Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable


Lohse to start Game 7, Holliday questionable

SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny never announced his Game 7 starter, hoping he'd never need to.

He needs to.

The Giants forced Game 7 with a 6-1 victory Sunday night, and it was Cardinals' Game 3 starter Kyle Lohse who took the podium to field questions on the decisive game scheduled for Monday at 5:07 p.m.

"I usually don't sleep before I start anyways," Lohse said, "so it's not going to change my routine. I've known these guys. Now we've played 'em six games. I've seen enough of them, so I know what I need to do to be successful. I know last time I didn't have my best stuff and I was still able to stay away from the big inning.

"I know what I need to do, it's just a matter of going out there and doing it.

Lohse pitched 5 23 strong innings in St. Louis to earn the win over Matt Cain in Game 3. He scattered seven hits, but was able to strand Giants runners and escape with only one earned run. He walked five and struck out two.

Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 that game, and it's possible the Cards will go without contribution from him again.

Holliday was a late scratch Sunday due to back tightness, and Matheny's postgame words did not instill confidence that he'd be ready to go Monday night.

"We'll see tomorrow," Matheny said. "His back tightened up even a little more as we went through the game, so we'll see when we get here tomorrow. ... Somebody else has to step up.'"

That somebody appears to be Matt Carpenter, who entered Game 3 when Carlos Beltran left with injury and started Sunday after Holliday was scratched. Carpenter went 1-for-3 with a walk hitting in the two-spot in Game 6.

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.