Hanson handcuffs Giants; Braves win opener 4-1

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Hanson handcuffs Giants; Braves win opener 4-1

April 22, 2011BOXSCORE GIANTSVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
Mychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner's troubles at home continued Friday night as the visiting Braves beat up on the Giants' youngest starting pitcher on the way to a 4-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.One of San Francisco's postseason heroes in 2010, Bumgarner last season went 6-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 10 games on the road and 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in eight starts at home. He hasn't been very good anywhere early in 2011, as evidenced by the 0-2 record and 7.36 ERA he lugged into Orange Friday, but after allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over 2 23 innings against Atlanta, his ERA at AT&T ballooned to 9.39; it's 6.52 away from China Basin.
URBAN: Lack of rotation depth protecting Bumgarner
Bumgarner and Giants manager Bruce Bochy have been steadfast in dismissing the disparate splits as a statistical anomaly, focusing instead on the quality of the 21-year-old southpaw's pitches instead of obsessing over the results. That trend continued in the wake of Friday's fiasco."I felt like I had some of the best stuff I've had since I've been here," Bumgarner said.Bochy concurred: "He had good stuff tonight. I'm not concerned about him. He'll come out of this."
VIDEO: Bruce Bochy postgameFairly quiet through the first two frames, the Braves made all of their offensive noise while running Bumgarner (0-3) out of the game in the third. A pair of walks set things up, and Atlanta cashed in with an RBI single from Jason Heyward, a two-run double from Chipper Jones and an RBI single from rookie Freddie Freeman."It's been one inning," Bochy said of Bumgarner's uneven outings thus far. "He couldn't limit the damage, he couldn't stop it all of a sudden there's a big number up there. If it's three runs, that's OK. But at four we had to get him out of there."
Several pitches that home plate umpire Derryl Cousins called balls in the third appeared to be borderline, and Bochy conceded that such calls might have hastened his starter's downward spiral."He's getting a little frustrated," said the skipper. "He's gotta control that part of it."Bumgarner, however, wouldn't bite when asked if he'd been squeezed.
VIDEO: Buster Posey postgame
"I haven't gone back and looked at the tape," he said, "but they're doing their job the best they can. I'm sure they made the right calls."He did admit to being flummoxed by by early season failures, though."I'm trying to stay upbeat, but it's tough," Bumgarner offered. "Nobody said it was going to be easy."Ryan Vogelsong, who made his big-league debut with the Giants in 2000 -- the year AT&T Park opened as Pac Bell Park -- and spent parts of the past three seasons in Japan, took over for Bumgarner and worked 3 12 shutout innings before Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler and Sergio Romo came on for an inning each to buy the Giants time to mount a comeback. Braves starter Tommy Hanson wasn't having it, however, holding the hosts to a run on three hits and a walk over seven innings to improve to 2-3 on the season."He was tough tonight," Bochy said."Tommy was on it from the get-go," Jones said in the victorious clubhouse. "He was in command the whole time."Pablo Sandoval doubled and scored on a groundout by Pat Burrell in the bottom of the seventh to break up Hanson's shutout, but the Braves bullpen was perfect the rest of the way.

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Smith, the Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator, passed away on Monday in Arizona. He was 41 years old. 

“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

Smith served as the A’s Minor League Video Coordinator for eight seasons. He was instrumental in the creation of the department in 2009. Before joining the A’s, he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2007. 

Funeral services are pending.

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MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

A full Postseason share for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was worth $368,871.59, while a full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians totaled $261,804.65, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Last year’s share amounts were $370,069.03 for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and $300,757.78 for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.  The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.  The 2016 players’ pool was a record total of $76,627,827.09, eclipsing last year’s $69,882,149.26.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $27,586,017.75; value of each of full share: $368,871.59) – The Cubs issued 66 full shares, a total of 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.

American League Champions

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $18,390,678.50; value of each of full share: $261,804.65) – The Indians issued 60 full shares, a total of 8.75 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,741.24) – The Dodgers issued 65 full shares, a total of 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,045.09) – The Blue Jays issued 66 full shares, a total of 7.75 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $33,761.22) – The Red Sox issued 61 full shares, a total of 10.686 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $36,443.03) – The Giants issued 57 full shares, a total of 10.5 partial shares and nine cash awards.

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $38,422.69) – The Rangers issued 54 full shares, a total of 10.19 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Washington Nationals (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $35,442.68) – The Nationals issued 60 full shares, a total of 10.209 partial shares and one cash award.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Baltimore Orioles (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $18,351.02) – The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 8.36 partial shares and 30 cash awards.

New York Mets (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $17,951.65) – The Mets issued 51 full shares, a total of 12.75 partial shares and five cash awards.

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