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)

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either.

"It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it."

Not that Scully has any regrets since retiring after last season. He says he's grateful for every minute he spent with the Dodgers, the franchise he joined 67 years ago in Brooklyn and followed to Los Angeles eight years later. He feels blessed to have worked as long as he did covering the game he fell in love with as a boy.

But he's learned that after a lifetime in the broadcast booth, watching a game as a fan holds little appeal.

"During the World Series back around '77 or '78, there was a game at Dodger Stadium with the Yankees, and I went to the game as a spectator. Now, I hadn't been as a spectator in a long, long time, and I felt somewhat restless that I wasn't broadcasting," Scully recalled Tuesday.

"I did not have the challenge of trying to describe, accurately and quickly, the way it should be done. I just sat there, and I was not happy, I'll be honest. So I realized that although I love the game, what I loved more was broadcasting it," he said.

Scully spoke to the AP because the Library of Congress has announced it will preserve his call of a 1957 game between the Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, the final time they played at the hallowed old stadium. Both teams moved to California after that season, opening up the West Coast to Major League Baseball.

Scully's call of Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect game is more famous. But that game at the Polo Grounds meant more to him personally, because he grew up going to games there, cheering for the Giants and dreaming of watching from the press box.

"It was so meaningful to me. I'm not sure what it really means to baseball fans anymore," Scully said. "The sands of time have washed over the Polo Grounds. But for me, it was one of the more memorable games I was ever involved in."

During that broadcast, Scully implored the players to take their time before there franchises left town: "Let's take it easy, we just want to take one last lingering look at both of you." The Library of Congress called it "a masterful example of the artistry that great sports announcers bring to their work, as well as their empathy for players and fans."

Six decades later, Scully is having an easier time letting go. So no plans to keep track Monday when Los Angeles plays the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

"All summer long, I expect to get feelings of nostalgia, wistfulness, whatever the word may be, but no, I am comfortable, I do know in my heart and soul I am where I should be, and that really is all I need," he said.

"Sure, after 67 years, you'll bet I'll miss it," he added. "But heck, I miss the guys I hung out with when I was in school."

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

MESA, Ariz. — The Giants went 0-62 last season when trailing after eight innings. Chris Marrero wasn’t around for any of that, but it’s a stat that could help Marrero as he tries to lock up a bench spot. 

The first baseman/left fielder crushed a three-run shot in the ninth inning Tuesday, wiping out a two-run deficit against the Cubs. Marrero also has two walk-off homers this spring. 

“This kid, you see it when he goes up there. He’s got great focus,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s intensity and determination. From day one, you could see it in his at-bats. Late in the game, he seems very comfortable. He wants to go up there.”

Tuesday’s homer, which shot out to right-center, was the eighth of the spring for Marrero. That ties him with a guy named Bryce Harper for the MLB lead, and the vast majority of Marrero’s bombs were no-doubters. 

“It’s been a great spring for him,” Bochy said. “The last game here, it seems fitting that he would do something like that. He’s already done it a couple of times. This kid has done all he can. I love his swing and the work that he’s put in.”

With Michael Morse down, Marrero is the best remaining option as a power right-handed bat off the bench, a glaring need a year ago. Justin Ruggiano, another one in the mix, followed Marrero’s shot with one of his own. The homer was Ruggiano’s second of the spring. 

Ruggiano is a better fit defensively in the outfield, but Marrero has been solid at first and Bochy said he’s fine with what he’s seen in left field. “He’s still working on it,” Bochy said, noting that Marrero will play left field during the Bay Bridge Series. 

LEADING OFF: Denard Span saw a wild pitch bounce off the bricks behind home plate, and he never slowed down. Span sped around third in the second inning and slid in ahead of the throw. The notable part of the play wasn’t that a quirky bounce allowed Span to take 180 feet on a wild pitch. It was that his legs did. The 33-year-old has been a different guy in his second spring with the Giants. Last year, Span was coming off hip surgery. This spring, his old game has returned.

“I’ve just been able to do the things I’ve always been able to do,” Span said. “I have more control of my body. I’m stronger. I had a full offseason and a full spring training to get my legs up under me. The last couple of weeks, I’ve felt much better and more confident.”

A healthy and spry Span would be a big boost to a lineup that often looked flat in the second half last season Span showed off every aspect of his game Tuesday. He blasted a leadoff homer on Jake Arrieta’s second pitch, and during their second matchup, he put a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single. Span stole second easily before his race home. 

“He’s playing terrific baseball and he’s been a real inspiration, being our leadoff hitter,” Bochy said. “That’s what we needed — energy at the top of the order.”

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez (shoulder) is feeling much better, and Bochy said he’ll play third base during the games at AT&T Park before getting four or five innings at shortstop on Saturday. Joe Panik (drilled in the back on Monday) said he’s feeling fine. 

POSITION BATTLES: Here’s the latest on Matt Cain, and here’s an update on Aaron Hill and Jimmy Rollins. 

ICYMI: Big news today from NBC Bay Area. Matt Williams, Javier Lopez and Cody Ross have joined out pre- and post-game shows. You can find stories about those guys on our homepage here. Those shows will also now be an hour long on both ends of the game, adding an extra hour of Giants coverage to your day. Which is good. 

That’s all on the way during the regular season. If you missed any of our spring coverage, you can find a bunch of features here, and podcasts here (spring pods included Mike Morse, Matt Cain, Mac Williamson, Jimmy Rollins and others, with one more coming this week). And in case you’re new to our coverage, the Twitter account is here and the Facebook page is here. Next stop, San Francisco …