Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

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Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Brian Wilson

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Amy: Brian Wilson joining us for an Amy G. Giants Xclusive, cause he said whenever I wanted to do this he would do it, and then I asked today and he did it.

Brian: And here we are. Following his word.

A: Man of his word. Thanks for logging on to CSNBayArea.com. It's nice and warm in this clubhouse, because it is not very nice and warm outside.

B: So summer in San Francisco, it's freezing. We love it obviously but, um, right now it's climate controlled and we love that more.

A: Yeah. All right, you just got done doing a pretty amazing thing with some Junior Giants and giving them some cool stuff. Tell us about what it was.

B: Well, we decided to bring out some of the Junior Giants clubs here in the local area and...I don't know, just give some gloves away. Why not?

A: You did this last year too.

B: Yeah, I did it last year.
A: It's a cool thing you're doing again.

B: I like to keep it on-going as long as I'm given the opportunity and privilege to be a baseball player, and um, it's something that I, I think needs to be instilled in baseball. Bringing back the passion, the desire, and um....

A: The basics.

B: Just the fun. Well yeah, the basics.

A: A glove, to be able to play catch. It's kind of hard to believe a kid doesn't have that and yet that's the society we're in.

B: Exactly.

A: Yeah. So, um, they had a good time. What was your favorite question?

B: Who is my favorite princess? I got that question.

A: Who is it?

B: I nailed the answer. It was...It was Ariel.

A: Of course! Please.

B: It was a no-brainer answer.

A: My four-year-old daughter would be very proud of you. That's her favorite princess as well.

B: Nice.
A: Ok, let's talk a little rehab. How are you doing? Where are you in the whole process?

B: I'm at the three-month mark coming up pretty soon, the 12 weeks. And I'm ahead of schedule.

A: Of course.

B: But I didn't find that weird or odd. I mean, I pretty much knew that was going to happen. It's not a question of "Will I come back?" or not even when. It's, it's not - It shouldn't even be a question.

A: Right.

B: I'm on my path to playing baseball. I had a minor setback but it hasn't really stopped anything.

A: The media was asking manager Bruce Bochy, seeing you out there today, they're like, "Where is Brian in his rehab?" And he goes, "Well, he's doing really well. He's not supposed to have picked up a ball or thrown a football or thrown a ball at this time, but knowing Brian, he probably has." So anything to 'fess up to?

B: I mean....

A: What is she talking about? I throw baseballs?

B: I had my first bullpen yesterday on a surfboard, but it's like one time.
A: Other than that.

B: Yeah, no. I'm keeping within the guidelines. There's no reason to push anything but at the same time there's no reason to digress.

A: Right.

B: I'm doing everything in my power. What I know best is hard work and that's what got me here, so I mean, that comes natural so rehab's easy for me.

A: Last one for you: How much a part of rehab - besides the physical stuff you're doing - is coming back and being in the clubhouse, and being around the guys, and going and talking to fans? I mean, that's part of it too.

B: That's a large part of it because that's what baseball players do. You forget about all the little things that are in your schedule and your routine, and then you get hurt and then all of a sudden your routine gets thrown apart, and you- You go through a roller coaster of emotions. You don't know really where you fit in and you have to try and get the mindset of "Ok, I'm rehabbing, I need to come to the park again, I need to be a teammate, I need to talk to the fans."

A: Check my beard.

B: Yeah, just check my beard. What's going on?

A: All right. Brian Wilson, thank you for doing this.

B: Of course.

A: And you guys always love to see him so we'll do it again next year.

B: All right. Toodles.

A: Right after you get a save.

B: That's the sign-off today. Toodles.

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Adalberto Mejia made the most of his brief stint back in the majors with the Minnesota Twins by getting his first big-league win.

Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gimenez all homered to help Mejia and the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 in the second game Sunday to salvage a split of a doubleheader.

Mejia (1-1) was the Twins' 26th active player for the second game and allowed three runs in seven innings, on two home runs by Salvador Perez - who also went deep in the first game.

Mejia's reward for his first win? A trip back to Triple-A Rochester.

"I'm going to go down there and work on the things they told me work on," Mejia said through interpreter Carlos Font. "Then it will be up to them to see when I get back."

Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning, and Brian Dozier had an RBI double in the second off Ian Kennedy (0-4) in his first game back from the disabled list.

Brandon Moss hit two of Kansas City's four home runs in the opener of the doubleheader, and Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers to lead the Royals to a 6-4 win earlier in the day.

With the split, the Twins are now 7-1 on the year against the Royals. Kansas City's win in the first game snapped a seven-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Kennedy, who returned after missing time with a hamstring strain, said he felt fine physically. He walked three batters and gave up a pair of two-run homers in just two innings Sunday.

"He was way out of whack," manager Ned Yost said. "His leg was fine. He felt normal, felt good. Just timing was off, rhythm was off."

MINOR'S WIN

Mike Minor's road back to the majors was not an easy one. Shoulder surgery kept him out of the majors for two years and resulted in a move to the bullpen.

Minor got his first victory since 2014 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the first game Sunday. He relieved Jake Junis with a 5-2 lead in the fifth, two outs and two on. The 29-year-old left-hander walked Max Kepler, then retired Kennys Vargas on a popup. Minor retired the side in order in the sixth.

Minor had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 13, 2015, and did not appear in the major leagues in 2015 and 2016. Minor, who signed a $7.25 million, two-year contract with the Royals in February 2016, got his first major league victory since Aug. 28, 2014, for Atlanta.

JUNIS' FIRST START

Kansas City's Jake Junis, a 24-year-old right-hander, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and made his first big league start after a pair of relief appearances. He allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings, leaving after RBI singles from Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano.

Junis found out Saturday that he would be making his first career start. He didn't pitch deep enough to get the win, but impressed manager Ned Yost before the Royals optioned Junis back to Omaha after the game.

"I thought he did a nice job," Yost said. "We tried to get him through that fifth inning, but we needed to win this game."

ROYALS MOVES

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon missed the second game to join his wife, who is due to give birth on Monday. Infielder Raul Mondesi replacing Gordon on the roster but was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game. That means LHP Miguel Almonte, initially the Royals' 26th active player Sunday, remains on the 25-man roster. ... RHP Al Alburquerque was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Junis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Nate Karns had his pitching arm evaluated after Friday's start against Minnesota. Manager Ned Yost said fluid was found in the elbow area but Karns does not have a strain. Karns exited his start Friday after five innings and threw just 72 pitches due to stiffness in his arm.

Twins: RHP Phil Hughes was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with shoulder discomfort. Hughes took the loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Right-hander Kyle Gibson will take Hughes' place on the roster.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (5-2, 2.03 ERA) starts Monday's series opener at the New York Yankees.

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Monday against Baltimore.

Heston makes first start with Mariners, allows seven in three innings

Heston makes first start with Mariners, allows seven in three innings

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SEATTLE -- Yolmer Sanchez had a two-run single in Chicago's five-run first inning, Derek Holland pitch eight strong innings and the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 Sunday.

Tim Anderson had three hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, including his fifth home run - a solo shot in the third inning - and Matt Davidson added two hits and two RBIs. Sanchez's single in the first extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying a career high.

Holland (4-3) gave up a run and six hits while striking out six and walking two. He finished his longest outing of the season by striking out the side in the eighth inning.

Nelson Cruz hit his 11th home run in the seventh for the Mariners, who have lost three straight.

Seattle starter Chris Heston (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to make his first major league start since Oct. 2, 2015, was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in three innings. He walked the bases loaded in the first before giving up four straight hits.

Heston became the 11th pitcher to start for the Mariners this season, the most in the major leagues. In his only other appearance this year, he gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings of relief against Detroit on April 25.

LET'S TURN TWO

The White Sox turned four double plays, equaling the team's season high - set Saturday.

TRAINERS ROOM

White Sox: OF Leury Garcia was back in the starting lineup after missing two games. Garcia was hit on the elbow in Thursday's series opener.

Mariners: 1B Danny Valencia missed his second straight game after hurting his left wrist on a slide in Friday's game, and had an MRI Sunday. First baseman Daniel Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and started at first base in his place. ... Seattle manager Scott Servais said LHP James Paxton, on the DL with a left forearm strain, will probably have a rehab assignment at Double-A Arkansas later this week. If all goes well Paxton could return after the Mariners' upcoming eight-game road trip. ... OF Mitch Haniger (strained right oblique) will also likely start a rehab assignment this week.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29) starts in Chicago's series opener at Arizona. Gonzalez is 0-4 with a 6.94 ERA in his last four starts.

Mariners: Seattle has a day off Monday. RHP Christian Bergman starts Tuesday at Washington. Bergman is coming off the best outing of his career, when he held Oakland scoreless over 7 1/3 innings with a career high nine strikeouts.