expos' Andre Dawson in a 1985 game.

The Giants had their biggest inning since putting up 10 last September. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up nine earned runs. It was his shortest start since 2003.

Seven times in the previous 11 games, the Giants had failed to score more than one run. For at least one night, they won't have to worry about questions about the offense.

UPDATE: Research by the Giants shows that Guillen is the first player in Giants history to be hit by a pitch twice in an inning.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 5:43 pm

Sanchez can get Giants into record territory

Jonathan Sanchez
Jonathan Sanchez has been on quite a roll, and if the Giants left-hander can keep it up Wednesday night, he'll have the San Francisco pitching staff rolling into record territory.

The Giants have allowed three or fewer runs in 15 consecutive games. According to stats provided to the team by Elias Sports Bureau, that's one game behind the single-season record for the live-ball era (since 1920), 16 straight games by the 1972 Indians and 1981 A's. And it's worth noting that both of those teams did it in April, not in the heat of a pennant race.

San Francisco has a collective ERA of 1.57 in 18 September games, an amazing turnaround from August, when the staff had a 4.55 ERA.

Sanchez, who goes against the Cubs on Wednesday, has been a big part of that, dominating in his three September starts. He's 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (one earned run in 19 innings) this month, and has lost just twice in 15 starts since June 30.

Interestingly, despite making 152 career appearances over five seasons in San Francisco, Sanchez has only faced the Cubs twice for a total of five innings. With a half-game lead in the National League West, the Giants hope to see Sanchez pile up some numbers against Chicago and contribute to a record-tying streak.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:59 pm

Magic numbers and 8 ball

The Twins are in the playoffs -- not that it's too much of a shock. Minnesota won last night and stuck around Target Field, along with their fans, to watch the White Sox lose in Oakland to clinch the American League Central title.

So who's next?

Here's a look at the rest of the races:

AL East
Leader: New York Yankees
Magic Number: 10
Magic 8 Ball: Signs point to yes -- sure, the Rays can win the next two games and depart New York with the same half-game deficit they arrived with, but let's just stick status quo here and say the Yankees win the division. However, if there is one thing in the Rays' favor, it's their remaining schedule -- three at home against Seattle, followed by three against the Orioles and four at Kansas City.

AL West
Leader: Texas Rangers
Magic Number: 6
Magic 8 Ball: It is decidedly so -- the Rangers have lost four of their last five games and aren't looking great, but even if they don't clinch the division in Oakland during the next four games there, Seattle's coming to town.

AL Wild Card
Leader: Tampa Bay Rays
Magic Number: 6
Magic 8 Ball: Outlook good -- only two teams are still alive in the race, the White Sox and the Red Sox. Chicago's elimination number is two and Boston's is six. The White Sox, well, they're done. And the Red Sox have six games remaining against the Yankees. They're done too.

NL East
Leader: Philadelphia Phillies
Magic Number: 6
Magic 8 Ball: As I see it, yes -- the Braves learned quickly what it's like to face Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, it's a lesson to be repeated throughout the postseason. It doesn't hurt that the Phillies have a day off tomorrow and then play the Mets and Nationals before finishing the regular season with three in Atlanta.

NL Central
Leader: Cincinnati Reds
Magic Number: 4
Magic 8 Ball: Without a doubt -- the Reds are 9-1 against the Brewers this year, and they have four more games against Milwaukee in the final week-and-a-half. As for the Cardinals? Their future is so bright, Tony La Russa is taking off his shades.

NL West

Leader: San Francisco Giants
Magic Number: 12
Magic 8 Ball: Ask again later -- We've got one, actual race as we head toward the last week of the season, so there's that. With the Giants, Padres and Rockies within 2 1/2 games of each other, this one's going to be interesting. The Giants finish their series in Wrigley tomorrow before going head-to-head with the Rockies for three in Denver, followed by a six-game homestead against the Diamondbacks and Padres. The Padres not only have those three games against at the end at AT&T Park, but host the Reds and Cubs after finishing in Los Angeles. The Rockies return home from Arizona on Friday for the games against the Giants, before three with the Dodgers and finishing with four in St. Louis.

NL Wild Card
Leader: Atlanta Braves
Magic Number: 11
Magic 8 Ball: Reply hazy, try again -- the Braves are in the driver's seat, but it seems like they're driving a Yugo, going 9-11 so far this month. One of the NL West teams certainly could end Bobby Cox's final season before its natural stopping point -- short of a World Series title, but safely in the postseason.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 8:04 pm

Here come the Rockies -- again

Jason Giambi
The Rockies' clubhouse should just feature calendars with 12 Septembers on them, because something seems to happen when the month arrives in Denver.

There were big games at the top of the standings Sunday, with the Rangers completing a sweep of the Yankees and the Giants beating the Padres to (virtually) tie the National League West, but the biggest story could be brewing a notch down in that division, where the Rockies won their 10th consecutive game. Jason Giambi hit an 85-mph changeup from Arizona's Sam Demel for a two-run, walk-off homer as the streaking Rockies pulled within 1 1/2 games of the co-leaders.

Baseball fans remember Colorado's incredible streak at the end of the 2007 season, when the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 in the regular season, won the wild card and stormed into the World Series. In 2009, Colorado went 18-9 in September to again claim the wild card. The Rockies lost the first two games this September and have won all 10 since.

The Rockies are actually batting a modest .259 with a .776 OPS for the month, and have a 3.58 ERA (the starters are even better, at 3.16). Five of the 10 wins have come by walk-off or by one run.

Since that 2007 run, the Rockies are 58-33 in September, second only to the Yankees (60-32). It's their month, and things could get interesting in the NL West in the next couple of weeks.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 5:04 pm

Latos' record streak ends

Mat Latos
The streak is over for Padres right-hander Mat Latos.

Entering today's huge start against the Giants, Latos had gone a major-league record 15 consecutive starts pitching five or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed. He gave up two-run homer to Buster Posey in the first inning, then gave up a third run on a sacrifice fly in the third.

During his amazing run, Latos, a 22-year-old in his second season, went 9-1 with a 1.49 ERA. He entered today's game leading the National League in ERA at 2.21.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
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: September 11, 2010 1:40 am

Giants catch Padres in standings

For the first time since June 18, the Padres have company at the top of the standings.

The Padres have one fewer loss, but the two teams are in a virtual tie for first. The Padres are now 79-61 (.564) and the Giants are 80-62 (.563).

As recently as Aug. 25, the Padres had a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League West. A 10-game losing streak erased all but a game of that, but after a sweep of the Dodgers, they've lost the first two of the four-game series with the Giants.

Just behind those two teams is the Colorado Rockies, winner of eight straight and 2 1/2 game back.

The culprit for the slide isn't that tough to find -- the Padres have been held to four or fewer runs in 14 straight games. Friday's game was the second shutout of the streak. The Padres managed just three hits in the game, two by catcher Nick Hundley.

Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed just one run and two hits in six innings. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez walked seven in five innings, but allowed just one hit and no runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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