Giants' former payroll manager pleads guilty

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Giants' former payroll manager pleads guilty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants' former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling 2.2 million from the team.Robin M. O'Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.O'Connor admitted diverting payroll meant for employees - including players - to her personal account by creating false paychecks, reducing workers' tax withholding without their consent and other means, between June 2010 and June 2011. Authorities didn't identify the employees affected.O'Connor remains free on 500,000 bond is scheduled to be sentenced March 5. She faces up to 20 years in prison.She has agreed to forfeit a 2011 BMW 335, a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck and more than 465,000 seized from three bank accounts. O'Connor had previously returned 608,000 to the Giants.Team executives confronted O'Connor in July after being notified by Bank of America that she was applying for a loan and had recently received two large deposits from the Giants. The loan file included a letter on San Francisco Giants letterhead explaining two large deposits that had been made into O'Connor's bank account."Because of her outstanding contributions to our Major League Baseball team and front office during the 2010 season that assisted us in accomplishing our goal of winning the 2010 World Series, she was given two additional payments of compensation in May 2011," states the letter, quoted in the court files.O'Connor acknowledged the embezzlement when confronted in July and was immediately fired, according to court documents. She was arrested and charged in San Francisco federal court July 7.The Giants assisted with the investigation.The team paid O'Conner 80,000 annually in base salary and she was eligible for bonuses, according to court files. She processed payroll for Giants employees, including players, and was responsible for making changes to amounts of money sent to employees' bank accounts.

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.

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Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

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In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.

Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.

First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.

In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.

Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.

He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.

San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.