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Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:19 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Wellemeyer close to lock as Giants' No. 5 starter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco's sole remaining starter's slot crystallized a bit more on Tuesday when the Giants optioned phenom Madison Bumgarner to their minor-league camp, all but officially anointing veteran right-hander Todd Wellemeyer as the fifth starter behind Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez.

Officially, right-hander Kevin Pucetas is still in the running for a starting job, but Wellemeyer's major-league resume appears to give him a clear edge.

"He's got the experience and he's done a great job this spring," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Wellemeyer. "We're very pleased with where we're at with Todd."

Bumgarner, just 20, debuted for the Giants last summer. The Giants' first-round pick in the 2007 draft arrived ahead of schedule, which probably served to raise expectations a bit too high for the kid this spring.

"We want him to work on some things," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Control the ball a little better. He's 20 years old. He's got a bright future. We think a lot of him."

Bumgarner had a 6.43 ERA in three Cactus League appearances, and had been expected to be sent to the minors. The only mild surprise was that it came with two weeks remaining in camp. The Giants thought Bumgarner was pressing too hard, and they wanted to remove the pressure and allow him to relax.

"We want him to work on his secondary pitches," Bochy said. "And with the way Wellemeyer is throwing the ball, it makes sense to let Madison go down and pitch."

The Giants signed Wellemeyer, 31, about a week before spring camp started. Their original idea was to use him as a long reliever, even though he spent much of the past two seasons starting in St. Louis. This spring, though, he's gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA over 15 innings pitched -- literally pitching his way into the rotation.

Sunblock Day? Just when you thought spring was here ... woke up to a hard rain in the desert. It was wet enough it forced the Giants to hit in the batting cages in Scottsdale and the White Sox to do the same in Glendale. Cloudy and mid-50s early morning, cloudy and low-to-mid-60s at game time.

Likes: Mets shortstop Jose Reyes back to baseball on Wednesday. At least, that's what the doctors are saying, and you can bet the happiest man in Port St. Lucie will be Reyes -- followed by Mets manager Jerry Manuel. ... Pablo Sandoval hitting for the Giants. He ripped a double into the right-center gap in a Cactus League game on Tuesday on a pitch practically at his shoe tops. ... Divorcing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in Bob Nightengale's USA Today piece Tuesday: "Tiger Woods was fantastic for me." ... As my friend Ed Price, who writes for AOL/Fanhouse, points out, there could be three opening day starters who didn't throw one pitch in 2009: Toronto's Shaun Marcum, Cleveland's Jake Westbrook and Oakland's Ben Sheets. ... Quite a look for Giants closer Brian Wilson as he strolled into the clubhouse Tuesday morning wearing bright lavender pants, white sunglasses and a Mohawk. Newcomer Aubrey Huff couldn't help hooting. ... Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline remains terrific after all these years. ... I'm told Ghost Writer is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing it. ... The Cajun rib eye at Donovan's steakhouse. Talk about flavorful.

Dislikes: Nearing the end of spring training and no trips to Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico, the fabulous Phoenix restaurant that burned last summer.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"It¹s not having what you want
"It¹s wanting what you¹ve got"

-- Sheryl Crow, Soak Up the Sun

Posted on: July 15, 2009 2:51 am
 

Sometimes you feel like a nut

ST. LOUIS -- The Hawaiian Punch, as Shane Victorino became known during last fall's postseason, had a treat waiting for President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

When he singled in the second inning of the American League's eventual 4-3 win, Obama was in the broadcast booth with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

"By the way," Obama told them. "Since I grew up in Hawaii, this kid, while we were down in the clubhouse, he actually gave me some macadamia nuts from back home."

Victorino smiled following the game after a night which he called a "wonderful experience."

"It went well," he said of Obama's clubhouse visit. "He was very appreciative. It was nice to see a fellow Hawaiian and give him his gift of Aloha."

Victorino said Obama held the nuts aloft, showing his gift to the rest of the NL players.

Though Obama did not wear his White Sox jacket into the NL clubhouse, nobody in there seemed offended when he wore it onto the field.

"You have to honor the fact that he's true to his convictions and loyalty," Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman said.

A member of the Secret Service briefed the NL team about 20 minutes before Obama's arrival, explaining which door he would enter through and what the procedure would be. He visited the AL clubhouse, too.

"When you see the president in the room you're in, it's pretty cool," Hoffman said. "I enjoyed it."

Likes: Very cool seeing Stan Musial driven in from right field during pre-game ceremonies. Stan the Man looked pretty good. ... The pre-game ceremony, which also included Cardinal Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Ozzie Smith, was nicely done. ... Carl Crawford as the game's MVP. He's a good guy and he's sure put in his time for some bad Tampa Bay teams before reaching the pinnacle. Plus, he was hurt down the stretch last year and couldn't even contribute much when Tampa Bay finally turned in a winner. ... Sheryl Crow singing the national anthem. Great voice, seems like a real sweet gal. She smiled and said hello to me as we passed in a hallway under the stadium before Tuesday's game. .... Good weather, no rain. ... St. Louis was one big party this week. Very festive downtown, and the people wearing red, my goodness! Colleague Danny Knobler observed that at most All-Star Games, you see fans wearing all sorts of different team T-shirts and caps. Not here. It was one big red sea. ... The Arch and the Mississippi River never get old. ... Whatever your political persuasion, it is very cool to be in the same place where the president is throwing out a first ball. ... A few post-All-Star break days off.

Dislikes: No baseball on Wednesday.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I too am lost
"I feel double-crossed
"And I'm sick of what's wrong and what's right"

-- Bob Seger, Roll Me Away

Posted on: July 15, 2008 8:09 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2008 8:10 pm
 

As the All-Star Crow flies

NEW YORK -- Talk about your perfect paparazzi moments: Slugger Alex Rodriguez planting an autograph on rocker Sheryl Crow's baseball just in front of the American League dugout during batting practice before Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Crow was at Yankee Stadium to sing the national anthem and to help promote baseball's campaign to raise money for cancer research, Stand Up To Cancer.

So, you bet she and A-Rod were surrounded by television cameras and photographers on the jam-packed field, and they smiled pretty for the cameras.

I caught up with Crow a few minutes later and couldn't resist. This is how rumors start, Sheryl: Today Madonna, tomorrow Sheryl Crow. ...

"Listen, you don't get bigger than Madonna," the pretty and personable Crow said, smiling. "So I'm pretty certain that that rumor would die pretty quickly."

Crow spent much of the AL's allotted batting practice time on the field and played the part of your average autograph hunter. Well, as average as you can get with gold records and million-dollar compact disc sales.

I asked her whether she'd sold the A-Rod autographed ball yet, and she joked, "I intend to put it on e-Bay as soon as I get home."

Then she turned serious and said, "Let me tell you, I've got a couple of nephews, 9 and 11, and they'll be worshiping the ground I walk on when I get home with these baseballs.

"This is really a thrill for me. I'm a big Cardinals fan, and I want to make sure I walk out of here with Albert Pujols' autograph."

She seemed to know her baseball. She grew up in Missouri -- thus, her Cardinals interest -- and she wasn't just some chick who scored a field pass. She even asked Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox for his autograph.

"I grew up watching the Cardinals," she said. "Later on, I got to know a lot of those players -- Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Andy Van Slyke. I've always been a fan."

So much so, it turns out, she even knows the nicknames.

"I've got to get Big Papi's or I won't be able to get in the house when I get home," she said. "My 9-year-old nephew will kill me."

She missed David Ortiz on the field. But not long after the AL went inside, someone grabbed Ortiz and told him Crow would love his autograph, and she was waiting outside the clubhouse.

Ortiz, who can't play because of his wrist and is here just to soak up the sun, went out and obliged.

And Crow? Well, the All-Star Game will be played in St. Louis in 2009, you know.

Might a certain Missouri-native singer be in attendance?

Said Crow: "Absolutely."

 
 
 
 
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