Found February 14, 2013 on The Giants Cove:
Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants is getting as predictable as Tommy Lasorda's favorite ethnic food. Or Alex Rodriguez ruining yet another very expensive lie-detector machine. Really, what would Spring in Scottsdale, Arizona be without Willie Mays and Will Clark roaming the clubhouse and batting cages, casually dispensing wisdom and humor? And once again San Francisco's post-modern Spring in the desert routinely includes an excess of outstanding starting and bullpen arms and a minimum of drama over who will go north in late March. There's great energy in San Francisco's 2013 Arizona clubhouse: Tim Lincecum's new commitment to excel in a starting role matches his new haircut; Buster Posey is the defending National League League MVP and one of baseball's most dynamic players; and the Giants are one World Series win away from legitimizing the word "dynasty".    But there's another, painfully familiar, question following the G...

SF Giants Rumors: Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey’s Ankle, Ryan Vogelsong

  Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte. Today is day two of Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers. Position players will check in Friday, and Saturday will be the first full squad workout. After Tim Lincecum had his first bullpen session yesterday, Lincecum said he’s “definitely ahead of where I was last year” in how his body feels and his delivery...

SF Giants Rumors: Pitchers And Catchers Take The Field

Today is the day that the San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers are taking the field. Andrew Baggarly of says (via Twitter) presumed Opening Day starter Matt Cain leads the first bullpen group. Catching prospect Andrew Susac gets to catch Jeremy Affeldt‘s bullpen session. If you would like to get to know more about Susac; check out this SF Giants Rumors Interview...

SF Giants Rumors: Angel Pagan, Melky Cabrera, Angel Villalona Reports, Giants Tickets

Position players are reporting to camp today, and Andrew Baggarly of tells us (via Twitter) Angel Pagan, Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez all have their lockers in a row. Torres and Ramirez were traded to the Mets last offseason for Pagan. One year later the Giants have brought back Torres on a one-year deal, and Ramirez on a minor league deal. Pagan has also signed...

Relocating his confidence, swagger and fastball, Tim Lincecum will return to being ‘The Freak’ those supporters of ‘Los Gigantes’ love

Citing statistics from FanGraphs, San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean is certain faded ace Tim Lincecum has forever lost his blazing fastball. Lincecum (10-15, 5.18 ERA), who has gone 79-56 with a 3.31 ERA since debuting in “The City … Continue reading →

2013 Top 10 Prospects: 3 Through 1

So, this should be a very unsurprising top 3.  The top 3 prospects of the Giants are all starting pitchers, and all three are expected to man the rotation in San Jose next season. If you get a chance this year, go see San Jose.  Chances are, you’ll see a good pitcher. 3. Clayton Blackburn – When a 16th rounder our of high school has a solid year, it’s a win.  When he has...

Kemp fires back at Brandon Belt's comments

GLENDALE, Ariz. San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt's comments about the big-spending Dodgers hit Matt Kemp's radar. "All I can say is, you can't buy chemistry," Belt said at his team's FanFest earlier this month. Kemp was puzzled as to why Belt would say anything. "If I was a World Series champ, I wouldn't be saying anything about...

A-Rod won't report to spring training

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the rest of the team’s other position players, instead opting to rehab from hip surgery elsewhere.

A-Rod is happy tell-all book to be permanently benched

Alex Rodriguez — who is already getting enough press for his alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs — is happy to know that a long awaited book about the New York Yankees slugger's  life has been shelved by its publisher. A source told The New York Daily News that A-Rod thinks it's great that a book about him, being written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author...

Are the Yankees better off without A-Rod?

By now, mostly everyone has heard the news of the superstar third baseman for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), being linked to yet another steroids scandal. This time, it’s from a Miami based anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis and owned and operated by Anthony Bosch. Rodriguez has subsequently denied the allegations that he purchased any drugs from the clinic, but doesn...

Youkilis: 'I'll never be Alex Rodriguez'

New Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis had his first workout with the team on Thursday and seized the opportunity to point out that he cannot replace A-Rod.

Youkilis, Joba over feud will hug tomorrow

New York Yankees new third baseman Kevin Youkilis and pitcher Joba Chamberlain got together Friday in the Yankees' clubhouse to make sure everything was cool between them. "I said hi to Joba, we shook

Kevin Youkilis Says He’ll ‘Never Be Alex Rodriguez,’ Also Expects No Tension With Joba Chamberlain

TAMPA, Fla. — Kevin Youkilis agrees with Joba Chamberlain: Any tension between the new teammates is in the past. Youkilis took part in his first workout with the New York Yankees on Thursday and addressed his past with Chamberlain, when the two feuded over tight fastballs. After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees, Chamberlain left him a voicemail. Chamberlain said in January that...

Ryan Braun reportedly on list of players who received PEDs from Biogenesis

Ryan Braun said in a statement that his name appeared in Anthony Bosch’s Biogenesis records because his legal team used Bosch as a consultant for its suspension appeal case. ESPN appears to have found evidence suggesting Braun’s name also appeared on a list of players who received performance-enhancing drugs from the company. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish report that Braun’s...
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