June 26, 2013 |
The Dodgers must really be on a hot streak if Clayton Kershaw actually won a game. The Dodgers pushed their season-high winning streak to five games Wednesday, sweeping the San Francisco Giants with a 4-2 victory in front of 41,721 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw had been doing his usual outstanding job of late, but had precious little to show for it. He had not won a game in his previous six starts (0-3) despite a 3.38 earned-run average. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, San Francisco 2 Kershaw earned his first victory since May 20 by holding the Giants to four hits in eight-plus innings.
June 15, 2013 |
Rocket fuel Roger Clemens would have smiled at the highlights from last week's fight night at Dodger Stadium. Not at the punching and shoving, mind you, but at the first bean ball - the one that hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Puig had hit .500 in his first eight games in the major leagues, with four home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Dodgers' phenom might have been a little too comfortable for Clemens, who probably would have welcomed him to the majors by buzzing him with a fastball, high and tight.
May 18, 2013 |
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.
April 27, 2013 |
There is a discolored mess on the brick wall behind center field at AT&T Park. The mess is what was left behind when a plaque honoring Barry Bonds and his all-time home run record mysteriously vanished. The San Francisco Giants say they'll put up a new one. We could not help thinking back to the winter of 2006-07, with Bonds on the verge of setting the record. The Giants signed Barry Zito - for the most money ever given to a pitcher at that time - and declared the face of the team henceforth would be the smiling Zito, not the scowling Bonds.
February 9, 2013 |
Who is this man, and what has he done with Tim Lincecum? “You know, when I first saw him, I didn't recognize him to be honest with you," Giants Manager Bruce Bochy told the Associated Press on Friday. The Giants pitcher and two-time NL Cy Young winner shed his shaggy hair for a clean-cut look, but it doesn't stop there. He's also put on 10 pounds during off-season workouts. Instead of “The Freak,” maybe we should call him "The Professional. " Last year, Lincecum had one of the worst seasons of his six-year career, going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 33 starts over 186 innings.
December 21, 2012 |
If Tim Lincecum is related to Samson, we will find out soon enough. After years of having long, flowing hair, the San Francisco Giants pitcher has gotten a haircut. Jake Gravbrot, a hair stylist in Seattle, tweeted the news Dec. 9 and there are various pictures on Twitter showing Lincecum with short hair. Lincecum, of course, won two consecutive Cy Young Awards (2008-09) for the Giants after growing his hair long. He had an off season in 2012. Will he totally fall apart without the long hair?