Found June 13, 2013 on
Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle:
San Francisco Giants
Chicago White Sox
The Giants’ road woes continue. With two straight defeats in Pittsburgh, San Francisco is now 12-20 on the road and just 33-31 overall. To their great fortune there is no breakaway team in the NL West, with Arizona on top at 37-29. If the Giants called the NL Central home, they would be 8.5 games behind the world-beating Cardinals.
The Giants will face Pirates’ pitcher Charlie Morton, who is making his season debut. One year ago tomorrow, the 29-year-old had Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow.
Marco Scutaro remains out with a case of “mallet finger”, but is looking to return tomorrow for the Braves series. Updates to follow today and tomorrow.
With the right-handed Morton on the mound, Blanco and Crawford return to the top of the lineup. Belt, too, moves up, having hit behind Joaquin Arias just yesterday. I understand Bochy believes heavily in platoon splits, but in the long run extra at-bats for Belt are more useful than anything Joaquin Arias does at the plate.
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BEST OF MAXIM
The San Francisco Giants are hopefully at rock bottom. If this is their lowest point of the season, I will take it! They’re still only three games back in the NL West, and haven’t come close to running on all cylinders.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter) says the Giants have lost three games this year when they scored at least 8 runs. They lost four such...
Charlie Morton returns after nine rehab starts in the minor leagues.
Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery.
Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation...
Let's be straight about this: Charlie Morton is probably my favorite Pirate. The guy came through the minors with all of the talent in the world, but couldn't get it right in the big leagues. He completely scrapped his approach and rebuilt himself from the ground up, turning in one of the more pleasantly surprising Pirate performances in recent memory in 2011. It seemed like...
Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while.
Charlie Morton is expected to face the Giants on Thursday.
“I was on pace to be back...
Matt Cain might just be getting back on track
Matt Cain has had a rough season so far. Before today he was sporting a 5.09 ERA and was only 4-3. It seemed like Matt Cain was underrated for a while and he just went out and worked innings for the Giants. One year ago he threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros. Today he may have righted his season by throwing another...
It seems like poor form to try and take something positive out of this game because this game was pretty terrible, but, well, why dwell on the obvious?
Really, the only positive from this whole game is that despite the lackluster result, Charlie Morton does appear to be stronger as a result of his Tommy John surgery. Morton's average fastball velocity in 2010 was almost...
Not much to say about this one other than that it was “one of those nights.” The Bucs failed miserably in their quest for a sweep and were blown out by the Giants on Thursday.
Charlie Morton‘s outing was probably the most positive takeaway from the game – and he was just mediocre. Morton came out throwing 95 MPH fastballs and his curve was looking filthy, generating several...
National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers today announced the managers who will serve as their coaches at the 84th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 16th at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
Bochy has named Mets manager Terry Collins and Washington Nationals...
Matt Cain went 6 2/3 strong innings, and the Giants offense exploded for 17 hits as they routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 and avoided being swept.
San Francisco jumped out to a much-needed early lead. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a walk, the next batter, Brandon Crawford, was hit by a pitch, and Buster Posey singled home Blanco to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. But Pirates...
Jose Contreras appeared in seven games for the Pirates.
The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and activated Charlie Morton, all moves on right-handed pitchers to allow Morton to start Thursday night.
Burnett has a right calf strain that he told the team about Wednesday and is on the DL retroactive to June 9. Contreras has been on...
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and reliever George Kontos have been suspended after Kontos threw at Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday night.
Kontos was suspended three games and fined while Bochy will sit out Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh. Bench coach Ron Wotus will fill in for Bochy.
Kontos threw behind Pirates outfielder Starling Marte...
Giants (33-31) at Pirates (39-26)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Pirates go for a sweep of the Giants tonight as they debut their second pitcher in three days.
This isn’t good: A.J. Burnett will miss his start on Friday. Jeff Locke will move up a day to pitch that game, but that leaves the Bucs scrambling for another starter on Saturday...
Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield was selected to work the MLB All-Star Game for the American League, the league announced Thursday.
Porterfield, who has held his current position since 2006, was one of two head athletic trainers selected to manager Jim Leyland's staff, along with the Boston Red Sox's Rick Jameyson.
New York Mets head trainer Ray Ramirez and Washington...
A.J. Burnett will miss his next start with a right calf issue. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t made a decision on who will go down to make room for Charlie Morton on the 25-man and 40-man roster. One issue is that A.J. Burnett has been scratched from his start tomorrow with a right calf injury. Burnett made the team aware of his injury yesterday.
For at least the next turn or two, the Pirates' rotation is going to look something like this: Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton, Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton. This is pretty far from what anyone thought the rotaiton would look like in mid-June. That includes Charlie Morton and Brandon Cumpton, I think. And yet, here we are. Despite this avalanche of injuries, the...