Sandoval etches name in Giants franchise lore

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Sandoval etches name in Giants franchise lore

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DETROIT -- After a regular season rife with inconsistency, Pablo Sandoval has experienced few downs this postseason.

The Giants third basemans postseason assault of opposing pitchers continued with two more hits on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series. Sandoval singled and doubled in four at-bats to raise his average in the World Series to .636 as the Giants are now within a victory of their second World Series title in three seasons.

Sandovals two hits also increased his 2012 postseason total to 23, which moves him past former first baseman J.T. Snow for the most in a single postseason in franchise history. Snow rapped out 22 hits in 2002 for the National League pennant-winning Giants.

Sandoval believes he has had success -- hes 23-for-61 (.377) with five doubles, six home runs and 13 RBIs in 15 postseason games -- because his hands are finally back at full strength. The slugger missed 53 games this season, including 35 after he suffered a left hamate fracture on May 2.

Ive been feeling great, Sandoval said. I was struggling during the season, up and down. My surgery, I lost the strength in my hand muscles. I think this is the time Im getting my strength back. All the work Ive been putting in during the season Ive been seeing the results right now.

Has he ever.

Sandoval didnt just pass Snow on Saturday, he also moved within two hits of the all-time major league record for hits in a postseason shared by David Freese (2011), Darrin Erstad (2002) and Marquis Grissom (1995).

Shortstop Brandon Crawford has seen the difference in Sandovals hand strength and agrees it has keyed his success.

Hes been looking real good, Crawford said. Hes been using his hands a lot. When hes doing that, hes tough to get out. Even a guy like (Anibal) Sanchez who is going to keep you off-balance, hes still going to get his hands up there and get a barrel on some of them.

Dan Hayes is the White Sox Insider for CSNChicago.com

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

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Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.