Giants notes: Without Lincecum, the show goes on


Giants notes: Without Lincecum, the show goes on

July 26, 2011


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Mychael Urban

PHILADELPHIA -- Shortly after emerging from the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, Giants manager Bruce Bochy stood on the top step of the stairs that leads from the dugout to the field and scanned the other side of the diamond, a mask of focused concern covering his face.Told he looked a little lost, Bochy winced and said. "Not lost. But looking."Turns out he was looking for his counterpart, Charlie Manuel, to inform the Phillies manager of the news he'd delivered to Barry Zito only moments before.With Tim Lincecum suffering from debilitating flu-like symptoms, Zito was bumped up from his scheduled start Wednesday to take the ball Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series that doubles as a rematch of last year's National League Championship Series and could serve as a preview for this year's playoffs."He looks pretty bad," Zito told during batting practice. "There's no way he could go today."RELATED: Lineups: Giants vs. Philadelphia -- Fontenot at SS
Bochy didn't rule out Lincecum for the entire series; with Zito bumped up, it's possible that Matt Cain, the scheduled starter for Thursday, could be moved up to Wednesday to give Lincecum another day of recovery. If Lincecum is not ready by Thursday, Ryan Vogelsong could be bumped up.As Manuel noted, either way, the Phillies will be facing nothing but All-Stars andor former Cy Young Award winners in this series."They're known for their pitching, and we'll see some of their best," Manuel said.Big day for Belt: Rookie first basemanoutfielder Brandon Belt was thrilled to be part of the proceedings at the White House on Monday, and that he wasn't a part of the World Series team being acknowledged didn't feel awkward at all."That never really crossed my mind, to tell you the truth," Belt said. "I was just like, 'I get to go to the White House!' Who cares why?"Another highlight for Belt, a 23-year-old native of Nacogdoches, Tex., was the train ride from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia after the visit with President Obama."I'd never even been of a train before," he said with a huge smile while grabbing a bat in the dugout for his round of BP. "Very relaxing."No trade talk: Bochy gets asked about trades every day, and every day he makes it clear that it might be his least-favorite subject.He conceded that he and general manager Brian Sabean have a running dialogue about the team's present, future and needs, but asking him about the latest rumors is the quickest way to get him to clam up."It'll be nice when that July 31 deadline passes, I'll tell you what," Bochy said. Then we can go back to just talking about the game.

Report: Giants agree to terms on deal with Mark Melancon

Report: Giants agree to terms on deal with Mark Melancon

The Giants landed a closer on Monday.

San Francisco agreed to terms on a deal with the All-Star, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

The deal is pending a physical.

Melancon, who will turn 32 years old in March, went 2-2 with a 1.64 ERA last season.

He racked up 47 saves and registered a 0.897 WHIP. 

More to come...

Sources: Giants close to a deal with closer Mark Melancon

Sources: Giants close to a deal with closer Mark Melancon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — On the first day of the annual Winter Meetings, the Giants are close to accomplishing their biggest offseason goal.

The Giants and All-Star closer Mark Melancon are close to a deal, per league sources, with an announcement expected to come at some point Monday. Melancon is one of three big-name closers on the free agent market and he has been a priority for the Giants, who need a solution for the ninth inning. 

If a deal gets done, Melancon will represent a significant upgrade for the bullpen. The 31-year-old has a 1.93 ERA over the past three seasons with 131 saves in 141 chances. 

The bullpen blew a franchise record 30 saves in 2016, including nine in September alone. The Giants gave back a lead of four-or-more runs on six occasions, tying for the MLB lead. In Game 4 of the NLDS, the final game of their season, the Giants could not hold a three-run lead against the Cubs.