The Kansas City Royals have been absent from the playoffs since the day Billy Butler was born. They've barely had a winning season in the last two decades. They've often lost 100 games in a year.
And yet, buoyed by the best record in spring training, hope abounds — for the Royals, for most everybody putting on a big league uniform. Read More
The Giants announced Thursday they have extended both general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season.
Sabean has been with the Giants organization since 1993, including 17 years as general manager. During his time at the helm, the Giants have been to three World Series and won the NL West five times. Read More
This is a big contract year for the San Francisco Giants; star pitcher Tim Lincecum will want a new deal after his $40.5 million agreement expires, and the workers who sell beer and garlic fries while he performs hope to field their first raise in four seasons. Read More
OK, so even Bruce Bochy has to grudgingly admit that his Giants are on a World Series roll.
"I'll say this: The club is playing well," the manager said.
Well enough to become the first team to throw consecutive Series shutouts in nearly a half-century.
Well enough to blank Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on a chilly Saturday night for a commanding 3-0 lead. Read More
The Giants are 4-0 in elimination games. Their goal is 6-0, which would get them to the World Series.
To have a chance at 6-0 though, they’ll first have to get through Game 6 of the NL Championship Series today.
Down two games to none in the best-of-five NL Division Series, they beat the Reds three straight times in Cincinnati. Read More
From the moment he signed the big contract, there was resentment.
From the moment he first exited a game early, there was ridicule.
From this moment on, there will be respect.
Sure, some of that respect will be of the begrudging variety. But it will be there. Always and forever.
And for Barry Zito, that will always and forever be quite enough. Read More
When the Giants reached the postseason two years ago, there was not a seat in AT&T Park that wasn’t occupied by a long beard, a mohawk or even a panda as fans cheered on their favorite team of misfits.
In this postseason, the stands have been more toned-down, but some fan favorites could still be spotted. Read More
For those who think Carlos Beltran is the Band-Aid to their offensive woes, they should have bought the insurance package, too.
Just ask the Giants.
While Beltran put up good numbers after coming over to San Francisco in a July 28, 2011, trade with the New York Mets for prized pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, he also missed time with nagging injuries that kept the Giants from returning to the playoffs following their 2010 World Series championship. Read More
Lost amongst the euphoria of the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship was Madison Bumgarner’s stellar performance.
Having already logged 193²⁄³ innings between Triple-A and the majors, there was no thought of shutting the rookie down to protect his valuable left arm for the future. All he did in the postseason was post a 2-0 record with a 2.18 ERA in four games (three starts), walking five and striking out 18 in 20²⁄³ innings. Read More
Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.Smith hit a game-tying two-run double off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and Coco Crisp capped Oakland's most dramatic comeback yet with a two-out RBI single as the A's staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 Wednesday night. Read More