SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy has shown faith in Pablo Sandoval, opting not to drop Sandoval out of the third spot in the order despite the third baseman’s .164 average going into Wednesday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did not show the same faith in Sandoval’s hitting abilities right now when he walked Hunter Pence to get to Sandoval with two outs and a runner on second in the seventh inning of a 1-1 game on Wednesday night.
Those who stayed awake long enough to see Hector Sanchez hit a walk-off single shortly after midnight late Tuesday in the Giants’ 3-2, 12-inning win over the Dodgers may also have noticed an interesting exchange between Sanchez and reliever Santiago Casilla the inning before.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will go with 13 pitchers for the time being after they activated reliever Jeremy Affeldt from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Juan Perez to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Dodgers started playing on Jackie Robinson Day and finished on April 16, when Hector Sanchez shot a single off the glove of a diving Justin Turner into center field to score Brandon Crawford from third base and give the Giants a 3-2 win in 12 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A No. 42 jersey hung in every locker in the Giants clubhouse this afternoon, as Major League Baseball continues its tradition of honoring Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of the day he broke baseballs color barrier in 1947.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have a decision to make soon with reliever Jeremy Affeldt nearing his return from the disabled list.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants bade a ceremonial farewell to Candlestick Park before playing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday at AT&T Park, then turned in a 4-hour, 10-minute game complete with fog, swirling winds and seagulls swarming the air above center field in the seventh inning.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies doesn’t include either Angel Pagan or Buster Posey, with manager Bruce Bochy saying he wanted to give both players a night off.
SAN FRANCISCO -- It’s "Farewell to Candlestick" night at AT&T Park, with a handful of former Giants and 49ers luminaries due in for a pre-game ceremony commemorating the teams’ old home stadium. It made for some fun reminiscences this afternoon from the likes of former Giants manager Roger Craig, who held court with reporters in the dugout after Bruce Bochy’s media session.
As Angel Pagan tells it, the latest step in his maturation as a hitter occurred last summer in Arizona while the Giants’ center fielder was rehabbing from hamstring surgery.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt, who has a live bat through the first eight games of the 2014 season, showed a pretty impressive deadpan as well when a reporter asked him after the Giants’ 7-3 home-opener win Tuesday if his hot start is validation not only for his own expectations but of the team’s hopes for him.
As closer Jim Johnson entered from the As bullpen to pitch the ninth inning Sunday, he heard none of the boos that had accompanied him off the Coliseum mound in his first two appearances in Oakland. Nor did they appear after Johnson issued a leadoff walk and one-out single to bring the tying run to the plate with As leading the Seattle Mariners, 6-3.
OAKLAND -- A pair of hitters the As hope to rely on this season are off to slow starts, with Josh Donaldson hitless in his last 18 at-bats -- a career-long stretch -- and Josh Reddick just 2-for-20 to start the year.
As Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona emerged from his dugout in the sixth inning Wednesday night and began jogging slowly toward the middle of the diamond, A’s second baseman Nick Punto felt resigned.
OAKLAND -- Friday night’s game between the A’s and Mariners was postponed due to the O.co Coliseum infield being unplayable following overnight rains.
OAKLAND -- It sounds like Ryan Cook’s return to the A’s bullpen is imminent, with manager Bob Melvin saying Cook threw well in a rehab game with Single-A Stockton last night and will likely be in Oakland on Saturday.