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May 30, 2013
Bochy after Giants' 9-6 loss: 'We've got to get our act together'

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the ninth inning Wednesday night, with the seagulls starting to descend on AT&T Park, the Giants tried a crowd-based tactic to ward off the flock. The PA system encouraged, "Everybody clap your hands," while the video board flashed the message: "See ya, gulls!" And the clapping did send the birds into flight -- briefly.

It was maybe the 12th-oddest sight Tuesday on the shores of McCovey Cove, on a night when the Giants scored six runs on 13 hits in their home park -- including one on which they benefited from an overzealous fan interfering with a live ball -- and still lost their third game in a row to the streaking A's, 9-6.

Tim Lincecum couldn't get out of the fifth inning, due in part to more shaky defense on the part of the Giants, who committed three errors. Marco Scutaro dropped a pop-up in shallow right that allowed a run to score. Andres Torres fell down trying to backhand a ball that rolled past him to the wall. Even the Giants bullpen, which started the game with the second-lowest ERA in baseball, got in on the act, allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings a night after making up 5 2/3 innings in relief of rookie Michael Kickham.

"I don't know what happened, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just didn't play well. There's no sugar-coating this thing. We pretty much covered all facets of the game tonight as far as not playing well.

"We've got to get our act together. It wasn't good tonight."

May 29, 2013
Giants, A's pre-game notes: Gaudin 'likely' to start Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are planning to be without center fielder Angel Pagan for the rest of their series against the A's. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan was going to get a cortisone injection for his troublesome left hamstring this afternoon and won't be available until the St. Louis series at the earliest. Bochy said the Giants are optimistic right now they won't have to put Pagan on the disabled list.

"Right now we think he should be ready in St. Louis," Bochy said.

As for who will start Sunday against the Cardinals, Bochy said it will "likely" be right-hander Chad Gaudin. The Giants optioned Mike Kickham to Triple-A earlier today and purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Ramirez, which gives them coverage in late-inning situations and against right-handers. Plus Gaudin, who leads Giants relievers this season with 30 2/3 innings pitches, is no stranger to the starting role with 75 starts in his big-league career.

Bochy said Ramirez is here to "help out where Gaudin was helping out," meaning the seventh and eighth innings and matching up with right-handed hitters along with Jean Machi.

May 29, 2013
Giants option Kickham to Fresno, call up Ramirez; plus lineup

Giants Athletics Baseball.jpgSAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants today made a move to bolster a bullpen that pitched 5 2/3 innings last night in relief of rookie Michael Kickham, optioning Kickham back to Triple-A Fresno and purchasing the contract of right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez.

Kickham, called up to fill Ryan Vogelsong's rotation spot, lasted 2 1/3 innings in his major-league debut in the Giants' 6-3 loss to the A's. The Giants will need a fifth starter again June 2 in St. Louis. After being optioned, Kickham won't be able to make that start unless he replaces a player that goes on the disabled list.

The Giants did not immediately announce a corresponding 40-man move for Ramirez, a member of the Giants' 2010 World Series team who is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings this year in Fresno.

May 29, 2013
Kickham takes long view after short debut in Giants' 6-3 loss

OAKLAND -- Mike Kickham kept a big-picture perspective of his major-league debut on Tuesday night, which was over all too quickly in the Giants' 6-3 loss to the A's.

KICKHAM.jpeg"Great experience to pitch in a major-league game," the 24-year-old left-hander (pictured, left) said. "That's always been a goal of mine. Mark that off the list. But the goal's not to just pitch one day in the big leagues. It's to have a career. So keep working toward that."

Tuesday night was the first step. And while the results certainly were not what Kickham would have liked -- he went 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks (one intentional) while striking out three -- he had his moments.

Kickham retired the A's in order on nine pitches in the first and struck out three of the first six hitters he faced. He reached 94 mph with his fastball and had good movement with his slider. He also bounded off the mound to cover first on a grounder to Brandon Belt, beating Yoenis Cespedes to the bag by a step.

May 28, 2013
Bay Bridge lineups: Kickham debuts for Giants, Pagan still out

OAKLAND -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is still nursing his left hamstring and is out of the lineup for the third consecutive game. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan had an MRI that showed some bursitis in the area, but that Pagan is still considered day-to-day and could be available to pinch-hit depending on how he felt during pre-game warm-ups.

That puts Gregor Blanco in center and batting leadoff with Andres Torres in left. Torres is in a 10-for-18 stretch and hitting right-handers well this season, and Bochy was asked if he considered having Torres bat leadoff instead. Bochy answered he prefers to have Torres seventh -- between Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford -- to break up the lefties at the bottom of the lineup.

Tonight marks the big-league debut of left-hander Mike Kickham, rated the fifth-best prospect in the Giants organization before the season by Baseball America. Kickham walked into the clubhouse around 4 p.m., and found in his locker -- nothing. Well, a rack's worth of coathangers. One of the Giants' clubhouse staff then came over and unloaded his bag, including jersey No. 59. The last Giant to wear 59 -- Guillermo Mota.

"I look forward to it," Bochy said. "He's a kid we think a lot about. He's been throwing the ball well in Fresno, we need some help, and with Vogelsong being out he'll get some starts."

May 27, 2013
Strong pitching, timely hits -- and round one goes to the A's

OAKLAND -- One game into this four-game stretch that marks the only time they'll see each other during the regular season, the A's and Giants have nearly identical records that don't really convey the fact they're in the midst of very different stretches.

After winning today's series opener 4-1, the A's (29-23) have won nine of their last 10, including their recent 5-1 road trip against division foes Texas and Houston. The Giants, meanwhile, have lost eight of 13 and are just starting an 18-game span against teams with winning records that includes 14 games on the road, where they're 9-14.

So while the managers today offered the usual observations about how this series means a little more to the fans -- pockets of whom engaged in dueling chants of "Let's go Giants" and "Let's go Oakland" -- it's a chance for each to address an early question.

The Giants were 46-35 away from AT&T Park last season but haven't approached that success so far this year on the road, where their team ERA is 5.04. The A's have just less than a third of their wins against the bottom-dwelling Astros, and while some will look at that as the A's taking care of business where they're supposed to, others may wonder if it means the A's are more like the team that is 20-23 against everybody else.

May 27, 2013
Bay Bridge Series Game 1: Pre-game notes and lineups

OAKLAND -- The reigning American League manager of the year had some glowing praise for the guy managing the other team at the Coliseum for the next four days before today's series opener:

"He's probably the best manager in baseball right now."

BRUCE1.jpegThat's A's manager Bob Melvin talking about Giants manager Bruce Bochy (pictured, arguing with umpire Alfonso Marquez). Both, of course, led their teams to division titles last season with Bochy guiding his to a second World Series title in three seasons. Melvin said his impression of the Giants is of an extremely "confident" team and that it's something that has rubbed off from Bochy.

May 22, 2013
A return to familiarity for Giants despite loss; Harper shines

SAN FRANCISCO -- More than taking two out of three from the Washington Nationals, or seeing Bryce Harper flash his all-around game to help the Nationals salvage the finale 2-1 in extra innings today, the takeaway from this series for Giants manager Bruce Bochy was simply how the games were played.

The Giants pitched. They played tight defense. Twice, including today's loss, they trailed in the eighth inning or later and tied the game. After the 1-5 road trip on which the Giants did very little of the first two things and got the one win by out-slugging the Rockies at Coors Field, it qualified as something of a return to normalcy.

"They've had a history of doing that, the pitchers and the players," Bochy said. "They got on track here, which we needed. This is more of our baseball. Sure it's a tough loss today, but you have to be encouraged with how we did play."

That starts with the starters. Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner totaled 19 innings in the series and allowed three runs. That was after the rotation posted a 9.82 ERA on the six-game trip, with even Bumgarner getting tagged in Colorado for a season-high seven earned runs.

May 22, 2013
Vogelsong starts road to recovery, plus Wednesday lineups

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was in the Giants' clubhouse this morning, wearing a cast and sling on his right arm a day after having surgery on his fractured pitching hand. Vogelsong said he hasn't had much pain in the hand and the sling is "more for comfort -- and so people don't run into me."

Vogelsong said the concern right now is more with making sure he doesn't develop an infection -- he had five pins inserted in his pinky finger during the surgery. Vogelsong suffered a dislocated knuckle and two fractures when he was hit on the hand swinging at an inside pitch Monday night.

Vogelsong said that even the initial hit wasn't too painful. The fact that it will likely keep him out of the rotation for at least six to eight weeks, he said, still hasn't really sunk in.

"I think once I start missing starts," Vogelsong said. "I think the thing that can help the most is if the team keeps playing well. ... You've got to try to look at positive sides of things -- get this thing right, get healthy and come back when it's crunch time and hopefully be able to contribute down the stretch."

May 22, 2013
Sandoval fights a bug, Cain rises to occasion in Giants' 4-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval has been battling a flu for the past couple days and was still feeling bad enough Tuesday to get an IV before the Giants played the Nationals. He then played 10 innings on a night when it was 57 degrees at first pitch at AT&T Park. And he ended the game with his second career walk-off homer, a moon shot that bounced into the bleachers in the deepest part of the park in right-center field, right near the shield commemorating Barry Bonds' 756 career home runs.

"He got all of that one," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Sandoval definitely looked under the weather after the Giants' 4-2 win and was asked about being able to deliver that kind of swing under those circumstances against a pitcher he'd never faced, Nationals reliever Yunesky Maya.

"I don't know, man," Sandoval said. "Effort. You have to give 100 percent out there no matter what. This is your job. You have to fight through it."

May 21, 2013
Vogelsong has five pins inserted in pinky, likely out 6-8 weeks

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Ryan Vogelsong had surgery to insert five pins into his fractured right pinky finger today and that the procedure "went well." Bochy said he's hopeful Vogelsong will be able to return to pitching off a mound in six to eight weeks.

Vogelsong was injured swinging at an inside pitch in the fifth inning of the Giants' 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. He suffered a dislocated knuckle and two fractures, one each above and below, on the pinky finger of his throwing hand.

As of now, the Giants have not decided on what to do with Vogelsong's next turn in the rotation, which they can push back to next Tuesday because of an off-day Thursday. Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner will be moved up in the rotation to pitch on regular rest.

May 21, 2013
Posey thinks Vogelsong will return sooner rather than later

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong had just completed his first season as a full-time major-league starting pitcher when he went to Venezuela in late 2004 to play winter ball. The season had not gone particularly well. In 31 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 26 of them starts, Vogelsong had gone 6-13 with a 6.50 ERA.

It was in the wake of these struggles that Guillermo Quiroz met Vogelsong in Venezuela and formed a "concept of him" that the Giants' backup catcher said still holds true about Vogelsong nearly nine years later.

"He just wanted to work," Quiroz said Monday. "He wanted to get better."

It took years, but Vogelsong did just that, becoming an All-Star for the Giants in 2011 in his age 33 season and a key part of their World Series run last year. Now, facing another type of recovery after fracturing his pitching hand in two places in the Giants' 8-0 win over the Nationals on Monday night, it's that drive that figures to serve Vogelsong well as he navigates a healing and recovery process that manager Bruce Bochy estimated will be at least four to six weeks.

The details of Vogelsong's injury and immediate reaction can be found here on the blog. Vogelsong probably didn't have to talk to reporters after the latest setback in what has already been a frustrating season for him, but he did, wearing a cast that covered most of his right forearm and vowing to return to the mound as soon as possible.

May 20, 2013
UPDATED: Giants' Vogelsong suffers fracture on pitching hand

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a fractured right (pitching) hand Monday night when he was hit by pitch on a swing in the fifth inning of the Giants' 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

Vogelsong grimaced as the ball appeared to catch him squarely on the top of the hand. He bent over clutching the hand and left the field accompanied by trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants announced the fracture several innings later.

Vogelsong said he suffered a dislocated joint on the knuckle of his right pinky finger and two fractures, one each above and below the knuckle. He will undergo surgery Tuesday at Stanford. Manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong is probably looking at a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Vogelsong, who had pitched five scoreless innings in his best start of the season, said he immediately thought the hand was broken.

"It stinks," Vogelsong said. "It stinks, especially because it's been so rough. To go out there and feel like my old self again, be throwing like that, it's tough."

Vogelsong, who came in with an 8.06 ERA in eight starts, retired the first eight hitters he faced. He stranded runners on first and second in both the third and fifth innings -- a mark of his success last year, when opposing hitters batted just .227 against him with runners in scoring position. By completing five innings, he earned his second win of the year.

"It's really a shame because tonight was the Vogey that we know, it's the way he threw all of last year," Bochy said. "It's a tough one."

Bochy said the Giants had not yet discussed what to do with Vogelsong's rotation spot. He said long reliever Chad Gaudin is a candidate, but the Giants feel Gaudin is "pretty valuable in the bullpen."

Bochy said the Giants will know more about recovery time for Vogelsong following the surgery. Vogelsong said he thinks he'll be able to keep up with range of motion and arm strength exercises while the finger heals.

"I haven't really had it sink in yet," he said. "But I'll be back. No question about it."

Vogelsong said if there's a silver lining in this, it's that the injured finger is the one used least to grip and apply pressure to the ball while pitching.

"We're not talking about Tommy John or anything," he said. "So basically as fast as I can get it to heal so I can start throwing again."

Making it all the more frustrating was that Vogelsong said he had worked with the Giants' staff to address a host of mechanical issues recently and Monday's start was "the best I've felt in a long time, from a mental aspect and physical aspect."

"It's a good place to start, I guess, when I come back," he said.

Bochy said Vogelsong was "down," but was still waiting to congratulate the team in the clubhouse when they came in after the game.

"This is going to be a little while, but these things happen unfortunately," Bochy said. "You hate to see them happen. But he'll be back, hopefully in a couple months."

-- Matt Kawahara

May 20, 2013
Giants, Nationals lineups: Pagan could be game-time call

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said center fielder Angel Pagan is feeling better after leaving Sunday's game in the fifth inning with the flu, but could still be a game-time decision tonight depending on how he feels after batting practice. Pagan is in the lineup right now. If he can't go, it'll be Andres Torres in center.

Here's the Giants' lineup tonight for their series opener against the Nationals:

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
1B Belt
LF Torres
SS Crawford
P Vogelsong

And the Nationals' lineup against Vogelsong:

CF Span
2B Lombardozzi
RF Harper
3B Zimmerman
1B LaRoche
SS Desmond
LF Bernadina
C Solano
P Duke

May 19, 2013
Even in slump, Cespedes maintains flair for dramatic in A's win

OAKLAND -- It's safe to say the level of concern over Yoenis Cespedes' recent slump -- he came into Sunday's game with four hits in his last 38 at-bats -- was not high. Not from manager Bob Melvin, who kept pointing out Cespedes was having better at-bats recently and making hard contact. Not from catcher Derek Norris, who flat-out said: "I don't think anybody's too concerned with him."

And certainly not from Cespedes himself, who said of his track record in Cuba: "The way that I work, I believe everything's going to be fine." So after his tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-3 A's win over the Royals, Cespedes said there were no sighs of relief as he rounded the bases -- just thoughts of securing the sweep in the ninth.

"He's a very confident guy," Melvin said. "It's never really a lack of confidence with him."

Cespedes, who also singled in the fourth Sunday to make it his first multi-hit game since May 4, said he has gotten off to slow starts before when playing in Cuba and always hit his way out of them over the course of the season. "I don't know if it's going to start right now or later, but the way I've been working ... I know it's going to be good," he said.

May 19, 2013
A's, Royals lineups: Waiting for Crisp, Cespedes to get on track

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp has been back with the A's for three games but hasn't really been back. The A's center fielder is hitless in 10 at-bats with a walk since coming back from the disabled list, and manager Bob Melvin acknowledged that Crisp is "still feeling his way back a little bit" after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury.

"The urgency of getting him back was important for us, what he does not just production-wise," Melvin said. "Just having him in the lineup makes everyone feel that much better.

"It's kind of like the effect of (Yoenis) Cespedes. You feel good when those guys are in the lineup. Coco is our igniter and Cespedes, even when he's not swinging well, in the middle of the order -- we just feel better as a team when he's in the lineup."

Cespedes too is struggling at the plate -- 4 for his last 38 -- and Melvin said he thinks the left fielder is trying to do a little too much at the plate. An indication is that Cespedes has not drawn a walk since May 3, a span of 14 games.

"He's trying to be aggressive and fight his way out with aggressiveness," Melvin said.

Here's the full A's lineup today as they go for a series sweep against the Royals and right-hander Luis Mendoza:

DH Crisp
SS Lowrie
LF Cespedes
1B Moss
3B Donaldson
RF Smith
CF Young
C Norris
2B Sogard

And the Royals' lineup against A's right-hander A.J. Griffin:

May 18, 2013
Milone pulls an escape act, A's wait out Santana in 2-1 win

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin summed up left-hander Tommy Milone's outing Saturday night against the Royals this way:

"That was Houdini."

Milone needed 63 pitches to get through two innings. He loaded the bases with nobody out in the second on a single and two walks. The Royals put their leadoff hitter on base against him in four of six innings. The A's already their bullpen working in the second.

When Milone finally did leave the 2-1 win over the Royals, though, he had completed six innings, thrown 111 pitches and stayed in long enough for the A's to scratch out two runs against Ervin Santana, making Milone a winner for the first time in six starts.

"It was gutsy," reliever Sean Doolittle said. "I don't know if it was fun to watch -- it was a little nerve-wracking at first. He really had to dig deep."

"Kid's a fighter," said second baseman Eric Sogard.

May 18, 2013
A's, Royals lineups: Young returns; Reddick, Nakajima updates

OAKLAND -- The A's welcome another of their previously injured outfielders back into the fold tonight against the Royals in Chris Young, who was reinstated from the disabled list today and will start in right field. The A's designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment to clear a roster spot for Young.

Barton, who was 3-for-21 in eight games after being called up from Triple-A, will have to clear waivers to remain in the A's organization. Melvin said the A's would like to see Barton clear, "but I'm not sure that'll be the case." He said Barton's average wasn't a good indication of the at-bats and defense Barton put together on this latest call-up.

Melvin said one factor in Barton being designated was that John Jaso isn't available to catch right now after being hit by a pitch on the shin Wednesday. Jaso is in the lineup tonight at DH, but Melvin said that made the A's more inclined to keep Luke Montz on the roster for now.

Regarding the other injured outfielder -- Josh Reddick said he started swinging a bat yesterday and hasn't felt any pain in his injured wrist. Reddick hasn't hit pitching yet -- and said he doesn't know when that will happen -- but was encouraged.

May 17, 2013
Rosales makes this one count, Parker goes seven in 2-1 A's win

OAKLAND -- The irrepressible Adam Rosales still wore a big grin in the A's clubhouse Friday night, well after his eighth-inning home run off Royals right-hander James Shields -- and customary home-run sprint around the bases -- lifted Oakland to a 2-1 win.

The last time Rosales thought he had a home run, umpires in Cleveland ruled after video review the ball had not cleared the wall. Major League Baseball later acknowledged that was an "improper call." That was last Wednesday, and Rosales said he hadn't stopped hearing about it since.

"Every ball field I went too, they're all saying, 'Oh, it was a homer.' Or talk to family and friends, they're like, 'Oh it was a homer.' So now they'll be talking about something else. They'll be talking about a real homer."

May 17, 2013
Anderson frustrated by new injury, hopes to pitch again in 2013

OAKLAND -- Brett Anderson made his way into the A's clubhouse today on crutches with a protective boot on his right foot, and said while the diagnosis of a stress fracture in the foot is "frustrating and disappointing and all the other similar adjectives," he expects to pitch again this season.

The injury came as a surprise to Anderson. Although it's the same foot as the sprained ankle that landed him on the disabled list May 1, he said the area of the fracture didn't begin to bother him until Monday, when he was doing some running in the outfield. He had made a rehab start at Double-A San Antonio on Sunday and said he felt good then.

While running Monday, he said, "the other side of my foot started hurting." That led to his having CT and bone scans that revealed the fracture. Oddly, Anderson said, pitching off a mound bothers him less than running and walking -- likely because of the downhill slope of the mound, he said.

"It wasn't like it was a pop," Anderson said. "Came in one day and the soreness was gone on one side, then came in the next day and it was sore on the other side."

May 17, 2013
A's announce Anderson has stress fracture in right foot

OAKLAND - The A's announced today that left-hander Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, meaning the team likely will be without their Opening Day starter for at least another month.

Anderson (pictured) BRETT.jpegon Thursday underwent CT and bone scans that revealed the navicular stress fracture, the A's announced in a release. Anderson, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a sprained right ankle, will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Anderson was 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA in six games this season before going on the DL. His last outing was a relief appearance in the A's 19-inning win over the Los Angeles Angels on April 29.

The A's hoped that Anderson, by skipping a turn in the rotation, would have enough time to recover from the sprained ankle. The ankle continued to bother him in the relief outing, but he said he didn't think he had worsened the injury. Melvin said that Anderson's continued discomfort during the outing made the A's realize they needed to place him on the DL for more recovery time.

The A's also announced a bullpen move today, selecting left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima from Triple-A Sacramento and designating right-hander Chris Resop for assignment.

May 17, 2013
Report: Affeldt, overpaid $500,000, returns money - and team says keep it
May 15, 2013
Cruz hurts A's with glove, bat in 6-2 loss; Straily up and down

OAKLAND -- Dan Straily's early wildness helped the Rangers take an early lead in their 6-2 win over the A's this afternoon. And Nelson Cruz's three-run homer on the first pitch reliever Jesse Chavez threw upon entering the game in the fifth was a critical blow. But A's manager Bob Melvin afterward there may have been no play more important in the game than Cruz's backhand dive to rob Brandon Moss of potential extra bases and the A's of two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

"If there's one particular play in this game that had the biggest effect, it was that one," Melvin said.

After getting no-hit through five innings by Rangers starter Alexi Ogando, the A's were showing signs of life in the sixth. Eric Sogard doubled and scored two batters later on Derek Norris' sacrifice fly, and Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back singles to bring up Moss, who hit a sinking line drive to right-center that appeared headed for the gap. Cruz, though, dove and made a highlight-reel catch to preserve a 6-1 lead.

It's total speculation as to whether the ball falling in would have affected the outcome of the game. If the ball gets by Cruz, though, both runners score easily and the inning keeps going with Moss at least on second. It was also starting to feel like if the A's could chip away at the lead and get the crowd into it a little they might be in position to make a late push, while the Rangers would be forced to play things differently with their bullpen.

May 15, 2013
Crisp rejoins A's, Anderson (ankle) still not ready, plus lineups

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp returns to the A's outfield today, as expected, after being reinstated from the 15-day disabled list this morning. Michael Taylor was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento after last night's game to clear a spot for Crisp. Manager Bob Melvin said the A's are also hoping Chris Young (quad) will be ready to return Friday after playing a rehab game with the River Cats tomorrow.

The prognosis on left-hander Brett Anderson is not so promising. Anderson continues to feel discomfort in his right ankle and will not be ready to pitch Friday, as the A's had hoped he might. What's puzzling about the injury, Melvin said, is that it doesn't bother Anderson when he's pitching -- only when he runs, or does things like pitcher's fielding practice. The level of concern, though, is high enough that Anderson won't pitch Friday and "maybe not in the foreseeable future," Melvin said.

"It's just not at the point we're comfortable putting him on a big-league mound," Melvin said. "He wants to pitch. But he also understands that he's not ready to at this point."

May 15, 2013
A's 'pen takes first loss against Rangers; Resop in rough patch

OAKLAND -- The A's bullpen hadn't been charged with a loss all season. The Rangers' bullpen hadn't blown a save. One of those things was going to change Tuesday night, and it turned out to be the former in Texas' 10-inning, 6-5 win, although the A's infused the bottom of the 10th with their usual brand of late drama against Texas closer Joe Nathan.

Chris Resop took the loss after allowing a pair of solo home runs in the top of the 10th to Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. Resop fell behind Beltre 3-0 and threw a get-it-over fastball, and Beltre hit it over the wall in left-center. Moreland hit his second of the game two batters later on a two-strike fastball that Resop tried to elevate but left over the plate.

"You hate to be the guy that let your team down," Resop said. "It feels terrible."

May 14, 2013
A's, Rangers lineups: Cespedes feeling better, Crisp on track

OAKLAND -- In a break from their ordinary pre-game routine, many of the A's were on the field four hours before tonight's game participating in fundamental drills and pitcher fielding practice. It's a common sight on spring training fields in Arizona -- not so much in big-league stadiums during the season.

"Once every month, month and a half, I think it's good to do and just kind of refresh," manager Bob Melvin said. "(That's the case) whether it's bunt plays, whether it's just fielding your position, and whether or not we're not doing it as well as we would like -- which to this point has been the case."

Melvin said the pitchers in particular "haven't been great" fielding their position. "So we have to stay on top of it."

Here's the A's lineup for tonight's game against the Rangers and lefty Derek Holland. It includes Yoenis Cespedes, who left last night's game after throwing up between innings but said he's feeling better today:

SS Rosales
2B Lowrie
CF Cespedes
3B Donaldson
C Norris
DH Montz
LF Smith
1B Freiman
RF Taylor

May 13, 2013
A's get a big win for May, Cespedes (stomach ailment) exits

OAKLAND -- The 2012 A's were a perfect example of why you don't read too much into the standings in mid-May -- or early July, for that matter. So the fact that Oakland went into Monday's series opener against Texas six games behind the Rangers in the West was largely met with indifference in the A's clubhouse.


The A's were fresh off a road trip on which they went 3-7 and lost six of their last seven games. And the Rangers were coming in with the best record in baseball. And after the A's took the opener 5-1 behind seven strong innings from A.J. Griffin and five different players driving in runs, there was a sense from the A's that this wasn't your normal mid-May win.

"You don't want to put too much importance on particular games, but there are certain games during the course of the season that are a little more important than others," said manager Bob Melvin. "And this was a good game for us to play well."

May 13, 2013
A's injury updates on Crisp, Young, Reddick; plus lineups

OAKLAND -- With an entire outfield worth of A's on the disabled list -- plus their opening day starter -- manager Bob Melvin's first pre-game session in the home dugout at the Coliseum since the team's 3-7 road trip was a laundry list of injury updates. To break it down, Melvin said:

Center fielder Coco Crisp ran "full-out" before today's game against the Texas Rangers and "didn't look like there was any hesitation." Crisp was going to take batting practice and fly balls in the outfield and appears on track to rejoin the team Wednesday, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks with his hamstring.

Chris Young went 1-for-5 and played seven innings in center field today in an extended spring training game, but "did feel (his quad) a little bit" and was not 100 percent. Young will play again tomorrow and the A's will decide afterward whether Young will be ready to rejoin them Wednesday. If not, the off-day Thursday could give Young another day of recovery before a potential return Friday against the Royals.

Brett Anderson made a rehab start at Double-A Midland on Sunday and allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. Melvin said the A's didn't pay much attention to Anderson's line, rather "the fact that he felt good and didn't feel anything with his ankle. That's pretty much what we were looking for." If Anderson responds well, Melvin said he could have a decision by tomorrow on when the lefty will return to the rotation.

May 12, 2013
Scutaro's streak at 12; Lincecum flashes back against Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- After starting this season 2-for-23 at the plate, Marco Scutaro said on April 8 that he didn't want to use his troublesome back as an excuse, but that it really was bothering him. Apparently you're now seeing just how much -- and how much of a difference a pain-free Scutaro makes for the Giants.

Scutaro homered and doubled in the Giants' 5-1 win over the Braves today to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He's hitting .479 (23-for-48) during the streak and has multi-hit games each of the last six days.

The home run to left off a Kris Medlen breaking ball in the fifth was Scutaro's first of the season. Of course, Scutaro was asked after the game to explain his streak. And of course, he offered pretty much the same explanation he has the past few days.

"I just feel better," Scutaro said. "I feel healthy. My back feels good and that makes me able to stay back and wait for the ball."

May 12, 2013
Sunday lineups: Regulars in as Giants go for series win

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's Mother's Day and breast cancer awareness day at AT&T Park, which means you'll probably be seeing a lot of pink on the field today. Players have the option of using pink bats and augmenting their uniforms with pink armbands, etc. On one end of the spectrum there's reliever George Kontos, who said as a "creature of habit" he likely won't be changing his normal game-day attire too much. On the other is Pablo Sandoval, who before the game was wearing pink cleats, preparing to swing the pink bat and had pink stickers on his fingernails.

Sandoval's right forearm, by the way, which he had X-rayed after being hit by a pitch in yesterday's game, feels "good," he said and isn't anything that will keep him out of the lineup. Sandoval is playing third and batting third against Braves righty Kris Medlen. Sandoval has four career at-bats against Medlen and is 3-for-4 with a home run.

Here's the full Giants' lineup, all regulars with the off-day tomorrow:

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
1B Belt
LF Blanco
SS Crawford
P Lincecum

And the Braves' lineup against Lincecum:

May 11, 2013
Giants' Blanco answers the call, Bumgarner baffles the Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gregor Blanco said he watched the first four innings of the Giants' 10-1 win today from the bench, saw how Madison Bumgarner was confounding the Braves and figured the Giants wouldn't be requiring his services. When Atlanta began warming up a right-hander in the bullpen in the middle innings, he put on his shin guard just in case, but didn't duck into the cages under the home dugout for any swings.

So when manager Bruce Bochy told Blanco he'd be pinch-hitting if Atlanta brought in Cory Gearrin in the fifth, Blanco said, his reaction was: "OK, let's do this." Which the Braves did after walking Hunter Pence to load the bases with one out in what was then a 3-1 game.

Gearrin came on to face right-hander Francisco Peguero, and Bochy countered with Blanco, who made it a genius move when he doubled into the gap in right-center to clear the bases and break open what became a blowout.

"No swings, no stretch, nothing," Blanco said of his pre-pinch-hitting regimen today. "It was pretty much from the bench to that swing."

May 11, 2013
Giants, Braves lineups: Loading up on righties against Maholm

SAN FRANCISCO - Giants manager Bruce Bochy just called Braves starter Paul Maholm's numbers against left-handed hitters this season "stupid." And yeah, they're pretty good. Lefties are 4-for-49 against Maholm (pictured) in his first seven starts, for a .082 average that's the lowest in the National League.

MAHOLM.jpegSo Bochy has loaded up the Giants' lineup today with right-handed hitters. Brandon Belt gets a day off with Buster Posey at first. Guillermo Quiroz catches Madison Bumgarner. Andres Torres was originally in the lineup in left field but Bochy made a switch to get Francisco Peguero a start there.

Interesting note - it was widely covered after Quiroz hit his first walk-off homer last weekend against the Dodgers that it was also just his third career home run in the majors. The other two came in 2008 when he was playing for Baltimore. And what pitcher served up the second one? Maholm, on June 15, 2008, in a 5-4 win by the Pirates over the Orioles. Here's guessing Quiroz, who recounted both prior homers immediately after the walk-off against the Dodgers, remembers it better than Maholm.

Here's the full Giants starting lineup:

CF Pagan

2B Scutaro

3B Sandoval

1B Posey

RF Pence

LF Peguero

C Quiroz

SS Crawford

P Bumgarner

May 11, 2013
Cain bruised, not battered against Braves; Scutaro on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before Friday, the Giants' last four wins and six of their last eight had come by one run. Friday night, they faced a pitcher in Tim Hudson whose last loss to the Giants came in 2006 and whose ERA in nine starts since against them was 2.48. So while manager Bruce Bochy wasn't expecting to see his team knock Hudson out of the game with a six-run fourth -- the most runs they've scored in an inning this season -- he wasn't complaining either.

"It is nice," Bochy said after the Giants' 8-2 win over the Braves. "We don't have a lot of these games. It's nice to be able to kind of work the 'pen the way you would like, give some guys a break. Guys just did a great job of putting together that big inning."

The six runs and seven hits in the inning were both single-inning highs for the Giants on the season. The seven hits were the most they've had in an inning at home since Sept. 7, 2008 against the Pirates. Marco Scutaro had two of them -- he started the rally with a lead-off single and capped it with a two-run single after the Giants batted around. They were Scutaro's first and second career hits off Hudson, his former teammate with the A's.

May 10, 2013
Bochy: Vogelsong will make next scheduled start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong's turn in the rotation comes back around next Wednesday at Toronto. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said today Vogelsong will definitely make that start.

Vogelsong failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the second consecutive start last night in the Giants' 6-3 loss to the Braves and has a 7.78 ERA through his first seven starts. He has also allowed nine home runs in 39 1/3 innings after giving up 17 all of last season.

"I think with him it's stay behind him, let's keep getting after it," Bochy said. "He went through this last year. He had a tough rut he had to deal with, and he'll come out of this. I think he's real close."

May 10, 2013
Giants, Braves lineups: Belt sixth, Torres in against righty

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt is back in the sixth spot tonight against Braves right-hander Tim Hudson and, in a bit of a shake-up of the Giants' normal left-field platoon, Andres Torres is starting over Gregor Blanco.

Blanco has been getting the bulk of starts against righties. But Torres' numbers are actually better this season hitting left-handed against righties (.764 OPS, four extra-base hits) than vice versa (.587 OPS, one extra-base hit). Torres is also having a pretty good homestand -- 5-for-12 with a solo home run.

Here's the full Giants lineup against the Braves tonight and right-hander Tim Hudson, whom the Giants haven't beaten since April 8, 2006 (he's 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts against the Giants since):

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
1B Belt
LF Torres
SS Crawford
P Cain

And the Braves (whose 48 home runs lead the National League) against Cain (whose nine home runs allowed this season are tied for second-most in the league):

RF Schafer
SS Simmons
LF J. Upton
3B Francisco
1B Freeman
2B Uggla
C McCann
CF B.J. Upton
P Hudson

Cain earned his first win of the season in his last outing against the Dodgers. Cain has a 0.68 ERA in 13 1/3 innings against the Dodgers this year and a 7.85 ERA in 28 2/3 innings against everybody else.

-- Matt Kawahara

May 7, 2013
Lincecum, Giants' rotation searching for consistency

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum's first inning Tuesday was a boiled-down version of his night. He struck out three Phillies hitters, including Carlos Ruiz swinging on a 93 mph fastball and Domonic Brown waving at a changeup. He also allowed a run on two hits and a walk, the first of five the Phillies scored against him in a 6-2 win.

"That's definitely frustrating, just the lack of consistency," Lincecum said. "Making a great pitch and then not repeating it. That's the frustrating part."

Consistency was the keyword for the Giants after the game -- regarding both Lincecum and the rotation in general. Neither has possessed it through the early part of the season. Through the first two games of this series against the Phillies, the Giants' starters have combined for a 4.51 ERA (13th in the N.L.) and 15 quality starts in 33 games.

May 7, 2013
Machi optioned having made an impression, Mijares available

SAN FRANCISCO -- After a few days of keeping the possibility open, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there ultimately wasn't much debate over whether to keep 13 pitchers with Jose Mijares coming off the bereavement list. By optioning Jean Machi to Fresno, the Giants keep a five-man bench and don't lose Francisco Peguero, who gives them another right-handed bat in the outfield and capable pinch runner.

"It was discussed, but right now it makes sense to go this way," Bochy said. "We always have the ability if we think we're in a box and we need another arm, we can make that move at another time."

Bochy said Machi made a strong impression with a 1.74 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. There simply wasn't room in the pen with Mijares coming back as another left-handed option, which Bochy said he explained to Machi. For now, Machi will be a bus ride or short flight away if needed.

May 7, 2013
Giants, Phillies lineups: Pagan in, Mijares back, Machi optioned

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan is back in the Giants' lineup tonight after missing the past two games with a right hamstring strain. Pagan was out taking early swings on the field this afternoon and returns to center field and the leadoff spot.

The Giants announced today they activated Jose Mijares from the restricted list and sent out reliever Jean Machi, opting against keeping 13 pitchers. It was most likely a tough call with how well Machi pitched since being called up -- nine games, a 1.74 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings -- but optioning a position player would have left the Giants with a four-man bench.

Here's the Giants' lineup against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick:

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
LF Blanco
1B Belt
SS Crawford
P Lincecum

And the Phillies against Lincecum:

SS Rollins
2B Utley
3B Young
1B Howard
C Ruiz
LF Brown
RF Nix
CF Revere
P Kendrick

Belt gets bumped up from the eighth spot with Crawford mired in a 2-for-32 slide, which has dropped his average from .320 to .243.

-- Matt Kawahara

May 6, 2013
Giants, Phillies lineups: Pagan out, Giants waiting on Mijares

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan won't start tonight with the Giants wanting to give him another day to make sure his right hamstring strain heals completely. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan will most likely be available off the bench against the Phillies.

Pagan said he ran on the field at 70-75 percent before the game and "it felt good." In fact, Pagan said he woke up this morning with no hamstring pain at all. "But I guess the best way to make sure you're OK is just give it one more day," he said.

Andres Torres will play center field and bat leadoff against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. Bochy said it's nice having the option of not only another right-handed center fielder in Torres, but two potential leadoff options in Torres and Gregor Blanco.

May 5, 2013
Giants playing them close, sweep Dodgers; Cain gets his 'W'

SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Giants closed out a sweep of the Dodgers with another win by the slimmest of margins, Hunter Pence said semi-jokingly that it "literally feels like it's been three weeks of one-run ballgames, win or lose."

It wasn't that much of a stretch. Four of the Giants' wins in their current six-game streak, including all three games against the Dodgers, were one-run games -- as were three of the losses in the five-game losing streak that preceded it.

That has made for high-leverage situations late in games for a variety of players. One of them Sunday was Jean Machi. After the Dodgers cut a 4-0 lead to 4-3 in the eighth, with runners still on first and second and two outs, Giants manager Bruce Bochy brought in Machi to face pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Jr.

That might normally have been a situation for Santiago Casilla, but Casilla was off-limits after pitching two innings Saturday night. Machi, who allowed his first run in seven appearances for the Giants on Saturday, got Hairston to ground out to Brandon Crawford to preserve the lead.

May 5, 2013
Giants, Dodgers lineups: Pagan (hamstring) rests, Quiroz starts

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan is not in the Giants' lineup today against the Dodgers after he left last night's game with a right hamstring strain. Pagan, though, said the strain is "not bad" and he felt it would be a better idea to rest it rather than risk aggravating it. He said he'll get treatment today and is "very positive" he'll be in the lineup tomorrow.

Pagan said he tweaked the hamstring making a throw from center field on Matt Kemp's two-run single in the Dodgers' seven-run fifth inning last night. He stayed in for the rest of that inning and batted in the bottom of the fifth before being replaced in the leadoff spot by Francisco Peguero.

"I'd rather miss a couple of days than a couple of weeks or maybe a month," Pagan said. "That's something that obviously we don't want right now. We're playing pretty good and can't afford to lose anybody from the lineup. I was just trying to be smart and not to lose too much time out of the lineup."

May 5, 2013
Quiroz the improbable hero in another Giants walk-off win

SAN FRANCISCO -- After more than four hours, 10 pitching changes, 18 runs on 29 hits in regulation, two blown five-run leads by the Giants and a two-run lead coughed up by the Dodgers, how else was this game going to end? Guillermo Quiroz -- the journeyman backup catcher who hadn't had an at-bat since April 24 and hadn't hit a home run in a major-league game since 2008 -- stepped up against Dodgers reliever Brandon League and hit the third pitch into the left-field seats to rescue the Giants from a serious collapse and give the AT&T Park crowd its second walk-off home run in as many nights.

"I don't think any of us expected him to hit a home run," manager Bruce Bochy said.


* Today marked 10 days since Quiroz's last at-bat, and he waited through the entirety of the four-hour, 11-minute time of game before coming to the plate in the 10th.

* Quiroz had two previous career homers in the majors, both in 2008, when he played in 56 games for the Orioles.

* League allowed one home run all season last year in 74 appearances, though he had already given up one this year as well, to the Mets' Ike Davis.

May 4, 2013
Saturday lineups: Belt 8th, plus Giants have a decision to make

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt is batting eighth in the Giants' lineup tonight for the fifth game in a row. Manager Bruce Bochy, though, isn't ready to make that a permanent thing.

"It's working right now," Bochy said. "Whether you're superstitious -- he's comfortable there, right now we're winning. So he'll stay in the eighth spot."

Belt hit eighth just three times last year. He's 3-for-13 with two of his three homers this season out of that spot. Bochy was also asked whether hitting Belt eighth could have the effect of getting some better pitches for whoever's hitting seventh (Brandon Crawford tonight), and said: "There could be, sure."

Here's the full Giants lineup tonight against Dodgers right-hander Matt Magill, who will be making his second major-league start after the Dodgers placed Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a right rib cage strain:

CF Pagan
2B Scutaro
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Pence
LF Blanco
SS Crawford
1B Belt
P Vogelsong

May 4, 2013
Posey waits out Belisario for first walk-off homer; Ramirez hurt

SAN FRANCISCO -- One thing about games like Friday night's 2-1 Giants win over the Dodgers, which ended in abrupt and dramatic fashion with Buster Posey's first career walk-off home run as a Giant -- as manager Bruce Bochy pointed out, you look back over the previous 8 ½ innings and everything that kept the Giants in the game is magnified.

BUSTER.jpegBarry Zito putting the leadoff runner on in all six innings he started but only allowing one to score. Brandon Belt making a snap decision to come home with a throw on a ground ball in the second inning, cutting off a run. Hunter Pence throwing out Hanley Ramirez trying to go from first to third with nobody out on a single in the sixth, a play on which Ramirez came up grabbing his left hamstring and left the game.

All developments that seemed like they might go for naught as Clayton Kershaw was no-hitting the Giants through five innings, exhibiting his usual dominance at AT&T Park, where his ERA in 61 2/3 innings is now 0.73. And all suddenly crucial plays when the Giants broke through for a run against Kershaw in the sixth on Marco Scutaro's triple to break up the no-hit bid and Posey's double, which one-hopped the wall in right-center.

With Kershaw out after seven innings and 104 pitches, it suddenly became a bullpen game for both teams. Five Giants relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings, including Sergio Romo pitching around a one-out Matt Kemp single in the ninth. That brought Posey to the plate leading off the bottom of the inning, the game still tied.

May 3, 2013
Giants' Sanchez down for at-bats, Dodgers scratch Gonzalez

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the decision to option Hector Sanchez to Triple-A today was made largely to get Sanchez more game action than he saw during the first month of the season with the Giants. Sanchez missed a lot of spring training with shoulder and calf injuries and had just 23 plate appearances this season.

"Sanchez needs to play," Bochy said. "He hasn't been playing much here so we want to get him going, get some at-bats down there, pinch-hit here and there, get him going."

Bochy said Francisco Peguero, who was recalled from Triple-A Fresno, gives the Giants flexibility as a speed guy and another right-handed bat in the outfield. Peguero is hitting .415 in Fresno (27-for-65) and got the call over Brett Pill, who's also off to a good start (.367, 6 homers, 30 RBIs in 23 games).

"We just felt (Peguero) gives us a little more flexibility right now," Bochy said.

May 3, 2013
Giants, Dodgers lineups: Affeldt off DL, Sanchez to Fresno

SAN FRANCISCO - This is a fine welcome home. The Giants are back at AT&T Park to kick off a 10-game homestand, they're fresh off a sweep of the Diamondbacks in Arizona, they welcome Jeremy Affeldt back to the bullpen today -- and, oh yeah, they're facing Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw, as is well-documented, has the lowest ERA of any pitcher who has thrown at least 50 innings against the Giants (1.28), and has a 0.66 ERA in eight career games at AT&T Park (that's four earned runs allowed in 54 2/3 innings).

No doubt this will be an emotional start for Kershaw. The left-hander rejoined the Dodgers yesterday from the bereavement list, reportedly due to the death of his father.

May 1, 2013
Back in the bigs after four years, Montz contributes in 5-4 loss

OAKLAND -- Luke Montz's Tuesday night started with him getting thrown out of a Triple-A game in Fresno. It ended with his being summoned to the majors for the first time in more than four years.

Montz, called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday to replace Coco Crisp (15-day DL -- strained left hamstring) on the A's roster, said he was on the bench with the River Cats in Fresno when the team took some vocal exception to a pair of called strikes early in the game against center fielder Michael Choice.

After the second, Montz said, the home plate umpire pointed toward the Sacramento bench and motioned to eject somebody -- only nobody was sure who. So Montz jumped up and took charge of arguing the case.

May 1, 2013
A's, Angels lineups: Crisp, Anderson to DL; Montz, Straily up

OAKLAND -- The A's were thrilled to win the longest game in Oakland history on Monday night, but it ended up costing them a couple of key pieces for the next two weeks. The A's placed Coco Crisp (strained left hamstring) and Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) on the 15-day disabled list today, Crisp retroactive to April 30 (yesterday) and Anderson effective today.

Crisp was injured running out a ground ball in the 13th inning of that game. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp had discoloration in the area yesterday, couldn't run and was having a little trouble walking, so the prudent move was to put him on the DL. Melvin said the A's are hopeful Crisp will be able to return after 15 days.

Anderson had already sprained the ankle -- and was in fact scratched from starting what ended up being the A's 10-8 19-inning win Monday -- before throwing 5 1/3 innings of relief in the game, coming out only after he felt discomfort in the ankle again. Melvin said the A's actually got a better idea of Anderson's status because of that outing -- they realized just skipping one of his starts might not be enough to let Anderson fully recover.

"Our feeling is we just need to try to knock this out," Melvin said.

May 1, 2013
Parker into the win column for A's; Cespedes turns on the jets

OAKLAND -- A's catcher Derek Norris said he was surprised when he looked up at the scoreboard in the seventh inning Tuesday night, as manager Bob Melvin walked out to relieve Jarrod Parker, and saw the Los Angeles Angels with three runs.

"I thought he'd given up maybe one, and I looked up and it was a couple more," Norris said of Parker. "But he threw the ball extremely well."

It wasn't Parker's prettiest line -- he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits, walking three and striking out four in the A's 10-6 win over the Angels. But as Norris indicated, it didn't feel like Parker was hit hard even in the innings where the Angels did score.

J.B. Shuck reached on an infield hit in the third and later scored on an error. Shuck beat out another slow chopper in the fifth, moved up when Erick Aybar shot a ground ball into right for a single and scored along with Aybar when Mike Trout hit a chopper that snuck just inside the third-base line into left-field for a double.

About Bay Area Baseball

Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Phone: (916) 321-1015.
On Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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