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EXTRAS: Runzler update, Melkys monster spring

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EXTRAS: Runzler update, Melkys monster spring

Dan Runzler is on the shelf after aggravating his latissimusdorsi muscle, but said he is feeling better after receiving a platelet-richplasma treatment in San Francisco on Thursday.The initial timeframe of a return to throwing has been scaled back from threeto four weeks to two to three weeks.Before flying to San Francisco for the PRP treatment,Runzler visited noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who looked at Runzlers MRIsand determined that surgery wouldnt be necessary. Runzler went 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA last season and left the Giants final game ofthe regular season with a tear in his lat muscle.

--Maybe Melky Cabrera is hearing the peanut gallery callinghis 2011 breakout season a fluke.RELATED: Posey, Sanchez return; Giants beat Reds 6-3
After hitting .305 with 18 home runs and 87 RBIs with the Kansas City Royalslast season, he was shipped to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez. There isskepticism among media members and fans that he cant match his career yearnumbers from 2011.But Cabrera is off to a blazing hot start in the Cactus League, including histhird home run of the spring Friday. Cabrera took Reds righty Sam LeCure deep on a towering two-run shot way over theright-field fence in the 3rd inning.For the spring, Cabrera is hitting .588 with six RBIs and only one strikeout in17 at bats. --Brandon Belt was the only other Giant to homer against theReds, as he sent Chad Reinekes 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field in the 8thinning.It was Belts second shot of the springand upped his average to .389. Belt didnt get the start on Friday, butentered the game as a defensive replacement for Nate Schierholtz in right fieldin the 6th inning.Belt also flashed the leather in right, catching a sinking line drive off hisshoetops to rob Miguel Rojas of a hit in the 8th inning.
RELATED: Sanchez has quiet debut, may start at second base Monday
--The Giants have confirmed an earlier report of a one-yearagreement with Madison Bumgarner. The team also announced that they have agreedto terms on contracts for all 19 of their players with 0-to-3 years of servicetime. One such player is Buster Posey, who made 575,000 last season.--Heath Hembree had been perfect so far this spring heading into Fridays game,pitching two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.The hard-throwing closer-in-waiting allowed his first run of the spring againstthe Reds, as he was called upon in the ninth and gave up an RBI double toDaniel Dorn after issuing a one-out walk to Wilson Valdez.Hembree rebounded by striking out the next two batters to end the game and givethe Giants a 6-3 win.RELATED: Giants' Cain in midseason form after two spring starts
In his last outing, Hembrees velocity was reportedly down and it didnt liveup to the hype on Friday, either. While the 94-96 he hit Friday is nothing to laugh at, Hembree has made a namefor himself by living in the 98-100 range last season with San Jose andRichmond.--One last light note to close out the final post of the day from Scottsdale.After taking batting practice, Buster Posey walked back to the dugout to achorus of screaming kids asking for his autograph.Posey obliged and began to take sharpies, jerseys and baseballs from allangles.As he was signing, one young fan asked him Buster, why areyou so good?Before Posey could answer (as if he could come up with a humble response),another youngster handled the question for him: Because he just is

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-2 win over Brewers

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-2 win over Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO — With the go-ahead run on second in the bottom of the seventh, Kelby Tomlinson was rung up on a pitch that was about half a foot from the bottom of the zone. Bruce Bochy threw his hands up in anger. Several others in the dugout hollered at home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth. 

Seconds later, the dugout was full of sheepish grins. 

Jarrett Parker’s check-swing resulted in an accidental double down the left field line. Two runs scored and the Giants held on for a 4-2 victory that gave them the series win over the Brewers. 

Here are five things to know from the final game of the homestand … 

—- Matt Moore’s solid day ended when he walked the leadoff batter in the seventh. His line: 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. He has allowed five total runs over his past three starts. 

—- Moore caught a break in the sixth after the first two batters singled. Jonathan Villar had third base stolen by a mile, but Ryan Braun swung on the pitch and flied out to the track in center. Villar had to retreat and he couldn’t tag up. Two grounders to short got Moore out of the inning. 

—- Josh Hader, a 23-year-old reliever who looks and pitches like Bizarro Tim Lincecum, dominated the Giants the last two days. The left-hander has a 1.23 ERA in 21 big league appearances. The Giants should get one of those. 

—- Accident or not, Parker’s double counts. It was his ninth since he was called up on August 3. He has 14 RBI this month. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two. He hasn’t allowed a run in six appearances since coming off the disabled list.

Down on the Farm: Meet the Giants' 'Homeless Minor Leaguer'

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Down on the Farm: Meet the Giants' 'Homeless Minor Leaguer'

Matt Paré sat in a Boston coffee shop sipping his drink in January of 2015 while columnist Steve Buckley typed away at his next story for the Boston Herald. A simple thought popped into Paré’s head as he looked to occupy himself — Well, now what do I do? 

You know the saying. Monkey see, monkey do. I’m not taking it to the Michael Scott level, but Paré went along with the saying. He started writing too. Next question — Where do I put my words? 

Paré started a blog, and with the help of Buckley, there was no need for a third question to make up a name for his site. 

Homeless Minor Leaguer. 

“He (Buckley) had covered minor league baseball for three years I think way back in the day, and he joked, ‘Oh you’re just a homeless minor leaguer’ and that kind of stuck,” Paré explains as he winds down his fifth minor league season in the Giants’ farm system. 

Buckley’s joke started when after Paré graduated from Boston College in 2013 and signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent. In the offseason, Paré would go back to Boston and couch surf at different friends’ places, including Buckley’s. The two met during Paré’s time at Boston College. Buckley hosts a charity Old Time Baseball Game in Cambridge and the two bonded the summer after Paré’s sophomore season when he couldn’t play in the game due to knee surgery. Still, he wanted to be a part of the event and wound up there from 9 a.m. until midnight to do all he could. 

The first entry Paré ever wrote for Homeless Minor Leaguer begins like this

I hate the name of this blog…

Because it holds too much truth.

Who would want to be “homeless” and be a minor leaguer for most of his emerging adulthood? Until a month ago, I drove a 12-year-old car with the “check engine” light on as a permanent interior feature. I questioned my frugality and common sense when I recently took out a car loan to buy a new car.  To give you some perspective, I make below the poverty line and sometimes think about filling out an application for food stamps.

Since September alone, I have slept at over 20 different locations with the sleeping arrangements including, but not limited to futons, pull-out couches, standard couches, air mattresses, a bean bag, and a surprisingly comfortable shaggy rug. Sometimes, I had the luxury of sleeping in an actual bed.

But then, Paré wants to make it clear how grateful he is to play baseball for a living. He was drafted in the 26th round by the Astros out of high school before turning that down to attend Boston College. His four years didn’t go as planned on the field, but the Giants gave him his second chance. Behind the plate, the 26-year-old will fight to continue his baseball dream with the San Jose Giants. Off it, he has other dreams too. 

Granted, no one is holding a gun to my head forcing me into this adverse lifestyle, but I have higher aspirations and goals than this for my remaining youth, whether it’s as an everyday catcher in the MLB or a successful entrepreneur. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing baseball for a living, and I’m very privileged to have the opportunity and thankful for the lessons and experiences that the game gives me.

After eight months of writing about topics ranging from dating to video games to acceptance, Paré turned from blogging to vlogging. 

“I have no background whatsoever in it,” Paré said, who earned his degree in Human Development and Organizational Studies. “It’s all self taught and doing my own research and reading and ironically watching YouTube videos on it.” 

Paré put all his skills and creativity to the test in late August of last year with the release of his first comedy sketch. With the help of some teammates, he launched "Bad Bods," a Taylor Swift parody making fun of how minor league players eat on the road. 

For the last year, Homeless Minor Leaguer has truly evolved. Paré now has another team off the field that includes Ty Kelly of the Phillies, who writes scripts with him and acted with him in Paré's favorite Homeless Minor Leaguer video to date, along with two producers, an animator, and a music composer. Plus, independent film workers help Paré's team whenever they are needed.  

"I’ve been able to work with such amazing people and going forward we have such amazing things planned," Paré said of his off the field team.

On the acting side, Paré joined another Giant on YouTube last year as Hunter Pence and his wife Lexi made a video titled, "We Adopt a Minor Leaguer!"

This season, Paré was able to know Pence even better as a teammate when the right fielder rehabbed in San Jose.

"He doesn't act like he's bigger than anyone else," Paré said on Pence. "He's such a presence in a clubhouse.

"Off the field, same guy. He's amazing. It was awesome working with Hunter and Lexi. She's helped me out with YouTube stuff in the past. A good resource that I still keep in contact with."

During the season, keeping up with the grind and growing another passion off the field can be hard. Paré toyed with doing a Day in the Life vlog during the season, but that proved to be too much. Instead in his downtime, he's been writing scripts for videos that will be shot in the offseason. 

No videos have been posted to the Homeless Minor Leaguer YouTube page since June 3. That's about to be much different. 

"We’re going to start putting out a video a week starting November 1," Paré revealed. "Basically we’re gonna be doing a bunch of bulk shooting this offseason so I don’t have to worry about anything this season because it’s hard. It really is."

Of the upcoming videos that Paré could give a sneak peak of, kicking off the once a week video campaign is a Superhero spinoff that stars Ty Simpkins, who has played large roles in Jurassic World, Insidious and Iron Man 3. Another video Paré is really excited to put out is for all the Harry Potter fans. The premise brings light to the second-most popular sports at Hogwarts besides quidditch. No spoilers. 

What started as a simple writing platform in the offseason is now becoming much more than just an offseason hobby. And, ironically, another home. Paré and his partner Kelly are moving to Los Angeles in the offseason. There Paré will take acting lessons and as a writing duo, their ideas have already reached eyes beyond YouTube. 

"We actually just sold our first script to a prodcuction company," Paré said. "We sold it and not only did we sell it but they are making it one of the final 20 episodes for their upcoming season.

"I can't say what it's for yet, but it's for an online streaming platform." 

For now, everyone that works on Homeless Minor Leaguer is doing so pro bono. That is sure to change soon as the project rapidly grows. 

"It’s just amazing how passionate everyone is working on Homeless Minor Leaguer and I’m so thankful I have a core group of people," he says.

When asked what Homeless Minor Leaguer means to him, Paré looks at the bigger picture. He is not alone in this journey and he wouldn't change a thing. 

"Homeless Minor Leaguer represents a lot of guys," Paré said. "I'm not the only Homeless Minor Leaguer. But in order to pursue your goals of playing in the big leagues, every guy has to go through the minor leagues and I'm sure if you ask those guys about their experiences in minor league baseball, they wouldn't trade them for anything." 

In the squat or at the writers table, Paré leads. He's exactly the type of multidimensional person baseball needs. Or soon, Hollywood.