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El Lefty Malo 1 hour ago

40 Giants in 40 Days: Justin Maxwell Alert!

Just as we suspected. It was Colonel Maxwell in the batter's box with the wooden club. Seize him, constable!So now that the 31-year-old major league vagabond Justin Maxwell is on the 40-man roster and on the Opening Day roster... who...
Gaslamp Ball 4 hours ago

Spring Training Game Thread: 03/31 Padres vs. Royals

Following another solid win, the Padres are back home tonight to host the Royals at Peoria Sports Complex. Ian Kennedy dominated in his final Spring outing yesterday, throwing six innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Tonight Brandon Morrow gets the ball against Kansas City. He'll be making his first appearance for the Padres since aggravating a blister on his throwing hand on March 21st. Morrow is still trying to make his case for the team's fifth starting job, with his biggest contender being Odrisamer Despaigne. However many believe Morrow to...

Justin Maxwell added to 40-man roster; Gary Brown designated for assignment

Maxwell will be the team's fifth outfielder. Gary Brown will have to pass through waivers. There was a time when Gary Brown was the Giants' best prospect. Would the Mets have taken him instead of Zack Wheeler in the Carlos Beltran trade? Almost certainly. Four years later, the Giants would rather sneak him through waivers than anyone else on the 40-man roster. To make room for Justin Maxwell, the Giants designated Brown for assignment. You could see this coming after last year, when the Giants literally played Travis Ishikawa in the outfield instead of Brown. Do you realize how low the...

Matt Duffy vs. Joaquin Arias vs. Ehire Adrianza

Matt Duffy wins awards, baseball games. Joaquin Arias is a two-time World Series winner on a guaranteed contract. Ehire Adrianza is a defensive whiz who is out of options. Who should make the team? The Giants have two backup-infield spots to hand out. There are three contenders for those two spots, one of whom is out of options and would be lost on waivers. As the old joke goes, "Joaquin Arias, Matt Duffy, and Ehire Adrianza walk into a bar ..." Oh, I thought you knew it. I sure as heck don't know the punchline. We'll find out in a week. Start with the obvious: Adrianza is on the team...
Friars on Base 9 hours ago

With Alex Torres Gone What Will the Padres’ Bullpen Look Like?

Yesterday, the San Diego Padres traded lefty reliever, Alex Torres, to the New York Mets in exchange for Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later. Torres was pretty much a lock for the bullpen before being shipped out. There was already some uncertainty to who would make the pen, but now without Torres there’s […] With Alex Torres Gone What Will the Padres’ Bullpen Look Like? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Open GameThread, 3/31

Is Lincecum fighting for a rotation spot or calmly working on his delivery? Watch here for free. Joe Panik is out with a mild ankle strain, but there's no reason to Updated #SFGiants lineup: Aoki LF Crawford SS Pagan CF Posey C Belt 1B McGehee 3B Blanco RF Duffy 2B Lincecum RHP — World Champs (@SFGiants) March 31, 2015

Tournament of Happy Giants Postseason Memories: The Elite 8

What were the four best moments of the Giants' recent postseason runs? You have a chance to decide that, but you'll have to vote against some of the best moments of your sports-fan life. The Giants won the World Series in 2014, and the last out wasn't one of your eight favorite Giants postseason moments, apparently. The decisions are only going to get more ridiculous from here. Hello, and welcome back to the Tournament of Happy Giants Postseason Moments! We started with 64 moments in time, 64 things you watched during a Giants postseason run, and now we're down to the Elite 8. These eight...
Friars on Base 12 hours ago

Padres News: Former Closer Heath Bell Retires

The song “Blow Me Away” by Breaking Benjamin has not echoed through Petco Park to start the ninth inning since 2011. Heath Bell was the San Diego Padres closer from 2009 to 2011, pitching out of the bullpen before that beginning in 2007. Bell announced his retirement last week to padres.com‘s Corey Brock, soon after […] Padres News: Former Closer Heath Bell Retires - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 13 hours ago

San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 3/31

I'm sorry, Link. I'm afraid I can't dump that. Nice gesture by #sfgiants. Award for best first-year player in camp to carry the name of late trainer Barney Nugent. Duffy a favorite. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) March 30, 2015 I didn't know he was eligible. I DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS ELIGIBLE, DAMMIT. Bruce Bochy Won’t Let Success Go to His HeadThe New York Times Magazine conducted a short interview with Bruce Bochy, and as you might expect from both the title of the article and your own knowledge of him, there's a lot of head talk. Oh, maybe you haven't heard about Bruce Bochy's...
Sons of Steve Garvey 13 hours ago
Star Wars Night Strikes Soon

Star Wars Night Strikes Soon

Star Wars Night at Dodger Stadium is on April 14. This year is the seventh annual event. Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes out in December. Coincidence? Yeah probably.
NoNoHitters.com 15 hours ago

No-no birthdays for Boston pitchers Stivetts, Pfeffer

Birthday wishes today to a couple of Bostonians who threw their no-hitters more than a century ago. The Boston Beaneaters’ Jack Stivetts, born 147 years ago today, no-hit the Brooklyn Grooms 11-0 on Saturday, August 6, 1892 at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The Boston Doves’ Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer, born 133 years ago on this date, …
Friars on Base 15 hours ago

Padres Editorial: Judging the Padres Ryan Ludwick Trade

Yesterday, the Texas Rangers released former San Diego Padres outfielder, Ryan Ludwick. In 2010, The San Diego Padres went 90-72 and made a serious push for the playoffs.  A late season meltdown allowed the San Francisco Giants to edge out the Padres for a playoff spot.  They would then go on to win their first […] Padres Editorial: Judging the Padres Ryan Ludwick Trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com 16 hours ago

#5, San Francisco Giants

Just five short days until Opening Day, so we’ve hit No. 5 on our NoNoHitters 30 countdown – the San Francisco Giants. The Giants franchise, which began as the New York Gothams before becoming the New York Giants in 1895, moved to California in 1958 to become the San Francisco Giants. The franchise has 16 …
Gaslamp Ball Mar 31, 2015

SD 6, CIN 3: More scoreless outings, More home runs

At this point it's routine. Ian Kennedy put in his six scoreless innings, and there was plenty of hitting and scoring in the form of home runs. The number four starter spot at this point is locked in for Ian Kennedy. This spring training he hasn't been putting up big headlining numbers, but instead has been using this time to specifically develop his pitches. Today his offspeed-heavy performance allowed him to go the six-inning distance that James Shields, Tyson Ross, and Andrew Cashner have all pulled off. Kennedy's day saw seven strikeouts and only six damage-less hits, and the guy is...
Sons of Steve Garvey Mar 30, 2015

Parking New$

A recent official Dodgers press release on parking prices and procedures offers some good and bad news: The Los Angeles Dodgers will be adding dedicated prepaid lanes for fans purchasing parking passes in advance for games during the 2015 season. Fans should follow the signage to these designated auto booths at all gates for the dedicated prepaid lanes. To enjoy these dedicated prepaid lanes, the Dodgers encourage fans to purchase their parking in advance to assist in traffic flow and expedite movement through the auto gates. Advance parking prices are $10 and parking at the gate is...
Friars on Base Mar 30, 2015

Padres News: Spring Training Recap – March 30th

We’re one week from Opening Day 2015! It’s the finale stretch of Spring Training games for the San Diego Padres and today they took one more step to the regular season in an exhibition game against the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres head to Goodyear to take on the Reds at 1:05 this afternoon. Here’s the […] Padres News: Spring Training Recap – March 30th - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Giants starting pitchers have been awful in the Cactus League

You knew that, but have you seen the game-by-game breakdown? It's not pretty. It's not just that the Giants haven't won a lot this spring. You know better than to care about Cactus League results. You know that when Ydinax Quizto singles off Rudge Thickum in the bottom of the ninth to take an 11-10 lead, it doesn't teach us anything about how the major leaguers will play in three weeks. You don't care, it's only spring, stop it. It's not just that the Giants haven't won a lot this spring. It's that the starting pitching hasn't given us a glimmer of a shred of a speck of a fraction of hope...
Gaslamp Ball Mar 30, 2015

Odrisamer Despaigne takes selfies with a bird

Did you know that Odrisamer Despaigne has a Twitter account? He only has six total tweets so far, and half of those have been retweets. But today he stepped up his Twitter game with a couple of selfies featuring... a friend of his. pic.twitter.com/Po88ze6pZq — Odrisamer Despaigne (@despa40) March 30, 2015 I LOVE this. Presented without comment or explanation. Why would it need one, anyway? But then it got better... My friend wants me to be the fifth starter, you who want? pic.twitter.com/yK9hLmNiCS — Odrisamer Despaigne (@despa40) March 30, 2015 Despaigne has worked all Spring...
El Lefty Malo Mar 30, 2015

40 Giants in 30 Days: The Middle Men

As with the backup catchers, the weekend's cuts drained some of the suspense from the middle relief competition. The two owners of fastballs that can hit 100 MPH are no longer in the running. Hunter Strickland will start the year...

Open GameThread, 3/30

If you know the team's Cactus League record, you're either a better or worse fan than I am. It's on the MLB Network for real this time. Aoki was in the lineup, but he was removed to give him a little more rest. Revised #SFGiants lineup: Blanco cf Panik 2b McGehee 3b Sanchez c Maxwell rf Carbonell lf Arias 1b Adrianza ss Hudson p — World Champs (@SFGiants) March 30, 2015 Also, check out this new toy!

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