Giants making All-Star push for Vogelsong, etc.

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Giants making All-Star push for Vogelsong, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are making a push to get right-hander Ryan Vogelsong in the All-Star Game ahead of the official selection show on Sunday.

Catcher Buster Posey leads the voting at his position and indications are that outfielder Melky Cabrera is getting a surge in the balloting to move past Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and into third place among outfielders.

Right-hander Matt Cain, after authoring a perfect game, is considered a lock to make the NL staff for the third time. Cain will be well rested, too, so he is expected to pitch in the game for the first time. (He wasn't able to do so last year because he pitched the Sunday before the game; prior to his other All-Star appearance, he was struck on the arm by a line drive and wasn't able to appear.)

Vogelsong leads a group of worthy candidates that also includes Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo.

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is responsible for picking the remaining pitchers and reserves after the fan balloting picks the starters and player vote is tabulated to determine the first round of subs.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hasn't been able to reach La Russa, but he got word to major league officials and made his recommendations. While Bochy wouldn't get specific, it's believed he made a special push to get Vogelsong on the team for the second consecutive year.

Vogelsong is putting up even better numbers than a year ago, when Bochy named him to the All-Star squad for the first time. He's 7-3 with a 2.23 ERA and has thrown quality starts in 13 of 14 outings while going at least six innings each time.

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Bochy dropped a hint that he'll keep Hector Sanchez paired with Tim Lincecum when the Giants begin their road trip Tuesday night at Washington DC. The Giants play a rare 11 a.m. game the following day, so Buster Posey wouldn't catch both times.

"The first bus is at 7 a.m.," Bochy said, of the July 4 start time. "And the second bus is at 8 a.m. I've never heard of that before."

Sanchez has caught each of Lincecum's last two starts, with very good results; the right-hander has a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Bochy said he expects Sanchez will play winter ball because he hasn't been playing every day this season.

"That will keep him in the flow of the game," Bochy said.

Sanchez was named rookie of the year in the Venezuelan League last winter.

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Five of Pablo Sandoval's last seven hits have gone for extra-bases, and Bochy acknowledged he's looking at moving the Panda back into the middle of the order.

"We've talked about it," Bochy said. "I'd say it's a strong possibility here real soon."

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

NEW YORK -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.

Washington outfielder Ben Revere and Philadelphia outfielder Cody Asche also were cut loose, along with Arizona catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa; Baltimore pitcher Vance Worley; and Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman.

Milwaukee first baseman Chris Carter and Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Locke were non-tendered as well; their teams had already designated them for assignment earlier this week.

Teams cut players at the tender deadline to avoid committing to salary arbitration, in which about one-sixth of next season's salary is guaranteed.

Ross, a 29-year-old right-hander, was 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA in 2014 and 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA the following season. He was limited to one major league appearance this year and had surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome. Recovery time was expected to be four to six months, and the Padres deemed him too pricy for arbitration after he earned $9,625,000 this year.

Asche, 26, was designated for assignment earlier Friday to clear a roster spot for left-hander David Rollins, claimed off waivers from Texas. Asche hit .240 with 31 homers and 125 RBIs for the Phillies during 371 games in the past four seasons and would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time.

The 28-year-old Revere was acquired from Toronto in January for reliever Drew Storen but strained his right oblique in his first at-bat of the season, left after four innings and went on the disabled list. Revere returned May 6, hit just .217 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 103 games and would have been on track for a raise from his $6.25 million salary.

Castillo batted .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs and would have gotten a big raise from his $3.7 million salary.

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with two of them. 

Right-hander Cory Gearrin will get $1.05 million and infielder Ehire Adrianza will receive $600,000, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Giants will exchange figures with George Kontos, Will Smith, Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie. They traditionally have avoided going to actual arbitration hearings. 

Gearrin, Kontos and Smith will make up a chunk of the bullpen next season, while Nunez is expected to start at third base. Gillaspie, the postseason hero, should see more playing time and Adrianza is currently slated to return in his familiar bench role. 

The day was smoother for the Giants than other NL West teams. The Diamondbacks non-tendered Welington Castillo and Rubby De La Rosa and the Padres later sent mini shockwaves through the market by non-tendering former ace Tyson Ross, who is coming off a season lost to injury. Ross was one of six Padres to be let go, a list that included former Giant Hector Sanchez.