Report: Padres sold to group including Phil Mickelson

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Report: Padres sold to group including Phil Mickelson

Larry Baer will have another new NL West ownership group tobond with, including one member who could certainly impress Baer on the golfcourse.The San Diego Padres became the second divisional club to besold this year, with majority ownership moving from John Moores to a groupheaded by San Diegobusinessman Ron Fowler, according to MLB.com.Fowlers group, which will buy the team for 800million, includes former Dodgers owner Peter OMalley's nephews and children and four-time major champion golfer Phil Mickelson.Although the sale cannot be officially completed until it isapproved by 75 percent of the other MLB owners, which will likely come at their Aug. 16quarterly meeting, such an approval is unlikely to be problematic.Mooreshad been trying to sell the Padres since March 2009 when he struck a deal witha group headed by Jeff Moorad that never got MLB approval.It's been a long time coming, Moores told MLB.com. It's on the agenda forthe August meeting, and I'm optimistic that Commissioner Bud Selig and theother 29 owners will approve it.Fowler currently heads the group of limited Padres partners,who hold a 49-percent stake in the ballclub. Once the sale is approved, he isexpected to represent the Padres at all league meetings.The breakdown of the deal with Moorad could not have workedout much better for Moores, who will see an extra 275 million as a result.Moorad had agreed to by the Padres for 525 million, but that was before theDodgers historic 2 billion sale in May.There's no question that the market lifted in the lastyear, Mooressaid. A lot of that seems to be attributable to the new generation of TVcontracts.The Padres signed a new 1.2 billion television contractwith FOX this year, and 200 million from that deal will be included in thetotal 800 million sale package, according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com.

Giants top prospect Beede scratched from Triple-A start

Giants top prospect Beede scratched from Triple-A start

Tyler Beede was supposed to start Sacramento's matinee tilt on Monday in Tacoma, but he was scratched.

But not for the reason Giants fans have been hoping for. The top pitching prospect hasn't been called up.

The 24-year-old Beede was scratched after he strained his groin while warming up for the start.

Kraig Sitton started in Beede's place.

In 19 starts with the River Cats this season, Beede has a 4.79 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched.

Beede, the 2014 1st round pick out of Vanderbilt, entered the season as the No. 89 prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America, but fell out of the Top 100 in the Midseason update. The publication also had Beede as the Giants' No. 1 prospect in the preseason, but dropped him to No. 3 behind Chris Shaw and Christian Arroyo in the Midseason update.

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Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

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Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

Since the moment it opened, AT&T Park has been a pitcher's park.

Last Friday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford answered questions from kids at a youth baseball camp.

How big are Major League fields?

“They vary in size. Ours is one of the bigger ones, 421 feet to right-center, which should be changed," Crawford said.

Baseball fans are well aware that flyballs to deep right-center field in San Francisco -- home runs in the majority of ballparks -- are routinely caught or result in triples.

This season, there have been 69 home runs hit at AT&T Park -- by far the lowest in baseball.

Fenway Park in Boston (82) and PETCO Park in San Diego (89) are next.

Crawford has eight home runs this year -- six on the road and two at home.

Last year, he hit 12 home runs -- eight on the road and four at home.

In 2015, he hit a career-high 21 home runs -- 13 on the road and eight at home.

Might the Giants somehow move the fences in?

"It ain't gonna happen ... that's just not gonna happen," Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Monday morning.