Giants stuck in Cincy as they await NLCS opponent

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Giants stuck in Cincy as they await NLCS opponent

CINCINNATI The Giants might have advanced to the NLCS bywithstanding the Reds on Thursday, but they arent going anywhere at themoment.

The club checked back into their downtown hotel inCincinnati after Thursday's clinching, 6-4 victory and might be there for two more nights. Thats because theWashington Nationals won Thursday to extend the other NL Division Series. Adecisive Game 5 will be played Friday night.

If the Nationals win, the Giants would play Sunday atWashington. If the Cardinals win, the Giants would open the NLCS at homeSunday.

Not wanting to criss-cross the country if they must go toWashington, club officials decided to park the charter and wait. Club officials said they might not fly until Saturday morning, although that remains undecided for now.

Much is yet to be determined about the pitching rotation inthat series, but you can start with this: Matt Cain wouldnt be fully resteduntil Game 3. The Giants would be lined up to open with Madison Bumgarner andRyan Vogelsong, although manager Bruce Bochy has said its a matter of when,not if, Tim Lincecum will be folded back into a prominent role after his 6 13 dynamicrelief innings in the NLDS victory over the Reds.

It seems likely the Giants will go with one of these threecombinations to start the series: Bumgarner-Vogelsong, Vogelsong-Bumgarner orVogelsong-Lincecum.

But they dont have an opponent yet, and they dont know iftheyll open at home or on the road. So the rotation map is still very muchunfolded.

For now, well ... we're pretty sure Cincinnati has a mall and a movie theater.

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.