EXTRA BAGGS: Crawford prefers large portions, etc


EXTRA BAGGS: Crawford prefers large portions, etc

PHILADELPHIA Brandon Crawford has six major league homeruns. Two are grand slams. Two others are three-run shots. Hes got one of eachon this road trip.

I like to get my moneys worth, I guess, he said.

Note to all-you-can-eat buffets in the SoMa area: If atousled kid with beard stubble and piercing blue eyes walks through your door,do not seat him.

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Crawford is having a road trip to remember, and now its theGiants turn to get greedy and fill the plate. Theyve already guaranteed noworse than a split on this road trip to Atlanta and Philadelphia, two of thetoughest places to play in the NL regardless of where the home clubs sit in thestandings. Now they can go after these next two games with house money and tryto make it a banner trip, beginning with Matt Cain against Cole Hamels onSaturday.

Tim Lincecum rushed up to Crawford at some point after theslam, reminding the young shortstop that his other one came in a Lincecum startat Milwaukee. Lincecum was just as grateful for the pair of highlight playsthat Crawford made, including a diving stop on Placido Polanco that used allthe meaning of full extension.

Incredible, Lincecum said. I gave him a golf clap.

I feel hes just growing and hes a great competitor.

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How did Crawford view the play he made on Polanco?

Off the bat, I wanted it, he said. Thats basically how Iapproach every ground ball. I want to make a play on it.

As mentioned here a few weeks back, Giants officials nowacknowledge they made a mistake last season when they traded for OrlandoCabrera at the end of July and sent Crawford to the minor leagues. Although thetrade market can be unpredictable, they have no plans to supplant Crawford thistime around. They plan to ride it out with him, knowing how much his defensestabilizes the entire infield.

It helps that Crawford entered Fridays game with a .292average in his last 17 contests. And while he hasnt turned on many pitches,his 17 doubles are third on the club behind Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera. Sohe hasnt exactly been a singles swinger.

Now Crawford is implementing a few adjustments that allowhim to use his pull side.

Hes quieted down at the plate, Giants manager Bruce Bochysaid. He was overstriding a little and getting out in front, and consequently,was tying himself up a little bit.

Crawford followed up his slam in the sixth by collecting atwo-out, RBI single to right field in the eighth. He was very much aware ofhis .197 average with runners in scoring position that he carried into the game,as well as his .077 mark (3 for 39) with RISP and two outs.

So that last hit felt as good as the grand slam, he said.

Crawford is sporting two gnarly, purplish nebula-lookingbruises on or above both knees, both sustained on foul tips in the last week.

Cutters, he said. All of them cutters.

Ryan Theriot quietly had four hits, which deserves amention. Call it a quiet riot.

And Eli Whiteside contributed with an RBI double and a solideffort with Lincecum. I know it wasnt a popular decision to start him today,but give him credit for a solid start. There isnt a soul in the clubhouse whois unhappy to see Whiteside back among them.

OK, so Im officially overexposed after my Jeopardy! appearance. But Ill leave you with one thought from todays episode:

If Matt LeBlanc ever stars in a silent movie, count me IN.

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins

Former Giants top prospect earns first career MLB win with Twins


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."


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.


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."


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.