Giants announce spring schedule


Giants announce spring schedule

The Giants will play 33 games in Arizona this spring, opening the schedule against Colorado in Scottsdale on March 3.

The club will cap the spring schedule with three games back in the Bay Area, two at AT&T Park and one in Oakland (April 2-4).

The Giants will host each of the Cactus League clubs at least once, including five games against Colorado (March 3, 4, 7, 22, 24) and four games against Milwaukee (March 4, 5, 10 and April 1) and the A's (March 17, April 2-4).

The Giants drew 160,574 fans last spring, an average of 10,036 per game. It will be the 30th spring training at Scottsdale Stadium.
March 3 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 4 -- Colorado ScottsdaleSalt River TBD Milwaukee Maryvale TBD
March 5 -- Milwaukee Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 6 -- Los Angeles-NL Glendale TBD
March 7 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 8 -- San Diego Peoria TBD
March 9 -- Cincinnati (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 10 -- Milwaukee Scottsdale 1:05 pm Los Angeles-AL Tempe TBD
March 11 -- Seattle Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 12 -- Kansas City Surprise TBD
March 13 -- Chicago-NL Scottsdale 7:05 pm
March 14 -- Cleveland Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 15 -- Seattle Peoria TBD
March 16 -- Chicago-NL Mesa TBD
March 17 -- Oakland (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 pm Los Angeles-NL Glendale 7:05 pm
March 18 -- San Diego Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 19 -- OFF DAY
March 20 -- Arizona ScottsdaleSalt River TBD
March 21 -- Cleveland Goodyear TBD
March 22 -- Colorado ScottsdaleSalt River TBD
March 23 -- Texas Scottsdale 7:05 pm
March 24 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm Cincinnati Goodyear TBD
March 25 -- Chicago-AL Glendale TBD
March 26 -- Kansas City Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 27 -- Los Angeles-AL Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 28 -- Los Angeles-NL Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 29 -- Texas Surprise TBD
March 30 -- San Diego Peoria TBD
March 31 -- Cincinnati Scottsdale 3:05 pm
April 1 -- Milwaukee Maryvale TBD
Exhibition Games in Bay Area
April 2 -- Oakland AT&T Park TBD
April 3 -- Oakland Coliseum TBD
April 4 -- Oakland AT&T Park TBD

As Dodgers celebrate, Bochy turns eyes to franchise-altering talent


As Dodgers celebrate, Bochy turns eyes to franchise-altering talent

LOS ANGELES — The Giants left their dugout quickly after Friday’s loss, escaping a celebration on the mound and a fireworks show in the sky. As Dodger Stadium shook with cheers, Bruce Bochy sat in the visiting clubhouse and smiled. He nodded at his laptop, which earlier had been used to pull up highlights of Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani. 

“He’s good,” Bochy said, laughing. “I absolutely would play him every day.”

Earlier in the week, when it became known that Bobby Evans and Jeremy Shelley were headed to Japan to scout Otani, Bochy said he couldn’t imagine a player pitching and then moving to the outfield between starts. What changed? 

Perhaps it was the tape Bochy saw. Otani throws 100 mph and hits homers with ease. Or perhaps it was the game he watched Friday. The Giants lost for the 94th time, with the big blow coming from a 22-year-old Dodgers star. Cody Bellinger’s blast was the difference in a 4-2 win, and the Giants don’t have a Bellinger, or anything close. Otani, 23, is a long shot for a team that very well could finish with the worst record in baseball. Still, he’s the kind of talent that could help pull the Giants closer in a hurry. He’s the  kind of talent they haven’t developed in years, and Bochy certainly sounded a bit wistful as he talked of the power Bellinger has put on display. 

“You call up a guy and he does that — that just doesn’t happen,” he said. “It’s a rare deal.”

The ninth inning of the Dodgers’ clincher reinforced that point for the Giants. They got a homer from Pablo Sandoval, but he’s playing only because Christian Arroyo — the Giants’ best prospect bet this year — is hurt. Ryder Jones, their 23-year-old prospect, struck out to end the night, dropping his average to .180. 

That set off a celebration for Bellinger and the Dodgers. They have won five straight NL West titles, with three of the last four clinched against the Giants. 

“Congrats to them,” Bochy said. “They’ve had a tremendous year across the board, and they’ve played great baseball. They brought some guys up that really did a great job for them. It’s well deserved.”

Bochy said it was not difficult to watch this one. The division has been wrapped up for months, with only a September slide keeping the Dodgers from clinching earlier. 

“We knew what we were facing here,” Bochy said. 

The Giants have two more against the Dodgers and then six more before a long winter. The Dodgers, on the other hand, will host an NLDS series here at Dodger Stadium. Both Bochy and starter Jeff Samardzija made the same observation, that the Dodgers will have a hard time cutting their deep roster down to 25 postseason players. 

That’s a nice problem to have. It’s a foreign one right now for the Giants, who have a serious talent gap and no clear solutions internally. It’s no wonder, then, that Bochy has all of a sudden become so intrigued by a wondrous talent overseas. 

Samardzija hits two milestones, makes 200-200 club in start vs Dodgers


Samardzija hits two milestones, makes 200-200 club in start vs Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — When the Giants gathered for spring training in February, team officials thought they had put together a rotation with four 200-inning arms. The starters didn’t come close to hitting that lofty goal, but one Giant got to the 200-inning mark Friday night. 

Jeff Samardzija hit 200 innings in the third inning Friday night at Dodger Stadium, reaching the standard for the fifth consecutive season. Samardzija also became the first Giant this year to reach 200 strikeouts when he struck out Curtis Granderson to open the second inning. The right-hander will be the only member of the rotation to reach either milestone, with Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto limited by injuries and Matt Moore having a down year. 

“These guys like Jeff that are able to handle that workload that he does and log 200 innings and have durability, that’s invaluable,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You look at what it does for the ‘pen but also the quality of innings he gives you. His record should be different with how he has thrown the ball — he can’t control that. But the workload itself is important.”

Samardzija became the first Giants right-hander to strike out 200 in a season since Tim Lincecum (220) in 2011. Samardzija joined Carlos Martinez as the only National League pitchers who have thrown 200 innings this year, and Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Robbie Ray, Martinez and Zack Greinke in the league’s 200-strikeout club.