Giants Playing Hardball?

Giants Playing Hardball?

Jan. 19, 2010GIANTS PAGE
The first thing I thought when I heard the proposed salaries that Tim Lincecum (13 million) and the Giants (8 million) exchanged Tuesday was, Huh?Then, Wow.Then, Are the Giants trying to lose this thing?Now that Ive had some time to soak it in, though, Im going to give the Giants the benefit of the doubt.Surely this is merely a step toward the logical resolution of a multi-year deal that takes Lincecum through his arbitration years. Right?If it isnt, its back to, Wow. They really are trying to lose this thing!If you arent intimately familiar with the arbitration process, heres all you really need to know at this point: If the sides dont agree on a deal before the case is heard in February by a three-person panel, that panel must pick the Giants number or Lincecums number.Right now, which number would you pick if you were on the panel? Im giving Lincecum his 13 million with zero deliberation.Ryan Howard holds the arbitration-award record at 10 million, and hes a beast, no question about it. Money well-earned. But Lincecum is the pitching equivalent of Howard and then some, and the Giants are offering him 2 million less?Please tell me theres more to this.Please tell me its a clever precursor to a four-year, 64 million deal.Please tell me something with more certainty than, Well, hes eligible for arbitration three more times, so hes not going anywhere!The only certainty right now is that if a deal isnt struck between the sides before this bad boy goes to a hearing, the Giants will lose.-- Mychael Urban

A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

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A's lineup: Brand new spot for Pinder; Mengden makes first start of 2017

Bob Melvin and Terry Francona issued their lineups for today's series opener in Cleveland.

In addition, the A's placed Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain (retroactive to May 26) and recalled Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Nashville.

Mengden will make his first start of 2017 today.

A's (22-27)
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Chad Pinder (R) SS
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Matt Joyce (L) RF
P. Daniel Mengden RHP 

Indians (25-23)
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
6. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
7. Yan Gomes (R) C
8. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF
9. Austin Jackson (R) RF
P. Carlos Carrasco RHP (4-2, 2.93 ERA)

Giants lineup: Arroyo returns for series opener vs Nationals

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Giants lineup: Arroyo returns for series opener vs Nationals

Bruce Bochy and Dusty Baker issued their lineups for today's series opener at AT&T Park:

Nationals (30-19)
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
6. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
7. Matt Wieters (S) C
8. Michael Taylor (R) CF
9. Tanner Roark (R) P (4-2, 4.32 ERA)

Giants (22-30)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
7. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
8. Mac Williamson (R) LF
9. Matt Moore (L) P (2-5, 5.28 ERA)