Baggarly does it again, advances to third Jeopardy! appearance

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Baggarly does it again, advances to third Jeopardy! appearance

CSNBayArea.com Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly returned to Jeopardy on Monday night, this time as champion after an eleventh-hour come from behind victory on Friday.

Baggarly really flashed his miscellaneous knowledge on Monday, jumping out to an early lead and really taking command of the contest. And for the second time, Baggs left Sony Pictures Studios at the end of the night as reigning Jeopardy! champion.

Below is every question that Baggarly attempted to answer, both the correct responses and the incorrect ones...

Trebek: Despite being told to watch out, this swinging title guy
always smashed into a tree.
Baggarly: Who is George of the Jungle?

Trebek: Guy Montag, Fire Captain Beatty.
Baggarly: What is Farenheit 451?

Trebek: Walter Lantz wife voiced this cartoon character that was inspired by a real bird.
Baggarly: Who is Woody Woodpecker

Trebek: The theme of this cartoon says Youre not fooling me cause I can see the way you shake and shiver.
Baggarly: What is Scooby Doo?

Trebek: A silencer on an English automobile is one of these to us Yanks.
Baggarly: What is a muffler?

Trebek: To put something into the boot in Britain isnt to put it into your shoe, but into this part of your car.
Baggarly: What is the trunk?
Trebek: You might get a lift in Liverpool if you know a lift is one of these.
Baggarly: What is an elevator?

Trebek: If your British sweetie says you need braces, she doesnt mean items for your teeth, but these for your pants.
Baggarly: What are suspenders?

Trebek: Macadamias originated in the rainforests of whats now Queensland in this country.
Baggarly: What is Australia?

At the first commercial break, Andy had a commanding lead with 5400, followed by Kate with 1200 and Liz with 600.

REWIND: Baggarly wins, advances to next round of Jeopardy!

COMMERCIAL

Trebek: Andy Baggarly is a writer, but he and I have something in common. We have both appeared on the television game show Card Sharks. Now when did you appear on it?

Baggarly: Well, Bill Rafferty was the host when I was on. I was 11-years-old and it was 25 years ago. It was young peoples week and I had to play the entire game in sudden death. And I wont be afraid to say I got hosed, so Im here to make up for that.

Back to the questions

Trebek: Macadamia trees produce nuts year round, so theyre considered everbearing as well as this ever term.
Baggarly: What is evergreen?

Trebek: We hope youre not in one of these, a thick cloud close to the ground that can precede bank or light.
Baggarly: What is fog?
Trebek: To get toxins out, soak Macadamias in water; its this process that sounds like a medieval barber might do it.
Baggarly: What is leech?

Trebek: Sometimes I go into one of these hypnotic states seeming induced by a magical incantation.
Baggarly: What is a trance?

Trebek: Called The Hairy One, Xilonen was the goddess of this grain, and her festival was celebrated with tortillas.
Baggarly: What is corn?

Trebek: For the Chinese, Xi Wang-Mu is the personification of this fundamental feminine force.
Baggarly: What is chi? (incorrect)

At the break, Andy maintained the lead with 7200, followed by Kate with 4400 and Liz with 4200.

COMMERCIAL

Trebek: This general was the subject of the biography The White Tecumseh.
Baggarly: Who is Sherman?

Trebek: He spent four years training to play Irish Mickey Ward in The Fighter.
Baggarly: Who is Wahlberg?

Trebek: Raging Bull was based on a book by this boxer, the subject of the film.
Baggarly: Who is Lamotta?

Trebek: Delivering 99 rectangular blocks of baked clay when you should have had 100
Baggarly: What is being one brick short of a full load?

Trebek: The name of this Warner Bros. cartoon series that preceded Merrie Melodies has come to mean crazy.
Baggarly: What is Looney Tunes?
Trebek: The best known Myronic work is a statue of a man performing this Olympic event, completing a backswing.
Baggarly: What is the discus?

DAILY DOUBLE

Trebek: In 2011 the scales went missing from a statue representing this in front of a Louisvilles metro hall.
Baggarly: What is justice?

Trebek: In 943, After 43 years as king, Constantine II retired to the monastery of this; the golf course was yet to be built.
Baggarly: What is St. Andrews?

Going into Final Jeopardy Andy still had the lead with 18,000 followed by Liz with 12,000 and Kate with 9,200.

COMMERCIAL

And now on to Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy: Political Literature

Trebek: The key message to this title figure in an Italian work is It is far safer to be feared than loved.

- Kate answered incorrectly with Casanova."
- Liz answered correctly with The Prince to take the lead with 20,200.
- Andy answered correctly with The Prince to regain the lead and remain Jeopardy! champion.

In the end, Baggarly finished with 24,401, for a two-night total of 40,000. Liz came in second with 20, 200 and Kate lost everything finishing with 0.

As reigning champion, Baggarly will advance to the next round, which will air Tuesday night.

Giants spring training Day 10: Bochy on board with new rules

Giants spring training Day 10: Bochy on board with new rules

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — During his season managing Barry Bonds, Bruce Bochy watched the slugger get intentionally walked 43 times. 

“There were (managers) who had the (signal) up before he even got to the batter’s box,” Bochy said Wednesday. 

That’s part of the reason Bochy is completely on board with a new rule stating that managers only have to signal for an intentional walk. The elimination of the four pitches has been approved by MLB and the MLBPA, with the caveat that a manager can change his mind in the middle of the plate appearance. 

“I’m fine with it,” Bochy said. “I know a few pitchers are happy because they kind of have a thing about throwing (those pitches), not on our team, but last year it happened to us and we didn’t go. I’m fine with it.”

It’s rare that an intentional ball would go to the backstop, but the Giants experienced it last year against the Yankees. Dellin Betances threw wide as he tried to put Brandon Crawford on and Angel Pagan didn’t react quickly enough to score from third. 

Bochy met with league officials last week to go over some of the new rules and ideas, and he said he wants MLB to keep pushing to cut the time of games. 

“We talk about it so much but we really haven’t done a lot,” Bochy said. “I’m all for (limiting mound visits). I’m all for it, I am. It’s gotten more and more popular in the game. It used to be the catcher, and now it’s the catcher and infielders, and they go to the mound and come back and then the pitching coach goes out there.”

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: Bochy said Madison Bumgarner is currently slated to start Friday’s Cactus League opener, with Matt Cain also throwing an inning. Ty Blach will start Saturday, Matt Moore and Tyler Beede will pitch Sunday, and Jeff Samardzija will start Monday. It’s possible that 18 or 20 different pitchers will take the mound over the first two days since almost all of them will be scheduled for just three outs. With the exception of Will Smith, every projected Giant should see the field this weekend. Hunter Pence is the only guy who has been held back at all, but his intercostal issue has cleared up. Pence put several on the left-field berm during BP on Wednesday.

“Hunter wants to (play Friday). He's ready to go,” Bochy said. “I’ll make that call tomorrow once I talk to the staff, but Hunter assured me he’s a full go with no limitations, and he really wants to play.”

PROSPECT WATCH: Bochy took the van over to the minor league facility to watch some of the projected Triple-A players take part in live BP. Jae-gyun Hwang hit a homer off Jose Dominguez during his session. 

“He’s a guy that rotates (well) and he’s got good power,” Bochy said. “He can go the other way. He’s got some bat control. He’s got a nice swing.”

Over on the main field, Gorkys Hernandez hit an impressive homer to left-center. 

ICYMI: From this morning, Smith is being held out of workouts. Reporters spoke to him in the afternoon and he said there’s no concern. Also, here’s a podcast with Derek Law and Josh Osich. Subscribe on iTunes if you haven’t … there’s a very popular Giant coming soon.

QUOTABLE: Smith missed time last season because he tore a knee ligament while taking his shoe off, so this spring’s speed bump is somewhat easier to take. He had a message for the trainers: “I said I’m going to sit down every day this spring,” when I take my shoes off.

MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK -- There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."