Forget Jamie Moyer - Giants have their own ageless wonder


Forget Jamie Moyer - Giants have their own ageless wonder

DENVER The old lefty has a head full of white hair andswears to the same baseball poem every waking day:

Throw till it blows. Thats my warrior cry.

It isnt Jamie Moyer, the Colorado Rockies 49-year-oldleft-hander. Shoot, Moyer is a kid compared to John Yandle.

He showed up in the clubhouse today and I said, hey!Giants third base coach Tim Flannery bellowed. We found somebody older thanJamie Moyer!

Yandle is a slim, trim 57-year-old commercial real estate executivefrom Menlo Park who also happens to be in his 28th season as theGiants left-handed batting practice pitcher. He competes in seniorleagues. Hell mix it up with the kids in the annual Stanford baseball alumnigame.

And he can still hit 80 mph.

Which made him the perfect scout-team quarterback as theGiants prepared to face Moyer on Thursday.

Oh, I wasnt gonna miss this, Yandle said. I know I canimitate Jamie. Its the guys throwing 95 that are a challenge. Thats when Ivegotta move up a little bit.

Yandle was a former 11th-round pick of the SanDiego Padres out of Stanford and made it as far as Triple-A before retiring asa 26-year-old. He played with a pitcher named Rich Adams in the CaliforniaAngels system, and when Adams got a cup of coffee with the Giants, Yandle paidhim a visit at Candlestick Park.

I was in the locker room, just hanging around, Yandlesaid. It was the end of 85 and all the coaches had sore arms. They asked if Icould throw to a couple groups. Then a few years later, when Dusty (Baker) gotin there, I started doing more specialized work with the left-handers.

Yandles role expanded further when he became a personalfavorite of Barry Bonds, who preferred facing lefties in BP. By that time,Cutter John had begun to travel with the team.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy and his staff kept on Yandle, whostill throws BP before the team faces a lefty.

We were teammates at Double-A and Triple-A, Flannery said.Hey, he used to get hit hard then, too.

Actually, Yandle was pretty good. The Lake Oswego, Oregonnative led the minors with a 1.77 ERA for Walla Walla as a 22-year-old. He madeit to big league spring training with the Padres in 78 and threw well, too.But San Diego GM Jack McKeon sent him back to Double-A and Yandle had thatthing that young kids get when the feel theyre too good for something.

He asked for his release and signed with the Angels. Oneyear in their system and he decided to turn his back on baseball. He had aStanford education and knew he could be putting it to use.

Aw, you know, he said. I had friends making more moneydoing other things. You start to think, OK, Ive gotta make my mark in thisworld. You dont think youve got 40 years until you retire. Once youre outof baseball, you can never go back.

Thanks to a bunch of sore-armed coaches in 1985, Yandlesnuck back into baseball. And hes going to keep on chucking as long as he can.

Now Im paid to get hit instead of get people out, he saidwith a laugh. Im right where I should be.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he couldn't get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.

The reward? A heaping of praise from manager Bruce Bochy, handshakes from his teammates and another no-decision - Bumgarner's third in eight starts since coming off the disabled list.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again, Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, and the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

In what has been a theme for San Francisco much of the season, Bumgarner's efforts were overshadowed by another meltdown from the Giants' bullpen.

"I thought it was a good day for Madison," Bochy said. "We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. (Hunter Strickland) just had an off day making some mistakes."

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

"I tried to do a kick save but I wasn't very good at soccer," Bumgarner said. "It almost worked out."

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

"I got to better counts, I think this week, and the results show," Hoskins said.

Florimon hit a two-run single off Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

It was Florimon's first major league game in left field.

"I just try to catch the ball and throw the ball to home plate and see what happens," Florimon said. "I made a good throw."

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters for the win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Maikel Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

Posey had a rough afternoon physically. In addition to taking a 95 mph fastball in the back, Posey also appeared to get hurt while tagging out a sliding Cameron Perkins at the plate in the second.

Afterward, the Giants' All-Star catcher voiced his displeasure about Neris.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game and RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) faces Milwaukee on Monday.