Report: Barry Zito applies for marriage license


Report: Barry Zito applies for marriage license

There was a reported date with Paris Hilton, and a romance with actressAlyssa Milano. But the winner of the big prize, Barry Zitos hand in marriage,isAmber Marie Seyer, a 25-year-old actress and former Miss Missouri USA.This, according to the Chronicles Matier and Ross.According to the report, the Giants lefthander applied for a publicmarriage license in person at the Marin County clerks office onNov. 18.
Sources tell the wedding will take place this Saturday in Marin County.

Seyer, from Oran MO, is a former Miss Teen Missouri USAand Miss Missouri USA.More on Seyer, courtesy of Wikipedia:As Miss Missouri USA, Seyer placed 10th overall in the 2007 Miss USA pageant.She scored a solid 8.400 in the swimsuit competition and garnered an 8.032 inthe evening gown competition.Did you say you heard something about the future Mrs. Zito once being a pigfarmer?Right you are, at least according to Wikipedia. No details are given here,but one could assume having Pig Farmer on your resume makes one unique among MissAmericacontestants.Its a welcome bit of good news for the 33-year-old Zito. He sufferedthrough an injury-riddled 2011 and is considered one of the biggest free agentbusts in baseball history. Zito has compiled a 43-61 record with a 4.55 ERA sincejoining the Giants on a seven-year, 126 million contract in 2007.
Prior to joining San Francisco, Zitostarred with the A's from 2000-2006 where he won a Cy Young Award in 2002. Thatseason, Zito was 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P

Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick


Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

LOS ANGELES — The Giants have a pretty strong track record when picking in the top five of the MLB Draft. In 1985, they took Will Clark with the second overall selection, and Clark remains the highest-drafted player in franchise history. A year later, Matt Williams was taken third overall. Jason Grilli at No. 4 in 1997 is rather forgettable, but taking Buster Posey with the fifth pick in 2008 led to three titles. 

With a week of baseball remaining, the Giants are a lock to pick in the top four of next year’s draft. A few days ago, they looked like a pretty strong bet to pick first overall, but the standings — the bottom of them, at least — have tightened in recent days. Here’s a look at the contenders, so to speak … 

White Sox (63-92): No team went into tank mode this year quite like Chicago, with trades of just about every big piece on the roster. But a funny thing has happened … they’ve actually played decent baseball down the stretch. The White Sox are 11-12 in September after a blowout of the Royals on Sunday. They finish up with four against the Angels and three against the Indians, so they should get pretty close to 100 losses. 

Phillies (62-94): They have looked all along like the team to beat, but they hurt their top-pick chances by taking three of four from the Dodgers last week. They host the Nationals and Mets this week. 

Tigers (62-94): All of a sudden, they’re the biggest road block for the Giants. The Tigers have lost seven straight and they’re 4-20 in September. They finish up with three against the Royals and three against the Twins, and all six games are on the road. 

Giants (61-95): Can we stop for a moment and appreciate this. We’ve been talking about it for five months, but still, it’s pretty amazing that a $200 million team is headed into the final week with a very good shot at having the worst record in Major League Baseball. What an awful season this has been. Having said that, the Giants have not shown any signs of actually tanking, and manager Bruce Bochy said this weekend that he won’t shut any players down. So, it’s on to Phoenix, where the Giants have lost six of seven this season but the Diamondbacks might chill out a bit after clinching a postseason spot. They’ll face Zack Godley, Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke. The season ends with three at home against the Padres. The Giants have struggled against the Padres for the last year and a half, but they’ll have Matt Cain going in an emotional start and Madison Bumgarner will also get a game.