Results tagged ‘ Giants ’

8/20 MLB upholds Giants’ protest

Major League Baseball announce that Tuesday’s Cubs game against the giants will resume on Thursday at Wrigley Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. CT, with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the fifth. Following the conclusion of the game, the Cubs and Giants will play their regularly-scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Ticket holders from Tuesday’s game may redeem their tickets for Thursday’s 4:05 p.m. game and remain for the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest against the Giants. Ticket holders for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game may also attend the 4:05 p.m. game from their ticketed seats.

To redeem tickets, fans must present the Tuesday game ticket at the Wrigley Field Ticket Office. Tickets may be redeemed for the best comparable seats and are subject to availability. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash value.

Tuesday ticket holders who cannot make Thursday’s game may opt for a complimentary weeknight game at Wrigley Field during the remainder of the 2014 season.

Major League Baseball announced that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has upheld a protest filed by the Giants regarding the calling of their rain-shortened game against the Cubs on Tuesday.

An examination of the circumstances of the game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club” within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3). Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the grounds keeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.

In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with the crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16.

3/10 Cubs 3, Giants 2

Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan each hit RBI singles and another run scord on an error as the Cubs edged the Giants, 3-2, on Monday at Scottsdale Stadium. Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs on five hits over four innings, striking out five. Chris Rusin threw three hitless innings in relief. The Cubs were stymied by Giants starter Matt Cain, who faced the minimum through five innings.

“They’re a great team to work against, a former world championship team,” Samardzija said of the Giants. “They come with a plan, a lot of smart players who have played together for a long time. You really get tested on days like this. I thought it went excellent. I gave up a couple runs, singles that score runs, you can live with that.”

* Up next: Travis Wood gets the start on Tuesday when the Cubs play host to the Rockies at Cubs Park in Mesa. The game will be available on webcast on Cubs.com.

9/2 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Sunday as the Cubs try to win the series against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Valbuena 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Clevenger C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

T. Wood P

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Soriano shows off for Giants

Alfonso Soriano looked motivated on Friday. The Giants considered him in their pursuit of another bat, but they knew he wasn’t keen on the idea because of the San Francisco weather. He has cleared waivers. Teams had until 10:59 p.m. CT Friday to trade for players to be eligible on the postseason rosters.

“It’s very hard to play on the West Coast, especially on that field,” Soriano said. “It’s nothing against the team — they have a very good team. It’s more the city because of the weather. They have a very good team that’s in first place. I know if I go to San Francisco, I won’t feel comfortable in the city. I’d feel comfortable on the team, but not in the city.”

It’s nothing personal but the cold weather bothers Soriano’s left knee, not just his bat. It was hot at Wrigley on Friday. Soriano hit a two-out RBI single in the first off Madison Bumgarner (14-9), and also his 24th home run, a two-run shot, in the third.

“He’s hurt us over the years,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Soriano. “If you make a mistake, there’s a good chance you’re going to pay for it.”

As for being dealt this offseason, Soriano said he’ll wait and see.

“I like it here,” Soriano said. “I don’t like to lose, especially late in my career. I just want to go someplace to win. If it’s here, I’d be happy. We’ll see what happens.”

Because he has a no-trade clause, Soriano has the final say.

“It has to be a perfect place for me to go,” he said. “I don’t want to go anywhere for one month. If somebody picks me, it depends on the situation and that team.”

– Carrie Muskat 

8/31 Cubs lineup

David DeJesus, who was 3-for-4 with two walks on Thursday, gets Friday off in the Cubs’ series opener against the Giants. He’s never faced San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, but Joe Mather has. Here’s the lineup:

Mather RF

Vitters 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Volstad P

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Cubs vs. Giants

Looking ahead, the Cubs play host to the Giants this weekend. It won’t be easy. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93)

Saturday: RHP Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30)

Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71) vs. RHP Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82)

– Carrie Muskat

8/20 Cubs claim Hinshaw

On Sunday, the Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw off waivers from the Padres. Hinshaw was selected by the Padres on May 8, and went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances. It was his first big league action since 2009. He struck out 36 over 28 innings, and walked 20 before he was designated for assignment on Aug. 14.

For the season, the lefty limited hitters to a .217 batting average, including .196 by left-handed hitters. In 88 career Major League relief appearances with the Giants and Padres, Hinshaw is 3-2 with a 4.52 ERA. He was originally selected by the Giants in the 15th round of the 2005 Draft.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Vizcaino, 21, was acquired from the Braves on July 30 in the four-player deal that sent Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta. He had Tommy John surgery in March but was expected to be ready for 2013 Spring Training.

– Carrie Muskat

8/15 Soriano, Marmol clear waivers

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers, and is eligible to be traded anywhere, pending his approval. Soriano, 36, has a no-trade clause. He is still owed about $45 million through the end of the 2014 season. There has been speculation the Giants may be interested in Soriano following the news of Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension. However, Soriano reportedly told the Cubs he would not accept a trade to the Giants earlier this season. Heyman also reports that Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has cleared waivers.

Soriano said he didn’t think San Francisco was a good fit.

“I saw the news [about Cabrera] — somebody told me,” Soriano said. “I feel sorry for him because he was having an unbelievable year. I don’t know why people take those drugs. They know if they take something, someday they’re going to get them. I don’t know what the Giants want to do. We’ll see.”

The Cubs have not talked to Soriano about any possible deals. What does he think about going to the Giants?

“I don’t think so,” Soriano said. “San Francisco is not good weather to play in. We’ll see what happens. I’ll talk to my family. It’s not my call — I only have 50 percent of the call. It’s my family, too. I’ll talk to them in case [the Cubs] call.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/2 Piniella to Giants

Lou Piniella will join the Giants as a consultant. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the former Cubs manager will work for the defending World Champions and be involved in evaluating and advising on player movement and scouting. Giants GM Brian Sabean and Piniella were together with the Yankees in the ’80s (Sabean spent eight years in New York from 1986-90). Sabean interviewed Piniella, 67, to succeed manager Felipe Alou after the 2006 season. Piniella, who retired Aug. 23, will be based in Florida.

– Carrie Muskat

8/11 Cubs deal Fontenot to Giants

All Mike Fontenot had to do Wednesday was pack up his gear and walk from the visitor’s clubhouse to the home clubhouse. The Cubs dealt the infielder to the Giants about two hours before the two teams met in the third game of a four-game series for Minor League outfielder Evan Crawford. The Giants placed Edgar Renteria on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.

Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush said talks began before the trade deadline. General manager Jim Hendry was in Minneapolis Wednesday and completed the deal with Giants general manager Brian Sabean there.

The Cubs so far have dealt infielder Ryan Theriot and pitcher Ted Lilly to the Dodgers on July 31 and now Fontenot.

“It’s hard to say if it will be the last move,” Bush said.

Fontenot, who was the Cubs’ Opening Day second baseman, was batting .284 with one home runs and 20 RBIs in 95 games but his playing time had been reduced since early May. At that time, the Cubs called up Starlin Castro from the Minors and inserted him at shortstop, moving Theriot to second. Fontenot was out of a job.

“It’s strange, being in the same town that you’re traded to,” Fontenot said. “I was telling someone I was trying to decide if I was going to workout or get a bite to eat and I was called into the office and told I was being traded.”

Some players joked they were going to throw Fontenot in one of the laundry hampers and wheel him down the hallway to the Giants’ clubhouse.

The Cubs will call up infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Iowa to take Fontenot’s spot on the roster.

Fontenot picks up a few games in the standings.

“I’ll do my best to help them,” he said of the Giants.

He kept a good outlook despite losing his starting job.

“It’s been tough in that aspect but as far as my performance, I’ve been pretty happy,” Fontenot said. “There have been times when I would have liked to get out there and play more. Things didn’t go the way we wanted to early in the season. In the end, I felt pretty good this year.”

Crawford, 22, was selected by the Giants in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was batting .255 with 12 doubles, 12 triples, four home runs and 24 stolen bases for Class A Augusta.

– Carrie Muskat

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