Tag:Andres Torres
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:45 pm

Torres could return to Giants Friday

NEW YORK -- Andres Torres could be back with the Giants as soon as Friday night.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Torres, on the disabled list since April 15 with a left Achilles strain, has left extended spring training in Arizona to join the Giants' Triple-A Fresno team on a rehabilitation assignment. Bochy said it's not certain that Torres will be activated Friday, but said it's possible.

"We want to make sure he's ready," Bochy said. "He told someone, 'I'm not quite ready.'"

Torres has played just eight games with the Giants this season. The team has yet to field its regular starting outfield, as Cody Ross began the season on the DL. Ross is just 8-for-40 in his first 12 games, and Bochy held him out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Mets.

Aaron Rowand has been playing center field in Torres' absence.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:11 pm

Center field now belongs to the young

Have you noticed how young center fielders are these days?

Gary Cohen did.

Cohen, the outstanding television voice of the Mets, asked me the other day who's the oldest regular center fielder in the game, now that Carlos Beltran and Torii Hunter have become right fielders.

So I looked it up.

And the answer is? It depends on who you consider a regular, but in any case, there's no one older than 33.

The oldest is either Marlon Byrd of the Cubs, who is 33 (and will turn 34 on Aug. 30), or Aaron Rowand of the Giants, who will turn 34 one day earlier.

Rowand has played the most games in center field for the Giants so far, but Andres Torres is the regular when he's healthy. That's OK, because Torres is also 33 (but a few months younger than Byrd or Rowand).

No other regular center fielder in the game is 33. Or even 32.

In fact, 21 of the 30 teams feature a center fielder who hasn't turned 30, and 10 have a center fielder who is 25 or younger. And one or two of the teams with a 30-plus center fielder are already looking for someone better.

You might say that it figures, because center fielders need speed. But over the last 10 years, 35 center fielders who were past their 34th birthday played at least 100 games in center field in the big leagues.

Steve Finley played every game in 2004, at age 39, and played 139 games two years later, at age 41.

It can be done, but not this year.

Now center field belongs to the young.
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 2:31 pm

White Sox's Dunn has appendectomy

The White Sox are hopeful that Adam Dunn won't miss much time after an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday.

The initial indication is that Dunn may miss less than a week. The White Sox announced on their Twitter account that Dunn will miss "up to five games."

Matt Holliday of the Cardinals had his appendix out last week, and the Cardinals are similarly hopeful of a quick return. Last September, Andres Torres of the Giants missed 12 days after an appendectomy.

Dunn is off to a decent start after signing with the White Sox as a free agent last winter. In four games, he has a 1.045 OPS, with one home run and 5 RBI.

Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:32 pm

Yeah, I picked the Rangers, but why do you care?

I picked against the Giants in the World Series, and I was wrong.

There. Are you happy now, Giants fans?

I have absolutely no idea why anyone would care who I picked to win, and even less of an idea why anyone would stop celebrating long enough to berate me for a wrong pick. But there were times over the last week that Giants fans had me convinced they got more pleasure out of me being wrong than they did out of their team winning.

It began after Game 1. It didn't let up, all the way through Game 5.

"It would be nice to see some form of mea culpa from you and the other Brainiacs who predicted a different outcome," wrote Chet, who was at least polite about it.

I'm not sure what this says about Giants fans, but I never got nearly as much e-mail about any of my other wrong picks over the years. And believe me, there have been plenty of them.

Maybe I ought to ask Judge and Prisco if 49er fans are the same way. Maybe it's the Bay Area.

I'm not sure I care. I'm not sure why you care.

But since you do, here it is again:

I picked the Rangers in 5. I was wrong.

Oh well.

Now, can we all look back to what we saw over the last month? Here's what I saw, through three rounds, 17 games witnessed in person, most of the others seen on TV, two train rides and nine flights stopping at seven different airports:

Best game: The very first one, or at least the very first one I covered. It's hard to beat a no-hitter, and in more than two decades of covering baseball, I've never seen anyone pitch as good a game as Roy Halladay did in Game 1 against the Reds.

Best moment: The Giants interrupting their celebration at Turner Field to salute retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox. It was a classy, classy move, and it should make anyone feel better that the Giants got two more chances at celebrating -- both of them uninterrupted.

Best moment II: On the field after Game 5 of the World Series, I was interviewing Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, who grew up in Northern California, has been with the Giants for years and had never before won a World Series. Just then, the fans gathered behind the third-base dugout started chanting, "Thank you, Giants!" Righetti stopped, almost tearing up. "How cool is that?" he said. Then, thinking about the celebration back home, he added, "They're going to tear up the city."

Best song: No contest. It was the by YouTube sensation Ashkon , the Giants fan who wrote new words to sing along with Journey's Don't Stop Believing. The best line: "I had faith, and I had hope; And thankfully the Padres choked."

Best T-shirt: I never thought about buying one of those claw and antlers shirts that were so popular in Arlington. I did think about getting one of the "Let Tim Smoke" shirts in San Francisco. If you don't get it, check out Proposition 19 on today's California ballot.

Most disappointing team: Plenty of candidates, but it has to be the Twins, who played so well in September to get the best record in the American League, and home-field advantage through the AL playoffs. And they still got swept by the Yankees -- again. The worst part is that the Twins seemed to know what it would take to beat the Yankees. They tried hard to sign Colby Lewis last winter, and they tried hard to trade for Cliff Lee this summer. They didn't get either, and after they lost in three straight, they watched Lewis and Lee win three of the four games as the Rangers ousted New York.

Worst overreaction to a loss: Phillies fans, who sat in absolute disbelief as they watched the final outs in Game 6 against the Giants. The Phillies won 97 games, the most in the majors (for the first time in franchise history). They were the most impressive team entering the playoffs. They have their Big 3 starters ready for another go next year. And because they lost four of six games to the Giants, they're suddenly too old? Come on.

Worst timing for a movie: Isn't that Moneyball movie supposed to come out soon? Any chance they can rewrite it and reshoot it on the other side of the Bay? The Giants pride themselves on being the ultimate anti-Moneyball team, and the AL champion Rangers don't really subscribe to Moneyball, themselves. Funny that in the middle of a World Series between two teams that believe in old-fashioned scouting, the Mets would hire Moneyball founder Sandy Alderson to take over their organization.

Best team: Yeah, as if I'm going to pick anyone but the Giants. They were impressive, with a pitching staff that dominated and a lineup that didn't look good, but did just enough. I'm happy for Cody Ross, Andres Torres and Edgar Renteria, three of the nicest guys I covered in my years on the Tiger beat. I'm happy for Bruce Bochy, one of the best managers in the game, and for plenty of good people in that organization.

Believe it or not, I'm even happy for the Giants fans, especially those for whom this was every bit the lifelong dream that 2004 was for many in New England, or that 2005 was on the South Side of Chicago.

Maybe most of the country didn't care, as evidenced by the low ratings. Maybe it wasn't the best World Series ever.

But you could say the same about the 1984 World Series, and as I know from my time in Michigan, a whole bunch of people in that state consider it the best World Series ever.

Years from now, a whole bunch of people in Northern California will say the same about this one.

By then, maybe they'll forget that I picked it wrong. Or, at the very least, maybe they'll forgive me for it.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 9:51 pm

With Lewis and AL rules, Rangers get back in WS

ARLINGTON, Texas -- This World Series looks a lot different under American League rules.

It sounds a lot different in Texas.

Or maybe it was just a lot different in Game 3 because Colby Lewis was on the mound for the Rangers.

Whatever the reason, we may now have ourselves a decent series, after Lewis and the Rangers recovered from their bad trip West and beat the Giants, 4-2, in Game 3 in Texas. The World Series stands at two games to one, still in the Giants' favor, but it looks a lot more competitive than it did when we left California.

Give credit to Lewis, the same guy who beat the Yankees twice in the AL Championship Series, including a 6-1 win in the Game 6 clincher. He's now 3-0 in four postseason starts, with a 1.71 ERA.

Lewis, who the Rangers brought back from Japan with a two-year, $5 million contract last winter, went 7 2/3 innings Saturday night, allowing solo home runs to Cody Ross and Andres Torres. He outpitched the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez, who didn't make it out of the fifth and gave up four runs.

Of course, under National League rules (which were used for the games in San Francisco), maybe Sanchez doesn't give up all those runs. Think about what happened in the second inning Saturday.

Sanchez allowed a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz, but he had two out with Cruz at third base. He walked eighth-place hitter Bengie Molina, which in an NL game would have brought up the pitcher and likely the third out.

In Game 3, with AL rules in effect, walking Molina brought up first baseman Mitch Moreland. And Moreland, after fouling off four straight two-strike pitches, rocketed a ball into the right-field seats for a three-run home run.

A Josh Hamilton home run made it 4-0 in the fifth, and then the Rangers had to survive a trip to their bullpen in the eighth and ninth. Darren O'Day, who served up Juan Uribe's home run in Game 1, retired Buster Posey with a runner on base and two out Saturday.

That brought Rangers closer Neftali Feliz into the World Series for the first time.

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