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.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The blisters on Johnny Cueto's middle and index fingers that limited his effectiveness in his last few starts haven't yet completely healed.
But the two-time All-Star is learning to pitch with them.
Cueto threw six strong innings and Brandon Crawford drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday.
Cueto (5-4) bounced back from his roughest stretch as a Giant. He was 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four starts.
"They're not bothering me like they were before," Cueto said through a translator. "I'm just getting used to it but I have to continue pitching until they get better."
The Giants won their third straight home series and posted their 11th victory in 18 games overall.
Crawford's two-run single highlighted a four-run second against R.A. Dickey (3-4) that made it 6-0.
Matt Kemp had three hits for Atlanta. But the Braves couldn't get much going against Cueto, who allowed one run on six hits and a walk. Cueto struck out eight, including five in a row at one point.
"He did what he needed to do to get us out," Kemp said. "We had chances to score runs and we didn't. I think in this series we really didn't do a good score of scoring runs."
Dickey allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks in six innings.
"This can be a challenging place to throw because of the wind because it swirls so much," Dickey said.
Cueto had two productive at-bats, bunting a runner to second in the second inning and driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third.
"It's always nice to have a lead and I thought Johnny was the sharpest he'd been this year," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "Hopefully it's something he can build on. The changeup was working really well and his command of the fastball was really good."
Posey was 0 for 2 with two walks. He hasn't struck out in 55 consecutive plate appearances.
The Giants scored the game's first run when Nunez came around from third when a knuckleball glanced off catcher Kurt Suzuki glove in the bottom of the first. The play was ruled a passed ball. Asked if he had any empathy for the plight of his counterpart, Posey said "Yes, no question. It's not fun to hit, it doesn't look fun to catch, either."
Hernandez made a diving catch in the gap in left-center robbing Emilio Bonifacio of an extra-base hit with one out in the seventh inning.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner will start his throwing program on Friday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bumgarner will start out playing catch and make five rehab starts. The 2014 World Series MVP suffered a separated left shoulder in a dirt biking accident. "The progress is happening," Bochy said. "I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel." ... Slumping rookie INF Christian Arroyo was out of the lineup on Sunday and his playing status appears uncertain. Arroyo, who turns 22 on Tuesday, is 0 for 19 in his last five games. "I'll talk to him, about what his situation is," Bochy said. "I'm definitely planning on giving him a couple of days" off.
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran will make his first career start against the Angels in Anaheim on Monday. He is 3-9 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 career interleague starts.
Giants: LHP Matt Moore will face the Nationals for the second time in his career. He was with Tampa Bay when he gave up two runs in five innings against Washington in 2012.
The Giants look to win two straight against the Braves and Bruce Bochy has made a few changes to the lineup Sunday.
Atlanta Braves (21-26)
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. R.A. Dickey (R) P
San Francisco Giants (21-30)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P