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20.05.2019 04:13
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — e for the San Francisco Giants , those three World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14 seem so long ago for manager Bruce Bochy’s club.The Giants finished 73-89 following a season during which the biggest names — Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Belt — were all injured at some point. They traded Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees in late August amid all the disabled list stints.San Francisco struggled to score runs and went a majors-worst 5-21 in September but improved on its last-place 2017 finish of 64-98 by nine wins during a second straight season in which pitchers Bumgarner and Cueto were sidelined for long stretches, and reliable right-hander Jeff Samardzija got hurt, too.Cueto had Tommy John surgery in August, Posey underwent season-ending hip surgery later that month then first baseman Belt underwent season-ending right knee surgery in September.“We’ve been one of those lineups that needed all hands on deck,” said Brian Sabean, the executive vice president of baseball operations. He didn’t want to speak about how the roster might shape up this winter until new hires are made in the front office.Change is coming. A new general manager is set to be hired to replace Bobby Evans, who will be reassigned after he was dismissed last week.President and CEO Larry Baer said preliminary conversations have begun.“We don’t know who that person is now. But he’s the guy who’ll be making decisions,” Bochy said. “I understand that. Whatever he wants to do, whether on the field, my job is to make it work. I think it’s wait-and-see what we do there.”Here are some things to take from the Giants’ second straight losing season:MADBUM’S FUTUREThe first big blow came when Bumgarner broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive from Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield in his final spring training start. The 2014 World Series MVP had surgery to insert pins into the finger.“Really what’s unfortunate is when he got hurt in spring training,” Bochy said. “I think he’s come back and he’s thrown some really nice games.”Bumgarner is considered one of the Giants’ hardest workers, but his return isn’t a guarantee.In April 2012, Bumgarner signed a $35.56 million Orlando Cepeda Jersey , six-year deal through 2017 that included $12 million club options for the 2018 and ’19 seasons.“I don’t know that there’s anything to address just yet,” Bumgarner said after his final start Friday. “We’ll see what happens or what don’t happen. I don’t really know.”Bochy expects his ace to return to top form next season.“No doubt in my mind,” Bochy said.The lefty ace missed nearly three months last year following a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado.FINAL WEEKEND BUST NOT A BOOSTBochy hoped a strong showing in the final weekend would provide his group with a boost heading into the offseason.Instead, it was a bust — a 15-0 defeat to the Dodgers on the final day.Still, Bochy noted: “With what we’ve been through and even though we’re a little nicked up and missing some pieces right now, they know they can play with anybody.”PENCE’S FAREWELLOutfielder Hunter Pence is unlikely to return to San Francisco after 6 1/2 seasons in the Bay Area as a fan favorite. He had his farewell day during Sunday’s loss, waving and tipping his clap for multiple standing ovations throughout the game.The 35-year-old Pence plans to play winter ball and reinvent himself with the hopes of playing in 2019.“I still love it and I’m still healthy,” he said.RODRIGUEZ SHINESRookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-4) was a bright spot for a pitching staff that had to overcome struggles by the offense.He was winless over his final seven starts since defeating the Pirates on Aug. 12. Rodriguez’s 2.81 ERA with a minimum of 100 innings pitched ranks lowest in San Francisco history for rookies.The Giants lost his last seven outings and nine of 11.STRICKLAND’S PUNCHGiants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save in a 5-4 June defeat to the Marlins and then required surgery. He never was the same when he returned.IMPROVED FINISHA year ago, San Francisco finished last in the NL West at 64-98, just missing the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985.The Giants improved by nine wins despite all the injuries.“It’s not as bad as the perception let’s say of this last 25 games. When you’re virtually having to roll out — I hate to say — a split-squad lineup against playoff teams, that’s what our roster ended up being because of all the attrition,” Sabean said. PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez doesn’t think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even by pitching well this spring.With his ERA approaching 16, it’s a moot point.King Felix is royally agitated anyway.Hernandez was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, raising his spring ERA to 15.95 a day after Servais announced that Marco Gonzales would start Seattle’s season opener against Oakland in Tokyo on March 20.Seattle’s decision ends Hernandez’s run of 10 consecutive opening day starts.Hernandez spoke publicly after the game for the first time since Servais’ announcement. Asked if he was upset, Hernandez said simply Keith Hernandez Jersey , “Yeah,” but declined to elaborate on his emotions.“I knew it was going to happen,” he added.Hernandez was also asked if he could have convinced Servais to give him the opening day nod with a better spring camp.“No,” he said while shaking his head.The 32-year-old has been losing fastball velocity since his mid-20s and been mostly hobbled and ineffective since turning 30.The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner had a career-worst 5.55 ERA in 29 games last season and was briefly removed from the rotation for the first time in the majors. This is his final season of a $175 million, seven-year contract.The Mariners have asked Hernandez to use his curveball more this spring, especially early in counts, because data suggests it’s the right-hander’s most effective pitch. Hernandez used the breaking ball often during a 1-2-3 first inning but got away from it as the game wore on.“He needs to continue to work that in,” Servais said. “It’s one of his best pitches. Didn’t go to it today.”AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESINDIANS 16, MARINERS (SS) 2Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double and Ryan Flaherty homered for Cleveland. Carlos Carrasco made his first start, pitching three innings and giving up two runs and striking out four.Jay Bruce and Ryon Healy homered for Seattle.BLUE JAYS 10, TWINS 1Prized Toronto prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss three weeks with a strained left oblique muscle. The third baseman was injured during his final at-bat Friday. Guerrero, who turns 20 this week, was a hitting machine in the minors last year.Bo Bichette homered twice and doubled for the Blue Jays. Rowdy Tellez also homered twice and Craig Biggio homered and singled. Ryan Borucki made his fourth start, pitching five shutout innings.Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while getting just two outs.METS 9, CARDINALS 1Amed Rosario connected for a three-run homer in his first at-bat for New York since being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Monday. Jeff McNeil and Travis d’Arnaud also homered and Robinson Cano had two hits. Steven Matz pitched four shutout innings in his third start.Dylan Carlson homered off Mets closer Edwin Diaz.YANKEES (SS) 6, PIRATES 5Jung Ho Kang hit his fourth home run this spring for Pittsburgh and Francisco Cervelli his first. Chris Archer struck out four in three shutout innings.New York starter J.A. Happ struck out six, but also gave up three runs in four innings. Dellin Betances retired just one batter , allowing two runs on two hits and two walks.YANKEES (SS) 2, TIGERS 2, 9 INNINGSMiguel Cabrera hit his second spring homer and Detroit starter Matt Moore pitched four shutout innings, striking out six.Miguel Andujar doubled and singled for New York.NATIONALS 6, ASTROS 4Jeremy Hellickson pitched four shutout innings for Washington. Luis Garcia had three singles.George Springer went 0 for 3 and is batting .182 for Houston. Wade Miley made his second start, pitching 3 2/3 innings.PHILLIES 8, ORIOLES 5Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola gave up three runs in three innings and struck out six. Joey Rickard doubled and singled for Baltimore.RAYS 8, RED SOX 1Mike Zunino homered and doubled for Tampa Bay. Guillermo Heredia hit two solo home runs and Joey Wendle and Avisail Garcia each connected.Rick Porcello made his first start for Boston, pitching three innings and allowing two runs and four hits.MARLINS 5, BRAVES 2Pete O’Brien hit a grand slam and RBI single. Miami starter Sandy Alcantara threw 4 1/3 shutout innings.Julio Teheran made his first start for Atlanta, striking out six in four innings and allowing one run.MARINERS (SS) 9, ANGELS 9, 9 INNINGSMike Trout and Tommy La Stella doubled for Los Angeles. Mike Leake made his fourth start for Seattle, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing two runs and seven hits.PADRES 11, ROYALS 6Jose Pirela hit two home runs and singled, raising his average to .407 for San Diego.Cam Gallagher, Adalberto Mondesi and Whit Merrifield homered for Kansas City.ATHLETICS (SS) 7 Willie McGee Jersey , WHITE SOX 6Dustin Fowler had three hits and Josh Phegley homered for Oakland’s split squad.Yoan Moncada homered for Chicago. Lucas Giolito struggled in his third start, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.ATHLETICS (SS) 5, GIANTS (SS) 4Highly regarded prospect Jesus Luzardo made his second start for an Oakland split squad. The lefty allowed one run while striking out five in four innings. Chad Pinder hit his spring-leading sixth and seventh doubles.Aramis Garcia homered and tripled for San Francisco’s split squad.RANGERS 7, GIANTS (SS) 6Hunter Pence homered and singled twice for Texas against his former team. Drew Smyly made his third start, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings.Jeff Samardzija made his third start for San Francisco’s split squad, pitching 3 2/3 innings and giving up one run.DIAMONDBACKS (SS) 3, REDS 2Caleb Joseph homered and Yasmany Tomas had two hits for Arizona. Merrill Kelly didn’t allow a hit in four scoreless innings, striking out four.Tanner Roark made his fourth start for Cincinnati, pitching four innings and allowing three runs while striking out six.BREWERS 7, CUBS 5Orlando Arcia, Ben Gamel and Tyler Saladino homered for Milwaukee.Kyle Hendricks pitched three innings in his third start for Chicago, allowing three runs.DODGERS 3, ROCKIES (SS) 1Justin Turner and Max Muncy doubled for Los Angeles. Chad Bettis gave up one hit in his fourth start for Colorado’s split squad, pitching four innings and striking out five. Mark Reynolds hit his second home run.DIAMONDBACKS (SS) 5, ROCKIES 2Eduardo Escobar hit a pair of RBI doubles for Arizona’s split squad. Tyler Anderson made his first start for Colorado, giving up seven hits in four innings.

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