Sandoval becomes fourth player with three-HR World Series game


Sandoval becomes fourth player with three-HR World Series game

Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro showed up ready to play in the World Series, entering their names in the Giants history books by compiling a number of impressive stats early on in Game 1.

- Pablo Sandoval recorded the fourth ever three-home run game in World Series history and the ninth three-home run game in MLB postseason history. He is the first player to go deep three times in a World Series game since Albert Pujols in 2011. The first man to do it was Babe Ruth in 1926. Ruth did it twice. Only Sandoval, Pujols, Ruth and Reggie Jackson did it in the World Series.

- Pablo Sandoval became the 10th player ever to have multi-home run game in Game 1 of a World Series, and the first switch hitter. Chase Utley was the most recent in 2009.

- Pablo Sandoval joined Benny Kauff (1917) and Jeff Kent (2002) as only Giants to record a multi-home run game in a World Series game.

- Pablo Sandoval hit the first first-inning home run by a Giant in a World Series since Mel Ott did so in 1933.

- Marco Scutaro tied the Giants franchise record for longest postseason hitting streak:
Longest Hitting Streak in Postseason History
Irish Meusel 1921-'22 11
Marco Scutaro 2012 11
Al Dark 1951-'54 10
Cody Ross 2010 10
Chief Meyers 1911-'12 9
Jo-Jo Moore 1936-'37 9

- Pablo Sandoval set the Giants' franchise record for the longest postseason RBI streak:
Longest Streak with RBI in Postseason History
Pablo Sandoval 2012 6
Barry Bonds 2002 5
7 Players 4
Longest RBI Streak All-Time: 8 (Lou Gehrig, Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez)

- Barry Zito extended the Giants' streak of games with an RBI from a pitcher to four. Over the past four games, Zito has two RBIs while Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong each have one.

- Barry Zito became the fourth ever pitcher to get a hit off Justin Verlander. Adam Eaton was the last to do so on June 17, 2007.

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

After five seasons with the Giants, outfielder Gregor Blanco has a new home.

The veteran outfielder has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The deal includes a $1 million base salary if Blanco makes the major league roster, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Blanco has a chance to earn an addition $2.7 million in performance-based incentives and has an opt-out of April 1 in the deal.

Shortly after Polidor made the announcement, Blanco thanked the D'backs on Twitter for the bringing him to the organization.

"Thanks to the @Dbacks for let me part of a dream the same dream I got another ring another championship let's all dream together we can doit," Blanco wrote.

Blanco bounced around from Braves to the Royals from 2008 to 2010, but found a home with the Giants prior to the 2012 season.

Over five seasons with the Giants, Blanco appeared in 649 games. He hit .259/.338/.360 with 244 runs scored, 78 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 157 RBI and 75 stolen bases.

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Barack Obama pardoned Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey on Tuesday.

McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows. 

McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."

The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.