Belt: 'I'm enjoying baseball again'


Belt: 'I'm enjoying baseball again'

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ANAHEIM Brandon Belts hitting streak is only at sevengames, but its the longest of his career. And it isnt just composed of groundsingles and bloopers, either.

Belt has one extra-base hit in five of those seven games,including three home runs. He hit the ball with authority twice while reachingbase in all four plate appearances during the Giants 5-3 victory at AngelStadium on Monday.

Added to his ability to draw a walk, which didnt completely disappeareven when he was struggling, and Belt has become a major on-base presence. Hehas a .571 OBP to go along with a .455 average during his hitting streak,lifting his season OBP to a very lofty .379.

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Its a far cry from the hitter who slumped his shoulders andclearly lacked for confidence in his first 48 games, when he was just a .224hitter with no home runs and a .328 slugging percentage.

Hes really settling in here, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. Hes throwing out good at-bats and I think its helped him to go outthere every day, too. Hes getting those four at-bats, knowing hes going to bein the lineup. I know thats helped him settle down.

But Ill add to that. It took some adjustments on his part.I dont think it wouldve helped him earlier to play more until he made someadjustments.

Bochys qualification, no doubt, was aimed at his critics the vocal faction of Giants fans who made a fuss whenever Aubrey Huff or BrettPill was at first base.

Belt is clearing his hips better and turning on pitches.Those are among the adjustments coaches wanted him to make this spring, and itsbeen an ongoing process. Having the opportunity to work on it against majorleague pitching, rather than during batting practice or in the minors, hasallowed Belt to get comfortable.

What does Belt think?

Thats a great way to describe it, he said. Its gettingcomfortable and confident. Confidence is something Ive lacked in the past.Right now its high and Im enjoying baseball again. Just keep doing what Imdoing and keep riding the wave.

Bill Murray to conduct seventh-inning stretch in Game 3 of World Series


Bill Murray to conduct seventh-inning stretch in Game 3 of World Series

For the first time since 1945, Wrigley Field will play host to a World Series game.

As the Cubs welcome the Cleveland Indians into town this weekend for Games' 3, 4 and 5 of the Fall Classic, several celebrities and Cubs legends will be in attendance.

The Cubs announced on Friday that actor and comedian Bill Murray, who has been a staple at Cubs games this postseason, will conduct the 7th inning stretch during Game 3.

This won't be Murray's first rodeo singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Wrigley Field.


Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

The Arizona Fall League hosts six teams featuring many of baseball's top prospects beginning in early October. This year, eight players from the Giants farm system are representing the Orange and Black on the Scottsdale Scorpions, which also consists of prospects from the Angels, Mets, Phillies, and Yankees. 

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Below are the eight Giants prospects on the Scorpions, managed by Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, and their stats through a maximum possible total of 10 games. 

Giants Prospects

RHP Rodolfo Martinez
4 G, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO

RHP Tyler Mizenko
5 G, 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

RHP Tyler Rogers
4 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

RHP Chris Stratton
3 G, 3 GS, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO

C Aramis Garcia
7 G, .238/.333/.286, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO

C Eliezer Zambrano
4 G, .400/.400/.400, 4 H

IF Ryder Jones
9 G, .257/.278/.314, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 13 SO

OF Hunter Cole
10 G, .263/.333/.447, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 10 SO


-- The Scorpions hitting coach is former Giants first baseman Damon Minor, who spent four seasons (2000-2002, 2004) with San Francisco. Minor hit .232/.338/.400 with 13 home runs in his four-year career. 

-- Catcher Eliezer Zambrano's .400 average leads the team, though he has played in a team-low four games. 

-- Outfielder Hunter Cole ranks second on the team in both hits and home runs. He also leads the team with 38 at-bats. 

-- Infielder Ryder Jones leads the team in strikeouts at the plate. 

-- RHP Tyler Rogers is one of only two pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run. 

-- RHP Chris Stratton leads the team in games started and innings pitched. He also ranks second in strikeouts. 

-- RHP Rodolfo Martinez's ERA ranks last on the team after his four games pitched. 

-- Mets outfielder and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, also on the Scorpions, is hitting .125/.176/.156 in nine games. His on-base percentage is second worst on the team while his batting average and slugging percentage rank third from last.