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Madison Bumgarner backed up his nice new contract with a second straight win, Melky Cabrera hit an RBI triple, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Nate Schierholtz had three hits and drove in a run and Pablo Sandoval doubled leading off the fifth to extend his hitting streak to start the season to 11 games.
Bumgarner (2-1), pitching a day after receiving a new $35.56 million, six-year contract, outpitched Joe Blanton (1-2) and gave San Francisco a shot at a third straight series victory.
The finale Wednesday night for an expected sellout at AT&T Park is another highly anticipated pitching matchup: San Francisco's Matt Cain and Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Hunter Pence hit a solo home run into the left-field bleachers leading off the fourth for the Phillies - a clout that didn't come close to traveling as far as the one he clobbered in batting practice that cleared the top railing in left and reached the concourse and base of the humongous Coke bottle.
Buster Posey had three hits for the second straight day and also checked off another milestone in his return from last year's season-ending left leg and ankle injury from a collision at the plate with the Marlins' Scott Cousins. Posey had back-to-back three-hit games for the first time since May 29-30, 2010, against Arizona during his NL Rookie of the Year season.
Posey stole his first base in the fifth on a close play at third in which he appeared to get his left hand under Placido Polanco's glove and touch the bag before the tag was placed. Polanco argued and manager Charlie Manuel came out as well but replays showed Posey safe.
Bumgarner allowed seven hits and two runs in six-plus innings, struck out two and walked one. Then, the Giants' bullpen did the rest, - a nice boost considering bearded closer Brian Wilson is expected to undergo elbow ligament surgery and miss the season. Clay Hensley and Sergio Romo each pitched a scoreless inning, then Santiago Casilla finished for his first save in as many chances since Wilson went down last week.
Angel Pagan led off the first with a single, then Cabrera tripled to end an 0-for-12 stretch and the ball stopped under the bullpen bench in the deepest corner of right field. Sandoval's RBI groundout brought home Cabrera for a 2-0 lead. Posey followed with a bloop single to center. Pagan hit his third triple of the year in the second.
The Giants missed a chance to add on when Brandon Crawford struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh. He was the lone San Francisco position player without a hit.
The typically sure-handed Giants shortstop also committed a fielding error to start the game, allowing Shane Victorino to get aboard. Then, Victorino advanced on another error - a low throw that Crawford couldn't contain for an error on Bumgarner.
But Jimmy Rollins grounded into a double play and Bumgarner retired Pence on a high popup to first baseman Aubrey Huff just behind the mound to escape unscathed. Carlos Ruiz had a sacrifice fly in the sixth for Philadelphia's second run.
Before the game, Manuel had a message for San Francisco's fans: Don't freak out about The Freak's latest funk. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is 0-2 with a 10.54 ERA after three rough starts so far.
''If they panic and they don't want him they can always send him over here,'' Manuel said with a grin. ''Matter of fact, I'll walk over and shorten the way over here. I might pick him up and carry him. We'll give `em what they want.''
And where might Lincecum fit in the rotation?
''I'll find a way,'' the skipper said, chuckling.
Notes: Wilson on Wednesday is set to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed his first Tommy John surgery while he was in college at LSU in 2003. ... Former Giants and Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He is now scouting for San Francisco, but will sign a one-day minor league deal with Philadelphia next month to retire with the Phillies. ... Injured Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez, still working back after offseason right shoulder surgery, is set to resume throwing Wednesday after he complained of soreness from playing in an extended spring training game Monday in Arizona. ... Crawford has five errors.
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I was away from my computer for a few hours and the Giants go and make a big splash signing Madison Bumgarner to a big extension that buys out his arbitration years plus one free agent year with options covering two more.
The guaranteed money looks like it is $35 million (he is likely going to just miss being a super two which would kick it up to $40 million) but I haven...
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Twitter and MLBtraderumors.com is reporting the Giants have extended starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner through 2017 with club options in 2018 and 2019.
The 22-year-old left hander is now signed with the Giants through his remaining arbitration eligible years and one free agent year (as well as two free agent years for the club options).
According to MLBtraderumors...
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a new six-year contract through the 2017 season, locking up the lefty through his arbitration years.
The deal announced Monday includes this year and also has options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The move keeps San Francisco's top three starters -- Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Bumgarner -- under contract at least...
The San Francisco Giants have locked up Madison Bumgarner to a five year extension (through 2017) for $35 million or $40 million if Bumgarner qualifies as a Super 2 (meaning two-plus years of service time). The Giants weren’t kidding when they said they wanted to lock up their pitching staff! John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has the breakdown of how the extension will...
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2017 season, locking up the lefty through his arbitration years.
The deal announced Monday also has options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The move keeps San Francisco's top three starters - Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Bumgarner - under contract at least through next season.
Earlier today, the Giants announced that they have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Madison Bumgarner. He’ll be under contract with San Francisco through 2017, and the team also has options for 2018 and 2019 (2018′s a club/vesting option, and 2019 is just a club option). He’s guaranteed $35M, though in the unlikely event that he reaches Super Two status, he’ll...
The San Francisco Giants signed left-hander Madison Bumgarner to a six-year contract worth $35.56 million on Monday.The deal last through the 2017 campaign and includes a pair of options for the following two seasons. Bumgarner, the 10th overall pick in 2007, was 11th in the National League with a 3.21 ERA to go along with 191 strikeouts last season. The 22-year old has posted a...
The San Francisco Giants are back in the win column! The new $35 million dollar man (Madison Bumgarner) gets the win to improve his record (2-1).
With closer Brian Wilson likely out for the season. The Giants gave the ball to Santiago Casilla to get the save, and he was able to get the job done without a real scare. Shortstop Brandon Crawford did make a sweet play for the final...
The trend of giving out long term deals to premium young players continued today, as the Giants locked up Madison Bumgarner through at least 2017, and the deal gives them team options for both 2018 and 2019. In exchange for long term control over Bumgarner’s future, the Giants guaranteed him $35 million over the next five years, with an additional $5 million possible if it turns...
The Giants and Madison Bumgarner agreed on a five-year extention through 2017, with a club option in 2018. This was the smartest thing the Giants could have done right now. Bumgarner in my eyes is the best pitcher on the staff. The kid is only 22 years-old, and he's already a world champion. He hasn't even hit his peak of his career yet. Bumgarner is going to be the number...
Despite the fact that the Giants offense accounted for 13 hits Tuesday night, the Phillies squandered many opportunities of their own on their way to a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Madison Bumgarner improved his record to 2-1 on the season by tossing 6 innings of 7 hit, 2 ER, 2 K baseball.
Joe Blanton on the other hand, dropped to 1-2 on the year after surrendering 11 hits...
The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a five-year deal with left handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Francisco Mercury News. He adds that the deal includes options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Bumgarner's agents said the deal is worth $35 million. The 22-year old has a career record of 21-22 with a 3.12 ERA in 337 innings with the Giants...
Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) vs. San Francisco Giants (4-5) Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) vs. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97)Time: 10:15 PM, AT&T Park TV: The Comcast Network Weather: Sunny, 52 Media: Twitter and FacebookIt has been great to see Joe Blanton get off to such a strong start after a rough 2011 season that was derailed due to elbow injuries. He got himself in tip-top shape...