Los Angeles Times "Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something. Anything to make Ryu believe he’s pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible. Ryu was at it again..." April 18
Hardball Talk "Dontrelle Willis signed a minor league contract with the Giants in January and was officially added to the roster at Triple-A Fresno on April 12. But the veteran left-hander didn’t even last a week there. According to Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors, the official transactions page for the Pacific..." April 17
CSN Bay Area "The Beard is back. It’s your choice whether you still fear it. The Dodgers activated right-hander Brian Wilson from the disabled list Tuesday afternoon, and the one-time Giants World Series hero will be available to face his former club as the rivals begin a three-game series at AT&T..." April 16
As expected, Affeldt activated, Perez optioned. #SFGiants
San Jose Mercury News "As the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers counterpunched past midnight into Wednesday morning at AT&T Park, Hector Sanchez's mother sat in a car in the player's parking lot for three hours, eager for the game to end. The backup catcher's daughter was waiting too, for a famous father who needed to..." April 16
San Francisco Chronicle "What a great story. Manager Bruce Bochy lights a fire under Brandon Crawford by declaring the shortstop will sit against some left-handed pitchers. Crawford seethes. Every time he faces a lefty and the ball comes to the plate, he imagines the ball is Bochy's big head and attacks it with fury,..." April 14
#FlyingSquirrels LH Adalberto Mejia, hit by liner on Friday, has bruised shin. On schedule to make next start.
Hardball Talk "The Giants signed Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal back in January and the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, have added the lefty to their active roster, per the Grizzlies’ Twitter account. Willis, 32, hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011, but it hasn’t been for..." April 13
Denver Post "Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki sat in the dugout Saturday morning sharing their misery of AT&T Park. It feels like Halloween with the rowdy sellout crowd draped in black and orange. And it might as well be, given the Stephen King novel that plays out when the Rockies stumble into the..." April 13
San Jose Mercury News "It was evident early on Friday night that starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner wasn't as sharp as usual. It was going to be one of those nights where he needed to find a way to grind it out. Bumgarner did just that as he relied more upon his hitting prowess -- blasting a go-ahead fourth-inning..." April 12
CSN Bay Area "It wasn’t Sergio Romo’s elbow that caused him to grimace on the mound and double over in apparent pain when he returned to the dugout Thursday night. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Romo had a touch of the flu and was battling stomach cramps. That’s not a pleasant situation. But it’s a lot..." April 12
Arizona Republic "Tony Campana's RBI single gave the Diamondbacks a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a 10-inning, 4-hour, 10-minute game on Thursday night at AT&T Park. Campana dropped a single into short right field to score Cliff Pennington and give the Diamondbacks their first series victory this..." April 11
San Jose Mercury News "The Giants have tabled contract extension talks with Pablo Sandoval, but manager Bruce Bochy doesn't believe the uncertainty is weighing on his third baseman's mind -- or deflating his batting average. Sandoval is hitting just .161 through eight games, but Bochy feels the free-agent-to-be has..." April 10
San Francisco Chronicle "Is the ghost of Barry Bonds sitting on the shoulders of the Giants' hitters these days? Probably not. Technically, Bonds would have to be dead for his ghost to be lurking, and he's alive, but you know what I mean. The Giants are hitting the nacho cheese out of the baseball, and maybe it's an..." April 10
Arizona Republic "Paul Goldschmidt's dominance against San Francisco Giants RHP Tim Lincecum continued on Wednesday night, as Goldschmidt slammed a first-inning three-run home run, helping the Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. RHP Bronson Arroyo threw just five innings, the latest short..." April 10
CSN Bay Area "BatKid threw out the first pitch, but the Giants offense continued to show off the coolest utility belt. They demonstrated this improved offense can work just fine on the shores of McCovey Cove, and they don’t even need to clear the arcade to make the quarters spill into the tray. They..." April 09
Giants and Pablo Sandoval still far apart in extension talks, source said tonight. Sandoval wants a deal of 5 or more years. @FOXSports1
L.A. Daily News "Matt Kemp was unhappy when the weekend began. He had just been activated from the disabled list the morning of the Dodgers’ home opener, but his name wasn’t in the starting lineup. That changed about an hour later, when Yasiel Puig arrived late for Friday morning’s batting practice at Dodger..." April 07
CSN Bay Area "Michael Morse’s eyes grew wide as a bleacher bum’s with a home run ball screaming his way. “Really?” said Morse, informed that the Giants hit the fewest homers in the majors in 2012, when they won the World Series. “If that’s true, I guess we need to slow the pace down.” The Giants’ new left..." April 06
Bochy made it clear Affeldt will need more than two minor league rehab outings. Said "report probably matched the box score" last night.
Diamondbacks claimed Roger Kieschnick off waivers.
San Jose Mercury News "One time through the rotation, it appears this might be a new era of Giants baseball. They hit, they run, they light up the scoreboard -- and then they hold on for dear life. The lineup scored every run of an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first 12/3 innings. After that, the..." April 05
San Francisco Chronicle "No matter how a team looks in spring training, things usually change once the regular season begins, inside the big ballparks, with every pitch recorded and every important play analyzed to death. Curiosity abounds on Opening Day, inside the clubhouse and out, on how the team will respond in..." April 04
CSN Bay Area "There is an upshot to starting a game with Buster Posey and Michael Morse on the bench. You have Buster Posey and Michael Morse on your bench. Giants manager Bruce Bochy feels better about his lineup depth this season, which is why he felt he could afford to rest his cleanup man and..." April 04
San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum didn't need much time to get past a bruise suffered in his final spring start, but the right-hander still might not be able to take the ball Thursday night. During an interview with KNBR on Wednesday morning, Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said Lincecum might have food..." April 03
CSN Bay Area "There isn’t much current dialogue between the Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives about a potential contract extension that would keep the Panda in San Francisco beyond this season. But Sandoval’s camp is open to resuming talks, and the Giants would engage if they are convinced it..." April 03
San Jose Mercury News "Tim Hudson waited more than eight months to get back on a big league mound after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last July. After giving him two years and $23 million, the Giants anxiously waited more than four months to see Hudson's first start in orange and black. The debut was more..." April 03
Hardball Talk "MLB chose not to institute a replay system whose sole goal was getting calls right, instead opting for a system that involved managerial challenges and strategy, at least until the seventh inning of games. In Tuesday’s Giants-Diamondbacks game, won by Arizona 5-4, we saw exactly what’s going to..." April 02
Arizona Republic "If there's such a thing as baseball karma, it may have a delayed effect. That seems to be the case for Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock. Entering Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field, Pollock was hitting 0 for 13 over three games to start the season — 0 for 18,..." April 02
Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01
San Francisco Chronicle "Brandon Belt said he had "a lot of fun" on Opening Night, which means some eager psychology student could get published analyzing the first baseman's idea of "fun." Then again, winning is always fun, even if the scenes leading up to the happy ending are rated DW - Don't Watch. In Monday..." April 01
Giants place Scutaro and Affeldt on DL, Kieschnick designated for assignment.
San Francisco Gate "Bruce Bochy said he’ll use somewhat of a platoon at shortstop, meaning Brandon Crawford won’t play regularly against left-handed pitchers. “It’s not going to be a straight platoon,” said Bochy, adding Crawford will face some lefties. “His at-bats will determine how much.” Joaquin Arias will..." March 30
Fansided "The San Francisco Giants got a scare after Tim Lincecum took a line drive off the bat of Daric Barton off the inside of his left knee in Friday night’s exhibition game against the Oakland A’s, but Giants fans can take a deep sigh of relief knowing he avoided a fracture and shouldn’t miss any time...." March 29
Lincecum has a left knee contusion, Giants say. X-rays negative.
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29
San Jose Mercury News "With Marco Scutaro destined for the disabled list to start the regular season, the Giants don't really have an issue finding players to play second base. While final roster moves won't be made until Saturday, it's quite likely manager Bruce Bochy will have a choice among Joaquin Arias, Brandon..." March 28
Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27
CBSSports.com "Giants left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt is set to open the season on the disabled list after spraining the MCL in his right knee. Giants manager Bruce Bochy informed the media of the issue after Affeldt's outing Wednesday night. “He felt it during the game,” Bochy said (mercurynews.com). “He..." March 27
San Francisco Chronicle "No need to start hitting grounders to Buster Posey at third base quite yet. A drastic move to replace Pablo Sandoval would be premature despite a $50 million divide between the Giants and their World Series MVP. A starting point is just that, both sides engaging to talk further about bridging..." March 26
Scutaro just gave an update. Nerve block didn't work so he got cortisone in a lower spot. Expects to start year on DL.
Affeldt will be placed on DL with MCL strain in right knee. Out a week to 10 days, Bochy said.
CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26
Scutaro had a diagnostic nerve block procedure done today. That'll put him on the DL.
I heard Pablo Sandoval's asking price was well north of Pence's 5-year/$90M deal. No wonder Sabean told @hankschulman the club will hold off
San Francisco Gate "It looks like Larry Baer will not get to make a big announcement at the Play Ball Lunch for a third straight year. The Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives have not had any discussions about a contract extension for the third baseman, and general manager Brian Sabean said the club will..." March 23
Source: RHP Kameron Loe opts out of minor league contract with #SFGiants and is granted his release. He is now a free agent.