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Report: Longtime Giant Javier Lopez announces retirement

Report: Longtime Giant Javier Lopez announces retirement

SAN FRANCISCO — The Core Four era officially came to an end Wednesday when left-hander Javier Lopez announced his retirement. 

The announcement, made through Fox Sports, did not come as a surprise, as Lopez had a very small list of teams that he would consider playing for in 2017. The Giants, with a promising group of young left-handers, decided early on to go in a different direction. Lopez, 39, had a 2.47 ERA in seven seasons in San Francisco, playing a key role in three World Series runs. 

“More than anything, it’s just time,” Lopez told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. “It’s a young man’s game. Although I think I can compete, it’s getting harder and harder to get ready for spring."

By his lofty standards, 2016 was a down year for Lopez. He had a 4.05 ERA in 68 appearances and struggled with his command at times. Lopez walked left-handed hitter Anthony Rizzo in the ninth inning of an NLDS Game 4 loss, but that was just about the only blemish on his postseason record with the Giants. 

Lopez, a brilliant under-the-radar move in the middle of the 2010 season, allowed just one earned run over 23 appearances during the even year title runs. Used primarily against tough left-handers, he held opposing hitters to a .125 batting average during that span. Lopez also won a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox, and he spent the final years of his career as MLB’s active leader in rings. 

As much as the Giants will miss Lopez in the late innings — even last year he held lefties to a .208 average — the impact will be just as great on the clubhouse. He was a leader for a bullpen that has undergone massive changes in the last two years, and the rare reliever who stood up as a voice of the team during difficult times. In good times, Lopez was one of the funniest quotes on the team.

It was an open secret around the team last season that Lopez was likely playing his final year. The Lopez family had recently moved closer to the East Coast. 

“I’m looking forward to some other things in my life,” Lopez told Rosenthal. “We’ll see what they are. I don’t know yet, but we’ll come up with something.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Sergio Romo agreeing to a deal with the Dodgers and Santiago Casilla going across the bridge to the A’s. Throw in the retirement of Jeremy Affeldt after the 2015 season and that’s 30 seasons of Giants experience that has walked out the door in a short period of time.

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

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Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles. 

After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

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After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

Yu Darvish is only three starts into his Dodgers career, but the trade deadline prize is already on the shelf.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced to the media Saturday that Darvish is headed to the 10-day DL with back stiffness. He is expected to miss one start and is expected to pitch again Sunday in Los Angeles against the Brewers.

Darvish made the following statement: 

Since joining the Dodgers, Darvis is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. Between the Dodgers and Rangers, Darvish is 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA this season.