Matt Cain RUMORS & NEWS

  • Giants' Matt Cain focused on stronger start in 2014

    San Jose Mercury News "The poker face has been there through tough defeats and a perfect game, 90-loss seasons and championship runs. Matt Cain is always unflappable, and he had no reaction but a shrug of the shoulders when peppered about a shocking start to his 2013 season. "I don't even remember the first half,"..." March 06

  • Matt Cain activated from DL to start tonight

    Hardball Talk "Following his start against the Pirates on August 22 Giants right-hander Matt Cain went on the disabled list for the first time in his nine-year career. He was hit in the right forearm by a Gaby Sanchez line drive leading off the fourth inning. Cain has been enduring the worst season of his..." September 07

  • Matt Cain leaves start after being struck on arm; X-rays negative

    CBSSports.com "In the fourth inning of Thursday night's game against the Pirates Giants right-hander Matt Cain was struck on the throwing arm by a line drive off the bat of Gaby Sanchez and then promptly removed. Cain didn't appear to be in any obvious pain but after the trainer examined him he was lifted before..." August 23

  • Giants' Matt Cain makes first career trip to DL

    CSN Bay Area "Matt Cain has no idea how he’ll handle the dead time of being on the 15-day disabled list which is understandable. The Giants Opening Day starter was placed on the injured list for the first time in his nine-year major league career Friday a day after he suffered a bruised forearm when he was..." August 23

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    No surprise after that first inning, but I’m told there have been in-house discussions about Cain’s health in recent days.

  • Cain brightens Giants' pitching outlook

    San Francisco Chronicle "If Matt Cain is not scheduled to pitch next June 13, he might grab manager Bruce Bochy by the ears and demand the ball. A year to the night after his perfect game, Cain took a no-hitter into the fifth inning Thursday and allowed two hits over 6 2/3 in a 10-0 victory against the Pirates, the..." June 14

  • Matt Cain allows 9 in one inning

    San Francisco Chronicle "Former Giants manager Roger Craig, the Humm Baby, went 10-24 for the 1962 Mets and always bragged, "You have to be a pretty good pitcher to lose 24 games." Otherwise, the manager would not have kept starting him. The same went for Matt Cain on Sunday. Any other starter might have been yanked long..." April 08

  • Matt Cain shakes off liner to knee

    San Francisco Chronicle "After his last game of 2012, Matt Cain bounded through a Champagne-filled clubhouse and wore a T-shirt and cap that read, "2012 World Series champions." After his first game of 2013, he wore a tight wrap around his right knee. Cain was pitching his first inning of the spring Sunday, against the..." February 25

  • Matt Cain chosen to start Giants' opener

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Cain has two World Series rings, a nine-figure contract and a perfect game on his curriculum vitae, which will gain another weighty entry come April 1. For the first time in his eight Opening Days with the Giants, Cain will start the game, against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw in Los..." February 19

  • It's official: Cain to make first career opening day start

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants will hand the baseball to Matt Cain when they open the season April 1 at Dodger Stadium, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Monday afternoon. It’ll be the first career opening-day start for Cain, the club’s longest tenured player. Tim Lincecum started the previous four opening days and..." February 19

  • San Francisco Giants name Matt Cain as opening day starter

    San Jose Mercury News "Bruce Bochy officially announced his easiest decision of the spring on Monday, naming Matt Cain as the opening day starter. It's the first opening day nod for Cain, an eight-year veteran, and snaps a four-year run by Tim Lincecum. Barry Zito got the two opening day starts prior to the start of..." February 18

  • Cain lets nothing taint Giants' outlook

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Cain met with Evan Longoria in Santa Monica on Tuesday to play a "Call of Duty" video game. "We'll have a little grudge match together," Cain said in a phone interview, "and then take it into the season and have another grudge match." Giants-Rays World Series? In reality, the..." January 30

  • Matt Cain is not on the Dodgers

    McCovey Chronicles "If you want a trip back in a time machine, look back at the community projection for Matt Cain and read how worried we all were about Matt Cain leaving the Giants. That was a thing once -- the monster under our bed. I was so worried the Yankees were going to sign him. If we all knew Dodgers..." December 10

  • Giants' Game 7 romp led by Cain, Scutaro

    San Francisco Chronicle "They cheated the reaper over and over by living the motto, "Play for each other, play for tomorrow." Now, they have earned at least four more tomorrows and brought another pennant to San Francisco. The Giants are going to the World Series for the second time in three years after leaping out of..." October 23

  • San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong looks to hand baton to Matt Cain

    San Jose Mercury News "Ryan Vogelsong spent much of the season feeding off Matt Cain's outings. Now, with the Giants once again facing elimination, Vogelsong is hoping to set the table for his fellow right-hander. Vogelsong takes the ball Sunday in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the fifth must-win..." October 21

  • Cain not satisfied with All-Star season yet, etc.

    CSN Bay Area "How to describe a season that includes an All-Star Game start, a career-best 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts, a five-year extension worth a guaranteed $112.5 million – and lest anyone forget, the first perfect game in the Giants' 129-year existence? "It's a good overall season, but it's not..." October 02

  • Cain to start Game 1 of playoffs

    San Francisco Chronicle "He pitched 21 1/3 innings in the 2010 postseason without allowing an earned run, threw baseball's 22nd perfect game in June and started the All-Star Game for the National League in July. Everyone knew Matt Cain would start Game 1 of the Division Series. The only question was when Giants manager..." October 02

  • Sandoval, Cain get Giants by Rockies 7-1

    San Francisco Chronicle "id anyone notice if manager Bruce Bochy was handcuffed to a dugout rail Wednesday night? He did not make a single move to the mound to make a pitching change. He must have been twitching. Fourteen relievers and he used only one. "I'll have to get on a treadmill tonight to get my workout," Bochy..." September 20

  • Important Very Serious Matt Cain-Related Contest

    McCovey Chronicles "I guess there are things in the Giants world to write about on an off day. Are the Giants really going to screw around with Ryan Theriot and Joaquin Arias in the outfield? What's Pat Burrell up to? Why come them pitchers no pitch much good like back over there? Yeah, there are things to write..." September 06

  • Buster Posey homer backs Cain in win

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants' offense has struggled at home this season, and nobody puts it in perspective like Buster Posey. Others can say it's the dimensions. Or the elements. Or the anxiety. Or the uniforms. Posey's explanation: "Just one of those things." And he meant every word. Keeping it simple is..." August 12

  • Giants' offense and Cain have off night

    San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bruce Bochy has a trait that endears him to his pitchers but at times comes back to bite him. When one of his top starters is on the mound, Bochy gives him a longer rope in situations that would persuade other managers to get the hook. Bochy has done it with Tim Lincecum and went that..." August 07

  • Niese's Effort Makes Up for Mets' Missed Opportunities

    New York Times "Jon Niese's body of work this season has been marked by overpowering starts interspersed with a number of aimless outings. After giving up eight runs in his last outing, Niese bounced back to earn his eighth win of the year. "He gets frustrated," Mets Manager Terry Collins said of Niese...." August 02

  • Cain and Hamels homer off one another as Giants win in 10

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Cain and Cole Hamels, who are expected to have contracts totaling more than $250 million by next season, each allowed five runs and three homers Saturday. Each went deep against the other in a game the Giants won when someone who missed a squeeze sign later bunted home the go-ahead..." July 22

  • Bullpen bails out Cain, sets tone for road trip

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants had lost three consecutive Matt Cain starts going into Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, shocking considering they won his previous nine. Two of those three losses came in the ninth inning, after Cain left in line for the win. Was the Giants' starter nervous when he was..." July 16

  • Matt Cain maintains mastery of Astros

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Cain's streak of perfection against the Astros reached 11 innings before shortstop Marwin Gonzalez hit a leadoff double in the third inning Sunday, eventually scoring on Cain's throwing error. Though Houston hitters made some adjustments after the June 13 perfect game, they hardly had..." July 16

  • Astros finally break through against Giants' Cain but still lose 13th straight road game

    Houston Chronicle "Tipping point: It took two pitches for Jeremy Affeldt to work out of runners-on-the-corners trouble and hold a 3-2 lead in the eighth. The Astros showed no patience with the reliever, and Brian Bixler popped up foul and Justin Maxwell flied out, both on the first pitch. On the mound: Bud Norris..." July 16

  • All-Star starter Cain sharp in two scoreless innings

    CSN Bay Area "Matt Cain is in line to add All-Star Game winning pitcher to his already impressive MLB resume. The San Francisco Giants' right-handed starter held the American League All-Stars scoreless over two innings of work in Kansas City. With a World Series win and a perfect game under his belt, Cain..." July 11

  • Giants lead National League to 8-0 blowout win in All-Star Game

    CSN Bay Area "The National League All-Stars rolled to a lopsided win over their American League counterparts thanks to contributions from all four Giants representatives. Matt Cain worked two scoreless innings to start the game and Melky Cabrera, who was awarded the game's MVP award, and Pablo Sandoval..." July 11

  • Matt Cain to start for NL; 4 Giants in lineup

    San Francisco Chronicle "Buster Posey watched last year's All-Star Game on television. Seven weeks after sustaining his season-ending leg injuries, he was in the Bay Area, rehabbing. "Not doing a whole lot," he said. "No walking at that point." And now? "Sometimes it's hard to believe that I'm here. I was just..." July 10

  • Matt Cain misses chance to win 9th straight start

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Cain came oh-so-close to the Barber. That would be Sal "The Barber" Maglie, who won nine consecutive starts for the New York Giants in 1952. Cain brought an eight-start win streak into Sunday's game against the A's. No San Francisco Giants pitcher has won nine straight starts in one..." June 25

  • R.A. Dickey, Matt Cain vie for All-Star start

    San Francisco Chronicle "For Matt Cain to start the All-Star Game, he'll need some help from R.A. Dickey. Actually, he'll need some help from the confused hitters who must face Dickey and his goofy array of knuckleballs. For as much as Giants fans might think Cain deserves to start the July 10 game in Kansas City,..." June 24

  • Another perfect pitching performance; Cain is rewarded for grinding

    San Jose Mercury News "There are so many quirks over 162 games, and despite the best work of media relations staffs, beat writers, baseball-reference and more, we never quite get to them all. Shane Loux pointed out a new wrinkle after tonight's victory. That wrinkle? The victory itself. This was the first time Loux..." June 19

  • Matt Cain far from perfect, but gets the win

    San Francisco Chronicle "On Wednesday night, Matt Cain was perfect. On Monday night, Cain was anything but perfect, but the result was the same because he had the gumption to make it so. Cain barely made it through five innings in a 5-3 victory against the Angels. A long day that included his taping of a David..." June 19

  • No-hitters mark statistical anomaly, not a trend

    San Francisco Chronicle "Another Year of the Pitcher? Ask Max Scherzer, Luke Hochevar and Tim Lincecum. Ask the Rockies' rotation, which sports a 6.26 ERA. Matt Cain threw a perfect game Wednesday, igniting a wave of baseball analysts to further examine why pitchers have become so dominant. And hitters so..." June 18

  • Careers are linked for Angels' Jerome Williams, Giants' Matt Cain

    Los Angeles Times "Three months after Jerome Williams was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Chicago Cubs in 2005, Matt Cain was summoned to the Giants' starting rotation. Cain that season got his first major-league hit off Williams, and beat him in a pitching duel. Monday night, the pitchers will..." June 18

  • Matt Cain less than perfect against Albert Pujols

    San Francisco Chronicle "An odd vibe always follows a pitcher to the mound in his first start after a no-hitter. He gets a load of extra attention. Though well-deserved, it heightens the drama as if people expect him to do it again. Matt Cain will experience that in Anaheim on Monday night, his first start after..." June 17

  • What now for Matt Cain?

    San Jose Mercury News "His tale was that of a man who would pitch like a champ, get little or no help from his lineup and shrug off the absence of backup. His teammates would sigh, the locals would despair and a nation of baseball fans would barely notice. This has been the primary theme of Matt Cain's seven-year..." June 15

  • Cain's family, friends in Tennessee revel in feat

    San Francisco Chronicle "Dolores Cain kept score of her son's game Wednesday night, channeling her nervous energy as she has since he began playing baseball as a young boy. Watching the television with her husband at their home outside Memphis, she scribbled her usual notes in the margins of the scorecard. "That's a..." June 15

  • San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain makes perfection look easy, inevitable

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Cain did an almost impossible thing Wednesday, but he made it look easy, clean, obvious and inevitable. That's how the epic players do it, you know. Cain didn't trip into greatness -- he seemed to waltz toward it, in complete control, in total rhythm, and destined to burst to the finish..." June 14

  • Matt Cain throws perfect game as Giants win 10-0

    San Francisco Chronicle "It took the Giants' franchise 130 years to have a perfect night. Matt Cain's evening will last forever. Cain was perfect Wednesday night. The Giants' 27-year-old right-hander retired all 27 Houston hitters at AT&T Park. A crowd of 42,298 witnessed the first perfect game in franchise history as..." June 14

  • Giants' Cain throws perfect game in overwhelming win over Astros

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros had gone 50 years and 61 games without ever witnessing perfection, and suddenly it was all around them. An unforgettable first encounter to forget. Perfection was far more than just Matt Cain bludgeoning them 125 times over from 60 feet, 6 inches away in throwing the 22nd perfect..." June 14

  • San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in franchise history

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Cain has talked openly of his lifelong dream of throwing a perfect game. It's no longer just a dream. Cain threw the first perfect game in the Giants' long and storied history Wednesday night at AT&T Park, striking out 14 and getting great defensive plays from outfielders Melky Cabrera and..." June 14

  • SF Giants' offense backs Matt Cain in 8-3 win

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants hadn't made errors or hit home runs lately. Thursday, they collected them in droves. As it turned out, their four errors didn't outweigh their three homers, and Matt Cain saw to that. "We had the right guy up there. Matt's unflappable," manager Bruce Bochy said after the Giants..." June 08

  • Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants beat Diamondbacks 5-2

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Cain found a solution to his lack of run support Saturday night -- just drive some home himself. And for good measure, throw in a little Ty Cobb on the basepaths. Cain, who had received just four runs of support in his four previous starts, broke open a one-run game with a two-run double..." May 13

  • Matt Cain pitches, hits SF Giants past D'backs

    San Francisco Chronicle "It's called ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. Safe to say Matt Cain does not have it. Cain was the last pitcher to beat the Diamondbacks before they won nine in a row against the Giants. That streak ended with a 5-2 San Francisco win on Saturday night that was almost all Cain. He pitched, he..." May 13

  • Giants win duel between Cain, Lee in 11th inning

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cliff Lee, at the top of his game, faced Matt Cain, at the top of his. You better not have blinked because if you did, you would have missed pitching taken to an art form - and about three innings. The Phillies' left-hander and the Giants' right-hander dominated so thoroughly and efficiently..." April 19

  • Lee pitches 10 scoreless but Phillies lose in 11

    CSN Philly "The Phillies got their best pitching performance since Roy Halladay's playoff no-hitter of 2010 on Wednesday night. Amazingly, they managed to lose the game. They could not scratch out a measly run in support of Cliff Lee, who became the first pitcher to throw 10 shutout innings in a game..." April 19

  • Cain masterpiece a fitting beginning for Giants

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Cain wanted the no-hitter, and it looked for all the world that Cain could achieve anything he desired on Friday. "I've never had one," Cain said with a shrug afterward. Why not a no-hitter to celebrate his first home game since signing a new $112.5 million deal? What a perfect way..." April 14

  • Giants get one-hitter from Matt Cain in home opener

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Cain might just end up being worth every penny. The highest-paid right-hander in baseball history flirted with on-field history Friday, taking a perfect game deep into a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cain retired the first 17 hitters he faced in the Giants' home opener and..." April 14

  • Wainwright impressed by Cain's deal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Adam Wainwright was preparing to hit a drive Monday afternoon when he paused to scan a text message from his brother, Trey. The text was rather matter of fact: The San Francisco Giants had just signed righthanded starting pitcher Matt Cain, owner of a 69-73 career record, to a six-year, $127..." April 06