Andres Torres was a cautionary tale of sorts, in that the Giants counted on him in 2011 to provide the same spark he provided the 2010 team that ended San Francisco’s World Series drought.
He was coming off a career year so skeptics abounded, each of them eager to note the inherent danger in expecting a journeyman-turned-cult figure to recapture the magic. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants outfielder Andres Torres won’t play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique.
The Giants made the announcement Thursday, a day after he got hurt during a swing and had an MRI.
The 35-year-old Torres helped San Francisco win the World Series in 2010 and rejoined the Giants in December. Read More
Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are only five months apart in age — Lincecum will be 29 in May, Cain in October — but they are worlds apart in personality.
This was obvious five years ago when the Giants hosted a media lunch at a bar/restaurant across the site from where Seals Stadium had stood in 1958 when the Giants played their first season in San Francisco. Read More
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The way Ryan Vogelsong is pitching this spring, Giants manager Bruce Bochy should have no worries when the right-hander leaves for the World Baseball Classic.
Vogelsong pitched three more scoreless innings Wednesday in San Francisco's 8-8 tie with the Los Angeles Angels.
"He really looked sharp," Bochy said. Read More
Improving the economy may not earn any politician a trophy, but Mayor Ed Lee, standing on a stage in front of the San Francisco Giants' two World Series awards Wednesday, said it does take teamwork. Read More
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum’s long hair is gone. Don’t let the new image fool you.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is hoping he looks like the pitcher he was before struggling last season.Lincecum gave up three runs and failed to get through two innings in his first spring training start Tuesday for the Giants, an 8-8 tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Madison Bumgarner is no fan of the twist, a minor flaw in his windup that eventually got worse before it started getting better.
Bumgarner threw two scoreless innings in his first outing since Game 2 of the World Series, postseason hero Marco Scutaro had two hits and drove in a run and the Giants played the Chicago White Sox to a 9-9 tie Monday. Read More
MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Chicago Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium. 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
If the Giants fail to recapture the magic of last summer and fall, nobody will be stunned. Repeat champs are a dying breed in big-league ball, for a variety of reasons.
If one of the reasons for the Giants’ inability to repeat is the World Baseball Classic, add that to the long and obvious list of reasons to shout at the top of your lungs for major reform in regard to what should — but never will be — the greatest event in the game. Read More