San Francisco Giants All-Star closer Brian Wilson likely will need season-ending surgery on his right elbow, a major blow to the team, the Giants said on Saturday.“We got bad news on Wilson,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy told Major League Baseball’s website. “(An exam) shows structural damage with his elbow.”A second and third opinion will be sought before surgery is undertaken, Bochy said. Read More
Matt Cain tossed a one-hit, 11-strikeout complete-game gem and Aubrey Huff belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning as San Francisco won its home opener.Buster Posey ripped an RBI double off the center-field wall in the first inning and Huff and Nate Schierholtz added run-scoring singles. Melky Cabrera posted his fourth straight multi-hit contest with a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Read More
Two starts into his season, Tim Lincecum and his struggles are of grave concern among Giants fans. And maybe the concern is legit. He’s their ace, he had a bad spring, he wasn’t good on Opening Day, and he had his worst career start Wednesday in Colorado.Without him pitching like a legit top-of-the-rotation guy, the Giants don’t feel like a contender at all. Read More
Wet weather will likely soak the seats of AT&T Park prior to the Giants’ home opener this afternoon. Forecaster Diana Henderson of the National Weather Service said there is a 60 to 70 percent chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. “It looks sketchy at best,” Henderson said. Partly cloudy skies with highs in the 50s are expected on Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, it should be sunny in the low 60s. Read More
Pitching is the most important part of baseball and often the most unpredictable, as the Giants have learned in their first six games on the road. But now, they’re returning to AT&T Park and their drive for the NL West title should get a jump start.AT&T is known as a pitcher’s park. Hitters can hit the ball out, as Barry Bonds proved many times, but there are no fluke hits that go out, as there often are in Coors Field in Denver, and sometimes at Chase Field in Phoenix, too. Read More
Issue: Early waveringAnalysis: So many were so encouraged when the Giants announced their Opening Day roster. It suggested a long-promised commitment to the youth they’ve developed over the past several years, with Brandon Belt tops among them, having been handed the starting job at first base.Yet here we are, less than a week of games into the regular season, and already Belt has been “given a couple days” off because he started slow and admitted to manager Bruce Bochy that he’s been pressing. Read More
In baseball, it was pointed out correctly, if not grammatically proper, by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: You don’t know nothing. Or did you think Barry Zito would be a savior after Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain would be, not disasters, but at least disappointments?
To the contrary, one thing we all know is no matter how the A’s do, and that was a brilliant 1-0 win Monday night, they can’t draw beans, not with the kicking and screaming involved in their desperate attempt to flee to San Jose. Read More
Baseball experts? There are none. Not anymore. Not after what Barry Zito did Monday.Nobody is expert enough to have imagined that.After Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain stunk it up in three consecutive losses in Arizona, Zito took the mound in Colorado and not only pitched better than the top three, but he pitched downright amazingly. Read More
PHOENIX — Matt Cain can only hope all future six-run leads will provide nearly as much security as his new monster contract.
On Sunday, though, it seemed he and the Giants invested their money with Bernie Madoff.
Cain, staked to a 6-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, came unglued, and so did his teammates in a 7-6 loss.So the Giants start the season 0-3, the Diamondbacks 3-0. Read More
Arizona scored the go-ahead run when San Francisco catcher Buster Posey failed to touch home plate on a force play to complete a season-opening three-game sweep of the visiting Giants.The Diamondbacks also scored the tying run on a San Francisco defensive miscue earlier in the seventh inning to cap a comeback from a 6-0 deficit and defeat the Giants for the seventh consecutive time.San Francisco put two runners on in the ninth before Bryan Shaw struck out Posey to record his first career save. Read More