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July 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Jonathan Sanchez, an unlikely candidate, pitched the majors' first no-hitter this season Friday night, dominating the San Diego Padres with an array of pitches in the San Francisco Giants' 8-0 victory. The 26-year-old left-hander returned to the rotation after a nearly three-week demotion to the bullpen -- and he only got the call because 303-game winner Randy Johnson went on the disabled list earlier this week because of a shoulder injury.
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May 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ugh, it's come to this. The Dodgers, rich with starting pitching when the season began, are now so decimated they're fishing in the baseball scrap heap. Brace yourself: The Dodgers have signed Jonathan Sanchez.                            Apparently Jamie Moyer, Randy Wolf or Connie Marrero (age 102) were unavailable. We know Aaron Harang wasn't, at least not yet. It's to a minor league contract, with Sanchez headed to triple-A Albuquerque. This would be the Sanchez who was once a star for the Giants, but in his last 18 starts is 0-12.
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August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Jonathan Sanchez tossed five solid innings, Aaron Rowand hit a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, on Friday night in the opener of a key four-game series. Sanchez (6-10) gave up an unearned run and two hits to win for only the third time since his no-hitter July 10. His strong outing couldn't have come at a more opportune time for the Giants, who pulled to within a game of the Rockies in the wild-card chase. -- associated press
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November 2, 2010 | Bill Shaikin
No longer does Scott Spiezio haunt the San Francisco Giants. In 2002, San Francisco was eight outs from its first World Series title when Spiezio's home run triggered an unlikely Angels comeback. The Giants had to wait eight years rather than eight outs, but the sting is gone. "This takes everything away," said J.T. Snow . Snow, the first baseman on that 2002 team, shared in the clubhouse champagne celebration Monday, smiling broadly as the current San Francisco players hoisted the World Series trophy aloft.
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July 17, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Monday through Wednesday: vs. San Francisco Giants Thursday through Sunday: vs. New York Mets The Dodgers haven't seen Tim Lincecum since April, when the two-time Cy Young winner pitched six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium. They are scheduled to see him Tuesday, preceded Monday by rookie Madison Bumgarner and followed Wednesday by Barry Zito . Bumgarner has given up one run in his last 16 innings. Zito has a 2.03 earned-run average in two starts against the Dodgers this season, and his overall ERA of 3.51 is the highest in the Giants' starting rotation.
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September 6, 2010 | Jim Peltz
The Dodgers play three games with the first-place Padres in San Diego starting Monday, a series that could have been a crucial showdown in the National League West for the Dodgers, except for the Dodgers' mediocre play of late. San Diego lost its 10th consecutive game Sunday, yet the Dodgers have gained little ground in that span, a lost opportunity extended again Sunday in large part by the San Francisco Giants' No. 8 hitter, shortstop Juan Uribe, for the second time in two days.
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October 7, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The San Francisco Giants threw $126 million at Barry Zito to be the face of their franchise. Barry Bonds was on his way out, so Zito would be the star to lead the Giants back to the promised postseason land. As the Giants open their first playoff series in seven years, Zito is not even on the roster. He has completed four seasons in San Francisco, all undistinguished, and the decision to leave him off the playoff roster suggests the signing has been regrettable, at best. "We're not regretting it," Giants President Larry Baer said before Game 1 of the National League division series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
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October 23, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Philadelphia They have two outstanding starting pitchers. They have an All-Star closer. They have a rookie who appears destined to become one of the best catchers in the game and a couple of dependable middle relievers. That's about it. But this team of castoffs and kids, this team with virtually no offense, is headed to the World Series. When the San Francisco Giants made their last World Series appearance eight years ago, they did so with future Hall of Famers like Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent in their lineup.
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November 2, 2010 | Bill Shaikin
No longer does Scott Spiezio haunt the San Francisco Giants. In 2002, San Francisco was eight outs from its first World Series title when Spiezio's home run triggered an unlikely Angels comeback. The Giants had to wait eight years rather than eight outs, but the sting is gone. "This takes everything away," said J.T. Snow . Snow, the first baseman on that 2002 team, shared in the clubhouse champagne celebration Monday, smiling broadly as the current San Francisco players hoisted the World Series trophy aloft.
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October 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Jimmy Rollins was in a rut. Calf and hamstring problems limited the former National League most valuable player to 88 games in the regular season. He was 1 for 15 in the postseason. But the San Francisco Giants got him started. Jonathan Sanchez helped him drive in his first run of the postseason by walking him with the bases loaded. Third baseman Mike Fontenot gifted him a hit by letting a popup plop to the field in front of the pitching mound. Then, Rollins drove a down-the-middle fastball by Ramon Ramirez to the top of the wall in right-center field for a bases-clearing double that blew open the game and sent the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to a 6-1 victory on Sunday night in Game 2 of the NLCS.
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November 2, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Brian Wilson attracted a crowd of reporters, and so did Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum. The president of the San Francisco Giants did a round of interviews, and so did the owner, the former owner, former players, even the clubhouse manager. As the celebration raged in the San Francisco clubhouse late Monday night, all those interviews giddily interrupted by streams of champagne and beer, Dick Tidrow stood in an adjacent hallway, cameras and reporters rushing past him. There were plenty of romantic tales to be told about the first World Series victory in San Francisco history.
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October 23, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Philadelphia They have two outstanding starting pitchers. They have an All-Star closer. They have a rookie who appears destined to become one of the best catchers in the game and a couple of dependable middle relievers. That's about it. But this team of castoffs and kids, this team with virtually no offense, is headed to the World Series. When the San Francisco Giants made their last World Series appearance eight years ago, they did so with future Hall of Famers like Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent in their lineup.
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October 23, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
A team with virtually no offense is headed to the World Series. Not a single player on the San Francisco Giants hit 30 home runs this year. Not a single player drove in 90 runs. But on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, the Giants were crowned the champions of the National League, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, to win the best-of-seven championship series, 4-2. When the Giants last reached the World Series eight years ago, they did so with the likes of Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent in their lineup.
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October 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Jimmy Rollins was in a rut. Calf and hamstring problems limited the former National League most valuable player to 88 games in the regular season. He was 1 for 15 in the postseason. But the San Francisco Giants got him started. Jonathan Sanchez helped him drive in his first run of the postseason by walking him with the bases loaded. Third baseman Mike Fontenot gifted him a hit by letting a popup plop to the field in front of the pitching mound. Then, Rollins drove a down-the-middle fastball by Ramon Ramirez to the top of the wall in right-center field for a bases-clearing double that blew open the game and sent the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to a 6-1 victory on Sunday night in Game 2 of the NLCS.
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October 7, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
The San Francisco Giants threw $126 million at Barry Zito to be the face of their franchise. Barry Bonds was on his way out, so Zito would be the star to lead the Giants back to the promised postseason land. As the Giants open their first playoff series in seven years, Zito is not even on the roster. He has completed four seasons in San Francisco, all undistinguished, and the decision to leave him off the playoff roster suggests the signing has been regrettable, at best. "We're not regretting it," Giants President Larry Baer said before Game 1 of the National League division series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
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October 3, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
In late May, Pat Burrell was unemployed and Buster Posey was in the minors. In August, Cody Ross and Mike Fontenot were put on waivers by teams that had given up on them. And six weeks ago, Jose Guillen was released by the Kansas City Royals, who were buried in last place. But on Sunday, all five players were pouring champagne on one another in the San Francisco clubhouse, having gone from the scrap heap to the top of the heap after the Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 3-0, to win their first National League West title in seven years.
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September 19, 2009 | DYLAN HERNANDEZ
If there was any benefit of being down by a couple of runs with two innings to play, it was that it afforded the Dodgers the chance to call Chad Billingsley out of the bullpen for some on-field therapy to reshape his dented confidence. So much for that idea. After getting a couple of easy outs to start the eighth inning, Billingsley served up a towering home run to Aaron Rowand and gave up another run in the ninth, sealing the Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
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October 3, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
In late May, Pat Burrell was unemployed and Buster Posey was in the minors. In August, Cody Ross and Mike Fontenot were put on waivers by teams that had given up on them. And six weeks ago, Jose Guillen was released by the Kansas City Royals, who were buried in last place. But on Sunday, all five players were pouring champagne on one another in the San Francisco clubhouse, having gone from the scrap heap to the top of the heap after the Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 3-0, to win their first National League West title in seven years.
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September 6, 2010 | Jim Peltz
The Dodgers play three games with the first-place Padres in San Diego starting Monday, a series that could have been a crucial showdown in the National League West for the Dodgers, except for the Dodgers' mediocre play of late. San Diego lost its 10th consecutive game Sunday, yet the Dodgers have gained little ground in that span, a lost opportunity extended again Sunday in large part by the San Francisco Giants' No. 8 hitter, shortstop Juan Uribe, for the second time in two days.
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July 17, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Monday through Wednesday: vs. San Francisco Giants Thursday through Sunday: vs. New York Mets The Dodgers haven't seen Tim Lincecum since April, when the two-time Cy Young winner pitched six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium. They are scheduled to see him Tuesday, preceded Monday by rookie Madison Bumgarner and followed Wednesday by Barry Zito . Bumgarner has given up one run in his last 16 innings. Zito has a 2.03 earned-run average in two starts against the Dodgers this season, and his overall ERA of 3.51 is the highest in the Giants' starting rotation.
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