Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:03 pm

Report: Giants interested in DeJesus

David DeJesus The Giants have interest in Royals outfielder David DeJesus, Jr., Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting .

DeJesus is expected to be available in trade talks and he has also been linked to the Red Sox, Padres and Braves.

The left fielder was recently shifted to center and is batting .323 on the season. Kansas City holds a $6 million club option for 2011 on the 30-year-old, so they would command a significant return for DeJesus. The lefty has above-average power and a solid eye to go along with good contact ratings. He can also play all three outfield positions.

Rosenthal notes that the Giants may not want to pay DeJesus' price tag if sensation Andres Torres continues to produce at a .849 OPS.

K.C. is hoping to contend in the near future, so it may very well decide to hang onto DeJesus and instead move other complementary pieces that won't have an impact on 2011. Such candidates include Scott Podsednik, Willie Bloomquist, Jose Guillen and Kyle Farnsworth.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2010 6:43 pm

Lincecum hit by liner, leaves game

Giants starter Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's game after he was hit by Miguel Tejada line drive to end the sixth inning.

Tejada's liner bounced off the back of Lincecum's right shoulder, bounced to a diving second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who threw Tejada out to end the inning. Lincecum rolled on the ground before walking off under his own power, accompanied by a Giants trainer. Jeremy Affeldt replaced him in the seventh inning.

Lincecum had thrown 111 pitches, so it may have been his last inning anyway. Lincecum went six innings, allowed eight hits, two runs, walked four and struck out 10.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:37 pm

Renteria off DL, but what now?

The Giants activated Edgar Renteria from the disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Orioles, but the question is where will he play?

Renteria started the season off well, but is coming off his second stint on the disabled list. In 23 games, he's hitting .326/.372/.395 wth a home run and 11 RBI. However, since he's been gone, his replacement Juan Uribe has taken that spot. Uribe is hitting .284/.349/.479 with 10 hoe runs and 41 RBI. Uribe has played 44 games at shortstop, 16 at second, one at third and one as the designated hitter.

With Uribe playing so well, Pablo Sandoval at third, Freddy Sanchez at second and Buster Posey at first, there doesn't seem to be too many spots in the lineup for Renteria, 33.

Reteria had been on the disabled list since May 27 with a strained right hamstring. He was also on the DL from May 7-22 with a groin strain. Infield Matt Downs was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room for Renteria. Downs was hitting .244/.318/.372 with a home run and seven RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:30 am

Giants not calling up Bumgarner

The Giants need to call up a pitcher to start on Tuesday, and Madison Bumgarner, the 2007 top draft pick who's 6-1 with a 3.13 ERA at Triple-A Fresno, would seem an obvious choice.

The Giants, however, are going with Joe Martinez, as reported today in the San Francisco Chronicle . Martinez (5-2, 3.08 for Fresno) isn't exactly chopped liver and is coming off a complete game victory.

The Giants say the decision had nothing to do with Bumgarner having a meltdown and getting tossed from his last start (he also was suspended because he chucked the ball into center field on his way out, but that suspension runs out Tuesday).

"He's throwing the ball well down there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't go on one game or one start, even with our position players. That didn't come into play at all. We happened to need pitching the night Joe was scheduled to start (in Fresno), so we scratched him to give us some coverage."

Maybe the ejection didn't come into play, but at the same time, perhaps the Giants didn't want to send the wrong message to the 20-year-old Bumgarner by rewarding him after his burst of bad behavior.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:54 pm

A real California affair

The All-Star game on July 13 will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Apparently somewhere there is a Major League Baseball memo dictating that the coaching staffs have to carpool.

All of the coaches appointed by National League manager Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and American League manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees are from California. Manuel tapped San Diego manager Bud Black and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, and Girardi selected the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Oakland's Bob Geren.

It's not uncommon for people to be offered All-Star coaching spots and turn down the opportunity, wanting the time off instead. So it might be that managers from elsewhere simply opted not to spend their break traveling to and from the West Coast. One would certainly think Manuel extended an offer to Braves manager Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season, his 30th as a manager.

-- Davd Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 4:35 pm

Giants' Wellemeyer leaves game

Giants right-hander Todd Wellemeyer left the game against the Reds today with a right quad strain. He appeared to hurt himself running after hitting into a double play in the third inning. He had a 4-0 lead and had only allowed one hit.

It's not good news for the Giants' fifth starter, who the San Francisco Chronicle reported recently might be on the ropes anyway.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game that Wellemeyer is "more than likely" headed to the disabled list.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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