Giants, Huff complete two-year deal


Giants, Huff complete two-year deal

Nov. 23, 2010

Mychael Urban

SANFRANCISCO -- In a move that ensures continuity of clubhouse cohesionand returns to the 2010 World Series champions their most consistentand productive everyday player, the Giants on Tuesday announced thattheyve signed first basemanoutfielderclass clown Aubrey Huff to atwo-year contract.Huff, who turns 34 on Dec. 20, batted .290(165-for-569) with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 86 RBIs in 157 gamesfor the Giants, who signed him to a one-year deal worth a reported 3million before last season.Huffs deal, a source told, features an average salary of 10 million and includes a club option for 2013.Coming back has alwaysbeen my first choice, said Huff, who will appear at a 2 p.m. (PT)press conference at AT&T Park on Tuesday. The Giants were the onlyteam that called me last offseason, and to do what we were able to do its such a great group of guys makes it a pretty easy decision tocome back.A day after it wasannounced that Huff had finished seventh in the National League MVPvoting, San Franciscos team leader in nearly every offensive category-- including batting average, home runs, RBIs, hits, walks (83),on-base percentage (.385) and slugging percentage (.502) -- the Giantsconfirmed that hell remain a member of the club through the end of the2012 season.Were extremely excitedto be able to re-sign Aubrey, said Giants general manager BrianSabean. He was an integral part in the teams success last season, notonly with his outstanding play in the field, but also providing a greatclubhouse presence. Huff ranked 10th in theNL in on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS) with an .891 mark, and hewas fifth in the league with 28 go-ahead RBIs and seventh with 14game-winning RBIs.In his first careerpostseason in 2010, Huff batted .268 (15-for-56) with one home run andeight RBIs in 15 games to help the Giants win their first World Seriesin San Francisco history and first overall since 1954. Huff provided a keytwo-out game-tying single in the 9th inning in the Giants 3-2 victoryover the Braves at Turner Field in Game 3 of the Division Series, thengave the Giants a 2-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series at Texas,hitting a two-run home run off Tommy Hunter. Huff had ended the 2010regular season having played in 1,479 games without reaching thepostseason, which at that time was the third-longest postseasondrought. Huffs defensiveversatility was an important factor in the Giants success in 2010 as heplayed errorless defense in both left (24 starts) and right field (33starts), and committed just three errors all season, all of which cameat first base (97 starts).

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home


SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired. 

That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco. 

AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games. 

There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends … 

—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times. 

—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times. 

—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times. 

—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times. 

—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor. 

Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway


Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

SONONA — Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in this win, which ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Either way, Harvick had a cozy 9-second lead over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer before the caution.

Bowyer, now the driver for the entry Tony Stewart used for his final NASCAR victory last year at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford cars went 1-2-3.