Melky Cabrera surprised to hear Chipper's comments, etc.


Melky Cabrera surprised to hear Chipper's comments, etc.

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ATLANTA -- Melky Cabrera was surprised to hear Chipper Jones' critical comments following Wednesday night's game, saying he got along well with the Braves' franchise star when they were teammates in 2010.

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Jones took offense at Cabrera's body language Wednesday, especially the pelvis-thrusting gesture that he and Gregor Blanco made after Blanco's three-run home run in the 11th inning of the Giants' 9-4 victory. It's a celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done many times this season.

"It won't be forgotten," Jones said.

Cabrera told me he wasn't trying to show up the Braves. Giants manager Bruce Bochy echoed those sentiments.

"No, I don't think Melky means to ... show up another club," Bochy said. "If you know Melky, he's quiet and goes about his business. I think it's more having fun out there than trying to show 'em up."

Still, Bochy said he'd talk to Cabrera before the first pitch of today's game. It also might be a good idea for Bochy to mention the situation to umpires, ensuring they are up to speed in case right-hander Tim Hudson decides to buzz Cabrera. The Giants' worst-case scenario would be if Hudson gets plunked, warnings are issued, and then Madison Bumgarner either tries to even the score or simply misses with a pitch inside and gets tossed as a result.

Bochy said Cabrera has told him he enjoyed his time in Atlanta under Bobby Cox. That's not the story that others have told, though. Whether bad feelings exist or not, the perception is that they do.

In other pregame news, Bochy evaded a question about what he'd do in a save situation. He did talk to Santiago Casilla after the right-hander blew his fifth save attempt in his last eight opportunities. Casilla got cheddar-happy as Freddie Freeman hit a two-out double and Brian McCann hit a tying home run in the 10th.

"He said he felt great out there," Bochy said. "He's just got to slow it down out there a little bit and get back to pitching."

That means throwing that wicked spike curve of his more often, especially with two strikes.

Translation: Bochy still believes Casilla can get the job done over the second half, even if he might need to take a step back in the short term.

Finally, Buster Posey is in the lineup because he caught just six innings Tuesday night and then caught eight relatively smooth innings Wednesday before a 1-1 game went haywire. Bochy said if he hadn't pinch-ran for Posey in the ninth inning, a move he was able to make because of Eli Whiteside's presence, then Posey probably isn't available to catch for him in Thursday's series finale. So Whiteside's presence definitely helped in more ways than one in this series.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.