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All-Star Game stat pack

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All-Star Game stat pack

This will be first time ever the Giants have 4 players in the startinglineup in an All-Star Game.(3 Starters in 1934, 1989 & 2001)

This will be the first time the Giants have the starting pitcher andstarting catcher in the All-Star Game.

Recent All-Star Starting Batteries from Same Team
2012 GiantsMatt Cain & Buster Posey
2006 TigersKenny Rogers & Ivan Rodriguez
1995 Dodgers Hideo Nomo & Mike Piazza
1993 PhilliesTerry Mulholland & Darren Daulton
1989 AthleticsDave Stewart & Terry Steinbach

2012 will be the 8th time a Giants pitcher has started the All-StarGame
1934 Carl Hubbell 3IP, 0 Runs, 6 K's - ND
1965 Juan Marichal 3 IP, 0 Runs, 0 K's - ND
1967 Juan Marichal 3 IP, 0 Runs, 3 K's - ND
1978 Vida Blue3 IP, 3 Runs, 2 K's - ND
1989 Rick Reuschel 1 IP, 2 Runs, 0 K's - ND
2003 Jason Schmidt 2 IP, 0 Runs, 3 K's - ND
2009 Tim Lincecum 2 IP, 2 Runs, 1 K - ND
Recent Giants Pitchers in All-Star Game
2011 Brian WilsonRetired both batters faced, Credited with Save
2010 Brian WilsonRetired all 3 batters faced
2009 Tim Lincecum Started: 2 IP, 2H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K
2008 Brian WilsonRetired both batters faced, 1 K

Giants to Start at 3B in All-Star Game
1952 Bobby Thomson(0-2)
1994 Matt Williams(0-3, 2 K's)
2012 Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval
2011 All-Star Game at Arizona
1 for 1, RBI Double

Giants to Start at Catcher in All-Star Game
1946 Walker Cooper(1-1)
1947 Walker Cooper(0-3, 1 K)
1948 Walker Cooper(0-2)
1963 Ed Bailey(1-1, BB, RBI)
2012 Buster Posey

Giants to Start in CF in All-Star Game
Mel Ott1938-39
Willie Mays 1957-66, 68, 70-71 (17 games)
Melky Cabrera 2012
Giants Starting Outfielders in All-Star Game
Mel Ott 1935, 38-39, 42
Willard Marshall1949
Don Mueller1955
Willie Mays1957-66, 68, 70-71 (17 Games)
OrlandoCepeda 1961 (2 Games)
Kevin Mitchell 1989-90
Barry Bonds1993-98, 01-02, 04, 07
Melky Cabrera 2012

The last time the Giants had 4 players in an All-Star Game was1990 at Wrigley Field
Will Clark1 for 3
Kevin Mitchell0 for 2, K
Matt Williams0 for 1, K
Jeff Brantley.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER - Loss
OaklandRookie All-Stars
1977Wayne Gross
1978Matt Keough
1986Jose Canseco
1987Mark McGwire
1998Ben Grieve
2009Andrew Bailey
2012Ryan Cook

Recent A's Pitchers in All-Star Game
2011 Gio GonzalezStruck out only Batter Faced
2010 Andrew BaileyFaced 2 Batters (1 BB, 1 K)
2008 JustinDuchscherer 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K
2007 Dan Haren Started: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1BB, 2 K's)
2006 Barry Zito Retired all 3 Batters Faced

A's Managers named asAll-Star Coach
1959 Harry Craft
1962 Hank Bauer
1984 Jackie Moore
1987 Tony La Russa
1998 Art Howe
2005 Ken Macha
2010 Bob Geren
2012 Bob Melvin

A's Pitchers who have Won All-Star Game
1971 Vida Blue
2004 Mark Mulder

A's Pitchers who have lost All-Star Game
1967 Catfish Hunter
1987 Jay Howell
1995 SteveOntiveros

A's Pitchers to Save All-Star Game
1933Lefty Grove
1948Joe Coleman
1988Dennis Eckersley
1990Dennis Eckersley
1991Dennis Eckersley
2003Keith Foulke
Giants Pitchers to Win All-Star Game
1951Sal Maglie
1959Johnny Antonelli
1961Stu Miller
1962Juan Marichal
1964Juan Marichal
1966Gaylord Perry
1981Vida Blue

Giants Pitchers to Lose All-Star Game
1990Jeff Brantley
1993John Burkett
1997Shawn Estes

Giants Pitchers to Save All-Star Game
1940Carl Hubbell
1956Johnny Antonelli
2011Brian Wilson

Athletics All-Star Game Home Runs
1935 Jimmie Foxxoff Bill Walker
1971 Reggie Jacksonoff Dock Ellis
1988 TerrySteinbachoff Dwight Gooden

Giants All-Star Game Home Runs
1947 Johnny Mizeoff Spec Shea
1956 Willie Maysoff Whitey Ford
1960 Willie Maysoff Whitey Ford
1965 Willie Maysoff Milt Pappas (Lead-off HR)
1969 Willie McCoveyoff Blue Moon Odom
Willie McCoveyoff Denny McLain
1970 Dick Dietzoff Catfish Hunter
1973 Bobby Bondsoff Bill Singer
1992 Will Clarkoff Rick Aguilera
1998 Barry Bondsoff Bartolo Colon
2002 Barry Bondsoff Roy Halladay
All-Star Games
N.L. Lead all-time series 42-38-2
N.L. has won 2 Straight
A.L. had gone 12-0-1 over previous 13
From 1960 thru 1985 N.L. went 25-3-1

All-Star Games in Kansas City
July 11, 1960
N.L. Wins 5-3
Willie Mays (SF): 3 for 4, Triple, Double
Ernie Banks (CHC): 2 for 4, 2-Run HR

July 24, 1973
N.L. Wins 7-1
MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF) 2 for 2, 2 Run HR, Double
Johnny Bench (CIN): Solo HR
Willie Mays (NYM): Last All-Star Game (0-1)

Gary Brown never recovered on the field from 2015 DFA: ‘Hurt me to my core’

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Gary Brown never recovered on the field from 2015 DFA: ‘Hurt me to my core’

There was a time when Gary Brown was considered the Giants’ top prospect – their center fielder of the future. Hype was never higher than in 2011, when the fleet-footed 22-year-old set a franchise record with 188 hits in 131 games, earning California League Rookie of the Year honors with the San Jose Giants in his first full minor league campaign.

But six seasons and seven major league at-bats later, Brown’s professional baseball career ended at 28 years old.

“I feel like I let my emotions get the best of me in the years after that (2011 season),” Brown told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive phone interview. “I think I started to believe the hype that everyone started to give to me.”

Brown never matched his magical .336-season in High-A ball with 14 home runs plus 53 stolen bases, and then struggled finding a routine with the rigors of the Pacific Coast League’s travel schedule once he reached Triple-A. Despite three hits in his seven at-bats as a September call-up with the Giants in 2014, Brown was designated for assignment on March 31, 2015.

Brown’s career spiraled playing the draining waiver game. Unsuccessful stints with the Cardinals and Angels sent Brown to the land of the last chance: Independent ball in the Atlantic League.

“It was not fun for me for quite a few years. I wasn’t a very happy person,” Brown said. “After I got DFA'd by the Giants, that really took a toll on me. I never really recovered from that, so I was kind of stuck in the past and things kind of just got away from me. 

“I was kind of heartbroken to be honest. I mean, it hurt me to my core.”

Through tumultuous career turns, the Southern California native never turned on the team that drafted him 24th overall in 2010.

“I'm thankful for the opportunity the Giants gave me. No matter how big or small mine was, I am very thankful” Brown said emphatically. “I definitely wish I could have shown what I feel like my true potential was, but it didn't work out that way. 

“I still root for the Giants. All my friends with the Giants, I'm still pulling for them. They run that organization so well. I have no ill intentions or anything bad to say about the Giants organization.” 

Far removed from his days with the Giants, Brown found new life with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2016. Brown batted .249 and returned to the team in 2017. He started strong with a .298 batting average in 31 games while having fun for the first time in years, but injuries struck at an inopportune time.

Chronic aches in his hip joints and intense back spasms, in addition to a frustrating lack of interest from MLB teams and the fact he and his wife had twins on the way, spurred Brown to retirement in the middle of the season on July 5.

“Retirement has nothing to do with the lack of competitiveness (of the Atlantic League). It was the distance and the time away, matching the minor league salary,” Brown said. “Going back to that makes it really hard on the family and when you get older it really becomes about what you value more.”

The player he once was is gone, but the person he is has only grown. There’s one piece of advice which goes beyond the diamond that Brown was sure to pass on to the next wave of future top Giants prospects.

“Never stop making adjustments,” Brown said ruefully.

Days away from turning 29 on Sept. 28 and out of baseball for the first time in his life, Brown is certainly making his own.

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Part 2 of our interview with Gary Brown focusing on where he is now in his life will be released Friday on NBCSportsBayArea.com.

Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge

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Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Moore knew there was something different about his final home start at AT&T Park this season, and not just the fact that he received a loud ovation as he walked off the mound in the seventh. Moore noted later that the outing was the first shutout he has been a part of this year. In fact, it was the first time in 30 starts that he walked off the mound without having allowed a run. 

“I guess it’s better late than never,” he said. 

The Giants are hoping it’s actually a preview of things to come. They counted on Moore to be a big part of their 2017 push, but instead, he likely will finish with the worst ERA of any full-time starter in the National League. Still, general manager Bobby Evans has informed Moore that his 2018 option will be picked up, something that Moore appreciated given the time of year. 

“I always pictured myself here,” he said. 

Whether coincidence or some kind of “weight off the shoulders” situation, Moore’s first start since the public revealing of the decision was his most encouraging of the year. Facing a good lineup, and a team that needed a win desperately, he pitched six shutout innings. The Giants beat the Rockies 4-0. 

Moore was already showing signs of life, with a 3.76 ERA over his seven previous appearances. Bruce Bochy viewed this as another step forward. 

“It’s been getting better and better with each start,” he said. “What he did really well today was on the arm side. He had good balance to both sides of the plate.”

Moore peppered the outside corner with fastballs, and he credited catcher Nick Hundley with stealing a few strikes. The plan allowed Moore to put hitters away in big spots, one of three points of emphasis he brought into the second half. The other two: limiting lefties and getting ahead of hitters.

That’s Moore’s roadmap back to being the player the Giants acquired. For the team as a whole, the roadmap back to relevance is similar to Wednesday’s plan. This is not a home-run hitting lineup, but the Giants are 47-21 when scoring four runs, and Wednesday was a reminder of the different paths to that magical number. 

Brandon Crawford had a solo homer, but the first two runs came on sacrifice flies and the fourth on a walk-wild pitch-single combination. Bochy said he liked “the brand of ball” his team played.

“They executed so well today,” he said. “It’s just good baseball, and that’s what I felt good about.”