CHICAGO — Bruce Bochy wasn't tempted to take out Ryan Vogelsong when he faltered early, and the pitcher rewarded his manager's confidence with a fine finish.Vogelsong gave up five early runs before retiring his final 10 batters and helped his cause by walking with the bases loaded as the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Read More
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time, 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series. Read More
San Francisco is indisputably a Giants town.
But Sunday night, baseball fans took over the Orange and Black’s territory for a semifinal game in the World Baseball Classic. Though the Giants didn’t take the field, fan favorite Angel Pagan and his Puerto Rico team helped bring fans to AT&T Park weeks before Opening Day.
“I’m a baseball fan,” said Manny Lopez, 48, of San Francisco. “I’ve been late to work for the Little League World Series.” Read More
As the last team standing in 2012, the Giants already had a short offseason. Cutting even further into that break is the World Baseball Classic, which nine Giants players will be participating in.
The WBC, which was played for the first time in 2006, then again in 2009, will hold the semifinal and championship games at AT&T Park in March after pool play takes teams all over the world, from Japan to Puerto Rico. Read More
Once again, the Giants find themselves in stark contrast to their archrival in the Los Angeles Dodgers.
L.A. spent big money in an effort to upgrade its team over the past year. The team’s new ownership group has plenty of money, and it has not been shy about spending it in an effort to dethrone the Giants.
San Francisco, on the other hand, has gone with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Read More
Giants general manager Brian Sabean can check two big boxes off his winter to-do list.
San Francisco and free-agent center fielder Angel Pagan agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract Monday as the winter meetings got underway in Nashville, Tenn.
Bobby Evans, the team’s vice president of baseball operations, said the deal with Pagan was “very close” and the leadoff hitter would be subject to a physical to finalize his return to the reigning World Series champions. Read More
All aboard! Next stop, Crazy Town.
I’m your conductor, Jim Harbaugh, and all communication henceforth shall be liberally sprinkled with misdirection, outright evasion and, well, more than a little sheer lunacy.
Welcome to me. And get used to it, because quite frankly, I don’t give a damn what you think of me or the veracity of whatever might spill from my grill at any given moment. Read More
Giants CEO Larry Baer wants to add more World Series championships to the two his franchise has captured the past three seasons.
Why not build a baseball dynasty in the Bay Area?
Baer said Wednesday the front office is already hard at work beginning plans for the 2013 roster — and he is optimistic many familiar faces will stick around, including second baseman and NL Championship Series MVP Marco Scutaro. Read More
Facing elimination again, the Giants came out swinging. Got a saving relief appearance from Tim Lincecum, too.
Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL Division Series at 2-2. Read More
Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings, allowed four hits, two runs, and struck out seven for the Washington Nationals in a 6-4 victory and a series win over the Giants on Wednesday.
It was the first game for the Giants without star outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was suspended earlier in the day by Major League Baseball for 50 days without pay for testing positive for testosterone. Read More