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Cueto's pinpoint command missing vs. Braves

Righty walks five in third start back from Tommy John surgery
@mi_guardado
September 21, 2019

ATLANTA -- Even after a grueling 13-month rehab, Johnny Cueto showed little signs of rust in his first two starts after returning from Tommy John surgery. He opened his 2019 campaign with a combined 10 scoreless innings for the Giants, prompting manager Bruce Bochy to remark that he already looked

Bochy not tempted by Padres opening

San Diego provides upside but Giants manager still content to retire after '19
@mi_guardado
September 21, 2019

ATLANTA -- The speculation was inevitable. Shortly after the Padres announced Saturday that they had dismissed manager Andy Green, Bruce Bochy’s name began to appear on lists of potential candidates to replace him. Bochy has maintained throughout the year that he is happy with his decision to retire at the

Beede knocked by Braves in series opener

Pitcher hits season-best 98 mph on fastball, but roughed up by a pair of homers
@mi_guardado
September 20, 2019

ATLANTA -- A tumultuous rookie season for Tyler Beede continued on Friday night, as the 26-year-old right-hander struggled to contain the talented Braves, who clinched their second consecutive National League East title by handing the Giants a 6-0 loss at SunTrust Park. • Box score Beede was charged with the

Shaw honored with proclamation from hometown

@jessicacamerato
September 19, 2019

BOSTON -- Imagine having a day in your hometown named in your honor. Now imagine that happening when you're only 25 years old while you're on the road playing Major League baseball. Chris Shaw received the distinct recognition when his hometown of Lexington, Mass., which is located 12 miles west

Here is MLB's All-Second Half team

@castrovince
September 21, 2019

Because an All-Star Game staged in the winter months would be odd and unsettling, the Midsummer Classic we know and love is a celebration of a half-baked season. You get to the game mostly on the might of numbers not yet fully formed. That means the second-half surgers -- the

Here is every MLB team's best rookie in 2019

9:36 PM PDT

It has been an incredible season for rookie talent, with first-year players across the Majors hitting the ground running after making the jump to baseball's highest level. According to MLB.com's 30 beat writers, here is every team's most valuable rookie in 2019. (Players' 2019 seasonal ages listed.)

'Buzzard's luck,' soft contact sink Bumgarner

@jessicacamerato
September 19, 2019

BOSTON -- There are final statistics that clearly paint the picture of a pitcher's starts. Then there are results, like Madison Bumgarner's outing on Thursday at Fenway Park, that tell the story of an up-and-down performance. Seven strikeouts and a flurry of softly-batted balls were mixed in with five runs

Pipeline names Giants Prospects of the Year

@mi_guardado
September 19, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants’ farm system is brimming with talent at the lower levels, hinting at a brighter future for an organization that is in the midst of a transitional year, following a regime change in the front office and the end of the Bruce Bochy era. While the

Bochy becomes 11th manager with 2,000 wins

Giants skipper: 'This is a number that happens because of everybody'
@jessicacamerato
September 19, 2019

BOSTON -- Bruce Bochy was driving in his car listening to sports talk radio after his first game as a Major League manager. The Padres had lost their 1995 season opener by eight runs, and the critics were not pleased with the outcome. “The first game couldn’t have gone worse,”

Carl Yastrzemski throws first pitch to grandson

@jessicacamerato
September 18, 2019

BOSTON -- The historical moments continued on Wednesday night when baseball legend Carl Yastrzemski threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his grandson, Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, in front of a captivated crowd at Fenway Park. Carl, who played his entire 23-year Hall of Fame career in Boston, emerged from

30 AFL sleeper prospects -- 1 for each team

@wboor and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

The Arizona Fall League annually showcases many of baseball's top prospects. Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuña and Keston Hiura have won the last three MVP awards as a prelude to big league success, and other recent participants include Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles. • Arizona Fall League rosters

 2 sweet: Bart goes deep twice in AFL debut

@wboor
September 19, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Joey Bart just keeps hitting. The Giants’ No. 1 prospect finished the year raking with Double-A Richmond and continued that success in the opener of the Arizona Fall League. “I’m just out here playing as hard as I can,” Bart said after going 2-for-4 with two homers

After Yaz reunion, Mike homers in Fenway debut

@jessicacamerato
September 18, 2019

BOSTON -- Mike Yastrzemski stepped up to the plate at Fenway Park where his grandfather, Carl, had belted 237 homers over his 23-year historic career. Amid the loud ovations in the stands, a fan repeatedly yelled out to the Giants’ leadoff batter, “Hit a home run! Hit a home run!”

Inbox: What will SF's rotation look like in 2020?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers fans' questions
@mi_guardado
September 16, 2019

With the resurgence of Jeff Samardzija, return of Johnny Cueto and potential re-signing of Madison Bumgarner and the crop of MLB-ready or close-to MLB-ready back-end-of-rotation starters of Shaun Anderson, Logan Webb **and Sean Hjelle, do you see the starting rotation as at least stable, if not a potential strength, going

These players are better than the '19 numbers

@williamfleitch
September 15, 2019

You know who the stars on each team are. You can see it from their stats, from leaderboards, from the jerseys on everyone’s backs in the stands. But that can’t tell you everything. Some guys are more than just their surface stats. So today we look at the players on

Top prospects underway in Arizona Fall League

@JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That process began again on Wednesday night as the 28th season of the AFL got underway with games in Glendale, Mesa

Cueto's consistency, Yaz's mad dash secure win

Right-hander, back from Tommy John surgery, posts second straight five-frame scoreless outing
@mi_guardado
September 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants couldn’t have asked for much more from Johnny Cueto in his return from Tommy John surgery. Cueto worked five scoreless innings in his second start of the season, helping the Giants secure a series victory with a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon

Bumgarner falls short of Oracle Park history

@mi_guardado
September 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner’s bid for Oracle Park history will have to wait a little longer. Bumgarner allowed only a two-run home run to Jorge Alfaro over seven innings to record his 20th quality start of the season, but he received little help from his offense and came away

Giants call up 2 from PCL champ River Cats

@mi_guardado
September 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- One day after helping Triple-A Sacramento clinch the Pacific Coast League championship, outfielder Mike Gerber and infielder Cristhian Adames were rewarded with a September callup from the Giants. The Giants added the pair to their roster Saturday, designating infielder Corban Joseph for assignment to clear a spot

River Cats win Pacific Coast League title

September 14, 2019

Here’s a look at the top performances of the past week by Giants prospects in the Minor Leagues:

Beede continues upward swing in 1st home win

@mi_guardado
September 14, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have stuck with Tyler Beede through the ups and downs of his rookie season, a sign of their belief in his ability to potentially develop into a long-term piece in their rotation. The 26-year-old right-hander rewarded that faith again Friday night, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless

These 15 prospects boosted their stock this year

@JonathanMayo
September 13, 2019

On Thursday, we took a look at pitchers who boosted their stock with a strong 2019 season. Let’s flip the script and look at hitters. The following group of 15 position players are all currently in the Top 100, though they didn’t all start the year there. All have raised

Here's each team's top AFL prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 12, 2019

Next week marks the beginning of the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with Opening Day scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. With seven players from every organization comprising six different teams, the AFL is considered a stepping stone en route to the Major Leagues because it offers players a unique chance to