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    Idris Elba joined Kit Harington and others stars at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London on Sunday for an NFL International game. The Luther actor, 50, cheered from the stands as the New York Giants took on the Green Bay Packers before touring the pitch.  The 62,850 seat Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the first purpose-built NFL stadium outside of the US and hosts a minimum of two games per year. Sports fans: Idris Elba joined Kit Harington and others stars at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London on Sunday for an NFL International game Idris cut a casual figure for the outing donning a white tracksuit as he shielded his eyes behind shades.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kendall Jenner shows off her modeling prowess in new photos... Halsey plays muse in a Chanel advert using clips of the star... Emily Ratajkowski looks chic in a brown leather jacket... Nick Cannon receives birthday wishes from the mothers of his... Share this article Share 14 shares The star wore his VIP credentials...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan McMahon’s single to lead off Tuesday’s game must have given manager Gabe Kapler a sigh of relief. He’d have no reason to keep Logan Webb on the mound too long in his career-high 32nd start. Webb struck out the side in the fifth inning and was pulled having thrown just 78 pitches, giving up one run in a 27-pitch first inning with seven total strikeouts and a walk. But that was always the plan. He was in line for his 15th win of the year, the Giants sealed it with a 5-2 win against the Rockies on the first game back from their road trip to Colorado and Arizona. The 24-year-old has been on a pitch count for his last two starts as the team hopes to limit his workload during the final meaningless games of the season in order to help preserve his young arm. Only three pitchers in baseball have thrown more than Webb’s 192 1/3 innings — Miami’s Sandy Alcantara (220), St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas (199) and Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (195). His pitch...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Injured Giants starter Alex Wood is set to throw this weekend for the first time since he was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and landed on the injured list almost two weeks ago. How Wood, 31, comes out of those sessions, he said before Wednesday’s game, will likely determine if he will start another game for San Francisco this season. “If I don’t feel 100%,” Wood said, noting that while improved he isn’t at full strength yet, “I don’t want to go back out there for two weeks and end up right back where I was when I went on the IL the first time and ruin my offseason.” It has been two weeks since Wood last threw a baseball at full strength, while allowing four runs over 4⅔ innings in an Aug. 31 start against the Padres. With barely three weeks of the season left, a team out of the playoff race and having already missed most of September, why not just call it a wrap and not risk putting preparation for next year in jeopardy?...
    CHICAGO — Speaking about the significant rule changes coming to Major League Baseball in 2023, Giants manager Gabe Kapler used the word “interesting” on three separate occasions to describe the restrictions on shifts, the pitch clock and the larger bases that will arrive next season. “I definitely haven’t seen every piece of this puzzle yet,” Kapler said. “We all have a lot of work to do.” In some ways, the Giants are ahead of the game. It’s part of an organizational-wide ethos to push the pace. In fact, such a key tenet, that when Kapler began to recite the club’s “core pitching philosophies,” one reporter sarcastically responded, “What are they again?” Giants pitchers make up three of the 10 quickest workers in the majors (and four of the top 15, and five of the top 30). In other ways, though, the Giants will be more challenged than other clubs. According to Sports Info Solutions, the Giants have been the second-worst team in the majors by defensive runs saved. But their infield positioning, or their shifts, have been the sixth-most effective...
    DENVER — Jakob Junis has never pitched in the hitter’s haven that is Coors Field. Ahead of his introduction to pitching at 5,280 feet above sea level in his scheduled start in the Giants’ series finale Sunday against the Rockies, teammate Logan Webb offered him a piece of advice: this ballpark lives up to its reputation as a terrible place to pitch, but it’s a great place to get right. When the Giants last played here in late May, Webb was going through something similar to Junis recently. It had been a month or more since he had a good feel for his slider, the same all-important pitch Junis had been searching for since returning from the injured list. “I was talking to Webby,” Junis said, “and he told me, ‘You’re probably not going to see the shape as much, but when you leave here, you’re going to be pretty dialed (in),’ because you’re really going to try to be on it as much as you can. “He said last time he was looking for his slider coming into this...
    SAN DIEGO — Camilo Doval turned around after firing strike three past Padres first baseman Josh Bell for the final out of the Giants’ 1-0 win here Monday night and looked at the reading on the radar gun. 103 mph. “I asked myself, I hope it’s correct,” Doval said later, laughing, through Spanish-language translator Erwin Higueros. Technically, the pitch was clocked at 102.9 mph, tying Brian Wilson for the fastest thrown by a Giant in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). Using it to record the last out of possibly his toughest assignment of the season — Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Bell while protecting a one-run lead — it was the fastest pitch thrown by a Giant for a strikeout since tracking began in 2008. Throwing hard is nothing new for Doval: since 2008, the Giants have thrown 35 pitches at least 101.5 mph (or 102 mph, rounded), and 22 of them have emerged from Doval’s right hand. (“Once I let go, I can tell that it’s going to go fast,” he said.) What’s different — and what has helped...
    San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada left Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the helmet. Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr., who had been recalled earlier Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, hit Estrada with an 84 mph changeup that sent him to the ground immediately.  Estrada was on his back and spoke to training staff, eventually getting helped to his feet and back to the clubhouse. Estrada was hit on his helmet in the 5th inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs The shortstop was down on his back after being hit with an 84 mph changeup The incident took place in the fifth inning of the game when the Giants were up 5-0.  'He's still a little dizzy,' Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after the game.  'Some pressure on his left side. So he's having concussion-like symptoms. We haven't yet taken that step to diagnose him with a concussion but good chance that's where we'll be and we'll figure out what to do from a roster perspective in the next few hours...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Thairo Estrada left Saturday’s game in the fifth inning after Cubs pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. struck him in the head with a pitch. After being hit with the 84 mph changeup in the helmet, Estrada stayed on the ground while Giants trainers tended to him. He left the game with trainers and manager Gabe Kapler at his side. Jason Vosler, called up on Friday in a corresponding move after Joc Pederson was placed on the seven-day concussion IL that morning, replaced him at shortstop. Estrada is the only true shortstop on the Giants’ current roster. Vosler, primarily an infielder, played his first big league innings at shortstop. With Brandon Crawford still on the injured list with knee inflammation and emergency shortstop Evan Longoria sidelined with an injury, the Giants are short on shortstops. Estrada was also the victim of Carlos Rodón’s frustrated bat kick between innings during a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week. Rodón kicked the bat and it accidentally hit Estrada in the leg. Rodón apologized for the incident after the game.
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada left Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the helmet in the fifth inning. Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr., recalled earlier Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, hit Estrada with an 84 mph changeup, sending him to the ground immediately. Estrada was on his back and spoke to training staff, eventually getting helped to his feet and back to the clubhouse. Jason Vosler pinch-ran for Estrada and took over at shortstop. Leiter remained in the game for Chicago. Estrada, 26, is batting .262 with nine home runs and 41 RBI this season. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The San Francisco Giants are once again set to host their annual “Jerry Night” — in honor of the beloved Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia — on Aug. 2. This year’s celebration, however, takes on added significance — as it marks what would be the late great singer-songwriter-guitarist’s 80th birthday. Additional Jerry Nights, as per usual, are being held at the home parks of the New York Yankees on Aug. 1 and the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 9. To further mark the occasions, the baseball teams are “auctioning off a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Deadhead superfans,” according to a news release. Topping the list is the opportunity to throw out the first pitch any of those Jerry Nights games. So, the question is, Deadhead superfan — How’s your changeup looking these days? Because you could have the chance to showcase it at Oracle Park on Aug. 2. Proceeds from these auctions will benefit the Rex Foundation, the charitable organization that has written grants 1,300-plus grassroots nonprofit organizations since being founded by the Grateful Dead in 1984. To bid for...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In the past week, Carlos Rodón has gone from an All-Star snub to replacement selection and, now on Saturday, requiring a replacement himself. With his eyes set on the second half of this season and a split finger nail/blood blister bothering him, Rodón opted against participating in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, after consulting with Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Rodón, who originally replaced Milwaukee’s Josh Hader, was replaced on the National League roster by the Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson. “I just wanted to be ready for the second half. … I would’ve liked to throw in it this year. But I think not throwing would be the better decision for myself and my teammates,” Rodón said. “I have a job with the San Francisco Giants. That’s more important than the All-Star Game, although it is an honor — it really is.” That means for the second straight season, Rodón earned an All-Star nod but won’t pitch in the game. Carrying fond memories of fellow North Carolinian Josh Hamilton in the 2008 home run derby, Rodón said he still plans to...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A day after receiving a cortisone shot in his troublesome left elbow, Giants reliever José Álvarez said he hopes the treatment is enough to avoid surgery and maintain the possibility of pitching again this season. “Hopefully everything goes away,” Álvarez said. “I don’t think I’m going to lose anything by waiting and seeing how it goes and try to avoid the procedure.” Álvarez, 33, landed on the injured list for the second time this season last week, not long after returning from a rehab assignment for a separate issue. Álvarez appeared in three rehab games while recovering from a lower back strain before returning and not being able to get past 60-65% effort in his delivery because of elbow pain. An MRI revealed no ligament damage, which manager Gabe Kapler deemed “good news,” but the issue proved problematic enough to transfer Álvarez to the 60-day injured list, making him ineligible to return before Sep. 3. The official diagnosis was a posterior impingement, which Álvarez described as similar to a bone spur. He said he experienced something similar...
    NASCAR star Kurt Busch threw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game this weekend. That's what it would've looked like to viewers on television, anyway. 2NASCAR driver Kurt Busch threw the first pitch before San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies on ThursdayCredit: AP 2Amy Schneider had the honor before San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers on SaturdayCredit: AP "Kurt Busch threw out the first pitch." pic.twitter.com/DzolTVrLey— The Comeback (@thecomeback) June 12, 2022 Busch appeared on TV coverage just before the San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers game on Saturday to throw the first pitch. But fans in the stadium at Oracle Park saw a different story. Amy Schneider, who was the first transgender contestant on 'Jeopardy' to participate in the Tournament of Champions, was invited to throw the first pitch on Giants' Pride Day. But broadcasters Fox Sports instead showed a taped first pitch from Busch rather than Schneider. Busch threw the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday's game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. A Fox Sports spokesperson insists they had no intention to...
    SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Clayton Kershaw gave up a go-ahead home run to Thairo Estrada in a two-run second inning as the three-time Cy Young Award winner returned from the injured list, and the San Franciso Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Saturday. Los Angeles outhit the Giants 13-5 but stranded 14 runners and went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers have lost eight of their last 12 games. Kershaw (4-1) had been sidelined by an inflamed joint in his back since a May 7 win at the Chicago Cubs. He returned on the same day Dodgers ace Walker Buehler went on the injured list with a right forearm strain. Los Angeles said Buehler will not throw for six-to-eight weeks, a timetable that means he won’t pitch on a major league mound until late August or September, at the earliest. Estrada drove a 1-2 slider over the wall in left for his fourth homer and Luis Gonzalez added a 20-out RBI single in a 31-pitch second inning. Kershaw threw 43 of 71 pitches for...
    MIAMI — After an 11-game absence, Austin Slater was activated from the injured list ahead of the Giants’ game Saturday against the Marlins, providing some much-needed right-handed hitting depth. Slater’s status for Saturday’s game was in question up until an hour before first pitch, when the club announced the move, despite having joined them the previous series in Philadelphia. To clear a roster spot, 25-year-old right-hander Sean Hjelle was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento, after tossing three innings in relief Friday night. Slater hasn’t played since a May 22 game against the Padres, during which he injured his left wrist while swinging at a pitch. Before landing on the IL, Slater was batting .250/.388/.391. After spending the first portion of his rehab at the club’s facilities in San Francisco, Slater rejoined the team in Philadelphia, where he went through batting practice and tested the wrist ahead of his first eligible day to come off the IL, Thursday. It took two additional days for Slater to feel ready to come off the IL. Related Articles San Francisco Giants | How...
    MIAMI — Hours after earning accolades for his torrid month of May, Giants rookie outfielder Luis González was forced out of their game Friday night against the Marlins. Facing Eliezer Hernandez in the second inning, González took a 93 mph fastball off his right shin and immediately looked to be in pain. However, after being accompanied by head trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Gabe Kapler up the first-base line, González remained in the game – for one batter. González was lifted for pinch-runner Donovan Walton and was shown headed down the tunnel of the dugout, likely to receive X-rays on his right shin. Walton later scored on a three-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski that gave the Giants a 5-0 lead over Miami in the second inning. Earlier on Friday, González was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May, after batting 368 .410 .500 in 23 games, an OPS of .910 that ranked behind only Mike Yastrzemski and Curt Casali for the best among Giants hitters. Related Articles San Francisco Giants | SF Giants scratch starter...
    BARCELONA will be RENTING their esteemed Nou Camp ground this month to raise funds for the stadium's redevelopment. The sensational report comes from El Chiringuito, who claim that Barca will be letting their historic pitch from June 6 until June 11. 2Barcelona will be renting out their esteemed Nou Camp stadium to raise fundsCredit: Getty 2Barcelona are planning to redevelop their Nou Camp ground in the near futureCredit: Reuters The cash-strapped Blaugrana will be allowing 60-minute matches and charge €300 (£255) per player. The Catalan giants have been dealing with financial woes ever since last summer, which is why they had to let club legend Lionel Messi go as a free agent and join Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona also took an eye-watering £73million loss on Antoine Griezmann on deadline day in an attempt to balance the books. The Spanish outfit recently confirmed they will move to the nearby Olympic Stadium in Catalonia while the Nou Camp undergoes renovations. Read More on FootballMOVING JONG Man Utd think they can get De Jong for £50m as Ten Hag picks Pogba replacementPAYLOAD Arsenal given...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was Top Gun Night at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night and Downingtown native Miles Teller was on hand to throw out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies’ game against the San Francisco Giants. Oh, and the first 1,500 fans who purchased tickets got an exclusive Top Gun Miles Teller “Rooster” bobblehead. READ MORE: A Fresh Cut Conversation: A Closer Look At Gun Violence In PhiladelphiaTeller plays Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw in “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is now out in theaters. READ MORE: At Least 4 People Dead In Tulsa Medical Building Shooting, Police SayCBS3 caught up with Teller after his first pitch Wednesday night. It was his second time throwing out a first pitch at a Phils game. ‘The first one I threw to [Jake] Arrieta, this one to Ryan Howard,” Teller said. “Dude, I was trying to play baseball my whole life. Then you have the Phanatic telling you don’t mess up and everybody telling you don’t bounce it. And then [Nick] Castellanos said, ‘Let it eat. Throw from the rubber and...
    PHILADELPHIA — Seven years ago, a long ways from a major-league mound, Jakob Junis had a breakthrough. “The lightbulb just went off and I took off,” Junis said in an interview this week with the Bay Area News Group. The only Giants starters this season as valuable (according to his 1.3 bWAR) as Junis are Logan Webb and Carlos Rodón. None (according to his 2.76 ERA) has been more successful than Junis. And no starter, not on the Giants or anywhere in the majors, has thrown his slider more than Junis. It was that breakthrough in an offseason bullpen session in 2015 that Junis found the slider grip his still uses to this day and has made him one of the majors’ most surprising success stories early on this season. He’s seamlessly filled the void in the rotation with Anthony DeSclafani on the shelf. In the words of catcher Curt Casali, “It’s a nasty pitch. … He’s been a godsend for our team.” Junis may never have experimented with a slider if not for a pitching coach in the Royals’...
    CINCINNATI — Fully recovered from a lower back strain and back in the San Francisco Giants bullpen, Jake McGee believes the most valuable piece of his rehab assignment was the mechanical adjustments he was able to make. McGee, who had a 9.58 ERA in 11 appearances before landing on the IL, said his early season struggles can be attributed to a lack of deception stemming from unwittingly shortening the stride on his delivery by about 2 inches. “Two inches is a pretty big difference when you’re talking about pitching,” McGee said Friday before he was officially activated from the injured list. “It wasn’t velocity wise. It wasn’t me throwing too many sliders. It was just a little longer stride will give me better deception.” Director of pitching Brian Bannister was the one who noticed McGee’s delivery out of whack. McGee took a few days to rest his back after landing on the IL on May 11, then got to work with Bannister. “He gave me those couple cues, I worked on it in my first bullpen and felt good about...
    Giants/Rangers New York Giants edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux and head coach Brian Daboll supported the Yankees and Rangers on Sunday night. Players and coaches have some time to get away from the field during the NFL offseason, and the New York Giants are using that time to support some of their most prominent neighbors. Rookie edge defender Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and new head coach Brian Daboll were in attendance for separate sporting events on Sunday evening. Thibodeaux was at the New York Yankees game, where he threw out the first pitch before the second game of a double-header against the Chicago White Sox. Daboll, on the other hand, was at Madison Square Garden cheering on the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. ALL the latest Giants news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Giants newsletter here! Kayvon Thibodeaux at the Yankees game today ???????? pic.twitter.com/qN5SiDAPlb — Clouts⚡️ (@itsclouts) May 22, 2022 Let’s watch Thibodeaux’s first pitch from a couple...
    DENVER — After his last start, Logan Webb was hesitantly optimistic but slightly coy. “I think those first couple outings, you guys know what pitch I’m talking about, I wasn’t very confident in,” Webb said. “I think we’re getting closer to getting that pitch where it was last year.” That pitch is Webb’s slider. Pairing it with his sinker, Webb developed the devastating one-two punch that he rode to the second-lowest ERA in the majors during his final 20 starts of last season. Through his first six starts this season, though, Webb relied on a different pitch mix and, likewise, hasn’t been the same pitcher. Webb has been more reliant on his changeup to start this season than at any point since he returned from a shoulder strain last July and began his ascension to the club’s young ace. He threw the pitch 36% of the time in April, an even higher rate than in his similarly rocky start to last season, while turning to his sinker only 34% of the time and his slider on 28% of his pitches,...
    ST. LOUIS — Grunt. Thwack. Grunt. Thwack. Grunt. Thwack. Carlos Rodón tried to blow first-pitch fastballs by Paul Goldschmidt, then Albert Pujols. He switched it up against Yadier Molina, trying to sneak a slider past for strike one. On each of them, the Cardinals hitters did something nobody had done against Rodón in his dominant stretch of six starts to begin this season: put a first-pitch offering in play for a base hit. The Cardinals provided a number of firsts for Rodón, none of them positive, in a 15-6 loss that quickly got out of hand and ended with future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols pitching to the Giants and left fielder Luis González pitching for the Giants. Eight runs? Check. Ten hits? Check. Rodón had a national television audience for his worst start as a Giant and one of the worst of his career. The eight runs tied a career high — done three times, last as a member of the White Sox in 2019 — and exceeded the total he had surrendered through his first six starts this season. The...
    ST. LOUIS — Logan Webb was clearly still seeking to rediscover his top-line form, but that didn’t matter Friday night against the Cardinals — for the Giants, or for his pitching line. Webb issued more walks (3) than he generated swings and misses. He put four men on via various free passes before surrendering a hit. But when it was over, 8-2, Webb walked away with his MLB-leading fifth win and the Giants with their sixth straight victory, their longest win streak of the season. As catcher Curt Casali, who hit his first home run of the season Friday night, said earlier this week, “He’s giving us a chance to win every time he goes out there,” even if for the fifth straight start this wasn’t the same Webb that was so dominant to end last year. A wild Webb who wasn’t missing bats could have been much worse than his six innings, three hits and one run. And the Giants still would have been just fine, after piling on five runs off Cardinals relievers in the eighth inning. Before...
    Logan Webb and the San Francisco Giants are on a fact-finding mission. Webb, in a recent interview with the Bay Area News Group, was hesitant to divulge many details. “We’re finding some good stuff,” said Webb, who gets the ball Friday to open the Giants’ series in St. Louis. “I kind of want to keep that in between us.” His past four starts have looked nothing like his final 20 of last season. Or his first two this year. Or spring training, when he looked ready to build on his magnificent second half of last season. Webb’s numbers in 22 regular-season starts from May 11 of last season through April 13 this year: 130⅓ innings, 101 hits, 135 strikeouts, 2.28 ERA. His past four: 21⅓ innings, 32 hits, 17 strikeouts, 5.48 ERA. “I think he’s responded well, particularly mentally,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He hasn’t felt at his best physically for a portion of the season, but he understands it’s a great opportunity to just compete. Also, it’s a good opportunity for our coaching staff to help him feel physically...
    QUEENS, New York — Joey Bart admitted the past stretch of games has been a rough one for him. Yet, amidst a throwing error, a couple wild pitches he couldn’t wrangle, more strikeouts at the plate and a nasty blood blister on his hand, the young backstop has still shown signs of growth. “Started off hot, but it’s been a rough couple games,” Bart said Thursday morning, sporting a bandage on his left hand covering a blood blister that measured about an inch in diameter. The blood blister was a result of Mets starter Chris Bassitt challenging him inside with a fastball that ran a little too far in and got a piece of Bart’s hand, as well as the knob of his bat. Despite Bart wearing the evidence of a hit by pitch, it was called a foul ball, even confirmed upon video review. “It definitely didn’t feel good,” Bart said, though his stoic reaction in the moment didn’t make manager Gabe Kapler’s unsuccessful challenge any easier. Bart, however, didn’t expect to miss any more time than the day...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — For the first time in three years, the San Francisco Giants will be welcoming a sold-out crowd to Oracle Park Friday as hopes were soaring high among the faithful for a repeat of last year’s historic National League West championship season. Young ace Logan Webb will be taking the mound at 1:35 p.m. against the Florida Marlins and the Giants fans simply can’t wait. READ MORE: Elderly Woman Held At Gunpoint In San Francisco Home Invasion Robbery“This is a ball town, it’s a baseball town,” said Pete Strasser. “It always will be.” But there will be a some fan-favorites missing from the action. Future Hall of Famer Buster Posey has retired. Outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr., whose late inning heroics in 2021 captured the hearts of the faithful begins the season sidelined by injuries as is veteran Third baseman Evan Longoria. “There are always injuries on every team,” versatile infielder Wilmer Flores said. “The good thing about this team is there are always good options where you can keep a good level of baseball going. That’s...
    MESA, Ariz. — Anthony DeSclafani didn’t know how many strikeouts he had, but he knew he felt good in his final outing of the spring. The final tally: eight punchouts in 4⅔ scoreless innings of work that, under new rules this spring training, extended into the sixth inning, helping the Giants to a 5-3 win over the A’s in their penultimate game of Cactus League play. “Feeling ready for the start of the season,” DeSclafani said afterward. “Strikeouts are good. I just want to locate pitches, be efficient, throw up zeros and I feel like that’s what I’ve done all spring.” In 10⅓ innings over three starts, opposing hitters managed zeroes in every frame but one against DeSclafani. The projected No. 3 starter in the Giants rotation enters the regular season carrying a 0.87 spring training ERA and an 11:2 K:BB ratio. But to record the final two outs of his final start of the spring, it took DeSclafani two innings. Huh? Under a new rule, starting pitchers are allowed to re-enter spring training games after they’re pulled. It allows...
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. — It’s Sam, not Sammy. And the last two letters of his first name aren’t all that Sam Long ditched over the offseason. “I’m all grown up now,” quipped Long, who debuted the new moniker on the Giants’ spring training roster and a refined arsenal of pitches in his spring debut Sunday afternoon in a 9-4 loss to the Reds. Gone is the slider, with a renewed focus on his best three pitches: fastball, curveball, changeup. “It’s the best my changeup has felt going into a year,” Long said. “I can just trust the three pitches and focus on executing those three. I know those three pitches are good enough to get guys out.” Beset by some outfield defense that served as a reminder of the time of the year — it’s the third game of spring training, after all — Long allowed five runs over 1⅔ innings, but he struck out three of five batters he retired, including a couple swings and misses on that changeup. Long figures to fill a similar role to last season, when...
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Time of game: Three hours, 25 minutes. The Giants lost their spring training opener and were no hit for seven innings, to boot. But that’s not what caught the gruff of manager Gabe Kapler. “I thought we worked too slow. I don’t think we pounded the zone enough. We fell behind in a lot of counts. It’s just not the identity of our pitching staff,” Kapler said the morning after the 7-3 loss to the Cubs. “It was really slow — painfully slow.” Pushing the pace has been an emphasis since Kapler took over. Alex Wood, whose starts routinely checked in under 3 hours last season, “embodies our pitching philosophy,” Kapler said. Making the first start of Cactus League play, Logan Webb worked quickly, too, breezing through two innings. But after Webb’s exit, 29-year-old right-hander Bryan Brickhouse started a stretch of slow, arduous work the rest of the night, issuing three walks and surrendering six of the Cubs’ seven runs. Pitchers mostly kept Cubs hitters in check for the remaining duration but continued to consistently fall behind...
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It wasn’t even three weeks ago that Logan Webb and Marcus Stroman were going back and forth on Twitter about the possibility of organizing their own exhibitions here in Arizona. Anything to play competitive baseball amid a lockout that showed no signs of ending anytime soon. At 7:05 p.m. Friday night, Webb threw the first pitch of the Giants’ condensed Cactus League slate. Eight minutes later, after a 1-2-3 top half with two punchouts, Stroman fired his first pitch to Mike Yastrzemski. It took a little longer than they wanted, but the two respective staff aces got what they wanted in its fullest, truest form. When players were locked out for 99 days and this first spring training game delayed by 10 days, the big news Friday was that they were playing baseball, at last. “It’s honestly perfect,” Webb said. “I was a little nervous out there. It was good to get that feeling again. I was sitting in the dugout before and there’s this feeling you get in your chest. I can’t really explain it. I...
    (CNN)History was made in Australia Friday as Genevieve Beacom became the first woman to pitch in the Australian Baseball League (ABL). The 17-year-old left-hander took the mound in the sixth inning for the Melbourne Aces in the team's Melbourne Challenge Series game against the Adelaide Giants. She pitched a scoreless inning without giving up a hit at Melbourne Ballpark.After the game, Beacom said she did not want the Giants to score."When I got out there, I just wanted to shut down the runs," Beacom said. "They had some momentum and my goal was to just stop the runs from scoring. So yeah, it was good."Beacom also had some advice for young girls who want to follow their dreams. Read More"If anyone tries to push you to do something you don't want to do, push you to softball, or to play a sport that you 'should' be playing, don't listen," she said."Do what you want to do and just know that if you work hard enough you can definitely make it somewhere. It's not impossible. You can see, it can be...
    San Francisco Giants flamethrower Camilo Doval lost control of his fastball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5. Gabe Kapler called upon Doval to retire the side in the eighth inning, and keep the game tied a one run apiece. Unfortunately for the Giants, that was not the case, as Doval never had complete control of his fastball. Doval threw nothing but sliders to Cody Bellinger, despite the fact that he owns a fastball that can hit triple-digits. This is after he put a runner on courtesy of that fastball, and then Gavin Lux joined said runner on with a single off Doval’s main pitch. Doval clearly lost confidence in that pitch, which is why he went with four straight sliders to the struggling Bellinger.San Francisco Giants: Doval goes with wrong strategy against Cody BellingerBellinger has struggled to catch up to high-velocity pitches all season, making it all the more odd that Doval went with four pitches less than 90 MPH to attempt to get him out. A visit to the mound didn’t do Doval much good, as he...
    Angel Hernandez’s scorecard for his performance for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants has been revealed. Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants fans were ready to watch Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night. What was already a stressful game, it became even worse after they realized that umpire Angel Hernandez was calling the game behind home plate. Sure enough, there was some controversy, as evidenced by a called strike three on a Julios Urias pitch to Darin Ruf that was outside the strike zone in the bottom of the first inning. As for Hernandez’s overall performance in Game 2,  the Twitter account Umpire Scorecards gave him a 91-percent in overall accuracy and 94-percent on overall consistency. You can check out more of their scores in the tweet below: Umpire: Angel HernandezFinal: Giants 2, Dodgers 9#ResilientSF // #Dodgers#SFvsLAD // #LADvsSF pic.twitter.com/grY54mvEYN — Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) October 10, 2021 Angel Hernandez’s scorecard for NLDS Game 2 between Giants, Dodgers The scorecard did feature the strike three call on Urias’ pitch the...
    SAN FRANCISCO — As a historic NLDS shifts from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the Giants’ chances of advancing past the Dodgers now hinge on a bullpen that posted the lowest ERA (2.99) in the majors this season. If the pitching staff’s performance in a blowout 9-2 Game 2 loss that evened the series is any indication of what’s to come, the Giants’ October run could end far sooner than they expected. After right-hander Kevin Gausman exited Saturday’s game in the sixth inning, reliever Dominic Leone allowed three straight Dodgers batters to reach base including Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock, Los Angeles’ No. 7 and No. 8 hitters who each drilled first-pitch doubles. Leone was one of manager Gabe Kapler’s most trusted relievers this year and was the pitcher who received the opportunity to record the final three outs of the regular season, but he battled immediate command issues in his playoff debut and allowed the Dodgers to take a commanding lead. Zack Littell, another reliable right-hander during the regular season, let Saturday’s game get out...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In a span of five days, Logan Webb went from another Giants feel-good story to a player who is carving out a special place in franchise history. Webb’s fame is sudden, but it’s hardly unexpected for a pitcher who followed up a division-clinching win on Sunday by conjuring up memories of Tim Lincecum with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a dominant 4-0 victory against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. “It felt a little bit like Lincecum’s (start) against the Braves in 2010,” catcher Buster Posey said. “I think Timmy ended up nine (shutout) on that, but I think Logan had the potential to do that tonight if he stays out there.” Against a Dodgers lineup that led the National League with 5.12 runs per game, Webb scattered five hits and didn’t allow a walk while racking up 10 strikeouts in one of the best starts in Giants’ playoff history. Juxtaposed with a relatively rough day for starter Kevin Gausman, who was charged with four earned runs in a Game...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As the clock counted down to the first pitch of the San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS Game 1 showdown, emotions rose outside of Oracle Park among the thousands of fans who were lucky enough to have scored one of the hottest tickets in town. Standing room only seats were going for $120 or more on the reseller websites as game time approached. Those without tickets crowded into neighborhood bars throughout city from the Richmond District to the Outer Mission ready for the rollercoaster ride that was likely to unfold. READ MORE: LA County Vaccine Mandate Now In Effect For Select BusinessesIt was the first post-season meeting between the two heated rivals in more than 100 years. The Giants won 107 regular season games this year, ending the Dodgers stranglehold of eight straight NL West division titles. The teams met 19 times during the regular season. After going winless in the first four regular season meetings, San Francisco went 10-5 the rest of the way to finish with a 10-9 head-to-head advantage. Outside Oracle,...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game. The 106-win Dodgers advanced to a best-of-five NL Division Series against the rival Giants. Game 1 is Friday night in San Francisco. READ MORE: COVID: Vaccine Deadline for San Francisco Muni Operators ApproachesThe sellout crowd of 53,193 hung on every pitch as the tension of a tie game built from the fourth inning on. Fans waved blue towels, futilely urging out the few balls launched into the outfield only to see them caught in a winner-take-all matchup between two of the most storied and successful National League franchises. Cody Bellinger drew a two-out walk from T.J. McFarland and stole second in the ninth, when nearly every fan was on their feet, waiting to see if the defending World Series champions could pull off a win. Alex Reyes came in to face Taylor, who sent a 2-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, triggering an explosion...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The best Giants pitcher in the first half of the season gives way to the best Giants pitcher in the second half the season in search of win No. 107 and the N.L. West title. And if Logan Webb can pitch as well as Kevin Gausman did Saturday in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the San Diego Padres, the Giants have to like their chances at opening the National League Division Series Friday at Oracle Park. Gausman was in command against the Padres from the outset, starting with a seven-pitch first inning and giving up one run on six hits through seven innings when his right hand began to cramp in part because of all the split-finger fastballs that left hitters flailing. It was Gausman’s second straight strong start, coming off a six-inning effort against Colorado in which he gave up three hits and one run with no walks and 11 strikeouts. He departed the game to the roar of a crowd of 40,760. “I feel like the ball is coming out really...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Another remarkable Dodgers comeback cost the Giants a chance to clinch the National League West on Friday night at Oracle Park. Within an hour of the Giants securing their 106th win of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Padres, the Dodgers wrapped up their 104th win of the year by defeating the Brewers 8-6 in Los Angeles. “It’s expected,” Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski said. “They’re a really good team and so are we. It’s one of those things where you go back and forth and focus on our own game.” With two days left in the regular season, the Giants’ magic number is at one, meaning a Giants win or a Dodgers loss will clinch the division for San Francisco. “It is what it is right now,” Giants slugger Darin Ruf said of the race. “We have to stay focused on every single pitch of every single inning and need to grind out wins.” Related Articles SF Giants don’t have an NL West title yet, but they may have...
    SAN FRANCISCO — After winning their sixth straight game and their 105th of the season on Thursday behind a walk-off single from LaMonte Wade Jr., the Giants lowered their magic number to win the National League West to two entering the weekend. The Giants hold a 2.0-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with three games left to play, meaning any combination of San Francisco wins and Los Angeles losses that add up to two will clinch the Giants’ first NL West title since 2012. “It’s pretty crazy,” Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said after facing his former club on Thursday. “It’s pretty incredible to see. I know people have counted them out all year and a lot of people can’t understand and make sense of it, but I’ve been on that side when people are saying the same thing.” Champagne will be on ice at Oracle Park all weekend, but plenty still has to go right for the Giants to clinch the division. The soonest the Giants can clinch is Friday, but the only way the...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty eight years ago, the 1993 San Francisco Giants wrapped up a remarkable 103-win season with feelings of anger, pain and frustration. The 2021 Giants, who captured their 103rd win of the season with a 6-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Oracle Park, are doing everything in their power to avoid a similar sense of disappointment. With their fourth win in a row, 19th of September and 50th at home this season, the Giants tied the franchise’s San Francisco-era record for victories by matching the 1962 National League pennant winners and the 1993 club that lost the NL West by one game to the Atlanta Braves. Tuesday’s defeat of a woeful Arizona Diamondbacks team allowed the Giants to maintain their 2.0-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West with five games left to play and dropped their magic number to four. Related Articles SF Giants could get closer, right-handed bat and a starting pitcher back this week SF Giants place Belt on injured list, replace him with...
    SAN FRANCISCO — With six innings of one-run ball against the Rockies in a 6-2 Giants win on Sunday, right-hander Kevin Gausman took a big step forward for a club that needs the veteran to be at his best in the playoffs. The Giants own a 2.0-game lead in the National League West with six games left in the regular season and given his current schedule, Gausman can and should be available to start the first game the team plays in the postseason. After posting a 1.73 ERA and earning his first career All-Star nod during the first half of the season, Gausman had struggled down the stretch before recording a season-high 25 swings and misses on 90 pitches against the Rockies on Sunday. “For me, today was a big step forward,” Gausman said postgame. “I could tell from the get-go that I was back to my normal self and back to when I was going good. Then the confidence came back and I felt like I could throw any pitch whenever I needed it to.” ...
    DENVER — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Sunday’s game in Colorado against the Rockies after being struck in the left thumb with a 93-mile per hour fastball in the top of the seventh inning. Belt, the Giants’ leading home run hitter and primary offensive catalyst for the last two months, squared to bunt against Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath and attempted to pull the bat back before Gilbreath’s pitch made contact with his thumb. Belt left the batter’s box and crouched in pain along the first base side of the field while receiving attention from Giants trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Gabe Kapler, but was able to stay in the game to run the bases. After the Giants were retired in the top of the seventh, Wilmer Flores replaced Belt at first base in the bottom of the inning. Belt is in the midst of the best season of his major league career as he’s hit 29 home runs, including three this series and two in a 7-2 victory over the Rockies on Saturday. The...
    DENVER (AP) — Brandon Belt wasn’t thinking too deep about his team’s looming home run record. Instead, he just went deep — twice. READ MORE: Afghan American Family Finally Returns to California; Its A Story Of Hope Belt’s blasts helped San Francisco set a franchise mark for homers in a season, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night to extend their lead in the NL West. Belt hit a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth off Jon Gray. It was the eighth multi-homer game of Belt’s career. His second drive to right field was the team’s 236th homer of the season, surpassing the 235 hit by the 2001 club. That squad featured Barry Bonds’ major league-record 73 homers. “I didn’t know that my homers tied or broke it,” Belt said. “I thought we would probably do it sometime this next week. … Pretty cool.” A team effort, too. San Francisco has had 20 players homer this season, with 10 reaching double figures. Belt’s 29 homers lead the way. “Pretty...
    Brandon Belt wasn't thinking too deep about his team's looming home run record. Instead, he just went deep — twice. Belt's blasts helped San Francisco set a franchise mark for homers in a season, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night to extend their lead in the NL West. Belt hit a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth off Jon Gray. It was the eighth multi-homer game of Belt’s career. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM His second drive to right field was the team’s 236th homer of the season, surpassing the 235 hit by the 2001 club. That squad featured Barry Bonds’ major league-record 73 homers. "I didn't know that my homers tied or broke it," Belt said. "I thought we would probably do it sometime this next week. ... Pretty cool." A team effort, too. San Francisco has had 20 players homer this season, with 10 reaching double figures. Belt’s 29 homers lead the way. "Pretty impressive feat," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. "This franchise...
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