EXTRA BAGGS: Burriss tweaks hamstring


EXTRA BAGGS: Burriss tweaks hamstring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. Emmanuel Burriss started in right fieldWednesday because Nate Schierholtzs strained right forearm needed one more dayto rest up.

But now its Burriss who might need some time to heal.

His terrific spring was interrupted in the fourth inningwhen he spoke up and said his right hamstring was a little tight. JustinChristian replaced him in right field.

Ive got a good thing going, said Burriss, who has a .417average. Might as well speak up if you dont feel right. Ive played a lot ofinnings. Its nothing at all serious.

Burriss was clearly not pleased to be battling an injury,however minor. Remember, this is the guy who re-broke his foot in the firstgame of the spring two years ago. It happened here at Goodyear Ballpark, too.

You couldnt blame Burriss if he never wants to step in thisballpark again.

Burriss, who has no minor league options remaining, isexpected to make the club especially if Freddy Sanchez begins the year on theDL as expected.

We dont want to take any chances, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. We took him out there and see how hes doing tomorrow. It wasnt worththe risk.

The other day, Bochy said there was no separation betweenAubrey Huff, Brandon Belt and Brett Pill. Left unsaid: Pill has been thequietest among the bunch in recent days.

Not anymore.

Pill crushed a no-doubt, three-run home run off Kevin Sloweyto power the Giants to a 5-3 victory. The shot to left field came after BusterPosey singled and Belt walked.

He kind of lost it there for a couple days but he threw outa good at-bat, Bochy said. Theyre all good players. It wont be easydeciding which way well go. Its what you want to see guys doing what they need to do.

The most undecided competition in camp is backup catcher, although Chris Stewart continues to throw well. The Indians Asdrubal Cabrera got ahuge jump on Surkamp in the fifth inning, but Stewart came up throwing, got offa rapid throw and it was on target to throw him out.

Bochy said its a total tossup between Stewart and EliWhiteside. If management came to him now and demanded a decision, he wouldntbe able to provide one.

Hector Sanchez, by the way, was 2 for 2 to boost his averageto .480. He also appeared to tweak his groin after sliding into second base,but trainers checked him and he stayed in the game.

Ive said it before, but I think Sanchez should break withthe club to give the Giants a nice switch-hitting bat off the bench, as well asa third catcher for additional coverage behind Posey at least for the firstweek of the season. When Ryan Vogelsong or Freddy Sanchez gets activated, assumingone or both begins on the DL, then you can option Hector back to be theeveryday guy and get more experience at Triple-A Fresno.

Why not just make Sanchez the backup catcher? Well, the Giants feel he still has a lot of work to do to improve behind the plate. And he won't be able to do that while sitting on the bench.

Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla both threw scorelessinnings. Neither pitcher has allowed a run this spring. Casilla was a littleout of sorts at times, though. Hector Sanchez had to block a number of 54-footbreaking balls.

I was riffing with Tim Lincecum this morning about entrancemusic and hes going to stay with Electric Feel by MGMT. Its become one ofhis trademarks and he says it gets him pumped up without getting overly amped. It just seems to fit him right.

Lincecum will take on Jamie Moyer and the Rockies onThursday night. I wonder what music Moyer will pick from his era -- baroque or romantic?

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers

Instant Replay: Arroyo, Morse go deep, Giants walk off on Dodgers


SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Morse hoped to bring a little levity to a battered clubhouse Wednesday. On his first day as a Giant since the 2014 World Series, he ended up bringing the most thrilling win of the season. 

Morse’s pinch-hit homer in the eighth shook AT&T Park and tied the game. His good friend Hunter Pence won it with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. 

The 10th-inning rally started with Gorkys Hernandez’s single off Ross Stripling. Hernandez stole second and Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, and both runners were safe when Adrian Gonzalez went to third on Nick Hundley’s bunt. Pence flied out to deep left on the 10th pitch of his at-bat. The Giants had been 0-13 when trailing after seven. Morse  helped change all that.

Morse’s homer came an inning after Christian Arroyo’s first career homer. The newcomers saved a night that started with nothing but failure. 

The Giants entered with four games this month where they failed to put a runner on the first time through the order. Lefty Alex Wood stayed with the theme. Brandon Belt finally touched first with a one-out walk in the fourth but it wasn’t until the sixth that a Giant — Drew Stubbs — picked up a hit.

By that time, the Dodgers led 3-0. Johnny Cueto worked around some early trouble but Corey Seager got to him in the sixth. The young shortstop led off with a mammoth blast on a 3-2 pitch that landed a couple dozen rows up in left-center. The homer was tracked at 462 feet per Statcast, tied for the longest in the Majors this season.

The Dodgers went up 2-0 when Chase Utley blooped a single to left with the bases loaded. Utley was 1-for-31 at the time. Andrew Toles beat out a grounder to bring home a third run. 

The Giants looked dead in the water, but Wood — the Dodgers’ swingman — was pulled after 77 pitches and old friend Sergio Romo immediately opened the door. Buster Posey hit a one-out single and Arroyo lined a slider just over the fence in left-center.

Morse’s first at-bat as a Giant in three years sent an even bigger charge through the park. He got a 97 mph fastball from Pedro Baez with two strikes and blasted it to left. Morse held his arm up right away and screamed as he rounded first.

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks. He’ll finish April with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. After holding opposing hitters to a .238 average last year, he’s getting hit at a .271 clip this season. 

Bullpen report: Steven Okert did a great job of settling the place down, throwing a scoreless inning before Arroyo’s homer and retiring two more immediately after. 

At the plate: The 21-year-old Arroyo calmly clapped his hands once as he rounded first. He was pushed out of the dugout for a curtain call as the park roared. Most impressive of all, his mom, Kimberly, didn’t drop a single nacho as she celebrated in the stands.

In the field: Stubbs made a diving catch to open the seventh and Gorkys Hernandez followed with a nifty sliding catch at the wall.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,572 human beings. Thursday will be the 500th consecutive (announced) sellout.

Up next: Matt Moore (1-3, 5.87 ERA) will try to turn his month around. The Dodgers will trot out young lefty Julio Urias, who spent three weeks in the minors to control his innings count. 

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