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Belt's double not enough as Giants drop finale

The Cubs picked up the home run pace on Thursday as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each hit solo shots to post a 5-1 victory over the Giants and Jeff Samardzija for their seventh win in the past nine games.
Via Giants.com
41 minutes ago

Cain first up as Giants return home vs. Braves

Coming off a road series against the reigning World Series champion Cubs, the Giants return to AT&T Park looking to continue their recent home success against the Braves, as Matt Cain and Jaime Garcia will square off in Friday's opener.
Via Giants.com
44 minutes ago

Nunez's injury could affect Giants' roster move

Eduardo Nunez's limited availability due to a tight left hamstring could influence how the Giants approach Aaron Hill's likely activation from the disabled list.
Via Giants.com
3 hours ago

Jeff Samardzija: Turning Less for Success

“What’s going on with the cutter and the slider?” I asked Jeff Samardzija the other day in the clubhouse. “I’m turning less,” said the Giants’ big right-hander. I started laughing, thinking he was talking about turning and watching the ball leave the yard. He arched an eyebrow, and didn’t follow suit. I had to explain myself. Now he was the one laughing. “No, no...
Via Fangraphs
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey and Public Displays of Disaffection

The television camera changes everything. Imagine being broadcast at work, at school, at your local coffee shop or bar, or wherever you spend most of your time in public. Were every move to be recorded, one’s behavior (I presume) would be inclined to change. My behavior certainly would. I would want the world most often to see the best of me. It’s human nature to be liked, to...
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

The First Giants: The Gothams Go On the Road in Week Two of the 1883 Season

I’ve been reading Edward Achorn’s 2013 book about the 1883 baseball season, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game. One of the key things that Achorn focuses on is the idea that major league baseball was in serious trouble in the early 1880’s. After years of gambling and corruption...
Via The Giants Cove
1 day ago

The Giants are picking 19th in the 2017 MLB Draft, and here’s what that’s meant in the past

Hope you’re ready for some Tony Torcato talk The 2017 MLB Draft is getting closer and closer, and like a true dork, I’m getting more and more excited. It would be a lot cooler if the Giants were in first place, or if they had the first-overall pick, or if they were in first place and had the first-overall pick, but I’m still excited about them picking 19th. They could have...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber crushes 470-foot home run

Too bad home runs with nobody on base only count for one run, because if distance were a factor, Kyle Schwarber’s monster homer on Tuesday would have counted for several.Schwarber blasted a 470-foot home run in the first inning of the Chicago Cubs’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. That was Schwarber’s 7th home run of the season, and according to Statcast, the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kelby Tomlinson is going to try center field in the minors

Better late than never, I suppose. Kelby Tomlinson, forgotten utility player of yore, was sent down to the minors for a couple of reasons. First, he has options. Second, he wasn’t hitting all that much. And third and most important, he couldn’t play the outfield. The Giants have been infested by outfield beetles, and it takes a while to kill the eggs. They needed outfielders...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

SF Giants Finally Winning Games But Catching Up is Hard to Do

It took a quarter of the 2017 MLB season for the San Francisco Giants to find that elusive sweet stride that losing teams search for and players often feel is just out of reach. Over the last twelve games the Giants have gone 9-3 after starting the season with a disastrous 11-23 record. The streak started with a 6-5 May 10th win against the Mets in New York. Over the twelve game...
Via The Giants Cove
2 days ago

Who will the Giants be for the rest of 2017?

Are they going to be the good team we’ve seen lately or the bad team we’ve seen more? This is not an article saying that the Giants are back. I would neither be so presumptuous to claim I know the future, nor would I tempt the wrath of the baseball gods, who I so angered last year any time I suggested any reliever might be good. But it’s impossible to ignore that after the...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

The 2016 NLDS rematch between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs is off to a tremendous start. Joe Panik got the party started with a home run before the Chicago defense took over with a couple of tremendous plays in a row.Addison Russell assisted on the the first out of the inning after completely robbing Christian Arroyo of a hit. But center fielder Albert Almora Jr. was...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants CF Denard Span sidelined by left thumb injury

Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: April showers bring May flowers… and more June wins?

There’s no denying that the San Francisco Giants have been. umm… not the team fans were expecting (I think is the nice way to put it), but despite the abyssal start to the season, the Giants are no longer the worst team in the Majors! In fact, they’re no longer the worst team in the NL West! The downside? It’s a long road and the ugly is that Greg Holland has as many saves...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Week 7 Review

It may have taken longer than wanted, but the San Francisco Giants had their best week so far this season. In a week that could have been detrimental to the Giants, the boys in black and orange went 4-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. Timely hitting and strong starting pitching proved to be very important this past week, as the bullpen has been getting much...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the San Francisco Giants turned it around?

It took until mid-May for the San Francisco Giants to finally start their season. The team finally started pitching, hitting and fielding at the level expected of a three-time championship team. Why has the team suddenly flipped the switch? The answer is simple, they’re getting healthy. When the Giants were slumping, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Denard Span, Mac Williamson and...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is back to his 2015 self — or maybe even better

On Sunday, the Washington Nationals played a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first game, Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and launched his 12th home run of the year. In the second game, he went 3-for-4 with a single, a double and two RBIs. That performance came a day after he whacked his second walk-off long ball of the season.It was just another weekend for the...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Giants may not get Madison Bumgarner back until August

The San Francisco Giants knew they’d be without ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner for quite some time, but he may not return to the mound until after the All-Star break.According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants hope to have Bumgarner playing catch by late May. Still, that timeline will not have him on the mound until early August, a few weeks later than the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey hits mammoth blast to end 17-inning game dominated by seagulls

After five hours and 28 minutes of baseball, the San Francisco Giants finally beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on a Buster Posey walk-off dong in the 17th inning.Posey cranked a Robert Stephenson pitch 431 feet, good for his longest homer in the Statcast era. And Posey’s “finally, this stupid game is over after I just had to catch 17 freakin’ innings” reaction may have been as...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants zapping their brains in training regimen

The San Francisco Giants are struggling through a dismal 2017 season. But the team has been experimenting with something potentially revolutionary, a headseat called Halo Sport from Halo Neuroscience, which is located a short distance from the Giants’ home stadium, AT&T Park.“About a third of the major league roster, including “some big-name players,” are working out...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants team bus broke down on way to airport after getting swept by Reds

It’s shaping up to be the season from hell for the San Francisco Giants.After a three-game sweep at the hands of the Reds over the weekend in which they were outscored by a total of 31-5, the Giants were on their way to the airport to leave Cincinnati when the bus transporting their players broke down, according to team play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming. The Giants are now 11...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy birthday to the coolest: Willie Mays

“(Willie) Mays is the only sports hero I had growing up who survived my teenage years and the cynicism of adulthood. Not because of his numbers, but because of his style. He was effortless and graceful in his greatness. Early on, I decided that the way Mays played baseball was how you should aspire to do everything — cutting grass, playing a solo or catching a fly ball. You have...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Belt Rightly Resists the Revolution

On Wednesday night, Brandon Belt came to the plate six times. He drew four walks, struck out once, and put one ball in play, a single in the 11th that drove in a run. Of course, the combination of all those walks and the relative lack of homers sometimes leads to spurious criticisms not unlike those leveled at Joey Votto. While most understand that Votto is a great hitter and many...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 5/4: LeBron continues to make history

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while LeBron James manages to hit yet another milestone, this time passing by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to land in second place on the all-time playoff scoring list.Happy birthday to Rory McIlroy, Kevin Slowey (Go Panthers!), Montell...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Curry zings Madison Bumgarner out of nowhere

Reigning MVP Stephen Curry has a good sense of humor, and has been known to deliver some clever zingers from time to time. He dropped one on Monday night when talking about the team’s upcoming playoff series against the Jazz, and did so with a reference that didn’t even involve the NBA in any way. To his credit, Curry was asked a weird question involving what he’d be doing...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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