No World Series roster changes - and no Melky - for Giants


No World Series roster changes - and no Melky - for Giants

Programming note: For complete wrap-around coverage of Game 1, tune in to Giants October Quest, today at 4pm right up until first pitch and again after the final out, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants considered a roster tweak for the World Series, perhaps scaling back to 11 pitchers to allow them to widen their options at designated hitter when the series moves to Detroit for Game 3.

But Giants manager Bruce Bochy just informed me that there will be no changes. The Giants will carry the same 25 players from the NLDS and NLCS.

The club could have subtracted a pitcher such as right-hander Guillermo Mota for backup catcher Eli Whiteside, which would allow them to use Hector Sanchez's switch-hitting bat more freely off the bench. But the club doesn't want to burn Tim Lincecum in any kind of mop-up duty, which has been Mota's role.RELATED: San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series page

Bochy hasn't decided on a DH yet, but it won't be Melky Cabrera.

Giants CEO Larry Baer said there has been no discussion about reconsidering the club's stance on Cabrera, who satisfied terms of his 50-game suspension for a failed PED test at the conclusion of the NL Division Series with Cincinnati.

"This was a group decision and everybody believed it was the right thing given all the information at hand," Baer said. "The way the team was playing, the way we thought the team could keep going -- it was the entire set of issues."

Yes, but now the Giants are in need of a DH -- and Cabrera was leading the major leagues in hits and runs scored on the day he was suspended. So it's a suspect contention, at best, that the Giants truly believe their team is better off without him.RELATED: Bochy tells his team the journey is not yet over

There are other issues, though, including the fact that many teammates, players and coaches felt betrayed when Cabrera lied to all of them about the positive test when rumors of it began to leak. He still has not spoken to teammates and his sudden appearance no doubt would disrupt a chemistry and unity that has allowed the Giants to win six consecutive elimination games this postseason.

Then there is the fact that one of Cabrera's associates tried to dupe MLB investigators by creating a phony Web site selling a phony product to explain the positive test.

"This was not a split decision," Baer said. "This was everybody on the same page -- Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean, our scouts, all our ownership, the CEO -- it was right for us when we made the decision."
RATTO: 'Rust' factor for Tigers? It's a mythThere is a sense around the team that Cabrera could be brought back as a free agent after the season, especially after his olive branch to convince Major League Baseball to disqualify him from the batting title, which passed to Buster Posey.

"But we can't wrap our brains around any of that now," Baer said. "Nobody's taken out the 2013 calendar yet."

As for their current situation, the Giants could use Aubrey Huff or Sanchez at designated hitter -- although with Sanchez in that spot, they'd have to give up the DH if Posey were to get hurt behind the plate.RELATED: Giants, Tigers World Series capsules

It might be less advantageous to have a right-handed DH against the Tigers' all-righty playoff rotation, but Xavier Nady and Ryan Theriot are two options and Joaquin Arias is another, perhaps starting at third base with Pablo Sandoval at DH.

Hey, it beats Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Two events in Wednesday's win show change in Jarrett Parker's luck

Two events in Wednesday's win show change in Jarrett Parker's luck

SAN FRANCISCO -- There have been more than 6,500 doubles hit in the big leagues this season. Only 55 have had an exit velocity of less than 62 mph. Only five of those 55 came with the go-ahead run on base.

So, it was a somewhat rare event when Jarrett Parker checked his swing, accidentally made contact, and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double. On a related note, Parker didn't care.

He's not one for luck or karma. He's also not a big student of exit velocity. Asked if he wanted to know how hard his double was hit, Parker shook his head.

"Nope," he said. "Don't care."

The rest of the team didn't, either. The Giants figure they're owed a few more in this down year, and nobody cared how the winning run came across in a 4-2 victory over the Brewers.

"You hear good things happen when you put the ball in play, and he did," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a break for us and we'll take it. It went our way there with that check-swing, which you'll take. We've had some tough breaks."

For a moment after the series clinching win, Parker thought he had suffered another bad one. He felt something grab in his right arm as he went up for the celebratory jump with the rest of the outfield, and he said he was thinking about it as he jogged off the field. Parker missed 96 games earlier this year after fracturing his clavicle. That delayed what appears to be a bit of a breakout. Parker said his arm felt fine once he got back to the clubhouse. 

"I was worried about it at first but I shook it off," he said. "It was just a cramp."

That was a relief for Parker, and it kept the good vibes going. After the way Parker's season started, he certainly is owed a bit more in that department. 

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-2 win over Brewers

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-2 win over Brewers


SAN FRANCISCO — With the go-ahead run on second in the bottom of the seventh, Kelby Tomlinson was rung up on a pitch that was about half a foot from the bottom of the zone. Bruce Bochy threw his hands up in anger. Several others in the dugout hollered at home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth. 

Seconds later, the dugout was full of sheepish grins. 

Jarrett Parker’s check-swing resulted in an accidental double down the left field line. Two runs scored and the Giants held on for a 4-2 victory that gave them the series win over the Brewers. 

Here are five things to know from the final game of the homestand … 

—- Matt Moore’s solid day ended when he walked the leadoff batter in the seventh. His line: 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. He has allowed five total runs over his past three starts. 

—- Moore caught a break in the sixth after the first two batters singled. Jonathan Villar had third base stolen by a mile, but Ryan Braun swung on the pitch and flied out to the track in center. Villar had to retreat and he couldn’t tag up. Two grounders to short got Moore out of the inning. 

—- Josh Hader, a 23-year-old reliever who looks and pitches like Bizarro Tim Lincecum, dominated the Giants the last two days. The left-hander has a 1.23 ERA in 21 big league appearances. The Giants should get one of those. 

—- Accident or not, Parker’s double counts. It was his ninth since he was called up on August 3. He has 14 RBI this month. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two. He hasn’t allowed a run in six appearances since coming off the disabled list.