Report: Giants, Lincecum 4M apart in contract talks

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Report: Giants, Lincecum 4M apart in contract talks

The Giants and their star pitcher Tim Lincecum are 4 million dollars apart in their contract negotiations, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

The report indicates the Giants offered Lincecum a two-year, 40-million deal, and that Lincecum's representatives countered with a two-year, 44-million offer.

In terms of big baseball contracts, the 4 million discrepancy actually leaves the two sides relatively close to reconciling the difference.

On Tuesday, CSNBayArea.com reported that vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans was confident that the team would reach a new contract agreement with Lincecum and avoid arbitration.

NEWS: Evans optimistic Giants, Lincecum can avoid arbitration
After two Cy Young Awards and a World Series Championship in his first four MLB seasons, Lincecum is coming off what could be considered a down year for him. He went 13-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts.

Lincecum, 27, is coming off a two-year, 23-million contract that expired after the 2011 season, and the Giants would like to reach a new agreement to avoid a potentially record-breaking arbitration hearing.

Nate Stuhlbarg is a web producer with CSNBayArea.com. Follow him on Twitter @StuhlbargCSN.

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game

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A Giants minor leaguer made history on Tuesday night in Kentucky.

Left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Lexington Legends.

It is the first nine-inning perfect game in the history of the Class-A South Atlanta League.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches to complete the feat and struck out nine Legends batters in the effort. The last three outs were all flyball outs and the final out set off a wild celebration by GreenJackets players, who mobbed Mazza.

Including Tuesday's performance, the 22-year-old Mazza owns a 3.48 ERA in four starts for Augusta this season. In 2016, he made 14 starts for Augusta and compiled a 3.93 ERA.

Born in Walnut Creek, Mazza attended Clayton Valley High School and played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara. The Giants drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.