LOS ANGELES — After an erratic first inning, Matt Cain settled down and tossed six scoreless innings for the San Francisco Giants.
It still wasn't enough, not on a day when Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw outdueled him on the mound and at the plate.
Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led Los Angeles to a 4-0 win on opening day. Read More
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
Buster Posey can add one more award to his trophy case as the Giants’ catcher ran away with National League MVP honors Thursday, securing 27 of 32 first-place votes.
Posey surged into the race for the award with a scorching run in the second half of the season by hitting .371 from July 1 through the end of the season. That propelled the third-year pro to win the NL batting title with a .336 average to go with a .408 on-base percentage, 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. Read More
As the various cable cars, floats and other vehicles of celebration work their way down Market Street today for our great city’s second World Series parade in three years, fans will get another long and loving look at everyone who had a hand in bringing that shiny flag-festooned trophy back to the shores of McCovey Cove. Read More
A look at the top ten memorable moments in Giants World Series history.
1. THE EARTHQUAKE1989: Game 3, World Series Read More
As if Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong’s story wasn’t heartwarming enough after returning to the big leagues last year following a five-year stint overseas, the 35-year-old right hander sparkled in his first career playoff start last week and will start today’s Game 2 of the NLCS.
Vogelsong said his first experience with the postseason wasn’t what he expected. Read More
Playoff games don’t count in voting for seasonal awards, but Buster Posey certainly looked like an MVP as the Giants completed a remarkable comeback Thursday in Cincinnati, the first National League team to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a division series. Read More
Voters charged with selecting the National League’s 2012 Most Valuable Player had to submit their votes before the start of the playoffs, so what Buster Posey did Thursday was, for those who’d already tabbed him as their top choice, merely validation of rather emphatic proportions.
For those who did not name Posey their MVP, well ... it likely served as a not-so-subtle, non-verbal admonition along the lines of, “What the hell were you thinking?!?” Read More
Despite an early injury to Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto, the Giants were unable to get their offense going as they dropped Game 1 of the National League Division Series 5-2 Saturday at AT&T Park. Read More
Game 1 of their respective division series held dramatically different consequences — implied, imagined and in reality — for the Giants and A’s, and such circumstances represented perhaps the most clear reflection of the teams’ hold on the Bay Area’s collective imagination.
In short, the Big Brother-Little Brother dynamic was in full effect. Read More