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San Francisco Giants
Because the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL West in 2011, the road to the division crown in 2012 technically runs through them. But "technically" is about all the Giants, the D-backs' opponent on Opening Day, will concede.
As they await their season opener Friday at Chase Field, the Giants acknowledge the D-backs' place as NL West favorites by default, but they also know well the division's history as anybody's to win.
"Arizona really was on all cylinders at the end of the year," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said as his team wrapped up spring training. "Based on that, you'd have to say that they're the team to be beat for the division title, but I really think it's going to be a boat race."
Sabean tackled the Giants' offensive deficiencies in the offseason by adding outfielders Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan, both of whom offer speed on the bases paths. Pagan struggled at the plate this spring, but Cabrera shined...
BEST OF MAXIM
The San Francisco Giants made a bunch of decisions today regarding who will and won’t play on their professional baseball team. The roster moves that are especially interesting regard the Giants’ lineup.
Summary of lineup-related roster news:
Hector Sanchez made the opening day roster over Eli Whiteside and will backup Buster Posey at catcher, which should give Sanchez enough...
The San Francisco Giants have finally committed to Brandon Belt. Now the team has to figure out how to best use him.
After finishing 29th in runs last season, the Giants were in desperate need of some offense. While Belt’s transition to the majors last year wasn’t all that impressive, his .343/.457/.596 line in the minor leagues proved that he’s more than capable of being...
PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks teammates Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young were both a little out of place in Friday's opening-day lineup against the San Francisco Giants.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson slotted Young, the center fielder, second in the batting order, a spot he hadn't hit in all spring and had hit in only once in 2011, exactly one year earlier. Goldschmidt, meanwhile...
I have to say that for all the complaints we Giants fans may have from time to time, I cannot say that management is incompetent. Cheap? Sometimes. Gunshy of big free agents? Yes. But inept? Absolutely not. With the group that reported to Scottsdale this spring, I really believe the best 24 came back to The City with the team."But Dodgerhater, isn't it a 25 man roster, not...
Tim Lincecum loses to Arizona and Ian Kennedy beats San Francisco.
Those facts persisted through all of last season and carried over to the reigning NL West champion Diamondbacks' 5-4 season-opening victory over the Giants on Friday night.
Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt hit first-inning home runs, then Ryan Roberts' two-run double broke a sixth-inning tie as Arizona defeated...
PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson revealed his Opening Day roster Wednesday morning with no major surprises, though Takashi Saito's calf injury shook things up a bit in the bullpen.
Saito (medial right calf strain) will open the season on the 15-day disabled list after suffering the injury Tuesday, opening up a spot in the bullpen for Wade Miley. Miley, who started...
Willie Bloomquist, who really shouldn’t even be batting leadoff, hit a single off Tim Lincecum to get things going for the Diamondbacks. The next batter, Chris Young, hit a home run. And that pretty much set the tone for the game; Lincecum gave up a couple bombs in the first inning, and ultimately couldn’t get through six innings. His fastball velocity sat around 90, topping...
PHOENIX -- Ian Kennedy knows how difficult it can be to win 20 games, having lived through it last year. So he limits his numerical goals to those more in his control, liking being in good enough condition to make every start and log 200 or more innings.
"It is something you can build off," Kennedy said last week.
The construction begins Friday, when Kennedy...
Opening Day is finally here for the Giants and with it the first installment of my attempts to handicap how the series will play out.
Normally for this I have the statistics from the season in progress to go off of when doing this but seeing as the season hasn't started yet, I will use the ZiPS Projections and the Baseball Musings Lineup Analysis tool with lineups...
In 183 at-bats with the Giants last season, the 29-year-old (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stewach01.shtml) hit .204/.283/.309 with 3 HR and 10 RBI. He also threw out 39% of runners trying to steal. Cervelli threw out just 14% in each of the last two years.
Fear the beard!
Not sure why Virgin Airlines would want you to fear traveling on its airplane, but apparently Giants’ closer Brian Wilson was the inspiration for Virgin to paint one of its planes in honor of Wilson and the Giants.