EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz denies making formal trade request, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz denies making formal trade request, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz denied aCBS Sports report that he has formally requested a trade.

I havent said one thing about anything other than baseballin two weeks, said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlierthis month that he would be open to a change of scenery that would give him theopportunity to play every day.

Nothing has changed at all," Schierholtz said. "My agent knows if anybody isgoing to say anything (to the Giants), its me. I expressed how I felt a coupleweeks ago, and that was the end of it.

Schierholtz stressed that he is not a malcontent, he lovesplaying in San Francisco and he hasnt received a harsh reception in theclubhouse following his published comments. But yes, he wants an opportunity toplay on an everyday basis and at the time the Chronicle story came out, hewas on pace for 100 fewer at-bats than the previous year, when he was in apart-time role.

Considering how Schierholtz played in Philadelphia barely morethan a week ago, its not a stretch to envision him being part of a package forHunter Pence, should the Giants be able to swing a deal.

Great to see Andres Torres back at AT&T Park, and it brought back fond memories when he shook my hand three times in a five-minute span.

He saidhis documentary, Gigante, had a rough-cut premiere at NYU on May 31 and thefinal version should be done in two months or so. The movie tells the story ofhow he overcame long odds, a lengthy minor league career and ADHD.

Its beautiful, Torres said. It touched my heart. Ididnt think I would, but I cried when I saw it. You laugh, its emotional its got a little of everything.

Torres said he hopes to screen the final version in SanFrancisco at some point this offseason.

What a striking juxtaposition between two 2010 World Seriesheroes.

Torres received a standing, sustained ovation when he wasannounced for the first time. He stepped out of the box and doffed his helmet.

And Aubrey Huff hurt himself again when the Mets bungledwhat should have been a double-play grounder.

One guy was welcomed back. The other guy cant leave soonenough.

Oh, and there was Ramon Ramirez, whose entrance in reliefdrew almost no reaction. Did everyone forget his 0.67 ERA for the 2010 Giants?

The 2010 reunion tour will continue Friday night at CoorsField, when the Giants begin their next road trip. Theyre scheduled to facenone other than Jonathan Sanchez. The Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong to opposehim.

Sanchez is 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA in two starts for theRockies, who acquired him after the Kansas City Royals designated him forassingment.

Brandon Belt took an aggressive swing and might have hit awalk-off, three-run home run in the 10th inning if it were a daygame.

Instead, his ball only made it to the warning track, andinto the center fielders glove to end an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Mets.

I hit that ball too good, Belt said. I thought that ballwas gone for sure. It gets late at night here and the air gets heavy. It knocksdown balls for sure. You cant do anything about it.

Unless youre Scott Hairston, apparently.

Interesting that the Mets pitched to Belt in the 10th.Clay Hensley was on deck and the Giants were out of position players. Metsmanager Terry Collins said he didnt want to walk Belt to load the bases andput his pitcher in a position where hed have no margin for error to throwstrikes.

This leads me to believe that Terry Collins has watched a lot of bad relief pitching this season.

I have absolutely no issue at all with Bochy pinch-runningEli Whiteside for Buster Posey in the ninth. Thats the tying run and theGiants absolutely cannot win if it doesnt score. You try to tie it up, thenworry about the rest later.

But it brings up an interesting question: With PabloSandoval on the DL and Manny Burriss in DFA land, who is the Giantsthird-string catcher?

When it slows down a little around here, Ill ask.

Want to know what Josh Willingham, Jason Kubel and CurtisGranderson have in common?

Theyve all hit more home runs in their home park (17) thanthe Giants have hit all season on the shores of McCovey Cove (16).

Thats right. The Giants have 16 home runs in 52 home games.

Once more: The Giants have 16 home runs in 52 home games.

Oh, and it's rude to walk around with your mouth hanging open.

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either.

"It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it."

Not that Scully has any regrets since retiring after last season. He says he's grateful for every minute he spent with the Dodgers, the franchise he joined 67 years ago in Brooklyn and followed to Los Angeles eight years later. He feels blessed to have worked as long as he did covering the game he fell in love with as a boy.

But he's learned that after a lifetime in the broadcast booth, watching a game as a fan holds little appeal.

"During the World Series back around '77 or '78, there was a game at Dodger Stadium with the Yankees, and I went to the game as a spectator. Now, I hadn't been as a spectator in a long, long time, and I felt somewhat restless that I wasn't broadcasting," Scully recalled Tuesday.

"I did not have the challenge of trying to describe, accurately and quickly, the way it should be done. I just sat there, and I was not happy, I'll be honest. So I realized that although I love the game, what I loved more was broadcasting it," he said.

Scully spoke to the AP because the Library of Congress has announced it will preserve his call of a 1957 game between the Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, the final time they played at the hallowed old stadium. Both teams moved to California after that season, opening up the West Coast to Major League Baseball.

Scully's call of Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect game is more famous. But that game at the Polo Grounds meant more to him personally, because he grew up going to games there, cheering for the Giants and dreaming of watching from the press box.

"It was so meaningful to me. I'm not sure what it really means to baseball fans anymore," Scully said. "The sands of time have washed over the Polo Grounds. But for me, it was one of the more memorable games I was ever involved in."

During that broadcast, Scully implored the players to take their time before there franchises left town: "Let's take it easy, we just want to take one last lingering look at both of you." The Library of Congress called it "a masterful example of the artistry that great sports announcers bring to their work, as well as their empathy for players and fans."

Six decades later, Scully is having an easier time letting go. So no plans to keep track Monday when Los Angeles plays the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

"All summer long, I expect to get feelings of nostalgia, wistfulness, whatever the word may be, but no, I am comfortable, I do know in my heart and soul I am where I should be, and that really is all I need," he said.

"Sure, after 67 years, you'll bet I'll miss it," he added. "But heck, I miss the guys I hung out with when I was in school."

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

MESA, Ariz. — The Giants went 0-62 last season when trailing after eight innings. Chris Marrero wasn’t around for any of that, but it’s a stat that could help Marrero as he tries to lock up a bench spot. 

The first baseman/left fielder crushed a three-run shot in the ninth inning Tuesday, wiping out a two-run deficit against the Cubs. Marrero also has two walk-off homers this spring. 

“This kid, you see it when he goes up there. He’s got great focus,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s intensity and determination. From day one, you could see it in his at-bats. Late in the game, he seems very comfortable. He wants to go up there.”

Tuesday’s homer, which shot out to right-center, was the eighth of the spring for Marrero. That ties him with a guy named Bryce Harper for the MLB lead, and the vast majority of Marrero’s bombs were no-doubters. 

“It’s been a great spring for him,” Bochy said. “The last game here, it seems fitting that he would do something like that. He’s already done it a couple of times. This kid has done all he can. I love his swing and the work that he’s put in.”

With Michael Morse down, Marrero is the best remaining option as a power right-handed bat off the bench, a glaring need a year ago. Justin Ruggiano, another one in the mix, followed Marrero’s shot with one of his own. The homer was Ruggiano’s second of the spring. 

Ruggiano is a better fit defensively in the outfield, but Marrero has been solid at first and Bochy said he’s fine with what he’s seen in left field. “He’s still working on it,” Bochy said, noting that Marrero will play left field during the Bay Bridge Series. 

LEADING OFF: Denard Span saw a wild pitch bounce off the bricks behind home plate, and he never slowed down. Span sped around third in the second inning and slid in ahead of the throw. The notable part of the play wasn’t that a quirky bounce allowed Span to take 180 feet on a wild pitch. It was that his legs did. The 33-year-old has been a different guy in his second spring with the Giants. Last year, Span was coming off hip surgery. This spring, his old game has returned.

“I’ve just been able to do the things I’ve always been able to do,” Span said. “I have more control of my body. I’m stronger. I had a full offseason and a full spring training to get my legs up under me. The last couple of weeks, I’ve felt much better and more confident.”

A healthy and spry Span would be a big boost to a lineup that often looked flat in the second half last season Span showed off every aspect of his game Tuesday. He blasted a leadoff homer on Jake Arrieta’s second pitch, and during their second matchup, he put a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single. Span stole second easily before his race home. 

“He’s playing terrific baseball and he’s been a real inspiration, being our leadoff hitter,” Bochy said. “That’s what we needed — energy at the top of the order.”

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez (shoulder) is feeling much better, and Bochy said he’ll play third base during the games at AT&T Park before getting four or five innings at shortstop on Saturday. Joe Panik (drilled in the back on Monday) said he’s feeling fine. 

POSITION BATTLES: Here’s the latest on Matt Cain, and here’s an update on Aaron Hill and Jimmy Rollins. 

ICYMI: Big news today from NBC Bay Area. Matt Williams, Javier Lopez and Cody Ross have joined out pre- and post-game shows. You can find stories about those guys on our homepage here. Those shows will also now be an hour long on both ends of the game, adding an extra hour of Giants coverage to your day. Which is good. 

That’s all on the way during the regular season. If you missed any of our spring coverage, you can find a bunch of features here, and podcasts here (spring pods included Mike Morse, Matt Cain, Mac Williamson, Jimmy Rollins and others, with one more coming this week). And in case you’re new to our coverage, the Twitter account is here and the Facebook page is here. Next stop, San Francisco …