A day that began with the Giants celebrating last year’s World Series championship quickly turned sour, as starter Matt Cain gave up nine earned runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 14-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on Sunday.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper asked the AT&T Park crowd a question before Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Throughout the offseason and the preseason and all the way up to the Giants’ season opener against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers today, much of the national attention seems to have turned away from the defending World Series champions from San Francisco.
It’s Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated last week, and his team that has been picked by many to finish atop the National League West at the end of the season. Read More
The Giants played their first game at AT&T Park on Thursday since Game 2 of last year’s World Series, reigniting the exhibition Bay Bridge Series with a 7-3 loss to the A’s.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum began the game well, striking out four in his first three innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the third. He departed the game with two outs and two on in the fifth before A’s outfielder Josh Reddick homered to right off reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Read More
The Giants made it through spring training — and a run through the World Baseball Classic for many — with on important asset: their health.
The most pressing concern is the health of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has been experiencing pain in his right elbow and numbness in his fingers. While the “Kung Fu Panda” did not play in Thursday’s game against the A’s, manager Bruce Bochy said his return could be right around the corner. 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
With two World Series championships and the World Baseball Classic all coming through San Francisco over the past few years, The City has quickly become a major hub in the baseball universe. Dante Benedetti would be proud.
The former USF baseball coach — who died in 2005 — dedicated his life to promoting baseball in San Francisco, and for the ninth year in a row, USF will play the annual Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Saturday. Read More
The Dominican Republic played through a steady rain at AT&T Park on Tuesday night to claim its first World Baseball Classic title by beating Puerto Rico 3-0.
The Dominican pitching staff continued its dominating performance in the tournament as the team completed a perfect 8-0 record, the first time that has been accomplished in the WBC. The Dominicans shut out Puerto Rico for the second time in the tournament, following up a 2-0 win on Saturday during the second round in Miami.
Manager Tony Pena said the team was savoring the experience. Read More
The Dominican Republic’s offense only came to life for one inning, but their four-run fifth was enough to propel them to the World Baseball Classic’s championship game with a 4-1 win over the Netherlands at AT&T Park on Monday.
The victory put the Dominicans one win away from going undefeated during the 2013 tournament, with Puerto Rico waiting and hoping to spoil that streak tonight. Read More
For the first time in the brief history of the World Baseball Classic, Japan will not be crowned champions.
Puerto Rico used pitching, defense and just enough hitting to scratch out a 3-1 win over the two-time defending champs Sunday at AT&T Park.
Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago held Japan scoreless for 4¹⁄³ innings before departing with forearm tightness, but five different relievers came out of the bullpen and picked up right where he left off, and a two-run homer by Alex Rios was the difference. Read More
In its 13-year history, AT&T Park has already played host to three World Series, an All-Star Game, an annual college bowl game and countless concerts and events. Starting today, the park some think is the best in the business will add another event to its résumé when the World Baseball Classic comes to the shores of McCovey Cove.
The Giants’ organization is not taking its experience for granted, however, as the WBC will carry a unique feel with it to The City. Read More
What started out as a close game quickly became a blowout as the top-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral girls’ basketball team held Campolindo scoreless in the second quarter of a 59-40 victory for the Irish in the CIF NorCal regional semifinals Tuesday. Read More
It took a late season rally in which the Dons won five of their last seven regular season games and getting through four tiebreakers with San Diego, but USF earned the fifth seed in the West Coast Conference tournament, which begins today in Las Vegas.
USF will play their first game Thursday against the winner of today’s game between Loyola Marymount and Portland. They swept LMU and split two games with Portland this season, though coach Rex Walters said he has no preference which team comes out of the matchup. Read More
On a windy Sunday when the air was nearly the same temperature as the water in San Francisco Bay — both in the low 50s — the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon saw one winner that came as little surprise, and another who surprised no one more than herself. Javier Gomez of Spain led the pack from the moment he stepped out of the water and onto the sand with the Palace of Fine Arts ahead of him, and he finished with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds — just over a minute ahead of second-place finisher Graham O’Grady of New Zealand. Read More
In what seems to be a recent theme for Bay Area sports, the San Jose Earthquakes had a breakout year in 2012, winning the Supporters Shield for the best regular season record after finishing no better than sixth in each of their previous four seasons since the franchise was recreated in 2008.
Much of their success rode on record-setting MVP Chris Wondolowski, whose 27 goals last season tied him with Roy Lassiter for the MLS record and made him the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 73 goals. Read More