Tim Lincecum left tonight's game with lower back tightness. #SFGiants
Kansas City Star "Salvador Perez pointed to his mouth and then to his chest. The objects of his ire were the blazing eyes and flapping lips of San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland. The Royals had just treated Strickland like a piñata, busting open the sixth inning in a 7-2 victory, evening this World Series at..." October 23
CBSSports.com "Tim Lincecum, the Giants' iconic starter-turned-reliever who came out of Game 2 after feeling sudden tightness, will be getting an MRI on Thursday on his lower back/left side region, according to sources connected to the team. No one with the Giants has said yet whether Lincecum will remain..." October 23
CSN Bay Area "Of course this is going to be about Tim Lincecum, because the predetermined narrative demands it. It’s enough to make your brain throb. Only it’s way more involved than that. Lincecum, the Giants’ one sentry on the last outpost in the Yukon this postseason, finally got the call in the long-lost..." October 23
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
CBSSports.com "The Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval haven't had contract talks since spring training and that won't change until after the World Series ends, but the Giants will extend the $15.3-million qualifying offer to Sandoval, according to people familair with their thinking. The Giants and..." October 23
CSN Bay Area "The Giants cared enough to send their very best. What other way to describe Madison Bumgarner in the World Series? With their left-handed ace mixing a crackling fastball, a snapping cutter, a sweeping curve and even a surprising, 68-mph yakker, the Giants dealt the Kansas City Royals their..." October 22
New York Daily News "Spending on Cuban talent has become the trendy way for a baseball team to try to improve quickly. We all know about Yasiel Puig, the most interesting man in baseball, and Jose Abreu is about to win a rookie of the year award for the White Sox. Boston’s effort to engineer another fast turnaround..." October 22
MLB.com "Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Tuesday's World Series opener that he would prefer to stick with his usual substitution strategy involving Michael Morse, Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa instead of tailoring his moves to American League rules for Games 1 and 2 of the World..." October 21
Bochy said Morse will be DH. #SFGiants
ESPN.com "It's no secret Lorde's biggest hit and the Kansas City baseball team share a name. The New Zealand artist based "Royals" off a photograph of Hall of Famer George Brett, and in March Brett sent the Grammy winner a jersey. Well San Francisco is not going to stand for it. Specifically two Bay Area..." October 20
San Jose Mercury News "The Giants used 24 of 25 players on the NLDS roster and did the same in the NLCS. The missing man was the same both times: Tim Lincecum. Still, manager Bruce Bochy will have Lincecum on the World Series roster. He said the Giants likely will keep the same group that beat the St. Louis Cardinals..." October 20
CBSSports.com "A fair trade: Travis Ishikawa has the home run ball he hit Thursday night to send the San Francisco Giants to the World Series, and the fan that gave it to him will get to see his favorite team face the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of the Fall Classic at At&T Park. But Frank Burke, the fan who..." October 19
Bochy said Tim Lincecum will be on the roster for the World Series. Said he was supposed to throw today but has a sore neck.
Ishikawa: "I can't describe the feeling I have each time I see it or each time I think about it. It still doesn't seem like it was me."
CBSSports.com "According to the Associated Press, four umpires will work the World Series for the first time this year thanks in part to their strong results on instant replace challenges during the regular season. Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds and Jerry Meals are all heading to the Fall Classic..." October 19
Bumgarner, Peavy, Hudson, Vogelsong to start for Giants. Lincecum on roster as well. Bochy not anticipating any roster changes.
It's Bumgarner for Game 1. Peavy for Game 2.
As expected, James Shields and Yordano Ventura will be starting Game 1 and 2 of the World Series.
Hardball Talk "After the Giants secured a trip to the World Series with a dramatic 6-3 win over the Cardinals this evening, left-hander Madison Bumgarner was named as the NLCS MVP. Bumgarner tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory in Game 1 and allowed three runs over eight innings in Game 5 tonight. He..." October 17
CSN Bay Area "It is difficult to win a pennant without hitting home runs. But it is impossible to stand atop the hill when you’re rolling in the slop. The Giants followed every one of their October codicils in a 6-4 comeback victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night, and..." October 16
CSN Bay Area "There is no denying it now. This is the year of the bunt. And if it takes microscopic small ball to win this October, then the Giants are only too happy to increase the magnification. The Giants have been outhomered 12-2 by the St. Louis Cardinals in this postseason and overpowered by a tally..." October 15
New York Post "The game has changed. Bruce Bochy knows it. The Giants know it. They have a new plan as they try to win their third World Series in five years. Who needs home runs? Third-base coach Tim Flannery said it best. “Rocks and slingshots,’’ he said of the Giants’ offense. Then he tossed out a..." October 15
CSN Bay Area "In the end, Tim Hudson could smile. His first career start in a League Championship Series didn’t follow the script he would have preferred. But the scoreboard dictates the mood for the Giants right-hander, who’s in the twilight of his career and experiencing his first deep playoff..." October 15
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Even the most dramatic twists and turns Game 2 of the National League championship series took after Yadier Molina’s at-bat Sunday in the sixth inning remained secondary to the mundane twists and everyday turns that are now too painful for Molina because of injury. Three innings before Busch..." October 13
Hardball Talk "From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe: Jake Peavy, RHP, Giants — Peavy has gone from getting a minimal contract in free agency to a possible three-year deal. The Giants are interested in re-signing him because they need him, and manager Bruce Bochy has pushed the right..." October 13
Bochy said Hudson gets Game 3, Vogelsong gets Game 4.
CSN Bay Area "It was the seventh inning. The crowd stirred. The ace left-hander on the mound stood in the stretch, under a rare bit of duress, squinting for a sign. The Cardinals dismantled Clayton Kershaw twice under these conditions. Against Madison Bumgarner, they got knocked to the dirt. Bumgarner..." October 12
San Francisco Chronicle "Plenty of time remains for the Cardinals, Royals or Orioles to put a stop to this even-numbered-year business. The Giants still need seven wins to add a 2014 championship to those of 2010 and 2012. Still, their five victories in this year’s tournament have had that familiar feel. The Giants’..." October 12
CSN Bay Area "Jake Peavy, like every other Giants pitcher, is sitting down and thinking about the Cardinals this weekend. Peavy’s been thinking about the Cardinals for quite some time, actually. “I thought it was really close, to be honest with you,” said Peavy, who expected to go to St. Louis in late..." October 12
San Jose Mercury News "Can't tell you which team will win this Giants-Cardinals series. Can tell you which position on the field will likely decide the winner. Hint: Players at that position wear masks. Buster Posey is the Giants' two-time World Series winning catcher who has won a National League MVP award...." October 12
Only one change for NLCS roster: Morse in for Gary Brown.
It's early & Yasmany Tomas field is still developing but sources say TX, PHI, SDP, SFG, SEA, & Dodgers have already shown strong interest.
San Francisco Chronicle "When the debate turns to the best farm system in baseball, nobody can go wrong championing the Cardinals. Year after year, the Giants’ foe in the National League Championship Series churns out quality homegrown players. As it should. After all, the Cardinals invented the modern farm system in..." October 10
New York Post "We begin with this disclaimer: Millions and millions of kids play baseball and just 750 evolve to be good enough at any one time to play in the majors. Of that 750, perhaps one-tenth, 75, are unique talents. This is why I am a players’ guy. Many try yet few succeed at reaching the highest..." October 09
MLB.com "In each of the Giants' last two championship runs, Tim Lincecum has played hero. As a starter in 2010, he won four playoff games and logged 37 lights-out innings. In 2012, he made six appearances, five in relief, and contributed in every inning except the ninth as San Francisco captured another..." October 09
CSN Bay Area "Playoff success has come so quickly for so many players inside the Giants clubhouse. Then there’s 39-year-old Tim Hudson, who was savoring Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Nationals for reasons many of his younger teammates simply can’t relate to. The Giants wrapped up their National League..." October 08
CSN Bay Area "Sometimes you punch and fight your way through to the next round. Sometimes gravity just sucks you there. The Giants needed a clutch performance to keep this NL Division Series from going back to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and an anything-goes game at Nationals Park. They got a..." October 08
Morse expected to be on NLCS roster if all goes well in games in AZ. Bochy wouldn't say if he'll start any games. #sfgiants
CSN Washington "Inning after inning, they tried in vain to plate a run. Just one lousy run. For 21 torturous innings that stretched from early eveningSaturday on South Capitol Street to late Monday afternoon alongside McCovey Cove, the Nationals simply could not do it. And then, with one ill-advised throw by..." October 06
USA Today "The Washington Nationals lost Game 2 of the NLDS in heartbreaking fashion at home Saturday, falling 2-1 in the longest game in MLB postseason history. Nationals manager Matt Williams wasn’t in the dugout to see the finish, though, after being ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning. Home plate..." October 06
San Francisco Chronicle "He could not fathom what was happening when he dropped the bat and watched the ball fly into the second deck in right field. His trot around the bases was like an acid trip. Even an hour later, with his uniform on and the team bus for the airport beckoning, Brandon Belt had no real concept of..." October 05
Giants Game 2 lineup: Blanco CF, Panik 2B, Posey C, Sandoval 3B, Pence RF, Belt 1B, Crawford SS, Ishikawa LF, Hudson RHP
San Francisco Chronicle "In his first career postseason game, Joe Panik remained Joe Cool. The 23-year-old was not fazed by the setting or pressure of Wednesday night’s wild-card game in Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old became the fourth Giants rookie to have three hits in a postseason game and held onto a Gaby Sanchez..." October 04
San Francisco Chronicle "The 2010 Giants were the misfits who got a kick out of torturing their fans. The 2012 team was all about comebacks and refusing to die. The 2014 Giants? Their trademark remains to be stamped. One thread weaves throughout the three playoff teams in the Bruce Bochy era, and that is great..." October 04
Bochy said both Petit and Vogelsong available out of bullpen early in series. Either one could start Game 4.
Morse might go to instructs Monday to get ABs for possible NLCS roster spot. #sfgiants
Hudson, Vogelsong added to roster. Quiroz, Duvall removed. No Morse, Kontos, Gutierrez. #sfgiants
Washington Post "The building of narratives for the Nationals-Giants National League Division Series can officially begin, and the juxtaposition between the recent playoff success for each team is an easy place to start. The Giants have won two of the last four World Series, a grizzled bunch that has survived..." October 03