Giants Game 3 NLDS lineup: Status quo


Giants Game 3 NLDS lineup: Status quo

Programming note: Tune in to Giants Pregame Live today at 1:30 p.m. for complete coverage from Cincinnati right up until game time, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!CINCINNATI Reds manager Dusty Baker has no reason to tinker after his club whalloped the Giants twice at AT&T Park. Hes going with the same 1-through-8 lineup in Game 3. So is Giants manager Bruce Bochy.In fact, Bochy felt lineup continuity was so important that he plans to keep the same group together in Game 4, too and that means having Buster Posey catch Barry Zito, allowing Brandon Belt to stay at first base.Bochy told beat reporters that Posey would get the start behind the plate with Zito in a potential Game 4 on Wednesday, even though the left-hander has been paired with Hector Sanchez in all but a handful of his starts this season.RELATED: Giants-Reds NLDS Game 3 -- Matchup notes
But first, the Giants must win behind Ryan Vogelsong to extend this NL Division Series. Tuesday nights game is a rematch from April 26 , when Vogelsong and right-hander Homer Bailey ended up taking no decisions because Angel Pagan erased a two-run deficit with a three-run home run in the ninth off Reds lefty Sean Marshall.Marshall, who was the Reds closer at the time, hadnt blown a save before that.The Giants would prefer not to rely on another bolt from the blue to win. Theyd rather score early and grab a lead, then set up their frontline relievers. The Giants havent led in this series; theyve trailed at the conclusion of 15 of 18 innings.
Angel Pagan CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Pence RF
Belt 1B
Blanco LF
Crawford SS
Vogelsong RHP (14-9, 3.37)

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.