Kershaw named Cy Young, four Giants get votes

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Kershaw named Cy Young, four Giants get votes

The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has won the 2011 NL Cy Young Award, running away with the honor with 27 of 32 first-place votes.

The award is no stranger to the Bay Area, as two of the past four years have seen the honor go to the Giants' Tim Lincecum, and four Giants from last year's starting rotation received Cy Young votes.

Kershaw also received five second-place votes and two thirds, giving him 207 points. Roy Halladay, the Cy Young incumbent, was a distant second with 133 points (four firsts, 21 seconds, seven thirds). Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels rounded out the Top 5, but four of the next seven spots went to pitchers in Orange and Black.

Lincecum got one fourth-place vote and five fifths. Matt Cain received one fourth-place vote and one fifth, and Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each garnered one fifth-place vote.

It was the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer who included Vogelsong on his ballot, and the St. Louis Press Democrat's Bernie Miklasz who tagged Bumgarner.

Kershaw and Lincecum went head to head four times last season. In those four starts, Lincecum kept the Dodgers down with a 1.24 ERA, but he was served an 0-4 record after Kershaw dominated the Giants, allowing just one earned run in those four games.

Kershaw, 23, made 500K in 2011 and turned in a Triple Crown season with 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA. Kennedy, who finished fourth, also won 21 games.

In comparison, Lincecum made 405K in 2008 when he won his first Cy Young, and 650K in 2009 when he earned his second.

One Bay Area athlete recognized Kershaw's accomplishment, as the A's Brett Anderson offered his congratulations on Twitter:

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Brett AndersonCongrats to kershaw..he definitely deserves it.
Nov 17 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

Giants notes: Belt gets start in left field; Span 'day-to-day'

Giants notes: Belt gets start in left field; Span 'day-to-day'

DENVER -- Brandon Belt spent some time Sunday morning playing balls off the wall at Coors Field to get accustomed to life as a left fielder. He used to borrow Javier Lopez's glove, but with Lopez retired, Belt snagged a Chad Chop BP glove. It's an outfield glove that Chop said was a gift from Tim Lincecum, and it's apparently from Japanese Nike, whatever that means. 

Belt looked back fondly on his one day in left field last year in Arizona. 

"I was amazing," he said. "I had one Defensive Run Saved."

It's true, he did. Belt made a nice running catch that he brought up as reporters were talking to Denard Span.

"I don't remember that," Span said. 

"I ran into the fence but I stayed in the game," Belt replied. 

Span smiled and admitted he had no comeback. An X-ray came back negative after Span's collision Saturday, and he's hopeful he'll only miss a few days. If it's more than that, the Giants will put him on the 10-day DL. Span had a similar issue with his SC joint in 2012 and missed several weeks. 

"It's a little sore," he said. "Right now I'm day-to-day. The good thing is I've got range of motion."

Span said he immediately thought of Jarrett Parker as he hit the wall. He knew the injury wasn't as bad as Parker's, but "I knew something didn't feel right."

With Span out, Gorkys Hernandez starts in center and Hunter Pence is the backup there. This could be the start of some serious roster juggling. Bochy said the staff has talked about getting Belt more time in left so Buster Posey and Nick Hundley, who is swinging it well, can both start. Eduardo Nuñez is one possibility. Michael Morse and Mac Williamson are not ready yet. Drew Stubbs could be the first one up; he has looked great, according to the reports Bochy is getting. 

"We'll go day-to-day and see how it goes," Bochy said. 

--- If you missed it last night, Bochy isn't thrilled with his starting pitchers, and for good reason. You can talk about Hernandez and Chris Marrero and all that until you're blue in the face, but the resources have been spent on the rotation, and it's been an issue on and off field.

 

In series of roster moves, Mariners call up former Giants pitcher

In series of roster moves, Mariners call up former Giants pitcher

Chris Heston is back in the major leagues.

The former Giants pitcher was recalled as part of a flurry of roster moves by the struggling Mariners prior to Sunday's game against the A's in Oakland.

First baseman Dan Vogelbach was also recalled, while outfielder Leonys Martin was designated for assignment and pitcher Chase De Jong was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Heston was traded by the Giants to Mariners in December for a player to be named later.

In parts of three seasons with the Giants, Heston went 13-12 with a 4.16 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 188 innings.