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October 21, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It happens every summer. The minor league director comes to town to evaluate the triple-A team. For players beyond the prospect stage, these could be your do-or-die days. For pitchers, you might get one day. And, on a September evening two years ago, the Angels' triple-A team sent a 33-year-old journeyman to the mound, a pitcher on his 10th minor league stop. The guy threw 113 pitches and failed to get out of the fifth inning. His statistics did not indicate that outing was an aberration.
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November 29, 2013
Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 earned-run average. Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems. He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning.
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October 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The St. Louis Cardinals had their talking points at the ready, the message the same from one locker to the next: We won a one-game wild-card playoff. We won Game 5 of the division series. We can do this. They talked a good game. They sure did not play one. The Cardinals mixed sloppy defense with erratic pitching and virtually no hitting, botching their second consecutive chance to send the San Francisco Giants home for the winter. Ryan Vogelsong gave up one run in seven innings and struck out a career-high nine as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday.
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May 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Giant vulnerability? The San Francisco Giants rode their starting pitchers to two World Series championships in three years, and starters renowned for their health are at it again. None of the Giants' five starters has missed a turn this season. They have not missed a lot of bats, either. Ryan Vogelsong has an 8.06 earned-run average, the worst of any major league starter. Matt Cain has a 5.43 ERA, and he has given up the most home runs in the majors. This is stunning, considering the relative talent and the home parks involved: The Giants' starters have a higher ERA than the Colorado Rockies' starters.
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August 13, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
One that got away How about that Ryan Vogelsong , huh? The San Francisco Giants pitcher is an All-Star with a 9-2 record and a 2.48 earned-run average going into Sunday's start in Florida. Boy, the Angels sure could use a guy like that. Well, turns out they actually had a guy like that — but they let Vogelsong go last fall after the right-hander had an unimpressive eight-game trial at triple-A Salt Lake, going 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA. That only made the Angels the latest team to give up on the 34-year-old journeyman.
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October 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
DETROIT — This is not moneyball. This is retro ball. In all the years Barry Bonds packed the ballpark in San Francisco, delighting fans with his spectacular feats of power, the Giants never won a championship. In this post-Bonds era, the Giants are on the verge of their second World Series championship in three years. As he stood in the visiting clubhouse, General Manager Brian Sabean laughed at the question of whether pitching and defense had gone out of style. "We're proving it hasn't," he said, "and at the right time.
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October 25, 2012 | By A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers throughout the World Series. Known for his defensive prowess, Ellis batted .270 and led the Dodgers in walks this season, though after Game 1 he sounded entirely envious of Barry Zito's hitting approach. There were times during the season when I would come off the field frustrated or angry or discouraged by the way the game was going for the Dodgers that night. With perfect timing, my reality check would kick me right in the gut. The music would die down and then everyone would stop and stand as our public-address announcer would introduce the veteran of the game.
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October 28, 2012 | By A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers throughout the World Series. Always known for his defense, Ellis batted .270 and led the Dodgers in walks this season, his first full year as a starter. A couple of years ago, I lockered near a very respected and well-decorated ballplayer, who offered personal insight into why it's difficult to win a World Series playing for a Southern California team. In a word, comfort. Those of us who play for the Dodgers, Angels and Padres are very spoiled playing in the bottom quarter of the Golden State.
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November 29, 2013
Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 earned-run average. Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems. He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning.
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October 28, 2012 | By Phil Rogers
DETROIT - Henry IV had killer instinct. No question about that. But even he knew what Miguel Cabrera will be feeling when he wakes up Sunday morning. "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," Shakespeare wrote about the English king, who according to the bard was suffering from insomnia while even the "vile" in his kingdom slept in their "loathsome beds. " Cabrera most likely will show up at Comerica Park a little tired, especially if he tried to catch a few winks wearing the crown he was presented by Bud Selig and Frank Robinson before Game 3 of the World Series.
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October 28, 2012 | By Phil Rogers
DETROIT - Henry IV had killer instinct. No question about that. But even he knew what Miguel Cabrera will be feeling when he wakes up Sunday morning. "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown," Shakespeare wrote about the English king, who according to the bard was suffering from insomnia while even the "vile" in his kingdom slept in their "loathsome beds. " Cabrera most likely will show up at Comerica Park a little tired, especially if he tried to catch a few winks wearing the crown he was presented by Bud Selig and Frank Robinson before Game 3 of the World Series.
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October 28, 2012 | By A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers throughout the World Series. Always known for his defense, Ellis batted .270 and led the Dodgers in walks this season, his first full year as a starter. A couple of years ago, I lockered near a very respected and well-decorated ballplayer, who offered personal insight into why it's difficult to win a World Series playing for a Southern California team. In a word, comfort. Those of us who play for the Dodgers, Angels and Padres are very spoiled playing in the bottom quarter of the Golden State.
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October 28, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
DETROIT — This is not moneyball. This is retro ball. In all the years Barry Bonds packed the ballpark in San Francisco, delighting fans with his spectacular feats of power, the Giants never won a championship. In this post-Bonds era, the Giants are on the verge of their second World Series championship in three years. As he stood in the visiting clubhouse, General Manager Brian Sabean laughed at the question of whether pitching and defense had gone out of style. "We're proving it hasn't," he said, "and at the right time.
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October 25, 2012 | By A.J. Ellis
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis of the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers throughout the World Series. Known for his defensive prowess, Ellis batted .270 and led the Dodgers in walks this season, though after Game 1 he sounded entirely envious of Barry Zito's hitting approach. There were times during the season when I would come off the field frustrated or angry or discouraged by the way the game was going for the Dodgers that night. With perfect timing, my reality check would kick me right in the gut. The music would die down and then everyone would stop and stand as our public-address announcer would introduce the veteran of the game.
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October 24, 2012 | By Phil Rogers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Why even play three more games? It's the San Francisco Giants' world, and the rest of us just eat overpriced Cioppino and get fat on Ghirardelli chocolate. It was impressive for Barry Zito to use his 85-mph fastballs to shut down the Cardinals in St. Louis in a must-win game. But it was preposterous for him to stick out his bat and get a run-scoring single against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Who does he think he is, Marco Scutaro? Everything - and I mean everything - that the Giants do these days turns into gold.
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October 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The St. Louis Cardinals had their talking points at the ready, the message the same from one locker to the next: We won a one-game wild-card playoff. We won Game 5 of the division series. We can do this. They talked a good game. They sure did not play one. The Cardinals mixed sloppy defense with erratic pitching and virtually no hitting, botching their second consecutive chance to send the San Francisco Giants home for the winter. Ryan Vogelsong gave up one run in seven innings and struck out a career-high nine as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-1, in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday.
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October 24, 2012 | By Phil Rogers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Why even play three more games? It's the San Francisco Giants' world, and the rest of us just eat overpriced Cioppino and get fat on Ghirardelli chocolate. It was impressive for Barry Zito to use his 85-mph fastballs to shut down the Cardinals in St. Louis in a must-win game. But it was preposterous for him to stick out his bat and get a run-scoring single against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Who does he think he is, Marco Scutaro? Everything - and I mean everything - that the Giants do these days turns into gold.
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July 18, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from San Francisco — Like the Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants can't hit. So, why is it that the Giants can win games and the Dodgers can't? "It's pretty simple," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. "They think they're going to win. They win close games. " They won another Monday night, scoring four runs in the sixth inning to turn a one-run game against the Dodgers into a 5-0 victory at AT&T Park. The result extended the first-place Giants' lead over the fourth-place Dodgers in the National League West to 131/2 games.
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October 21, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It happens every summer. The minor league director comes to town to evaluate the triple-A team. For players beyond the prospect stage, these could be your do-or-die days. For pitchers, you might get one day. And, on a September evening two years ago, the Angels' triple-A team sent a 33-year-old journeyman to the mound, a pitcher on his 10th minor league stop. The guy threw 113 pitches and failed to get out of the fifth inning. His statistics did not indicate that outing was an aberration.
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August 13, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
One that got away How about that Ryan Vogelsong , huh? The San Francisco Giants pitcher is an All-Star with a 9-2 record and a 2.48 earned-run average going into Sunday's start in Florida. Boy, the Angels sure could use a guy like that. Well, turns out they actually had a guy like that — but they let Vogelsong go last fall after the right-hander had an unimpressive eight-game trial at triple-A Salt Lake, going 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA. That only made the Angels the latest team to give up on the 34-year-old journeyman.
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