Found August 23, 2013 on Seed Spitters:
by Nathan Mendelowitz   When Brandon Belt entered the Giants lineup in 2011, fans were expecting a lefty bomber to blast balls into the cove. Unfortunately, that hasn’t materialized for the Giants.   Brandon Belt has had an up-and-down career in the bigs. Last season and this season have had good and bad moments for [...]
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

From The A’s All The Way To The Zito

  Earlier today, the Boston Red Sox clobbered the San Francisco Giants 12-1. With Chad Gaudin going on the disabled list, Barry Zito was scheduled to start for possibly the very last time at At&t park. Zito lasted only 3.2 innings. Giving up 7 hits, 6 earned runs, and 2 walks. The Giants hoped Zito would retain his 2012 form but is falling short of expectations, much like the...

SF Giants Rumors: Torres, Kickham, Peguero, Noonan, Zito, Cain, Sandoval and Pence

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Yesterday Andres Torres was placed on the DL with a left Achilles strain, and pitcher Mike Kickham was sent back down to the Fresno Grizzlies. The counter moves were bringing up outfielder Francisco Peguero and infielder Nick Noonan.   Manager Bruce Bochy said the plan for now is for Barry Zito to make the next start, so Zito...

Giants OF Torres goes on DL with Achilles strain

San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left Achilles' tendon and might not return this season. Torres said the injury has lingered since the start of 2011 after he helped the Giants win a World Series championship the previous fall. He is scheduled to get a second opinion and be examined by specialist Dr...

Has Brandon Belt Turned The Corner?

  Belt poses with a new friend. Brandon Belt (aka the Baby Giraffe) has been on baseball radars ever since he torched three levels of minor league ball in 2010 and 2011. Belt has been looked at as somewhat of a disappointment ever since being called up to the majors in late 2011. He’s a little trouble staying on the field, due to Bruce Bochy obviously not being sold on some parts...

Buster Posey Could Eventually Move to 3B

Some interesting news crossed the wire today, in that Buster Posey, the best catcher in baseball and 2012 NL MVP could eventually move to the hot corner. This comes according to Manager Bruce Bochy: I think he’d be a really good third baseman. We like him where he’s at now, and this is something [that would happen] if he took the time to learn it in the offseason and spring training...

Giants’ Matt Cain hits DL for first time in career

When San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain was initially hit on his throwing forearm by a line drive during Thursday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates, X-rays came back negative. This had some believing the ace wouldn’t require a stint on the disabled list, but that ultimately didn’t prove to be the case. Cain is hitting the shelf for the first time...

Giants' Pablo Sandoval expected to return today

While San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive night Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters -- including Chris Haft of MLB.com -- that the Panda's injury isn't significant. Bochy added that he Sandoval will be able to rejoin the regulars today when the team begins it's series against the Pittsburgh...

Recap: Cain Drilled By Liner in Giants 10-5 Loss, Next Start Questionable

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the San Francisco Giants, a new low hits. Matt Cain exited the game in the fourth inning and the bullpen fell through in the Giants’ 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday night. After allowing one run in the first inning, Cain gave up solo home runs to Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer in the second. Jones’ splash hit was the...

Matt Cain leaves start after being struck on arm; X-rays negative

In the fourth inning of Thursday night's game against the Pirates Giants right-hander Matt Cain was struck on the throwing arm by a line drive off the bat of Gaby Sanchez and then promptly removed. Cain didn't appear to be in any obvious pain but after the trainer examined him he was lifted before even trying to throw a test pitch. Subsequent X-rays were negative and Cain...

Cain hit by liner, leaves start

Right-hander Matt Cain left his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night after getting hit in the pitching arm on a line drive by Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez. The Giants said he suffered a contusion on right forearm and X-rays were negative. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on Cain, who walked...

Torres to the DL, Zito Still Scheduled To Start At Coors (Uh), Roster Moves and Other Giants Pirates Pregame Bits

With an ugly series against the Boston Red Sox behind them, the San Francisco Giants welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to AT&T Park for a four game weekend match-up beginning on Thursday night. Several roster moves tonight: Andres Torres was placed on the 15 day disabled list and will see a specialist. The trip should decide the rest of the season for the 35 year old outfielder...

Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win

Jordy Mercer cranked out his 6th home run as part of the Pirates’ offensive explosion (Photo Credit: David Hague) SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay. The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain...

Game 127 Preview: Pirates vs. Giants

Pirates (74-52) at Giants (56-70) 10:15 PM–AT&T Park, San Francisco MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT After taking two of three in San Diego, the Bucs complete their west coast swing with four games in San Francisco. They took 2 of 3 from the Giants in June, and another series win looks quite attainable since the defending champions are in last place. Things have gone south in a hurry...

Game 128 Preview: Pirates vs. Giants

Pirates (75-52) at Giants (56-71) 10:15 PM–AT&T Park, San Francisco MLB.com Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs look to take the first two in their second straight series out west as they take on the Giants in another late game tonight. Once again, they’ll need to win or risk losing their lead in the division, depending on what St. Louis does. Cincinnati is playing very well now too...

Boston Red Sox take series over San Francisco Giants

Monday: Boston Red Sox 7,                        San Francisco Giants 0 Win: Jon Lester (11-7)                                    Loss: Tim Lincecum (6-13) Looking to grab a win following a tough loss on Sunday Night Baseball, the Red Sox started off this West Coast road trip with a bang, in part to the masterful pitching...
Giants News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.