Giants Rumors & News

  • Samardzija extends Giants' run of hot pitching

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija insists he rarely has had as much fun watching teammates pitch as he is having with the San Francisco Giants. Of course, what really makes it enjoyable is being able to duplicate what he saw when it is his turn to take the mound. Samardzija combined..." May 25

  • Cueto fires two-hitter as Giants shut out Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants got game-winning hits from pitchers Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner over the weekend, so Johnny Cueto was hoping to do the same Monday night. When he failed, the club had to resort to Plan B: a real hitter. Pinch hitter Hunter Pence's towering..." May 24

  • Don't forget about the Giants

    SB Nation "The Giants are 27-19 and three games up in the National League West. They've won nine of their last 10 and games, and are 15-6 in May after a 12-13 April. They're playing much better baseball than you would suspect given their run differential, too: the Giants have given up at least 10 runs in..." May 23

  • Bumgarner knocks in lone run as Giants blank Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner is at it again. The Giants left-hander shut out the Cubs for 7 2/3 innings and drove in the only run of the game as San Francisco beat Chicago 1-0 Sunday. "He's special. We've seen it over the years," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner, the..." May 22

  • Cain snaps skid as Giants top Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "Matt Cain's long trudge back finally has a happy ending. The San Francisco right-hander snapped a 15-game winless streak while holding the Chicago Cubs to one run on six hits to lead the Giants to a 5-3 victory on Saturday. After two strong -- if inconclusive earlier starts -- Giants..." May 21

  • Arrieta earns NL-best eighth win as Cubs defeat Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta admitted he had only his "B" game Friday night. Fortunately for the staff ace, his teammates brought their "A-plus" defense. Arrieta became the National League's first eight-game winner, limiting the San Francisco Giants to four..." May 21

  • Angels announce deal with Lincecum

    The Score "Things are about to get Freaky in Anaheim. Tim Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young award winner who spent the last nine years with the San Francisco Giants, finalized a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, more than eight months after undergoing hip surgery. Lincecum, who..." May 20

  • Giants prevail behind another strong performance by Samardzija

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants' Jeff Samardzija didn't go nine innings on Thursday night against the San Diego Padres and he was hearing about it. "I'm catching some flak right now from the guys in here," Samardzija said. "I was trying to get back out there." Samardzija pitched..." May 20

  • Giants, A's would sign Steph Curry

    San Francisco Chronicle "He was a top-of-the-order hitter. Effective with two strikes. No power. Mostly a middle infielder and center fielder. Never a pitcher like his dad. Back in the day, Stephen Curry played baseball. Then he became a teenager and devoted his life to basketball. Now Curry is the envy of..." May 20

  • GM praises Lincecum: 'He started a new era in Giants baseball'

    San Francisco Chronicle "With Tim Lincecum’s one-year Angels agreement in place, Giants general manager Bobby Evans on Thursday called the pitcher an instrumental figure in franchise history. “He started a new era in Giants baseball and forever will mean a lot to the organization,” Evans said. “We wish him well with..." May 20

  • Reports: Angels finalize deal with former Giants ace Tim Lincecum

    CBS Sports "The Angels have finalized a contract with free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum, according to reports by MLB Network's Jon Heyman and's Jesse Sanchez. The deal will reportedly pay Lincecum around $2 million for the remainder of the 2016 season with the opportunity to make an additional $1.7..." May 20

  • Cueto fires 4-hitter as Giants down Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto changed speeds, changed motions and changed how he was attacking the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. As far as the Padres were concerned, though, it was more of the same. Cueto hurled a complete-game four-hitter, and..." May 19

  • Tim Lincecum Taking Physical For Angels Today

    MLB Trade Rumors "Lincecum is taking a physical for the Angels today and, if and when he passes, his deal with the team will be complete, reports Passan (Twitter link). Lincecum will head to the minors to build up endurance, per Passan, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the expectation is that he’ll..." May 19

  • Bumgarner goes distance as Giants top Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner had a nasty arsenal and a similar disposition on the mound in stifling the San Diego Padres, 5-1, on Tuesday night. Bumgarner went the distance, and Brandon Crawford drove in five runs as the surging first-place Giants earned their..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Sources: Tim Lincecum closing in on a deal with Los Angeles Angels

    Yahoo! Sports "Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is closing in on a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. While the terms of the contract have yet to be finalized, the expectation is it will be a one-year major league deal. Lincecum, 31, is returning from hip surgery and..." May 16

  • Crawford's single give Giants four-game sweep of Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The San Francisco Giants got the four-game sweep payback they owed the Arizona Diamondbacks, although it took a few minutes longer than usual before the result was official. Brandon Crawford singled home the winning run in the ninth inning on the third of three consecutive..." May 15

  • Ninth-inning rally lifts Giants past Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Sometimes the math just doesn't matter. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey snapped a skid with runners in scoring position while breaking Daniel Hudson's hold on right-handed hitters at the same time. Posey's two-out, two-run double with the bases loaded broke a tie in the ninth..." May 15

  • Giants defeat Diamondbacks behind Panik, Samardzija

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Joe Panik had not swung at a 3-0 pitch in 38 previous major league opportunities, but this might start a trend. Panik's three-run home run on a 3-0 pitch in the sixth inning gave San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija all the support he needed in the Giants' 3-1 victory over..." May 14

  • Santiago Casilla apologizes to Bruce Bochy, will remain the club’s closer

    San Jose Mercury News "Santiago Casilla did not blow a save Thursday night. He merely blew his top. And a day later, with a cooler head, he walked into the manager’s office and apologized to Bruce Bochy. “We had a good talk,” Casilla said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. “I just apologized for my outburst from..." May 14

  • Giants finally beat Greinke in 12th attempt

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- It took a Giant village to beat Zack Greinke, but San Francisco got it done. Joe Panik homered, Johnny Cueto won his fifth game and Javier Lopez induced a game-ending groundout with the bases loaded in the Giants' 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on..." May 13

  • Santiago Casilla was NOT happy Bruce Bochy pulled him from the game

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants were enjoying one of their most satisfying moments of the season Thursday night, relishing in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. It was the first time the Giants beat Zack Greinke, who had been 8-0 in 11 career starts. Johnny Cueto lasted seven innings for the seventh time in..." May 13

  • Tim Lincecum’s best options are the White Sox, Angels, and Giants

    Hardball Talk "MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum‘s best options appear to be starting jobs with the White Sox or Angels, or a relief job with the Giants. The Padres and Mariners are not in the running, according to an earlier report. Lincecum, who turns 32 years old next month, held a..." May 13

  • Padres, Mariners not in the mix for Tim Lincecum

    Hardball Talk "Tim Lincecum held his long-awaited showcase last week and is, presumably, negotiating with various clubs at the moment. Some have suspected that he’ll want to stay on the west coast and many thought that his hometown teams, the Seattle Mariners, would be a potential destination for him as..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Giants avoid sweep by topping Jays in 13th

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants are struggling so badly for offense of late, they will take wins any way they can get them. Buster Posey, mired in a 1-for-24 slump, didn't even have to swing the bat to knock in the winning run Wednesday. The catcher drew a bases-loaded walk in the..." May 11

  • Happ, Blue Jays shut out Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- J.A. Happ was the losing pitcher on the night San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain threw a perfect game on June 13, 2012. "I actually owed him one," Happ happily declared Tuesday night after scattering six hits over 8 2/3 innings in the Toronto Blue Jays' 4-0..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Diamondbacks Stewart downplays interest in Lincecum "The D-backs had multiple scouts as well as senior vice president/assistant general manager De Jon Watson at free agent Tim Lincecum's showcase Saturday in Scottsdale, but it does not sound like they will be in the running to sign the right-hander. "I'll get a little bit more detail from De Jon..." May 10

  • Blue Jays open series with win over Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Nobody felt better about Toronto's 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night than Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders. Even if his head did hurt a little. Saunders drove in a run in the first inning, gave one back in the sixth and provided a..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Angels, ChiSox, D’Backs, Giants Showing Early Interest In Tim Lincecum

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels, Diamondbacks, Giants and White Sox are the four teams who have been the quickest to show interest in Tim Lincecum, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports. The Padres are also expected to join the hunt to sign the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Given that the majority of MLB teams had..." May 09

  • Rockies shut out Giants to split series

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The series began with the Rockies scoring 17 runs in a game, and it ended with both of Colorado's last two starting pitchers holding the San Francisco Giants scoreless. Even slugger Nolan Arenado is impressed with the transformation. "Whenever you lose a game, I'm..." May 08

  • Orioles' Duquette confirms interest in Lincecum

    The Score "Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette admitted Sunday that his club is monitoring the market for free-agent Tim Lincecum, but he sounded less than optimistic the veteran will call Maryland his next home. Appearing on MLB Network Radio, Duquette confirmed his team's presence at..." May 08

  • Giants bullpen a little better than Rockies' in 13-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- A 13-run inning one night. A 13-inning game two days later. It's obvious which the pitching-strong San Francisco Giants prefer. Matt Duffy doubled in Conor Gillaspie with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning Saturday, lifting the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the..." May 07

  • Bumgarner fans 10 as Rockies defeat Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner insisted he and his teammates were embarrassed by the shellacking put on them by the Colorado Rockies in Thursday's series opener. Fortunately for the Giants, they had just the guy available Friday night to do something..." May 07

  • Rockies produce franchise-best, 13-run inning

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Colorado Rockies rookie sensation Trevor Story had a historic month of April. Five days into May, he played a part in team history as well. Story homered to trigger the highest-scoring inning in franchise history Thursday night, as the Rockies erupted for 13 runs in..." May 06

  • Report: Lincecum could sign before next week

    The Score "After Tim Linceum got through his highly anticipated showcase Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz., where the former two-time Cy Young award winner threw 41 pitches in front of representatives from more than 20 teams, nobody was more impressed than Tim Lincecum. "To be honest, I feel like I could pitch..." May 06

  • Tim Lincecum’s showcase is a lot bigger a deal than it seemed before

    Hardball Talk "When a pitcher doesn’t sign anywhere before or during spring training people sometimes wring their hands a bit, but it’s usually the case that they’ll be OK if they are patient. Once the season starts guys start going down with injuries left and right or show that they’re ineffective. In such..." May 06

  • 7 possible landing spots for free-agent starter Tim Lincecum

    USA Today "Free-agent starting pitcher Tim Lincecum will throw a showcase for scouts from about 20 Major League teams on Friday at the Giants’ training complex in Arizona. Lincecum, now 31, performed as one of the best starters in all of baseball from 2008-2011, then something decidedly less than that from..." May 06

  • Giants allow at least 12 runs in an inning for the second time in a week

    CBS Sports "Even though they sit in first place in the NL West, the Giants have some questions in the back of their rotation. Jake Peavy and Matt Cain in particular have struggled big time. On Thursday, Cain allowed eight runs (six earned) in four innings against the Rockies. That's not the biggest story..." May 06

  • As Lincecum gets set for showcase, which teams could he help?

    SI "Tim Lincecum hasn't pitched competitively since last June and hasn't turned in a strong season since 2011, but even so, the eyes of the baseball world are on the two-time National League Cy Young winner. The 31-year-old righthander, currently a free agent coming off of hip surgery, will have a..." May 05

  • Reds hit four homers in win over Giants

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The condition of Zack Cozart's surgically repaired right knee is a day-to-day proposition with recurring tendinitis being something he will have to deal with throughout the season. After missing two games due to soreness, Cozart had a really good day on Wednesday, as did his..." May 04

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    Joe Panik doubtful to start until Saturday. Angel Pagan might return at some point this weekend. If not, DL could come into play.

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Bochy: Giants' interest in Lincecum rising

    The Score "Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum is two days away from putting on a big showcase in front of more than 20 teams, and his former employer will be in attendance with a peaked level of interest. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed with reporters on Wednesday that his club's..." May 04

  • Samardzija, Giants top Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Jeff Samardzija dominated Cincinnati Reds batters for much of his outing Tuesday night. However, it was his feat of strength in the eighth inning that both impressed and concerned San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy. After striking out swinging on a slider to end the..." May 03

  • Giants top Reds in Cueto's return to Cincinnati

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto said he was distracted at times during Monday night's game while facing his former team in the ballpark in which he debuted. However, he pitched well enough. "It was a little different (facing) the team that saw me grow as a professional player," Cueto said through..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03