CSN Bay Area "The Giants still cheer wildly for Tim Lincecum even when he’s coming out of the bullpen in a blowout loss. So a Lincecum victory seemed appropriate enough on Fan Appreciation Day, as the Giants wrapped up an 88-74 regular season with a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at AT&T..." September 29
ESPN.com "Giants manager Bruce Bochy has announced the worst-kept secret in San Francisco's clubhouse: left-hander Madison Bumgarner will start Wednesday's wild-card game against Pittsburgh. Bochy said before Sunday's regular-season finale against San Diego that he felt comfortable with Bumgarner or Jake..." September 28
CSN Bay Area "Matt Cain will be rehabbing more than his right arm this offseason. Already out for the season after having bone chips removed from his elbow, Cain underwent another procedure on Saturday to have a spur removed from his right ankle. The Giants announced that the surgery went well and has a..." September 28
San Francisco Chronicle "If the Giants win Wednesday’s wild-card game, they’ll open the Division Series on Friday and Saturday in Washington. Jake Peavy would be the Game 1 starter. Nothing official, but it’s pretty obvious. “I want to pitch (next) weekend as bad as you can ever imagine,” he said. “My heart and soul..." September 28
Hunter Pence is off today for first time since 2012 season.
San Francisco Chronicle "Ryan Vogelsong was not a lucky pitcher in 2014. Bad fortune followed him to his final regular-season pitch in Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Padres, which assured the Giants will hit the road for Wednesday’s wild-card playoff game. Vogelsong sawed Rene Rivera’s bat in half, but the ball floated..." September 27
CSN Bay Area "The most successful postseason teams are the ones capable of winning in different ways and under different circumstances. The Giants more or less had to beat the San Diego Padres twice Thursday night to ensure the heartiest possible postgame party. They built a six-run lead with extra-base..." September 26
Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: Yasiel Puig ended a 1-1 stalemate by sending a sixth-inning offering from starter Tim Hudson over the right-field wall for a home run. Later in the inning, Carl Crawford doubled in two runs against left-hander Javier Lopez to extend the Dodgers lead to 4-1. Crawford scored on a single..." September 25
Bochy also made it clear he won't pitch Bumgarner in Sunday's finale even if it means winning home field for wildcard game.
Los Angeles Times "It was storybook time at Dodger Stadium, a Dodgers’ dream come very much to life. Clayton Kershaw, their leader all season, took the mound Wednesday and led the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over the rival San Francisco Giants, leaving them National League West champions for a second consecutive..." September 25
McCovey Chronicles "In front of 35 people at Great American Ballpark on Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost their game against the Cincinnati Reds, which means the Giants have clinched one of the two wild card spots in the National League. Wheeeeee? It beats the alternatives, certainly. There will be 20 teams..." September 25
Los Angeles Times "Matt Kemp has been where Yasiel Puig was Tuesday night, screaming at opponents and forcing teammates to restrain him as benches cleared. Kemp knows better now. So here he was, on his 30th birthday, standing between Puig and Madison Bumgarner, who struck Puig on the left ankle with a slider..." September 24
Hardball Talk "Longtime HBT reader Phil W. listened to Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto’s San Francisco Giants podcast on KNBR over the weekend and heard something interesting. Giants CEO Larry Baer was asked about the possibility of Major League Baseball selling advertising space on players’ uniforms. And Baer is both..." September 24
Deadspin.com "Yesterday CSN Bay Area's Giants beat writer, Andrew Baggarly, reported that San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo and coach Shawon Dunston "exchanged heated words with raised voices, causing Bruce Bochy to emerge from his office to intervene." Fast forward to today, and something weird..." September 24
Surgery for Pagan on thursday. Three month rehab.
CSN Bay Area "The Giants entered Dodger Stadium prepared to fight with their backs against the wall. Prior to batting practice, though, they were turning on each other. Multiple sources confirmed that right-hander Sergio Romo and coach Shawon Dunston exchanged heated words with raised voices, causing Bruce..." September 23
Hardball Talk "Longtime HBT reader Phil W. listened to Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto’s San Francisco Giants podcast on KNBR over the weekend and heard something interesting. Giants CEO Larry Baer was asked about the possibility of Major League Baseball selling advertising space on players’ uniforms. And Baer is both..." September 22
San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants have a Tim Hudson problem at a time when they cannot afford any rotation problems. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out with manager Bruce Bochy and his staff ahead of Hudson’s next scheduled start at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Hudson is not merely giving up runs...." September 20
CBSSports.com "Hall of Famer and 1969 NL MVP Willie McCovey had to be hospitalized last week, the Giants announced on Friday. Here are the details from the team: Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey was hospitalized last week for complications stemming from an infection. He is being treated at a local..." September 20
McCovey Chronicles "Edwin Escobar might turn into Corey Kluber*. In a year or two or five, we might look at the Red Sox, spoiled with riches and young players, with more than a touch of envy. Escobar might be more than a mid-rotation guy, something might click, and in 20 years, some young Giants fan is going to..." September 18
McCovey Chronicles "Over at ESPN, Buster Olney broke down the pending free agents to guess at which ones were going to get a qualifying offer. Players who get the qualifying offer can accept a one-year deal from the team at the average value of the top 125 salaries in baseball -- around $15 million or so. The ones..." September 18
San Jose Mercury News "Angel Pagan is back in the MRI machine. Pagan’s back has kept him out of the lineup three straight days and manager Bruce Bochy said his leadoff hitter is again dealing with an inflamed nerve in his lower back. “We’ll take a look and see where we’re at,” Bochy said. “It’s possible he would be..." September 17
CSN Bay Area "There were three bits of soothing knowledge for the Giants on Tuesday. First, the Los Angeles Dodgers got smashed at Coors Field. Next, the Giants moved within three games in the NL West after subduing the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 2-1 victory. And finally, Jake Peavy, who used his fastball..." September 17
L.A. Daily News "A simple miscommunication almost cost Clayton Kershaw his chance to finish the eighth inning Sunday. Who knows, maybe it almost cost the Dodgers a 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. The left-hander had thrown 104 pitches through seven innings ‑ a minor struggle by his standards ‑ when..." September 15
San Francisco Chronicle "These are terrible times for Tim Lincecum, who had struggled to get into a game before Saturday night and then got hammered, which surely will fuel speculation that he could be excluded from any postseason rosters. In light of his predicament, Lincecum admitted to mixed emotions after a..." September 14
L.A. Daily News "The list of milestones the Dodgers accomplished Saturday at AT&T Park, listed end to end, might actually extend a mile. That’s what happens when you win 17-0 and collect 24 hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the largest shutout win for either team in the history of the..." September 14
Boston Globe "San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean is known for his spectacular midseason moves that have yielded two championships in the last four years. He obtained two lower-profile players in Cody Ross in 2010 and Marco Scutaro in 2012 to make significant contributions toward becoming World..." September 14
Bochy said Belt will face live pitching on Monday, should be activated some point next week. Hope is that Morse takes BP on Monday.
USA Today "Much as he did on his team's last trip to San Francisco in late July, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly tweaked his rotation so he would have his top three starters lined up for this weekend's crucial series against the Giants. It made sense. Not only do Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke..." September 13
CSN Bay Area "Here’s how Brandon Belt knows he’s feeling better: He’s confident he can make it all the way to the end credits of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. “I had to walk out halfway through or I was going to throw up,” said Belt, who spent nearly two months dealing with post-concussion..." September 13
San Francisco Chronicle "How many of the final six games against the Dodgers must the Giants win to take the National League West? Four? Five? All six? Two more nail-biting weeks will yield the answer in a race that got as tight as it has been in more than a month Friday night when the Giants turned AT&T Park into a..." September 13
San Jose Mercury News "Jake Peavy won't pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend at AT&T Park, a bit of a shame considering he is 14-3 lifetime against them with a 2.28 ERA. But that doesn't mean the fiery right-hander will be idle after setting the tone with 52/3 innings of stingy pitching in a 6-2 Giants..." September 12
CSN Bay Area "Brandon Belt has been fully cleared to resume all baseball activities, Bruce Bochy announced following the Giants' 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday. "Belt's been cleared," Bochy said. "We got good news on Brandon Belt. Great news. So, he'll come back here tomorrow, we can ramp up his..." September 12
CSN Bay Area "Major League Baseball is a results-oriented business, like any other professional sport. Ryan Vogelsong constantly wrestles with the often unexplainable divide between process and numbers. It goes both ways. In mid-March, Vogelsong allowed nine runs and 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings in a Spring..." September 11
Hardball Talk "Last season Yusmeiro Petit missed throwing a perfect game by one batter. Last month he set the all-time record for consecutive batters retired with 46. And last night he threw an 84-pitch complete game. Not bad for a 29-year-old former prospect bust turned journeyman turned rotation regular for..." September 10
Hardball Talk "Giants second baseman Joe Panik had an odd game last night against the Diamondbacks, going 5-for-5 while scoring zero runs and driving in zero runs. He’s the first player with zero runs and zero RBI in a game with five or more hits since Adam Kennedy in August of 2009. And the only other times..." September 10
SF's Brandon Belt, overcoming concussion, wants to play in postseason: "I don't know how realistic that is, but that's what I'm hoping for"
Detroit News "Kyle Lobstein wasn’t this good when he pitched in Triple-A most of the season. He was 9-11with a 4.07 ERA. But you’d be hard-pressed to convince the Giants of that after his nationally televised performance Sunday night. “I don’t know if I can explain it,” manager Brad Ausmus said after..." September 08
San Francisco Chronicle "History demanded a rematch between Sergio Romo and Miguel Cabrera the way boxing fans and pay-per-view promoters want a second fight between title contenders. Romo froze Cabrera with a surprise fastball to end the 2012 World Series. On Saturday, Cabrera got the slider he expected nearly two..." September 07
#Royals have released LHP Bruce Chen.
San Francisco Chronicle "A pennant race can bring out the beast in players. Common sense dare not raise its hand to challenge the beast. In Friday night's and Saturday morning's 8-2 victory against the Tigers, the beast was Jake Peavy, more specifically, Peavy's desire to continue his job when common sense (and people..." September 06
Denver Post "Ryan Vogelsong sailed along through four innings on a hot, sunny and nearly cloudless Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field. In other words, he was in deep trouble, especially with young Rockies sluggers Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado swinging hot bats. With 90-degree temperatures juicing..." September 04
CBSSports.com "Through 10 years, 240 appearances, four different franchises and 10 stops in all, Erik Cordier had seen plenty of Minor League Baseball during his professional career. He had never seen Major League Baseball until Wednesday, though, and he made a solid impression." September 04
Michael Morse was scratched from Game 2 lineup after injuring himself in BP. A hip, Bochy thought. Arias starts at 1B.
San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants didn't want August to end. But couldn't wait for September to begin. Capping the penultimate month of the regular season with a six-game win streak, the Giants are playing their best overall ball in months, since they owned the majors' best record in early June - just before their..." September 01
MLB.com "Perhaps the only sour note on an otherwise brilliant Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park for the Giants was the performance of Tim Lincecum. The righty made his first appearance since his move to the bullpen in the eighth inning of the Giants' 15-5 victory against the Brewers. He gave up a solo home..." September 01
As of this morning, San Francisco is not a potential landing spot for Adam Dunn in a trade.
Bochy: 10 days before Belt (concussion) does baseball activity, Belt said see doctor 9/8, confident he'll play again this year. #sfgiants
San Francisco Chronicle "Jake Peavy appeared in three postseasons and a World Series. He made three All-Star teams. He played in a World Baseball Classic. He made 331 regular-season starts before Saturday, six of which were with the Giants. He had never pitched as many as seven hitless innings in his career. Then..." August 31