Baer approved as control person for Giants

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Baer approved as control person for Giants

MILWAUKEE Giants executive Larry Baer was approved as the team's control person Thursday in a vote by Major League Baseball's 29 other teams. There is no word on the actual vote, but Baer's approval required affirmation from 23 teams.

Baer answered questions from MLB's ownership committee on Wednesday in advance of the vote.

Baer is scheduled to officially take the position of CEO from Bill Neukom at the end of this calendar year.

The San Francisco native has been with the Giants since 1992, when he was named executive vice president as part of the group that bought the Giants from Bob Lurie and kept them in San Francisco.

Baer is responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the club, both on the business and baseball sides of the operation. He also serves on the Board of Major League Baseball Enterprises, which oversees national TV and radio contract negotiations, national sponsorship and licensing programs as well as the overall marketing of the industry.

The following is a press release from the commissioner's office:

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that the Major League owners have formally approved the designation of Larry Baer as the control person of the San Francisco Giants. The Major League Clubs voted during todays quarterly ownership meetings.

Each Major League Club has a designated control person who is accountable to Major League Baseball for the operation of the Club and for the Clubs compliance with the rules of Baseball.

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)

1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P

San Francisco Giants (7-14)

1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants scored 10 runs on the last road trip and three over the first two games against the Dodgers. They made a move Wednesday to try and address that issue. 

Michael Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento as part of a flurry of roster moves that included the call-up of Kelby Tomlinson. Brandon Crawford was put on the three-day bereavement list to attend the funeral services of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin. Denard Span was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and Jarrett Parker (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Morse.

Morse, 35, came to camp with the Giants after a deal struck with Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding. It was his last shot at playing professional baseball, and as April approached, Morse had shown enough to be in position to make the opening day roster. A strained left hamstring ended those plans, but Morse stayed in Scottsdale to rehab before joining the San Jose Giants and River Cats. He was 5-for-20 in six rehab games but the reports given to team officials stated that he was having good at-bats. 

Morse was a popular presence during the 2014 title run, hitting 16 homers in the regular season and a huge one off Pat Neshek in the NLCS-clinching win over the Cardinals. The Giants could use his power bat in left, at first base, and off the bench. A struggling and banged-up team could also some personality added to the clubhouse, and Morse is always ready in that regard.

Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. He was batting just .220 for Sacramento, but he gives the Giants a versatile glove with Crawford out.