Beltran flies on Giants' plane, chats up Bochy


Beltran flies on Giants' plane, chats up Bochy

July 12, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOJaymee Sire

PHOENIX -- Slugger Carlos Beltran remains a member of the Mets but he got pretty cozy with the Giants during the All-Star break, riding on San Francisco's plane, chatting baseball with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and manager Bruce Bochy on the way to Arizona.

Here's what Beltran had to say at Media Day in advance of the 82nd All-Star Game:

Jaymee Sire: Can you tell me how the plane ride was? Did you have any interaction with the Giants and is it a team you could see yourself playing for?Carlos Beltran: Well we sit on the back of the plane first. Some of the guys came to visit us -- (Bruce) Bochy came to say hi, the hitting coach, Pablo Sandoval was sitting in the back. We were talking about baseball, we were talking about our division, their division. Like I've said, me as a ballplayer right now, I play for the Mets and we're playing good baseball, we're winning ballgames. We're contending, we're competing, so I don't know what's going to happen with me. All we have to do is wait.

Jaymee Sire: Out of all the Giants pitchers -- they have four pitchers here -- who is the one you hate to face the most?
Carlos Beltran: Well, I don't want to say hate. I would like to say uncomfortable. As a ballplayer you want to face the good pitchers, that's how you prove yourself. But I would like to say Tim Lincecum. He's one of the guys who (makes it) kind of uncomfortable at bat. He throws hard -- good curveball, good changeup. But at the same time, as a ballplayer you want to have those at bats to kind of let you know where you're at.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.