SAN FRANCISCO - Sergio Romo, the Giants' eccentric relief pitcher, got roped into catching the ceremonial first pitch before a home game in 2010. The team won that night, and the next, and Romo soon embraced the ritual as his own.
An attorney for Bryan Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted he thought twice before putting Buster Posey in the lineup for Sundays regular-season finale against the Padres, after Posey had sat out the previous two games with back tightness.
The Cincinnati Reds just beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Sunday, meaning the Giants are headed to Pittsburgh for the wild-card game on Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ post-clinch-day lineup against the San Diego Padres tonight does not include Buster Posey, who came out of Thursday night’s game early with some back tightness.
OAKLAND -- A’s outfielder Sam Fuld acknowledged that how the A’s 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels unfolded Tuesday night followed "one of the major themes of the last month and a half or so."
San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will have season-ending surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back.
OAKLAND -- A’s right-hander Jeff Samardzija grinned when asked how he’s feeling in this, the final week of the regular season.
Much criticism of the As Yoenis Cespedes-for-Jon Lester trade has been framed around its creating a certain void in the Oakland offense. Cespedes, people argue, was feared. He took pressure off the other As hitters simply by being in the lineup, with opposing pitchers always cognizant of his ability to change games with one swing. And in big moments, Cespedes seemed to rise to the occasion, relishing the role of hero.
OAKLAND -- Sure, Jerome Williams had pitched well the last time he faced the A’s, throwing six innings and allowing one run in a start against Oakland in July.
OAKLAND -- Sean Doolittle had to wait one night more than he wanted to for a chance to bounce back from his nightmarish outing Wednesday -- when the A’s closer gave up five ninth-inning runs in a blown save against Texas -- and when it came Friday he was prepared.
OAKLAND -- A reeling As team coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the last-place Texas Rangers gets a potential shot in the arm tonight with the return of Stephen Vogt to the lineup.