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October 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The world headquarters of Twitter are barely two miles from the home of the San Francisco Giants. Little wonder, then, that Giants fans have flocked to the social media outlet to show their suppport for the home team. Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals are clicking in as well. They thought they had spotted the digital equivalent of bulletin board fodder Monday morning, in a tweet from Giants reliever George Kontos. "I woke up and I'm wired already," Kontos tweeted.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In those heady days when Barry Bonds was hitting a home run just about every day, visitors would flock to the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants. You would turn to the right for Bonds, for his entourage, for his oversized lounge chair, and for the Giants employee nervously trying to block reporters and other outsiders from approaching the slugger. You would turn to the left for other players, and their standard-issue chairs, and their detached bemusement. Mike Trout is baseball's best player.
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SPORTS
October 14, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Game 1: Sunday, 5 p.m. St. Louis (RHP Lance Lynn, 18-7, 3.78) at San Francisco (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 16-11, 3.37) Game 2: Monday, 5 p.m. St. Louis (RHP Chris Carpenter, 0-2, 3.71) at San Francisco (RHP Ryan Vogelsong, 14-9, 3.37) Game 3: Wednesday, 1 p.m. San Francisco (RHP Matt Cain, 16-5, 2.79) at St. Louis (RHP Kyle Lohse, 16-3, 2.86)) Game 4: Thursday, 5 p.m. San Francisco (RHP Tim Lincecum, 10-15, 5.18) at St. Louis (RHP Adam Wainwright, 14-13, 3.94)
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels walked off into their lone off day of the spring. Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run Monday, powering the Angels to an 8-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Angels took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Giants scored four runs off Joe Smith. The Angels signed Smith to a three-year, $15.75-million contract last winter after watching their bullpen blow too many leads last season. The runs were all unearned, and Smith would have worked a 1-2-3 ninth had shortstop Grant Green not committed an error on a ground ball.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
President Obama honored the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series championship on Monday, saying the team is “ making this a habit .” The Giants won their second world championship in three years in October, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after nearly being knocked out of the playoffs several times.  “It's no wonder that your own fans still refer to Giants baseball as torture,” Obama joked. In 2010, the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 to win their first World Series since 1954.
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July 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
President Obama joked on Monday that "It's OK to have a hot dog once in a while" after announcing that the first edible garden at a "major American sports facility" will open next season at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy -- even at the ballpark," Obama said during a White House ceremony honoring the San Francisco Giants as 2012 World Champions.   The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 3,000-square-foot organic garden will be planted behind center field and will include hydroponic troughs, concrete planters and green trellises with vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.
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October 22, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Tim Lincecum is staying put with the San Francisco Giants just as he hoped, reaching agreement Tuesday on a $35-million, two-year contract through the 2015 season. The deal is pending a physical, which had yet to be scheduled. Lincecum has a full no-trade clause in the new deal. General Manager Brian Sabean said when the season ended that among his priorities was bringing back the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, who also indicated he cherishes familiarity and wanted to stay with the only club he has known.
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October 22, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO — In the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants, Marco Scutaro answers to the nickname "Blockbuster. " As in: The Dodgers got $260 million worth of players from the Boston Red Sox, and we got you. The Giants could not be happier. If they win the National League Championship Series, their scrappy second baseman just might be selected the most valuable player. Scutaro batted .362 after the Giants acquired him from the Colorado Rockies on July 28. He is batting .458 in the NLCS, including a .474 average since St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday injured him in a controversial slide in Game 2. "I got a little fame from getting hit from Holliday," Scutaro said.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1996 | From Associated Press
The San Francisco Giants announced Wednesday that its proposed waterfront ballpark will be known as Pacific Bell Park under a $50-million, 24-year agreement with the telecommunications company. The Giants called the deal with PacBell "one of the largest and most comprehensive strategic alliances of its kind in the history of professional sports."
NEWS
November 13, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Francisco Giants executive assailed state Sen. Quentin Kopp after a ballot proposal that would have financed a new ballpark was defeated. "We pleaded with him several times early on in this process to sit down with us and to look at all the documents and to ask whatever questions he had about Proposition P," Giants Executive Vice President Corey Busch said. "He refused to do it." Busch criticized Kopp for remaining silent on the ballpark issue, which lost by only about 1,800 votes.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Barry Bonds, the former All-Star outfielder, has sold his Italian-inspired estate in gated Beverly Park for $22 million. Designed as a family home capable of hosting large-scale events, the 17,100-square-foot villa sits off a circular motor court with a fountain. The 1.85 acres of grounds include a swimming pool, a 2,100-square-foot sports court and an olive grove. Ceiling heights up to 30 feet, hand-painted murals, limestone columns and Venetian plaster walls are among interior details.
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February 23, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Barry Bonds left baseball in 2007 and has kept a relatively low profile ever since. That will change sometime next month when baseball's all-time home run leader will become a spring training instructor for his former team, the San Francisco Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday he thinks Bonds, 49, will be an asset to the Giants' hitters. Makes sense, seeing that Bonds holds the major league records for career home runs (762) and home runs in a season (71). He also had a .444 career on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | Richard Winton and James Rainey
At the home he shares with his parents, Bryan Stow does his best, but he struggles. It's hard to move his left arm and that hand will barely close. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or if they cared.
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January 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
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January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Longtime baseball scouts Jack McKeon and Ray Crone Sr. are to be presented with lifetime achievement awards at the 11th "In the Spirit of the Game" gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 18. The star-studded banquet, which has become an important part of baseball's winter calendar, is hosted each year by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, an organization founded by former minor league player turned baseball agent Dennis Gilbert...
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December 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
On his 39th birthday, Jamey Wright landed a long-awaited major league contract. The Dodgers officially announced Tuesday their one-year deals with Wright and Chris Perez, a former All-Star closer with the Cleveland Indians. By signing Wright to a guaranteed contract, the Dodgers ended one of baseball's most remarkable streaks. In each of the last eight seasons, Wright went into spring training on a minor league contract and pitched his way on to the opening-day roster, including with the Dodgers in 2012.
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October 18, 1989 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Homestead High School marching band had just left the field, one-half hour before the scheduled start of Tuesday night's World Series game, when Candlestick Park began to move. From the vantage point of the upper deck, where most of the media covering the game were seated, it wasn't an unfamiliar sensation. Get 40,000 fans stomping their approval for the home team, and whole sections of a stadium have been known to sway. But never for this long. And never this hard.
SPORTS
October 16, 1989 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A graduate of the Florida State law school and a member of the Florida bar, Tony La Russa understands the risk of circumstantial evidence and avoids employing it in his role as the Oakland Athletics' manager. La Russa operates from a bank of computers, scouting reports, statistics and comparative percentages. No manager, his players insist, is better prepared.
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December 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, This story has been corrected. See below
Part of the fun of being a sports fan is team nicknames, which can range from the fitting to the fictitious; from the serious to the sarcastic. With that as a guide, and in no particular order, here are some of the best - and worst - sports nicknames: 10 MOST CREATIVE (professional division) Richmond Flying Squirrels - Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants; nickname selected, over Hush Puppies and Flatheads, in a 2009 newspaper contest. Albuquerque Isotopes - Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers; nickname chosen by fans and inspired by the fictional Springfield Isotopes from TV's “The Simpsons.” Montgomery Biscuits - Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays; mascots are Big Mo, an orange beast who loves biscuits, and Monty, an anthropomorphized¿ buttermilk biscuit who appears in the team logo.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Despite a hole in the infield and a depleted bench, the Dodgers already have the makeup of a playoff team. And with pitching a key factor in postseason success, it's not surprising that bookies are listing the Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers as favorites to win next year's World Series. But to be champions, the Dodgers would have to become the first team in at least 13 years to win the World Series after opening with the best odds, according to the online sports book TopBet. The odds boards at Las Vegas Hotel & Casino have cast similar droughts since the New York Yankees reigned as expected three times in a row from 1998-2000 and won again as favorites in 2009.
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